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Reds’ Votto received 2010 Lou Marsh Award during Toronto series

Joey Votto heads to dugout after receiving Lou Marsh Award (megasportsnews.com photo)

In on-the-field ceremonies prior to Saturday night’s game against his boyhood team, the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto received the Lou Marsh Award as the 2010 Canadian Athlete of the Year.

The award is given annually to recognize Canada’s most outstanding athlete across all sports and was named in honor of Lou Marsh, a prominent athlete, referee and former sports editor of the Toronto Star at the turn of the 20th century.

The 2010 National League MVP, Votto hit .324 with 37 home runs, 113 RBI’s and 16 stolen bases in leading the Reds to the Central Division championship. The left-handed hitting all-star ranked among the league’s Top 3 in 11 statistical categories, in the Top 5 in 15 categories and among the Top 8 in 18 categories.

He led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.424) and hitting on the road (.349) and led the NL in slugging percentage (.600), hitting vs. right-handed pitching (.347), RBI ratio (4.8 at bats) and OPS (1.024). Among the NL batters in the prestigious Triple Crown categories he ranked second in hitting and third in both homers and RBI’s.

The National League and Sporting News All-Star received the Hank Aaron Award as the NL’s best hitter, the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds MVP and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award while being named Ontario Sports Legend Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year, QMI Agency Canadian Male Athlete of the Year, George Gross/Toronto Sun Sportsperson of the Year and Postmedia News Canadian Male Athlete of the Year.

Votto was ranked #1 in the Toronto Sun’s 2010 list of influential Canadian’s in baseball.

Only three Canadian-born baseball players have ever won the Lou Marsh Award, Votto, Larry Walker in 1998 and Ferguson Jenkins in 1974.

Other Marsh Award winners include: Sidney Crosby of hockey in 2007, 2009; Chantal Petitclerc of wheelchair racing in 2008; Cindy Klassen, speed skater in 2006; Steve Nash of basketball in 2005; Mario Lemieux of hockey in 1993 and Wayne Gretzky, who has won it a record four times.

 

Artest is a hero as the Lakers get past pesky Suns, 103-101

compiled from staff and wire reports

Lakers forward Ron Artest had a horrible shooting night for the Lakers, going 2-for-9, but still managed to be a hero. Artest is the only new player on the defending champions roster. He helped put his team one win away from the NBA finals.

Artest got into the lane and beat the buzzer with a wild miracle shot after rebounding Kobe Bryant’s missed attempt as the Lakers edged the Suns, 103-101 Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Ron Artest (nba)

Bryant had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers.

Jason Richardson tied the game for the Suns with a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left. Led by Steve Nash, who had 29 points and 11 assists, Phoenix came back from 18 points down in the second half.

The Lakers have won Game 5 the last nine straight times they’ve reached it in a playoff series, including last season’s title clincher over Orlando. Los Angeles also is the only team that hasn’t trailed in a series this playoff season.

Phoenix shows their bench is better than the Lakers’; wins Game 4

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Phoenix Suns have used playing in the desert as a positive the last two games.

The Suns received a great performance from their relentless bench to withstand Kobe Bryant’s 38-point, 10-assist effort and beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 115-106 in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night.

The series is all tied up at 2-2 heading back to Los Angeles for Game 5 on Thursday.

Channing Frye (nba)

Up until game 4, the Suns bench was ineffectively, but came alive and outscored the Lakers bench 54-20 on 20 of 32 from the field and 9 of 20 from 3-point land.

Channing Frye broke out of a slump to score 14 points, Leandro Barbosa had 14 points, Jared Dudley added 11 and Goran Dragic manned the point guard position and accumulated eight points and eight assists in 18 minutes.

Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and Steve Nash, playing with a broken nose scored 15 points and had eight assists.

All-NBA unanimous picks goes to LeBron James and Dwight Howard

compiled from staff, wire and NBA reports

LeBron James (nba)

Dwight Howard (nba)

LeBron James and Dwight Howard were unanimous choices for the All-NBA Team, while Kobe Bryant received 119 of 122 votes from writers and broadcasters.

James was unanimous pick for the second straight season and made his fourth All-NBA Team. the Cleveland megastar won the NBA MVP award for the second year in a row.

Kevin Durant and Dwayne Wade completed the first team on Thursday. Durant led the NBA in scoring for Oklahoma City with a 30.1 average, and James was second at 29.7. Howard led the league in rebounding with a 13.2 average and also averaged 18.3 points.

Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudamire, Steve Nash and Deron Williams were selected to the second team. Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bogut, Joe Johnson, and Brandon Roy were third-team picks.

King James is once again Most Valuable Player in the NBA

compiled from staff, wire and NBA reports

LeBron James 2nd MVP (nba)

LeBron James has just joined one of the NBA’S most exclusive clubs.

Cleveland’s superstar was voted the league’s MVP for the second straight year.

James, who averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists this season,  received his trophy at the University of Akron on Sunday. The presentation by commissioner David Stern made the presentation in front of Cleveland fans.

James is the 10th NBA player to be the MVP in consecutive seasons. The 25-year-old star joins Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash.

Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird won it three times in a row.

James’ win was expected after he had the finest season of his seven-year pro career. What remains to be seen is his margin of victory. Last year, James received 109 of 121 first-place votes, winning in a landslide in voting by a nationwide media panel of sports writers and broadcasters over Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who won the award in 2008.

For the second straight year, James accepted the award in his hometown. A year ago, he went back to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, his alma mater, for a ceremony in the school’s gym that was attended by his family, friends, former teachers and the student body.

As a high school star, James played many of his games at Rhodes Arena on the University of Akron campus. James also holds summer basketball camps at the Akron and the Zips are coached by Keith Dambrot, who coached the All-Star for part of his high school career.

This season James led the Cavaliers to the top of the league despite many injuries to the team. He also became the first forward in league history to average more than eight assists a game.

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