Jose Bautista had a monster game, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and a pair of runs scored in Friday's loss to the Yankees.
Bautista went yard twice on Friday night, giving him three home runs over his last three games. The Blue Jays slugger is having himself a great season, slashing .297/.412/.524 with 20 home runs and 60 RBI through 347 at-bats. What is even more impressive is that he has taken more walks (66) than he has strikeouts (62), which is incredible for this late in the season for a power hitter on his level. He remains an elite fantasy option even if he slides a bit in the stretch run. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Cam Newton has been named the NFL's MVP.
When defining an MVP, the phrase "makes everyone better" is associated with one. Cam Newton does just that for the Carolina Panthers. Newton passed for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns despite losing his top wide receiver from the previous season, Kelvin Benjamin. As a rusher, Newton gained 636 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He was the quarterback for the top offensive team in the NFL which is 17 - 1 going into the Super Bowl on Sunday. Which is a place Carolina would not be without their quarterback and the NFL's MVP. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Update: X-rays on Roy Hibbert's left ankle were negative.
In an already disappointing season, now Roy Hibbert is hurt for the Lakers. He is averaging 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game for Los Angeles after coming over in a trade from the Pacers. He has already been ruled out of returning against the Spurs on Saturday night but the good news is his X-ray on his ankle were negative. Monitor his activity in practice moving forward, but he may need until after the All Star Break to return for the Lakers. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Panthers Coach Ron Rivera won the NFL's Coach of the Year award.
With his team in the Super Bowl, Ron Rivera did not need validation on a great season by the Panthers. But he was named the NFL's Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. His Panthers have won the NFC South for three consecutive years and they are 17 - 1 prior to facing Denver on Sunday. Rivera has a career record of 50 - 34 - 1 as a head coach and this marks the second time in three years that he has won the vaunted award. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Fernando Rodney was removed from a Caribbean Series game as a "precautionary measure" because he'd been experiencing leg tightness during the week.
After signing a one-year contract with the Padres and with representatives of the team in attendance at the Caribbean Series, Fernando Rodney did not complete his inning due to injury. He fielded a ball but threw it away when trying to get an out at first base, and then the training staff took Rodney out before he could get the last out. Rodney did strike out two batters in the inning with his change-up. He is 38 years old and should have a clear path to save opportunities with San Diego, but Rodney will have to improve upon his 5.68 ERA as the closer in Seattle. Rodney did pitch well for the Cubs in his 12 innings in Chicago, but time will tell if the veteran reliever can hold the job as a Padre. This move in the Caribbean Series seems precautionary and should not affect his spring training timetable. But monitor the results to be sure. Analysis: Greg Jewett