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Sánchez shines as Nationals beat Cards 2-0 in NLCS opener

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — It turns out Washington’s Big Three is a Big Four. Don’t forget about Aníbal Sánchez. The right-hander carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, Howie Kendrick had two more big swings and the Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals ...

Delle Donne leads Mystics to first WNBA championship

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics have won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night. It was a fitting conclusion to an ...

Cole, Astros beat Rays 6-1 in ALDS Game 5

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched another playoff masterpiece and the Houston Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Thursday night in Game 5 to set up a titanic showdown with the New York Yankees in the AL Championship ...

LEADING OFF: Nats-Dodgers and Cards-Braves set for Game 5

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: NOW OR NEVER A pair of winner-take-all Game 5s will decide the two NL Division Series. First, the Atlanta Braves host the St. Louis Cardinals at 5:02 p.m. EDT. Then, it's the Washington Nationals at ...

Cole, Astros have no room for error left in ALDS vs Rays

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Zack Greinke got hit hard. So did Justin Verlander. And all of a sudden, the Houston Astros and their heavyweight rotation have only one chance left to knock out the pesky Rays. It's up to Gerrit Cole in Game 5. Verlander gave up ...

Bruins top Golden Knights 4-3, off to best start in 18 years

By W.G. RAMIREZ Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins won't play their first home game until Saturday. That hasn't stopped them from opening on a rampage in Western Conference cities, clearly putting last season's Game 7 loss in the ...

USC frosh QB Kedon Slovis returns to start at Notre Dame

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis will return from an apparent concussion to start for Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night. USC coach Clay Helton made the announcement Tuesday night after practice. The Trojans (3-2) ...

Messi says he considered leaving Barcelona after tax problem

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi says he considered leaving Barcelona after being targeted by Spanish tax authorities in the early 2010s. Messi says in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1 he felt he wasn't treated well in Spain and didn't want to stay in the country after being ...

Streak stretches on: Twins take 16th straight playoff loss

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The night began with Torii Hunter throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Joe Mauer, energizing the over-capacity crowd gathered for the first postseason game at Target Field since 2010, the year the ballpark opened. The evening ended in ...

Torres leads Yankees to 5-1 win and sweep of Twins

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last time the New York Yankees won the World Series, a full decade ago, Gleyber Torres was not yet a teenager in Venezuela. Boosted by an age-defiant performance by their 22-year-old star second baseman, the Yankees moved one step ...