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LEADING OFF: Kershaw vs Gio and the bullpen as NLCS begins

A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday: STARTING OFF Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez and — more notably — Milwaukee‘s deep bullpen. Josh Hader and the rest of the club’s lights-out relievers have helped the Brewers win 11 straight … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Kershaw vs Gio and the bullpen as NLCS begins

LYON, France | Wife says Interpol officer sent knife image as danger signal

LYON, France — The wife of the missing president of Interpol says her husband sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared during a trip to their native China. Making her first public comments on the mystery surrounding Meng Hongwei’s whereabouts, Grace Meng told reporters in Lyon, France on Sunday she thinks the … Continue reading LYON, France | Wife says Interpol officer sent knife image as danger signal

LOS ANGELES | Kershaw: No gut punch in not starting Game 1 of NLDS

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw says he accepts the reasons he was given for not starting Game 1 of the National League Division Series. Whether the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner agrees with them may be altogether different. The Los Angeles Dodgers chose to go with Hyun-Jin Ryu in their series opener against the … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Kershaw: No gut punch in not starting Game 1 of NLDS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Eric Reid undecided on protests, won’t drop grievance vs NFL

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Eric Reid says he has not made up his mind how he’ll protest racial injustices in the future and that he is not dropping his collusion grievance against the NFL. Reid signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday and in his first public comments since rejoining the NFL, he said … Continue reading CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Eric Reid undecided on protests, won’t drop grievance vs NFL

WASHINGTON | Mattis: Afghans boost troop vetting after insider attacks

WASHINGTON — The Afghan military has increased its vetting of local forces working with American troops as a result of recent insider attacks that killed two U.S. service members, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis was making his first public comments about his meetings in Afghanistan last week when he raised the issue with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis: Afghans boost troop vetting after insider attacks

MANCHESTER, England | Ferguson ‘humble’ in first comments since brain surgery

MANCHESTER, England — Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has thanked medical staff in his first public comments since emergency brain surgery in May. Ferguson, who has been recovering at home, released a video message through the club on Thursday. The 76-year-old Ferguson, who looks well in the video, says: “Believe me, without those people, … Continue reading MANCHESTER, England | Ferguson ‘humble’ in first comments since brain surgery