Update on the latest in sports:
AP source: Phillies hiring Joe Girardi as manager
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A person familiar with the deal says the Philadelphia Phillies are hiring former Yankees manager Joe Girardi to replace Gabe Kapler.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team has not announced the decision.
Kapler was fired after an injury-depleted team went 81-81 despite significant offseason additions highlighted by Bryce Harper’s arrival. He was 161-163 in his two seasons. The Phillies also interviewed Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter.
Girardi was one of the most prominent candidates to fill vacant managerial spots across baseball. He led New York to its 27th World Series title, beating the Phillies in six games in 2009.
He succeeded replaced Joe Torre after the 2007 season and spent a decade in pinstripes. He also managed the Marlins one season and was NL Manager of the Year after going 78-84 in 2006. His record with the Yankees was 910-710, the sixth most wins in team history.
The 55-year-old Girardi hit .267 as a catcher for 15 seasons in the majors. He won three championships with the Yankees in the 1990s and was an All-Star for the Cubs in 2000.
Off-day has Astros, Nationals reflecting on two ‘stolen’ games
HOUSTON (AP) – Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon says his team managed to “steal two” in Houston but now has to “take care of business at home.”
The Nationals scored 10 runs in the final three innings of Game 2 to turn a pitchers’ duel into a 12-3 rout, and a 2-0 series lead. Kurt Suzuki’s tiebreaking homer triggered what became a messy six-run seventh for the Astros and sent the Nats back home needing two wins in three potential games in Washington to claim their first championship.
Astros manager AJ Hinch concedes “the Nats have outplayed” and his Astros will have to “try to sleep off” those three innings. But he says “We have a really good team.” To which shortstop Carlos Correa adds, “If there is a team out there that can do it, it’s us.”
Game 3 is Friday night when Anibal Sanchez opposes Houston’s Zack Greinke in the first World Series game in the nation’s capital since 1933. Rendon advises, “might be a little cold, so bring your jackets and your beanies.”
Vikings Cousins ready for old team
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Thursday night football has the Vikings hosting Washington in Minneapolis tonight.
The game marks the first for Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins against his former team. Cousins left Washington to join the Vikings as a free agent before last season. Cousins is expressing no bitterness over Washington letting him go, saying he’s grateful to have been drafted and given the chance to start.
As fate would have it, the player Cousins replaced in Minnesota, Case Keenum, now has his old job in Washington.
Washington (1-6) at Minnesota (5-2) 8:20 p.m. EDT, Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video
Short schedule features marquee names
UNDATED (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) and the Milwaukee Bucks were a couple wins from beating Toronto in last year’s NBA Playoffs. They look to continue their ascent when they visit the Houston Rockets tonight.
The Bucks have surrounded Antetokounmpo with even more shooting to space the floor, bringing in Kyle Korver and Wes Matthews.
Meanwhile, Houston has reunited Russell Westbrook and James Harden in their backcourt. Westbrook’s next triple-double will be his 139th and break a tie with Magic Johnson for second on the career list, while Harden will be aiming for a third straight scoring title after averaging 36.1 points last season.
– Out West, Golden State begins its quest reach the NBA Finals yet again, when they get a visit from the Clippers. The Warriors have appeared in five straight, second only to the 10 straight trips by the Boston Celtics from 1957-66. The Warriors added All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell in the off season.
The rebuilt Clippers started their season off Tuesday night with a 112-102 victory over the Lakers, as Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard began his Clippers career with a 30-point effort.
– Tonight’s action starts in Detroit, where the Pistons host the Atlanta Hawks. The Pistons are looking for enough shooting from the backcourt to complement Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin in the frontcourt, while the Hawks have assembled a young core around 42-year-old Vince Carter.
10 games on NHL ice
UNDATED (AP) – The Sabres try to continue their winning ways when they visit Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers tonight.
Ten games in, the Sabres are leading the Eastern Conference with an 8-1-1 record. And star Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) isn’t buying into fears that the hot start will be followed by a familiar collapse. Last year, a 10-game winning streak had Buffalo leading the NHL with a 17-6-2 record. But the Sabres managed only 16 wins the rest of the season and missed the playoffs. Eichel says the team has “grown up a little” and can learn a lot from last year’s failure. He says it comes down to “just trying to be a good hockey team every night.”
Elsewhere around the NHL, San Jose visits Montreal, Carolina is at Columbus, and the Arizona Coyotes play the N.Y. Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island.
St. Louis hosts the Los Angeles, Nashville entertains the Minnesota Wild, the Flyers are in Chicago to face the Blackhawks, while the Anaheim Ducks are in Dallas to play the Stars. The Edmonton Oilers host the Washington Capitals and the Panthers are in Calgary to play the Flames.
Alex Morgan, Servando Carrasco expecting baby girl in 2020
UNDATED (AP) – U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan and husband Servando Carrasco are expecting their first child.
Morgan and Carrasco, who is a midfielder for the LA Galaxy, made the announcement Wednesday on social media.
They posed with a sign that read: “Adding 1 more to the Fam … April 2020 Baby Girl.”
Morgan, who was on the U.S. team that won the World Cup this summer in France, added in a Twitter post: “We are already in love and we haven’t even met her yet. Newest member of the Carrasco family, coming soon.”
Morgan’s season with the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League was cut short by a knee injury. She and Carrasco met at the University of California, where both played soccer. They were married on New Year’s Eve in 2014.