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October 22, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are going to the World Series for the second time in team history, and the first since 2005. Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined to scatter three hits while striking out 11 as the Astros took Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, 4-0 over the New York Yankees. Evan Gattis (GAT’-ihs) and Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) belted solo homers and Brian McCann added a two-run double to help Houston earn a meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco pitching coach Dave Righetti and Giants bullpen coach Mark Gardner have been reassigned to front office positions. The decision comes after the Giants logged a 64-98 record while compiling a 4.50 ERA that ranked 16th in the majors. And a person familiar with the situation says Chris Bosio (BAH’-see-oh) is out after six seasons as the Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama outgained Tennessee 604 yards to 108 and rolled to a 45-7 win at Tuscaloosa. Bo Scarbrough ran for Alabama’s first two TDs before Damien Harris added an 11-yard scoring run that put the Tide ahead 21-0 just before halftime. Backup quarterback Tagovailoa scored on a 23-yard run and then hit fellow freshman Henry Ruggs III for a 60-yard touchdown to help Alabama improve to 11-0 under Nick Saban against Tennessee.

UNDATED (AP) — Penn State had no trouble with Michigan as Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley each scored three touchdowns to highlight the second-ranked Nittany Lions’ 42-13 pounding of the 19th-ranked Wolverines. Kenny Hill matched his career high with five touchdown passes and fourth-ranked TCU yielded just 21 yards of total offense in a 43-0 throttling of Kansas. Alex Hornibrook threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns as fifth-ranked Wisconsin ripped Maryland 38-13.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets may be without All-Star point guard Chris Paul for weeks because of an injured left knee. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters in Houston on Saturday that the team will hold Paul out until the knee is completely healed. The team has not offered any specifics on the injury other than the knee is bruised.

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