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October 7, 2018


Rockies, Braves try to stay alive

UNDATED (AP) — The Rockies are hoping the thin mountain air in Denver might help them solve Milwaukee’s pitchers.

Colorado is facing elimination in its NL Division Series against the Brewers, having scored just six runs in four games on the road since slugging five homers in a 12-0 victory over Washington last Sunday.

The Rockies ranked 20th in runs on the road and 29th in batting average, but as usual, they’re a different club at home with 445 runs and a .287 average.

Game 3 features a matchup of contrasting pitchers. Milwaukee’s Wade Miley gets by more with sneakiness than speed. The left-hander is 3-1 with a 4.76 ERA in five career games at Coors Field. Colorado will hand the ball to German Marquez, a right-hander who throws heat and had a team-record 230 strikeouts.

Atlanta is also on the brink of elimination heading into Game 3 of its best-of-five series against the Dodgers. The Braves have decided to start Sean Newcomb instead of Kevin Gausman. The 25-year-old Newcomb came within a strike of throwing a no-hitter against the Dodgers at home on July 29, and also threw two scoreless innings in relief in the series opener Thursday.

Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is expected to start for Los Angeles. He allowed one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings Monday during the 5-2 win over Colorado in the NL West tiebreaker and finished 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA.


Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers absent due to illness

UNDATED (AP) — New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers is not with the team for its game against the Denver Broncos as he deals with what coach Todd Bowles has called a “serious” illness.

Bowles is expected to call the defensive plays from the sideline Sunday.

Neither Bowles nor the team has provided any details on the illness sidelining the 49-year-old Rodgers. It’s unclear when he might be able to return to work.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs will have wide receiver Sammy Watkins available Sunday as the league’s highest-scoring offense goes up against Jacksonville, the NFL’s top defense. Watkins tweaked his hamstring in last week’s comeback win against Denver. The Jaguars will be without running back Leonard Fournette again because of his hamstring problem as well as cornerback D.J. Hayden.

— The New York Jets are starting Buster Skrine at cornerback against Denver with Trumaine Johnson out after hurting a quadriceps during practice. The Broncos are replacing offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who hurt a knee against Kansas City last Monday night, with Billy Turner.

— Baltimore has deactivated defensive tackle Michael Pierce after he was added to the injury report late in the week with a foot injury. Ravens rookie Hayden Hurst is making his NFL debut Sunday at Cleveland after missing the first four games with a foot injury. Cornerback Jimmy Smith also will make his season debut following his four-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

— Browns starting linebacker Christian Kirksey is active after missing Friday’s practice with the flu. Also, tight end Seth DeValve is playing for the first time in four weeks after being sidelined with a hamstring issue.

— The Buffalo Bills lack safeties in numbers with starter Micah Hyde and backup Rafael Bush both inactive against the Titans. Hyde is sidelined with a groin injury sustained in the first quarter of a 22-0 loss at Green Bay last week. Bush did not practice this week due to a shoulder injury. Buffalo is left with just three active safeties, including Dean Marlowe, promoted from the practice squad on Saturday. Tennessee is missing two defensive starters with safety Kenny Vaccaro and linebacker Wesley Woodyard having already been ruled out.

— The Steelers will face Atlanta without starting inside linebacker Vince Williams, who is dealing with a hamstring issue. Pittsburgh plans to split snaps between LJ Fort and Tyler Matakevich, while Steelers safety Morgan Burnett will miss his third straight game with a groin injury. A balky ankle will keep Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett out of the game in Pittsburgh. Jack Crawford will take Jarrett’s spot in the lineup.

— Green Bay receiver Davante Adams is active and playing through a calf injury, leaving Aaron Rodgers with just one of his top receivers in Detroit with Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison out. Detroit receiver Marvin Jones is active with an ankle injury.


Bears DE Hicks fined $33,425 by NFL for bumping official

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks has been fined $33,425 by the NFL for bumping an official in last Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay. Hicks wasn’t suspended although he was ejected from the Bucs game.

Falcons safety Brian Poole was fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Cincinnati running back Mark Walton.

Also fined were Chargers defensive ends Melvin Ingram and Darius Philon, $20,054 each for roughing the passer against San Francisco; Packers linebacker Blake Martinez 13,369 for removing his helmet against Buffalo; Packers cornerback Josh Jackson, $10,026 for unnecessary roughness; and the same amount for Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack for unnecessary roughness and safety Tashaun Gipson for taunting.


Hamilton cruises to win at Japanese GP, closes in on title

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, claiming his fourth straight Formula One win and moving a step closer to a fifth world championship.

Starting from pole, the Mercedes driver was never seriously challenged and crossed the finish line 12.919 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third, 14.295 seconds back.

Hamilton has won six of the last seven races and now leads Sebastian Vettel by 67 points with four races left.


Britain’s Mo Farah claims 1st marathon win in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Britain’s Mo Farah won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, claiming his first marathon victory in three attempts.

Farah finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds. It was the first marathon on U.S. soil for Farah, who has won four Olympic gold medals and six world championships on the track.

Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia finished second, 13 seconds behind Farah. Japan’s Suguru Osako came in third at 2:05:50. American Galen Rupp, last year’s winner and Farah’s former training partner, was fifth at 2:06:21.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race in 2:18:35, the third-fastest time in the history of the Chicago race. Kosgei finished second in Chicago last year. Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje finished second, 2 minutes and 43 seconds behind Kosgei. Shure Demise of Ethiopia was third at 2:22:15.


Gagliardi, college football’s winningest coach, dies at 91

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The man who won more games than any other college football coach with his unconventional methods at a small Minnesota school has died. John Gagliardi (guh-LAHR’-dee) was 91.

Gagliardi retired in 2012 after a record 64 seasons as a head coach, with 60 of those at St. John’s, an all-male Catholic school in Collegeville, Minnesota, that competes at the NCAA’s non-scholarship Division III level.

Gagliardi finished with 489 wins, 138 losses and 11 ties, winning four national championships with the Johnnies. He drew national attention to a school with fewer than 2,000 students for his laid-back approaches to the sport like short practices and a policy of not cutting any players from the roster.

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