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Astros Sweep Indians with 11-3 Win

October 9, 2018

The Houston Astros are orbiting in October again.

The defending World Series champions advanced to the AL Championship Series for the second straight year, completing a division-round sweep of Cleveland on Monday with an 11-3 lashing in Game 3 helped by two key throwing errors from Indians reliever Trevor Bauer.

Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double off Bauer on a shoulder-high pitch as the Astros scored three runs in the seventh inning and closed a series that figured to be much more competitive.

George Springer homered twice, Carlos Correa hit three-run homer for his first hit of the postseason and Houston’s bullpen combined for four scoreless innings as the AL West champions served notice that a second Series title is on their itinerary.

When the Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their already power-packed lineup with slugging shortstop Manny Machado, this is just what they had in mind. Plenty of long balls. Another deep run in the postseason. Next stop, the NL Championship Series for the third year in a row. Machado drove in four runs -- three of them with a seventh-inning shot into the left-field seats -- and the Dodgers finished off the Atlanta Braves with a 6-2 victory Monday in the NL Division Series. Los Angeles took the best-of-five series 3-1 and advanced to face the Brewers. Game 1 is Friday night in Milwaukee.

PRO FOOTBALL

Brees becomes all-time leader

Drew Brees has become the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing -- and he did it in style. The 39-year-old Brees eclipsed Peyton Manning’s previous record of 71,940 yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tre’Quan Smith during Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins. After the record-breaking completion, officials stopped the game and the game ball was handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials on the sideline while the Superdome crowd offered a standing ovation. Brees removed his helmet and hugged his wife, Brittany, and four children on the sideline.

The Philadelphia Eagles have placed running back Jay Ajayi on injured reserve because of a knee injury. A person familiar with the situation says Ajayi tore an ACL and will miss the rest of the season. ... Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had negative results on an X-ray of his foot following Sunday’s blowout loss at Pittsburgh. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said Ryan is “100 percent good to go” this week against Tampa Bay after getting sacked six times and hit 11 additional times. Quinn did not say which foot Ryan injured.

PRO HOCKEY

Eichel scores 2 in Sabres’ win

Jack Eichel helped the Buffalo Sabres end a long drought without a winning record. Eichel, the Sabres’ 21-year-old captain, scored two goals in a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday. With its second straight victory, Buffalo (2-1-0) has more wins than losses for the first time since the third game of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

PRO BASKETBALL

NBA fines Smart, Smith

The NBA has fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and forward Aron Baynes and Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith for an on-court shoving match in their exhibition game. NBA discipline boss Kiki VanDeWeghe fined Smart $25,000 for escalating the altercation and Smith $15,000 for shoving. Baynes was assessed $15,000 for initiating it. In the first quarter of Saturday’s game in Cleveland, Smith and Baynes got tangled up while boxing out under the Boston basket. Smith gave Baynes a two-handed push, and Smart ran in from near mid-court to retaliate with a shove of his own.

The Phoenix Suns fired general manager Ryan McDonough eight days before the season begins. James Jones and Trevor Bukstein will share the GM duties on an interim basis for the Suns. Jones is the team’s vice president of basketball operations and Bukstein was assistant GM under McDonough, who had been in Phoenix since 2013 and was under contract through 2020. Suns owner Robert Sarver said in a statement announcing the firing that he made the decision “after much thought and a long evaluation of our basketball operations.” .

Dejounte Murray was driving past James Harden and on his way to the basket, showing one of the skills that made the San Antonio Spurs convinced he’s the right point guard for their team. And then Murray’s knee gave out. In an instant, the entire trajectory of the Spurs’ season might have changed. Murray’s season is almost certainly over, after the Spurs learned Monday that their starting point guard has a torn ACL in his right knee. The team hasn’t revealed when Murray will have surgery, nor has it determined a timetable for his return.

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