The Sports Xchange
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott suffered a blow on Thursday when a federal appeals court lifted the injunction that prevented him from serving a six-game suspension over an alleged domestic violence incident. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans voted 2-1 in favor of the NFL, which requested an emergency hearing after a district court in Texas blocked the suspension last month. The appeals court ordered the Texas court to dismiss Elliott's case.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford and wide receiver Stefon Diggs sat out practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Bradford returned from a three-game absence due to an ailing left knee in Monday's 20-17 victory over Chicago before aggravating the injury in the first half. Should Bradford remain sidelined, Case Keenum would draw the start for the Vikings (3-2) in Sunday's home game against the NFC North rival Green Bay Packers (4-1). Keenum has four touchdown passes and no turnovers this season.
CHICAGO—Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings and struck out 12 and Michael A. Taylor hit an eighth-inning grand slam to draw the Washington Nationals even at two games apiece in the National League Division Series with a 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The fifth and deciding game will be played Thursday, Oct. 11, in Washington. The winner advances to the NL Championship Series to face the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed forward Andrew Wiggins to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. Terms were not released by the team, but the deal is a maximum five-year, $148 million extension that will keep him obligated to the Timberwolves through 2023, according to multiple reports. The extension starts with the 2018-19 season.
The Boston Red Sox fired manager John Farrell on Wednesday, two days after his team was eliminated from the playoffs. Farrell, who managed the Red Sox since 2013, will not return for the 2018 season, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announcement. The team said a search for a new manager will begin immediately. Farrell, 55, was 432-378 (.533) in five seasons, leading the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2013. He was under contract through the end of the 2018 season.
The United States men's national team is not going to the 2018 World Cup. In a stunning night of soccer, the U.S was shocked 2-1 at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad, by a Trinidad and Tobago team that had nothing to play. Meanwhile, both Honduras and Panama won their matches. As result, the U.S. (3-4-3) finished fifth of six teams in the 10-match final round of CONCACAF qualifying with 12 points.
Nationals-Cubs Game 4 postponed by rain The Sports Xchange Nationals-Cubs Game 4 postponed by rain CHICAGO—If the Chicago Cubs hope to close out the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series, they will have to wait a day. Tuesday's scheduled fourth game of the best-of-five series was postponed by rain. The game, which was to begin at 4:38 p.m. CT, was delayed and then officially postponed 35 minutes later. The game will has been rescheduled for 3:08 p.m. CT (4:08 ET) on Wednesday. Chicago leads the series 2-1.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a memo to all 32 teams on Tuesday in a bid to end the controversy surrounding player protests during the national anthem. Goodell is looking to squash the controversy by agreeing on a uniform approach for all teams. "Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game," Goodell wrote in the memo. "We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.
The Arizona Cardinals acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints for a conditional draft pick, the team announced on Tuesday. To make room for Peterson on the roster, the Cardinals will release running back Chris Johnson, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
NEW YORK—Aaron Judge capped a four-run second inning with a two-run double, and the New York Yankees capitalized on shoddy defense by the Cleveland Indians to even the American League Division Series at two games apiece with a 7-3 victory Monday night, Oct. 9, at Yankee Stadium. The decisive Game 5 is Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Cleveland, where the Indians will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak in elimination games. The Yankees will look to rally from a 2-0 deficit to win an ALDS for the second time.