Rizzo MLB’s top hu­man­i­tar­ian

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS -

Cubs first base­man An­thony Rizzo re­ceived the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award for on- field per­for­mance and con­tri­bu­tions in the com­mu­nity.

The an­nounce­ment came at the an­nual Play­ers Choice Awards show in New York, dur­ing which Hous­ton Astros sec­ond base­man Jose Al­tuve was named MLB’s most out­stand­ing player for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

Rizzo was treated for limited stage clas­si­cal Hodgkin’s lym­phoma in 2008. In 2012, he founded the An­thony Rizzo Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, which funds pe­di­atric can­cer re­search and sup­ports the fam­i­lies of chil­dren with can­cer.

Rizzo also won the pres­ti­gious Roberto Cle­mente Award last month for his foun­da­tion’s work, giv­ing him a sweep of base­ball’s hu­man­i­tar­ian awards.

Roy­als man­ager Ned Yost re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized after falling while try­ing to re­pair a tree stand on his prop­erty in Ge­or­gia. Yost, 63, broke his pelvis in the fall.

Roy Halladay was fly­ing his small sport plane low over the Gulf of Mex­ico shortly be­fore it slammed into the wa­ter and killed the re­tired star pitcher Tues­day, wit­nesses told fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Daniel Flores, a 17- year- old catcher, died be­cause of com­pli­ca­tions stem­ming from can­cer treat­ment. Flores was con­sid­ered one of the top young play­ers in the Red Sox’ farm sys­tem.

Celtics win 10th straight

Aron Baynes matched his ca­reer high with 21 points, Kyrie Irv­ing scored 19 and the Celtics beat the vis­it­ing Lak­ers 107- 96 for their 10th straight vic­tory.

Bos­ton im­proved to 10- 2 even as Al Hor­ford sat out after en­ter­ing the con­cus­sion pro­to­col ear­lier in the day.

To­bias Har­ris scored 23 points and the first- place Pis­tons won for the sixth time in seven games, beat­ing the vis­it­ing Pac­ers 114- 97.

Knicks for­ward Kristaps Porzingis missed the game against the Magic be­cause of a sprained left an­kle and a bruised right el­bow.

Wolves fall to Ad­mi­rals

The Mil­wau­kee Ad­mi­rals scored three first- pe­riod goals in a 3- 0 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Wolves. Goalie Kasimir Kask­isuo ( 2- 3- 0) fin­ished with 34 saves for the Wolves ( 4- 5- 1- 0).

Sun- Times wires

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An­thony Rizzo won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award and the Roberto Cle­mente Award.

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