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.
New York is getting Giancarlo Stanton back for Game 5 after he missed straight games with a strained right quadriceps. He is set to start at designated hitter and bat fourth. Stanton homered in the series opener.
Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kar-nah-see-OHN’), who had been the DH, moves to the bench.
CC Sabathia’s (suh-BATH’-ee-uhz) major league career is over. The 39-year-old left-hander has been dropped from the Yankees’ roster, a day after he dislocated a joint in his pitching shoulder during the eighth inning of Game 4.
Braves 1B Freeman has surgery on troublesome right elbow
ATLANTA (AP) – Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow after a nagging injury that limited him late in the season and into playoffs.
The team announced Friday that Freeman underwent the procedure in New York. Dr. David Altchek cleaned out the entire right elbow joint, removing three fragmented loose bodies and cleaning up numerous bone spur formations that had developed in the slugger’s elbow.
Freeman is expected to be recovered in time for the start of spring training in February.
This past season, Freeman hit .295 with a career-high 38 home runs and 121 RBI in 158 games, but his production tailed off in September as he dealt with the sore elbow. Over his final 21 regular-season games, he batted just .235 (16 of 68) with no homers and seven RBIs.
In the playoffs, Freeman hit .200 and drove in his only run with a Game 1 homer. The St. Louis Cardinals won the series in five games, beating the Braves 13-1 in the decisive contest after Freeman made a key error in a record 10-run first inning.
AP Source: Chiefs QB Mahomes could miss 4-6 weeks
UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes escaped significant damage to ligaments when he dislocated his right kneecap against Denver and could be back in 4-6 weeks.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the Chiefs have not revealed any sort of timetable for his return. Mahomes underwent an MRI exam earlier in the day.
The reigning league MVP was hurt during the Chiefs’ 30-6 win in Denver on Thursday night while sneaking for a first down on fourth-and-short deep in Broncos territory. Everyone jumped up from the pile but Mahomes, who immediately grabbed for his right knee as trainers rushed onto the field.
Team physicians were able to get his patella back in place on the field. Mahomes shooed away a cart and walked off with their help, his limp lessening as he reached the locker room.
In other NFL news:
– The Philadelphia Eagles will be without nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and several other key players when they visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Peters has a knee injury that forced him from last week’s 38-20 loss at Minnesota. Rookie first-round pick Andre Dillard will make his first start in Peters’ place. Linebacker Nigel Bradham also won’t play after injuring his ankle against the Vikings. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson remains out with an abdominal injury, though he’s making progress. Jackson hasn’t played since Week 2. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, cornerback Avonte Maddox and running back Darren Sproles also won’t play.
– Saquon (SAY’-kwahn) Barkley has been cleared to return to the New York Giants’ lineup for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Last year’s offensive rookie of the year hasn’t played since spraining his right ankle on Sept. 22 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barkley rushed for 237 yards with a 6.4-yard average and a touchdown in the Giants’ first 2 1/2 games. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard and rookie cornerback-kickoff returner Corey Ballentine are going to miss the Arizona game with concussions.
– Minnesota Vikings tight end David Morgan will have season-ending knee surgery. The Vikings announced the news Friday. After an injury that occurred last year lingered through training camp, Morgan was placed on the physically unable to perform list to start the season. The 2016 sixth-round draft pick out of Texas-San Antonio became a valuable blocker and likely would have fit well with the new offensive scheme this year in which the Vikings are running more and using multiple tight end sets. Instead, Irv Smith Jr. and Tyler Conklin are getting the playing time behind veteran Kyle Rudolph.
– Jacksonville Jaguars rookie tight end Josh Oliver will make his NFL debut at Cincinnati – and it might come in a starting role. Oliver was a full participant in practice for the second consecutive day Friday, and coach Doug Marrone says he won’t be limited Sunday against the Bengals. Oliver sustained a “significant” strain to his right hamstring during training camp on Aug. 1. He spent the past 11 weeks recovering and rehabbing. Jacksonville now needs the third-round draft pick from San Jose State after losing two tight ends in as many weeks.
– New York Jets center Ryan Kalil injured a shoulder during practice and could miss the game against the New England Patriots on Monday night. Coach Adam Gase says Friday the 34-year-old veteran was hurt Thursday and is undergoing treatment on the shoulder. Jonotthan Harrison would start at center if Kalil can’t play. Harrison was the projected starter until Kalil came out of retirement and signed with the Jets in August.
– Detroit Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Minnesota because of a foot injury. The Lions also ruled out cornerback Amani Oruwariye because of a knee injury.
– Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant will miss his second straight game with a toe injury. The Falcons listed Trufant as out for Sunday’s contest against the Los Angeles Rams.
– Safety Reshad Jones and center Daniel Kilgore have been ruled out of the Miami Dolphins’ game Sunday at Buffalo. Jones missed practice this week with a chest injury and has played in only three games this season. Kilgore hurt his knee in the final seconds of Sunday’s loss to Washington and also missed practice all week. Defensive end Avery Moss was also ruled out with an ankle injury.
– 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, Ohio. 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. Construction on the next phase is expected this year or in early 2020.
Pistons sign Tre’Shawn Thurman, waive Sword
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Pistons have signed forward Tre’Shawn Thurman and waived guard Craig Sword.
The Pistons announced the moves Friday, just a day after announcing that they’d signed Sword.
The 6-foot-7 Thurman averaged 8.2 points a game last season as a senior at Nevada. He also played three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha. Sword spent the last two seasons with the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA G League.
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,” 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.