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It’s the Professor vs Yu ... Lean on Lance ... Popovich calls Trump ‘soulless’

October 17, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — Kyle Hendricks is set to pitch for the Cubs, who are trying to overcome a 2-0 deficit against the Dodgers in their NL Championship Series. The Professor, from Dartmouth, has been overpowering at times despite a fastball that averaged just 86.6 mph, third-slowest among pitchers with at least 100 innings this year. Yu Darvish gets the nod for Los Angeles. Game time is 9:08 p.m. Eastern Time.

UNDATED (AP) — Houston manager A.J. Hinch has picked Lance McCullers Jr. over Brad Peacock to pitch against Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray in Game 4, with the Astros leading the series 2-1. Game 4 gets started in New York at 5:08 p.m. Eastern Time.

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 — claims spokespeople for former presidents Obama and George W. Bush dispute. Popovich says Trump’s comments are “as low as it gets.”

UNDATED (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the situation says attorneys for Ezekiel Elliott are set for an emergency hearing in New York as they try again to stop the star Dallas Cowboys running back’s six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. Elliott’s legal team filed a request for a temporary restraining order and will get a hearing today. Last year’s NFL rushing leader is suspended for Sunday’s game at San Francisco barring another ruling in his favor.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving’s homecoming might not be so homey. Cleveland’s former All-Star guard will make his first appearance with the Boston Celtics tonight in the season opener against the Cavaliers. Irving spent six seasons with the Cavs, but asked to be traded this summer. His demand rankled many Cleveland fans. The Cavs granted his request and remodeled a team that went to three straight Finals with Irving.

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