Yanks beat Astros to send ALCS back to Houston
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees have earned a return trip to Houston, staying alive in the American League Championship Series with a win over the Astros.
James Paxton was sharp over six innings and the Yankees belted two homers off Justin Verlander in the bottom of the first to earn a 4-1 triumph against Houston in Game 5. Paxton struck out nine and allowed just four hits in his first career postseason victory. The left-hander didn’t allow a run after George Springer scored on a wild pitch in the top of the first.
DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) greeted Verlander with a home run on the second pitch in the bottom of the first. Four batters later, Aaron Hicks delivered a three-run blast that gave New York a 4-1 advantage.
Verlander was outstanding after the first inning, giving up just one hit after the three-run homer. Verlander struck out nine over seven innings but suffered his second loss of this postseason.
Aroldis Chapman worked a scoreless ninth to get the save and complete a combined five-hitter.
Houston had won three straight since a 7-0 loss to the Yankees in the series opener.
The Astros host Game 6 on Saturday.
Freeman has elbow surgery
ATLANTA (AP) – Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, a nagging injury that limited him late in the season and into playoffs.
Freeman is expected to be recovered in time for the start of spring training in February.
Freeman hit .295 with a career-high 38 home runs and 121 RBIs in 158 games, but his production tailed off significantly as he dealt with elbow pain.
T25 FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE/NORTHWESTERN
Buckeyes hammer Wildcats
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – Fourth-ranked Ohio State took on struggling Northwestern on Friday and produced a predictable outcome.
Justin Fields threw for four touchdowns and the 7-0 Buckeyes grabbed a 31-3 halftime lead before coasting to a 52-3 rout of the Wildcats at Evanston. Fields matched a career high with 22 touchdown passes this season and completed 18 of 23 passes for 194 yards.
J.K. Dobbins has 947 yards rushing already this season after gaining 121 more while scoring two touchdowns.
Northwestern dropped to 1-5 and is 0-4 in the Big Ten.
Mahomes could miss 4-6 weeks
UNDATED (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have received relatively good news concerning the NFL’s reigning MVP.
A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that quarterback Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ') escaped significant damage to ligaments when he dislocated his right kneecap against Denver and could be back in 4-6 weeks.
Mahomeswas hurt during the Chiefs' 30-6 win in Denver on Thursday night while sneaking for a first down on fourth-and-short deep in Broncos territory. Everyone jumped up from the pile but Mahomes, who immediately grabbed for his right knee as trainers rushed onto the field.
Team physicians were able to get his patella back in place on the field.
In other NFL news:
_ The Eagles will be without nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and several other key players when they visit the Cowboys on Sunday night. Peters has a knee injury that forced him from last week's 38-20 loss at Minnesota.
_ Saquon (SAY'-kwahn) Barkley has been cleared to return to the Giants' lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Last year's offensive rookie of the year hasn’t played since spraining his right ankle on Sept. 22 against the Buccaneers.
_ Vikings tight end David Morgan will have season-ending knee surgery. Morgan hasn’t played since experiencing knee pain in training camp. The injury actually occurred last year.
_ Jaguars rookie tight end Josh Oliver will make his NFL debut at Cincinnati. Oliver was a full participant in practice for the second consecutive day Friday, and coach Doug Marrone says he won't be limited Sunday against the Bengals. Oliver sustained a "significant" strain to his right hamstring during training camp on Aug. 1.
_ Jets center Ryan Kalil injured a shoulder during practice and could miss Monday’s game against the Patriots. Coach Adam Gase said Friday the 34-year-old veteran was hurt Thursday and is undergoing treatment on the shoulder.
_ Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Minnesota because of a foot injury. The Lions also ruled out cornerback Amani Oruwariye because of a knee injury.
_ Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant will miss his second straight game with a toe injury. The Falcons listed Trufant as out for Sunday’s contest against the Los Angeles Rams.
_ Dolphins safety Reshad Jones and center Daniel Kilgore have been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Buffalo. Jones missed practice this week with a chest injury and has played in only three games this season. Defensive end Avery Moss was also ruled out with an ankle injury.
_ The NFL says team owners have given the OK to invest up to $10 million in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio. Hall of Fame officials are planning a multi-year development at the Canton site. It includes a hotel with an indoor water park, retail stores and an entertainment complex.
Avs knock off Cats
UNDATED (AP) – The Colorado Avalanche had to rally to victory in Florida on Friday after suffering their only loss of the season two days earlier.
The Avalanche overcame deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 before pulling out a 5-4 victory over the Panthers on Nathan McKinnon’s goal 3:03 into overtime. Andre Burakovsky’s (bur-ah-KAHF’-skeez) second goal of the night knotted the game 4-4 midway through the second period.
Colorado tied it the first time by getting goals from Matt Nieto and Burakovsky 32 seconds apart in the middle period.
Joonas Donskoi had a goal and two assists to back Philipp Grubauer’s 40-save performance.
The Avs remain the NHL’s only team without a regulation loss, improving to 6-0-1. They top the Western Conference with 13 points.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
_ Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK’) and Troy Terry scored in the first period as the Ducks doubled up the Hurricanes, 4-2 to improve to 6-2-0 under new coach Dallas Eakins. Carter Rowney scored a short-handed goal to put the Ducks up 4-0 and chase Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek (muh-RA’-zehk) early in the second period. Haydn Fleury scored his first NHL goal for the Hurricanes, who lost in two of their three stops on a California road swing after a 5-1-0 start to the season.
_ John Carlson leads the league with 14 assists and is tied for the NHL lead with 17 points after setting up three more goals in the Capitals’ 5-2 win over the Rangers. Carlson assisted on each of TJ Oshie's (OH’-sheez) two power-play goals and one by Michal Kempny in Washington’s seventh straight win against New York. Carlson was already the seventh defenseman in NHL history with 14-plus points in his first eight games of a season.
_ Kris Letang (leh-TANG’) provided two goals while the Penguins scored three times in the third period of a 4-2 victory against the Stars. The game was tied 1-1 until Letang tallied 6:34 into the final stanza. Patric Hornqvist had a goal and two assists in Pittsburgh’s fifth straight win since a 1-2 start.
_ The Blackhawks earned a 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets on a goal by Jonathan Toews (tayvz) 46 seconds into overtime, Robin Lehner made 37 saves in helping Chicago win its second straight since an 0-2-1 start. Alex DeBrincat (deh-BRIHN’-kat) tied it at 2 with a power-play goal midway through the third period.
_ Red-hot James Neal notched his league-high ninth goal and the Oilers moved to 7-1-0 by topping the Red Wings, 2-1. Ethan Bear also scored, Mikko Koskinen (MEE’-koh KAHS’-kah-nehn) made 25 saves and Edmonton became the first team with 14 points this season. Darnell Nurse assisted on both Oilers goals. The Red Wings have lost four in a row to drop to 3-5-0.
Hischer gets extension from Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Nico Hischier (HEE’-shur) to a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension that counts $7.25 million against the salary cap through the 2026-27 season.
Committing long term to Hischier is another important move for New Jersey, which is trying to become a perennial contender again and didn’t pick up its first win this season until Thursday against the Rangers.
Hischier has 37 goals and 64 assists for 101 points in his first 157 regular-season NHL games. He was the first Swiss player to go first overall in the NHL draft.
Korda takes 1-shot lead with 6-under 66
SHANGHAI (AP) — Jessica Korda shot a 6-under 66 in the third round, with eight birdies and two bogeys, to take a one-shot lead at the Buick LPGA Shanghai on Saturday.
The 26-year-old American is making her first start since the Solheim Cup, where she went 3-0-1 last month in Scotland in the United States' loss to Europe. She has three LPGA Tour victories in Asia.
Defending champion Danielle Kang is in second place after a 66 in the first of four straight events in Asia. The American had bogeys on her first two holes to fall behind by four strokes, but played bogey-free golf the rest of the way, including six birdies and an eagle on the par-5 17th.
Second-round leader Brooke Henderson dropped back to third place. The 22-year-old Canadian, a two-time winner this season, fell behind early but recovered with an eagle on the par-4 10th. Henderson had a double bogey on the 18th to finish five strokes back. Nasa Hataoka and Kristen Gillman are tied for fourth at 9 under, followed by Sei Young Kim and Angel Yin at 8 under.
Lawyer details limits on Olympic athlete sponsorships
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – A lawyer with the Association of National Olympic Committees has detailed the limits on athletes promoting their sponsors within new guidelines for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
ANOC legal commission chairman Michael Chambers has told the group's 206 members that only generic advertising is allowed.
He says advertising by an athlete's personal sponsor "can't use Olympic symbols, the rings, your emblem, references to the Olympics."
Now, the U.S. Olympic Committee's agreement this month includes letting athletes thank their sponsors.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Tolles leads Schwab playoff opener
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Tommy Tolles closed with a birdie for a 7-under 65 and the first-round lead in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic
The 52-year-old Tolles is winless in three seasons on the 50-and-over tour and entered the week 59th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
Colin Montgomerie and Scott Parel shot 66, and Miguel Angel Jimenez, Retief Goosen and Rocco Mediate were at 67.
The tourney is the first of three events in the PGa Tour Champions’ Cup playoffs.
Matt Every suspended 3 months for drugs of abuse
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Matt Every has been suspended for three months for violating the PGA Tour's conduct policy on drugs of abuse.
Every will be eligible to return Jan. 7. He will miss only three tournaments for which he would have been eligible.
Every has two victories on the PGA Tour, winning back-to-back at Bay Hill in 2014 and 2015. He advanced to the FedEx Cup playoffs last year, but did not make it beyond the first postseason event.
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