MLB

LEADING OFF: Nats, Cards open NLCS, Yanks-Astros set in ALCS

A look at what's happening around the majors today: WELCOME TO THE NLCS The Washington Nationals play in the NL Championship Series for the first time, taking on St. Louis at Busch Stadium. …

Rays can't beat 3 aces, finally fold in ALDS vs Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Unable to beat three aces in a row, the Tampa Bay Rays finally folded against Houston. It didn't help that starter Tyler Glasnow was sure he tipped pitches in the first inning, …

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

HOUSTON (AP) — All season long, it seemed inevitable. Yankees-Astros for the American League pennant. "It's the matchup that we wanted," Houston shortstop Carlos Correa said. "It's the …
NFL

Cardinals beat Atlanta Falcons 34-33 after extra point miss

GLENDALE — Arizona's Kliff Kingsbury said he didn't even bother to watch Matt Bryant's extra point attempt near the end of the fourth quarter. The Cardinals coach was too busy trying to …
NCAA Football

No. 18 Arizona State faces high-powered Washington State

Here's what you need to know as Arizona State University and Washington State University prepare to throw down in Tempe, Arizona.

Cardinals, Falcons searching for second win of season

GLENDALE — The Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons are two football teams with a lot of similarities: productive offense, problems with the defense, and not a lot of wins. At least the Cardinals …
NBA

MIAMI (AP) — Getting to 100 points in the NBA used to almost certainly guarantee victory. These days, it's the baseline for even having a chance.

PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker says a busy offseason for the Phoenix Suns is proof the franchise is serious about ending a playoff drought that's approaching a decade.
The NBA will complete its trip to China in silence. Saturday's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets to end this year's NBA China Games series will be played as scheduled in …
Golf

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Austin Cook and Talor Gooch shot 8-under-par 64s Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Houston Open. Cook, who tied for 11th as a Monday qualifier in 2015 …

ROME (AP) — Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland matched his career-best score on the European Tour with a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the Italian …
College sports

TEMPE — Arizona State's defense limited the damage of a late shanked punt, holding Washington State to a field goal and a three-point lead. That set the stage for Jayden Daniels. The …

This is not an easy year to be an offensive coordinator in the Big Ten. Brad Salem, who fills that role for Michigan State, had to face one of the nation's top defenses last week against Ohio …
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — It might not be all that important to them at the moment, but Heisman Trophy positioning will also be at stake Saturday when Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts and Texas …
ATLANTA (AP) — At this point, Atlanta sports fans should be numb to the disappointment. They've been through it so many times. Yet, somehow, this city's teams keep finding ways to take the …
If this college football season was a television series, you could jump right in this weekend without needing to catch up on previous episodes. The first six weeks have been entertaining, sure, …
NHL

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — During the first two games of the season, the Arizona Coyotes got quality goaltending, prime scoring chances and solid play from their defense. Now they've got a win, …

First Period_1, Arizona, Garland 1 (Soderberg), 8:00. 2, Arizona, Schmaltz 1 (Hayton, Dvorak), 19:21. 3, Vegas, Theodore 1 (McNabb, Glass), 19:55. Penalties_Hayton, ARI, (tripping), 3:46; Merrill, …
DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau didn't watch the beginning of a shootout, though he had the best view in the house for the end. Gaudreau put a backhand past Dallas goalie Ben Bishop to give the …
Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin says Russia wants to leave its doping "shortcomings" in the past, even as it faces questions regarding data tampering. The Russian president tells a televised sports …

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and two government bodies building venues for next year’s games have until the end of the month to agree to outside inspections on construction …
Other sports
FILE - In this April 21, 2019 file photo, Djurgardens player Kevin Walker controls the ball during the soccer match between BK Hacken and Djurgardens IF at Bravida Arena, Goteborg. Swedish soccer player Kevin Walker was thrust into the national consciousness when he won the country’s biggest reality talent show in 2013 but he chose to stay in soccer rather than chase more music fame. (Nils Petter Nilsson/TT via AP, File)

AP Interview: Pop star close to being Swedish soccer champ

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Winning Sweden's biggest reality talent show has opened up plenty of opportunities in Kevin Walker's burgeoning …
FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo Nike CEO Mark Parker speaks during a news conference in New York. Parker has found himself at the center of doping scandal that has brought down renown track coach Alberto Salazar, who ran an elite training program bankrolled by the world’s largest sports apparel company. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Nike closing Oregon Project in wake of Salazar ban

BEAVERTON, Oregon (AP) — Nike says it is closing its Oregon Project track and field program following Alberto Salazar's four-year …
Stefanos Tsitsipas, left, of Greece is congratulated by Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning in their men's singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Djokovic loses to Tsitsipas in Shanghai quarterfinals

SHANGHAI (AP) — Novak Djokovic's semifinal streak in Shanghai is over. The defending champion from Serbia, a four-time winner of …
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during the second practice session for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

Bottas fastest in practice for Japanese GP

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Valtteri Bottas led the second and final practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday, edging …
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain arrives for a fan meeting at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, ahead of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

Japanese F1 qualifying pushed back to Sunday; race to go on

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Organizers of the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix have canceled Saturday's qualifying session because of the …