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No chance for Eli to show up Pats

If there’s one team and one quarterback that the New England Patriots might worry about, it’s Eli Manning. Tonight, the two-time Super Bowl MVP — bringing down the Patriots both times — will be in Gillette Stadium with the New York Giants. He’ll also be on the sideline. The Giants ...

Sun force Game 5

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun stave off elimination and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals with a 90-86 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night. The title will be decided Thursday night in ...

Sports at a glance

Briles’ team in trouble? DALLAS — A district executive committee has ruled that two players on an East Texas high school football team coached by former Baylor coach Art Briles are ineligible. The Dallas Morning News reports the committee voted 6-0 three weeks ago that Brock Nellor and ...

Morton’s clutch outing saves the day for Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Charlie Morton to the rescue, again. Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays got another clutch playoff performance from Morton to beat the Houston Astros 10-3 Monday and cut their AL Division Series deficit ...

Molina keeps Cards alive

ST. LOUIS — They all knew. Every single one of them. Paul Goldschmidt and all the St. Louis Cardinals. Ozzie Albies and the rest of the Atlanta Braves. Tough to beat Yadier Molina in a big postseason spot. Molina pushed the Cardinals to a deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series, poking ...

Redskins fire Gruden after starting season 0-5

ASHBURN, Va. — Owner Dan Snyder and President Bruce Allen summoned coach Jay Gruden to the Washington Redskins’ facility before dawn Monday to tell him he was being fired. “It was a brief conversation,” Allen said. Now comes a longer conversation about the status of the floundering ...

Scherzer, Zimmerman help Nationals force a fifth game

WASHINGTON — For a guy whose teams kept losing in the postseason, Max Scherzer sure is delivering now. Every time he’s pitched this October, the Washington Nationals have won. His latest outing was a season-saving, seven-inning masterpiece that combined with Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run ...

Larson finally poised to meet expectations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It is odd to classify a victory on a 1-mile concrete oval in Delaware as the biggest win of Kyle Larson’s career. Maybe he is among those who count their greatest triumphs on dirt, in sprint cars, venues far away from NASCAR’s glitz and glamour. But at this time of ...

Delle Donne plays; Mystics lead WNBA Final

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Washington didn’t need Elena Delle Donne to be a superstar on Sunday, they just needed her to be out on the court. The WNBA’s MVP provided an emotional lift by playing through a back injury and her teammates responded with a solid effort to beat Connecticut 94-81 and ...

Perine, Gators out-hustle Tigers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lamical Perine was too slow to play for Auburn three years ago, a hurtful evaluation that’s stuck with him. He showed plenty of speed while running away from the Tigers — and a few guys he played against in high school — in the Swamp on Saturday. Perine broke ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 3 Georgia 43, Tennessee 14 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes, Georgia’s defense delivered a dominant second-half performance and the No. 3 Bulldogs recovered from a slow start to beat Tennessee 43-14 on Saturday night. Georgia (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern ...

McCallum field goal gets Huskers ‘W’

LINCOLN, Neb. — Lane McCallum kicked a 24-yard field goal as time ran out, giving Nebraska a 13-10 win in yet another close game against Northwestern on Saturday. The Cornhuskers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) won in a slog after Lamar Jackson intercepted Aidan Smith’s pass to set up the winning ...

Buffalo QB Allen cleared to play

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Josh Allen has been cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol and is expected to play against the Tennessee Titans today. The team also says fullback Patrick DiMarco and safety Dean Marlowe have been cleared to play after spending ...

Yankees crush Twins in opener

NEW YORK — DJ LeMahieu homered and drove in four runs, Gleyber Torres broke a tie with a two-run double and the New York Yankees extended their October mastery of the Minnesota Twins with a 10-4 victory Friday night in the AL Division Series opener. Aaron Judge made two diving catches in ...

Barkley already close to return

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Saquon Barkley picked up the pace in rehabilitating his sprained right ankle but he gave no hint when he will play for the New York Giants. Barkley, who sustained a high ankle sprain against Tampa Bay on Sept. 15, worked out with trainers for the second straight day ...

Glasnow to face Astros

HOUSTON — In an era when openers are in vogue and they’re facing the team who started the trend, everything’s coming up aces for the Houston Astros this postseason. Houston will start Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay today, followed by Gerrit Cole ...

Yankees ready for Twins

NEW YORK — The Bronx Bombers vs. the Bomba Squad, matchup of the big league heavyweights. Given the peerless power of the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, their AL Division Series seems as much bout as baseball. “It’s cool what both our teams were able to do with the home run,” ...

Cardinals rally past Braves to steal Game 1

ATLANTA — Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals look as gritty as ever. The Atlanta Braves also started down a familiar path. Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong each hit two-run doubles in the ninth inning as the Cardinals overcame shaky defense and a wild ...

Rams face critical road test against Seattle

The Associated Press Pete Carroll likes what he’s been seeing from his Seahawks, though not everything is in place yet. They could pass a huge test in a rare October game with critical meaning in the standings when they host the Rams tonight. Both teams are 3-1, though the feeling ...

Barkley may return sooner than later

The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Don’t be surprised if New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is back in the lineup a lot sooner than expected. Just 10 days after sustaining a high sprain to his right ankle, Barkley worked out with a trainer on the field Wednesday and ...