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A’s host Rays in AL wild-card


UNDATED (AP) – Oakland hosts Tampa Bay Wednesday night in the American League wild-card game.


The Athletics have lost eight straight winner-take-all games since 2000, going 1-14 with a chance to advance to the next round.


Left-hander Sean Manaea starts for Oakland. The 27-year-old was sidelined last year when the A’s lost the wild-card game to the Yankees, and missed most of this season following shoulder surgery. He returned in September and has been sharp over five starts.


Right-hander Charlie Morton starts for the Rays.


In other playoff news:


– The Washington Nationals are heading to Los Angeles after rallying past the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the National League wild-game. Juan Soto delivered a bases-loaded single against closer Josh Hader that scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Nats right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw three scoreless innings to win in the first relief appearance of his major league career. The best-of-five Division Series against the NL West champion Dodgers starts Thursday. Left-hander Patrick Corbin will start Game 1 for Washington.


– Nagging injuries to Justin Turner, Rich Hill and Joe Kelly have improved enough that all three will be available when the Los Angeles Dodgers open the National League Division Series Thursday. Manager Dave Roberts hasn’t revealed his roster for the playoffs or announced a Game 1 starter. But Roberts confirmed that two of the Dodgers’ talented rookies – catcher Will Smith and second baseman Gavin Lux – will be active.


– The starting pitchers are set for the NL Division Series opener between the Cardinals and Braves in Atlanta on Thursday. Veteran left-hander Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) will face St. Louis right-hander Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las). Keuchel, who has made nine career postseason starts, went 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 19 starts after signing a one-year deal with Atlanta in June. He will pitch against the Cardinals for the first time since 2016. Mikolas was 9-14 with a 4.17 ERA in 32 starts for the Cardinals. He will make his playoff debut.


– The Twins and Yankees could have updates on a few injured players ahead of their AL Division Series that starts Friday. Hot-hitting Minnesota rookie Luis Arraez sprained his right ankle Saturday, and as of Sunday, the club wasn’t sure what his timeline might be for a return. He hit .334 in 92 games, splitting time between second base, third base, shortstop and left field. Yankees slugger Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kar-nah-see-OHN’) hasn’t played since Sept. 12 due to a left oblique strain, but he’s been adamant he’ll return for the playoffs. Third baseman Gio Urshela sprained his left ankle in the regular-season finale Sunday, but the Yankees said it was mild with no swelling.




Panthers lose DL Short for the season to shoulder injury


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Panthers two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Kawann Short will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on injured reserve with a partially torn rotator cuff.


Short injured the shoulder in Week 2 against Tampa Bay and has missed the past two games.


Panthers general manager Marty Hurney says in a release Short will need surgery to fix the problem.


Hurney says Short did everything he could possibly do to try to play the past two games, “but we have made the decision that it is in the best long-term interest of KK and the team that he undergo surgery to fix his shoulder and focus on his rehab and get ready for next season.”


The team signed defensive lineman Bryan Cox Jr from the practice squad to fill his roster spot.




Michigan State’s Winston earns preseason Big Ten honors


ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) – Michigan State guard Cassius Winston is the unanimous pick for Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year.


The vote by media announced Wednesday was hardly a surprise considering Winston was selected Big Ten Player of the Year last season. He averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 assists as a junior while leading the Spartans to the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships and the Final Four.


Maryland’s Anthony Cowan Jr. and Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson were unanimous picks for the preseason all-conference team along with Winston. Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu, Iowa’s Joe Wieskamp, Maryland’s Jalen Smith, Michigan’s Zavier Simpson, Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman, Penn State’s Lamar Stevens and Purdue’s Nojel Eastern were also selected.




Goran Ivanisevic leads fan vote in Hall of Fame balloting


NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – Goran Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE’-seh-vihch) has gained the most fan votes for the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.


That means 2001 Wimbledon champion Ivanisevic will get a bonus of 3% added to his results from the official voting group that includes journalists, historians and members of the Hall.


In fan voting results released Wednesday, 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez finished second and nine-time Grand Slam doubles title winner Jonas Bjorkman was third. Martinez gets a 2% boost, Bjorkman 1%.


The other 2020 candidate is two-time French Open champion Sergi Bruguera.


The final results will be announced in January during the Australian Open. Induction is set for July 18.



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