Update on the latest sports
White Sox can clinch
DETROIT (AP) – The Chicago White Sox can wrap up their first AL Central crown in 13 years – and secure a second consecutive postseason berth for the first time in franchise history – with a win at Detroit and a Cleveland loss to Kansas City. Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) pitches against the Tigers in a game moved to the afternoon to try to avoid expected rain. Cleveland hosts the Royals later in the day.
Among the other games on the schedule:
– Kevin Gausman returns to the mound – and plate – as he tries to help the Giants protect their lead in the NL West. Gausman is lined up to start at Petco Park against the wild card-contending Padres. San Francisco holds a one-game edge over the Dodgers for the division lead. As a pinch-hitter for a rookie reliever who’d never batted as a pro, Gausman delivered a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 11th inning Friday night to beat Atlanta.
– MLB wins leader Julio Urias and the Dodgers open a series at Coors Field, hoping to gain ground in the NL West chase. Urias, who’s 18-and-3, is 9-and-0 in his last 13 starts, a big reason Los Angeles is only one game behind San Francisco in the division race.
– The high-flying Cardinals seek their 10th straight win when they continue their series at Milwaukee. St. Louis has won nine in a row for the first time since 2004 to solidify its grip on the second NL wild card. The Cardinals are three games ahead of Cincinnati for the final postseason spot.
‘It’s time’: After 15 NBA seasons, guard JJ Redick retires
UNDATED (AP) – J.J. Redick, the sharpshooter who was The Associated Press college player of the year at Duke before embarking on a 15-season NBA career, has announced his retirement.
The 37-year-old Redick played with six NBA teams. He spent time with Orlando, the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Milwaukee and Dallas. He averaged 12.8 points in 940 regular-season games. His 1,950 career makes from 3-point range rank him 15th in NBA history in that category.
NFL to hold international combine in October in London
LONDON (AP) – The NFL will stage an international combine for 50 athletes from 15 countries next month in London.
The invitational scouting showcase is mirrored after the annual NFL combine usually held in Indianapolis. The idea is to find international athletes who have the skillset and potential to play in the league. It will take place Oct. 12 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Invited are athletes from Britain, Germany, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, France, Nigeria, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Finland, Sweden and Hungary.