The Sports Xchange
Two weeks after helping the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, second baseman Jose Altuve was named American League MVP, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Thursday. The 5-foot-6 Altuve claimed 27 of 30 first-place votes for 405 points to beat AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. He matched Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (1950) and Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz (1952) as the shortest players to win the award. "I don't know what to say," Altuve said. "I wasn't expecting this. This is great."
Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto in the fourth-closest balloting of all-time to become the first Miami Marlins' player to be named National League MVP, the Baseball Writers' Association of American announced on Thursday. Stanton received 302 votes, two more than Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto. Both players received 10 first-place votes. Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt was third (229) and received four first-place votes.
Withstanding a hot start by Niagara and then the Purple Eagles' run that pulled them within a bucket with less than nine minutes left, No. 14 Minnesota used balanced scoring to win its third game in six nights. Amir Coffey scored 18 points to lead all five starters in double figures on Wednesday night as the Golden Gophers notched a 107-81 decision at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Reggie Lynch supplied a 18-point, 13-rebound double-double and also rejected nine shots for Minnesota.
Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer won his second consecutive Cy Young Award as the National League's top pitcher on Wednesday while Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians took home American League honors. Scherzer earned 27 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to finish ahead of Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, 201-126.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has withdrawn his appeal of his six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, his agents announced in a statement on Wednesday. Elliott sat out the first game of his suspension in Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 22-year-old will be eligible to return to the Cowboys (5-4) on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks. Elliott's agents, Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano, released the following statement on Wednesday:
SALT LAKE CITY—Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points and collected 13 rebounds while Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 10 assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves overwhelm the Utah Jazz for a 109-98 victory on Monday night, Nov. 13. Taj Gibson also finished with a double-double for Minnesota, adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Teague chipped in 22 points. The Timberwolves (8-5) snapped a two-game losing streak by shooting 52.1 percent (37 of 71) from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Jordan Murphy scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Nate Mason scored 17 to lead No. 14 Minnesota to an 86-74 victory over Providence in the Dave Gavitt Tipoff on Monday night. Despite the rankings, Providence, receiving enough votes to be in the 30th spot, was a slight favorite on its home floor in the Big East-Big Ten matchup. Murphy, who had 35 points and 15 rebounds in the Gophers' opening win over South Carolina Upstate, was steady throughout but then took the game over with clutch baskets late.
The verdict was a unanimous one as New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was named the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday. Judge received all 30 first-place votes in the voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini finished second and third, respectively. The 25-year-old Judge took Major League Baseball by storm in 2017, launching a rookie-record 52 homers to bash Mark McGwire's previous mark set three decades ago.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Patton Kizzire withstood frequent weather delays and a strong challenge from Rickie Fowler to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Sunday, Nov. 12, capping a 36-hole marathon. Kizzire fired a 4-under 67 in the final round and edged Fowler by one stroke with a 19-under 265, capping a tournament that was delayed for nearly 7 1/2 hours because of inclement weather. The 31-year-old Kizzire won his first PGA event in 63 appearances by holding a share of the lead in after each round and shot a 66 in the third round Sunday morning.
PHOENIX—Devin Booker and TJ Warren combined for 70 points and keyed a 14-0 run down the stretch as the Phoenix Suns surprised the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 118-110 win on Saturday night, Nov. 11. Booker and Warren each scored 35 for Phoenix, which snapped a five-game losing streak and won for the first time in four tries on a season-long, six-game homestand. The duo combined for 22 of the team's 33 points in the fourth quarter and almost all of the big ones. They combined to make 28 of 44 shots as Phoenix shot 54.1 percent.