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Who should win NL Manager of the Year?

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Who should win NL Manager of the Year?

Major League Baseball will continue to look back on the 2012 season, but only for three more days.

The last of the 2012 postseason accolades will be announced this week, ending in the MVP for each league Thursday evening.

Monday, super-rookies Mike Trout and Bryce Harper each took home the Rookie of the Year Award, which came as no surprise.

Tuesday, the Manager of the Year for each league will be announced. Cincinnati's Dusty Baker, Washington's Davey Johnson and San Francisco's Bruce Bochy were named as the finalists.

Baker managed the Cubs from 2003-06, including the infamous NLCS against the Marlins. He led the Reds to the NL Central title this season and went up 2-0 in the NLDS, but dropped the next three at home to Bochy's Giants, who went on to win their second World Series in three seasons.

Johnson, known mostly for his managing days with the Mets in the mid-to-late '80s, took over as the Nationals skipper in 2011 after holding a position in Washington's front office from 2006-11.

All three managers made the postseason, but Bochy won the World Series while both Johnson and Baker saw their teams vanquished in the Division Series in heartbreaking fashion. By that measure alone, Bochy deserves the award.

One manager who is not on the list and probably should be is Mike Matheny of the Cardinals. The former big-league catcher took over for Tony La Russa and filled in admirably for the Hall of Famer. St. Louis had so much turnover from its championship 2011 season, losing legendary pitching coach Dave Duncan and franchise stud Albert Pujols in addition to La Russa, but Matheny led the team to Game 7 of the NLCS before his luck ran out.

Matheny is just getting started in his managing career, however, so he very well could be in this conversation over the next few years. Johnson, meanwhile, has come out and said he is retiring after 2013, so this may be his last shot.

The awards will be announced Tuesday evening.

Brotherly love: Justin and Jrue Holiday will walk NBA prospect Aaron cross stage at draft

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Brotherly love: Justin and Jrue Holiday will walk NBA prospect Aaron cross stage at draft

Here's a cool story to get your week started off right.

Per Yahoo's Shams Charania, the NBA for the first time will have its green room invitees walk across the stage with two family members prior to the draft.

For UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, his brothers will accompany him.

Aaron, a 6-foot-1 guard, is projected to go off the board sometime late in the first round. It's pretty neat that his brothers will be in attendance, both Justin of the Bulls and Jrue of the Pelicans.

And there's a chance Aaron gets to play with Justin. The Bulls hold the 22nd pick in the first round (ironically from Jrue and the Pelicans) and Scott Phillips has Aaron as one of the five players the Bulls should look at with the 22nd pick.

Writes Phillips:

Aaron Holiday, G, UCLA: This potential pick would already have ties to the Bulls as Aaron's older brother, Justin, is currently on the roster. After three stellar seasons with the Bruins, Aaron is now hoping to become the third Holiday brother in the NBA (brother Jrue is with the Pelicans).

Smaller than his older brothers at 6-foot-1, Aaron makes up for his smaller size at the point with an absurd 6-foot-7.5 wingspan that enables him to play bigger on the defensive end. A talented perimeter shooter who never shot below 41 percent from 3-point range during his three years in Westwood, Holiday has shown that he can run a team on the ball or play as a shooter off of the ball. It should also be pointed out that Holiday was a selfless teammates at UCLA. Opting to come off the bench his sophomore season so Lonzo Ball could start, Holiday was great as both a starter and a sixth man during his college career.

Which Bears have the highest player rating in Madden 19?

Which Bears have the highest player rating in Madden 19?

The time has come to start counting down to the release of Madden 19. The most popular football video game franchise of all-time is set to release in early August and as is a tradition with the weeks leading up to the game appearing on store shelves, leaks about features and player ratings have started.

Here are the highest rated Bears players in this year's edition:

Adrian Amos leads the way with an 88 rating, followed by Akiem Hicks (85) and Allen Robinson (85). 

Chicago's offense received a 75 overall rating, which should result in a significant challenge for Bears fans trying to score virtual points later this summer. The defense, however, will be stout, coming in with an overall rating of 81. Amos and Hicks have a lot to do with that.

Ratings are subject to change due to injury. Madden 19 is scheduled for release on August 10.