MLB MVP's named... Venus Williams home burglarized...Boxing icon dies

November 17, 2017 - 9:26 am

UNDATED (AP) — Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin. The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.

UNDATED (AP) — Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has received the National League MVP award, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds. In the closest MVP vote since 1979, Stanton became only the seventh player to win from a losing team. Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs. His homer total was the most in the majors since 2001, when Barry Bonds hit a record 73 and Sammy Sosa had 64.

NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain were among nine free agents who turned down $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams today. Chicago Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis also said no to the offers, as did Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb, Colorado closer Greg Holland, St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn and Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Burglars hit tennis star Venus Williams' Florida home, stealing $400,000 worth of goods while she was at the U.S. Open. Palm Beach Gardens police released a report today about the burglary, which happened between Sept. 1 and 5. In June, Williams was involved in a traffic accident near her home that killed a passenger in the other car. The crash remains under investigation.

MIAMI (AP) — Fernando "Ferdie" Pacheco, "The Fight Doctor" who served as Muhammad Ali's ringside physician, has died. He was 89. Pacheco's daughter says he died this morning at his Miami home after prolonged illness. Pacheco met Cassius Clay, who would later become Muhammad Ali, in 1960 when the fighter began training with Angelo Dundee at a Miami Beach gym. He was Ali's cornerman from 1962-1977, including three successful title bouts.

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