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Houston ace McCullers left off ALCS roster against Red Sox

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. has been left off Houston's roster for the AL Championship Series against Boston because of a strained muscle in arm, a huge blow to a team looking to advance to the World Series for the second time in three seasons. McCullers was great in a Game ...

QBs, big names plentiful among injured early in NFL season

About a third of the starting quarterbacks have already missed time because of injuries, and Richard Sherman's return to the NFL was hastened by Tampa Bay's need at cornerback. And now Sherman is hurt. There are big names aplenty among the early-season strains and sprains, or ...

Seahawks put Russell Wilson, Chris Carson on injured reserve

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks placed quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Chris Carson on injured reserve Friday, a move that will keep both players out until at least mid-November. Coach Pete Carroll had said earlier in the day that Wilson would be placed on IR and the ...

Mitchell keeps foot down and builds 5-shot lead in CJ Cup

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rory McIlroy was trying to illustrate how deep the talent pool is on the PGA Tour by sharing a story about how impressed he was with Keith Mitchell the first time they played together. Mitchell is providing McIlroy and everyone else with plenty of more fodder through two ...

Giants’ special season comes to abrupt end against Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Only the San Francisco Giants themselves envisioned a season with success quite like this. They were all but an afterthought given the defending World Series champion Dodgers and San Diego Padres had been heavy favorites to win the NL West out of spring training. The ...

Dodgers’ Scherzer planned NLCS Game 1 starter against Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — Max Scherzer is lined up to throw the Los Angeles Dodgers' first pitch in the NL Championship Series only two days after delivering the final pitch in their NL Division Series-clinching win. Unusual? Yes. And yet no one is surprised. "That is Scherzer being Scherzer," ...

Cardinals coach Kingsbury, 2 others to miss Sunday vs Browns

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury, quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive tackle Zach Allen will miss the Cardinals' game Sunday at Cleveland after testing positive for COVID-19. The news adds to the virus woes for the NFL's only unbeaten team, which also put star ...

Hughes scores 2, lifts Devils past Blackhawks in OT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Not only did defenseman Dougie Hamilton pay instant dividends for the New Jersey Devils, Jack Hughes had a game worthy of a No. 1 overall pick. Hughes scored his second goal of the game less than a minute into overtime, the high-priced Hamilton scored on his first shot as ...

Finally: The preseason winds down, and regular season awaits

Let the (real) games begin. The NBA preseason finales were Friday night, the end of a two-week slate of exhibitions featuring more than 500 players — from 18-year-old Josh Primo in San Antonio, to 41-year-old Udonis Haslem in Miami — and some relatively unusual events. — A game in ...

Chicago uses stellar defensive effort to rout Phoenix 86-50

CHICAGO (AP) — Kahleah Copper provided the offense and the Chicago Sky used a dominant defensive effort to move within a win of the franchise's first WNBA championship. Copper scored 20 of her 22 points in the first half and Chicago routed the Phoenix Mercury 86-50 on Friday night in Game 3 ...

No. 9 Oregon holds off tenacious California 24-17

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Quarterback Anthony Brown shut out the noise to lead Oregon to a fourth-quarter comeback, then let the defense seal a victory over California. Brown scored on an 11-yard keeper with 4:50 left and the ninth-ranked Ducks held off surprisingly tenacious Cal 24-17 on Friday ...

Dodgers beat Giants 2-1 in playoff thriller, advance to NLCS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and prized midseason acquisition Max Scherzer came out of the bullpen for his first career save, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in a thrilling winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday ...

Braves plan to be without OF Soler in NL Championship Series

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are preparing to play without outfielder Jorge Soler in the NL Championship Series as they await his clearance following his positive COVID-19 test. The Braves worked out Thursday at Truist Park without Soler, who was pulled from the lineup for Game 4 of the ...

Cardinals fire Mike Shildt over ‘philosophical differences’

The Cardinals fired former National League manager of the year Mike Shildt over organizational differences Thursday, just one week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game. Cardinals president John Mozeliak said the firing was "something that ...

Pelicans’ Williamson out at first week of regular season

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is now expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season because his recovery from surgery to repair a right foot fracture is taking longer than anticipated. "Nothing has gone wrong and there is no setback," Pelicans basketball ...

Robert Streb leads a day of low scoring in CJ Cup at Summit

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robert Streb went from making putts to wondering if he would ever miss Thursday in the CJ Cup at Summit. It led to his best start to any tournament and his lowest score on the PGA Tour. And on this day at The Summit Club, his 11-under 61 was only good for a one-shot lead. A ...

Carr confident with Olson calling Raiders’ offensive plays

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders have been operating with a "next man up" mentality since the start of the season while dealing with injuries throughout the lineup. Sunday in Denver, the same mantra will apply with their coaching staff against the Denver Broncos. With Jon Gruden ...

Palat scores, lifts Lightning to 7-6 OT win over Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) — Ondrej Palat scored with 2:17 left in overtime, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7-6 comeback victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Tyler Bertuzzi scored a career-high four goals, including three in the second period, to help the Red Wings take a three-goal ...

Cora meets former team again with Red Sox vs Astros in ALCS

HOUSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was already counting on a rematch with his former team even before the Houston Astros advanced to their fifth straight AL Championship Series. "He told me (Monday), 'see you soon,'" Houston star Carlos Correa said. The Astros assured their ...

Kraken post 1st NHL victory, spoiling Preds’ opener 4-3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Seattle Kraken wound up having to wait longer to play their first regular-season game on home ice than they did their first victory. Brandon Tanev scored his second goal into an empty net with 1:21 left, and the Kraken beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday ...