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Atlanta Braves Clinch NL East; NY Yankees Claim AL Wild Card

The Atlanta Braves clinched their first NL East crown since 2013, with Mike Foltynewicz taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta makes its first postseason appearance since 2013 on Oct. 4 in the NL Division Series. The Braves won their 18th division title, tying the New York Yankees for the most in the majors since division play began in 1969. Meanwhile, Aaron Hicks of the NY Yankees doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning off Paul Fry (0-2), and New York clinched an AL wild card spot. The Yankees will play the wild-card game on October 3rd, most likely against Oakland. The Yankees remained 1½ games ahead of the Athletics for home-field advantage are are 53-27 at home this season. ...Read more

Karl-Anthony Towns Agrees To $190 Million Extension With Minnesota Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns has agreed to a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.Towns hasn’t missed a game in his three seasons in the league, and averaged 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in the 2017-18 season. In a statement, Towns said, “On June 25, 2015, I was drafted to and committed to the Minnesota Timberwolves. On September 22, 2018, I made a recommitment to the Wolves and have the same feelings of excitement that I felt back in 2015.” Towns was the number 1 overall pick out of Kentucky, and he earned the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year award. He led the Wolves to their first Western Conference playoffs in 13 seasons this past year, as well as making the Western Conference All-Stars. ...Read more

All-Star Forward Jimmy Butler Requests Trade From Minnesota Timberwolves

Following a meeting with Minnesota Timberwolves officials, All-Star forward Jimmy Butler has requested a trade after playing just one season with the team. However, reports state that Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau is not ready to part ways with Butler just yet. Despite missing 23 regular season games in 2017-18, Butler earned All-NBA Third Team honors for the second consecutive season; posting averages of 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Minnesota was 37-25 with Butler in the lineup and 10-13 without him. In the 2018 post-season, the 29-year-old averaged a team-high 15.8 points along with 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists over five games. ...Read more

UFC’s Jon Jones Suspended 15 Months By USADA

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been given a 15-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and will be able to return to the octagon by October 28th. Jones tested positive for metabolites of an anabolic steroid in July 2017, less than a month after winning the light heavyweight title by knocking out Daniel Cormier in the second round at UFC 214. Jones has already served almost 14 months, since his suspension is retroactive to the date of the test.  In order to regain his fight license, Jones must complete three months community service and pay a previously ordered $205,000 fine. Jones posted on his Twitter soon after the news broke saying he plans on going after the title. UFC 230 is slated for November 3 in Madison Square Garden; Jones would be eligible to fight on that card, but UFC president Dana White spoke said that Jones will likely return in 2019. ...Read more

Tampa Bay Bucs QB Jameis Winston Sued by Uber Driver Over Incident

The female Uber driver who accused Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston of groping her has filed a lawsuit against him. The plaintiff, identified as “Kate P.”, is seeking more than $75,000 in damages in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Arizona. Winston is serving a three-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. He is set to return from his ban following the Buccaneers’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. The NFL investigated the incident for eight months before concluding that Winston was involved in detrimental conduct by “touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent and that disciplinary action was necessary and appropriate.” In Winston’s absence on the field, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown for 819 yards to go along with eight passing touchdowns and a rushing score for the Buccaneers (2-0).  Winston became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. He was hampered by a shoulder injury in 2017. ...Read more

Philadelphia 76ers Promote Elton Brand For Vacant GM Role

The Philadelphia 76ers hired Elton Brand as general manager on Tuesday. Brand beat out several more-experienced candidates inside and outside the Sixers organization, sources said. Brand, 39, had been recently promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations after serving the past year as GM of the Sixers’ G League affiliate in Delaware. After retiring as a player in 2016, he spent two years in the organization. Among those considered for the vacant GM role were Utah Jazz assistant GM Justin Zanik, Houston Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas and assistant Golden State Warriors GM Larry Harris. Brand replaces coach Brett Brown, who had been the interim GM since Bryan Colangelo resigned in June. Brand was the No. 1 overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 1999 NBA draft, and he made two All-Star appearances in 16 seasons. He signed a five-year, $82 million free-agent deal with Philadelphia in 2008 but was marred by injury. He returned to Philadelphia in 2015 as a player and retired there in 2016. ...Read more

New Orleans Pelicans Bringing Back Veteran Guard Jarrett Jack

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to terms on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract with guard Jarrett Jack. Jack, who turns 35 next month, has played 13 years in the NBA, including two stints with New Orleans. He also has played for Portland, Indiana, Toronto, Golden State, Cleveland, Brooklyn and New York. Jack averaged nearly 11 points per game throughout his career and averaged a career-best 15.6 points in the 2011-12 season with New Orleans. Jack’s contract is not guaranteed, meaning he’ll have to compete for a roster spot in training camp, beginning next week. ...Read more

Chair Umpire Who Gave Nick Kyrgios “Pep Talk” At U.S. Open Suspended By ATP

The ATP Tour said on Tuesday that the Swedish chair umpire who gave a pep talk to Australian Nick Kyrgios during a U.S. Open match this year has been suspended without pay for two weeks. Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani got down from his chair to offer some words of encouragement to Kyrgios who was playing Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in New York nearly three weeks ago. Lahyani reportedly told him “I want to help you” and “I’ve seen your matches: you’re great for tennis … I know this is not you.” Kyrgios’s level of play rose dramatically after the incident and he went on to win the match in four sets. An internal ATP review decided Lahyani’s actions were deemed to have compromised the impartiality required of an official. Lahyani, who was next scheduled to work at the China Open and Shanghai Masters, will return to the umpire’s chair during the Oct. 15-21 Stockholm Open. ...Read more

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz Cleared To Start Week 3 Against The Indianapolis Colts

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was cleared for contact Monday and will start the team’s Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Coach Doug Pederson made the announcement at his day-after news conference. Wentz suffered a multi-ligament knee injury on Dec. 10 against the Los Angeles Rams, tearing both the ACL and LCL in his left knee. ACL recovery typically takes nine to 12 months. The nine-month mark from the date of Wentz’s surgery was last Thursday. Nick Foles, who helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl while filling in for Wentz late last season, has not played at a Super Bowl MVP level in his two games this season, but the team is in good shape at 1-1. Wentz was a regular-season MVP candidate in 2017 before getting injured. He finished second in the NFL with 33 touchdown passes despite missing the last three-plus games. ...Read more

Minnesota Vikings Cut Rookie Kicker Daniel Carlson After 3 Missed Field Goals In Game Against Packers

The Minnesota Vikings have cut ties with kicker Daniel Carlson one day after he went 0-for-3 on field goals against the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota is replacing the rookie with veteran kicker Dan Bailey. The Vikings also announced the signing of wide receiver Aldrick Robinson Carlson missed field goals from 48, 49 and 35 yards out in the Vikings 29-29 overtime tie against the Packers. After his first field goal attempt in OT sailed wide right, Minnesota went back to Carlson to kick a 35-yard would-be game-winner. Postgame, Carlson hinted that nerves likely played a role in missing his final kick. “It feels terrible. Obviously I let my team down,” Carlson said. “That last one was probably more just confidence after missing twice early. That’s frustrating. That shorter one I should never miss like that.” ...Read more