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October 9, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo looped a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame Max Scherzer’s brilliant performance to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 today for a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series. Scherzer was dominant in his return from a right hamstring injury, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh. But just like in Game 1, when Chicago was held hitless into the sixth by Stephen Strasburg, the World Series champion Cubs showed off their resilience on the way to a stirring victory.

BOSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have become the first team in Major League Baseball’s postseason to advance to the second round, edging the Boston Red Sox today 5-4 at Fenway Park. Josh Reddick got a key late-game hit for the Astros to propel Houston to its first league championship series, which starts on Friday. They’ll face either the Cleveland Indians or New York Yankee. The Yankees lead the Indians 1-0 in the 2nd inning of Game 4 of their best-of-five series which Cleveland leads 2-1.

UNDATED (AP) — Three National Hockey League games have been completed on this Columbus Day holiday. In a shoot-out, the St. Louis Blues beat the New York Islanders 3-2. In other games, the Colorado Avalanche went to 2-1 on their season-opening road trip with a 4-0 win over the host Boston Bruins and New Jersey beat Buffalo’s Sabres 6-2.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland quarterback Derek Carr is expected to return to the Raiders’ lineup for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, two weeks after suffering a broken bone in his back. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio confirmed Carr’s return today, echoing comments he made following the Raiders’ 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens a day earlier.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Mets are buying the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs as they work toward centering more of their minor league baseball operations in their home state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the deal Monday, calling it “a home run that ensures the Chiefs stay right where they belong while the next generation of ‘amazin’ greats is fostered right here in central New York.”

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