Saturday , 20 October 2018

National Sports

Flexing its muscle: NFL shifts Bengals-Chiefs to prime time

It’s been awhile since the NFL flexed a game to Sunday night. The Bengals vs. Chiefs is a worthy choice. No games were moved from day to night last season, except for the final weekend, when all games are scheduled for the afternoon until the league and NBC figure out what is most attractive for prime time. In 2016, there …

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KU, UK top college basketball preseason power rankings

The college basketball preseason is just a little bit better when there’s a debate for No. 1, isn’t it? Last year, the preseason favorite heading into the season was pretty clear. Arizona and Michigan State had strong cases, but once Marvin Bagley III decided in August to join Duke, the Blue Devils became the front-runners nationally. This summer saw something …

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Aguilar, Brewers beat Dodgers 7-2, send NLCS to Game 7

Ryan Braun slid across home plate and raised his arms in sheer joy. A big lead, a bruising bullpen and a boisterous crowd have the Milwaukee Brewers all set up for Game 7. Jesus Aguilar sparked Milwaukee’s slumping lineup with three RBIs on a pair of two-out hits, and the Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Friday night …

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Butler leads T-wolves with 33 points in 131-123 win vs. Cavs

Jimmy Butler’s trade request last month instantly turned him from fan favorite to scorned superstar in Minnesota. With some hustle steals and highlight-reel baskets, he quickly had the crowd at the home opener on his side. Butler brushed off some early jeers, scoring 33 points in 36 minutes to lead the Timberwolves past the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-123 on Friday night. …

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Dodgers' Machado whiffs on chance to silence Game 6 boos

Manny Machado egged on the booing crowd as he retreated down the dugout steps following a first-inning strikeout, raising two arms in front of him in the air. The jeers kept coming for the Los Angeles Dodgers star. So did the outs. Machado went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in a 7-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday …

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Kawhi Leonard scores 31 points, Raptors beat Celtics 113-101

Kawhi Leonard isn’t quite back up to speed after missing most of last season. That’s just fine with the Toronto Raptors. They are plenty happy with the way Leonard is playing right now. Leonard had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Serge Ibaka added 21 points and the Raptors beat the Boston Celtics 113-101 on Friday night in an early matchup …

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Huberdeau, Panthers beat Capitals for first win of season

A dominant first period and a three-goal lead had the Florida Panthers feeling a little too good about cruising toward their first victory of the season. “You feel comfortable, but I think we can’t feel too comfortable,” forward Jonathan Huberdeau said. The Panthers blew that lead and allowed the tying goal with 85 seconds left in regulation before Huberdeau scored …

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Jimmy Butler booed by Target Center crowd at Wolves' opener

It was a generally unpleasant mood at Target Center as the crowd also heavily booed coach and team president Tom Thibodeau during introductions and visiting Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who requested a trade away from Minnesota four years ago. Butler, who demanded a trade from the Wolves last month, also declined to acknowledge or shake hands with team owner …

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Joe Girardi pulls name from Reds' manager search, reports say

Girardi, 54, reportedly was one of three candidates to be considered for second interviews, along with Brad Ausmus and David Bell. The Athletic, which first reported Girardi’s withdrawal, reported Friday that he plans to remain with MLB Network for now but still wants to manage. Girardi also reportedly has interviewed for the Texas Rangers’ managerial vacancy. Girardi, who had a 15-year …

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AP Source: Raiders RB Lynch to miss month with groin injury

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch will miss at least a month because of a groin injury. A person familiar with the injury said Friday that an MRI this week determined the severity of the injury. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made any announcement. NFL Network first reported the diagnosis. Lynch was hurt …

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