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(3) Florida State Thwarts Miami’s Upset Bid

(3) Florida State Thwarts Miami’s Upset Bid

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- For the third time in its last four games Florida State found itself down at halftime, and as it did every other time, FSU won.

Dalvin Cook ran for a 26-yard touchdown with 3:05 remaining in the game, giving FSU its first lead of the contest and the No. 3 Seminoles held on from there as they avoid the upset and beat rival Miami, 30-26 Saturday night.

"They love each other and it gets down to that," Florida State head coach Jeff Fisher said. "They play for each other. They don't panic. This is a heck of a Miami football team. Give them credit ... but our kids just execute when they have to."

Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC) came to play. It scored twice in the first quarter and got a field goal early in the second quarter to put them up 16-0 before Florida State did anything. The Seminoles would end up scoring on a 44-yard run by Cook but the Hurricanes answered right back when true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya threw a 61-yard touchdown to Clive Walford. Roberto Aguayo would hit the first of his three field goals before the end of the quarter to go into halftime with Miami up by 13.

The second half was a different story.

This time it was Florida State (10-0, 7-0 ACC) that played the aggressor outscoring the Hurricanes 20-3 in route to its 26th-straight victory.

Miami was still alive with 39 seconds to play. It had the ball on the Florida State 43 but Kaaya's pass was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey to seal the Seminoles fifth-straight win over the Hurricanes.

Florida State will try to keep its undefeated record intact next Saturday when it hosts Boston College (6-4, 3-3 ACC).

 

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 11/15/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 11/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF Top-25: (4) TCU 34 (9-1) - Kansas 30 (3-7)

(5) Alabama 25 (9-1) - (1) Mississippi State 20 (9-1)

(8) Ohio State 31 (9-1) - (25) Minnesota 24 (7-3)

(14) Arizona 27 (8-2) - Washington 26 (6-5)

(15) Georgia 34 (7-2) - (9) Auburn 7 (7-2)

Arkansas 17 (5-5) - (17) LSU 0 (7-4)

Northwestern 43 (4-6) - (18) Notre Dame 40 (7-3)

(20) Wisconsin 59 (8-2) - (16) Nebraska 24 (8-2)

Virginia Tech 17 (5-5) - (21) Duke 16 (8-2)

(22) Georgia Tech 28 (9-2) - (19) 6 (7-3)

(23) Utah 20 (7-3) - Stanford 17 (5-5)

NCAAB Top-25: (4) Duke 109 (2-0) - Fairfield 59 (1-1)

(24) Michigan 92 (1-0) - Hillsdale 68

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 127 (5-3) - Atlanta Hawks 94 (5-4)

Toronto Raptors 111 (8-2) - Utah Jazz 93 (4-7)

Washington Wizards 98 (7-2) - Orlando Magic 93 (4-7)

Memphis Grizzlies 95 (9-1) - Detroit Pistons 88 (3-7) 

Indiana Pacers 99 (4-7) - Chicago Bulls 90 (7-3)

Dallas Mavericks 131 (7-3) - Minnesota Timberwovles 117 (2-7)

NHL: Boston Bruins 2 (11-8-0) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (5-8-3)

Minnesota Wild 2 (9-7-0) - Dallas Stars 1 (6-7-4)

Los Angeles Kings 3 (8-5-4) - Anaheim Ducks  2 (11-3-3) - Overtime

Buffalo Sabres 6 (4-13-2) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (9-7-2)

Montreal Canadiens 6 (13-4-1) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (7-7-2)

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (12-4-2) - New York Islanders 2 (11-6-0)

Colorado Avalanche 3 (6-8-5) - New Jersey Devils 2 (8-8-2)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (12-3-1) - New York Rangers 2 (7-6-4) - Shootout 

Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (6-10-1) - San Jose Sharks 1 (9-8-2)

Nashville Predators 2 (11-4-2) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (9-7-2)

St. Louis Blues 4 (12-4-1) - Washington Capitals 1 (7-7-3)

NASCAR: Matt Kenseth wins the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300

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Crimson Tide Dash Bulldogs Undefeated Hopes

Crimson Tide Dash Bulldogs Undefeated Hopes

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) -- Alabama handed Mississippi State their first loss of the season Saturday as the Crimson Tide won a tight one 25-20.

Alabama confused and stymied Dak Prescott all game as they contained the dual threat quarterback and forced him into costly mistakes.

Prescott threw three interceptions on the day, none more costly than a pick thrown late in the third quarter.  The Bulldogs had marched down to the Alabama 15 yard line, trailing by 13. Prescott forced a pass to his left and Crimson Tide corner Cyrus Jones was waiting on the pass: stealing possession of the ball.

Alabama's offense was methodical. The Tide ran for 124 yards and threw for 211 yards; 88 of which were caught by star wide receiver Amari Cooper. He also added a touchdown reception.  T.J. Yeldon ground out 72 yards on 16 carries and punched in a touchdown. 

The loss certainly comes at a bad time for Mississippi State as the college football regular season winds down and four teams will be selected for college football's inaugural playoff. The win will boost Alabama's chances of contending once again for the grand prize of collegiate football.

 

 

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Diamondbacks Acquire Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays

Diamondbacks Acquire Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays

BananaStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Dave Stewart's first major move as the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks is official as he has acquired starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays.

In exchange, the Diamondbacks are sending two minor league prospects, infielder Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams.

"I'm definitely excited to get over there to Arizona and get back to the pitcher I was," Hellickson told the Tampa Bay Times. "I'd heard enough rumors so you kind of expect something, but I'm definitely kind of shocked. I'm definitely going to miss a lot of people over there."

This ends Hellickson's tenure with the only team he's ever known during his five-year Major League career. He started off great as he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2010. Despite his initial success, he's struggled to regain his ROY form the past two seasons.

In 2013, he posted a 5.17 ERA while going 12-10. He spent time on the disabled list in 2014 while going 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA.

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Rangers Reward GM Jon Daniels with Contract Extension

Rangers Reward GM Jon Daniels with Contract Extension

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite a rough 2014 season, the Texas Rangers have agreed on a contract extension with general manager Jon Daniels as well as assistant general manager Thad Levine.

ESPN is reporting both deal will run through the 2018 season.

The Rangers lost 95 games in 2014, their worst mark since 2008, and was also the last time the club finished a season with a losing record.

"I think it's really a tremendous statement by ownership for all of our people, players they want to keep the group together," Daniels said in a conference call. "Thad and I are in the press release but there are a lot of other people that are going to be impacted positively through this process."

Daniels has been with the Rangers since 2005, and was named Baseball America's Major League Executive of the Year in 2010. Levin has also been with the team since 2005.

The Rangers made it to the World Series in 2010 as well as 2011.

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Adam Silver Calls for Legalized Sports Betting

Adam Silver Calls for Legalized Sports Betting

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(NEW YORK) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes it is time for society to embrace sports gambling.

Silver wrote an op-ed on the New York Times website calling for the United States government to embrace placing bets on professional sports in a heavily legislated manner; similar to the manner in which Europe runs its betting market.

From the New York Times article, Silver writes:

"...despite legal restrictions, sports betting is widespread. It is a thriving underground business that operates free from regulation or oversight. Because there are few legal options available, those who wish to bet resort to illicit bookmaking operations and shady offshore websites. There is no solid data on the volume of illegal sports betting activity in the United States, but some estimate that nearly $400 billion is illegally wagered on sports each year."

A New Jersey judge is expected to make a ruling on the legality of the state accepting bets on sporting events.  The NBA, as well as the other major sports leagues have filed an injunction to ban the state from accepting such wagers. 

When asked to comment on the article, Tim Frank, VP of Communications at the NBA told ABC Radio that, "the article speaks for itself and we don't have any additional comments to make on it."

 

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Peterson Skips NFL Hearing

Peterson Skips NFL Hearing

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson skipped a meeting Friday with the NFL that had been scheduled in regards to potential disciplinary action.

Peterson had previously agreed to meet with the NFL even though he has been uncooperative in supplying the information the NFL has requested related to the accusations of excessive corporal punishment towards his son. 

This meeting was to determine if Peterson would face further discipline from the league aside from the eight game paid suspension he had already served while resolving his court case.

According to ESPN, a league official told them that the meeting was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, but the NFLPA would not be able to attend the meeting that day.

"We informed the union that we were unwilling to postpone the hearing beyond this week given that the player and union had both expressed a strong desire to resolve this matter as soon as possible, and we had been given no meaningful reason why Adrian and the union could not appear and participate," a league official told ESPN. "We offered other alternatives for this week, but those also were not acceptable. We also have yet to receive more than cursory materials in response to our requests for information on the case. Accordingly, we went forward with the review on Friday as scheduled.

"We had hoped that Adrian would take advantage of his opportunity to be heard and present whatever information he believes should be considered before a decision on discipline, counseling and services is made. Because he and the NFLPA elected not to do so, we will have to address this based on the information currently available to us."

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Matt Crafton Wins Second Camping World Truck Series Title

Matt Crafton Wins Second Camping World Truck Series Title

BananaStock(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- Matt Crafton finished in ninth place at Friday's final Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead, but that was enough to take home his second title in a row.

Crafton had to finish 21st or better to pull it off and Darrell Wallace Jr. won the race.

"To say I made history is definitely very, very cool, but it's all about the guys that are behind me," Crafton said. "Without them, I'm just an average race car driver at best."

The 38-year-old veteran played it safe on his way to the second title.

"I wanted to race so much harder tonight," Crafton said. "I kept asking, I was just waiting for them to say that there were like 20 trucks running at that point and then I could go. When it was five [laps] to go and I had asked again how many trucks were still in, and there were 22 on the lead lap, I said I couldn't take any chances. I know I could have went further forward, but I said it is what it is."

No other driver has won back-to-back titles in the history of the Truck Series.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAB: (4) Duke Blue Devils 113 (1-0) - Presbyterian Blue Hose 44 (0-1)

 (7) Florida Gators 68 (1-0) - William & Mary Tribe 45 (1-0)

(9) Virginia Cavaliers 79 (1-0) – James Madison Dukes 51 (0-1)

(17) Connecticut Huskies 66 (1-0) – Bryant Bears 53 (0-1)

(20) Ohio State Buckeyes 92 (1-0)  – Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks 55 (0-1)

(23) Syracuse Orange 89 (1-0) – Kennesaw State 42 (0-1)

(25) Harvard Crimson 73 (1-0)  – MIT Engineers 52 (0-1)

NBA: Denver Nuggets 108 (2-6) - Indiana Pacers 87 (3-7)

Orlando Magic 101 (4-6) - Milwaukee Bucks 85 (4-5

 

NHL: New Jersey Devils 1 (7-7-2) - Washington Capitals 0 (7-5-3) 

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (5-10-1) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (7-6-2) 

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Rex Ryan Fined for On-Field Cursing

Rex Ryan Fined for On-Field Cursing

Nick Laham/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was fined $100,000 Friday by the NFL after cameras caught him yelling profanity after their matchup with the Steelers.

Despite the hefty fine, Ryan made fun of the situation.

“Yeah, I think I was saying thank you,” Ryan joked early in the week. “Emotions run high in games, and sometimes I think its best (that) what happens on the field stays on the field. That’s where it stems from. It’s a very emotional game. Obviously, I have to do a good job of controlling my emotions and things like that. Things happen and I am sorry if I offended anybody.”

 According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen the severity of the fine is based around this being Ryan's third such infraction.

In 2011, Ryan was fined $75,000 for cursing at a fan after the fan yelled "Bill Belichick is a better coach than you."

In 2010 he was fined $50,000 for flipping the bird to a fan at an MMA event.

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Congresswoman Wants Kurt Busch Suspended

Congresswoman Wants Kurt Busch Suspended

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- After reports of domestic abuse have surfaced with NASCAR's Kurt Busch, California Representative (D) Jackie Speier is demanding he be suspended from all racing activities.

Speier has written a letter to NASCAR asking for his removal as well as the racing organization overhauling its domestic violence policies.

SI.com first reported the letter:

“But despite the severity of the criminal allegations against Mr. Busch,” Speier writes, “I am disappointed to see that NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing have not taken any action. Your response to these serious allegations has been totally inadequate.”

 Friday, NASCAR CEO Brian France was asked about the inaction it has approached Busch with.

"What's not lost on us by any stretch is the rightful heightened awareness on domestic abuse and violence and so you can expect our policies to reflect the understandable awareness that that's not going to be tolerated," France said.

France continued by stating that it would not take action against Busch until the investigation was completed.  

Busch's car co-owner Gene Haas stated before last weekend’s race at Phoenix that, "He'll be in the car until someone else pulls him out."

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Peyton Manning: It Won’t Be Easy in St. Louis

Peyton Manning: It Won’t Be Easy in St. Louis

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Denver Broncos will travel to St. Louis on Sunday to take on the Rams.

Quarterback Peyton Manning is well aware of the Rams defense.

"Their front has been active all season long in my opinion," Manning said. "They got really good players, a lot of first round draft choices. That's where it starts for any defense, we've got to be able to control those guys somehow and that falls on everybody."

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders realizes that the Rams are hot right now.

"You can't take these guys lightly. Their last three games they faced San Francisco, Seattle, Arizona, and they played those guys really well," Sanders said. "This is a good football team that we're facing with a great defensive line and we're playing them at home, we definitely have to bring our A-game."

Denver comes into the game at 7-2 and is 2-2 on the road this year.

The Rams (3-6) announced this week that Shaun Hill will be the starting quarterback.

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Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did just fine against the league's best pass rush.Tannehill, who was playing behind an offensive line that was missing left tackle Branden Albert, completed 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Dolphins to a crucial 22-9 win over the Buffalo Bills Thursday night.The win puts Miami (6-4) in sole possession of second place in the AFC East and evens their season's series with Buffalo at a game apiece.It was a game of field goals in the first half. Dan Carpenter's second field goal, with 3:26 remaining in the second quarter, gave Buffalo a 6-3 lead which it took into halftime.After Carpenter hit a field goal to put the Bills up six in the third quarter, the Dolphins scored 19 unanswered points, 12 of them coming off Tannehill touchdown passes to win the game.Lamar Miller had 15 carries for 86 yards in the win.While the Bills' pass rush couldn't force Tannehill to throw a pick, they did come up with five sacks, 3.5 of those coming thanks to Mario Williams.The Bills (5-5) will look to get back on track next week when they host the New York Jets. Meanwhile, the Dolphins will be in Denver to take on the Broncos in Week 12.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 11/13/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 11/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Miami Dolphins 22 (6-4) - Buffalo Bills 9 (5-5)

NBA: Dallas Mavericks 123 (6-3) - Philadelphia 76ers 70 (0-8)

Memphis Grizzlies 111 (8-1) - Sacramento Kings 110 (5-4)

Chicago Bulls 100 (7-2) - Toronto Raptors 93 (7-2)

NHL: Colorado Avalanche 4 (5-8-5) - New York Rangers 3 (7-6-3) - Shootout

Winnipeg Jets 3 (9-6-2) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (5-7-3)

Montreal Canadiens 5 (11-4-1) - Boston Bruins 1 (10-7-0)

San Jose Sharks 2 (9-7-2) - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (11-4-2)

Minnesota Wild 6 (8-7-0) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (3-13-2)

St. Louis Blues 4 (11-4-1) - Nashville Predators 3 (10-4-2)

Calgary Flames 5 (10-6-2) - Arizona Coyotes 3 (6-9-1)

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Angels’ Mike Trout Named AL MVP, Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins NL MVP

Angels’ Mike Trout Named AL MVP, Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins NL MVP

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two of the best players in Major League Baseball earned their due on Thursday. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout won the American League MVP, while Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw won the National League MVP.

The 22-year-old Trout finished second in the MVP voting the past two years, but has finally won the award in just his third full season, and in unanimous fashion. He's the third youngest A.L. player ever to win the award.

Trout batted .287 with 36 home runs, 111 RBIs, and 115 runs scored in 2014.

Kershaw had won his third National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. He becomes the first player to win the N.L. Cy Young and MVP awards in the same season since Bob Gibson for the St. Louis Cardinals back in 1968.

Despite missing all of April, the 26-year-old Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and 239 strikeouts in 198.1 innings pitched.

The Dodgers went 21-4 in Kershaw's 27 starts, and were only three games over .500 when anyone else pitched.

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FSU Lands Top 2016 Quarterback Recruit Malik Henry

FSU Lands Top 2016 Quarterback Recruit Malik Henry

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles have yet to lose a game since the 2012 season, they've locked up a valuable piece for their future. Top 2016 quarterback recruit Malik Henry announced his commitment to the Seminoles on ESPNU's College Football Daily on Thursday.

Henry fielded scholarship offers from such schools as Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Texas and USC. In the end, Henry felt Florida State was the best fit.

"I felt comfortable around coach Jimbo Fisher. I think he's a great quarterback coach, he knows his stuff and their offense is explosive," Henry said. "I think I can see myself in their offense."

"It was a tough decision, but I finally realized it was Florida State a week or two ago, after talking to Coach Fisher and reminiscing about my trip there," Henry told ESPN.com. "I felt comfortable at Florida State and around Tallahassee."

Just like current Seminoles starting quarterback Jameis Winston, Henry also plans on pursuing baseball at Florida State.

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Brian Hoyer: Our Goal Is to Go 1-0

Brian Hoyer: Our Goal Is to Go 1-0

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns (6-3) will host the Houston Texans (4-5) on Sunday.  

Cleveland continues to impress this year and quarterback Brian Hoyer knows the importance of this game.

"Our main goal this week is to be 1-0," Hoyer said. "We're not going to get a berth into the playoffs based off this game. We realize its one game at a time, so from here on out its seven one game seasons."

Hoyer will be going up against an old teammate -- Ryan Mallett, the starting quarterback this week, who was a backup to Tom Brady in New England.

"I can honestly say it's the strongest arm I've ever seen," Hoyer said of Mallett.  

Hoyer was also in New England when Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was the defensive coordinator for the Patriots.

"I don't think I'd be the player I am today without Billy," Hoyer said. "My time in New England, I remember him telling me 'I don't really coach Tom Brady, I just kind of guide him in the right direction and game plan', I feel like I got the benefit of his extra coaching.  It really helped me out as far as a quarterback in this league."

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Tom Brady: We Have ‘to Put Up a Lot of Points’ Sunday

Tom Brady: We Have ‘to Put Up a Lot of Points’ Sunday

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts Sunday night.

New England quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday that the key to beating the Colts will be putting up a lot of points.

"When you play another great offense you're going to have to put up a lot of points," Brady said. "My focus is on the other side of the ball, but you also know you're not going to be able to score 13 points and win the game."

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on track to break Peyton Manning's single season passing yards record and is the leader of the NFL's highest scoring offense.

"He's a great player," Brady said of Luck.  "He's in his third year and he's had a lot of success.  They're offense is doing a great job this year, they score a lot of points especially at home and he's kind of the ring leader."

With a win on Sunday, the Patriots will remain the top seed in the AFC.

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ESPN: Martinez Agrees to 4-Year Deal with Tigers

ESPN: Martinez Agrees to 4-Year Deal with Tigers

Leon Halip/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Tigers and Victor Martinez have agreed to a four-year deal that comes with an average annual salary of $17 million, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.The Tigers originally offered Martinez a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer that the veteran designated hitter rejected. But Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski proceeded to declare re-signing Martinez was the team's top priority.The 35-year-old switch-hitting Martinez has been with Detroit since 2011 and missed the 2012 season with a knee injury. In his his three seasons on the field, Martinez hit .321 with a .381 on-base percentage, 58 home runs, and 289 RBIs.Martinez arguably had his best offensive season in 2014, hitting .335 with 32 home runs, 103 RBIs, and an American League-leading .409 on-base percentage.

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Kershaw and Kluber Take Home NL, AL Cy Young Awards

Kershaw and Kluber Take Home NL, AL Cy Young Awards

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber were named, respectively, the National League and American League Cy Young Award winners Wednesday.Kershaw has now won the award three times in the last four seasons, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Jim Palmer, and Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers to achieve that feat.The 26-year-old Kershaw was dominating after missing the first part of the season with a back injury. He threw his first career no-hitter and led the majors in wins (21), ERA (1.77), and WHIP (0.86), while striking out 239 batters in 198.1 innings.Kershaw received all 30 first-place votes that were cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto came in second and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright came in third.As for Kluber, he narrowly beat out Seattle's Felix Hernandez for the award. Kluber finished with 169 points, while Hernandez received 159 points.The 28-year-old Kluber, who was only in his second full season as a starter, pitched 235 2/3 innings, striking out 269 batters, while compiling an 18-9 record with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.095 WHIP.

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