High-profile quarterback injuries have struck more teams this year than any in recent memory. From Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh to Peyton Manning in Denver and Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, a number of AFC contenders have had to make due without their most important player for significant portions of the season. One NFC team has been part of that unfortunate club as well, but that player will finally make his return in Week 11. Somehow, his team is still realistically in the playoff hunt, despite a brutal seven-game losing streak in the time he's been out. That quarterback helps kick off our Risers heading into Week 11. On the other side of the coin, Manning’s injury, and the uncertainty surrounding his replacement, pushes down his top two receivers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Harper began this season with one personal goal - and it had nothing to do with homers, RBIs or awards.
"All I wanted to do was stay healthy and stay on the field every day," he said.
Harper did that, and a lot more. The Washington slugger put behind his injury-plagued past and put up huge numbers, becoming the youngest unanimous MVP winner in baseball history when he captured the NL honor Thursday.
Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson took the AL MVP after helping to boost the Blue Jays back into the postseason for the first time since 1993.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced plans Tuesday for its eighth Urban Youth Academy. The new facility will go up in Dallas with the help of the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis, and MLBPA executive Omar Minaya were among those who attended a news conference announcing the plans.
The Chicago Cubs might have lost the NLCS to the New York Mets, but the team is making up for it by racking up the postseason honors. Kris Bryant won National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, while Joe Maddon was named NL Manager of the Year Tuesday. Yesterday, another Cub got in on the action.
Last night, Chicago pitcher Jake Arrieta received the NL Cy Young Award. Houston Astros hurler Dallas Keuchel took home the American League Cy Young. It was the first Cy Young for both players. (Another winner with this year's Cy Youngs? Crazy beards.)
For seemingly the 10th straight week, injuries have created the greatest buying opportunities on the waiver wire. This time the affected team is the Patriots, who lost one of the most important players in their offense for the second straight week. So long as Tom Brady is under center, however, the offense isn’t likely to slow down. The pieces around him may change, but Brady is the engine that makes everyone else go. That’s why the first player below, a receiver with a new, more important role, is the most attractive player on the wire heading into Week 11.
If you're a baseball manager in your first season with a club and you lead the team to an epic turnaround, chances are you're picking up some hardware at the end of the season. So it's not a real surprise who the Baseball Writers' Association of America named as their Managers of the Year.
Last night, the BWAA announced that Texas Rangers skipper Jeff Banister and Chicago Cubs guru Joe Maddon were this year's top clubhouse leaders. It was the first time Banister won the award — which makes sense because this was his first year as a manager. Maddon, meanwhile, is now a three-time recipient of the honor. He previously won as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 and 2011.
The 22-year-old Texan made history by winning the first two majors of the year (the Masters and the U.S. Open), and he has taken home more than $11 million in winnings this season. But more impressive than his accomplishments on the course are the way he carries himself and his devotion to his family.
Why does everyone love Jordan Spieth? Maybe because he's so young, being practically a kid at the tender age of 22. We love Spieth (which rhymes with good teeth) because he has already accomplished amazing things. As a teenager he became only the second player to win multiple U.S. Junior championships, joining Tiger Woods. At the University of Texas, Spieth led the Longhorns to their first national championship in 40 years. Now as a pro he is busy making history: At this year's Masters he blew away the field, tying Woods's tournament scoring record of 18 under par. Then Spieth followed that up by winning the U.S. Open, becoming only the sixth player ever to take both tournaments in the same year.
But maybe the biggest reason that the whole world loves Jordan Spieth is that he's such a nice, down-to-earth guy. He is still dating his high school sweetheart, and he volunteers in the classroom of his teenage sister, Ellie, who has autism. He has been known to surprise his fellow pros by addressing them deferentially, as in "Hello, Mr. Mickelson." When Spieth made a hole in one at a tournament outside Chicago this year, he later celebrated by paying for drinks and dozens of pizzas to be delivered to reporters and the event's volunteers. Asked the source of his humility, Spieth offered the perfect answer: "Me speaking about humility is very difficult, because that wouldn't be very humble."