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Los Angeles Angels Name Brad Ausmus As Their New Manager

Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced on Sunday the hiring of Brad Ausmus as the Angels’ new manager. Ausmus served as his special assistant last season and replaces Mike Scioscia, who left the club earlier this month after 19 seasons in charge. Scioscia is the winningest manager in franchise history. Ausmus is a former big league catcher who spent four seasons as the Detroit Tigers’ manager from 2014-17. The Tigers won the AL Central in his first season but went just 314-332 throughout his years as manager. ...Read more

Cincinnati Bengals Linebacker Vontaze Burfict Fined $112K For Illegal Hits Against Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was not suspended for two unnecessary roughness calls last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he was just fined $112,000 by the NFL on Saturday. Burfict committed the personal fouls on hits against receiver Antonio Brown, and running back James Conner. Burfict, in his seventh season, is the most fined player in the NFL paying $415,637. He has now been fined 11 times. He has also been suspended six games, including a three-game ban after an illegal hit on Brown in a 2016 playoff game. ...Read more

Boston Red Sox Defeat Houston Astros To Win ALCS And Advance To World Series

Boston pitcher David Price shut out the Houston Astros for six innings Thursday night, taking the Red Sox to a 4-1 victory and clinching the pennant in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.  33-year-old Price pitched on three days’ rest, and struck out nine, walked none and allowed three hits, with 65 of his 93 pitches going for strikes.  J.D. Martinez homered in the third inning off Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, pushing the Red Sox ahead, 1-0, and then third baseman Rafael Devers delivered a three-run HR to put Boston ahead 4-0.  Astros Marwin González hit a solo home run off Matt Barnes, who relieved Price in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough to come back against Boston. ...Read more

NBA G League To Offer $125K Contracts To Elite Prospects

The NBA “G League” is planning to offer an option to players who are not yet eligible for the NBA draft a chance to turn pro out of high school, in order to avoid the college “one-and-done” route. Players will be eligible to sign a “select contract” if they turn 18 by Sept. 15 prior to the season that they would spend in the G League. The league said on Thursday, that it is establishing a working group to identify players who could be offered the contract. The $125,000 contracts will be made available to elite prospects. Players are not eligible to enter the NBA draft until one year after high school. The G League contracts will start being available for the 2019-20 season. ...Read more

Dodgers Best Brewers With 5-2 Win In Game 5 Of NLCS

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one win away from the World Series, having taken Game 5 from the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-2 win. Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw bounced back from a rough Game 1 outing to allow only one run allowed in seven innings. Yasiel Puig went 2-for-2 off the bench, including a clutch RBI single in the sixth inning, to help Los Angeles build a 3-2 lead in the Series The series now returns to Milwaukee for Game 6 on Friday. Wade Miley will likely start for the Brewers, while Hyun-Jin Ryu will be starting for the Dodgers. ...Read more

Canelo Alvarez Signs Record-Setting Contract With DAZN

Boxer Canelo Alvarez has signed a five-year, 11-fight contract worth a minimum of $365 million with new sports streaming service DAZN. The deal was finalized early Wednesday morning, making Alvarez the richest athlete contract in sports history. Alvarez, who’s part of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, is the unified middleweight world champio, and has a 50-1-2 record — his only loss coming against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013. Alvarez also defeated Gennady Golovkin last month in a battle featuring two of boxing’s biggest superstars. With HBO recently announcing its plan to no longer provide boxing coverage by the end of 2018, DAZN hopes to step up. Alvarez will next fight Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York. ...Read more

L.A. Dodgers Beat Milwaukee Brewers To Even NLCS At 2-2

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 in 13 innings to take Game 4 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night; the series is not even at two games each. Dodgers 1st baseman Cody Bellinger clinched the winning run with a walk-off single in the 13th inning that scored Manny Machado from second base, this after the teams were stuck at 1-1 from the top of the fifth inning. The Dodgers will host Game 5 today, Wednesday October 17, at 5:05 p.m. ET. ...Read more

Red Sox Pitcher Chris Sale Uncertain For Game 5 Of ALCS; Boston Takes 2-1 Lead In Series

Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale was released from a Boston-area hospital Monday morning and will rejoin the team Tuesday after dealing with a stomach illness, the team announced. Manager Alex Cora said he does not know if Sale will be ready for Thursday’s Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. If Sale can’t start Thursday, Cora said he could go with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez or make it a bullpen game, or “all of the above,” the manager said. Rick Porcello is the scheduled Game 4 starter; when asked if everyone other than Sale was available out of the bullpen for Game 3, Cora smiled and said, “Rick is the starter tomorrow. Rick. So we’ll maneuver it.” As of Tuesday night’s game, the Red Sox have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. ...Read more

Milwaukee Brewers Take 2-1 Lead In NLCS Against LA Dodgers With 4-0 Win In Game 3

The Milwaukee Brewers took a 4-0 win against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS on Monday in Los Angeles. Ryan Braun gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead with an RBI single off of Walker Buehler in the top of the first inning. Buehler threw a wild pitch in the sixth inning for the Brewers’ second run, and Orlando Arcia’s seventh inning, two-run homer was all the Brewers needed to shut the Dodgers down. Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin allowed three hits and had six strikeouts in 5.1 shutout innings before being relieved in the sixth inning. The Brewers’ bullpen nailed down the win by allowing just two hits and tossing eight strikeouts over the final 3.2 innings. The Brewers now lead the series 2-1. Game 4 of the NLCS is set for tonight in Los Angeles. ...Read more