Cy Young Winners: DeGrom, Snell
Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets has easily won the National League Cy Young Award, and Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays has edged out two past winners for the American League prize.
DeGrom won just 10 games, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. He got 29 first-place votes and 207 points in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Washington’s Max Scherzer got the other first-place vote and finished second while seeking a third straight Cy Young and fourth overall.
Snell narrowly beat Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first AL Cy Young after leading the majors with 21 victories.
In his first season after chopping off his distinctive long hair, deGrom cut down hitters from start to finish despite little help from teammates. He had a 1.70 ERA, the lowest in the NL since Zack Greinke’s 1.66 mark in 2015. Yet the 30-year-old right-hander went 10-9, eclipsing the low bar among starters set by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez when he took the award with 13 victories in 2010.
Snell got 17 first-place votes and 169 points to 13 first-place votes and 154 points for Verlander. Kluber had 71 points, followed by Boston’s Chris Sale and Houston’s Gerrit Cole.
Boston College upset
Cameron Justice scored five of his game-high 29 points in the closing three minutes, carrying IUPUI to a 76-69 upset of host Boston College.
Evan Hall added 16 points for IUPUI (2-1). Jordan Chatman led Boston College (2-1) with 20 points, Wynston Tabbs had 15 and Ky Bowman 14 with nine rebounds.
Charles Matthews scored 19 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 18 and No. 18 Michigan beat No. 8 Villanova. 73-46. in a national championship game rematch.
Villanova captured its second title in three years with a 79-62 victory over Michigan in April but was completely overmatched in the second game at its newly renovated Pavilion. Eric Paschall scored 10 points and Phil Booth had nine for the Wildcats (2-1). ... Zion Williamson scored 21 points, fellow freshman RJ Barrett added 20 and No. 1 Duke routed Eastern Michigan, 84-46, in its first game this season as the nation’s top-ranked team. Javin DeLaurier and Jack White added 10 points apiece for the Blue Devils (3-0).
Graduation rates up
Graduation rates for NCAA athletes have reached a record high of 88 percent, according to data released by college sports’ governing body.
Graduation Success Rate data released by the NCAA showed a 1-percentage point increase from 2017, with similar increases among men’s basketball players (3 percentage points to 85) and FBS football players (1 percentage point to 79).
Data was compiled for college athletes who entered school in 2011.
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