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Nationals handle Phillies 7-2, reduce magic number to 3


WASHINGTON (AP) – Patrick Corbin pitched six effective innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 Monday night to strengthen their playoff positioning.


Adam Eaton, Yan Gomes and Trea Turner homered for Washington, which moved a half-game ahead of idle Milwaukee for the top spot in the wild-card standings. The Nationals reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff berth to three.


Philadelphia was pushed to the brink of elimination after beginning the season with great expectations after signing former Washington slugger Bryce Harper to a blockbuster deal. The Phillies have to win their final seven games while Milwaukee or Washington loses out to have any hope of reaching the wild-card game.


In other Monday action:


– Steven Matz allowed two homers to Jorge Alfaro, including a grand slam, and the New York Mets lost to the Miami Marlins 8-4 to dim their fading postseason hopes. The Mets dropped five games behind idle Milwaukee for the final NL playoff spot with six games remaining. They also trail Washington by 5 1/2 games for the top wild card after the Nationals beat Philadelphia 7-2.


– Ji-Man Choi, Brandon Lowe and Willy Adames homered during Tampa Bay’s six-run fourth inning, and the Rays moved into sole possession of the second AL wild card by rallying for a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The Rays hold a half-game lead over Cleveland, which had the day off.


– Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in his return to Chase Field, Yadier Molina hit another two-run shot and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-7 for their sixth straight win. The Cardinals have a 3 1/2-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.


– Anthony Alford hit a game-ending drive in the 15th inning for his first career homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-10. Alford connected against rookie right-hander Ryan Eades, who was trying to close out a third consecutive scoreless inning.




Freeman treating sore elbow; Royals manager Ned Yost to retire


UNDATED (AP) – Braves star Freddie Freeman is remaining in Atlanta this week for treatment on his sore right elbow, rather than traveling with the team for its series at Kansas City.


Freeman, a MVP candidate for the NL East champions, left Sunday’s game in the eighth inning against San Francisco after a recurrence of a bone spur in the elbow. Freeman is hitting .296 with 38 homers and leads the NL with 121 RBIs.


In other baseball news:


– Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in his return to Chase Field as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. The 32-year-old Goldschmidt spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was a Chase Field favorite during his tenure. In the third, he drove a changeup from Alex Young over the right-center field fence for his 32nd homer of the year. It was also his 100th career homer at Chase Field, which is a stadium record.


– Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (yohst) will be retiring at the end of the season, a year in which his team lost 100 games Yost got the Kansas City job in 2010. He is the all-time winningest manager in franchise history with 744 victories and the first manager to lead the team to consecutive World Series appearances.




Roethlisberger undergoes elbow surgery, plans 2020 return


PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had surgery to repair his right elbow on Monday.


Team spokesman Burt Lauten said Roethlisberger underwent the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles.


The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in consultation with team physician Dr. Jim Bradley.


The 37-year-old Roethlisberger left at halftime of a 28-26 loss to Seattle on Sept. 15 after complaining of elbow pain. The team placed him on season-ending injured reserve the following day but has not detailed the exact nature of Roethlisberger’s injury.


Roethlisberger will begin rehabilitation when he returns to Pittsburgh and plans to return to the field in 2020. The two-time Super Bowl winner signed a contract extension in the spring that runs through the 2021 season.


In other NFL news:


– Carolina coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton will miss his second straight game when the Panthers take on the Houston Texans next weekend. Newton hurt his foot in Carolina’s third preseason game and then aggravated the injury a Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers.


– Buffalo Bills backup defensive tackle Harrison Phillips will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a knee ligament. Coach Sean McDermott called the injury “unfortunate and sad” in making the announcement Monday.


– Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal has suffered a season-ending injury for the second straight year. A torn left Achilles tendon suffered in Atlanta’s loss at Indianapolis ended Neal’s season.


– The Patriots have placed fullback James Develin on injured reserve with a neck injury, making him the third offensive player New England has placed on the list this season. Develin played in the Patriots’ first two games.


– Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich says safety Malik Hooker suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s 27-24 victory over Atlanta. Hooker is expected to miss four to six weeks with a torn meniscus.


– NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley has a high sprain to his right ankle and there is no immediate timetable for his return to the New York Giants. Giants coach Pat Shurmur did not have much additional information.


– Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II will chair the NFL’s compensation committee, which among other things negotiates the salary of top league executives, including Commissioner Roger Goodell. Rooney replaces Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who stepped down in May, and will serve for one year.


– Antonio Brown is going back to school. A Central Michigan University spokeswoman says Brown began taking online courses last week. Brown played for the Chippewas from 2007 to 2009 before Pittsburgh drafted him in 2010. Brown has time for classwork. He was cut after playing one game with New England after being accused of rape and other sexual misconduct.




AP Source: Kansas receives notice of allegations from NCAA


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A person familiar with the situation says the University of Kansas received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Monday that alleges significant violations within its storied men’s basketball program.


The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the NCAA nor the school had announced the notice, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports. That initial report, citing unnamed sources, said the notice included three Level 1 violations tied primarily to recruiting, lack of institutional control and a responsibility charge leveled against Hall of Fame coach Bill Self.


Yahoo also reported that Kansas was given notice of a secondary violation in football tied to then-coach David Beaty. That violation involved the use of an extra coach during practice.




Former Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead, 32, dies in Texas


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Jevan Snead, the former Mississippi quarterback who ranks among the school’s career passing leaders, has died in Texas aged 32.


Police say officers responding to a deceased-person call found Snead dead in Austin Saturday night. Austin police provided no information except to say Snead’s death isn’t considered suspicious.


Snead was one of the top recruits in the country when he signed with Texas in 2006, but he couldn’t win the starting job over Colt McCoy.


After limited playing time that season, Snead transferred to Ole Miss. He sat out the 2007 season and was a starter for the Rebels 2008-2009.


Snead passed for 5,394 yards and 46 touchdowns in two seasons for the Rebels. Both marks rank in the top 10 in school history.


In other college football news:


– Houston quarterback D’Eriq King says he won’t play the rest of this season, instead taking a redshirt year, with the intention to return in 2020. Cougars receiver Keith Corbin made a similar announcement. Both are seniors. They are taking advantage of an NCAA rule implemented last year that allows players to participate in four games and still redshirt to preserve a year of eligibility.




Former Texas Tech standout Andre Emmett killed in Dallas


DALLAS (AP) – Authorities say former Texas Tech basketball standout Andre Emmett has been shot to death near his home in Dallas.


Police say 37-year-old Emmett was sitting in his vehicle outside his home early Monday when he was approached by two people who displayed a handgun. Police say an altercation ensued and Emmett was shot as he ran away.


Police say the suspects fled and a passer-by called 911 after finding Emmett several hundred feet from his home.


Emmett died at a hospital. Texas Tech says Emmett is the all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,256 career points from 2001-04. He averaged 17.6 points per game.




Lightning sign Brayden Point to $20.25M, 3-year deal


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed restricted free agent forward Brayden Point to a $20.25 million, three-year contract.


Point will count $6.75 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season.


Point’s contract ends a long stalemate with the Lightning that caused the budding 23-year-old star to miss most of training camp. Point put up 92 points last season as the Lightning won the Presidents’ Trophy only to be swept in the first round of the playoffs.


In other NHL news:


– Work has begun on a $1.3 billion arena for the New York Islanders hockey team at Belmont Park. The 19,000-seat arena will also include shops, restaurants and a hotel. Work is expected to be completed in time for the 2021-2022 season.




PGA Tour cancels China Series event in Hong Kong for safety


BEIJING (AP) – The PGA Tour Series-China is canceling its tournament in Hong Kong next month because of civil unrest and safety concerns.


The season was supposed to end Oct. 17-20 at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club in Hong Kong. Instead, the 13th and final tournament will be held Oct. 10-13 at the Macau Championship.


Hong Kong is in the fourth month of protests that occur every weekend, and some have been violent. The protests started out as opposition to a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for greater democracy. Last weekend, protesters threw gasoline bombs and police responded with tear gas.



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