Yanks win... MLB sets another strikeout record... Vikings visit Rams
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — CC Sabathia has gotten his 246th win and moved the New York Yankees closer to hosting next week’s AL wild-card game, beating the Rays 12-1 today. The Yankees, who are now 98-61, hold the tiebreaker, which means another Yankees win or Athletics loss ensures the game would be in the Bronx. The wild-card winner advances to a Division Series against AL East champion Boston.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has set a strikeouts record for the 11th consecutive year — and with four days to spare. There were 40,196 strikeouts through Wednesday, topping last year’s 40,104 — the first season strikeouts reach 40,000. There were 32,189 in 2007, the last season without a record, and 30,801 in 2003. This will be the first season in major league history with more strikeouts than hits. There were 40,098 hits through Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings visit the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL’s Thursday night game. The NFC showdown reunites Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins with his mentor, Rams coach Sean McVay. Cousins was an eager young quarterback and McVay was a precocious offensive coordinator when they got together in Washington. The Rams enter the game 3-0 while the Vikings are 1-1-1.
MIAMI (AP) — The No. 16 Miami Hurricanes begin defense of their ACC Coastal Division title when they host North Carolina tonight. The Hurricanes are seeking a 12th straight regular-season home victory, and the Tar Heels are looking to reach .500 or better for the first time since being 8-5 at the end of 2016. North Carolina leads their series record 11-10.
NEW YORK (AP) — HBO is getting out of the live boxing business after more than 1,000 fights over four decades of telecasts. The network will televise the Oct. 27 middleweight title fight between Danny Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, then bow out from a sport of which it has long been a leading proponent. Showtime, HBO’s main competitor for cable boxing telecasts, plans to enhances its schedule for 2019.