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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The only thing missing from the Chiefs’ rout of the Jaguars on Sunday was discipline. The Chiefs forced five turnovers on defense. Their high-scoring offense gained more than 400 yards behind Patrick Mahomes’ efficient air assault and Kareem Hunt’s hard running. And their special teams were simply steady. But a little of that shine was dulled by two ejections. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 850 words, photos.
SEATTLE — The way the schedule fell for the Los Angeles Rams gave them every opportunity to be perfect through the first quarter of the season. The real test for the Rams started on Sunday. They passed by overcoming more adversity than they could have expected. By Tim Booth. SENT: 800 words, photos.
DENVER —Wade Miley pitched masterfully into the fifth inning before turning it over to a lights-out Milwaukee bullpen, Erik Kratz kept up his torrid hitting and the Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 in Game 3 on a cool, misty Sunday to sweep their NL Division Series. By Pat Graham. SENT: 990 words, photos.
— BBN--NLDS-ROCKIES LUMBER SLUMBER — For once, the Colorado Rockies head into the offseason searching for more pop at the plate to go with excellent pitching, not the other way around. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 820 words, photos.
ATLANTA —Freddie Freeman put the Atlanta Braves ahead, then watched from first base as they almost give away the lead — and possibly their whole season. Reliever Arodys Vizcaino escaped his own jam in a nervy ninth inning and the Braves stopped the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Sunday night, avoiding a sweep and cutting their deficit in the NL Division Series to 2-1. By Charles Odum. SENT: 820 words, photos.
— BBN--NLDS--BRAVES-ACUNA SLAM — SENT: 145 words, photos.
Erik Kratz kept scrapping, through a dozen big league organizations. Luke Voit took advantage of a summer trade. Ryan Brasier got his chance this October as a rookie — despite making it to the majors back in 2013. The path to the playoffs can be a strange one, for sure. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.
MMA--UFC 229 BRAWL
LAS VEGAS — Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov could face a large fine and a lengthy suspension after his post-fight actions at UFC 229. The Dagestan-born Russian fighter hurdled the cage and fought with one of Conor McGregor’s cornermen immediately after choking out McGregor in one of the biggest fights in mixed martial arts history. UFC President Dana White says Nurmagomedov and the members of his entourage who ambushed McGregor in the cage are in “big trouble” with the Nevada Athletic Commission. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
MMA--TIM DAHLBERG--UFC or WWE?
LAS VEGAS —Khabib Nurmagomedov apologized, though it was clear he wasn’t sorry about much. Not after putting a beating on Conor McGregor in their highly anticipated fight. Not after leaping out of the octagon to settle another score while a couple of his thugs jumped in to deliver a few more blows to McGregor’s head. And certainly not after getting a call from Vladimir Putin offering congratulations for a job well done. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 780 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Some teams can’t kick about their kickers. Others might want to kick them off the roster after this weekend. With the rare exceptions of Indianapolis’ Adam Vinatieri and Baltimore’s Justin Tucker, there aren’t any placekickers whose place in Canton, Ohio, is a topic of discussion. Even Vinatieri and Tucker missed kicks in Week 5. By Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.
CLEVELAND —The Indians are very familiar with the postseason hole they’re currently stuck in. They saw one just like it last October — from above. At least they know it can be scaled. By Tom Withers. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— BBA--ALDS-ASTROS-BIG STATE BREGMAN. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 780 words, photos.
BBA--ALDS--YANKEES-RED SOX PREVIEW
NEW YORK — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge blared Frank Sinatra’s version of ‘New York, New York’ from a boom box as he left Fenway Park following Game 2 of the AL Division Series. The Yankees and Red Sox are tied 1-1 in the best-of-five AL Division Series, which resumes Monday night when the rivals meet in a postseason game in the Bronx for the first time since Boston won the 2004 AL Championship Series. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— BBA--ALDS-RED SOX-EOVALDI — SENT: 180 words, photos.
In case you missed it in Week 5 of the NFL season, the AP looks at the topics, including that the last thing New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur needs is a grumpy playmaker who bad-mouths teammates, but that’s exactly what he has in Odell Beckham Jr. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.
NEW ORLEANS — When Peyton Manning eclipsed Brett Favre to become the NFL’s all-time yards passing leader, the end was in sight. With Drew Brees primed to surpass both marks as early as Monday night against Washington, the Saints’ star QB is matching the production of his prime. His current form suggests he’ll smash the yardage record by thousands of yards. By Brett Martel. SENT: 890 word, photos.
HOUSTON — Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson has a knack for making big plays, whether it’s with his arm or his feet. But after the quarterback took a few too many unnecessary hits in a 19-16 overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, his teammates wondered if maybe he should dial things back a bit. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 800 words, photos.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jamal Adams gathered the New York Jets’ defensive players before their game against the Denver Broncos and spoke from the heart. They were about to take the field without Kacy Rodgers, the defensive coordinator sidelined with what coach Todd Bowles says is a “serious” illness. By Football Writer Dennis Waszak. SENT: 900 words, photos.
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles won’t have time to dwell on another loss. Kirk Cousins and Linval Joseph helped the Minnesota Vikings beat the Eagles 23-21 Sunday in a rematch of last season’s NFC championship game featuring two teams struggling to find an identity. By Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 690 words, photos.
CINCINNATI — Rookie Sam Hubbard was disappointed as Ryan Tannehill slipped past him, avoiding a sack. A moment later, the football slipped out of the quarterback’s grasp and flew right to Hubbard, who was as surprised as anyone to have it in his hands. By Joe Kay. SENT: 718 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — Josh Rosen got word a couple of days before the game that the Arizona Cardinals would take a deep strike on the opening play in hopes of waking up a struggling offense. It couldn’t have worked any better. By Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 770 words, photos.
— FBN--NFL INJURIES — SENT: 770 words, photos.
— FBN--ROOKIE QBS — SENT: 540 words, photos.
— FBN--PANTHERS-REID — Panthers’ Eric Reid returns, kneels during national anthem. By Steve Reed. SENT: 400 words, photos.
FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK
The college football fans who are convinced there is bias for the Southeastern Conference in The Associated Press college football poll have a lot to complain about this week. The SEC placed a season-high eight teams in the Top 25 released Sunday, including the only three ranked teams that have lost twice. Maybe the haters have a point? By College Football Writer Ralph Russo. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 4 a.m.
— FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL — Notre Dame moved into the top five, Texas and UCF slipped into the top 10 and the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the AP college football poll. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 550 words, photos.
FBC--T25-WEST VIRGINA-LAST UNDEFEATED
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With tens of thousands of people watching, Reese Donahue got down on one knee at midfield and proposed to his longtime girlfriend after West Virginia beat Kansas to move to 5-0. Life for the Mountaineers’ defensive lineman and Sarah Moore (she said yes) is entering an exhilarating chapter. West Virginia’s season has gotten pretty exciting, too. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 610 words, photos by 4 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — John Gagliardi, who won more games than any other college football coach with his unconventional methods at a small Minnesota school, has died. He was 91. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 950 words, photo.
— FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-WILLIAMS’ IMPACT — By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 580 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-TALK OF TEXAS — By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: UPCOMING: 690 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-FLORIDA-DARING DAN — By Mark Long. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— FBC--T25-MIAMI-RICHARDS — By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.
The curtain to college basketball’s worst-kept secret pulled back even more in a New York federal court last week, revealing a shady world of bagmen, secret payments and bags of cash. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 720 words.
DOVER, Del. —Chase Elliott had been burdened by lofty expectations that come as the son of a Hall of Fame driver and the replacement of a four-time NASCAR champion. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 980 words, photos.
NAPA, Calif. —Kevin Tway made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff Sunday to win the season-opening Safeway Open at windy Silverado for his first PGA Tour title. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— GLF--DUNHILL LINKS — Lucas Bjerregaard wrecks Tyrrell Hatton’s hopes of Dunhill hat trick with 1-strokes victory. SENT: 260 words.
— GLF--INTERNATIONAL CROWN — South Korea holds off U.S. and England to win International Crown. SENT: 240 words, photos.
— GLF--ASIA AMATEUR — Big weekend helps Takumi Kanaya to victory in Asia-Pacific Amateur. SENT: 260 words.
LONDON —Premier League title favorites Liverpool and Manchester City can usually be relied on to provide open and expansive games with goals aplenty. Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Anfield, however, was a drab affair that only came to life in the closing stages. By Tony Jimenez. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— SOC--PANAMA-US —The United States used a radically different lineup but got the same dominating results. Carli Lloyd scored three goals and the United States beat Panama 5-0 on Sunday in the group stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament. SENT: 600 words.
— SOC--EGYPT-SOCCER CHAOS — Soccer in Egypt is in upheaval with the head of one of the country’s top soccer clubs severely sanctioned and a key investor abruptly announcing he’s pulling his soccer investments in the country. The scandals are weighing heavily on Egyptian soccer at a time the country is trying to shake off memories of its miserable run in the World Cup and other recent issues. By Hamza Hendawi and Samy Magdy. SENT: 950 words, photos.
— ATH--CHICAGO MARATHON — SENT: 160 words.
— BKN--PRESEASON RDP — Roundup of NBA exhibition games. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— FBN--NFL CAPSULES.
— HKN--NHL CAPSULES.
Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Houston at Cleveland, 1:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m.
Boston at New York, 7:40 p.m.
Washington at New Orleans, 8:15 p.m.
San Jose at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.
Ottawa at Boston, 1 p.m.
Vegas at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Detroit at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Dallas vs. Philadelphia at Shenzen, 8 a.m.
Brooklyn at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Orlando at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Maccabi Haifa at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Phoenix at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Houston at Seattle, 10:30 p.m.