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A look at what’s happening around the majors today:


UNDATED (AP) – Oakland and Tampa Bay could clinch the AL wild-card spots and close out Cleveland.


Francisco Lindor and the Indians put themselves in danger by losing 8-0 to the White Sox on Thursday night. The loss dropped them two games behind the Rays for the second wild-card slot – the three playoff contenders each have three games left.


Tonight, Mike Fiers is ready to pitch for the Athletics as they continue their series at Seattle. The A’s seal a spot with a win or a Cleveland loss.
Tyler Glasnow is expected to start for Tampa Bay at Toronto. He’s pitched a total of eight innings in three starts since missing most of the season with forearm trouble. The Rays get in with a win and an Indians loss.


Zach Plesac is set to start for the Indians when they visit playoff-bound Washington in an interleague matchup.


Elsewhere in the majors today:


– Brewers take a seven-game winning streak into Coors Field tonight. Milwaukee has already clinched a playoff spot – it trails St. Louis by one game in the NL Central, and is one game behind Washington for the top wild-card spot. Milwaukee concludes with three games at Colorado against the team it swept in the playoffs last year before losing to the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series. Zach Davies starts the opener for the Brewers against the Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela.


– The NL Central leading Cardinals are home this weekend against the Cubs and will start the opener with Rookie Dakota Hudson. Hudson faced the Cubs last weekend and had trouble, walking four straight batters in the first inning and getting pulled after the third. The Cardinals overcame his wildness and wound up with a four-game sweep at Wrigley Field. Alec Mills will make his fourth start for the Cubs. Mills pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings against St. Louis last Friday.


– Minnesota is looking to give the big leagues four 100-win teams for the first time tonight. The AL Central champs are 99-60 with Jose Berrios (beh-REE’-ohs) starting at Kansas City, he’ll start against Kansas City’s Eric Skoglund. Houston, the Yankees and the Dodgers have all reached the 100-win mark already this year.


– Tigers’ left-hander Tyler Alexander starts today’s opener of a doubleheader in Chicago against Ivan Nova in for the White Sox.


– The Reds head to Pittsburgh, where they’ve dropped 10 straight. Anthony DeSclafani faces left-hander Steven Brault.


– Marlins’ Pablo Lopez closes out his season in the opener of a three-game series at Philadelphia. The Phillies will throw Vince Velasquez who is also making his final start of the season.


– Asher Wojciechowski (woh-jih-KOW’-skee) starts for the Orioles as the final series of the season begins in Boston. The Red Sox have scheduled Nathan Eovaldi (ee-VAHL’-dee) as their starter.


– Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) leads things off for Atlanta against the Mets. Marcus Stroman will make his 11th start since being acquired by the Mets from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 28th.


– James Paxton is scheduled to start for the Yankees against Joe Palumbo for the Rangers at Globe Life Park.


– Left-hander Eric Lauer starts for the Padres in tonight’s opener of a three-game series at Arizona. The Diamondbacks are expected to counter with right-hander Taylor Clarke.


– Houston rookie Jose Urquidy makes his case for a postseason rotation spot when he faces Angels rookie Patrick Sandoval , who is down to his final chance to earn his first major league victory in his hometown ballpark.


– Walker Buehler (BYOO’-lur) is scheduled to start for the Dodgers in tonight’s opener of a three-game series at San Francisco. The Giants’ will throw Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) who is 7-8 with a 3.21 ERA in 19 starts against the Dodgers.




Antonio Brown says he’s not quite ready for retirement


UNDATED (AP) – Antonio Brown has indicated he’s not retiring from the NFL. That comes only a few days after announcing he was done with the league in a Twitter rant. The four-time All-Pro wide receiver wrote: “I’m still the best why stop now.” Brown has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women. He was released by the New England Patriots last week after playing only one game. Brown has been dumped by three teams in the last six months.


Brown, who lost Nike as a sponsor last week, says he’ll practice at high schools one day a week, starting in Miami.


The 31-year-old Brown also has engaged in a Twitter spat with Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle, who faced him often with the Baltimore Ravens.




California at Arizona State, Penn State at Maryland


UNDATED (AP) – California is 4-0 for the first time since 2015, including wins over Washington and Ole Miss. The 15th-ranked Golden Bears will host Arizona State tonight after the Sun Devils were defeated by Colorado last week. Cal has had four or more 20-plus yard plays in each game this season. Cal quarterback Chase Garbers – who threw for 357 yards last week – is 10-4 since taking over as the starter, while ILB Evan Weaver leads the NCAA in solo tackles and total tackles per game. Arizona State’s Herm Edwards will coach for the first time at his alma mater.


Also in Top25 action tonight, Maryland’s first-year coach Mike Locksley will lead the Terrapins into tonight’s matchup against No. 12 Penn State. The terribly lopsided Penn State-Maryland series will play out before a rare sellout crowd in College Park for the Big Ten opener.


Unbeaten Penn State is 39-2-1 against Maryland – including 66-3 and 38-3 blowouts the last two years.




LeBron, Lakers among those up first as NBA media days begin


UNDATED (AP) – LeBron James is expected to speak about a season of great expectations for himself and the new-look Los Angeles Lakers, as the annual rundown of media days get underway around the NBA. The Lakers are among five teams holding their media-day sessions today, the others include Houston, Sacramento, Indiana and Brooklyn.


Reigning NBA champion Toronto holds its media day on Saturday.


The Los Angeles Clippers hold their media day on Sunday because they’re headed to Hawaii for training camp. The remaining 23 teams are scheduled for Monday. Monday also sees the first preseason game with the Rockets playing host to the Shanghai Sharks.




IOC urges ‘fresh look’ at Russian doping over lab data


DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The president of the IOC wants a “fresh look” at the Russian doping scandal amid allegations that critical lab data given to the World Anti-Doping Agency might have been manipulated.


This week the suspension of the organization that oversees Russian track and field was extended.


The IOC said it would respect WADA’s rules. Russia has three weeks to explain the suspect data from the Moscow lab, which was being used to pursue cases against cheaters at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and other events.


Russia’s anti-doping agency could be suspended again, though it is unclear how that would impact the country at next year’s Olympics.



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