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BASEBALL

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander of Houston and Sandy Alcantara of Miami were unanimously shortlisted for the Cy Young Award.

It is the second time the winners of both leagues have been unanimous since the award’s inception 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 honors in 2011, is the 11th player to win it three times. He also won unanimously in 2011.

Verlander led the majors with a 1.75 ERA – the lowest in his 17-year career – after missing nearly all of the previous two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery. He is the fourth AL pitcher with two unanimous wins, joining 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 got his first career World Series win in Game 5 as Houston beat Philadelphia in six games.

Alcantara had a 2.28 ERA while pitching a major league best 228 2/3 innings and six games in competition. He is the first Cy Young for the 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who becomes the first Marlins player to receive the honor.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — All-Star southpaw Tyler Anderson is moving to Los Angeles, leaving the Dodgers for a three-year, $39 million deal with the Angels.

The 32-year-old is coming off the best season of his major league career, going 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA for the 111-win Dodgers with a field selection that includes one of the best changeups 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 reliever Erik Swanson and minor league lefty Adam Macko.

Hernández hit .267 with 25 home runs and 77 RBI in 131 games last season. He was an All-Star starter in 2021 and finished that season hitting .296 with 32 homers and 116 RBI.

UNIVERSITY SOCCER

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia canceled Saturday’s scheduled home football game against #23 Coastal Carolina in the wake of a weekend shooting on campus that left three players dead and another injured.

The school said it has not determined whether the Cavaliers will play their traditional final regular season game at Virginia Tech on Nov. 26.

A former player, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is accused of opening fire Sunday night on a bus that was returning from a school trip, killing starting wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr., backup wide receiver Devin Chandler and linebacker D’Sean Perry. Jones, who faces three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of willful wounding and additional firearm-related charges, is being held without bail.

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Watson has been training with the Cleveland Browns for the first time since his 11-game 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 to undergo 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 asking for a trade and was eventually traded to Cleveland in March for a series of selected drafts, including three first.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to play for the Los Angeles Rams this weekend after missing a game in NFL concussion protocol.

Stafford fully participated in practices Wednesday and the Super Bowl-winning veteran is on track to come out of protocol in time to play New Orleans on Sunday, head coach Sean McVay said.

Stafford sat out the Rams’ 27-17 loss to Arizona on Sunday. He went into protocol two days after the previous week’s loss in Tampa Bay.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A judge dismissed NFL kicker Josh Lambo’s lawsuit against the Jacksonville Jaguars in which Lambo is seeking back pay and damages for emotional distress caused by former head coach Urban Meyer.

Judge Gilbert Feltel Jr., of Florida’s 4th Circuit Court in Duval County, dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice on November 8. He gave Lambo 21 days to amend and re-file the complaint. Lambo’s attorney, Betsy Brown, said Wednesday that she intends to do so.

TENNIS

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government confirmed on Thursday that Novak Djokovic was granted a visa to attend the Australian Open in January, a year after he was expelled for his stance against vaccination against COVID-19.

The 21-time Grand Slam singles champion had his visa canceled on grounds of public interest on January 14 and lost an appeal against his expulsion in Full Federal Court. The 35-year-old Serbian is set to compete at the Australian Open, which will take place January 16-29 in Melbourne.

Djokovic is playing in the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy this week, and said he was notified of the Australian government’s decision on Tuesday.

SOCCER

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced plans for a 25,000-seat stadium for Major League Soccer’s New York City Football Club on an undeveloped parcel of land adjacent to the home of the New York Mets.

The $780 million stadium, scheduled to open in 2027 in the Queens borough known as Willets Point, will be the anchor of a 23-acre redevelopment project that will also include 2,500 units of affordable housing, a new public school and a hotel, officials said. NYCFC has played most of its home games at Yankee Stadium since joining the league in 2015.

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