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Sun-Down: Josh Hamilton is the most valuable player in the American League; The Philadelphia Spectrum is no more; Soccer player drives car at ref after red card

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Josh-Hamilton-MVP.jpgAs expected, Josh Hamilton added another impressive chapter in his redemption story today by winning the American League MVP.

The Texas Rangers center fielder received 22 of the 28 first-place votes. Miguel Cabrera, of the Detroit Tigers, received five first-place votes and finished second, while Toronto's Jose Bautista got one nod, finishing fourth. New York Yankees' Robinson Cano finished third.

The selection comes after a year in which Hamilton led the league in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging. He missed 24 games after a September injury, but still helped his Rangers win their first division since 1999 ...
The Philadelphia Spectrum is no more.

The landmark, which was home to Julius Erving's up-and-unders, where the Broad Street Bullies racked up penalty minutes and perhaps the only place Bruce Springsteen was booed off stage, was done in by a wrecking ball today.

But know this: It did not go quietly into that good night.

It took more than a half-dozen swings for the wrecking ball to make a significant impact on the brick exterior.

Ref rage
Here in America, we are not without our share of players who chronically argue with the referee or umpire. See: "Wallace, Rasheed."

But they all pale in comparison to amateur British soccer player Joseph Rimmer, who reacted -- nay, overreacted -- to being booked by driving his Range Rover at the referee.

David Harkness, an official for 35 years, remains shaken by the experience. He said he hasn't been able to sleep because he fears Rimmer will find out where he lives and shoot him.

Dunk of the year?

Yeah, I know this is a couple days old, but I would just feel like a bad person if I never posted it here.

The Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, now healthy, is emerging as a one-man highlight reel.

This, though, will be hard for him to top. 

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