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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four-time MVP, three Super Bowl players and the beginning of a brotherly act. The Associated Press 2021 NFL Awards had a bit of everything, starting with Aaron Rodgers becoming the fifth player to repeat as Most Valuable Player. “It’s a little surreal to be here,” Rodgers said. “Being a four-time MVP is crazy. READ MORE: Kirk Cousins ​​​​replaces Aaron Rodgers in the Pro Bowl“Everyone is different. They are all unique in their own way and this one feels the sweetest.” he was excellent. So much so that he garnered 39 votes from a national panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Not even one of Tom Brady’s best performances, in his final season, came close to the MVP race, with the Buccaneers quarterback getting 10 votes. The NFL is imminent. “There was something about how I felt coming off the field,” he said. “I had great conversations with the Packers before I left town. There have been changes in staff. It all comes down to weighing where I am mentally and what the commitment is. “I’m not afraid to retire and move on. I am very proud of what I have accomplished being in Green Bay for 17 years. He’s also still very competitive and has a bitter taste of the NFC game. I was frustrated with things during the offseason and I feel like there’s a lot of growth. There were some things expressed in private, and I am grateful for the response. Things were done to make me feel special and important.” Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp earned a vote for Most Valuable Player, but easily took home offensive player honors. Kupp and Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow (return player) and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (offensive rookie) will meet in Sunday’s Super Bowl. West Title. A unanimous All-Pro, he received 35 votes, far ahead of Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (10). Kupp was so productive while he worked with a new quarterback, Matthew Stafford, that he had 14 games with at least 10 catches, none with fewer than seven. Although he’s not the fastest or strongest wide receiver, he did have 100 receiving yards in 11 games. Steelers running back TJ Watt, a unanimous All-Pro like Kupp, led the NFL in sacks with a record 22 1/2. He was joined by his brother JJ, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year winner. he career winning that award three times. And I always thought to myself, why can’t I do that? READ MORE: Aaron Rodgers enters uncertain offseason after postseason hopes dashed You got, TJ “Some moments are just special. Couldn’t be more proud of you,” tweeted older brother JJ after announcing the winner on stage. Defensive Rookie of the Year. Parsons not only helped the Cowboys turn their defensive performance around this season, but he was so dynamic that he helped coordinator Dan Quinn win the assistant coaching award. Parsons promised that he would get the following that Watt now has. You’re still hungry, you know what I mean? he said. “I’m going for him next year. … But I guess it will be something for me … for next year.” In the Bengals’ rise from worst to first in the AFC North, and then deep into the playoffs, Chase was a huge contributor. The fifth overall pick in last April’s draft despite sitting out the 2020 season at LSU due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chase had 81 receptions for 1,455 yards with 13 touchdowns. His quarterback, of course, was Burrow, two years after they helped LSU win the national championship Burrow’s rookie season was cut short by a knee injury in his 10th game with a record 2 -7-1. The Bengals quarterback surely made up for that in 2021. He broke single-season franchise records for passer rating (108.3), yards (4,611), TD passes and 300-yard games (six). His passing accuracy ranked first in the league with a completion percentage of 70.4%, and despite being sacked a league-high 51 times, Burrow had an NFL-leading 8.9 yards per attempt. Mike Vrabel’s work with the Titans earned him Coach of the Year. Despite using a strikeless-season record of 91 players and losing his best player, running back Derrick Henry, for half the schedule, Vrabel led Tennessee to the AFC South crown and the No. The conference. “It’s a reflection of our football team and staff,” explained Vrabel. “They make a connection with our players. Players come and go, I played for 14 years. You can still make a connection and care about your guys. “I’m excited because we’ve had adversity and we’ve been able to persevere through it.” Rams veteran tackle Andrew Whitworth, who also played for the Bengals, won the Walter League. Payton Man of the Year Award.MORE NEWS: Rodger says Packers’ bye week helped recover from toe injury(© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast , rewritten or redistributed).

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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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