Update on the latest sports
Rays, Astros take openers in ALDS
UNDATED (AP) – Game 2 in the best-of-five ALDS will continue tonight between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox.
The Rays took the opener 5-0. Randy Arozarena became the first player to hit a home run and steal home in a postseason game. Chris Sale is scheduled to start for Boston against rookie Shane Baz
In Houston, the Astros are up one going into Game 2 of their AL Division Series against the Chicago White Sox after coasting to a 6-1 victory. Houston’s Lance McCullers was sharp over 6 2/3 innings, blanking the Sox on four hits and no walks. The 28-year-old McCullers didn’t allow a hit until Yoan (yoh-AHN’) Moncada singled with one out in the fourth.
Game 2 is also in Houston. Lucas Giolito starts for Chicago against Framber Valdez.
Seattle’s Wilson has injured finger on throwing hand
UNDATED (AP) – Russell Wilson’s streak of never missing a start is in jeopardy.
It depends on the severity of a finger injury suffered in Thursday night’s 26-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Seattle coach Pete Carroll called the injury to the middle finger on Wilson’s throwing hand a “badly sprained finger.” It was injured enough that Wilson couldn’t grip the ball the way he needed to throw.
In other NFL news:
– Jaylon Smith has joined the Green Bay Packers, one day after the Dallas Cowboys released the veteran linebacker.The Packers officially announced that they had signed Smith. Smith made the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement in 2019 and led the Cowboys in tackles each of the past two seasons, but his play had dipped over the past year. Packers coach Matt LaFleur says it’s very unlikely that Smith plays Sunday against the Bengals.
– Broncos starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has returned to practice for the first time since he was knocked out of Denver’s game against Baltimore last weekend with a concussion. Bridgewater worked with the starters and was listed as limited on the injury report. If Bridgewater doesn’t have any setbacks he could be cleared for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.
Nets say Irving ineligible for Bucks game
NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets are listing Kyrie Irving as ineligible to play in their home exhibition game Friday against Milwaukee.
It’s another strong indication he has not met New York’s vaccination requirement. Irving has not been with the Nets for any of their practices in New York, where professional athletes are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to practice or play.
The Nets are prevented by law from revealing whether he has been vaccinated.There is nothing related to the NBA that would cause a player to have the “ineligible” designation.
Montreal star Carey Price steps away for mental health help
MONTREAL (AP) – Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players’ Association joint player assistance program. The move comes less than a week before the season begins and just three months after he backstopped Montreal to the Stanley Cup Final.
The 34-year-old Price will be away from the team while he takes part in the program for at least 30 days. Price’s wife says on social media that Price is putting his mental health and family first. Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin says the teams backs Price and would urge anyone needing help to get it.
FIFA-CLUB WORLD CUP DELAY
FIFA plans to postpone Club World Cup until 2022
LONDON (AP) – People familiar with the planning say FIFA plans to postpone the Club World Cup until early next year due to hosting challenges linked to the pandemic.
The people say FIFA is now exploring staging the event in January or February. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss ongoing talks. Coronavirus restrictions led to Japan withdrawing from staging the seven-team tournament this December and South Africa then abandoned a bid due to the need to get more of the country vaccinated. Qatar is an option to help the Gulf nation test venues for the men’s national teams’ World Cup that starts in November 2022.
WADA concerned by board changes at Russia anti-doping agency
MONTREAL (AP) – The World Anti-Doping Agency has expressed concern over the “sudden” replacement of three out of seven board members at the suspended Russian anti-doping agency.
WADA says it will look into the process by which three new supervisory board members were appointed Wednesday after three others resigned. WADA says it is concerned by the resignations and has asked for more information on the new board members and how they were appointed. Last month WADA president Witold Banka warned against interference in the operations of the Russian agency.