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Betts, Yelich take MVP honors…Pack Fall to Seahawks…..Rockets drop ‘Melo…Preds lose Arvidsson long-term

NEW YORK (AP) – Boston outfielder Mookie Betts is the runaway winner of the American League MVP, picking up 28 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Betts hit a major league-leading .346 with 32 homers, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases as the leadoff hitter for the World Series-champion Red Sox. Two-time MVP Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels was second in the voting, ahead of Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez and Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez.

NEW YORK (AP) – Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich is the National League MVP after hitting .326 with 36 home runs and 110 RBIs for the NL Central champions. Yelich won in a landslide, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes and 415 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America compared to 250 points for Chicago Cubs infielder and runner-up Javier Baez. Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado¬† finished third, Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman was fourth and Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom¬† of the New York Mets picked up the other first-place vote to finish fifth.


SEATTLE (AP) – Russell Wilson hit Ed Dickson for a 15-yard touchdown with 5:08 to send the Seattle Seahawks past the visiting Green Bay Packers, 27-24. Wilson threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns while helping Seattle overcome a 14-3 deficit. The Seahawks’ defense stiffened in the second half, holding the Packers to 114 total yards. Aaron Rodgers was 21 of 30 passing for 332 yards and two scores, while Adams had 166 yards on 10 receptions.

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has released a statement saying the team is “parting ways” with Carmelo Anthony and “working toward a resolution.” Morey added that Anthony had a tremendous approach while with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antonio gave him, but the fit they envisioned never materialized. Anthony played just 10 games for the Rockets after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason.

UNDATED (AP) – The Nashville Predators say forward Viktor Arvidsson will miss between up to eight weeks with a broken thumb suffered in last weekend’s win at Dallas. Arvidsson had just returned off injured reserve after sitting out three games with a lower-body injury. The Predators have also placed defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) on injured reserve with an upper-body issue and activated blueliner Dan Hamhuis .

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – Charles Howell played a bogey-free round in an 8-under 64 that gives him a two-shot lead over defending champion Austin Cook and J.J. Spaun through one round of the PGA’s RSM Classic. Howell played the Plantation course at Sea Island Resort. He is seeking his first victory in 333 starts since his Riviera victory in February 2007.

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