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Game 5 for Dodgers and Brewers…Game 4 for Astros and Red Sox


UNDATED (AP) – The Dodgers and the Brewers don’t have much time to rest after last night’s 13-inning battle in Los Angeles. Cody Bellinger singled home the winning run in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory that tied the National League Championship Series at two games apiece.


Clayton Kershaw starts Game 5 Wednesday afternoon, in what could conceivably be his final outing in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform. Wade Miley pitches for Milwaukee on three days’ rest.


Milwaukee is expected to add a new arm for the rest of the NLCS after starter Gio Gonzalez left Game 4 in the second inning with a high ankle sprain. Manager Craig Counsell says it’s likely he’ll need to be replaced on the roster, leaving them to, as he put it, “put our heads together and look at what we’ve got.”


Game 4 of the AL Championship Series between the Red Sox and the Astros takes place Wednesday night in Houston. Boston took a two-games-to-one lead in the series with an 8-2 win on Friday, as Steve Pearce crushed a tiebreaking, solo homer and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a grand slam.


Charlie Morton starts Game 4 for Houston, making his 2018 playoff debut. Morton spent time on the disabled list late in the year with shoulder discomfort and hasn’t pitched since the regular-season finale Sept. 30. Rick Porcello starts for the Red Sox after appearing in relief in Game 2.




Kentucky preseason pick to win SEC men’s basketball title


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Kentucky is once again the preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball title. The Wildcats were picked to win in a poll of SEC and national media members.


The same paned has named Tennessee forward Grant Williams as the SEC preseason player of the year. Williams was the SEC coaches’ choice as player of the year last season.


Tennessee is picked to finish second. Kentucky and Tennessee are followed in order by Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, LSU, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia and Mississippi.


Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s Reid Travis, LSU’s Tremont Waters and South Carolina’s Chris Silva join Williams as preseason first-team all-SEC picks. The second team includes Auburn teammates Bryce Brown and Jared Harper, Florida’s Jalen Hudson, Kentucky’s PJ Washington, Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon, Missouri’s Jontay Porter and Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield.




Shad Khan drops bid to buy Wembley Stadium amid opposition


LONDON (AP) – The English Football Association has dropped its plans to sell Wembley Stadium after American sports magnate Shad Khan withdrew his offer amid opposition.


Khan, who owns the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Premier League soccer club Fulham, had offered $790 million for the stadium.


He says he has “concluded that the outcome of a vote next week would be far from sufficient in expressing the broad support favored by the FA chairman to sell Wembley Stadium.”


The FA Council was due to vote on the sale next week.




Prosecutor in Penn State child abuse case dies


PITTSBURGH (AP) – The lead prosecutor in the child abuse case involving officials at Penn State has died. Laura Ditka was 55.


The Allegheny County district attorney’s office tweeted Tuesday that Ditka died unexpectedly. No cause of death was given.


The DA’s office called her “an extraordinary public servant and person and a loving mom.”


Ditka led the prosecution of President Graham Spanier and other university officials charged with mishandling complaints about assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier was convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment. Two other officials pleaded guilty.



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