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Update on the latest in sports:

 

MLB

 

Revved-up rivals

 

UNDATED (AP) – Luis Severino starts for the Yankees when they host Boston in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. They’re 1-all going into the first playoff game between the teams in the Bronx since the Red Sox finished off a comeback from an 0-3 deficit in the 2004 ALCS at the old Yankee Stadium.

 

Severino was 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA and .217 opponents’ batting average at home, and is coming off four sharp innings against Oakland in the AL wild-card game. Ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi starts for Boston – he allowed no earned runs in three of four starts this year vs. New York.

 

In other baseball action:

 

– The Astros try to complete an ALDS sweep over Cleveland when Dallas Keuchel starts Game 3 at Progressive Field. The defending World Series champions used dominant pitching by starters Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole to open a 2-0 lead. Indians manager Terry Francona will tweak his lineup against the left-handed Keuchel, adding righty hitters Yandy Diaz and Brandon Guyer. Mike Clevinger pitches for Cleveland. Houston second baseman Jose Altuve says he’s all set to go. He irritated his troublesome right knee when he slipped leaving the batter’s box in Game 2 Saturday.

 

After holding off the Dodgers in a tense ninth inning, the Atlanta Braves aim to even the NLDS in Game 4 at SunTrust Park. Mike Foltynewicz, who gave up four runs and three hits in two innings in a 6-0 loss in the opener, will pitch for Atlanta. The Dodgers could start Rich Hill. Los Angeles was denied its second straight sweep in the NLDS, having chased Arizona last year.

 

– At this rate, the Milwaukee Brewers probably would rather keep playing. But they’ll have to wait a while after sweeping Colorado in the NLDS. The Brew Crew has won 11 in a row – by the time they host Game 1 of the NL Championship Series at Miller Park on Friday against the Dodgers-Braves winner, it will have been nearly three weeks since their last loss. The break will give the Brewers time to rest their deep pitching staff. It also will give fans more time to marvel over the postseason run by Erik Kratz – a 38-year-old journeyman catcher who has been part of 12 different major league organizations, he’s gone 5 for 8 in his first playoff action.

 

UMPIRES BANNED

 

3 chair umpires banned for life for match-fixing, gambling

 

LONDON (AP) – Three chair umpires from Thailand have been banned for life from tennis after being found guilty of match-fixing and betting offenses.

 

The Tennis Integrity Unit announced the sanctions today against the umpires (Anucha Tongplew, Apisit Promchai and Chitchai Srililai), who were accused of betting on matches and manipulating scores in the official scoring system at ITF Futures tournaments in 2017.

 

In a statement, the integrity unit said all three umpires admitted the breaches. The case was adjudicated by independent anti-corruption hearing officer Charles Hollander.

 

The TIU says “the lifetime bans apply with immediate effect and prohibit each individual from ever officiating at, or attending, any sanctioned events organized or recognized by the governing bodies of the sport.”

 

The TIU is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA.

 

NORTH KOREA-CHINA

 

Chinese athletes visit NKorea in latest sign of thaw in ties

 

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – A large group of Chinese athletes and sports officials arrived in North Korea today in the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the two countries this year.

 

China’s official Xinhua (shihn-wah) News Agency says the Chinese delegation includes men’s and women’s basketball teams. They are expected to take part in friendly matches with North Korean teams this week.

 

After a period of frosty ties, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited China three times this year, and traditional proclamations of friendship between the two neighbors have been resurrected.

 

Speculation continues over whether Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) will make a visit to North Korea.

 

BOB-RUSSIAN DOPING

 

CAS agrees contamination caused Russian Olympic doping

 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has lifted a provisional ban imposed on one of the two Russian athletes who tested positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

 

The court says a contaminated product caused bobsled driver Nadezhda Sergeeva’s positive test for trimetazidine in South Korea in February.

 

The CAS anti-doping panel had disqualified Sergeeva from her 12th-place finish.

 

Sergeeva’s case with the panel continues, but any final sanction can be reduced to take into account the seven-month provisional ban she already served.

 

In April, a Russian federal medical official said “organizational fecklessness” led to Sergeeva’s mother, a doctor, giving her unapproved heart medicine containing trimetazidine.

 

 

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