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Cubs’ Bryant is named NL Rookie of the Year

NEW YORK - Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year, and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was voted the AL honor.

Bryant made his debut on April 17 and became an NL All-Star. The 23-year-old hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs as Chicago returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

He received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in a balloting announced on Monday. San Francisco third baseman Matt Duffy was second with 70 points and Pittsburgh infielder Kang Jung-ho third with 28 points.

Correa, the top pick in the 2012 amateur draft, made his debut on June 8 and hit .279 with 22 homers, 68 RBIs and 14 steals, helping the Astros make their first postseason appearance in a decade. The youngest position player in the major leagues, he turned 21 in September.

Correa received 17 firsts and 13 seconds for 124 points. Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor was second with 13 firsts, 14 seconds and two thirds for 109 points.


Construction at skiing test event set to meet deadline

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland - The Alpine skiing test event in February for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is on track.

The International Ski Federation had set Nov. 15 as the deadline to decide whether construction on a gondola at the Jeongseon resort was moving fast enough. FIS president Gian-Franco Kasper told The Associated Press: “We have the promise that everything will be OK.”

FIS technical expert Gunter Hujara inspected Jeongseon over the weekend. Kasper says the gondola “is our challenge - nothing else.”

He says the course “is beautiful, there’s no question.”

A men’s World Cup downhill and super-G are scheduled to be held at Jeongseon from Feb. 6-7.


McDowell wins three-man playoff to take OHL Classic

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Graeme McDowell ended one of his worst years with one of his best shots. He hit an approach to 3 feet for a birdie on the 18th hole Monday to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in a three-man playoff.

McDowell closed with a 66 to finish at 18-under 266 which he thought would be only good enough for second place.

Russell Knox, coming off his first win last week in Shanghai at the HSBC Champions, had a one-shot lead playing the 18th hole until he pulled his tee shot into a bunker, came up short of the green and missed a 12-foot par putt.

Jason Bohn saved par on the final hole to join the playoff.

The playoff lasted one hole thanks to McDowell’s shot, which nearly went in. AP
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