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October 7, 2018


Yankees knot series...Gonzalez, Cole lead Astros to 2-0 lead

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have grabbed home-field advantage away from the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.

Gary Sanchez homered twice and had four RBIs as the Yankees knocked off the Bosox, 6-2 at Fenway Park, evening the series at a game apiece. Sanchez went deep in the second inning and gave New York a 6-1 lead with a three-run blast in the seventh.

Aaron Judge homered for the second straight game and Andrew McCutchen delivered an RBI single that chased Red Sox starter David Price in the second inning.

Price fell to 2-9 with a 5.28 ERA in 18 postseason appearances, including an 0-9 mark in 10 starts.

Winning pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) was sharp over five innings, allowing one run and three hits. Tanaka blanked Boston until Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrts) homered in the fourth.

The series resumes with Game 3 Monday in the Bronx.

Meanwhile, the Houston Astros will head to Cleveland with a two-games-to-none lead in the AL Division Series.

Marwin Gonzalez was 4-for-4 with a go-ahead, two-run double as the Astros topped the Indians, 3-1. Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) put Cleveland ahead with a third-inning homer off winner Gerrit Cole, but Gonzalez gave the Astros the lead in the sixth against Andrew Miller.

Alex Bregman homered for the second straight day to cap the scoring in the seventh.

Cole was terrific over seven innings, striking out 12 and allowing three hits.

Game 3 is slated for Monday at Progressive Field. Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) will try to clinch it for the Astros against Mike Clevenger.


Longhorns nip Sooners after blowing 21-point lead

UNDATED (AP) — It was one of the all-time classics in the history of the Red River Rivalry, and it was decided by a freshman kicker.

No. 19 Texas coughed up a 45-24 lead in the fourth quarter before Cameron Dicker drilled a 40-yard field goal with nine seconds left to give the Longhorns a 48-45 victory over seventh-ranked Oklahoma. Sam Ehlinger prolonged the winning drive with a four-yard keeper on third-and-3 and added an eight-yard draw to the left hashmark, setting up the field goal.

Ehlinger ran for three touchdowns and threw for 314 yards with two more scores to help Texas win its fifth straight since a season-opening loss to Maryland.

Kyler Murray sent the Sooners on three TD drives in a six-minute span to tie the game. He threw a 19-yard TD pass to Lee Morris and ran 67 yards for a score on a one-play drive. Trey Sermon’s 7-yard scoring burst tied the game with 2:38 left.

Murray completed 19 of 26 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns for the 5-1 Sooners. He also ran for 92 yards but had two turnovers.

Meanwhile, fifth-ranked LSU absorbed its first loss of the season as Lamical Perine scored twice on short runs to help No. 22 Florida beat the Tigers, 27-19.

Brad Stewart’s 25-yard interception return for a touchdown essentially sealed the victory for the Gators. The interception was the first thrown by Joe Burrow this season.

Nick Brossette ran for 79 yards and a short TD on a scoring that put the Tigers (5-1, 2-1) up 19-14 with 8:48 to play.

Both teams are 5-1.

Checking out other top-25 action:

— Top-ranked Alabama beat Arkansas for the 12th straight time as Tua Tagovailoa (tag-oh-vay-LOH’-ah) passed for 334 yards and four touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 65-31 shootout win. Tagovailoa hit Irv Smith Jr. on a pass across the middle that the tight end took 76 yards to the end zone, giving the Tide a 7-0 lead just 21 seconds after the opening kickoff. It was 21-0 10 minutes into the game.

— Second-ranked Georgia breezed past Vanderbilt behind Jake Fromm’s three scoring strikes in a 41-13 final. Fromm threw for a season-high 276 yards in just three quarters, while the Bulldogs limited Kyle Shurmur to 169 yards on 14 of 28 passing.

— Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for a career-best 455 yards and six touchdowns in third-ranked Ohio State’s 49-26 victory against Indiana. Haskins completed 33 of 44 passes and connecting for two touchdowns each with Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin.

— Fourth-ranked Clemson cruised to a 63-3 win at Wake Forest behind Travis Etienne (EE’-tee-ehn), who rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers racked up 471 yards, with Lyn-J Dixon netting 163 and Adam Choice adding 128.

— Dexter Williams had scoring runs of 97, 31 and one yards as No. 6 Notre Dame thumped No. 24 Virginia Tech, 45-23. Julian Love scooped up a fumble and took it 42 yards into the end zone to put the Irish ahead 17-9 late in the first half.

— Eighth-ranked Auburn suffered its second straight loss as Nick Fitzgerald ran for 195 yards and two touchdowns in Mississippi State’s 23-9 triumph over the Tigers. The Bulldogs limited Auburn to three field goals after entering the game among the nation’s top 10 in scoring defense.

— Myles Gaskin rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-clinching run off a direct snap with 3:42 left in 10th-ranked Washington’s 31-24 decision over UCLA. Jake Browning ran for a score and completed 18 of 26 passes for 265 yards with one TD and one interception.

— Will Grier compensated for his four turnovers by throwing for four touchdowns as No. 9 West Virginia beat Kansas 38-22. The Heisman Trophy hopeful was intercepted three times in the first half either in the end zone or at the goal line, and also had a third-quarter fumble on a scramble.

— No. 12 UCF extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games with a 48-20 victory over SMU. McKenzie Milton threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns, while Adrian Killins rushed for 113 yards and a score.

— Trayveon Williams flipped into the end zone on a 10-yard run in overtime to give Texas A&M a 20-14 victory over 13th-rated Kentucky. The Wildcats forced OT when Darius West returned a fumble 40 yards for a TD with 4:17, but teammate Miles Butler missed a 43-yard field goal to start overtime.

— Shea Patterson threw for a season-high 282 yards and three touchdowns in No. 15 Michigan’s 42-21 romp over Maryland. The Wolverines trailed 7-3 heading into the second quarter before scoring 24 straight points in their fifth consecutive win.

— Jonathan Taylor ran for 221 yards and three scores, including a career-best 88-yarder in the fourth quarter as 16th-ranked Wisconsin knocked off Nebraska, 41-24. Cornhuskers freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez threw for 384 yards, rushed for a score and had two TD passes in the third quarter to get his team within three points.

— N’Kosi Perry threw four touchdown passes and No. 17 Miami pulled off its biggest comeback ever against Florida State by rallying from a 27-7, second-half deficit to top the Seminoles 28-27. Brevin Jordan’s 41-yard touchdown grab with just under 12 minutes left put the Hurricanes ahead for good.

— Northwestern was a 29-19 winner against No. 20 Michigan State as Clayton Thorson threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns. The Wildcats pulled off the upset despite gaining just eight yards rushing and blowing a 14-3 lead.

— Wide receiver Laviska Shenault scored four touchdowns and 21st-ranked Colorado improved to 5-0 by beating Arizona State for just the second time in the program’s history, 28-21.

— Reggie Gallaspy ran for a career-best 104 yards and two touchdowns, while Ryan Finley added a pair of passing touchdowns in No. 23 N.C. State’s 28-23 win against Boston College.

— Third-string quarterback Brock Purdy completed 18 of 23 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns to help lead Iowa State to a 48-42 victory at No. 25 Oklahoma State.


Cowboys Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick off active roster

UNDATED (AP) — Four-time Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick has been placed on the non-football illness list by the Dallas Cowboys because of a nerve condition that has kept him from playing this season. The team also placed receiver Terrance Williams on injured reserve because of a foot injury.

Frederick was diagnosed during the preseason with Guillain-Barre syndrome. The Cowboys initially kept him on the active roster. Now he will be out at least eight weeks, or seven games, since Dallas has a bye in that stretch.

In other NFL news:

— Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Cincinnati because a knee injury. Wake sat out practice this week and didn’t travel with the team Saturday.


Bolts top Cats in shootout

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers finally opened their respective NHL seasons with a clash of state rivals.

J.T. Miller and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) provided shootout goals as the Lightning topped the Panthers, 2-1. Florida opened the scoring on a goal by Jacob MacDonald six minutes into the contest. The lead held up until Anthony Cirelli notched a short-handed goal midway through the third period.

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 42 saves in regulation and OT.

Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo stopped 13 shots before leaving the game midway through the second period with a lower-body injury after a teammate landed on his right leg.

Elsewhere in the NHL on Saturday:

— Erik Haula scored in the shootout to complete the Golden Knights’ rally in a 2-1 victory at Minnesota. The Wild led 1-0 until Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) scored his first goal for Vegas with 1:31 remaining in regulation.

— Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot scored twice and had an assist in a 5-3 victory at Toronto. Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists in the Maple Leafs’ three-goal second period, but Chabot broke a 3-3 deadlock 1:42 into the third.

— The Predators rode Viktor Arvidsson’s two goals to a 4-3 win over the Islanders. Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs) stopped 26 shots to help Nashville begin the season 2-0.

— Colin Wilson provided a pair of goals and Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yuhn vahr-LAH’-mahv) handled 35 shots as the Avalanche dumped the Flyers, 5-2. Nathan MacKinnon had an empty-net goal and an assist for Colorado.

— The Canadiens had dropped five straight to Pittsburgh before Paul Byron delivered a pair of goals and an assist in Montreal’s 5-1 victory against the Penguins. Carey Price made 21 saves on Saturday for his first win against Pittsburgh since Oct. 13, 2015.

— The Stars also earned a 5-1 win against Winnipeg behind Jamie Benn’s two power-play goals. Tyler Seguin also tallied with the man advantage and Ben Bishop finished with 32 saves.

— Jonathan Toews (tayvz) completed a hat trick by scoring 2:20 into overtime to give the Blackhawks a 5-4 verdict over the Blues. Cam Ward stopped 26 shots to improve to 2-0.

— The Sabres got a pair of goals from newcomer Conor Sheary in a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Carter Hutton turned back 43 shots and Buffalo won for the first time in its last seven road games since last season.

— John Gibson posted his 17th career shutout by making 41 saves in leading the Ducks past the Coyotes, 1-0. Max Comtois scored for the second straight game to open his career.

— Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac (ZAY’-jak) each scored twice and Miles Wood had two assists as the Devils beat the Oilers, 5-2 in Sweden. Keith Kincaid needed to make just 17 saves and blanked the Oilers until Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) scored with 8 ½ minutes to play.


Snedeker leaves through 54

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker birdied the final three holes to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open.

Snedeker finished with a 3-under 69 to get to 16-under 200 on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa.

Kevin Tway was second after a 68.

Phil Mickelson shot a 74 that puts him eight strokes back after entering the round tied for second.

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