HOUSTON (AP) – Houston’s Justin Verlander and Miami’s Sandy Alcantara were unanimously selected for the Cy Young Award.
It is the second time that winners in both leagues have been unanimous since the award began in 1956, following Detroit’s Denny McLain in the American League and St. Louis’ Bob Gibson in the National League in 1968.
The 39-year-old Verlander, who also won the AL Award in 2019 after winning both MVP and Cy Young in 2011, is the 11th player to win it three times. Also in 2011 he won unanimously.
Verlander led the majors with a 1.75 ERA — the lowest of his 17-year career — after missing almost all of the previous two seasons while recovering from Tommy John’s surgery. He is the fourth AL pitcher with two unanimous wins after Roger Clemens (1986, 1998), Pedro Martinez (1999, 2000) and Johan Santana (2004, 2006).
Verander led the Astros to the best record in the AL, and while the postseason doesn’t count for the award, he clinched his first World Series win of his career in Game 5, as Houston beat Philadelphia in six games.
Alcantara had a 2.28 ERA while he was the major league-best with 228 2/3 innings and six competitive games. It’s the first Cy Young for the 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who becomes the first Marlins player to receive this honor.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — All-Star left-hander Tyler Anderson is moving through Los Angeles, leaving the Dodgers on a three-year, $39 million deal with the Angels.
The 32-year-old is enjoying the best season of his major league career, going 15-5, 2.57 ERA for the Dodgers with 111 wins and a field selection that includes one of the best changes in the majors.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners made one of the first big moves of the offseason by acquiring outfielder Teoscar Hernández from the Toronto Blue Jays for right-hander Erik Swanson and minor league left left Adam Macko.
Hernandez hit .267 with 25 home runs and 77 RBIs in 131 games last season. He was an All-Star starter in 2021 and finished that season on a .296 with 32 homers and 116 RBIs.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia canceled its scheduled home soccer game Saturday against No. 23 Coastal Carolina after a campus shootout over the weekend that killed three players and injured another.
The school said it has not yet decided whether the Cavaliers will play their traditional final game of the regular season at Virginia Tech on Nov. 26.
A former player, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is accused of opening fire on a bus returning from a field trip Sunday night and killing starting wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr., reserve wide receiver Devin Chandler and the Killing linebacker D’Sean Perry. Jones, who faces three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding and additional weapons-related charges, is being held without bail.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Watson trained with the Cleveland Browns for the first time since his 11-game NFL suspension began in August.
Watson, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women in Texas, returned to the field with his teammates for the first time since Aug. 30, 12 days after the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback reached a settlement with the league. Agreeing to his multi-game ban, a $5 million fine, and treatment and counseling.
As long as he meets the requirements, Watson can play on December 4 when the Browns visit Houston, which drafted him in 2017. Watson spent four seasons with the Texans before demanding a trade and eventually being traded to Cleveland in March for a series of draft picks, including three first-rounders.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – Quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to play for the Los Angeles Rams this weekend after missing a game in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Stafford participated fully in practice Wednesday and the Super Bowl-winning veteran is on track to get out of protocol in time to play in New Orleans on Sunday, coach Sean McVay said.
Stafford sat out the Rams’ 27-17 loss to Arizona last Sunday. He entered the record two days after losing at Tampa Bay the previous week.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A judge has dismissed NFL kicker Josh Lambo’s lawsuit against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in which Lambo sought wages and damages for emotional distress caused by former head coach Urban Meyer.
Judge Gilbert Feltel Jr. of the Florida 4th Circuit Court in Duval County dismissed the lawsuit November 8 with prejudice. He gave Lambo 21 days to amend and re-file the complaint. Lambo’s attorney, Betsy Brown, said Wednesday she intends to do so.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – The Australian government confirmed on Thursday that Novak Djokovic had been granted a visa to attend the Australian Open in January a year after his deportation over his stance against the COVID-19 vaccination.
The 21-time Grand Slam singles champion had his visa revoked on January 14 on grounds of public interest and lost an appeal against deportation in the Supreme Court. The 35-year-old from Serbia is set to compete at the Australian Open, which takes place in Melbourne from January 16-29.
Djokovic is playing at the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy this week and said he was briefed on the Australian government’s decision on Tuesday.
NEW YORK — New York Mayor Eric Adams announced plans for a 25,000-seat stadium for Major League Soccer’s New York City Football Club on an underdeveloped lot next to the home of the New York Mets.
The $780 million stadium, slated to open in 2027 in the borough of Queens known as Willets Point, will anchor a 23-acre redevelopment project that will also include 2,500 units of affordable housing, a new public school and a hotel, said Officer. NYCFC has played most of its home games at Yankee Stadium since joining the league in 2015.