Mookie Betts won the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player award with 28 out of a possible 30 first-place votes. It was a landslide margin that a Red Sox player hasn’t experienced since Fred Lynn’s tally in 1975. Betts left no doubt in the minds of voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, winning the batting title with his .346 average, leading the league in wins above replacement (WAR) at 10.4, and contributing 32 home runs alongside 30 stolen bases. Betts, quite simply, was the best player in the league, and was justly rewarded for it. Yet the MVP race hasn’t always been so kind to Red Sox players. In fact, despite the team’s many wins over the years, it’s provided a few particularly frustrating results. Even some of the triumphant moments have been strangely marred by what didn’t happen. Carl Yastrzemski won MVP in 1967 after batting his way to the American League triple crown — leading the … [Read more...] about Mookie Betts won MVP after a career season. Past Red Sox greats haven’t always been so lucky.
LEIPZIG (Reuters) - A new-look Germany comfortably beat Russia 3-0 in a friendly on Thursday with all the goals coming in the first half as they seek to end their annus horribilis on a positive note.Leroy Sane, Niklas Suele and Serge Gnabry secured the victory for a side with just two 2014 World Cup winners in the starting lineup -- goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Matthias Ginter.gi Germany were soon off the mark with Gnabry sending the speedy Sane through and the Manchester City winger grabbed his first international goal in the eighth minute.Bayern Munich defender Suele also got his first Germany goal as he was left unmarked to slot home from a corner in the 25th.The Russians, World Cup hosts this year, were missing several players through injury and rarely ventured forward.Gnabry turned scorer in the 40th, firing in from a superb Kai Havertz through ball, to cap a strong opening by the hosts."The first half was really good because we let the ball roll and had a lot of control of the … [Read more...] about New-look Germany ease past Russia 3-0 in friendly
By Jake Seiner Updated 8:35 pm PST, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants during their game at Citi Field on August 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants during their game at Citi Field on August 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants during their game at Citi Field on August 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco … [Read more...] about Mets’ Jacob de Grom, Rays’ Blake Snell are Cy Young Award winners
DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) - Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund twice came from a goal down to beat champions Bayern Munich 3-2 with substitute Paco Alcacer's second-half winner enabling them to move seven points clear of their great rivals at the top. In a hugely entertaining encounter that lived up to its big-game billing, Dortmund came out on top, earning Bundesliga bragging rights and pulling away from their main title contenders going into the international break. Robert Lewandowski twice put visitors Bayern ahead only for Dortmund captain Marco Reus to equalise each time before Spaniard Alcacer confirmed his 'super-sub' status in the 73rd minute with the decisive goal on the break. It was Alcacer's seventh goal in his fourth substitute appearance this season and lifts Dortmund, who remain unbeaten in the league, to 27 points, with Borussia Moenchengladbach second on 24 and Bayern third on 20. "We paid for the mistakes we made after a decent first half. We struggled with their … [Read more...] about Scintillating Dortmund muscle past champions Bayern 3-2
close Video Florida’s election chaos: What to know about recounts Florida is back in the election headlines for ballot and counting problems, a look at what is necessary for a recount and what exactly goes into it. Like déjà vu, Floridians are looking at a potential recount in the Sunshine State. In the tightening gubernatorial race, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said it's readying for a possible recount, despite the fact he’s already conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis. As of Thursday afternoon, DeSantis led Gillum by 0.47 percentage point. Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson has begun preparing for a potential recount in a race still too close to call against GOP Gov. Rick Scott, who is leaving his current seat due to term limits. Nelson's lawyer called that race a “jump ball;” Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede. Scott held a 0.21 percentage lead over Nelson on Thursday afternoon. According to FiveThirtyEight, … [Read more...] about Florida races could head to recount: A look at past efforts in US history