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Michigan beats GWU...Blue Jays, Astros make a trade...Zverev beats Federer after ball boy’s flub

November 17, 2018

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — No. 18 Michigan has advanced to the finals of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament with an 84-61 rout of George Washington. Charles Matthews scored 25 points for the Wolverines and Jordan Poole added 22. Michigan led by nine points at halftime and blew the game open with a 13-2 run to open the second half. D.J. Williams had 16 points to lead George Washington, which lost its second straight game to a ranked opponent.

UNDATED (AP) — Three games on today’s college football schedule match ranked teams. The first takes place in New York, where No. 3 Notre Dame meets No. 12 Syracuse this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Tonight, No. 19 Cincinnati visits No. 11 UCF and No. 13 Texas hosts No. 18 Iowa State.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have acquired infielder Aledmys Diaz (ah-LEHD’-meez DEE’-ahz) from the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Trent Thornton. The 28-year-old Diaz hit .263 with 26 doubles and a career-high 18 home runs in 130 games with the Blue Jays. Thornton is a 25-year-old right-hander who went 9-8 with a 4.42 ERA in 24 games at Triple-A Fresno last season.

LONDON (AP) — Alexander Zverev has advanced to the championship match at the ATP Finals by beating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6, denying the 37-year-old a shot at a 100th career title. The 21-year-old Zverev is the youngest player to reach the final of the season-ending event since 2009 and the first from Germany since 1996. Zverev says his victory didn’t happen quite the way he wanted it to. A ball boy’s flub interrupted a point during a crucial second-set tiebreaker with Federer leading, causing the point to be replayed.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch will have the coveted No. 1 pit stall as he races for the NASCAR Cup championship tomorrow after Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin and pole winner passed on the spot. Hamlin had the first choice of pit stalls because he posted the fastest practice qualifying lap. The JGR team surrendered the spot to Busch at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Team owner Joe Gibbs says it was an organizational decision. Hamlin isn’t one of four drivers racing Sunday for the championship.

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