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Brewers win NL Central...Dolphins banged up...Rule change lowers concussions

October 1, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Yelich got three more hits in falling just short of the Triple Crown as the Milwaukee Brewers won their first NL Central title since 2011, beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1 in a tiebreaker game. Lorenzo Cain hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to help Milwaukee win its eighth straight. The Brewers will host the wild-card winner starting Thursday in the best-of-five Division Series. Chicago stays at Wrigley Field for Tuesday night’s wild-card game against Colorado or the Dodgers.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers led the majors in attendance this season, topping the 3 million mark. Even accounting for the usual late-arriving fans in Los Angeles, there are plenty of empty seats for the Dodgers’ tiebreaker game against Colorado. Each end of the upper deck has three nearly empty sections. A Monday day game with people at work and kids back in school surely doesn’t help.The Dodgers drew 3,809,684 through 81 home dates, averaging 47,033 per game.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins center Daniel Kilgore has a torn left triceps that might sideline him for the rest of the season, the latest setback for a team dealing with a wave of injuries. Kilgore was hurt in Sunday’s 38-7 loss at New England. Six other starters have also missed playing time this season because of injuries

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Eric Reid isn’t planning on giving up his fight against racial injustice in America or his battle with the NFL. He just doesn’t know if his protests against injustice will include kneeling for the national anthem . Reid, who signed a one-year contract last week with Carolina, said today he is “still considering other ways” to protest and continue to raise awareness.

UNDATED (AP) — A new study shows concussions plunged in Ivy League football after the kickoff and touchback lines were moved. The rule change in 2016 was intended to limit kickoff returns, which some experts consider the game’s most dangerous play. With NCAA approval, the Ivy League moved the kickoff and touchback lines up by 5 yards. Over the next two years, the concussion rate plummeted from almost 11 to two per 1,000 plays during kickoffs. The study was published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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