LeBron James is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year in 2016. Northeast Ohio’s favorite son used his incomparable skills skills to deliver a title to a suddenly revitalized city, while using his voice to have an even wider impact. (Robert Beck)
Mike Trout’s historic young career continues to grow. Trout is the 2016 American League MVP. This is the second MVP in three seasons for Trout and he has joined Barry Bonds as the only players to place in the top two slots for MVP in five straight seasons.
Kris Bryant of the World Champion Chicago Cubs is the 2016 National League MVP. Bryant becomes the first player to win the Golden Spikes (Best collegiate player), MiLB Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and MVP in four straight years.
Bryant joins Cal Ripken (1982-83), Ryan Howard (2005-06) and Dustin Pedroia (2007-08) as the only players to win the Rookie of the Year and then the MVP consecutively.
Candace Parker scores 28 points with 12 rebounds, Nneka Ogwumike adds 12 points plus hitting the last second basket to put the Sparks over the Minnesota Lynx 77-76 to win game 4 and clinch the 2016 WNBA Championship.
The Seattle Mariners win their 116th game to tie the major league record of wins in a season set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs and set the American league record. They were led by the 2001 AL batting champion (.350 avg) and 2001 MVP Ichiro Suzuki and Jamie Moyer who had 20 wins which tied him for 2nd in the American League.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses with his gold medal during the podium ceremony for the Men's 200m during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 19, 2016. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Jim Thome becomes the eighth player to reach the 600 career home runs mark when he hits a two-run homer in the sixth (599), followed by three-run blast an inning later off Detroit’s Daniel Schlereth. Needing fewer at-bats to reach 600 than anyone except for Babe Ruth, the 40-year-old Twins slugger accomplishes the feat in his 8,167th at-bat, compared to the Bambino’s 6,921.