Posey wins National League MVP

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Posey wins National League MVP

Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants was voted the NL Most Valuable Player on Thursday after returning from a devastating leg injury and becoming the first catcher in 70 years to win the league's batting title.
Posey received 27 of 32 first-place votes and 422 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, outdistancing 2011 winner Ryan Braun of Milwaukee, who was second with 285 points.
Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen (245) was third, followed by St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina (241).
The AL MVP was to be announced later Thursday.
The 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, Posey set career highs with a .336 average, 24 homers and 103 RBIs for the World Series champion Giants. His 2011 season was cut short by a collision with the Marlins' Scott Cousins on May 25 that resulted in a fractured bone in Posey's lower left leg and three torn ankle ligaments.
Posey, the fifth overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, won the NL batting title after teammate Melky Cabrera requested a rules change that disqualified him. Cabrera, who hit .346, missed the final 45 games of the regular-season while serving a suspension for a positive testosterone test and would have won the batting crown if the rule hadn't been changed.
Ernie Lombardi had been the previous catcher to capture the NL batting championship, in 1942.
Catchers have won the NL MVP just eight times, with Posey joining Gabby Hartnett (1935), Lombardi (1938), Roy Campanella (1951, 1953, 1955) and Johnny Bench (1970, 1972). The other winning catchers were Lombardi in 1938 and Gabby Hartnett in 1935.
Posey is the first Giants player to win since Barry Bonds was voted his record seventh MVP award in 2004.

Richard Lagow sets Hoosiers' passing record, also throws five picks in loss to Wake Forest

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Richard Lagow sets Hoosiers' passing record, also throws five picks in loss to Wake Forest

It was a day of highs and lows for Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow.

The explosiveness that was ever-present under Lagow's predecessor, Nate Sudfeld, came back in a big way Saturday, with Lagow throwing for a school-record 496 yards. But he also pitched a dreadful five interceptions in the Hoosiers' 33-28 loss to the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Bloomington.

Lagow's huge yardage total was accompanied by three touchdown tosses as the Hoosiers' broke the 600-yard mark on offense, finishing with 611 total yards. But those five interceptions compared to zero turnovers by the Deacons, who had a huge edge in time of possession, meant no positive result for the Hoosiers.

Indiana scored on the first play of the game, Lagow hitting Nick Westbrook for a 75-yard touchdown immediately after the opening kickoff. But Lagow threw an interception on the Hoosiers' next possession, which led to a Wake touchdown. In the second quarter, Lagow's second interception was returned for a touchdown, and he threw another on the ensuing possession, though that one didn't result in any Wake points. Indiana also missed a field goal in the second quarter, with Wake scoring on the next drive to make it 21-7 at the break.

Lagow's fourth interception turned into a Demon Deacons touchdown, but he hit Westbrook for their second scoring connection of the day to make it 24-14. Wake added a field goal before the teams traded touchdowns straddling the third and fourth quarters. Lagow threw one more interception and one more touchdown pass (that one a 49-yard strike to Donavan Hale in the final seconds), but the Hoosiers couldn't complete a comeback, running out of time.

Wake mustered just 352 total yards, but Lagow's trouble keeping the ball out of the Deacons' hands gave Wake a significant boost.

The loss was Indiana's first of the season, dropping its record to 2-1. The Hoosiers face off against Michigan State next weekend.

Michigan dominates on both sides of the ball in runaway win over Penn State

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Michigan dominates on both sides of the ball in runaway win over Penn State

Wisconsin might have scored Saturday's most impressive win, but Michigan made a statement of its own, setting up another colossal conference clash next weekend in Ann Arbor.

The Wolverines welcomed in the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, albeit rudely, dominating on both sides of the ball in a blowout 49-10 win.

This one was over from the very start, Michigan clamping down on defense and putting on an offensive clinic with short fields.

Wilton Speight led touchdown drives on each of the Wolverines' first three offensive possessions, the first set up thanks to an eye-popping Jabrill Peppers punt return. Khalid Hill finished that one off with a short touchdown run, and after the Lions turned it over on downs, De'Veon Smith punched it in for a score. Speight made it 3-for-3 with a touchdown toss to Devin Asiasi for a seemingly insurmountable 21-0 lead in the second quarter.

Michigan kept their early punt-less streak intact by turning it over on downs on its next offensive possession but followed that up with a touchdown on the next, Karan Higdon rushing in for the score to make it 28-0 before halftime.

Penn State punted five times in the first half, turning it over on downs on another drive for an 0-for-6 mark over the first 30 minutes as the Michigan defense dominated. The Lions finally got on the board with a third-quarter field goal and added a touchdown in the fourth to send their point total into double digits. But the Wolverines added another three touchdowns of their own in the second half, Chris Evans rushing in for a score, Higdon getting his second touchdown scamper of the day, the second from 40 yards out, and Ty Isaac getting the final points of the game.

The Michigan defense had a monster day, holding Penn State to just 191 total yards, including only 70 on the ground and 2.5 yards per carry, and came away with a pair of takeaways.

Meanwhile, the Wolverines racked up 515 yards of offense, including 326 yards rushing. Five different players scored a rushing touchdown, with Higdon scoring two. Smith finished with 107 yards rushing, Higdon had 81 yards and Isaac had 74. Speight had a fine day, too, completing 21 of his 33 passing attempts for 189 yards and a touchdown.

The win sent Michigan to 4-0 on the season, and the Wolverines have that huge matchup with the Badgers next weekend.

Penn State, meanwhile, fell to 2-2 with the defeat and faces Minnesota next weekend.