Update on the latest in sports:
Vegas loses third game
UNDATED (AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights are off to a slower start this season than in their inaugural season, which took them to the Stanley Cup finals. Their 5-2 loss Wednesday night to the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals was the third defeat of the young season for Vegas. Last year, the Golden Knights didn’t lose their third game until Halloween. They try to rebound tonight against Pittsburgh.
Also on the NHL schedule (all times Eastern):
Edmonton at Boston, 7 p.m.
Washington at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
San Jose at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Florida, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Calgary at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Correa still hurting
HOUSTON (AP) – Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is trying to get his aching back as healed as possible before Houston’s AL Championship Series opener Saturday.
Correa told The Associated Press on Wednesday that although he’s tried to put on a brave face, his back is hurting him on every swing and miss, and on the bad days it can even be uncomfortable to walk.
Correa returned from a six-week stint on the DL on Aug. 10 and declared he was better, but he hit just .180 in the second half of the season and had just one hit – a homer – while Houston swept Cleveland in their three-game AL Division Series.
US BASKETBALL TEAM
Kerr, Wright chosen as assistant coaches
UNDATED (AP) – Steve Kerr and Jay Wright have been chosen as assistant coaches for the U.S. national basketball team, putting the coaches of the NBA and NCAA championship teams on Gregg Popovich’s staff.
USA Basketball says Nate McMillan will be the other assistant.
The trio of coaches will work with Popovich in the 2019 Basketball World Cup and 2020 Olympics, assuming the Americans qualify for both events.
Kerr has led Golden State to two straight and three of the last four NBA championships. Wright guided Villanova to the 2016 and 2018 NCAA titles. McMillan worked on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff from 2006-12, when the Americans won two Olympic gold medals and the 2010 world championship.
Djokovic gets some revenge
SHANGHAI (AP) – Novak Djokovic has earned partial revenge by beating Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-0 to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals.
The only other time the second-seeded Djokovic played Cecchinato was in the French Open quarterfinals, where the Italian upset him in four sets.
Since Djokovic lost that French Open match to Cecchinato, he’s won 28 of his 30 matches. The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open. He’s bidding to win a record fourth Shanghai title this week.
Five charged in probe of Belgian soccer
BRUSSELS (AP) – Belgian authorities have charged five people in relation to a massive financial fraud and match-fixing probe into soccer.
Four were charged with belonging to a criminal organization and corruption, while a fifth person was charged with money laundering. Prosecutors said match-fixing allegations centered on the relegation battle from the top division last season and did not involve a major club.
Financial fraud centered on two agents who had contacts with many of the leading clubs.