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Update on the latest in sports:




Nationals will try to complete a sweep


WASHINGTON (AP) – Patrick Corbin can pitch the Nationals to their first pennant when Washington goes for a four-game sweep of slumping St. Louis in the NL Championship Series. The $140 million lefty starts at home against Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson.


Washington hasn’t put a baseball team in the World Series since 1933, when the Senators lost to the New York Giants in five games. The nation’s capital owns one MLB championship; the Senators won all the way back in 1924. There wasn’t even a baseball team at all in Washington for more than three decades until the Montreal Expos franchise moved to town before the 2005 season and was renamed the Nationals. Until this season, the Nats hadn’t won a playoff series, going 0-4 since 2012.




Cardinals’ bats need to come alive


WASHINGTON (AP) – If the Cardinals want to prevent a four-game sweep and get back into the NL Championship Series, their bats need to wake up fast.


St. Louis has all of two runs and 11 hits through three games and trails 3-0. Washington’s three starters – Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg – have a combined ERA of 0.00. Strasburg took his turn quieting the Cardinals on Monday night, going seven innings in an 8-1 victory. He finished off each of his 12 strikeouts with an off-speed pitch.




Hicks is back, Stanton still out


NEW YORK (AP) – Aaron Hicks returned to the New York Yankees’ starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 3 as the American League Championship Series resumed in New York, with the Yankees and Astros tied at a game apiece.


Giancarlo Stanton remained out for the second straight game. Manager Aaron Boone says Stanton is available to pinch hit.


Limited by injuries to 18 games during the regular season, Stanton homered in the opener and missed Game 2 because of a strained right quadriceps.


Hicks took over in center field and was hitting ninth against Houston’s Gerrit Cole.




Hurricanes begin road trip in L.A.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Coming off of their first loss of the season, to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Carolina Hurricanes begin a four-game road trip tonight against the Kings in Los Angeles.


The matchup is among seven games on tonight’s NHL schedule. After winning for the first time this season on Monday, the Minnesota Wild skates at Toronto. Tampa Bay is at Montreal. Winnipeg hosts Arizona. The Flyers are in Calgary, while the Detroit Red Wings visit Vancouver. And Vegas hosts Nashville.




Bears put Hicks on injured reserve


UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Bears have put Pro Bowl defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on injured reserve, the latest blow on the injury front for a team trying to keep up in the NFC North. Hicks suffered an elbow injury Oct. 6 against the Oakland Raiders. Coach Matt Nagy had suggested Hicks might return this season and putting him on IR allows the Bears to bring him back in eight weeks.


In other injury news:


– Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford is set to undergo season-ending hip surgery for an injury that bothered him through the offseason. Crawford, who will go to injured reserve, tried to play through the issue early this season. The eighth-year pro was active for the first two games and had his only sack in Week 2 at Washington.


– Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt’s season is over. The Steelers placed Tuitt on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after Tuitt tore a pectoral muscle in the first quarter of a 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The six-year veteran was in the midst of his best season, racking up 3 1/2 sacks and six tackles for loss in just over five games.


– Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is limited in practice after injuring his left hip against Seattle. Mayfield was hurt on a run in the second quarter. He left the field briefly for treatment and tests but didn’t miss a play in Cleveland’s 32-28 loss Sunday.




LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters


HONG KONG (AP) – LeBron James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech. Fans gathered on courts amid Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings Tuesday to vent their anger.


When a ball smashed into a photo of James’ face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered. They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn.


The player for the Los Angeles Lakers touched a nerve among protesters for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences. They have been protesting for months in defense of the same freedom that James said can carry “a lot of negative.”


The protesters chanted support for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, something of a hero among demonstrators in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for having tweeted on Oct. 4 in support of their struggle, infuriating authorities in China.



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