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October 18, 2017


Yanks square series at 2 games apiece

NEW YORK (AP) — The American League Championship Series is tied at two games apiece following the New York Yankees’ greatest postseason comeback since Aaron Boone’s walk-off homer in the 2003 ALCS against Boston.

The Yanks scored six times over their final two at-bats to erase a 4-0 deficit and earn a 6-4 win over the Astros. Gary Sanchez delivered the tiebreaking, two-run double while New York scored four times in the eighth.

Aaron Judge sparked the rally with a solo homer in the seventh, one day after slamming a three-run shot in New York’s 8-1 victory. Judge also tied the game with an RBI double before scoring the go-ahead run.

The Astros appeared to be in control heading into the bottom of the seventh. Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) opened the scoring with a three-run double in the sixth off reliever David Robertson. Houston made it a four-run lead on Starlin Castro’s error at second base.

The Yankees were held to just one hit by Astros starter Lance McCullers over the first six innings. McCullers was pulled once he surrendered Judge’s homer.

The rally made a winner out of Chad Green, who allowed an unearned run and one hit over two innings.

Astros closer Ken Giles retired just one of the five batters he faced to take the loss.

Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth to get the save.


Dodgers up thru 4

CHICAGO (AP) — The Dodgers hit a pair of solo homers to take a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Cubs in Chicago.

Kyle Schwarber gave Cubs fans a thrill by homering off Yu Darvish in the bottom of the first. The Dodgers quickly answered back as Andre Ethier (EE’-thee-ur) tied it in the second before Chris Taylor went deep off starter Kyle Hendricks to put Los Angeles ahead.

The Dodgers won the first two games of the series by a combined 9-3 margin.


LeBron James to play in Cleveland’s opener

CLEVELAND (AP) — After several days of speculation about whether Cleveland star LeBron James would play in the Cavaliers home opener tonight against the Boston Celtics, the decision has been made — and LeBron is in.

James had been slowed down for nearly three weeks by a sprained left ankle. He arrived at Quicken Loans Arena almost four hours before the opening tip to test his ankle and get treatment. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the superstar felt “pretty good” and that his playing time would not be restricted.

The Celtics have their own injury issues right now. Newly-acquired Gordon Hayward had to be carted off the floor after breaking his ankle in the first quarter. He went up for an alley-oop pass and fell awkwardly following a collision with James.

Hayward had his leg wrapped in an air cast as he exited the arena.


Spurs’ Popovich labels Trump ‘a soulless coward’

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is calling President Donald Trump “a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others.” Popovich is responding to Trump’s comment Monday that former President Barack Obama and other commanders in chief “didn’t make calls” to families of fallen soldiers.

Former Obama staffers and a spokesman for former President George W. Bush pushed back on Trump’s comments. The White House press secretary said that Trump wasn’t criticizing his predecessors.

Popovich has been an outspoken critic of Trump, but tells The Nation magazine that Trump’s comments Monday were “beyond the pale” and “as low as it gets.” He calls Trump “a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it.”

In other NBA news:

— A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that veteran forward Richard Jefferson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. ESPN first reported the agreement, which the network said is worth $2.3 million. Jefferson was recently waived by Atlanta after being dealt to the Hawks from Cleveland.


Elliott gets another injunction

NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has received another legal reprieve in his fight to avoid a six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

A New York federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the league’s suspension, clearing Elliott to play Sunday at San Francisco.

U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty’s ruling came five days after a federal appeals court overturned a Texas court’s injunction that had kept Elliott on the field.

Crotty granted the request for the restraining order pending a hearing before the presiding judge, Katherine Polk Failla, who is on vacation.


NFL players, owners hold ‘constructive’ talks on issues

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of 11 NFL owners and more than a dozen players met at the league’s headquarters to discuss social issues, a discussion that Indianapolis Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed “positive.”

Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues. The players’ union and the league issued a joint statement saying the meeting focused on how the two sides “can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities.”

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called the meeting “constructive” but added that the NFL’s policy on the national anthem “did not come up.”

In other NFL news:

— The Giants have ended their suspension of veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for insubordination. Team officials say Rodgers-Cromartie was reinstated to the active roster after missing the game against Denver on Sunday night. The 31-year-old veteran was suspended for leaving the team facility before practice last week.

— The Jaguars have parted ways with kicker Jason Myers, waiving him two days after he hooked two 54-yard field goals in a loss to the Rams. The Jaguars replaced him with free agent Josh Lambo, who made 54 of 64 field goals and 70 of 78 extra points in two seasons with the Chargers.


Leafs blank Caps

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs are 5-1-0 after shutting out one of the NHL’s top offenses.

Frederik Andersen stopped 30 shots and the Leafs scored twice in the third period to come away with a 2-0 win at Washington. Braden Holtby was also working on a shutout until Connor Brown scored with 14:07 left. Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) added an empty-netter after Holtby stopped 28 shots.

Washington has now lost two in a row since top defenseman Matt Niskanen went out with a long-term upper-body injury.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— Michal Neuvirth (MY’-kul NOY’-vurth) turned back 40 shots and the Flyers put together a four-goal second period to beat the Panthers 5-1. Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay), Shayne Gostisbehere (GAHS’-this-behr), Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) and Dale Weise (wees) all scored in the middle stanza as Philadelphia enjoyed another rout after beating the Capitals 8-2 on Saturday.

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