EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – The New York Giants came out firing after a week off, routing the Green Bay Packers 38-10 on Sunday to break a two-game losing skid and strengthen their hold on the NFC East.
Quarterback Eli Manning, who had thrown one touchdown pass and six interceptions in his last four games, had renewed zip on his deliveries as he threw for three touchdowns and surpassed Phil Simms as the team’s all-time leader with 200 TD passes.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawsuit brought by thousands of former NFL players against the league for allegedly denying any link of gridiron play to long-term brain damage may benefit from information in an investigative report on Friday.
The National Football League’s retirement board awarded disability payments to at least three former players in the late 1990s and 2000s after concluding that football caused their brain injuries, according to a joint probe by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and the PBS “Frontline” show.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, the first player to win the Triple Crown in 45 years, added the American League’s Most Valuable Player award on Thursday for the 2012 Major League Baseball season.
Cabrera became the first player since Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox in 1967 to lead the league in the three top traditional offensive categories with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 139 runs batted in.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Buster Posey of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants won the National League’s Most Valuable Player award on Thursday for the 2012 Major League Baseball season.
The hard-hitting Posey posted the highest batting average in the major leagues at .336 and pounded 24 home runs while driving in 103 to win MLB’s most cherished individual award, which is based only on performance during the regular season.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – R.A. Dickey began 2012 with a climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and ended his greatest baseball season by reaching the top of his profession by winning the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday.
Dickey, in the 10th year of a Major League Baseball career that has produced a 41-50 record, used his baffling knuckleball to post a 20-6 mark with a 2.73 earned run average for the New York Mets, leading the league with 233.2 innings and 230 strikeouts.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics and Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals were named managers of the year on Tuesday in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Melvin, who led Oakland to an unlikely American League West title, and Johnson, who steered Washington to the National League East crown, joined just four other men to win the manager awards with teams in both leagues.
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin and his players were doubly disappointed on Sunday, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers and letting down fans that needed a lift following superstorm Sandy.
“We wanted emotionally so badly to win the game for obvious reasons, for all our neighbors who are struggling and who need some type of inspiration,” Coughlin said after the team blew a 10-point lead in a 24-20 loss by allowing two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – The visiting Pittsburgh Steelers scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to erase a 20-10 deficit and upset the Super Bowl champion New York Giants 24-20 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
It was the third victory in a row for the Steelers, who improved to 5-3 as they thoroughly outplayed New York in the second half to snap a four-game winning streak for the Giants, who fell to 6-3.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Carmelo Anthony helped lead the New York Knicks to a rousing 104-84 win over the NBA champions Miami Heat on Friday in New York City’s first sporting event since the devastating impact of the powerful superstorm Sandy.
Anthony topped all scorers with 30 points, and long-range shooter Steve Novak had 17 points in New York’s season opener. LeBron James scored 23 points to pace Miami, who dropped to 1-1 after an opening win against the Boston Celtics.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City canceled its annual marathon on Friday, reversing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s earlier decision to go forward with Sunday’s race, as it had become a lightning rod for residents frustrated by the disastrous aftermath of megastorm Sandy.
The decision came after a growing number of storm victims, some runners, and other politicians criticized Bloomberg’s decision earlier in the week to go forward with the marathon, one of the world’s most popular sporting events. They said the race, which had been expected to draw more than 40,000 runners, would divert critical police and other resources.