Ranking reveals best American athlete of 2018

Take a bow, Mookie Betts – and then another, and another. 

As if his World Series ring and American League Most Valuable Player trophy weren’t enough, a ranking by FiveThirtyEight has named the Boston Red Sox right fielder the best athlete of 2018 across the NBA, MLB and NFL. 

Betts’ success is largely summed up by the 10.6 Wins Above Replacement (WAR)that he posted, just outdueling Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. The young superstar became only the fifth player since 2000 to crack 10 WAR in one season.

Also among the top players of the year were National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Houston Rockets guard James Harden – twice.

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NBA star James Harden being sued for orchestrating assault, robbery over Facebook post

Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden is being sued for allegedly orchestrating the assault and robbery of Moses Malone Jr. last year.

Malone, the son of NBA Legend Moses Malone, was beaten and robbed of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry outside of a Houston nightclub in June of 2016.

The suit alleges that Harden became upset after Malone made comments about his basketball camp on social media and reportedly paid a group of four men $20,000 to commit the crime in retribution.

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TBT: James Harden when he wasn’t too lazy to shave his beard

James Harden: the man, the beard, the legend. It’s hard to believe there was a time before that glorious facial hair was a part of our lives, but we found evidence of a barefaced Harden’s existence — way back in 2005, when he was just 15 years old.

Harden has said that the infamous beard began in 2009, when he was at Arizona State and just too lazy to shave.

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