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October 3, 2018


Cubs, Rox in survival mode

CHICAGO (AP) — One day after losing division races, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies are scrambling for their postseason lives.

The Cubs are hosting the Rockies in the National League wild-card game, with the winner earning a trip to Milwaukee to face the Brewers in the first two games of the division series. The game was tied 1-1 heading into the 12th inning.

Colorado opened the scoring in the top of the first as Charlie Blackmon worked out a leadoff walk, went to third on DJ LeMahieu’s ground-rule double and scored on Nolan Arenado’s (ar-eh-NAH’-dohz) sacrifice fly.

The Cubs finally broke through in the eighth. Javier Baez hit a two-out double to score pinch-runner Terrance Gore following a single by Anthony Rizzo.

Cubs starter Jon Lester struck out nine while yielding one run and four hits over six innings. Kyle Freeland was even better for the Rockies, limiting Chicago to four hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

The other NLDS will have the Dodgers hosting the Braves on Thursday. Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon-jihn ree-OO’) will start the opener for the Dodgers against Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch).


Twins fire Molitor

UNDATED (AP) — Last year’s American League Manager of the Year is looking for work.

The Minnesota Twins have dismissed Paul Molitor following a 78-84 season, one year after he led the team to the AL wild-card game against the Yankees. The Hall of Fame hitter was 305-343 in four seasons at the helm, including an 85-77 mark in 2017.

Molitor had two seasons left on his contract and has been offered another position within the organization.

In other MLB news:

— Luis Severino will start the AL wild-card game for the Yankees for the second straight year. Yankees manager Aaron Boone made the announcement Tuesday, a day before the game against Oakland. The 24-year-old right-hander was chosen over J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka. Reliever Liam Hendriks will start for the Athletics.

— Indians manager Terry Francona has announced that right-hander Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) will start Game 3 of the AL Division Series against the Astros, when the best-of-five series shifts to Cleveland next week. Clevinger went 13-8 with a 3.02 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 32 starts this year.

— Cleveland All-Star catcher Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) said he’ll “absolutely” play Game 1 of the AL Division Series against Houston despite cutting his right thumb last weekend. Gomes got hurt when he accidentally connected with the bat of Royals outfielder Alex Gordon while trying to throw out a runner Saturday in Kansas City.

— Three wheelchair users are suing the Baltimore Orioles over accessibility at Camden Yards. News outlets report the lawsuit filed Friday against the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority says each plaintiff has been stuck in a wheelchair lift while trying to get to their seats. And the view from lower-level wheelchair-accessible seats is obstructed whenever fans stand up. The plaintiffs seek damages of at least $75,000 each, and a Camden Yards that’s compliant by the next baseball season.


Bell’s scheduled return news to Steelers

UNDATED (AP) — If Le’Veon Bell is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers later this month, he hasn’t let his teammates and coaches know.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he hasn’t heard from the All-Pro running back, who told ESPN on Monday that he will end his standoff with the team around Pittsburgh’s bye week, which begins after the Steelers face the Bengals on Oct. 14.

Bell has refused to report to the team since training camp.

In other NFL news:

— The NFL has suspended Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks indefinitely after he pleaded guilty last month to federal insider trading charges. A suspension had been anticipated since his guilty plea in early September. Seattle signed Kendricks prior to Week 2 because of a need at linebacker with K.J. Wright out following knee surgery.

— Browns starting cornerback Terrance Mitchell has been placed on injured reserve with a broken right wrist suffered in Sunday’s loss at Oakland. He underwent surgery on Monday, when coach Hue Jackson said he didn’t think Mitchell’s injury was season-ending.

— The Dolphins have released defensive tackle Jordan Phillips in the wake of his angry sideline outburst after being pulled from Sunday’s 38-7 loss to the Patriots. He came off the bench this season as part of the defensive line rotation, recording one sack and five tackles.

— The Falcons have signed defensive tackle Michael Bennett in a move which could reflect a new injury concern with starter Grady Jarrett. Jarrett left the final drive of the Falcons’ 37-36 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday with an ankle injury. Bennett was released by the Jaguars on Sept 11.

— The Bills have signed cornerback Dontae Johnson to shore up an injury-depleted secondary. Buffalo freed up room on the roster by releasing defensive end Nate Orchard. Johnson is a fourth-year player and opened this season with Seattle. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 8 because of a groin injury and released by the Seahawks last week.

— The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that a Missouri appeals court is allowing a lawsuit against the NFL to proceed. The St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, St. Louis city and St. Louis County filed suit in 2017, alleging that the Rams’ departure violated a 1984 league guideline that was established after the Raiders moved from Oakland to Los Angeles. The league, the Rams and team owner Stan Kroenke have argued that the disagreements should be settled outside of a courtroom based on an arbitration agreement.

— The parent company that owns the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL Sabres has hired Christopher Schoepflin to oversee its dealings with federal, state and local governments. The Pegula Sports and Entertainment-owned teams will be seeking public financial support to upgrade their facilities, including the possibility of the Bills building a new stadium.


Swinney: Clemson QB Lawrence will play at Wake Forest

UNDATED (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says injured quarterback Trevor Lawrence will play against Wake Forest.

Lawrence missed the second half of fourth-ranked Clemson’s 27-23 win over Syracuse last weekend after taking a hard hit right before halftime. At first Swinney said Lawrence had concussion-like symptoms. On Monday, coaches said the injury was more of a neck strain.

Lawrence took part in all of Clemson’s practice Monday. Swinney says the 6-foot-6 freshman looks and feels great.

Swinney also said Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow is splitting time at quarterback and could come in if something happens to Lawrence and backup Chase Brice.

In other Top 25 news:

— No. 23 North Carolina State and East Carolina have agreed to play on Dec. 1 after both teams had a game against other opponents canceled due to Hurricane Florence. It will take place only if neither team reaches its conference championship game. Both the ACC and American Athletic Conference are holding their title games that day.


Darling out, Hurricanes claim McElhinney off waivers

UNDATED (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour (BRIHN’-dah-mohr) says injured goalie Scott Darling will miss a few weeks because of a hamstring injury suffered in the preseason finale against Nashville.

The injury has prompted the Hurricanes to claim Curtis McElhinney off waivers from Toronto. The 35-year-old McElhinney went 11-5-1 with a 2.15 goals-against average in 18 games for the Maple Leafs last season.

Petr Mrazek (muh-RAH’-zehk) is Carolina’s other netminder.

The loss of McIlhinney and Calvin Pickard leaves the Leafs with just Frederik Andersen and backup Garret Sparks as their goaltending options.

In other NHL news:

— The Capitals have picked up Dmitrij Jaskin off waivers from St. Louis, where the forward became the odd-man out once the Blues set their 23-man roster. Jaskin has 25 goals and 61 points in 266 games over six NHL seasons.

— The Sabres have claimed 23-year-old left wing Remi Elie from Dallas. He had six goals and 14 points in his first full season last year, giving him seven goals and 21 points in 90 career games.

— Key stakeholders trying to bring a new NHL franchise to Seattle presented their case to a group of team owners on Tuesday. They emerged after a two-hour private meeting with cautious optimism that the league will embrace their plan to begin play as early as the 2020-21 season. It’s now up to the league to decide the next steps — including a full board vote, possibly on Dec. 3, on whether to award Seattle the league’s 32nd franchise.


Okafor has ankle sprain

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans will spend the next 1-2 weeks of training camp without center Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL OH’-kah-fohr) because of a strained right ankle suffered in Sunday’s preseason opener at Chicago.

The third overall pick in the 2015 draft averaged nearly 15 points and six rebounds during his first two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. He had trouble receiving playing time after being traded to Brooklyn last November, scoring 6.4 points while averaging 13 minutes off the bench.

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