NEW YORK (AP) – New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has won the National League Cy Young Award for the second straight year. DeGrom led the league with 255 strikeouts and finishing second with a 2.43 ERA to become the 11th pitcher to capture the award in back-to-back seasons. Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers was second in the balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, while Washington’s Max Scherzer was third.
NEW YORK (AP) – Justin Verlander is the American League Cy Young Award winner for the second time in his career, beating Houston Astros Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton of the Rays for the honor. Verlander led the majors with 21 victories and reached 300 strikeouts for the first time. He no-hit Toronto on Sept. 1 and padded his Hall of Fame resume by getting his 3,000th strikeout in his final start of the regular season.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State star defensive end Chase Young will be held out of one more game as punishment for breaking NCAA rules by accepting a personal loan. That means the preseason All-American will miss Saturday’s game against Rutgers and be back for showdowns with No. 9 Penn State and No. 14 Michigan to end the regular season. No. 3 Ohio State announced the day before its game with Maryland that Young would be held out amid concerns he violated NCAA rules by taking a loan last year from someone he describes as a “family friend.”
DETROIT (AP) – Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did not practice with teammates yesterday as he watched Jeff Driskell and David Blough take snaps. Stafford had his streak of 139 consecutive starts end when he missed Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears because of back and hip injuries. Driskel was 27 for 46 for 269 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his sixth career start versus the Bears.
UNDATED (AP) – Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon is expected to miss about six weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced the surgery was performed yesterday, two days after Gordon was injured in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Gordon has averaged 10.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in nine games this season.