Update on the latest sports
Game 1s in Houston and Boston, Game 2s in Milwaukee and LA
UNDATED (AP) – Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber will start the American League Division Series between the Astros and Indians Friday in Houston.
The series will feature some of the best pitchers in the American League, with Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco opposing two-time All-Star right-hander Gerrit Cole in the second game Saturday, and Mike Clevinger of the Indians and 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) pitching in Monday’s Game 3.
In the other ALDS, Chris Sale starts for Boston when the Red Sox begin their first postseason series since the 2004 American League Championship Series. The left-hander will open Game 1 against the New York Yankees, one year after he was bombarded by the championship-bound Houston Astros in his playoff debut. The Yankees will send J.A. Happ to the mound at Fenway Park.
In the National League Division Series, the Rockies look to end their hitting slump when they face Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) in Game 2 in Milwaukee. Colorado had just four hits in a 3-2, 10-inning loss Thursday, two days after beating the Chicago 2-1 in 13 innings in the wild-card game. Left-hander Tyler Anderson starts for the Rockies.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitches Game 2 of their NLDS against Atlanta after being passed over for Game 1. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts went with Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN’-jihn YOO) in the series opener at Dodger Stadium, setting up Kershaw to pitch on five days of rest. Ryu responded with seven sharp innings in a 6-0 win. Veteran Anibal Sanchez starts for the Braves.
Lefty’s birdie run puts him in contention
NAPA, Calif. (AP) – Phil Mickelson starts the second round of the PGA’s season-opening Safeway Open two shots off the lead.
Coming off his winless performance in the U.S. Ryder Cup loss to Europe, Mickelson had six straight birdies and shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to pull within two strokes of leader Sepp Straka, who birdied his final three holes for a 63. Chase Wright had a 64, playing the last three holes in 4 under with an eagle on the par-5 16th and two birdies.
Redick perfect, 76ers top Mavs 120-114 in China Games
SHANGHAI (AP) – JJ Redick made all 10 of his shots and scored 28 points, Joel Embiid finished with 22 points and the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Dallas Mavericks 120-114 on Friday night in the opener of the NBA China Games.
Redick was 7 for 7 from 3-point range for the 76ers, who trailed by 15 points early. Ben Simmons finished with nine points, nine rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia.
Dennis Smith Jr. had 15 points in the game’s first 8 minutes and finished with 20 for the Mavericks. Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki sat out the game while continuing to recover from left ankle surgery, though he was presented with a guitar during a second-half stoppage in play by former NBA player Wang Zhizhi of China. Dallas was also without China’s Ding Yanyuhang, who sat out with knee soreness.
The two Dallas-Philadelphia games in China this year will push the NBA’s total of preseason games played there since this China Games series began in 2004 to 26.
OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR
Ohio State’s bill for sex misconduct inquiry: $1.5M so far
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State University has been billed about $1.5 million and counting for the investigation into a team doctor accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other men.
A list of related invoices provided by the university shows most of that is from Perkins Coie, the law firm hired to investigate claims raised this year about the now-deceased physician, Richard Strauss.
The list reflects invoices only through Aug. 17. The investigation continues, and three related lawsuits are pending.
At least 145 former students have given investigators firsthand accounts of alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss between 1979 and 1997. The allegations involve athletes from 16 sports, plus the student health center and his off-campus medical office.
Strauss killed himself in 2005. His relatives have said they’re shocked by the allegations.