Date: November 16, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

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McKelvin

TWO RETURN TOUCHDOWNS IN FIRST QUARTER

From Elias: Leodis McKelvin returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown to give the Bills a 7-0 lead on Thursday night, but the Dolphins' Marcus Thigpen responded later in the period with a 96-yard kickoff return for a score. It marked the first time in 12 years that each team scored a TD on a punt or kickoff return in the first quarter of a NFL game. That had last happened in 2000, when a game between the Falcons and Rams began with back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns, one by Atlanta's Darrick Vaughn and the other by St. Louis's Tony Horne.

Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

DOLPHINS OFFENSE STRUGGLING

From Elias: The Dolphins have not gained 20 or more yards on a rush or a pass in two straight games: Sunday's 37-3 loss to the Titans and Thursday night's 19-14 setback in Buffalo. Prior to Miami, the last NFL team that did not produce a play from scrimmage of at least 20 yards in two consecutive games was the Browns in December 2008. The Dolphins have had back-to-back games of that type only two other times: in 1977 and 1999.

Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills

NBA

KNICKS RALLY TO PRESERVE PERFECT RECORD

From Elias: The Knicks preserved their undefeated record this season by rallying from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Spurs in San Antonio, 104-100. It was the Spurs' first loss after leading by at least a dozen points in the fourth quarter since November 2004, when they squandered a 19-point advantage in the final period in a 96-91 defeat at Toronto.

New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs

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James

JAMES LEADS TEAM IN POINTS, REBOUNDS, ASSISTS AND BLOCKS

From Elias: LeBron James led Miami in points (27), rebounds (7), assists (12) and blocked shots (3), carrying the Heat to a 98-93 triumph at Denver. It was only the second time in his three seasons with the Heat that James was the team's outright leader in all four of those categories in one game. He also did that in a loss to the Lakers at Staples Center in March of last season.

Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

MLB

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Posey

POSEY WINS MVP, BATTING TITLE AND WORLD SERIES

From Elias: Buster Posey is the first player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP award, batting title and World Series in the same season. Robinson did that with the Orioles in 1966, when he won the triple crown and Baltimore swept the Dodgers in the World Series. Five players registered that hat trick prior to Robinson: Dick Groat (1960 Pirates), Mickey Mantle (1956 Yankees), Willie Mays (1954 Giants), Stan Musial (1946 Cardinals) and Joe DiMaggio (1939 Yankees).

San Francisco Giants

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Posey

BUSTER JOINS YOGI AND CAMPY

From Elias: Buster Posey, Yogi Berra (1951 Yankees) and Roy Campanella (1955 Dodgers) are the only catchers to win a World Series and MVP award in the same season.

San Francisco Giants

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Cabrera

CABRERA WINS A.L. MVP

From Elias: Miguel Cabrera led the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 runs batted in this season. Only two players matched or bettered those numbers in a year they won a league MVP award: Jimmie Foxx, three times (1932, 1933 and 1938), and Lou Gehrig in 1936.

Detroit Tigers

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Cabrera

BATTING TITLE WINNERS SWEEP MVP HONORS

From Elias: The American League and National League batting champions this season, Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey, each won their league's Most Valuable Player award. The only other years in which the A.L. and N.L. batting title winners each won their league's BBWAA MVP designation were 1937 (Charlie Gehringer, A.L.; Joe Medwick, N.L.) and 1938 (Jimmie Foxx, A.L.; Ernie Lombardi, N.L.).

Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants


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