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ALDS under way ...Jets coach has serious illness... Uncertainty over 2 Buffalo safeties

October 5, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Houston has beaten Cleveland 7-2 in the first of two ALDS games today. Tonight, The Yankees’ J. A. Happ is scheduled to face Boston’s Chris Sale in Game 1, with Masahiro Tanaka starting Game 2 for New York against David Price. Luis Severino will start Game 3 of the AL Division Series for the Yanks and CC Sabathia will start Game 4 if necessary.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers is dealing with what coach Todd Bowles calls a “serious” illness and it’s uncertain if he’ll be on the sideline for the game against Denver. Bowles, a close friend of Rodgers, wouldn’t go into details about what is ailing the 49-year-old coach. Rodgers is in his fourth season as the Jets’ defensive coordinator. Bowles says Rodgers is “a tough guy,” but adds that the illness is “a serious thing.”

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — — Safeties Micah Hyde and Rafael Bush are questionable for Buffalo’s game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Hyde, one of Buffalo’s best defenders, has been considered week-to-week with a groin injury. Bush, Buffalo’s third safety, has been considered day-to-day. Their status leaves the Bills with only two healthy safeties in Jordan Poyer and Siran Neal. The Bills have one safety, Dean Marlowe, on the practice squad.

UNDATED (AP) — The family of the late NFL star Junior Seau (SAY’-ow) has settled its wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL over the popular San Diego linebacker’s 2012 suicide. The family opted out of the NFL concussion settlement covering more than 20,000 retired players. That plan pays up to $4 million to families of men who were found after their deaths to have brain deterioration known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA Division I Council has introduced legislation that would allow some athletes to transfer and be immediately eligible to play for a new school if there is a coaching change before the first day of fall classes. The NCAA is looking at three other proposed changes: Requiring schools to commit two years of financial aid for all graduate transfers, allow walk-on transfers to play immediately and bar athletes from competing for different schools in the same academic year.

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