Update on the latest in sports:
Jay Gruden fired by Redskins after 0-5 start to 6th season
WASHINGTON (AP) – Jay Gruden was fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins today after an 0-5 start to the sixth season of a tenure that featured only one playoff appearance.
The Redskins have gone 35-49-1 overall under Gruden, whose brother, Jon, coaches the Oakland Raiders.
A person familiar with the team’s plans told The Associated Press that offensive line coach Bill Callahan would replace Gruden on an interim basis. Callahan has coached the Raiders in the NFL and Nebraska in college football.
Owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen informed Gruden he was out early this morning, a day after a 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Allen is scheduled to make a rare appearance at a news conference this afternoon.
In Monday Night Football tonight, Cleveland is at San Francisco.
Morton will try to stop Astros from advancing
UNDATED (AP) – Charlie Morton helped Houston achieve the ultimate prize in 2017, winning Game 7 of the AL Championship Series with a sharp start against the Yankees and then winning Game 7 of the World Series in relief against the Dodgers.
This time, he hopes to prevent the Astros from advancing.
Signed by Tampa Bay last winter, Morton starts Game 3 this afternoon in the best-of-five AL Division Series at Tropicana Field with his team down 2-0 to the Astros. Morton beat Oakland in last week’s AL wild-card matchup.
Morton faced his former team twice during the regular season, winning at home 4-2 on March 29 and losing 15-1 at Houston on Aug. 27.
Also in MLB today:
– The Braves are one win from reaching the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2001. Who they’ll send to the mound at Busch Stadium trying to wrap it up later today, they’re not ready to say. One possible option is bringing back Dallas Keuchel on short rest after he pitched 4 2/3 innings in series opener Thursday. Dakota Hudson will start Game 4 for the Cardinals. The rookie right-hander is making his postseason debut after going 16-7 with a 3.35 ERA this year.
– The Yankees outscored Minnesota 18-6 in taking a 2-0 lead. If the Twins get swept tonight, they’ll tie the North American major pro league record of 16 straight postseason losses, set by the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks from 1975-79. Minnesota’s last 12 postseason defeats have all been against New York. Luis Severino starts for New York. The 25-year-old All-Star didn’t make his regular-season debut until Sept. 17, spending most of the year rehabbing a lat muscle injury sustained while warming up for his first spring training start.
– Washington ace Max Scherzer is set to start Game 4 of the NL Division Series – no more mystery or intrigue. The Nationals originally had said Scherzer was expected to pitch Game 3 Sunday night. But during the day, they announced Anibal Sanchez would make the start – Los Angeles won 10-4 for a 2-1 lead in the matchup. Rich Hill starts for the Dodgers. He overcame knee trouble in September to put himself in position to pitch.
Agent: Raptors, Lowry agree on $31 million extension
UNDATED (AP) – Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have agreed on a $31 million, one-year extension that could keep him with the NBA champions through the 2020-21 season.
Agent Mark Bartelstein has confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN. Lowry and the Raptors had been talking for some time about this, so the extension was not unexpected.
The star guard was entering the final year of a $100 million, three-year deal. But now he’ll bypass free agency next summer, and the short-term deal helps the Raptors keep the flexibility many teams will want going into what’s likely to be a massive free-agent summer of 2021.
Lowry is entering his 14th NBA season and his eighth with the Raptors, making him the longest-tenured player on the roster. He’s been an All-Star the last five seasons.
In the NHL tonight, it’s Buffalo at Columbus and St. Louis at Toronto.
Wall-to-wall golf: Players Championship to stream every shot
UNDATED (AP) – The PGA Tour is expanding its live video coverage of The Players Championship as far as it can go – every shot by every player in every round.
In a first for golf, and most likely the first step toward video access to every player at every tournament, The Players Championship will offer live streaming of all 144 players in the field. Coverage will be available to “PGA Tour Live” subscribers on NBC Sports Gold or Amazon’s Prime Video channels.