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HOUSTON — Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros kept hammering away in a wild slugfest that no one saw coming, rallying against Clayton Kershaw and rocking the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-12 in 10 thrilling innings for a 3-2 lead in the World Series. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 1200 words, photos.


HOUSTON — Seven more home runs were hit in Game 5, raising the World Series total to a record 22. After a season when sluggers outpaced even their steroid-era predecessors for home runs, some are convinced that something is amiss with the baseballs. Game 6 Astros starter Justin Verlander says the balls are slicker, and others are speculating they may be juiced. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred denies anything nefarious is going on. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 5 a.m.


HOUSTON — Nobody needs a day off in this World Series more than the relievers. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen got the loss in Game 5 after blowing a save in Game 2, a shocking turn for one of baseball's best. And then there's Astros closer Ken Giles, who was left in the bullpen during Game 5 because of how lousy he's been. Both teams used seven pitchers Sunday, including Los Angeles' Brandon Morrow, who pitched in three straight games for the first time in his career. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 800 words, photos by 8 a.m.


When the College Football Playoff was formed, one of the concerns expressed by some fans was the AP Top 25 would influence the 13-person panel in charge of picking the semifinal. So far, there is no clear indication that is happening. In each season, there have been significant differences in the AP Top 25 that comes out the Sunday before the first playoff rankings. Heat check tries to spot where those differences might be and why. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 1320 words, photos by 4 a.m.


In case you missed it in Week 8 of the NFL season, the two most significant events too place at the same site. Dozens of Texans players knelt during the national anthem as a rebuke to team owner Robert McNair and his comment about "inmates running the prison." Then Deshaun Watson and Houston went back and forth with Russell Wilson and the host Seattle Seahawks in the game of the season so far. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 4 a.m.


AUSTIN, Texas — Lewis Hamilton is driving his name toward the top levels of Formula One's record books. His four championships are making a strong argument that he belongs among the best. There could be more to come. Hamilton says he plans to keep racing. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 930 words, photos by 4 a.m.



The World Series has become an epic slug-a-thon, baseball's two best teams throwing nothing but haymakers night after night after night. But it's a stretch to call this real baseball. It's more like Home Run Derby on a loop, a bunch of big, strong guys swinging as hard as they can on every pitch with only one goal in mind — knock it over the fence. When it's all said and done, baseball needs to come clean about what's going on with all the homers. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 930 words, photos.


The losses pile up when special teams become not just ordinary but inept. Ask the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets, Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders. Their kick teams pretty much kicked away their chances of winning. The worst performances were made by the Chargers at Foxborough. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.



HOUSTON — Kenley Jansen had been almost automatic for the Los Angeles Dodgers, until the World Series. The big closer blew only one save during the regular season and was recognized this weekend as the National League's top reliever for the second year in a row. But he blew a save in Game 2 and took the loss in the 10th inning of Game 5, sending the Dodgers home in a 3-2 Series hole. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 500 words, photos.


HOUSTON — After bringing back memories of Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser in the opener, he dredged up recollections of Jason Schmidt in Game 5. With a 13-12, 10-inning loss to the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped into a 3-2 World Series deficit. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 600 words, photos.


HOUSTON — When Astros center fielder George Springer went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in Game 1 of the World Series, some called for manager A.J. Hinch to move the All-Star leadoff man down in the order. Hinch scoffed at the suggestion, a winning move for a team now one victory away from a World Series crown. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 550 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA — Former major league outfielder Gabe Kapler will be hired to manage the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a person familiar with the decision. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 200 words, photos.



PHILADELPHIA — Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the founders of The Players Coalition, said the next proposed meeting between the owners and players to discuss social justice initiatives was canceled. Jenkins said the league rejected the players' invitation to a follow-up to last week's meeting in New York. The NFL says it is "eager" to meet. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 790 words, photos.


SEATTLE — All but 10 members of the Houston Texans took a knee after the team owner's controversial "inmates running a prison" comment. By Tim Booth. SENT: 640 words, photos.


DETROIT — No matter what the Detroit Lions did near the goal line, it turned out badly. By Noah Trister. SENT: 490 words, photos.


LANDOVER, Md. — Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys await another hearing that should determine whether the running back is eligible to play the rest of the season or will be suspended the next six games. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 860 words, photos.


NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson checked into a hospital for what a spokesman described as precautionary reasons following the Saints' victory over the Chicago Bears. SENT: 120 words.


— Folos on all Sunday NFL games.



Gonzaga is undergoing an upgrade. New locker room. New practice facility. New fancy center-hung scoreboard in the arena. All the accompaniments of being a major college basketball program. It's part of what Gonzaga is doing to make sure its first trip to the Final Four last season isn't a one-time affair. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 4 a.m.



Stanford's Bryce Love still in strong position to win rushing title despite sitting out with ankle injury. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 560 words, photos by 4 a.m.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida and Jim McElwain have agreed to part ways a day after a third consecutive loss and nearly a week after the football coach said his players and their families had received death threats. By Mark Long. SENT: 890 words, photos.

— With:

— FBC--EARLY COACHING FIRES — Jim McElwain has plenty of company when it comes to coaches who didn't even make it until November before getting fired. SENT: 680 words, photos.



OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State star Draymond Green is taking issue with being fined $25,000 for a skirmish with Washington's Bradley Beal, saying he was trying to protect himself from Beal and players from the Wizards' bench. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 470 words, photos.


CLEVELAND — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 34 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 32 and the New York Knicks handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their fourth loss in five games, 114-95. By Steve Herrick. SENT: 730 words, photos.



MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kyle Busch is the first driver into NASCAR's championship race by using an overtime pass of teammate Denny Hamlin to win at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin and Chase Elliott had a heated conversation after the checkered flag because Hamlin wrecked Elliott out of the lead to send the race into overtime. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1150 words, photos.



Tottenham is anxious about the fitness of leading scorer Harry Kane ahead of Real Madrid's visit on Wednesday in a game that could decide the winner of Group H. SENT: 1000 words, photos.



MONROE, N.J. — A referee facing criticism for refusing to officiate a high school football game after players knelt during the national anthem is facing new heat for racially-insensitive Facebook posts. SENT: 130 words.






Monday's Time Schedule (EDT)


Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.


Denver at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Orlando at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Houston, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Utah, 9 p.m.

Toronto at Portland, 10 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


Arizona at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Vegas at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Montreal at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Toronto at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

MLS Playoffs

Conference Semifinals

New York at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Houston at Portland, 9:30 p.m.