Update on the latest sports
BOSTON (AP) – The World Series will shift to Los Angeles after Fenway Park gave the Dodgers the cold shoulder. The Red Sox have a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series after beating Los Angeles 4-2 on a chilly Wednesday night in Boston.
David Price earned his second postseason victory in a row, pitching six innings of three-hit ball, and J.D. Martinez broke a fifth-inning tie during Boston’s latest two-out rally.
Game 3 is Friday.
Twins hire Rays coach Rocco Baldelli as manager
UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have hired Tampa Bay Rays assistant coach Rocco Baldelli as their new manager, seeking a young voice to help revive a struggling team.
The 37-year-old Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was fired after four seasons with a 305-343 record. Baldelli will be the youngest manager in the major leagues, the first skipper ever born in the 1980s.
Baldelli spent the last four years on the staff of Rays manager Kevin Cash. For four seasons prior to that, he was a special assistant in the front office of the team that drafted him sixth overall in 2000 out of high school in Rhode Island. Baldelli debuted with the Rays at age 21 in 2003, finishing third in the American League Rookie of the Year award voting after batting .289 with 51 extra-base hits and 27 stolen bases.
Lions officially land tackle Damon Harrison from Giants
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – Damon Harrison is officially headed to the Detroit Lions.
The trade for the defensive tackle was announced Thursday by the teams. Detroit will send a draft pick to the New York Giants. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press the Giants will receive a fifth-round pick in the deal.
To make room for “Snacks” Harrison the Lions released defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. Williams was acquired as a free agent this offseason and had six tackles in six games for Detroit.
The 29-year-old Harrison spent the past three seasons with the Giants. He began his career with the Jets in 2012 after being undrafted out of William Penn. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2016.
The 3-3 Lions host to Seattle on Sunday. They have the 30th-ranked rush defense in the NFL, surrendering 139.3 yards per game.
This is the Giants’ second trade this week. They sent cornerback Eli Apple to New Orleans for two picks on Tuesday. The 1-6 Giants host Washington on Sunday.
Miami QB faces his former team
HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Texans host the Miami Dolphins in the Thursday night NFL game.
It will be a matchup of Houston’s quarterback of the future, Deshaun Watson, and former Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler (AHS’-wy-lur).
Watson is healthy after dealing with lung and rib injuries and helped the team to its fourth straight win last week after an 0-3 start to leave the Texans in first place in the AFC South.
Osweiler spent one difficult season with the Texans after signing a $72 million contract. He was traded to Cleveland, then spent last season with the Broncos before joining the Dolphins this year. He’ll be making his third straight start in place of Miami starter Ryan Tannehill, who is out with a shoulder injury.
T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
UNDATED (AP) – Two Top-25 college football teams have Thursday night games.
No. 13 West Virginia will try to regroup after its first loss of the season when it hosts Baylor. Both teams remain in the chase for spots in the Big 12 championship game, but can’t afford any slipups the rest of the season to get there. West Virginia is 5-1, 3-1 in the Big 12, while Baylor is 4-3 and 2-2.
No. 25 Appalachian (ap-ah-LA’-chihn) State takes first ranking in program history into a Sun Belt showdown against longtime rival Georgia Southern. Both teams have one loss and are 3-0 in the Sun Belt.
App State has won five straight since opening with a 45-38 overtime loss at No. 17 Penn State. Georgia Southern lost to No. 2 Clemson 38-7 on Sept. 15.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NAVY-NOTRE DAME-DUBLIN
Navy-Notre Dame to play in Dublin, Ireland in 2020
UNDATED (AP) – Navy and Notre Dame will play their annual rivalry game in Dublin, Ireland, to open the 2020 season.
The schools, along with Ireland Prime Minister Leo Vardakar, announced Thursday the 94th meeting is scheduled for Aug. 29, 2020. The game is the first of five American college football games to be played at Aviva Stadium, and sponsored by Aer Lingus airlines.
The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen have previously played in Dublin in 1996 and 2012. Notre Dame and Navy face each other Saturday in San Diego.
BIG EAST MEDIA DAY
NCAA champion Villanova picked to win Big East again
NEW YORK (AP) – NCAA champion Villanova has been picked by coaches to win the Big East Conference.
This is the fifth straight year the Wildcats have held the top spot. They received eight first-place votes Thursday while Marquette and Butler each received one No. 1 pick. Coaches may not vote for their own team.
Marquette was second, followed by Providence, St. John’s and Butler. Xavier, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Creighton and DePaul round out the poll.
St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds has been chosen the conference’s preseason player of the year. Providence guard David Duke and Villanova guard Jahvon Quinerly are co-winners of the Big East preseason freshman of the year award.