Astros’ Altuve, Marlins slugger Stanton win MVP awards

– Jose Altuve of the World Series champion Houston Astros won the American League MVP award on Thursday while Marlins Giancarlo Stanton slugged his way to the National League honour. Altuve, 27, led the majors in batting average and had 204 hits during a campaign that saw the Astros win their first world championship in the franchise’s 55-year history. The nimble second baseman beat out New York Yankees’ hulking outfielder Aaron Judge, who hit 52…

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Paraguayan judge authorizes extradition of ex-Conmebol president

ASUNCION – A Paraguayan judge authorized on Thursday the extradition of the former president of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) Nicolas Leoz to the United States, where he faces bribery accusations in a corruption investigation of world football executives. The decision by Judge Humberto Otazu, which was seen by , will be appealed, Leoz’s lawyer said. Leoz, 89, who has been under house arrest since mid-2015, is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department…

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Smith, Chien share CME Group lead

(The Sports Xchange) – Sarah Jane Smith and Peiyun Chien posted 6-under 66s Thursday in the first round of the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. Smith and Chien are both seeking for their first LPGA victories and completed bogey-free rounds at Tiburon Golf Club. Smith carded the lowest round of her career. The 33-year-old Australian opened with five straight pars but began moving toward the lead by hitting an eagle at…

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Amazon serves up tennis to its UK Prime members with ATP deal

LONDON – Amazon.com will exclusively stream 37 top men’s tennis tournaments from 2019 to its Amazon Prime Video subscribers in Britain and Ireland after it won the ATP broadcast rights from pay-TV group Sky. The deal underlines Amazon’s ambition to challenge traditional pay-TV providers by using exclusive sports and entertainment content to attract people to its video service. Amazon will also be the pay-TV partner for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 in…

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Sock stuns Zverev to prolong London adventure, Federer rolls on

LONDON – Jack Sock became the first American to reach the last four of the ATP Finals for 10 years when he stunned world number three Alexander Zverev in a firecracker of a match on Thursday. The world number nine, who barged through the back door to qualify for the London showpiece by winning the Paris Masters, triumphed 6-4 1-6 6-4 to prolong his London adventure. Roger Federer had already won the Boris Becker group,…

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I choked, says Zverev, as year ends in anti-climax

LONDON – Germany’s 20-year-old Alexander Zverev has enjoyed a sensational year, winning five tournaments and reaching world number three, but it all ended in anti-climax on Thursday at the ATP Finals. Zverev lost his final round-robin match 6-4 1-6 6-4 to American Jack Sock who moved into the semi-finals at the expense of the man tipped to be a future grand slam champion. When Zverev won the second set and broke at the start of…

"I choked, says Zverev, as year ends in anti-climax"

Owners rebuke Jones for detrimental conduct

(The Sports Xchange) – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been informed by other NFL owners via letter that he is engaging in “conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests,” the New York Times reported on Thursday. The letter was sent to Jones through his attorney, David Boies, on Wednesday, one day after Jones expressed publicly that he had no intention of halting his efforts to prevent NFL commissioner Roger Goodell from receiving a contract…

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Nadal wins damages of 12,000 euros over doping slur

LONDON – World number one Rafael Nadal was awarded 12,000 euros ($14,000) damages on Thursday after a French court found in his favor over comments made by the country’s former Sports Minister. Nadal announced last year he would sue Roselyne Bachelot after she made comments in a television interview suggesting he had taken performance enhancing drugs in 2012. The Spaniard, who ended his season on Monday after losing to David Goffin at the ATP Finals,…

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Hartley and Gasly to race for Toro Rosso in 2018

LONDON – New Zealander Brendon Hartley and French driver Pierre Gasly will race for Toro Rosso next season, the Red Bull-owned Formula One team said on Thursday. Hartley, a Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar winner with Porsche and double world endurance champion, was drafted in to the team last month and will be starting his first full F1 season in 2018. So too will Gasly, who made his debut in Malaysia at the beginning of…

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Exclusive: CONCACAF agrees to launch new Nations League

MANCHESTER, England – CONCACAF’s governing council has agreed to launch a new Nations League tournament, for teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean, president Victor Montagliani told on Thursday. The competition will begin in the international dates in September, 2018 and will feature all 41 member countries of the confederation which includes Mexico and the United States. Those nations will be split into three divisions, based on their “sporting level” with promotion and…

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