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Rays, Astros win first ALDS matches

NO DATE (AP) – Best of Five ALDS Game 2 continues tonight between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox.

The Rays won the first game 5-0. Randy Arozarena became the first player to hit a home run and fly home in a playoff game. Chris Sale set to start for Boston against rookie Shane Baz

In Houston, the Astros are ahead of Game 2 of their AL Division series against the Chicago White Sox after scoring a 6-1 victory. Houston’s Lance McCullers was sharp in 6 2/3 innings, shutting out the Sox on four hits and no walks. The McCullers, 28, didn’t allow any hits until Yoán (yoh-AHN ‘) Moncada scored a straightout in the fourth.

Game 2 is also in Houston. Lucas Giolito starts for Chicago against Framber Valdez.


Wilson from Seattle injured his finger while throwing his hand

NO DATE (AP) – Russell Wilson’s streak of never missing a start is in jeopardy.

It depends on the severity of a finger injury sustained in Thursday night’s 26-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Seattle coach Pete Carroll called Wilson’s hand injury a “badly sprained finger.” He was injured enough that Wilson couldn’t grab the ball the way he needed to throw it.

In other NFL news:

–Jaylon Smith joined the Green Bay Packers a day after the Dallas Cowboys released the veteran linebacker. The Packers have officially announced that they have signed Smith. Smith made the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement in 2019 and led the Cowboys in tackles each of the past two seasons, but his game has declined over the past year. Packers coach Matt LaFleur says Smith is highly unlikely to play against the Bengals on Sunday.

–Broncos starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has returned to practice for the first time since being knocked out of Denver’s game against Baltimore last weekend with a concussion. Bridgewater worked with the starters and was listed as limited on the injury report. If Bridgewater doesn’t have a backhand, he could be cleared for Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh.


Nets say Irving is not eligible for Bucks game

NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets classify Kyrie Irving as ineligible to play in their home exhibition game Friday against Milwaukee.

This is another strong indication that he did not meet New York’s vaccination requirements. Irving has not been with the Nets for any of their practices in New York City, where professional athletes must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to train or play.

The Nets are barred by law from revealing if he has been vaccinated. There is nothing NBA related that would cause a player to have the “ineligible” designation.


Montreal star Carey Price walks away for mental health help

MONTREAL (AP) – Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has voluntarily signed up for the joint NHL Player Assistance Program and the NHL Players Association. The move comes less than a week before the start of the season and just three months after he backed Montreal in the Stanley Cup final.

Price, 34, will be absent from the team while he participates in the program for at least 30 days. Price’s wife has said on social media that Price puts her mental health and family first. Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said the teams are supportive of Price and will urge anyone in need of help to get it.


FIFA plans to postpone Club World Cup to 2022

LONDON (AP) – People familiar with the planning said FIFA plans to postpone the Club World Cup until early next year due to hospitality issues linked to the pandemic.

People say FIFA is now planning to host the event in January or February. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing talks. Coronavirus restrictions led Japan to pull out of hosting the seven-team tournament in December and South Africa later dropped an offer due to the need to vaccinate more of the country. Qatar is an option to help Gulf countries test venues for the Men’s National Teams World Cup which kicks off in November 2022.


WADA concerned about changes to Russian anti-doping agency board

MONTREAL (AP) – The World Anti-Doping Agency has expressed concern over the “sudden” replacement of three of the seven board members of the suspended Russian anti-doping agency.

WADA says it will review the process by which three new members of the supervisory board were appointed on Wednesday after three others resigned. WADA expressed concern about the resignations and requested more information on the new board members and how they were appointed. WADA President Witold Banka last month warned against interference in the Russian agency’s operations.

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