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History of Game 7: Everything you need to know

For six games in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, the Astros and Yankees have traded punches. Each team has won three home games, with Houston evening things up with a 7-1 victory in Friday night’s Game 6.

Missed chances in fateful seventh sink Yanks


Houston center fielder George Springer robbed Todd Frazier of a hit with a leaping catch in front of the wall with two on base, providing a key out in the seventh inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees.

Bucks Twi-lights: Giannis dominates against NBA's best


The Milwaukee Bucks fell short of victory in their home opener against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Giannis Antetokounmpo still starred in a big way.

Antetokounmpo finished the night with 34 points, eight rebounds and eight assists — along with a couple of highlight-reel plays.

Catch up on all the best highlights from Friday’s game:

Giannis Maker!

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The Prez

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. @Khris22m let’s go!!

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Go to work, Giannis!

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Maker with the cut … and the SLAM!

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Yankees’ offense stalls vs. crafty Verlander


There were those in the Yankees clubhouse who would have loved to play Thursday after reeling off three straight victories in front of sold-out, frenzied crowds at Yankee Stadium, viewing their travel day to the Magnolia City as the equivalent of a football team icing the kicker with a timeout. The deep freeze had more to do with Justin Verlander, who was dominant once again as he helped the Astros even the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World with a 7-1 victory in Game 6 on Friday.

Wolves Twi-lights: Wiggins beats the first-half buzzer


The Minnesota Timberwolves looked like a veteran team in the final minutes of a 100-97 win over the Utah Jazz, getting clutch shots from guard Jamal Crawford to seal their first victory of the young season.

Utah’s Ricky Rubio tried to steal the game at the revamped Target Center, but veterans like Crawford and Jimmy Butler wouldn’t let it happen.

Catch up on all the best highlights from Friday’s game, including an Andrew Wigginsbuzzer-beating shot to end the first halfand a cold-blooded trey from Crawford.

. @KarlTowns jumper is pure!

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Butler’s pass finds Wiggins for the slam!

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. @1Tyus no-look pass Bjelica

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Taj tips it home!

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Go to work, Jimmy Buckets!

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Wiggins beats the buzzer!

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off the glass!

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Cold-blooded trey for @JCrossover!

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Curry, Thompson, Durant lead Warriors past Pelicans 128-120


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Klay Thomspon scored 31 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Golden State Warriors easily erased a 15-point first-half deficit en route to a 128-120 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

Kevin Durant added 22 points for the Warriors, who won for the first time this young season after dropping their opener to Houston. New Orleans is still looking for its first victory after two games, shooting well early in both games before fading in the second half.

Anthony Davis had 35 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans, while fellow big man DeMarcus Cousins also had 35 points.

The teams combined for 34 3-pointers, with the Warriors hitting 18. Thompson was 7 of 12 from deep.

After trailing by double digits much of the fourth quarter, the Pelicans pulled as close as five points down on Cousins’ 3 with about three minutes to go. But Thompson responded immediately with a 3, and Golden State remained comfortably in control from there.

New Orleans stormed in front early, thanks to eight 3-pointers in the first quarter. The period closed with a long 3 by each team. Draymond Green hit from 31 feet as the shot clock ran down, then Davis beat the horn from 30 feet, turning after the shot to face the crowd and pound the palm of his right hand into his chest.

Davis’ shot put the Pelicans up 39-26, and New Orleans led by as many as 15 when Cousins’ free throw made it 57-42 half way through the second quarter.

Golden State then closed out the half with a 19-7 flourish, capped by Durant’s 3 that made it 64-61 at halftime. That turned out to be the beginning of a 26-7 run that gave the Warriors their first lead in the third quarter.


Warriors: Curry reached 3,927 assists during the game, passing Tim Hardaway for second place on the franchise’s assists list. … Green finished with 10 points and was assessed a technical foul by official Karl Lane in the second quarter. … Golden State turned it over 11 times in the first half. … David West, who was New Orleans’ first-round draft choice in 2003 and spent his first eight NBA seasons with the franchise, received polite applause after scoring his first points on a mid-range jumper. He followed that up with a 3-pointer shortly after and finished with 11 points.

Pelicans: G Ian Clarke had 14 points, while Jrue Holiday and Jordan Crawford each added 13 from the back court. … Coach Alvin Gentry was assessed a technical foul by official Ed Malloy in the second quarter, shortly after Green’s technical. … The Pelicans announced that C Alexis Ajinca would miss four to six weeks following successful bilateral knee injections to treat patellar tendonitis. … New Orleans shot 50 percent from 3-point range in the first half, hitting 11 of 22, but only 42.9 percent (3 of 7) on free throws.


Warriors: At Memphis on Saturday night.

Pelicans: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

Police body cameras: Money for nothing?


Prompted in part by high-profile complaints about police use of force, the U.S. government in recent years has allocated tens of millions of taxpayer dollars for body cameras for state and local police departments – and those states and municipalities have invested millions of their own dollars as well.

But a study released Friday reveals that body cameras have little to no effect on police behavior. Officers wearing the devices act similarly to those who don’t, the study concludes.

And there is no significant difference in citizen complaints about camera-wearing officers versus those without cameras, the study says.

“Evidence of their effectiveness is limited,” researchers David Yokum, Anita Ravishankar and Alexander Coppock conclude about the cameras in their report, titled, “Evaluating the Effects of Police Body-Worn Cameras.”

The study tracked more than 2,000 Washington, D.C., police officers – half with cameras, half without – for 18 months. The research team then tallied their use-of-force situations, civilian complaints against them, etc., and examined whether cameras affected the results.

But every measure showed the differences to be insignificant.

“The results call into question whether police departments should even be adopting body-worn cameras, especially given their high cost,” Harlan Yu, a consultant with Upturn, a Washington nonprofit that examines technology’s effect on society, told the New York Times. Yu’s group was not involved in the study, the Times says.

“The results call into question whether police departments should even be adopting body-worn cameras, especially given their high cost.”

– Harlan Yu, consultant with Upturn, a nonprofit that examines technology’s effect on society

Police departments investing in body cameras “should not expect dramatic reductions in the use-of-force complaints, or other large-scale shifts in police behavior solely from the deployment of this technology,” study director Yokum, of The Lab @DC, told the Washington Post.

“So if you are a police department thinking that this technology on its own is going to be something to cause big shifts on those two dynamics, this would be a cause to recalibrate your expectations,” Yokum said.

Washington, D.C., police Chief Peter Newsham told the Times he was surprised by the results because he was expecting the use of cameras to at least have an impact on those officers “who might be more inclined to misbehave.”

If the cameras have any value at all, the chief told the Post, it’s likely to be in helping clarify details of controversial cases – such as whether a suspect is armed or not when officers arrive at a crime scene.

Sgt. Matthew Mahl, chairman of the D.C. police labor union, told the Post that he too expected the study’s conclusions to be different.

“I honestly thought that complaints would have come down,” Mahl told the newspaper. “We’re spending all this money to realize that everything is the same. Maybe that’s a good thing, that we’ve been doing things right from the beginning.”

Yankees face elimination again, this time in ALCS Game 7


HOUSTON (AP) — The New York Yankees will have to win one more elimination game to get to their first World Series since 2009.

This time, the Baby Bombers will play a Game 7 after missing a chance to close out the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros.

“I guess it just didn’t feel right,” Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We’ve got to play with our backs against the wall again and see what happens.”

Luis Severino had another abbreviated start in Houston and Aaron Judge struck out two more times to match a major league record for strikeouts in a postseason before a towering home run in the Yankees’ 7-1 loss in Game 6 on Friday night.

New York will have veteran left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound for Game 7 on Saturday night. Sabathia, reliever David Robertson and left fielder Brett Gardner are the only holdovers from the Yankees’ last World Series team eight years ago — in Joe Girardi’s second season as their manager. Sabathia is 10-0 in starts following a Yankees’ loss this year, including Game 3 of the ALCS.

“You never take these opportunities for advantage. That’s why it’s special to pitch and play in October,” said Sabathia, who got a no decision after starting a winner-take-all Division Series clincher in Cleveland. “It will feel good to get out there tomorrow and have an opportunity to try to pitch this team to the World Series.”

With a series lead for the first time this postseason after winning all three ALCS games in the Bronx, the Yankees were again stifled by Justin Verlander — just like in Game 2. The big right-hander didn’t go the distance this time, but he did get his ninth win in nine appearances since being acquired by Houston.

“Verlander was making his pitches, doing what he was doing,” Judge said. “We’ve got a Game 7. … What an opportunity. We wouldn’t want it any other way.”

It will be the first Game 7 for the Yankees since the 2004 ALCS, when the Boston Red Sox came back to claim the AL pennant after losing the first three games in that series.

The Yankees haven’t lost when facing elimination this postseason. After beating Minnesota in the win-or-go-home AL wild-card game, New York lost the first two games in the best-of-five ALDS against Cleveland before winning three straight to advance.

“It’s a situation our guys have been in a lot,” Girardi said. “I think you have to keep tonight’s game in perspective. We still have a shot to do what we want to try to do.”

Judge’s third homer of this series — he hit two in New York — was a soaring shot off reliever Brad Peacock in the eighth projected to 425 feet by Statcast.

But in his other three at-bats, Judge grounded into a double play and struck out twice. That’s 26 strikeouts this postseason for the rookie slugger, matching the record set by Alfonso Soriano while with the Yankees in 2003.

Severino got into trouble against the bottom half of the Astros order in the fifth. After No. 6 batter Alex Bregman walked to lead off, Evan Gattis drew a one-out walk and No. 9 batter Brian McCann got his first hit in the ALCS with a ground-rule double that drove in the first run.

George Springer, the Astros leadoff hitter still hitless in the ALCS, then drew a walk, and Jose Altuve ended an 0-for-12 slide with a two-run single that made it 3-0 and chased Severino.

Severino threw only 62 pitches — exactly half as many as Verlander — in Game 2. The 23-year-old right-hander didn’t even take the mound for the fifth in that game after he uncharacteristically wound his arm several times after giving up a solo homer to Carlos Correa, and was struck on the wrist of his non-throwing hand on the last out.

Robertson gave up a solo homer to Altuve, and four runs without recording an out, in the eighth.

Verlander has thrown 16 scoreless innings in two ALCS wins over the Yankees.

The closest New York came to scoring against him in Game 6 was after Greg Bird drew a walk to lead off the seventh and Starlin Castro was hit by a pitch — though Girardi had to issue a replay challenge after home plate umpire Jim Reynolds initially just called the pitch a ball. The ball clearly hit off Castro’s arm.

But Aaron Hicks struck out and Todd Frazier hit a deep drive to center field, where Springer made a leaping catch on the warning track and came down against the wall. Chase Headley, already with two more hits Friday to give him seven in nine at-bats after starting the postseason 0 for 18, then ended the inning with a groundout.

“Right off the bat, I could have sworn it was going out,” Frazier said.

So did Verlander.

“I thought homer,” Verlander said. “That was obviously one of the big turning moments in the game.”

Verlander, Altuve help Astros top Yanks to force ALCS Game 7


HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander remained perfect with the Houston Astros, pitching seven shutout innings when they needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night that extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine of his outings for the Astros. And with his new club facing playoff elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, the ace right-hander delivered again.

After striking out 13 for a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since agreeing to a trade from Detroit that was completed only seconds before the midnight deadline for postseason eligibility.

For the Astros, it was Just-in time.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers. CC Sabathia is scheduled to start for New York against Charlie Morton in a rematch of Game 3, won 8-1 by Sabathia and the Yankees.

The home team has won every game in the series.

George Springer helped Verlander out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and the Astros up 3-0.

Brian McCann’s RBI ground-rule double in the fifth ended an 0-for-20 slump before Altuve snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a two-run single later in the inning. Altuve hit his fourth homer of the postseason when he connected on a solo shot off David Robertson with no outs in the eighth.

Houston improved to 5-0 at home this postseason after dropping three straight in New York as the Astros chase their second trip to the World Series. Saturday will be just their second Game 7 in franchise history after losing the final game of the 2004 NLCS at St. Louis 5-2.

The Yankees will have to hope that their elimination-game magic continues on Saturday when they look to improve to 5-0 this postseason in such games and advance to the World Series for the first time since 2009.

Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge cut the lead to 3-1 with a homer off Brad Peacock in the eighth. But that came after Judge struck out in two of his first three at-bats to give him 26 this postseason, tying him with Alfonso Soriano for the most strikeouts in one postseason in major league history.

Peacock settled down after the homer by Judge, retiring the next two batters, capped by a strikeout of Gary Sanchez to end the inning. Ken Giles finished it off with a scoreless ninth.

Houston led the majors in scoring during the regular season, but had struggled in this series, managing just nine runs combined in the first five games. Alex Bregman, who changed his walk-up music to Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” on Friday, belted a two-run double in the eighth inning to make it 6-1, giving the Astros more runs than they’d managed in their last three games combined.

Many in the rowdy crowd of 43,179, which included Roger Clemens and former Rockets great Clyde Drexler, held signs and most fans waved orange towels that were handed out at the door. One woman hoisted a sign that read: “Verlander (equals) Victory” and a little boy clutched one that said: “Justin Time” above a crudely drawn clock.

After the Astros got walloped in three games in the Bronx, New York starter Luis Severino kept them off balance early and they didn’t get a hit until a single by Carlos Correa with two outs in the fourth. Bregman walked to start Houston’s fifth before a one-out walk to Evan Gattis. McCann got his first hit of the series with his ground-rule double that made it 1-0 after Houston had gone 15 straight innings without scoring.

Severino walked Springer to load the bases before retiring Josh Reddick. Altuve then sent the first pitch of his at-bat sailing just inches over the glove of Frazier, the third baseman, and into left field to make it 3-0 and chase Severino.

Altuve raised his arms and implored the crowd to get louder as he reached first base, finally breaking out of a rare slump with his first hit since Game 2 of this series. The major league batting champion had failed to get a hit in three straight games just one other time this season. Altuve is 15 for 37 with seven RBIs and six multi-hit games this postseason.

Verlander walked Greg Bird to start the seventh before plunking Starlin Castro on a pitch that manager Joe Girardi asked to be reviewed. Aaron Hicks fought through a 10-pitch at-bat before striking out. Springer’s catch came next, and Frazier waved his hand in disgust as a jubilant Verlander pumped both arms skyward. When he got out of the inning by inducing a groundout from Chase Headley, the he hit his hand into his glove and screamed.

Verlander improved to 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in five career postseason elimination games and ran his streak of scoreless innings in such games to 24 innings.

Severino yielded three hits and three runs while walking four in 4 2/3 innings during his fourth playoff start. He lasted longer than he did in his previous outing, when he was pulled after four innings in New York’s 2-1 loss in Game 2.


Yankees: Sabathia allowed three hits over six shutout innings for the first scoreless start of his postseason career in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. He is 10-0 this season following a Yankees loss, including the playoffs.

Astros: Morton was picked to start Game 7 over Peacock, who pitched in relief on Friday, and Lance McCullers Jr., who threw well in his Game 4 start but would be working on only three days’ rest. Morton was unlucky in his Game 3 outing, when he gave up several soft hits and a three-run homer by Frazier to the opposite field. The right-hander was charged with seven runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Mavericks fall to Kings 93-88 without Dennis Smith Jr.


DALLAS (AP) — George Hill scored 21 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 93-88 on Friday night for their first victory of the season.

Buddy Hield and Zach Randolph each had 13 points, and rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox added nine points and 10 assists as the Kings bounced back from an opening loss to the Houston Rockets.

Harrison Barnes scored 24 points, 16 in the fourth quarter, as Dallas lost back-to-back games to begin the season.

Fox, the fifth overall selection in this year’s draft, was expected to go to head-to-head with fellow rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. But that matchup was squashed when it was announced an hour before the game that Smith, the No. 9 pick, was a late a scratch with swelling in his left knee.

With Smith’s injury and Devin Harris missing the game following the death of his brother, J.J. Barea started at point guard and had nine points and 10 assists for the Mavericks. Yogi Ferrell scored 14 off the bench.

Dirk Nowitzki added 10 points, and reserve Dorian Finney-Smith had 14.

Dallas pulled within two late in the fourth quarter, but Hill hit a 3-pointer with 1:25 remaining to give the Kings an 88-83 lead. Hill also hit a jumper with 16.4 seconds remaining to make it 91-86 after Hield had hustled and tracked down an offensive rebound.

Sacramento outrebounded the Mavericks 41-29.

Dallas kept it close with a 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter after Sacramento built a 71-60 lead at the end of the third quarter.


Kings: Jenny Boucek was added to the coaching staff as an assistant player development coach. Boucek last served as the head coach for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. . Hill tied the game at 46 on a 3 with 0.1 seconds remaining in the first half.

Mavericks: Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Harris could take as much time away from the team as he needed after his brother was killed in a car accident Thursday. … G Gian Cavell was activated Friday with Smith unavailable. Cavell, who is on a two-way contract, had three points.


Kings: Complete a back-to-back on the road against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

Mavericks: Visit the Houston Rockets on Saturday. Houston is without starting point guard Chris Paul (bruised left knee).

Los Sixers no pueden con los Celtics en Philly


Por Miguel Ángel Martín, Columnista de Sixers.com 

Los Sixers debutaron en casa ante el eterno rival de división, de conferencia y de toda la NBA… los Celtics. Si cualquier partido ante Boston es un partido especial, si además se trata del debut en la temporada de los Sixers en casa, todo adquiere un carácter aun más especial si cabe. 

Fue un partido lleno de nervios y de un bajo promedio de acierto en tiros de campo, quizás por querer la victoria los Sixers en casa, quizás porque los Celtics querían lograr por fin la primera victoria de la temporada, después de todo lo pasado en el comienzo de campaña. 

Prueba de ello fue el 37.7 por ciento de acierto en tiros de campo para los Sixers en los tres primeros cuartos, además de un 34.6 por ciento de acierto en triples y un 78.6 por ciento de acierto en tiros libres. Mientras que los Celtics llegaron al último cuarto de partido con 36.4 por ciento en tiros de campo, 28.6 por ciento en triples y 62.5 por ciento en tiros libres. 

Esto, junto con hecho de no poder aprovechar las oportunidades que tuvieron ambos equipos para romper el partido, cuando ambos tuvieron ventajas cercanas a los 10 puntos, dejaron el partido muy abierto, de cara a afrontar el último cuarto (tan solo tres puntos de ventaja para Philadelphia, con 12 minutos para jugar). 

Sin embargo, los Celtics estuvieron muy acertados en el tiro en el último cuarto y eso les terminó danto la victoria a los de verde (102-92), llegando a anotar más de 30 puntos en el momento decisivo, algo que no había logrado hacer en ninguno de los primeros tres periodos (24 puntos en primer periodo, 22 en el segundo. 23 en el tercero y 33 puntos en el último cuarto). 

Todo lo contrario a los Sixers, que en el último cuarto se dejaron la ventaja que llevaban desde buena parte del segundo periodo, hasta el inicio del último parcial y anotando en el momento decisivo menos que el cualquier otro cuarto del partido (21 puntos en el primer periodo, 29 en el segundo, 22 en el tercero y tan solo 20 puntos en el último). 

Otros factores que terminaron resultando decisivo fueron los rebotes que obtuvieron unos y otros. Mientras que los Celtics capturando un total de 55 rebotes, por los 47 de los Sixers, llegando a ser la diferencia entre ambos equipos, mayor de la que fue al final del partido. También destacar la agresividad en defensa de los Sixers, a la hora de tratar de puntear los tiros exteriores de los Celtics, que provocaron bastantes faltas. Aunque Boston no estuvo demasiado fino desde la línea de tiros libres, lo cierto es que obtuvieron bastantes oportunidades de anotar por ello.    

Otra vez la inexperiencia se hizo notar y le dio el triunfo a los más veteranos y a priori más favoritos, en detrimento de los Sixers (como ocurriese en la capital federal). 

El máximo anotador del partido fue J.J. Redick. El escolta de los Sixers se acercó a la veintena de puntos, terminando el partido con 19 puntos, gracias a un 7-16 en tiros de campo y en donde destacó el 4-7 en triples que tuvo en el partido. Completó su actuación con cuatro asistencias. Sigue demostrando que el más sólido revulsivo del equipo en el tiro exterior.  

También estuvo acertado en el tiro Jerryd Bayless, que terminó el encuentro con 18 puntos y un 7-12 en tiros de campo, incluyendo un 4-6 en triples, que ayudó al equipo a mantener las opciones de victoria, buena parte del partido. 

Ben Simmons terminó el encuentro 11 puntos (4-16 en tiros de campo, con un 3-6 en tiros libres), además de haber logrado 10 rebotes, por lo que logró de nuevo un doble-doble y se convirtió en el primer rookie de la historia de los Sixers en lograr un doble-doble, en el sus dos primeros partidos de profesional en la NBA. 

Por su parte, Joel Embiid no estuvo demasiado acertado en los casi treinta minutos que estuvo en pista frente a los Celtics. El center camerunés apenas pudo superar la decena de puntos (11 en total), gracias a un 4-16 en tiros de campo (y un 0-6 en triples), aunque si pudo ayudar al equipo en los rebotes defensivos, con un total de 12. Pero no pudo capturar ni un solo rebote ofensivo y eso también lo notó el equipo. Sumó 2 tapones, para terminar de completar su estadística. 

Tampoco estuvieron acertados en el tiros ni Dario Saric (9 puntos con un 4-10 en tiros de campo y un 0-4 en triples), ni Markelle Fultz (6 puntos con un 2-9 en tiros de campo). Aunque quien si pudo superar la decena de puntos anotados fue Roberto Covington, aunque no estuvo tan acertado con el debut en la temporada de los Sixers, en la capital federal. Se marchó del Wells Fargo Center con 12 puntos, en un 5-10 en tiros de campo y 2-6 en triples. 

Hay que esperar para lograr el primer triunfo del año. Esperemos que llegue mañana, ante los Raptors en Toronto. 

Hasta pronto desde España. 

Yankees-Astros ALCS Game 6: In Real Life


The Astros defeated the Yankees, 7-1, on Friday night in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, forcing a decisive Game 7 tonight (8 p.m. ET/FS1) in Houston.

Yanks confident giving ball to CC in Game 7


Now that there will be a deciding Game 7 after the Yankees’ 7-1 loss in Game 6 on Friday, New York at least has the peace of mind knowing it will be turning to veteran left-hander CC Sabathia to face the Astros in the final game of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

LeBron's 24 points, Love's double-double lead Cavs over Bucks, 116-97


MILWAUKEE (AP) — LeBron James and Kevin Love took care of the paint. Once Kyle Korver got going from 3-point range, the Cleveland Cavaliers became nearly unstoppable.

James had 24 points and eight assists, Korver hit three straight 3s during a decisive third-quarter run and the Cavaliers beat the Bucks 116-97 on Friday night to spoil Milwaukee’s home opener.

Love added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs. Their 15-5 spurt over the final 4:25 of the third quarter, sparked by Korver’s long-range shooting, opened a 13-point lead. They led by double digits most of the rest the way.

“Kyle, he came out and he really gave us a spark shooting the basketball,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “With his movement and him running around, he kind of throws defenses off.”

And the Cavs handed Milwaukee its first loss of the season. The defending Eastern Conference champions opened with a second straight victory over an East contender after beating Boston in their home opener.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetopounmpo had 34 points on 15-of-22 shooting, along with eight rebounds and eight assists. Malcolm Brogdon was the only other Buck in double digits with 16 points.

Antetopounmpo, as usual, wheeled his 6-foot-11 frame into the lane for an array of athletic buckets . But the Cavs limited nearly everyone else after doing a better job of closing out on 3-point shooters.

“We executed the defensive plan that our coaches gave us. The results were us getting a big win on the road,” James said.

The Cavs were 2 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half, but powered their way to a 55-49 halftime lead by attacking the basket . They were nearly unstoppable once they found their shot from long range.

“Against good teams, you have to give up something, and the 2s weren’t what hurt us. The 3s did,” coach Jason Kidd said.

At one point, James hesitated for a couple seconds after being left alone at the top of the 3-point arc. Antetopounmpo then took a couple steps out from near the bucket before James hit the open look for a 101-86 lead with 6:19 left.

“It’s a lot tougher, we gave them a lot of open looks,” Antetopounmpo said about defending the Cavs once they start hitting from 3. “You’re chasing guys to the 3-point line and the paint gets wide open so you get easy layups and it’s hard to defend, it’s harder to rebound.”


Cavaliers: Six Cavs scored in double figures. … After hitting at least 10 3s in all four meetings last season with Milwaukee, the Cavaliers finished 11 of 26 from behind the arc. They were 9 of 16 in the second half. … Cleveland missed its first eight 3-pointers before Korver hit two in a row in late in the second quarter. … Love had an active first half with 13 points and six rebounds.

Bucks: Brogdon and Tony Snell (nine points) combined to start 3 of 5 from 3-point range in the first quarter, converting on open looks after defenders converged on driving teammates in the lane. The Bucks cooled off and went 3 of 16 the rest of the first half from behind the arc. … The team signed F Joel Bolomboy to a two-way contract. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds as a rookie last season for Utah.


Lue is still figuring out the rotation with three new starters. Korver was one of the biggest beneficiaries after not taking a shot in 7 minutes in the opener against Boston. Korver finished with 17 points and was 5 of 6 from 3-point territory.

“I hadn’t had a shot yet. The season’s got to start at some point, right?” Korver asked rhetorically. “Why not right now?”


Cavs G Derrick Rose (12 points) had a sore ankle during a play in which he was fouled under the bucket by Bucks C Greg Monroe. Lue said that backup Jose Calderon would likely start on Saturday against Orlando.


The game marked the final opener in the Bucks’ 30th season playing at the Bradley Center. A new arena on an adjacent lot is scheduled to open for next season.


Cavaliers: Host Orlando on Saturday night.

Bucks: Host Portland on Saturday night.

ALCS Game 6: Sabathia postgame interview


Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia talks about starting Game 7 of the American League Championship Series vs. the Astros on Saturday.

WS berth on line in Game 7 for Yankees, Astros


It all comes down to Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World on Saturday after the Astros topped the Yankees in Game 6. CC Sabathia gets the nod after defeating Houston in Game 3, tossing six scoreless innings. The Astros avoided elimination with a 7-1 victory on Game 6. The Astros enter the game 5-0 at home in the postseason this month. Charlie Morton, who lost Game 3, gets the nod in Game 7.

ALCS Game 6: Girardi postgame interview


Yankees manager Joe Girardi talks about his club’s 7-1 loss to the Astros in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night.

Your brain knows when you've just died, researchers say


Researchers at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine said in an interview that people who’ve temporarily died are aware that their life has ended, and might be able to hear a doctor announcing their death.

Scientists at the New York City school told the Independent newspaper that they’re studying patients who’ve suffered cardiac arrest but have been revived. These doctors say some survivors recall vivid conversations that went on around them — even several minutes after they were pronounced dead.

The paper defined death as the stage where the heart no longer beats and “blood flow to the brain” cuts off. Live Science reported that the cerebral cortex also slows down instantly and within two to 20 seconds flatlines.

“You lose all your brain stem reflexes,” Dr. Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation at the school, told the paper. “Your gag reflex, your pupil reflex, all that is gone.”

The evidence reportedly suggests a surge of brain activity immediately after a near-death experience.

“What tends to happen is that people who’ve had these very profound experiences may come back positively transformed — they become more altruistic, more engaged with helping others. They find a new meaning to life having had an encounter with death,” Parnia said. “But there isn’t like a sudden magical enhancement of their memories,” he added. “That’s just Hollywood jazz.”

Yanks can’t close out ALCS; G7 on Saturday


Another dominant performance by Justin Verlander saved the Astros’ season for at least one more day and forced a Game 7 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, posting a 7-1 victory Friday night in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park.

Yanks could turn to CC for Game 7 start


Now that there will be a deciding Game 7 after the Yankees’ 7-1 loss in Game 6 on Friday, New York at least has the peace of mind knowing it can turn to veteran left-hander CC Sabathia to face the Astros in the final game of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

Google parent Alphabet turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico


Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.

Two of the search giant’s “Project Loon” balloons are already over the country enabling texts, emails and basic web access to AT&T customers with handsets that use its 4G LTE network.

The balloons — called HBAL199 and HBAL237 — are more than 60,000 feet (18,000 meters) above land, according to FlightRadar24.com . They navigate using an algorithm that puts them in the best position to deliver signal by rising and falling to ride wind currents. They are also solar-powered and only provide signal during the day

Several more balloons are on their way from Nevada, and Alphabet has been authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to send up to 30 balloons to serve the hard-hit area, according to Libby Leahy, spokeswoman for Alphabet’s X, its division for futuristic technologies.

Project Loon head Alastair Westgarth said in a blog post that Project Loon is “still an experimental technology and we’re not quite sure how well it will work,” though it has been tested since last year in Peru following flooding there.

Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of 3.4 million people since making landfall last month. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Friday the death toll had risen to 49. Less than a fifth of the island has electricity, half its cellphone towers are still not functioning, schools are closed and more than 4,000 are in shelters, according to a government website .

AT&T spokesman Jeffrey Kobs said the company has set up 14 temporary cell sites, and as of Friday more than 60 percent of the population was connected via mobile network, in part due to the help of humanitarian and government groups and Project Loon.

Other technology companies such as Cisco, Facebook and Tesla have also pledged help or have sent teams to the island to improve communications and restore power.

After strong 1st period Panthers lose to Penguins giving up 4 goals


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Conor Sheary scored a power-play goal with 2:53 left to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Sheary backhanded the puck past James Reimer.

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, and Sidney Crosby and Carter Rowney also scored for the Penguins. Matthew Murray stopped 28 shots, and Phil Kessell had two assists.

MacKenzie Weegar scored his first NHL goal and Aleksander Barkov and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Panthers. Reimer, who came in to relieve an injured Robert Luongo with 15:14 left in the third, made 11 stops.

Luongo made 33 saves before he left with a hand injury. He was hurt when Sheary backed into him, forcing his right hand hard against the post.

The Panthers tied it at 3 on Weegar’s goal with 10:41 left. Weegar shot from the point and beat Murray.

Crosby’s power-play goal put the Penguins ahead 3-2. He redirected a pass from Malkin past Luongo at 11:12 of the second. Crosby has goals in three consecutive games.

Trailing 2-0, Pittsburgh scored two goals in 27 seconds in the second period.

The Penguins closed to 2-1 on Malkin’s goal power-play goal. Malkin took a pass from Kessel and slid the puck past Luongo at 2:14

Rowney tied it after the puck bounced off defenseman Michael Haley’s skate.

The Penguins took 22 shots in the second, a season high.

The Panthers scored two goals in a 1:34 span in the first.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead 4:15 in, the first time the Panthers scored the opening goal of the game this season. McGinn poked in a rebound on Murray’s stick side.

Barkov stretched the lead to 2-0 when he scored his first goal of the season. Keith Yandle passed from the high slot to Barkov low in the right circle. His angled shot snuck between Murray’s glove and the post at 5:49.


Crosby has goals in five straight games against the Panthers (eight total) and 17 points in his last nine games against them. … Penguins D Zach Trotman was recalled from WilkesBarre/Scranton of the AHL on Thursday but was scratched Friday. … Weegar made his first appearance of the season for the Panthers after being a healthy scratch the first five games.


Panthers: At Washington on Saturday night.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


NEW YORK (AP) — Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders’ victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City’s Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

“You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. … You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved.”

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland’s active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders’ game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.

$417M Johnson & Johnson baby powder court decision tossed


A Los Angeles judge has tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson baby powder for feminine hygiene.

The judge on Friday granted the company a new trial, saying there were errors in the previous case that ended with the award two months ago.

Eva Echeverria, who used the powder for decades, alleged that the company failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks.

Although Echeverria has died, her attorney, Mark Robinson Jr., says he’ll appeal the reversal.

New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson denies its product is carcinogenic and says it’s pleased with the decision.

The company is facing hundreds of similar lawsuits. On Tuesday, a Missouri appellate court threw out a $72 million award

Judge breaks up shutout with massive homer


Aaron Judge showed off his immense power yet again, as the slugger connected on the hardest-hit homer of the postseason with his solo blast in the eighth inning off reliever Brad Peacock that had an exit velocity of 112.1 mph in Friday’s Game 6 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.