Update on the latest sports
Astros a win away from World Series
NEW YORK (AP) – The Houston Astros are one win away from the World Series as they head into Game 5 of the American League Championship series. Houston has a 3-1 lead in the series after Thursday night’s 8-3 victory over the Yankees.
Justin Verlander starts Friday night for Houston against James Paxton.
The Yankees are at risk of failing to make the World Series for an entire decade for the first time since the 1910s.
The 103-win Yankees are 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position the past two games. And they committed four errors in Game 4, the most ever for the team in a home postseason game.
Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes injures right knee against Broncos
DENVER (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs are waiting to learn how long they’ll be without quarterback Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’), who injured his right knee in Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos.
Coach Andy Reid says the team needs time to evaluate the injury.
It happened in the second quarter as Mahomes picked up a first down by sneaking through the line. As the pile began to clear, Mahomes didn’t jump up. One of the members of the Kansas City medical team worked on the knee to help straighten it out. A cart was summoned to take him away, but Mahomes refused to use it. Instead, he put an arm around each trainer and made his way off the field. Mahomes, who entered the game with a sore ankle, then slowly made his way into the locker room.
He was replaced by 35-year-old backup Matt Moore and the Chiefs went on to beat their AFC West rivals 30-6, snapping a two-game losing streak and improving to 5-2.
Denver fell to 2-5.
NFL-HALL OF FAME VILLAGE
NFL owners agree to invest in Hall of Fame project
CANTON, Ohio (AP) – The NFL says team owners have given the OK to invest up to $10 million in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton.
A spokesman for the league says the decision came at the NFL owners’ meetings this week in Florida.
Hall of Fame officials are planning a multi-year development at the Canton site. It includes a hotel with an indoor water park, retail stores and an entertainment complex.
Already finished is a renovation of the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Repository newspaper in Canton reports that this would be the NFL’s first investment in the new development, but there’s timeline for the donation or a specific amount.
Construction on the next phase is expected this year or in early 2020.
Brooke Henderson hits hole in 1, leads LPGA Shanghai
SHANGHAI (AP) – Brooke Henderson hit a hole-in-one and shot an 8-under 64 to take the lead in the second round of the Buick LPGA Shanghai on Friday.
The Canadian hit her ace on the 175-yard second hole. She followed that with a bogey, but then birdied four more holes on the front nine, finishing her round at 11-under 133 total.
Jessica Korda (67) was two strokes behind in second, followed by defending champion Danielle Kang (67) in third.
Henderson has won twice this year, at the Meijer LPGA Classic in June and the LOTTE Championship in April.
Nasa Hataoka and Amy Yang, who shared the lead after the first round, dropped back. Yang (71) is tied for fourth alongside Marina Alex (67), while Hataoka (73) is tied for ninth.
Top-ranked Jin Young Ko, who is coming off a victory on the Korean LPGA Tour last week, shot a 70 to finish tied for 21st.
Struggling Francesco Molinari changes his caddy
ROME (AP) – A year after winning the British Open and one week after failing to make the cut in his home Italian Open, Francesco Molinari says he is changing his caddy.
Pello Iguaran had been on Molinari’s bag for four years but Molinari writes on Instagram that Mark Fulcher, Justin Rose’s former caddie, will take over at the start of next year. Jason Hempleman will step in on an interim basis through the end of this season.
Molinari says it has been “nearly 4 seasons of incredible emotions and really productive work, but unfortunately relationships sometimes come to an end, even if it’s not what we wish for.”
Molinari followed up his first major title at Carnoustie last year by going 5-0 to lead Europe to Ryder Cup victory. He also led into the back nine at the Masters this year but faded to finish tied for fifth place and has struggled since.
Lawyer details limits on Olympic athlete sponsorships
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – A lawyer with the Association of National Olympic Committees has detailed the limits on athletes promoting their sponsors within new guidelines for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
ANOC legal commission chairman Michael Chambers has told the group’s 206 members that only generic advertising is allowed.
He says advertising by an athlete’s personal sponsor “can’t use Olympic symbols, the rings, your emblem, references to the Olympics.”
Athletes have long wanted the easing of Olympic Charter Rule 40, which restricts use of their names and images during the games. The International Olympic Committee says this protects the value of the official sponsor deals that fund sports and the games.
After a German federal agency ruled in February that Rule 40 was “too far-reaching … abusive conduct,” the International Olympic Committee said national bodies could oversee new athlete agreements.
The U.S. Olympic Committee’s agreement this month includes now letting athletes thank their sponsors.