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 Houston Astros’ George Springer, right, celebrates with teammates after their win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of baseball’s American League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Houston.AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and the high-powered Astros led the majors in runs, hits and batting average in the regular season. Now that it’s playoff time, Houston is still hammering away. Correa homered , doubled and drove in four runs, Altuve got two more hits and the Astros...
Boston Bruins' Jake DeBrusk (74) celebrates his goal with Anders Bjork (10), Matt Grzelcyk (48) and Zdeno Chara (33) during the second period of the Bruins' season opener against the Nashville Predators in Boston. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins spent a lot of time this offseason with an eye looking toward the future. In Thursday night’s season opener, they got a glimpse at just how bright it may be. Jake DeBrusk had a goal and assist in his first NHL game, Charlie McAvoy added a goal and assist in his...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady tied the NFL record for regular season wins with some timely help from a porous New England defense showing signs of improvement. Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and the Patriots held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14 to rebound from a last-second loss...
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, right, argues a call in Game 1 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, Thursday, in Houston. AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve had just arrived in the Astros dugout after launching his third home run of the game when George Springer grabbed his right biceps and examined it, as if searching for an explanation for his teammate’s extraordinary pop. “He makes sure he stays on top of his gym...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Accustomed to qualifying for the World Cup with games to spare, United States players realize another slip could cause them to miss next year’s tournament, a circumstance that has swelled angst among a growing fan base. “We need three points bad,” star teenage midfielder...
No. 16 Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1 ACC) at Boston College (2-3, 0-2), Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET (ESPN2) WHAT’S AT STAKE Its loss to second-ranked Clemson has removed all, or most of, Virginia Tech’s margin for error going forward with No. 13 Miami and Georgia Tech both still unbeaten in league play...
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Thursday in Cleveland. AP Photo/David Dermer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer made Aaron Judge look silly, and made his manager look like a genius. One year after nearly costing the Indians a trip to the World Series, Bauer helped them take the first step back. Named a surprise starter for Game 1, Bauer chopped Judge and New York’s other...
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston manager A.J. Hinch loves that Justin Verlander, his starter for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, has a ton of postseason experience. Hinch, however, is still plenty concerned about Red Sox starter Chris Sale despite this...
New England Patriots middle linebacker Dont'a Hightower is pictured during an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. The Patriots will take on the Tampay Buccaneers tonight in Tampa, Fla. Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston is excited about the next challenge in the maturation of the young Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a prime-time test against Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. “Really just a blessing for me personally,” the 23-year-old quarterback said, looking...
 Cody Bellinger (pictured) will make his major league playoff debut this week after a remarkable rookie season with the Dodgers, who won 104 games and the NL West. The 22-year-old slugger set a league rookie record with 39 homers, and his veteran teammates think he can keep up his power stroke in the postseason.  AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Cody Bellinger is making his playoff debut this week for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the 22-year-old rookie is already a veteran of ticker-tape parades. Bellinger’s father, Clay, played only four major league seasons, but three ended in the postseason with the Yankees —...

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