The Sports Xchange
NEW YORK—Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven outstanding innings and the New York Yankees scored four runs against Dallas Keuchel in a 5-0 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The Yankees lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. They are one win from their 41st pennant and the first since beating the Los Angeles Angels in 2009. Game 6 is Friday in Houston and Justin Verlander awaits New York's lineup.
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after an impressive debut with his new team. Peterson, who was acquired from the New Orleans Saints last week, rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in the Cardinals' 38-33 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. This is the 32-year-old Peterson's eighth career NFC offensive award for the former Minnesota Vikings star.
NEW YORK -- NFL players and owners agreed that Tuesday's three-and-a-half-hour meeting at league headquarters about social issues was an unprecedented event, yet no precedent was set. The elephant in the room, Colin Kaepernick, would have actually been in the room had it been up to the players (at least according to his attorney), but he wasn't.
NEW YORK—Gary Sanchez hit a tiebreaking, two-run double with one out in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees stormed back to even the American League Championship Series at two games apiece with a 6-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka opposing Astros ace Dallas Keuchel. Game 6 is Friday in Houston, where the Astros opened the series with a pair of 2-1 victories.
GREEN BAY, Wis.—It was the worst of times. Period. End of sentence. That's how the Green Bay Packers felt after learning Monday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers would need surgery for the broken right collarbone he suffered in a 23-10 loss to Minnesota Sunday, Oct. 15. When a displaced collarbone requires surgery, the average recovery time is approximately three months. If Rodgers needs that much time, his 2017 season is likely over.
The University of Louisville fired Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino on Monday, Oct. 16, amid a national investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of allegations of corruption in college basketball. Louisville's athletic association voted unanimously to dismiss Pitino, one of the most successful college basketball coaches in history, several weeks after the FBI alleged money from apparel sponsor Adidas was used to pay a prospective recruit.
The NFL will try to find a way to move on from the controversial issue of players protesting during the national anthem before games when it meets with team owners in New York this week for a regularly-scheduled meeting. The gesture by players who say they are protesting racial inequality and injustice has picked up steam ever since U.S. President Donald Trump criticised the league last month for allowing players to do so.
CARSON, Calif. — The L.A. Galaxy were in danger of tying a ghastly 16-year-old record of ineptitude at home when midfielder Romain Alessandrini took control. Los Angeles was able to get a win in its final home game of the season at the StubHub Center, defeating Minnesota United FC 3-0. If the Galaxy had lost, they would have tied the Major League Soccer record for the fewest home wins in a season, which was set in 2001 by the Tampa Bay Mutiny, who went 2-10-2 that year.
WASHINGTON -- Addison Russell had two hits and four RBIs, and the Chicago Cubs scored four runs off Max Scherzer in the fifth inning to beat the Washington Nationals 9-8 on Thursday, Nov. 12, in the fifth and deciding game of the National League Division Series.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Philadelphia Eagles had the right ingredients for a road victory against one of the NFL's hottest teams.