Update on the latest sports
Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVP
UNDATED (AP) – Alex Bregman is hoping to give the Houston Astros an unprecedented sweep.
If Bregman is the American League’s Most Valuable Player when the voting is announced Thursday, the Astros will become the first team to have an MVP, Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Justin Verlander took Cy Young honors, and Yordan Alvarez was picked as the AL’s top rookie.
Mike Trout is probably Bregman’s top competition, and the National League MVP figures to come down to Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers or Christian Yelich of the Brewers, with Anthony Rendon (ren-DOHN’) of the Nationals also a worthy finalist.
Steelers, Browns renew rivalry, plenty on line
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Steelers and Browns renew their rivalry Thursday night when they meet for the 135th time.
Both teams are fighting to keep their postseason hopes alive. Pittsburgh has turned its season around after a 1-4 start by winning four in a row. Cleveland’s got work to do, but took a big step last week by beating Buffalo to halt a four-game slide. Ball security will be a priority for the Browns as the Steelers come in with 26 takeaways, the club’s most through nine games in 32 years.
Porzingis returns as Knicks show signs of chaos he escaped
NEW YORK (AP) – Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) returns to Madison Square Garden Thursday night when the Dallas Mavericks visit the Knicks. It will be the Mavericks forward’s first game in his old home since tearing his knee.
The 7-foot-3 forward was in the midst of his first All-Star season when he tore his left ACL in February of 2018. He was rehabilitating the injury last season when the Knicks traded him to Dallas.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby out 6 weeks after core surgery
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Penguins star Sidney Crosby will be out at least six weeks after what the team said was a successful core muscle injury repair Thursday.
General manager Jim Rutherford says the procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.
The 32-year-old Crosby leads the team in scoring with five goals and 12 assists in 17 games despite dealing with a sports hernia since training camp.
The two-time MVP left a 3-2 shootout win over Chicago on Nov. 9 in the third period. He got tangled up with Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson and moments later took a shot from Gustafsson that smacked off his right foot.