The Sports Xchange
NEW YORK -- Luis Severino was knocked out just one out into the first inning, but Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, and the New York Yankees stormed back for an 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the American League wild-card game on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
The University of Louisville Athletic Association voted unanimously on Monday, Oct. 2, to initiate the process of dismissing head basketball coach Rick Pitino for cause. Pitino reportedly stands to lose $44 million remaining on his existing contract, per Yahoo Sports, if fired with cause. According to his contract, Pitino must be given 10 days' notice before any firing can be official.
Buffalo Bills linebacker Ramon Humber and wide receiver Jordan Matthews are both expected to undergo thumb surgery and will be out indefinitely, coach Sean McDermott announced Monday, Oct. 2. While McDermott did not elaborate on the length of either player's absence, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that Matthews is expected to miss about one month. Humber, who played at North Dakota State, has recorded a team-leading 37 tackles in four games this season for Buffalo.
The Chicago Bears announced a change at quarterback on Monday, Oct. 2, and will start rookie Mitchell Trubisky for next Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Bears coach John Fox will bench Mike Glennon and turn to No. 2 overall pick Trubisky. The quarterback change has been expected after Glennon turned over the ball four times in the 35-14 loss last Thursday night at the Green Bay Packers. Glennon was 21 of 33 for 216 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions and two lost fumbles against the Packers.
DOVER, Del. — Kyle Busch denied Chase Elliott a first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. Busch passed Elliott on the final lap of the Apache Warrior 400 for his fourth win of the season and second in the three-race first round of the 2017 playoffs.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins are heading into the postseason on a high note. Jason Castro drove in three runs to help send the Twins into Tuesday's American League wild-card game against the New York Yankees with a victory. Minnesota finished with a record of 85-77, a 26-win improvement from last year's mark.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Canadian Brooke Henderson holds a four-shot lead with 12 holes to play but will have to wait until Monday, Oct. 2, as the final round was suspended at the McKayson New Zealand Women's Open in Auckland on Sunday. The final round was suspended for the day at 5:16 p.m. local time due to rain, lightning and high winds. Play will resume Monday at approximately 8:15 a.m. No sooner had the final group of the day launched their opening tee shots at the Windross Farm Golf Course, play was suspended in the final round at 10:05 a.m. local time.
HOUSTON—Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto scored deep into the second half and Vicente Sanchez assisted on both goals as the Houston Dynamo hung on to defeat Minnesota United FC 2-1 on Saturday night, Sept. 30, in a match with playoff implications for both teams at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The victory allowed Houston (11-10-10, 43 points in 31 matches) to leapfrog Texas rival FC Dallas into the sixth and final playoff position in the Western Conference.
MINNEAPOLIS—Andrew Romine became the fifth player in major league history and the first since 2000 to play all nine positions in a single game and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Saturday night as Romine made his way around the diamond. Romine became the first player since Detroit's Shane Halter in 2000 to accomplish the feat. He also had a hit and a walk in the game as Tigers starter Buck Farmer (5-5) pitched five innings with one run allowed. Shane Greene pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save.
Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook once again signaled his loyalty to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, Sept 29, when he signed a five-year, $205 million deal. The deal begins with the 2018-19 season, and puts Westbrook under contract with the Thunder through the 2022-23 campaign. Westbrook displayed his happiness with the new deal by posting a picture of himself on his Instagram page. Wearing an orange "OKC" jersey with his arms raised, Westbrook wrote two words: "WHY NOT??"WHY NOT??