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Yanks host A’s in AL wild-card
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees host the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game Wednesday night. The winner advances to a Division Series against Boston starting Friday.
Luis Severino will start for the Yankees, giving the 24-year-old right-hander a chance to make up for a bad outing in last year’s wild-card game. Severino left last year’s game against Minnesota trailing 3-0 after allowing four hits and a walk before New York rallied for an 8-4 victory.
Oakland has made an unconventional choice for its starter: reliever Liam Hendriks. The 29-year-old right-hander had no wins in the regular season and spent two months in the minor leagues after being cut from the 40-man roster in June.
Dodgers to start Ryu in Game 1 of NLDS against Braves
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN’-jihn YOO) will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers at home in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
The defending National League champions say ace Clayton Kershaw will take the ball Friday in Game 2. Kershaw will be making his 25th career postseason appearance and his 20th start.
Ryu missed extensive time with a groin injury this season but went 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts. He had a 1.50 ERA in five outings last month and will be working on normal rest in the best-of-five series opener. The left-hander from South Korea compiled a 1.15 ERA in nine regular-season starts at home for the NL West champions.
Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) is scheduled to pitch the opener for the NL East champion Braves.
UNDATED (AP) – The NHL’s regular season begins Wednesday night.
The Washington Capitals will start their new season by raising their championship banner before they host the Boston Bruins. The Stanley Cup will be on the ice for the ceremony. Then it’ll be time to play hockey that counts for the first time since a 4-3 victory on Lars Eller’s goal in Game 5 against the Vegas Golden Knights back in June.
The other games on the opening day schedule are Montreal at Toronto, Calgary at Vancouver and Anaheim at San Jose.
NHL is moving forward with Seattle expansion bid
NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL is moving forward with plans to expand to Seattle.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday the Board of Governors’ executive committee recommended proceeding with Seattle’s expansion application, with an eye on voting to approve the league’s 32nd franchise in December. The recommendation came a few hours after key stakeholders presented their case to the committee and hit it off enough that Seattle could be awarded a team two months from now.
When the board next meets Dec. 3-4, Bettman expects a full report on Seattle expansion and said the goal is to for the governors to vote at that time, with 24 of 32 needed for approval. It’s conceivable the board votes to give Seattle the green light for 2020 contingent on the arena with the option to push things back to 2021 if necessary.
Jets’ Crowell fined $13K by NFL for TD ‘wipe’ celebration
NEW YORK (AP) – Jets running back Isaiah Crowell has been fined $13,369 by the NFL for his crude touchdown celebration in Cleveland.
After scoring a touchdown against his former team on Sept. 20, Crowell took the football and wiped it against his rear end before firing it into the stands. It made for a viral moment from New York’s loss to previously winless Cleveland, and earned Crowell a scolding from coach Todd Bowles.
The news isn’t all bad for Crowell, who landed a promotional deal with Dude Wipes – a company that sells a toilet paper substitute for men.
Among other fines: Atlanta’s Brian Poole was docked $20,054 for a horse-collar tackle and $20,054 for roughing the passer for a total of $40,108; and Minnesota’s Anthony Barr was fined $10,026 for a facemask call and $20,054 for a horse-collar tackle for a total of $30,080.
Koepka gutted over wounded fan, denies fight with Johnson
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) – Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) says he is heartbroken to hear a woman struck by his tee shot at the Ryder Cup might lose vision in her right eye.
Koepka’s wild tee shot on the sixth hole at Le Golf National hit Corine Remande in the head last Friday. According to French media reports, doctors say she has lost sight and she is considering legal action.
Koepka says his stomach sank when he learned of her condition upon arriving at the Dunhill Links Championship. Koepka says he is trying to reach out to the woman.
Koepka also says he and Dustin Johnson did not have an argument or a fight during a party after the Ryder Cup. He says the two have never raised their voice at each other.