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MLB-ALCS

Rodriguez to start for Red Sox in Game 3

BOSTON (AP) – Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez opens Game 3 of the AL Championship Series tonight against the Houston Astros at Fenway.

Boston manager Alex Cora has said right-hander Nick Pivetta will be available in the reliever box if needed. Otherwise, Pivetta will likely start Game 4. The Astros will go with right-hander José Urquidy tonight.

Rodriguez was 13-9 with a 4.74 ERA this season after missing all of last year with coronavirus-related heart disease.

The series is tied at one game each.

NFL-BILLS-TITANS

Bills pay a visit to the Titans eager to keep rolling and get more refunds

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Social media and video have kept the Buffalo Bills from forgetting their last game against the Tennessee Titans. Derrick Henry, Bills stiff cornerback Josh Norman, standing in the air, was literally everywhere. Bills coach Sean McDermott says he remembers this game whenever he sees highlights.

The Bills have chosen not to forget to be routed by the Titans as well. Tonight, the Bills are on the second straight stop on their buyout tour after leading the Chiefs in a rematch of the AFC title game.

The Bills also want to keep the momentum going in this division chiefs showdown.

MLB-NATIONAL-COLES

Nationals hire Coles as batting coach

WASHINGTON (AP) – Darnell Coles has been hired by the Washington Nationals as a batting coach. The move takes him back to an organization he worked for in the minor leagues and reunites him with manager Dave Martinez, a former teammate.

Coles was most recently hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who fired him in June during his third season there. He replaces Kevin Long, who left the Nationals to become the Philadelphia Phillies’ hitting coach.

The Nationals were last in the eastern NL with a 65-97 record. Their hitters had the fewest strikes in the National League last season and led the 15-team league with an average of 0.258, but the club placed ninth in points.

NFL-NEWTON-VACCINATION

Cam Newton says he’s vaccinated and ready for NFL return

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Cam Newton says he’s been vaccinated against COVID-19 and is ready to return to the NFL.

The quarterback who was cut off by New England just before the start of the season posted a video on his YouTube channel saying it was time to get back to professional football. He’s a free agent.

The 2015 NFL MVP was the Patriots starter for most of 2020, when they went 7-9 in a pandemic-hit season. But New England went with first-round pick Mac Jones this year and freed 32-year-old Newton.

NFL-INJURIES

Vikings quarterback in casualty reserve

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson has been placed on the injured list. He suffered a hamstring injury against Carolina and must miss a minimum of three games.

The injury shouldn’t end the season. This means Peterson is expected to return at some point during the second half of the schedule. The Vikings are 3-3 at the start of their week off.

Peterson was injured on Sunday in the Panthers’ tying touchdown game opener. He was covering DJ Moore on a deep pass that fell incomplete. Peterson is in his first year with the Vikings.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

– Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt will likely miss more than a month with a major calf injury sustained in Sunday’s loss to Arizona, one of many injuries to key players in the Cleveland alignment. The Browns were already missing star running back Nick Chubb with a calf injury, then they lost Hunt in the fourth quarter. Coach Kevin Stefanski has said Hunt will likely go to the injured reserve, which would mean he would have to miss at least three games. Stefanski is also awaiting further medical test results on quarterback Baker Mayfield’s left shoulder. He again injured his shoulder against the Cardinals. The Browns host the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

FOOTBALL-ARIZONA-CRUZ COLLEGE

Arizona lose another quarterback

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Arizona lost their second quarterback in two weeks to a season-ending injury. Wildcats coach Jedd Fisch said Gunner Cruz finished the year after suffering a thumb injury in a 34-0 loss to Colorado. The sophomore is expected to undergo surgery and will receive approximately six months of rehabilitation.

FOOTBALL-SEC-TENNESSEE COLLEGE

Tennessee finds out what fans are doing

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – The Southeastern Conference has fined Tennessee $ 250,000 for stopping the Flights with Mississippi by throwing debris onto the field late in the game. The league office also announced Monday that Tennessee must meet other standards.

The Tennessee cheerleaders and dance ground left the field dodging the debris with the group leaving the stands.

Tennessee’s fine will be deducted from its share of SEC revenue. Anyone identified from a video throwing debris will be prohibited from attending a Tennessee track and field event for the remainder of the 2021-2022 academic and athletic year. Commissioner Greg Sankey said the disruption is unacceptable and cannot be repeated on any SEC campus.

NBA-GRIZZLIES-JACKSON

Grizzlies sign extension for Jaren Jackson Jr ahead of deadline

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have signed Jaren Jackson Jr. to extend ahead of the NBA deadline. The Grizzlies did not disclose the terms of the deal on Monday with the No.4 pick in the 1018 draft. ESPN said the extension is four years for $ 105 million.

Jackson has started 117 of his 126 games in three seasons, and has averaged 15.4 points over his career. Jackson scored 213 3 points and blocked 192 shots for most of an NBA player in his first 126 games.

The Grizzlies open the season Wednesday night by hosting Cleveland.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Los Angeles County is seeking to demand psychiatric assessments for the widow of Kobe Bryant and others to determine if they really suffered from emotional distress after first responders took and shared graphic photos of the website. helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, her teenage daughter and seven others. Vanessa Bryant claimed in court documents that she suffered from “severe emotional distress”. Kobe Bryant and the others were killed on January 26, 2020.

NHL-LIGHTNING-KUCHEROV

Lightning’s Kucherov out indefinitely with lower body injury

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov will be sidelined indefinitely with a lower-body injury he sustained late in the overtime victory of the two defending World Cup champions. Stanley Cup against the Washington Capitals last Saturday.

Kucherov missed the entire 2020-21 regular season after undergoing hip surgery in the offseason. He returned to the playoffs with eight goals and 24 assists to help the Lightning win their second straight Stanley Cup.

The 2019 Hart Trophy winner appeared to suffer an abdominal or groin injury while chasing a puck in the third period of a 2-1 overtime win in Washington.

BREEDERS CUP OF HORSE-BAFFERT RACES

Breeders’ Cup allows Baffert to compete with conditions

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Bob Baffert may enter horses for the Breeders’ Cup next month in Del Mar, but the all-time trainer must meet certain conditions, including more stringent out-of-competition testing of his horses. and greater security in his barn.

The terms are the result of a review by the Breeders’ Cup board of directors to decide on Baffert’s participation in the two-day world championships Nov. 5-6 at the seaside track north of San Diego. The review was sparked by a failed drug test after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit ran in May.

The Breeders’ Cup states that the additional conditions required of Baffert are “to provide a more focused level of accountability”.


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