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MLB

ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta won with a hit for the second night in a row when Eddie Rosario overtook shortstop Corey Seager’s glove, giving the Braves a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

Atlanta caught up twice from two-point deficits before Rosario made his fourth hit of the game, a 105mph scorcher midway through the first pitch after the closer reliever Kenley Jansen. Seager attempted a backhand grip and the ball went under his glove into the outfield.

Dansby Swanson ran from second place with the winning run, dropping his helmet as he crossed the plate, a virtual repeat of Game 1 when Austin Riley hit a hit in the ninth for a 3-2 victory .

The series resumes in Los Angeles, where Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday night.

HOUSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox became the first team to win two Grand Slams in a playoff game, with JD Martinez and Rafael Devers connecting in the opening two innings of the 9-5 victory of Saturday against the Houston Astros who tied their AL Series championship at one game apiece.

Martinez made it 4-0 with his shot from the opposite field on rookie Luis García with two strikeouts in the first. It was the first playoff slam of the quadruple All-Star’s career, who began his career with the Astros.

NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Baseball has said its owners have agreed to start providing housing for some minor league players starting in the 2022 season.

“We are in the process of finalizing the details of this policy and expect it to be announced and put in place for the 2022 season,” MLB said in a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday.

ESPN, citing anonymous sources, first reported on the owners’ decision on Sunday, saying the league would require teams to provide housing either through allowances to fully cover housing or by organizing the event themselves. lodging.

The league did not specify which players would be covered by the new policy.

NFL

LONDON (AP) – The Jacksonville Jaguars ended their 20-game losing streak when Matthew Wright scored a 53-yard field goal as time came to an end in a 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in London.

Trevor Lawrence connected on a short slant pass to Laviska Shenault Jr. and the Jags (1-5) called the time-out with 1 second remaining after the Dolphins (1-5) bet on a fourth and 1 of their 46s and found themselves running out.

Lawrence threw for 319 yards and a touchdown as he and coach Urban Meyer finally claimed their first NFL wins – even though it took a trip to Europe to make it in a ‘home’ game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

COLLECTIVE FOOTBALL

LSU and coach Ed Orgeron have agreed to go their separate ways after this season, 21 months after leading the Tigers to a national championship with what is considered one of the greatest teams in college football history.

Sports Illustrated was the first to report that Orgeron would not return to LSU in 2022.

While the timing of the announcement – the day after the Tigers (4-3) turmoil in Florida – came as a surprise, Coach O’s end at LSU appeared to be approaching after a resounding loss to Kentucky last week.

Orgeron is 49-17 with the Tigers, including 15-0 in 2019 when Joe Burrow won a Heisman Trophy and LSU his third national championship since 2003.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville plans to retire the No.8 jersey of former Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson, the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner.

Jackson’s number will be retired in a ceremony during Louisville’s home game on Nov. 13 against Syracuse. Jackson joins Johnny Unitas as the only school football players to have their numbers removed. Unitas No.16 was retired in 2003.

Sporting director Vince Tyra cited Jackson’s Heisman and his 2019 NFL MVP award with the Baltimore Ravens as examples of dynamic QB’s talent and success.

NBA

CAMDEN, NJ (AP) – Ben Simmons trained with the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time this season on Sunday, although no decision has been made on his status for the season opener.

“He was just one of the players,” said coach Doc Rivers.

Simmons was a staple for training camp and the start of the preseason following his offseason commercial demand. The three-time All-Star goaltender made a surprise return to the squad on Monday. Once he cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Simmons was cleared to practice.

The Sixers open the season Wednesday in New Orleans and play their home opener Friday against Brooklyn.

GOLF

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Rory McIlroy wrapped up a great weekend in Las Vegas on Sunday by passing Rickie Fowler and pushing Collin Morikawa to win the CJ Cup at Summit for his 20th PGA Tour title.

McIlroy took control with a 35-foot eagle putt just off the green on the 14th par-5, then played flawlessly down the stretch for a 6-under-66 and a win. He finished 25-under 263.

McIlroy is the 39th player to win the PGA Tour at least 20 times, and this is his fifth consecutive season on the PGA Tour with at least one victory.

Fowler, who started the final round with a two-stroke lead as he tried to go almost three years without a win, passed out with a pair of three putts and shot 71 to tie for third.

CARY, NC (AP) – Lee Janzen birdie putt 20 feet on the first hole of a playoff with Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the SAS Championship of PGA Tour Champions.

Janzen, 57, also birdied an 18th par 4 in regulation, hitting a side putt, in a 5 under 67 final in the regular season final.

Jimenez finished with a 69 to tie Janzen at 12 under 204 at Prestonwood Country Club. Jim Furyk (67) and Alex Cejka (70) fell back suddenly.

NEW YORK (AP) – Casey Martin, the Oregon golf coach who successfully sued the PGA Tour for the right to use a cart due to a rare circulatory disease, has had his leg amputated right in what he said Golf Digest was always going to be “my destiny.”

The magazine, which has been in contact with Martin in recent weeks, reported on its website that he had surgery on Friday and is recovering at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His brother said doctors felt it had gone well enough that Martin had a good chance of having an effective prosthesis.

WNBA

CHICAGO (AP) – Allie Quigley scored 26 points and Candace Parker added 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to help Chicago win their first WNBA championship with an 80-74 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday.

Courtney Vandersloot added 10 points and 15 assists for Sky, who won the series 3-1, rallying to a 72-65 deficit with 4:42 to go.

It was a complete moment for Parker, who triumphantly returned home to Chicago this season after spending 13 years with Los Angeles.

CAR RACE

FORT WORTH, TX (AP) – Kyle Larson won the first of four championship spots in the NASCAR season finale with a dominating victory in Texas on Sunday to start the round of 16 of the playoffs.

Larson led 256 of 334 laps on the 1 1/2 mile track and earned his eighth victory this season, staying ahead for seven restarts in the final stage. Three of those restarts came after incidents involving other playoff contenders in the final rounds.

It was the first chance for anyone to guarantee a chance to run for the Cup title in Phoenix on November 7.

FORT WORTH, TX (AP) – All four spots in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship round are still up for grabs after non-qualifier John Hunter Nemechek overcame a late Saturday penalty to win at Texas Motor Speedway.

Nemechek won the first of three round of 16 races, leaving the eight playoff drivers with two more semi-final races, in Kansas and Martinsville, to advance to the championship final in Phoenix.

Daniel Hemric then led seven of eight qualifying for the playoffs across the finish line, finishing second in the 117th race of his career without a win. This was Hemric’s 10th place at second place in Xfinity.

Noah Gragson was third, followed by Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric.

SOCCER

GENEVA (AP) – The International Olympic Committee said on Saturday it had “concerns” about pressure from FIFA for World Cups every two years.

Although IOC President Thomas Bach said last month “we will not interfere in this discussion,” his organization intervened on Saturday after a meeting in Athens to detail the objections it shared with stakeholders of the IOC. soccer.

Clashes in the calendar with other sports, the Men’s World Cup eclipsing the women’s editions of the tournament and “massive new pressure” on athlete well-being were all cited in an IOC statement after a board meeting administration.

OBITUARY

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Paul Salata, who created the Mr. Irrelevant award that honors the last selection in the NFL Draft after playing football in Southern California and in the NFL and the Canadian Football League, died on Saturday . He was 94 years old.

He died of natural causes at his home in Newport Beach, Calif., A day before his 95th birthday, his nephew Nick Salata told The Associated Press.

Although the NFL draft dates back to 1936, Salata created the Mr. Irrelevant award in 1976. The player and his family were invited to spend a week in Orange County to enjoy activities such as a trip. at Disneyland and a golf tournament. The winner received the Lowsman Trophy featuring a player groping a soccer ball. Kelvin Kirk of the University of Dayton was the first to receive the 487th pick that year.


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