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September 17, 2018


Rockies, Dodgers begin final series of regular season

UNDATED (AP) — With the Rockies a half-game ahead of the Dodgers for the NL West lead, the teams begin their final series of the regular season.

Jon Gray pitches the opener of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium against Hyun-Jin Ryu. Gray is 4-0 in 11 starts since returning from the minors.

After getting shut out on consecutive days, the Rockies ended their longest scoring drought of the year during a 3-2 win Sunday in San Francisco.

Colorado is 41-34 on the road this season, and one more victory will break the franchise record for wins away from Coors Field.

Here’s what else is happing around the majors Monday:

— It’s a potential playoff preview and a matchup of All-Star pitchers when Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-lahs) and the Cardinals visit first-place Atlanta. Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) starts for the Braves, who lead second-place Philadelphia by 6½ games in the NL East. Atlanta’s magic number is eight to win its first NL East title in five years. But the Braves have been struggling at home, where they have lost eight of 11 and are 38-36 overall. Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said third baseman Johan Camargo should be back in the lineup after missing four games with left groin tightness.

— Leading the NL Central by 2½ games over Milwaukee, the Cubs hope to get their slumping bats going when they face left-hander Patrick Corbin in Arizona. Chasing its third consecutive division championship, Chicago scored only five runs in a three-game home series against last-place Cincinnati over the weekend. The Cubs have totaled 15 runs in their past seven games.

— Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Red Sox get a day off before their first chance to clinch a third straight AL East crown. Boston can wrap up the division title at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three seasons, needing only one win during a three-game series that opens Tuesday afternoon.


Judge, Chapman pass tests

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge had 11 at-bats in a simulated game and New York closer Aroldis Chapman threw 22 pitches, perhaps the last steps before both are cleared to return to full action.

Judge is recovering from a broken right wrist, sustained when he was hit by a pitch from Kansas City’s Jakob Junis on July 26. His only major league action since then was two innings in right field on Friday night. Chapman has not pitched in a game since Aug. 21 because of left knee tendinitis. The team said Judge and Chapman did not have any issues.

Manager Aaron Boone said last weekend that Judge and Chapman could return during the three-game series against Boston scheduled to start Tuesday. The Red Sox can clinch the AL East by winning any of the games in New York, while the Yankees hold the top AL wild-card spot.


Carson Wentz cleared to return for Eagles

UNDATED (AP) — Carson Wentz has been cleared to play and is slated to start for the Philadelphia Eagles against Indianapolis in Week 3.

Wentz tore his left ACL and LCL on Dec. 10, 2017 in a game against the Los Angeles Rams and had surgery three days later. Backup quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960 and was Super Bowl MVP in the 41-33 victory over New England.

Wentz set a single-season franchise record with 33 touchdown passes last season. The final one came a few plays after he suffered his injury.

The Eagles lost 27-21 at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

In other NFL news:

— The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without left tackle Cam Robinson for the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Robinson injured his left knee in the first quarter of Sunday’s 31-20 victory against New England and left the locker room on crutches. Fourth-year pro Josh Wells will replace him in the starting lineup, beginning this week against Tennessee.

— The Minnesota Vikings have waived rookie kicker Daniel Carlson, after the fifth-round draft pick sent all three of his field-goal attempts wide right during Sunday’s game at Green Bay. Two of Carlson’s misses came in overtime, forcing the Vikings to settle for a 29-29 tie with the rival Packers. Carlson was cut on Monday, as the Vikings signed wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. The Vikings didn’t immediately add a replacement for Carlson, but coach Mike Zimmer confirmed they’ve invited free agent Dan Bailey to Minnesota for a physical exam.

— The Cleveland Browns have released kicker Zane Gonzalez after his four misses on Sunday in New Orleans cost Cleveland its first win since 2016 with a 21-18 loss to the Saints. Gonzalez has been replaced by free agent Greg Joseph, who was one of several kickers to work out for the Browns following Sunday’s kicking calamity. Joseph was with the Miami Dolphins during training camp and preseason, but he was beaten out for the starting job by Jason Sanders.

— The Browns have traded problematic wide receiver Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick. Gordon, who has been suspended for much of his NFL career, played in Cleveland’s season opener. But the Browns decided to cut ties after Gordon reported to the team on Saturday with a hamstring injury after practicing all week.

— Bills running back LeSean McCoy has been diagnosed with damage to his rib cartilage, leaving his status uncertain for next week’s game at Minnesota. McCoy was hurt in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. Cornerback Phillip Gaines also dislocated his right elbow yesterday, but hasn’t been ruled out for next week. Buffalo is thin at cornerback after veteran Vontae Davis abruptly quit the team during halftime Sunday.

— The Tennessee Titans have signed wide receiver Nick Williams and have waived receiver Cameron Batson and tight end Anthony Firkser. Williams was with the Titans through the offseason and training camp. He has 22 games of NFL experience with 28 catches for 263 yards.

— Ratings generally have been up for the NFL through the first two weeks of the schedule. CBS scored its best opening NFL doubleheader game rating in three years with the highest-rated window Sunday on any network, Patriots at Jaguars and Raiders at Broncos in late afternoon. For the second consecutive week, “The NFL Today” pregame show earned a double-digit ratings increase for the second consecutive week. Fox reported an 18 percent rise over last year’s Week 2 games. All three of the NBC contests, two on Sunday nights and one on Thursday to open the season, have been the top-rated show in prime time.


Ohio State’s Meyer starts toward repairing scandal damage

UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he has sent letters and had conversations families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension.

Meyer acknowledged Monday that the program’s reputation has suffered and said he hopes more clarity about what happened will help mitigate the damage.

Meyer was questioned at length during a 55-minute news conference about his mismanagement of an assistant coach accused of domestic abuse. The session would have normally been about his team’s upcoming football game.

Meyer reiterated his contention that he did not turn his back on domestic violence allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July.

In other college football news:

— Arkansas coach Chad Morris says Ty Storey will start at quarterback for Saturday night’s game at No. 9 Auburn. Storey didn’t play last week as the Razorbacks lost at home to North Texas, dropping their record to 1-2 this season.

— Florida running back Malik Davis will miss an “extended period” after breaking his left foot. Coach Dan Mullen says he’s unsure how long Davis will be sidelined. Davis tore a ligament in his right knee against Georgia last October and missed the final four games. Florida did get some good news on the injury front. Mullen says linebacker David Reese, who led the team with 102 tackles last year, will return after missing three games with an ankle injury.


Sapporo ends bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Japanese city of Sapporo has dropped its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a recent earthquake.

After meeting with Sapporo representatives, the International Olympic Committee says the city will now focus on a bid for the 2030 Games. About 40 people were killed when an earthquake hit Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, where Sapporo is located, this month.

The IOC says it “expressed its understanding that recovery from the earthquake in the region should be the immediate principle focus but greatly appreciated the continued strong commitment as a future host for the Olympic Winter Games.”

Four bids remain in contention for 2026: Stockholm, Sweden; Calgary, Canada; a three-way Italian bid from Turin, Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo; and Erzurum, Turkey.

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