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VIRUS OUTBREAK NFL
AP source: 2 more positives stops Titans’ return to facility
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee will not be returning to the team’s facility after two more players tested positive in the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak. That is according to a person familiar with the situation.
The Titans had no positive tests Monday or Tuesday for the first time after six consecutive days of positive results. A third straight day was necessary for the team to be allowed back in its headquarters.
The Titans’ outbreak instead is up to 22 cases with 20 now returned since Sept. 29 with the latest results. These results could threaten Tennessee’s game Sunday against Buffalo.
Lakers take 3-1 lead
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – The Los Angeles Lakers have given themselves three chances to win their first NBA championship in a decade.
Anthony Davis drained a game-clinching, 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds left as the Lakers downed the Miami Heat, 102-96 to take a three-games-to-one lead in the Finals. The long bucket made it 100-91, starting the celebration that took the Lakers all night to earn.
LeBron James finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in helping L.A. bounce back from Sunday’s 115-104 loss to Miami. Kentavious (kehn-TAY’-vee-uhs) Caldwell-Pope scored 15 and Danny Green added 10 for the Lakers, who didn’t trail at any point in the final 20-plus minutes.
Jimmy Butler scored 22 points for Miami, which got 21 from Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) and 17 from Duncan Robinson. Bam Adebayo (ad-eh-BY’-oh) delivered 15 points in his first game since missing two straight with a neck injury.
The Lakers can wrap up the series on Friday.
Astros go up 2-0; Rays get even; Braves take opener
UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Astros are one win away from reach the American League Championship Series for the fourth straight year. Not bad for a team that finished two games under .500 during the truncated regular season.
George Springer homered twice and the Astros grabbed a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series by downing the Oakland Athletics, 5-2. Springer put Houston ahead to stay with a two-run blast in the third inning.
The Astros closed the scoring on back-to-back solo shots by Martin Maldonado and Springer in the fifth.
Framber Valdez shook off solo homers by Khris Davis and Chad Pinder to get the win, allowing just three other hits over seven innings.
Losing pitcher Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) was pulled after Maldonado’s homer, charged with four runs over 4 1/3 innings.
The Astros can complete the sweep on Wednesday.
The Rays were able to even their AL Division Series at a game apiece despite two more long home runs by Giancarlo Stanton.
Randy Arozarena (ah-roh-zah-REH’-nah), Mike Zunino (zoo-NEE’-noh), Manuel Margot (mahr-GOH’) and Austin Meadows hit home runs for Tampa Bay in a 7-5 downing of the New York Yankees.
Rays pitchers compiled 18 strikeouts, with Tyler Glasnow (GLAS’-noh) setting a team-record with 10 while allowing four runs and just three hits over five innings. Glasnow was twice victimized by Stanton, who has three home runs in the series and five in his last four postseason games.
The Rays knocked around J.A. Happ, who entered for Deivi Garcia in the second inning. Happ surrendered Zunino’s two-run shot off the facade of the second deck in left with two outs in the second for a 2-1 lead. Happ also served up Manuel Margot’s two-run homer to straightaway center with one out in the third, making it 5-1 and allowing Tampa Bay to withstand Stanton’s three-run blast.
The Dodgers opened their NL Division Series with a strange 5-1 win over the Padres. The Dodgers walked nine times before Mookie Betts supplied their first hit, a double in a four-run sixth. Corey Seager lifted a sacrifice fly that put L.A. ahead later in the inning.
Justin Turner was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Dodgers.
Walker Buehler (BYOO’-lur) worked the first four innings in the Dodgers’ combined three-hitter. Dustin May followed Buehler and tossed two scoreless innings to get the win.
Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger made it only two pitches into the second inning before getting hurt in his postseason debut for the Padres. Manager Jayce (jays) Tingler says Clevinger will be re-evaluated today.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves have taken the opener of their NL Division Series.
The Braves trailed 4-1 and 4-3 before erupting for six runs in the seventh inning of a 9-5 victory over the Miami Marlins. Travis d’Arnaud put Atlanta ahead with a three-run homer right after Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) tied the game with an RBI single. Dansby Swanson capped the rally with a two-run blast that put the Braves ahead, 9-4.
Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yuh) Jr. became the youngest player to lead off the first inning with a home run. But Miguel Rojas answered back with a solo blast before Garrett Cooper’s two-run double highlighted the Marlins’ three-run third.
Ozuna and d’Arnaud each provided run-scoring doubles in the bottom of the third to jumpstart the Braves.
The Marlins are without left fielder Starling Marte, who continues to recover from a broken hand suffered in Game 1 of their Wild Card Series with the Cubs.
Game 2 is Wednesday at Houston.
Yanks’ German completes ban
NEW YORK (AP) – New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German was reinstated from the restricted list by the commissioner’s office after completing an 81-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
The 28-year-old right-hander is not eligible to pitch in the postseason because he was on the restricted list on Sept. 15, the last date for postseason eligibility. He will be eligible to pitch next year.
Indians expect Francona to be back
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Indians expect manager Terry Francona to return for the 2021 season after he missed 48 games in 2020 due to health reasons.
Team president Chris Antonetti said the 61-year Francona is back home in Arizona resting and recovering. Francona was hospitalized this season after undergoing surgery for a gastrointestinal issue and then dealing with blood clotting complications.
First-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. filled in for the Indians, who were beaten by the New York Yankees in the wild-card round.
Bowden back in hospital
UNDATED (AP) – Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden was hospitalized Tuesday for treatment of COVID-19.
Family friend Kim Shiff told the AP in a text message that the 90-year-old college football Hall of Famer was “very fatigued,” but had no other symptoms.
Bowden’s wife, Ann, told the Tallahassee Democrat her husband was scheduled to undergo a chest X-ray and other tests.
Bowden recently returned home from a lengthy hospital stay for an infection in his leg. He was notified he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.
Dolphins sticking with Fitzpatrick vs. Niners
UNDATED (AP) – Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback for at least another week, further delaying the NFL debut of Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-uh tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah).
The Dolphins announced Tuesday on Twitter that Fitzpatrick will get the nod Sunday at San Francisco.
Fitzpatrick has thrown for four touchdowns and five interceptions for the 1-3 Dolphins.
Tagovailoa hasn’t played since a serious hip injury ended his Alabama career last November.
In other NFL news:
– Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard will miss the remainder of the season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon during Sunday’s 38-31 win over the Chargers. The 19th overall pick from the 2017 draft had 11 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns in four games, helping the Bucs to a 3-1 start.
– Falcons safety Damontae Kazee will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in a loss at Green Bay. He is the fifth starter ailing in the injury-depleted secondary for the 0-4 Falcons, but he’s the first to go on season-ending injured reserve.
– The 49ers have released wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (sah-NOO), who was signed by the team as a free agent on Sept. 18. He appeared in each of the team’s last three games and had one catch for nine yards.
– The Cincinnati Bengals will be allowed to double their home crowd to 12,000 for the remaining six games at Paul Brown Stadium. And the Minnesota Vikings will play at least one more home game without fans.
Lafreniere taken by Rangers with top pick
UNDATED (AP) – The New York Rangers have used the top pick in the NHL Draft to select the No. 1 prospect in North America.
Alexis Lafreniere (lah-frahn-YEHR’) was selected by the Rangers, making him the first Canadian to go No. 1 since Connor McDavid was chosen by Edmonton in 2015. Lafrienere is the first to earn both Canadian Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League MVP honors in consecutive seasons since Sidney Crosby in 2004 and ’05.
Lafreniere led the QMJHL in scoring with 112 points in just 52 games.
Los Angeles used the second pick to land Sudbury center Quinton Byfield. Ottawa came away with center Tim Stuetzle (STOOT’-sul) of Germany and U.S. defenseman Jake Sanderson with the third and fifth choices, sandwiching Detroit’s selection of Swedish left wing Lucas Raymond at No. 4
NHL eyes 1/1 start
UNDATED (AP) – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season.
That declaration came after recent talks between the league and NHL Players’ Association. The new date is a month after the tentative Dec. 1 start.
That could mean kicking things off with the Winter Classic that has become a staple of New Year’s Day. The Minnesota Wild are scheduled to host the St. Louis Blues in that game at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The estimated start for training camps will be announced at a later date. NHL teams are expected to get camps of at least two weeks, just as they did before the expanded playoffs over the summer.
It’s still unclear what next season will look like, though Bettman has said the league hopes each team plays a full 82 games.
Columbus, Montreal open trading with Domi-Anderson swap
UNDATED (AP) – The Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens got the NHL trading started three hours before the first round of the draft began with an intriguing swap of forwards.
The Blue Jackets got Max Domi (DOH’-mee) and a third-round pick in this week’s draft from the Canadiens for Josh Anderson. Each player is a restricted free agent who needs a new contract for next season. Domi joins Columbus after putting up 44 points during the shortened regular season and three during 10 playoff games.
Kvitova plays Siegemund in French Open quarters
PARIS (AP) – Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is facing unseeded Laura Siegemund in the French Open quarterfinals as play gets underway at Roland Garros with a few rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds.
Kvitova broke Siegemund’s serve to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set.
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin will face unseeded Danielle Collins in an all-American matchup later.
Novak Djokovic will meet Pablo Carreno Busta in the men’s quarterfinals. Carreno Busta is the same opponent Djokovic was playing when he was defaulted from the U.S. Open for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball after a game.
FRENCH OPEN-MATCH-FIXING PROBE
Investigation opened into match-fixing at French Open match
PARIS (AP) – The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a police investigation into suspicions of match-fixing at the French Open.
The prosecutor’s office said the investigation centers on suspicions concerning one match at Roland Garros. It did not specify the match, but German newspaper Die Welt and French sports daily L’Equipe said it concerns a women’s doubles match on Sept. 30. Suspicious betting patterns were reportedly from the fifth game of the second set.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Golfer drops out of Women’s PGA Championship after caddie tests positive
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) – Charlotte Thomas has withdrawn from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship after her caddie tested positive for the coronavirus.
Thomas dropped out because she was in close contact with the caddie. She will begin a 14-day quarantine.