Scherzer, Porcello take Cy Young honors...Mathieu practices...Ailing NHL forwards

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NEW YORK (AP) — Nationals ace Max Scherzer (SHUR-zur) has become the sixth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, taking the NL prize by a wide margin. Scherzer picked up 25 of 30 first-place votes after leading the majors with 284 strikeouts and pacing the National League with 20 victories. He outdistanced Cubs hurlers Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks in the balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

NEW YORK (AP) — Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello has captured the American League Cy Young Award in a close vote with Justin Verlander of the Tigers. Verlander received 14 first-place votes compared to eight for Porcello, but the Boston hurler also claimed 18 second-place nods, while his former Detroit teammate picked up just two and was left off two ballots. Porcello led the majors with 22 wins this year and compiled a 3.15 ERA in 33 starts.

HOUSTON (AP) — Free agent pitcher Charlie Morton has agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with the Houston Astros. The right-hander made just four starts last season for the Phillies before a torn left hamstring ended his year. The 33-year-old has spent his entire nine-year career in the National League with the Braves, Pirates and Phillies, going 46-71 with a 4.54 ERA.

UNDATED (AP) — Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu was back at practice on a limited basis Wednesday and is optimistic he can play Sunday against the Vikings at Minnesota. He was sidelined with a shoulder subluxation in Arizona's loss at Carolina on Oct. 30 and missed Sunday's 23-20 win over San Francisco. Mathieu also is hopeful that he can soon discard the brace he has worn to protect his surgically-repaired knee.

UNDATED (AP) — Three of the NHL's top-scoring forwards are now sidelined by injury. The Tampa Bay Lightning say Steven Stamkos has a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and will be sidelined indefinitely. The New Jersey Devils will be without Taylor Hall for up to a month following surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee, and the Flames will know how long they'll be without Johnny Gaudreau (GOO'-droh) once he undergoes surgery for a fractured finger suffered in Tuesday's win over Minnesota.

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