NEWARK,N.J. (AP) -- Essence Carson scored 20 points and Cappie Pondexter added 14 tolead the New York Liberty past the last-place Washington Mystics 79-73 onSaturday. KaraBraxton had 14 points, including eight in a decisive 11-0 run in the secondquarter, to help New York (10-16) snap a three-game losing streak. Carson shot8 for 13 from the field and also had six assists. The Liberty moved into a tiefor fourth place in the Eastern Conference with Chicago, which played atIndiana later. Atlanta is 3 12 games ahead in third. MoniqueCurrie scored 20 points, Crystal Langhorne had 19 points and eight rebounds,and Jasmine Thomas added 18 for Washington (5-21), which lost its fifthstraight.
The Beast is back - The NFC East is the only division in the NFL where every team has a winning record. And that could mean tough trails for the Redskins as both the Giants and Eagles won on Sunday while Washington lost a heartbreaker in Detroit. An update across the division:
- The Dallas Cowboys (5-1,1-1) gave up no ground last week while they took their bye week. The Redskins had a big chance to equal Dallas with a fifth win, but Washington's last-second loss in Detroit is well documented at this point. The Cowboys should be getting healthier too; receiver Dez Bryant might return soon, though the elephant in Jerry Jones' room remains what happens when Tony Romo can come back.
- Even without their best game from rookie QB Carson Wentz, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-2, 0-1) bounced back in a big way with a good home win over previously undefeated Minnesota. The win showed off the best of the Eagles defense against their former QB Sam Bradford, and sets up a huge matchup this week against the Cowboys. Don't forget, the Eagles win over the Vikings could prove important in an NFC Wild Card tiebreak scenario, though something like that is still months away.
- It just feels like the Washington Redskins (4-3, 2-1) loss in Detroit will prove costly in January. There's a huge difference between 5-2 and 4-3, and now the 'Skins travel to London to take on a tough Bengals team. It will be a tough pill for this team to enter the bye at 4-4 after reeling off a four-game win streak, putting extra importance on this Sunday's game against Cincinatti. And much like the Eagles helped themselves out with the NFC win over the Vikes, the 'Skins doubly dug a hole with the NFC loss to the Lions, a team now with the same record as Washington.
- If it seems hard to get a read on the New York Giants (4-3, 1-1) that's because it is. Eli Manning is not playing particularly well, but the wild ability of Odell Beckham has allowed the Giants offense just enough to make plays in the passing game. The Giants rank 20th in the NFL in yards gained-per-game, and our 19th in yards given up-per-game. That recipe doesn't sound great, and yet, the Giants are winning. Eli and the G-Men tend to get hot late in the year, and so far, they are treading enough water to still make a late-season run.
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Mark Trumbo, who led the major leagues in home runs with 47, has been voted the American League’s Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News.
Trumbo, who will be a highly coveted free agent, drove in 108 runs and batted .256 in his first—and perhaps only season with the Orioles.
He was obtained from Seattle last December. In 2015, Trumbo hit 22 homers and 64 RBIs with the Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Trumbo beat out former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who had a fine year with Texas by one vote, 40-39.
Boston’s Rick Porcello, who is a strong contender for the AL Cy Young Award, finished third with 28 votes.
Chris Tillman received four votes.