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BOSTON | Cora: MVP favorite Betts could play 2B in World Series

BOSTON  — With a championship at stake, MVP favorite Mookie Betts is ready to do anything manager Alex Cora asks. Even if that means dusting off his infielder’s mitt. Cora said Saturday he may use the Gold Glove Award-winning right fielder at second base during the World Series, a move that would make space for … Continue reading BOSTON | Cora: MVP favorite Betts could play 2B in World Series

KANSAS CITY, Kan. | Bubble drivers have high hopes for Kansas elimination race

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  — Ryan Blaney felt good about his chances of advancing to the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs even before he qualified fourth for the elimination race at Kansas Speedway. Yes, he is 22 points outside the cutoff line. Yes, he has to leapfrog a couple of other guys to make the final … Continue reading KANSAS CITY, Kan. | Bubble drivers have high hopes for Kansas elimination race

LEADING OFF: Red Sox ready for Astros, Yanks begin offseason

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: MOVING ON The Red Sox are set for a postseason rematch with the World Series champion Astros. Boston eliminated the Yankees with a dramatic 4-3 victory Tuesday night in Game 4 of their AL Division Series, and now rookie manager Alex Cora and his club will … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Red Sox ready for Astros, Yanks begin offseason

SEATTLE | Kevin Durant feels the love in NBA’s return to Seattle

SEATTLE — Kevin Durant got off the bus inside the loading dock of KeyArena about two hours before tipoff and made a quick glance toward the court, visible through the tunnel. He was back where his NBA career began more than a decade ago. “Definitely a different feeling pulling up into the arena and down … Continue reading SEATTLE | Kevin Durant feels the love in NBA’s return to Seattle

LEADING OFF: Astros, Indians buck opener trend; Yanks-Sox

A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday: NO OPENERS NEEDED Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber will start the AL Division Series between the Astros and Indians at Minute Maid Park in a matchup that figures to buck the October trend of bullpen “openers.” Verlander, a 14-year veteran, believes the … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Astros, Indians buck opener trend; Yanks-Sox

HOUSTON | Rockets hope ‘Melo can help them to 1st title since 1995

HOUSTON — Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta didn’t waste any time telling Carmelo Anthony why he wanted him on his team. “I’ll tell you exactly what I told him,” Fertitta said Monday. “‘We couldn’t win a championship without you last year. And if we win a championship with you this year you’re going to be … Continue reading HOUSTON | Rockets hope ‘Melo can help them to 1st title since 1995

The Latest: In Toronto, Kawhi Leonard speaks for first time

The Latest on NBA media day from around the league on Monday (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Kawhi Leonard knows that people want to know his future plans. He’s more focused on the here and now. Leonard spoke out as a member of the Toronto Raptors for the first time on Monday, and one of … Continue reading The Latest: In Toronto, Kawhi Leonard speaks for first time

SONOMA, Calif. | Scott Dixon adds 5th IndyCar championship to resume

SONOMA, Calif. — Scott Dixon was fully reclined, quietly watching NASCAR on television with friends, as the clock inched toward the IndyCar season finale. A fifth championship was one steady Sunday drive away and Dixon wasn’t the least bit stressed. Dixon needed only an uneventful Sunday at Sonoma Raceway to win the championship and sealed … Continue reading SONOMA, Calif. | Scott Dixon adds 5th IndyCar championship to resume