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Scherzer, Kluber win more Cy Young Awards

Cleveland pitching ace Corey Kluber won his second American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday.
Cleveland pitching ace Corey Kluber won his second American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday.
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Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals coasted to his third Cy Young Award, winning Wednesday for the second straight year in the

National League.

Scherzer breezed past Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, drawing 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

“Yes!” Scherzer shouted, thrusting his arms up when the honor was

announced on MLB Network.

Scherzer earned the NL honor last year with Washington and the 2013

American League prize with Detroit. He became the 10th pitcher with at

least three Cy Youngs.

Scherzer was 16-6 with a career-best 2.51 ERA. The 33-yearold righty struck out a league-leading 268 for the NL East champion Nationals.

Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians easily won his second AL Cy

Young Award earlier in the day. He got 28 of the 30 first-place votes, with Boston’s Chris Sale second and Luis Severino of the New York Yankees third.

Kluber led the majors with a 2.25 ERA and his 18 wins tied for the most in baseball. He added to the Cy Young he won with the Indians in 2014.

Kluber and Scherzer both had rough outings in the playoffs. Voting or the awards was completed before the postseason began.

The final BBWAA honors will come Thursday when the MVP awards are announced in the AL and NL.

Nicknamed “Klubot” for his robotic manner on the mound, Kluber finished 18-4 and struck out 265.

Kluber was especially dominant down the stretch, closing out the season by going 11-1 to help Cleveland win the AL Central.

YAS SPARTANS SEEKING FINANCIAL

SUPPORT FOR TRIP TO CHAMPIONSHIP

The Youth Athletics of Sumter Spartans Pee Wee football team is seeking financial support and sponsors from the community to play in

the Pop Warner National Championship to be held Dec. 1-9 at Disney

ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

The team has set up a GOFUNDME page at https://www.gofundme.

com/sumter-pee-wee-road-to-disney.

The team will be having a Spartan Rally on Saturday from noon to 5

p.m. at Manning Avenue Free Studio Park located at 241 Manning  Avenue.

There will be food, music and a chance to win prizes such as a 55-inch Vizio D series 1080p Full Array LED television valued at $450 and a 20-quart Yeti Roadie Cooler valued at $180. Raffle tickets for the TV and

cooler are currently being sold at CA Harler Trophies & Engraving LLC located at 703 Bultman Drive and by Meagan Cassidy at Destinations

Spa at 1147 North Guignard Drive.

Prior to going to Orlando, the Spartans will travel to Virginia Beach, Va., to play the Cleveland Rams from Clayton, N.C., in the region

championship game on Nov. 25.

3 UCLA BASKETBALL PLAYERS SUSPENDED

AFTER THEFT IN CHINA

LOS ANGELES — Three UCLA basketball players detained for shoplifting at three high-end stores in China publicly apologized

Wednesday before coach Steve Alford announced they were being

suspended indefinitely.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley won’t be allowed

to suit up, practice or travel with the team while the university continues to sort out the circumstances of last week’s incident in Hangzhou, China, Alford said during a news conference at Pauley Pavilion.

“These are good young men who have exercised an inexcusable lapse

of judgment and now they have to live with that,” Alford said. “They

let a lot people down in the process.”

"I’m confident that they have already begun to use this experience

as a life lesson,” he added.

Ball, Hill and Riley took turns confessing to the theft and apologizing

while also thanking President Trump for intervening on their behalf with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The players had returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday after Chinese authorities withdrew the charges

against them.