You’ve made it to the weekend. In today’s edition, we’ve got baseball’s MVP winners and a team riding high into Week 11. There’s plenty for every sports fan on the docket this weekend. Don’t miss today’s must-watch list.
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Ohtani & Harper Named MVPs
Shohei Ohtani (Angels) & Bryce Harper (Phillies) Win 2021 MLB MVP Awards
A two-way player and a two-time winner are taking home the final piece of hardware to cap off MLB awards week. Shohei Ohtani (Angels) was a unanimous selection for AL MVP while Bryce Harper (Phillies) won the NL MVP by a landslide with a 17 first-place votes. It was Harper’s second MVP award, and it’s likely not the last for the 27-year-old Ohtani. Harper led the league in slugging (.615) and OPS (1.044) while Ohtani made multiple pieces of history with his two-way play on the mound and the plate. Here’s a look at the MVP stats and how the voting shook out.
2021 MVP Season Stats
B. Harper (PHI): .309 BA | 35 HRs | 84 RBIs
S. Ohtani (LAA): .256 BA | 46 HRs | 100 RBIs
Ohtani (Pitching: 9-2 | 3.18 ERA | 130.1 IP | 156 Ks
2021 MVP Voting
AL: 1) S. Ohtani, 2) V. Guerrero Jr., 3) M. Semien
NL: 1) B. Harper, 2) J. Soto, 3) F. Tatis Jr.
That’s a wrap on MLB awards week! Stay tuned for winter meetings and an upcoming battle for the new collective bargaining agreement. Fun times ahead for baseball…
Pats Picking Up Steam
Patriots Shut Out Falcons (25-0) on Thursday Night Football for 5th Straight
As Week 11 kicked off in the NFL, a familiar postseason contender is reeling back into form. The Patriots shellacked the Falcons on Thursday night (25-0) to claim their fifth straight win and jump to 7-4 heading into Thanksgiving. New England has put up 24-plus in each of the last five contests while holding opponents to just 10.0 points per game, including just 13 points and one touchdown in the last three weeks. Meanwhile, rookie QB Mac Jones continued his rise as a reliable game manager with pinpoint accuracy. He completed 84.6 percent of his passes on Thursday while the run game and defense carried New England to an easy win.
QB Mac Jones (Last 2 Games)
41/49 (83.7% comp.), 405 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
Fun Fact: The Patriots haven’t allowed a point in the last 19 drives dating to back to Week 10.
The Patriots iced the game with a two interceptions in the final two minutes, including a pick-six from LB Kyle Van Noy.
AFC East Standings
Bills (6-3), Patriots (7-4), Dolphins (3-7), Jets (2-7)
Steph Curry continued his hot start to the NBA season with a 40-piece on 9-for-16 from deep to beat the Cavs (104-89). Curry has scored 40, 40 and 50 in the last 10 days, including nine 3s in each outing. The Dubs are now a league-best 13-2.
A pair of Morgan Rielly goals made the difference in the Maple Leafs’ 2-1 win over the Rangers on Thursday. The Leafs (12-5-1) have now won a league-best five in a row.
Every NFL Team’s Dumbest Decision of 2021
Inevitably, every NFL franchise will experience a moment when a decision didn’t work out. Too many moving parts exist for everything to go smoothly. The question is how each organization mitigates those inevitable missteps. (Bleacher Report)
Fears are growing about the safety and whereabouts of a Chinese tennis star, Peng Shuai, who has remained unheard from since she accused a former Chinese official of sexual assault. (ABC News)
The Must-Watch List
NFL Week 11 (Sunday)
Colts at Bills (1:00 pm)
Packers at Vikings (1:00 pm)
Bengals at Raiders (4:05 pm)
Cowboys at Chiefs (4:25 pm)
Steelers at Chargers (8:20 pm)
College Football (Saturday)
#7 Michigan State at #4 Ohio State (Noon)
#21 Arkansas at #2 Alabama (3:30 pm)
#6 Michigan at Maryland (3:30 pm)
SMU at #5 Cincinnati (3:30 pm)
#3 Oregon at #23 Utah (7:30 pm)
Lakers at Celtics (Fri. 7:00 pm)
Knicks at Bulls (Sun. 8:00 pm)
Bruins at Flyers (Sat. 7:00 pm)
M: #5 Villanova vs. #17 Tennessee (Sat. 1:00 pm)
M: #18 N. Carolina vs. #6 Purdue (Sat. 4:00 pm)
W: #6 Baylor at #3 Maryland (Sun. 1:00 pm)
W: #12 Texas at #16 Tennessee (Sun. 1:00 pm)
MLS Cup Playoffs
Philadelphia at New York Red Bulls (Sat. 2:30 pm)
Kansas City at Vancouver (Sat. 5:00 pm)
Montreal at Toronto (Sun. 1:00 pm)
New York City FC at Atlanta (Sun. 3:00 pm)
Portland at Minnesota (Sun. 5:30 pm)
Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars (Sat. 12:00 pm)
Boxing (WBO Welterweight Title)
Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter (7:00 pm)
*All Times Eastern
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