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Verlander, Alcantara are unanimous winners of the Cy Young Award

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander of Houston in the American League and Sandy Alcantara of Miami in the National League are both unanimous selections for the Cy Young Award. It’s the second time the winners of both leagues have been unanimous since the award’s inception in 1956. The 39-year-old Verlander won the award for the first time, having previously won in 2011 with Detroit and 2019 with Houston. He is the eleventh player to win it three times. Verlander missed nearly all of the previous two seasons while he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. He led the AL in ERA. Alcantara led the majors in complete games with six.

Hunter scores 26 points, No. 11 Texas dominates the no. 2 Gonzaga 93-74

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tyrese Hunter scored 26 points and led a string of 3-point shooting for No. 11 Texas that led the Longhorns to a 93-74 win over No. 2 Gonzaga. Last season’s Big 12 Freshman of the Year at Iowa State shot 9-of-14 and made five of Texas’ 13 3-pointers. Hunter made three from distance in the opening minutes of the second half as the Longhorns took control and extended their lead to 20 points. Gonzaga All-American forward Drew Timme had 18 points but was mostly held in check when the game was still close.

Curry scores 50 points, but the Suns beat the Warriors 130-119

PHOENIX (AP) — Cameron Payne scored a season-high 29 points, Devin Booker added 27 and the Phoenix Suns easily surpassed Stephen Curry’s 50-point mark as they beat the Golden State Warriors 130-119 on Wednesday. The Suns controlled most of the game despite Curry’s score. The eight-time All-Star hit 17 of 28 shots, going 7 of 11 from 3-point range. The problem for the Warriors was that nobody else was helping. Klay Thompson finished with 19 points but shot just 6-of-17. The Warriors – defending NBA champions – fell to 6-9. Payne, starting in place of the injured Chris Paul, made 9 of 17 shots, including 6 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Universities focus on athletes’ mental health after seizures

There is no playbook to instruct how athletic departments should respond to the tragic death of one of their athletes. But those who have lived through the trauma say the increased emphasis on mental health care in athletic departments and universities generally — spurred in part by the pandemic — helps when a crisis strikes. Tragedy struck the University of Virginia earlier this week. Three members of the football team were shot and killed while on a bus returning to the Charlottesville campus from a school trip to Washington.

Prosecutor: The witness told police that UVA suspected that they had targeted the victims

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A prosecutor says a witness told police the University of Virginia student is suspected of opening fire on other students as they bused back from a school field trip targeting specific victims. The prosecutor gave a brief account of what police believe happened Sunday night during the suspect’s first court appearance on Wednesday. Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was ordered to be held without bond. His attorney has not addressed the substance of the allegations against him. The school also announced Wednesday that it was canceling the final home game of the season scheduled for the weekend against Coastal Carolina. Sunday night’s violence left three football players dead and one player and another student injured.

Browns QB Watson practices for the first time during the suspension

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Watson is training with the Cleveland Browns for the first time since his 11-game suspension began in August. Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women in Texas and reached a settlement with the league this summer. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback returned to the field with his teammates on Wednesday. Despite temperatures hovering around freezing, Watson wore short sleeves during the practice portion open to reporters. He tossed passes to Cleveland’s wide receivers as she periodically thrust her hands into a neck warmer around his waist. As long as he meets league requirements, Watson can play Dec. 4 when the Browns visit Houston, which drafted him in 2017.

Celtics Claim Eighth Straight, Beating Hawks 126-101

ATLANTA (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 22 points leading a balanced Boston offense and the leading East Celtics extended their hitting streak to eight with a 126-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night. The Celtics were missing injured guards Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon. It mattered little. There were many players to fill the void against the Hawks, who were pulling off a big win in Milwaukee and eager to prove they could challenge the best in the conference. Not tonight. Boston took control in the first quarter against cold shooting from the Hawks, whose occasional snaps were quickly drowned out by the stifling Celtics defense. Trae Young led the Hawks with 27 points

Novak Djokovic has a visa to play at the Australian Open in January

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government has confirmed that Novak Djokovic has been granted a visa to compete at the Australian Open in January, a year after he was expelled for his stance against being vaccinated against COVID-19. The 21-time Grand Slam champion had his visa canceled on grounds of public interest on January 14 and lost an appeal against his expulsion in full Federal Court. Immigration Minister Andrew Giles says he approved Djokovic’s request to reverse the cancellation decision because the reason for the visa cancellation no longer existed. The visa ban could have lasted three years. The 35-year-old Serbian is set to compete at the Australian Open, which will take place from January 16-29.

Tom Brady, Larry David, other celebs nominated in FTX suit

NEW YORK (AP) – A number of Hollywood and sports celebrities, including Larry David and Tom Brady, have been named as defendants in a class-action lawsuit against cryptocurrency exchange FTX, alleging their celebrity status it made them guilty of furthering the company’s failed business model. FTX has been in the public eye for more than a week after the third-largest cryptocurrency exchange suffered billions of dollars in losses and had to seek bankruptcy protection. The lawsuit names “Seinfeld” creator David, as well as star quarterback Brady, basketball players Shaquille O’Neal and Stephen Curry, and tennis star Naomi Osaka, among many others.

Harper set for elbow surgery, opening day status in doubt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies slacker Bryce Harper will have surgery next week to repair the small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The injury forced the right fielder to spend most of the season as a designated hitter. Now he questions his opening day status. Phillies president Dave Dombrowski says there isn’t a timetable for Harper’s recovery until after Wednesday’s surgery. Whether he needs Tommy John surgery to replace the ligament or could face a simpler repair won’t be known until Harper goes under the knife. While pitchers can lose up to 18 months or worse with Tommy John surgery, hitters can make a quicker comeback because they don’t have to pitch.

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