The Sports Xchange
CHICAGO—Anthony Rizzo delivered a go-ahead, two-out RBI single in the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday, Oct. 9. The victory gave the defending World Series champions a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series heading into Game 4 Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Rizzo dropped a bloop single into shallow center field off Oliver Perez to score pinch-runner Leonys Martin, who replaced Tommy La Stella after he led off the eighth inning with a walk.
BOSTON—The Houston Astros clinched their first trip to the American League Championship Series with a 5-4 victory against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of their AL Division Series on a rainy Monday afternoon, Oct. 9, at Fenway Park. Houston won the best-of-five series 3-1 after Boston temporarily staved off elimination with a 10-3 win in Game 3 on Sunday, Oct. 8, assuring the Red Sox would not be swept in the ALDS in consecutive seasons.
Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 NFL Most Valuable Player Y.A. Tittle died Sunday, Oct. 8. He was 90. LSU, his alma mater, confirmed on Monday that Tittle passed while surrounded by his family and friends.
MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned Monday morning after a video surfaced showing him snorting an unknown white power substance off a table while at work. The Miami Herald first reported Sunday night the team was investigating the 56-second video that leaked online.
NEW YORK—Greg Bird led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a homer, and Aroldis Chapman posted a five-out save as the New York Yankees staved off elimination Sunday night, Oct. 8, with a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Bird helped the Yankees force Game 4 on Monday night when he lifted a 95 mph fastball on a 1-1 count from left-hander Andrew Miller (0-1) about halfway up in the second deck in right field. It was only the second homer allowed by Miller to a left-handed hitter this season.
CONCORD, N.C.—Martin Truex claimed his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-leading sixth win of the 2017 Sunday, Oct. 8, at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he took the checkered flag in the Bank of America 500. "It was tough out there today; the car was a handful," Truex said. "Man, just thanks to my guys. We kept digging. The pit crew was flawless." Chase Elliott took runner-up honors for the second straight time after taking the position from Denny Hamlin on an overtime restart that followed the 10th caution of the race.
NAPA, Calif. — Brendan Steele erased a two-shot deficit in the final round and completed a successful defense of his Safeway Open championship on Sunday, Oct. 8. Closing with a 3-under-par 69, Steele finished at 15-under 273 on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa. He wound up with a two-shot victory over Tony Finau, who also shot 69 on Sunday. Steele is the first two-time winner in the event, which has been held 11 times. The tournament was played in Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Martin, California, before moving to its current location in October 2014.
BOSTON—The Boston Red Sox staved off elimination with a 10-3 win against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of their American League Division Series on Sunday at Fenway Park. Rafael Devers hit a go-ahead two-run home run, the first of the 20-year-old's postseason career, in the third inning to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead, their first of the series. Devers, who finished with three RBIs, became the youngest Red Sox player ever (20 years, 349 days) to hit a home run in a playoff game and just the sixth player in major league history to homer in the postseason before turning 21.
RALEIGH, N.C.—Jaccob Slavin scored the only goal in the shootout and Scott Darling won his Carolina debut as the Hurricanes snapped a six-game winless streak in season openers with a dramatic 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night,Oct. 7. Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu scored with 0.3 seconds left in regulation with goalie Alex Stalock pulled for an extra attacker to tie the score at 4. The play was reviewed for possible goaltender interference on a wild scramble in front of Darling, but the ruling was upheld.
MINNEAPOLIS — Sporting Kansas City saw a chance to gain three points on Vancouver disappear as a late goal by Minnesota United resulted in a 1-1 draw in TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday night in Minneapolis. Sporting missed a chance to clinch a spot in the MLS playoffs for the seventh straight season. With Vancouver's 3-0 loss at the New York Red Bulls, Sporting KC (12-7-12, 48 points) could have pulled to within one point of the Whitecaps at the top of the Western Conference table. Sporting KC now stands three points back with a game in hand.