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CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is the National League MVP in just his second full season, making him the sixth player to win the award just a year after being named the Rookie of the Year. Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs for the World Series champs to become the first MVP from the Cubs since Sammy Sosa in 1998. Bryant received 29 of 30 first-place votes, runner-up Daniel Murphy of Washington picked up the other first-place vote and Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was third.
CHACAGO (AP) — Angels center fielder Mike Trout is the American League MVP for the second time in three years after batting .315 with 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals. Trout received 19 of 30 first-place votes in becoming the first MVP from a losing team since Alex Rodriguez for Texas in 2003. Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts finished second in the balloting, followed by Houston second baseman Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay).
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have shipped catcher Brian McCann and $11 million to the Astros for minor league pitchers Albert Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) and Jorge Guzman (GOOZ'-mahn). The 32-year-old McCann hit .242 with 20 homers and 58 RBIs this year and is expected to replace Jason Castro behind the plate for Houston. The seven-time All-Star lost playing time last season to red-hot rookie Gary Sanchez, making McCann expendable with two years and $34 million left on his contract.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Cougars have damaged Louisville's hopes for a national championship in college football by slamming the third-ranked Cardinals, 36-10. Duke Catolon scored three touchdowns and Greg Ward threw a TD pass one play after the Cardinals fumbled the opening kickoff. Heisman Trophy hopeful Lamar Jackson was sacked 11 times, lost a fumble and was held to 33 yards rushing by the Cougars.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has aggravated a hip injury that forced him to miss the first four weeks of the season. He sat out yesterday's practice and could be forced to miss at least Sunday's game against the Rams. The Dolphins have worked themselves back into playoff contention by winning their last four games to improve to 5-4.
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