Watching his back...Nats don’t wait...Championship coaches tapped
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is trying to get his aching back as healed as possible before Houston’s AL Championship Series opener Saturday. Correa told The Associated Press that although he’s tried to put on a brave face, his back is hurting him on every swing and miss, and on the bad days it can even be uncomfortable to walk. Correa returned from a six-week stint on the DL on Aug. 10 and declared he was better, but he hit just .180 in the second half of the season and had just one hit — a homer — while Houston swept Cleveland in their three-game AL Division Series.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals aren’t waiting for the World Series to end to get going on their 2019 roster. Washington acquired reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami on Wednesday, its first offseason move to rebuild its bullpen. Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances during 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season. Washington sent the Marlins $1 million in international slot allotment as part of the deal.
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the details says Steve Kerr and Jay Wright have been chosen as assistant coaches for the U.S. national basketball team. That puts the coaches of the NBA and NCAA championship teams on Gregg Popovich’s staff. The person told The Associated Press that Nate McMillan will be the other assistant. The trio of coaches will work with Popovich in the 2019 Basketball World Cup and 2020 Olympics, assuming the Americans qualify for both events.
BERLIN (AP) — The German weekly magazine that first published the rape allegation against soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo says it has “hundreds of documents” that substantiate its report and there is no reason to believe they are not authentic. Ronaldo’s lawyers had issued a statement calling the documents cited in the report “complete fabrications.”
SHANGHAI (AP) — Novak Djokovic has earned partial revenge by beating Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-0 to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals. The only other time the second-seeded Djokovic played Cecchinato was in the French Open quarterfinals, where the Italian upset him in four sets.