Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer win MLB Cy Young awards
No surprises in this year’s Cy Young balloting with Max Scherzer winning in the American League and Clayton Kershaw winning in the National League.
Scherzer received 28 of 30 first place votes to roll over Yu Darvish and third place Hisashi Iwakuma. Scherzer, 29, went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA (145 ERA+) in 32 starts this past season, but his Cy Young case goes way beyond win-loss record. He was top five in the league in ERA, ERA+, innings (214 1/3), strikeouts (240), WHIP (0.97), K/BB (4.28) and WAR (6.7).
Kershaw won his second Cy Young in three years garnering 29 of 30 first place votes and beat out second place Adam Wainwright and third place Jose Fernandez. Kershaw, 25, went 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA (194 ERA+) in 33 starts this past season. He led all of baseball in ERA, ERA+, WHIP (0.92) and WAR (7.8) while leading the NL in strikeouts (232). Kershaw also led all pitchers with 10 starts of at least seven shutout innings.
Northern Illinois beats Ball State in MAC West showdown
Northern Illinois broke open a 27-27 game with a 21-0 fourth quarter to bet Ball State last night. NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch rung up 468 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as the No.20 Huskies improved to 10-0 for the first time since 1963. Favorite and Over players visited the cashier after the game.
Colts/Titans Thursday Night Football preview
Week 11 of the NFL kicks off tonight with the Colts meeting the Titans in Nashville. Tough game to gauge here. The Colts have won eight of the last nine in the series but it’s not easy to trust a team that has been outscored 49-3 in the first half of their last two games against losing records. Indy is working on a 28/99 run/pass sequence at the moment. Tennessee has lost four of five after 3-1 start. The Titans have lost Jake Locker for the year and though Ryan Fitzpatrick has experience, he’s 0-2 as a starter this year. AFC South home teams are 0-4 ATS in division games this year. Indy is -2.5 with the total 42 1/2. Expecting perfect football weather in Music City.
Georgia Tech visits Clemson in ACC NCAAF action
Two games on tonight’s college football card with the feature matchup between 6-3 Georgia Tech and 8-1 Clemson in Death Valley. The Yellow Jackets have won three straight after losses in the Virginia Tech, Miami Fla, and BY gauntlet. Clemson has won a couple of road games after getting smoked by Florida State. The dog is 13-3 over the L16 in the series. Clemson is a -11 point favorite with the total set at 58 1/2. Weather will be perfect with the temperature at game time expected to be around 45.
THIS JUST IN ….. the New York Jets have just signed free agent safety Ed Reed. The former Raven was released by the Texans on Tuesday and cleared waivers on Wednesday.
Heisman Trophy front-runner Jameison Winston of Florida State is being investigated for a December 7, 2012 alleged sexual assault. Winston has not been charged in the incident and was not even mentioned in the police report. You can read more about the incident by clicking here and and here.
Former Cowboy and Bear WR Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years i prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring. Hurd plead guilty to charges in April of 2013. Throughout that six-year career, Hurd recorded 53 receptions, 739 yards and two touchdowns.
Baylor head coach Art Briles has received a 10-year contract extension and a bump in pay. Briles is now locked up through 2023 and joins Bob Stoops and Mack Brown in the Big 12 $4 million dollar a year club.
Mexico drills Kiwis 5-1 to “almost” punch World Cup ticket
Mexico pretty much punched their ticket to the 2014 Worl Cup in Brazil with a 5-1 win over New Zealand in their home leg of the heads up qualifier. Mexico scored just seven goals in their 10 Concacaf qualifying matches but scored early and often against a Kiwi outfit that seemed to struggle with the Mexico City altitude. The Tris led 2-0 at the half and led 5-0 before Chris James broke through late for New Zealand. Mexico must still survive the away leg next week in Wellington where New Zealand would need to win 4-0 or 6-1 to advance. Not very likely.
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