Update on the latest sports
NEW YORK (AP) – The American League Championship Series between the Astros and the Yankees resumes in New York Thursday night, a day after Game 4 was postponed because of a rainy forecast.
Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) will start for Houston against Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) in a rematch of Game 1, a 7-0 victory by the Yankees. In that game Tanaka needed just 68 pitches to cover six innings, improving to 5-2 with a 1.32 ERA in the postseason.
The Astros also announced that Justin Verlander will start Game 5. He threw two-run ball into the seventh inning in a 3-2, 11-inning victory in Game 2 on Sunday. New York plans to counter Verlander with James Paxton. The left-hander was pulled after allowing a run over 2 1/3 rocky innings in Game 2.
Houston leads the series two games to one.
Rolling Broncos host reeling Chiefs
DENVER (AP) – The Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL’s Thursday night game.
The Broncos are going for their third straight victory after an 0-4 start and the Chiefs looking to snap a two-game losing streak following their 4-0 start.
Denver is looking to capitalize on the Chiefs’ porous run defense that’s allowing 190 yards a game over the past month. The Broncos are the only team that sports two running backs each with at least 400 scrimmage yards. Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay have accounted for 973 yards so far.
The Chiefs are down several starters as they face the division rival on short rest. Defensive back Kendall Fuller was ruled out after breaking his thumb in last week’s loss to Houston, defensive tackle Chris Jones and left tackle Eric Fisher have core muscle injuries, left guard Andrew Wylie is out with an ankle injury and wide receiver Sammy Watkins will miss his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury.
Wizards, Beal agree on 2-year, $72 million extension
Bradley Beal has agreed on a two-year extension worth nearly $72 million with Washington, a major victory for the Wizards and a move that will keep the All-Star guard out of free agency for at least the next three summers.
The agreement was confirmed Thursday by Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein. ESPN first reported the details of the extension.
Beal still had two years left on his existing contract. The extension kicks in for the 2021-22 season, has a player option for the following year and means that Beal won’t be part of what has been shaping up to be an NBA free-agent extravaganza in the summer of 2021.
The Wizards were willing to give Beal a three-year extension that would have been worth about $111 million over three years. Beal went the two-year route and that protects his future options – he could opt out of the deal in the summer of 2022, coinciding with his 10th year in the league.
The 10-year milestone is significant: By having that many years of service, Beal would be eligible to sign a new deal worth in excess of $250 million over the next five seasons.
Yang, Hataoka share early lead in Shanghai
SHANGHAI (AP) – Amy Yang and Nasa Hataoka shared the lead on 5-under 67 after the first round of the Buick LPGA Shanghai on Thursday.
Both players had six birdies and a bogey for a one-stroke lead.
Americans Jessica Korda and Angel Yin are tied for third, while defending champion Danielle Kang is among seven players tied for fifth on 3-under 69.
APNewsBreak: Liberty to play at Barclays starting in 2020
NEW YORK (AP) – The The New York Liberty will have a new home next year, playing their games at Barclays Center.
Liberty team executives told The Associated Press on Thursday that the franchise will play all its home contests at the Brooklyn arena that houses the Nets. The building was recently purchased by Liberty owner Joe Tsai, who also owns the Nets.
Playing in Barclays Center is a huge upgrade for the Liberty, who played the past two seasons at the Westchester County Center, where the capacity was set for just over 2,000 fans. The Liberty rarely sold out games in Westchester. The move to Westchester came as former owner James Dolan was looking to sell the team and save money. Playing at Madison Square Garden – the Liberty’s home for most of the time since the franchise was formed in 1997 – cost about 20 times more than playing in Westchester.
Barclays will open up the lower bowl for most games, creating a capacity of over 8,000 with the option to expand if needed. New York played one regular-season game against Seattle in Barclays this past season and drew well, with 7,715 fans in attendance.
The team will have a new coach at the helm after the Liberty decided not to renew the contract of Katie Smith on Wednesday.