Astros Blast Four Home Runs to Beat the Indians

HOUSTON — It’s October, and George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman are all hitting home runs again, helping the Houston Astros to a postseason win. A year after launching a World Series-record 15 homers in winning their first championship, the Astros picked up right where they left off, hitting four home runs to power past the Cleveland Indians, 7-2, Friday in Game 1 of their American League division series. Martin Maldonado also connected for the Astros, who did not waste any time displaying the same power that carried them…

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Boston union calls Yankees ‘scabs’ for crossing hotel picket line

The New York Yankees are drawing boos in some corners of Boston, but not for their bitter rivalry with the Red Sox. Yankees players were seen crossing a labor union picket line in front of the downtown Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Thursday. The team faces the Red Sox in the best-of-five American League Division Series starting Friday night at Fenway Park. Brian Lang, president of Local 26 of Unite Here, called Yankees players “scabs” and urged striking hotel workers to chant “Yankees suck” on Friday. This is our town. Boston @Marriott…

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Jerome Allen, Boston Celtics assistant, pleads guilty to accepting bribe

Boston Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to accepting an $18,000 bribe in 2014, according to multiple reports. Allen’s plea agreement with the government requires Allen to repay the $18,000 in addition to a $200,000 fine. Allen, who joined the Boston staff in 2015, will remain on the staff but will likely face a suspension, according to multiple reports. At the time, Allen was the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania and accepted the $18,000 bribe from…

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Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin out 2-3 weeks with foot injury

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers will be without the services of receiver Travis Benjamin for at least two more weeks, with the earliest he could return to the field being a Week 8 contest against the Tennessee Titans in London. Benjamin was active last week against the San Francisco 49ers but only played five snaps after re-aggravating a foot injury that forced him to miss the previous two games against the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams. Benjamin had a cast on his right foot and did…

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NFL admits errant whistle cost Cleveland Browns from getting a fumble

2:50 AM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 The NFL acknowledged Friday that an errant whistle cost the Cleveland Browns a fumble recovery in their 45-42 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders last Sunday. The play, one of several controversial calls in the game, occurred with 6 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in regulation. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr lost control of the ball after Browns pass rushers Myles Garrett and Genard Avery hit him at the…

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Minnesota Vikings down to just two true defensive ends for Week 5

EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings are down to just two defensive ends ahead of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Second-year defensive end Tashawn Bower was ruled out Friday with an ankle injury, as were cornerbacks Trae Waynes (concussion) and Marcus Sherels (ribs). The Vikings are also set to be without Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen, who is dealing with mental health issues that caused him to miss the last two games. Winners and projections for every matchup. Fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. Catch up…

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Docker renews with EF Pro Cycling for 2019 – News Shorts

EF Education First-Drapac announced that Mitch Docker has renewed his contract for 2019. The Australian has only been with the team for one season but quickly earned the title of road captain after playing a key role in the team’s overall success this year. “The first reason to stay? The guys,” Docker said in a team statement. “I have loved racing and hanging out with my teammates. I knew from the first training camp at the start of the season that I was going to have a lot of fun…

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Pakistan cricketer Ahmed Shehzad banned four months for violating doping code

By: AP | Islamabad | Updated: October 6, 2018 3:26:34 am Shehzad was provisionally suspended on July 10 for a positive test following a domestic match. (Source: PTI) Pakistan Test cricketer Ahmed Shehzad was banned for four months for unspecified doping. Shehzad “had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement on Friday. HOT DEALS Shehzad was provisionally suspended on July 10 for a positive test following a domestic match. The PCB did not elaborate. It said his four-month suspension started from…

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Junior Seau’s children settle with NFL over 2012 suicide

PHILADELPHIA — The family of the late NFL star Junior Seau has settled its wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL over the popular San Diego linebacker’s 2012 suicide. The confidential settlement comes after the family opted out of the NFL concussion settlement covering more than 20,000 retired players. That plan pays up to $4 million to families of men like Seau, who were found after their deaths to have the brain deterioration chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE. The youngest of Seau’s four children recently turned 18, family lawyer Steven…

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Lakers assistant Miles Simon to miss game with pneumonia

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Miles Simon has been diagnosed with pneumonia and will miss Saturday’s preseason game against the Clippers. Simon was taken out of the Staples Center locker room area on a stretcher after Thursday night’s 128-123 win over the Sacramento Kings. The team announced Simon will be considered day-to-day after Saturday’s preseason game. Simon — who is on the Lakers staff along with associate head coach Brian Shaw, assistants Jesse Mermuys, Brian Keefe and Mark Madsen — has played a key role in the…

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