Marquez wins MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan
France's MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo (left),
Spain's MotoGP rider Marc Marquez (center) and Italy's MotoGP rider
Andrea Dovizioso pose for photographs during the award ceremony of the
MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in
Motegi, north of Tokyo, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Christopher
Japan (AP) — Marc Marquez of Spain held off an early challenge from
second place finisher Fabio Quartararo to win the MotoGP Grand Prix of
Japan on Sunday.
Marquez started from pole and
briefly gave up the lead to Yamaha rider Quartararo on the opening lap
at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit.
The Honda rider, who clinched
his eighth MotoGP world title in Thailand on Oct. 6, quickly regained
the lead on the opening lap and held on for the remaining 23 to finish
with a time of 42 minutes, 41.492 seconds, less than a second ahead of
Quartararo. Andrea Dovizioso was third, 1.325 seconds back of Marquez on
With the win, his 10th of the
season, Marquez also secured the manufacturers' title for Honda.
Andrea Iannone on an Aprilia and
Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi both crashed out of Sunday's race but were
not seriously injured.
South Africa reeling vs India at stumps on day 2 of 3rd test
India's Umesh Yadav, third right, celebrates with teammates the
dismissal of South Africa's Quinton de Kock, right, during the second
day of third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa
in Ranchi, India, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
RANCHI, India (AP) — South
Africa was left reeling at 9-2 in five overs when play was called off on
day two of the third test on Sunday.
Bad light forced the umpires
to take the players off the field about 20 minutes into the day's last
session. With the light not improving, play was called off for the day
half an hour later.
The Proteas' batsmen
struggled in the limited passage of play possible. Indian pacers Umesh
Yadav and Mohammed Shami effectively used short deliveries with good
pace to take a wicket apiece.
Shami got rid of Dean Elgar
(0), while Yadav dismissed Quinton de Kock (4) to rattle the touring
At stumps, Zubayr Hamsa (0
not out) and Faf du Plessis (1 not out) were at the crease, trailing by
This was after India declared
their first innings at 497-9. Rohit Sharma scored 212, his highest test
score and a maiden double hundred to put the hosts in command.
Sharma faced 255 deliveries,
and hit 28 fours as well as six sixes. He and Ajinkya Rahane put on a
record fourth-wicket stand of 267 runs. Rahane scored 115, his 11th test
hundred and a first on home soil since 2016.
India had resuming at 224-3
after bad light stopped play on Saturday as well.
Sharma and Rahane set a
hectic pace of scoring in the morning session making 60 runs in the
Rahane reached his 11th test
hundred off 169 deliveries in a free-flowing innings, which included 17
fours and a six.
Debutant left-arm wrist
spinner George Linde (1-58) eventually broke the partnership having
Rahane caught behind in the 76th over. The duo added 267 runs for the
fourth wicket, a record for India against South Africa in test cricket.
Sharma, though, continued his
dominance of the visitors' attack and not long after passed his previous
best test score of 177 against the West Indies at Kolkata in 2013.
"I wanted to use this
opportunity to full (to score big runs). Communication with team
management about my opener's role has helped. I have played only 30
tests. In terms of what was thrown at me in this test, it was the most
challenging one," Sharma said after the day's play.
He is the first Indian
batsman to accumulate 500-plus runs in a test series against South
Africa. The previous best was 388 runs by Mohammad Azharuddin in
"A lot has been said about my
test career. I am not reading too much into my success right now.
Conditions overseas will be different and (I am) awaiting that
challenge," Sharma added.
Post lunch, Sharma added 64
runs for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja, who also scored his 13th
Sharma got to his double
hundred with a six. He looked to be in an attacking mood thereafter but
pulled Kagiso Rabada (3-85) straight to fine leg in a bid to up the
After Sharma's dismissal,
Jadeja took the innings forward. He added 47 runs with Wriddhiman Saha
(24) and another 33 runs with Ravichandran Ashwin (14).
With the threat of another
thunderstorm looming, the Indian batsmen piled on the misery for the
South African bowlers.
Jadeja was dismissed off
George Linde, with the debutant wrist spinner finishing with figures of
Umesh Yadav was the last
wicket to fall, but not before he smashed five sixes and scored 31 off
only 10 deliveries.
On day one, bad light halted
play as Sharma's third century in this series helped India recover from
a precarious 39-3.
India took an insurmountable
2-0 lead in the three-match series after winning the first two tests in
Visakhapatnam and Pune.
NFL's biggest star joins growing list of sidelined QBs
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) lies
on the field after being injured against the Denver Broncos during the first
half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP
DENVER (AP) — With Patrick Mahomes
sidelined, fans across the NFL may be longing for the days when the backup
quarterback's job was to carry a clipboard and not the hopes and dreams of
an entire franchise.
Mahomes escaped significant ligament
damage when he dislocated his right kneecap Thursday night in Kansas City's
30-6 pummeling of the Denver Broncos and there is optimism the reigning NFL
MVP could be back on the field in about a month.
Mahomes had an MRI exam Friday that
showed the ligaments were intact, a person familiar with the situation told
The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the
team was still sorting through the results and putting together a timetable
for his return.
"He's a huge part of this team, huge
part of the league. You just hate to see that," said journeyman Matt Moore,
the latest No. 2 thrust into a leading role in this "Year of the Backup
Starting with Andrew Luck , who
retired at age 29 after dealing with a series of injuries, the league's
celebration of its 100th season has been marred by the loss of some of its
The club of QBs sidelined so far
includes Drew Brees (thumb), Ben Roethlisberger (elbow), Cam Newton (foot),
Nick Foles (collarbone), Josh Allen (concussion), Mitchell Trubisky
(shoulder) and Sam Darnold (mononucleosis), whose backup, Trevor Siemian was
lost for the season with a gruesome ankle injury.
Now, the league's brightest young
star is hurt, too.
Shortly after becoming the fastest
player in NFL history to throw for 7,500 yards, in just his 25th game,
Mahomes got hurt not on one of his improvisational masterpieces but on the
most basic play, a quarterback sneak.
The stadium grew silent as one by
one players peeled off the pile and Mahomes stayed down, his right leg stuck
at an awkward angle before he rolled onto his back, ripped off his helmet
and covered his face.
"I don't even want to think about
that," receiver Tyreek Hill said. "We are just trying to move on from it,
and I will continue to pray for my dog."
"It was out of whack," tight end
Travis Kelce said. "I couldn't even describe it. You looked at it and were
like, 'On no, there is something wrong with him.'"
Denver defensive end Shelby Harris'
"I've never seen anything like that
on the field before," Harris said. "His knee was literally all the way to
the side, his kneecap was. I wish him the best. We definitely need him in
the league, he's definitely a big attraction in the league."
Mahomes shooed away a cart and
trainers helped him off the field once his kneecap was popped back into
place. Then, he walked gingerly to the locker room.
"Obviously we need him to get wins,"
Hill said. "But now we just have to move on."
The Chiefs' hopes of reaching their
first Super Bowl since 1970 — the year Mahomes' father, former big leaguer
Pat Mahomes, was born — will rest at least for a while not on their
magnificent maestro but on Moore, a 35-year-old career backup who wasn't
even in the league last year as he sought to transition into either coaching
Moore attended Kyler Murray's pro
day at Oklahoma this spring alongside Adam Engroff, the Miami Dolphins'
director of college scouting. But Moore found himself in demand again when
Chad Henne broke an ankle in the preseason and he signed Sept. 1 to back up
It was Kansas City's dominant
defense that really stepped up when Mahomes went out Thursday night, but
Moore did throw a 57-yard TD pass to Hill with Chris Harris Jr. in coverage.
Overall, he was 10 of 19 for 117 yards.
"It is crazy. I am pretty sure about
three or four of the guys out there on the field had never caught a ball
from Matt even in practice," Kelce said. "I know I hadn't."
While backups Teddy Bridgewater in
New Orleans and Kyle Allen in Carolina have each gone 4-0, most fill-ins
aren't so fortunate.
Mason Rudolph was knocked
unconscious after replacing Roethlisberger, elevating undrafted Devlin
"Duck" Hodges, who'd been cut at the end of training camp, to the starring
role in Pittsburgh's last game. Siemian's season-ending injury opened the
door for Luke Falk before Darnold returned last week.
Only four starting QBs who own Super
Bowl rings are still standing: the ageless Tom Brady, the rejuvenated Aaron
Rodgers, the dependable Russell Wilson and the floundering Joe Flacco, who
somehow escaped injury Thursday night despite being sacked a career-high
eight times and knocked down on most of his other drop-backs.
Hill insists it's business as usual
with Moore under center instead of Mahomes.
"I don't see anything changing,"
Except, well, everything.
Earlier this week, Broncos coach Vic
Fangio said facing Mahomes is the toughest task in the football because "you
have to defend two plays: the one they've called and then the one he might
Now, those skills are shelved, like
those of so many others who have mastered the league's paramount and most
Not giving up his shot: Ben Simmons' jumper could lift 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons (25) drives to the
net as Guangzhou Loong-Lions' Yongpeng Zhang defends and Philadelphia
76ers' Tobias Harris, right, watches during the first half of an NBA
exhibition basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The crowd
screamed for Ben Simmons to shoot as he dribbled near the perimeter in a
preseason game against a team from China. Joel Embiid motioned for him
to let it fly. Simmons took a couple more steps, stopped and popped.
Fans celebrated Simmons' first
career 3-pointer as if the Philadelphia 76ers had just won Game 7 of the
NBA Finals. Embiid ran over and hugged him, teammates rushed the court
and the internet went wild.
It's been nearly impossible to
mention Simmons without adding jump shot in the conversation since his
debut in October 2017. The 23-year-old Simmons is considered one of the
best players in the world despite his reluctance to shoot jumpers in his
first two seasons.
The All-Star point guard told
The Associated Press last month that he allowed criticism to bother him,
but he "fell in love with the game again" over the summer during the
countless hours he spent in the gym working on his shot.
Simmons realizes adding a jumper
would make him a complete player.
"It's a huge part of the game,
so if it's open I'll take it," he said. "I think I was just too worried
about what people were saying, what was going on around, too many
outside noises, and I was able to block them out this summer and not
really focus on what people say. I don't really care anymore unless it's
coming from someone in my circle or someone who is trying to help me get
Simmons is 0 for 18 from 3-point
range in his career, including playoffs, so making one even in a
preseason game was a big deal for everyone — except him and his coach.
"I think the whole thing is so
overblown," Brett Brown said. "I think in general, it's so inflated the
Simmons sat out his first season
with a broken right foot after the process-trusting Sixers selected him
No. 1 overall in the 2016 draft. He earned Rookie of the Year honors the
following year and became an All-Star for the first time last season. He
has helped lead the Sixers to the second round of the NBA playoffs
twice, and has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists.
Questions about his ability to
shoot sometimes overshadow everything he does well.
"I'm confident in saying I'm not
a great shooter," he said. "I'm getting better, though. It's a game.
There are five people on the court. I lack something that I'm not great
at it but there's other areas I'm very great at it. I run the floor as
well as anybody. I'm physical. I can rebound the ball. At 6-foot-10, I'm
a point guard, I can guard one through five, but (shooting is) just one
thing that's coming into my game which I'm excited about. I love getting
better. I love spending time in the gym and building that confidence."
Simmons worked with trainer
Chris Johnson in Los Angeles during the summer, and videos showing him
shooting teased fans for months.
"I believe if you continue to
work, good things will happen over time, and that's what I will continue
to do to keep playing the game I love at a high level," he said.
Simmons is quiet and reserved, a
bit uncomfortable around media, but he's vocal about speaking out
against racism. He is the executive producer of a documentary about Adam
Goodes, an Australian football player and anti-racism advocate. It opens
Saturday at the Philadelphia Film Festival.
"Everyone has a voice and
everyone has different levels of (a platform) and, together as one,
people can create change around the world," he said.
Simmons is also passionate about
helping children in the community. He delivered new sports equipment to
students in Camden, New Jersey last month and showed up at an elementary
school in Philadelphia earlier this week to donate more than 600 new
"Growing up, my parents told me
I have a huge responsibility with what I do and if I have a chance to
help kids, I love to do that," he said.
On Wednesday, Simmons became the
face of smartwater, joining the brand whose goal is to encourage proper
"They continue to build
themselves up and get better and that's how I see myself as a player,"
he said. "I want to continue to get better."
Simmons, Embiid, Tobias Harris
and new additions Al Horford and Josh Richardson give Philadelphia its
best starting lineup since Hall of Famers Julius Erving, Moses Malone,
Maurice Cheeks and Bobby Jones led the 76ers to their last NBA title in
1983. Jones came off the bench for that team while Andrew Toney and Marc
Iavaroni rounded out the starting five.
Simmons says his only goal is to
win a championship. He's also focused on being an excellent defender.
"I want to be the best defensive
player on the team," he said at the team's media day. "So hopefully
everyone on my team hears that, and they strive to do the same thing."
Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes injures right knee against Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Denver Broncos
Thursday in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Mahomes is helped by
trainers after getting injured against the Denver Broncos during the
first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, in Denver. (AP
by Pat Graham
Denver (AP) — Now the wait begins to see how
long it takes Patrick Mahomes to return from a gruesome right knee
Waiting in the wings, just in case: 35-year-old
backup Matt Moore.
Mahomes, the MVP quarterback of the Kansas City
Chiefs, was hurt on a second-quarter sneak in a 30-6 win over the Denver
Broncos on Thursday night.
Kansas City coach Andy Reid doesn't yet know how
long Mahomes may be sidelined as the Chiefs (5-2) snapped a two-game
skid with Moore stepping in and the Chiefs defense stepping up (nine
sacks and a defensive score).
"We need time to evaluate," Reid said. "I'll leave
it at that."
Facing fourth-and-short deep in Denver territory,
Mahomes picked up a first down by sneaking through the line.
As the pile began to clear, Mahomes didn't jump up.
Struggling to straighten his right knee, he tossed
his helmet to the side and covered his face with both hands. His
teammates immediately checked on him. Seeing Mahomes' condition,
receiver Tyreek Hill put his hands on his helmet in concern — a feeling
shared by a legion of Chiefs fans. Mahomes is a big reason why Kansas
City was a preseason favorite to reach its second straight AFC
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. showed his
respect by coming over and shaking Mahomes' hand.
"You looked at it and were like, 'Oh no, there is
something wrong with him,'" Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said. "You
just hope a guy isn't injured that bad and can come back."
One of the members of the Kansas City medical team
worked on the knee to help straighten it out. A cart was summoned to
take him away, but Mahomes refused to use it.
Instead, he put an arm around each trainer and made
his way off the field. Mahomes, who entered the game with a sore ankle,
then slowly made his way into the locker room.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wrote
on his Twitter account: "Praying for you bro." It was a similar
sentiment shared by Houston QB Deshaun Watson on social media: "Praying
my bro @PatrickMahomes is straight!"
The reigning MVP was 10 of 11 for 76 yards and a
125.8 rating before his injury.
Mahomes has thrown 15 touchdown passes and one
interception this season. Last weekend in a loss to Houston, Mahomes
recorded his 14th career game with at least three TD passes. That's
third-most in team history.
Moore's number was called. Before going in, he
tapped Mahomes on the chest and wished him well. When Moore entered the
huddle, he had a quick conversation with his teammates.
"Just something to let them know we were going to
be all right. Kind of got them fired up a little bit," said Moore, who
didn't play last season. "I just said, 'Hey, I need you guys. You guys
need me. Let's go here. Help me and let's go.'"
It worked. Moore finished 10 of 19 for 117 yards
and a 57-yard TD strike to Hill in the third quarter. Moore also had a
grasp of the playbook despite being signed around two months ago after
an injury Chad Henne.
"He goes, 'Let's go. I know it all. I'm good. Just
call it. Let's roll,'" Reid recounted. "He's got ice water in the veins,
that whole deal. He doesn't flinch. There's no panic."
After the game, Moore said Mahomes addressed the
team in the locker room and praised the defense for a nine-sack
Then, he complimented Moore.
"He said something about me, yes," Moore said. "He
said, 'How about my guy, Matt?' ... I'm trying to downplay it.
"We're excited for the win, division opponent, road
game — all things that are hard to do," Moore added. "At the same, a guy
like Patrick gets hurt it can be deflating. He's obviously a huge part
of this team, a huge part of the league. You hate to see that. We all
know that injuries are part of this game. He's doing to do his best to
get back out as quick as he can."
Carey Price makes 17 saves, Canadiens beat Wild 4-0
Phillip Danault is taken out from in front of the Wild's net by
Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter during second-period NHL hockey
game action in Montreal, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (Paul Chiasson/The
Canadian Press via AP)
Minnesota Wild's Ryan
Hartman gets a glove in the face from Montreal Canadiens' Jeff Petry
during first-period NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Thursday, Oct.
17, 2019. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Montreal (AP) — It sounded like an overtime
goal in the playoffs.
The Bell Centre erupted in a deafening roar when
defenseman Victor Mete scored his first NHL goal in his 127th game — the
longest goal drought to start a career in Canadiens history.
Montreal went on to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on
Thursday night, with Nick Suzuki also scoring his first NHL goal and
Carey Price making 17 saves for his first shutout of the season and 45th
"It feels good to finally get that out of the way,"
Mete said. "That was pretty cool. The crowd was going pretty nuts. It
was ear-piercing. Everybody's wanted me to score for quite a while so to
see everyone get as excited as they did, it's pretty special. It means a
He ended the longest goal drought to start a career
in Canadiens history, a mark previously held by Mike Komisarek at 122
games. It also ended the longest active drought in the league.
"The fans saw him score his first goal and they
made sure to show him their support," coach Claude Julien said. "No
doubt, it's going to be engraved in his mind. Definitely a special night
Mete's goal was the first of three for Montreal in
a 4:46 span last in the first period.
The 21-year-old Mete found space in the slot, took
a backhand pass from Nick Cousins from behind the net and beat Alex
Stalock glove side with 5:23 left in the period.
"I heard Mete yell for it so I just kind of whipped
it out front and he was nice enough to bury it," said Cousins, who was
making his Canadiens debut. "I didn't know it was his first goal. That's
exciting for him. I like my steak medium rare. We'll have to figure that
out tomorrow for dinner. He's buying for sure."
Joel Armia and Brendan Gallagher also scored to
help Montreal improve to 3-2-2.
Stalock stopped 28 shots for the reeling Wild. They
dropped to 1-6-0.
Armia connected on a 5-on-3 power play with 2:28
left in the first. He leads Montreal with four goal.
Suzuki scored with 37 seconds remaining in the
period. A whiffed shot from Jeff Petry landed right on Suzuki's backhand
before Stalock could cover the right post.
Gallagher put a fourth past Stalock at 12:40 of the
NOTES: The Canadiens beat Minnesota for the
first time since Nov. 8, 2014, snapping a streak of nine losses. ...
Mete and Suzuki are the first Canadiens to score their first NHL goals
in the same game since 2005, when Chris Higgins and Alexander Perezhogin
did it against the New York Rangers.
Wild: Host Montreal on Sunday.
Canadiens: At St. Louis on Saturday.
South Korean soccer team tells of 'rough' match in Pyongyang
In this photo provided by the Korea Football
Association, South Korea's Hwang Hee-chan, left, fights for the ball
against North Korea's Kim Chol Bom during their Asian zone Group H
qualifying soccer match for the 2022 World Cup at an empty Kim Il Sung
Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (The Korea
Football Association via AP)
by Kim Tong-Hyung
Seoul, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's
national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North
Korea in Pyongyang as a "rough" match played under strange conditions
that may be raised with FIFA.
The historic match ended in a scoreless draw
Tuesday at huge Kim Il Sung Stadium, which was empty of spectators. The
match was also under a media blackout, and the South Koreans first spoke
to journalists about the playing conditions upon their return to Seoul
"The opponents were very rough, and there were
moments when very abusive language was exchanged," Tottenham striker Son
"It was hard to concentrate on the match because
you were thinking about avoiding injury first ... It's an accomplishment
that we returned from a game like that without injury," Son told
reporters at Incheon International Airport.
The team's general manager Choi Young-il said the
South Korean soccer association, known as KFA, will discuss whether to
submit a complaint to FIFA over what he described as North Korea's
failure to properly accommodate the visiting team and decision to block
media and spectators.
North Korea kept out South Korean media and
spectators and refused a live broadcast from the stadium.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino also attended the
match, and on Tuesday issued a statement saying he was "disappointed to
see there were no fans in the stands."
"We were surprised by this and by several issues
related to its live broadcast and problems with visas and access for
foreign journalists," Infantino said.
Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency
published only a brief match report, saying the "game of attacks and
counterattacks ended in a draw 0:0."
North Korea did provide a DVD recording of the
match to South Korean soccer officials, but South Korean TV channel KBS
canceled plans to broadcast the game on tape delay because of the
video's quality, according to the broadcaster and KFA.
"We probably won't get another video from North
Korea," said Park Jae-sung, a KFA official, adding the video was unfit
for South Korea's high-definition TV services.
The North had been expected to have a unique home
advantage in the 50,000-capacity stadium devoid of South Korean fans,
but South Korean players and soccer officials were surprised to realize
there would be no home crowd support, either.
Son said it was regrettable that South Korea, which
has a stronger team on paper, couldn't return with three points, but
admitted that their opponents' physical play got into the players'
Choi, a former defender who played for South Korea
during the 1994 World Cup held in the United States, said the North
Koreans played like they were "waging a war," violently swinging their
elbows and hands and driving into their opponents knee first when
competing for balls in air.
"I have never seen something like this in soccer
before," he said.
When they weren't playing or training, South Korean
players and staff were holed up at the Koryo Hotel, which appeared to
have no other guests, Choi said. They had no outside contact, having
left their cellphones at the South Korean Embassy in Beijing before
entering the North. Choi said North Korean officials didn't inform the
South Korean team the match would be played in an empty stadium.
"We got there an hour and a half early and kept
thinking that the gate will open and a crowd of 50,000 would pour in,"
Choi said. "But the gate never opened until the end."
The game was the first competitive meeting between
the national men's teams in the North Korean capital, although the North
hosted the South in a friendly in 1990.
North Korea in recent months has severed virtually
all cooperation with the South amid deadlocked nuclear negotiations with
the United States, and repeatedly ignored the South's calls for
discussions on media coverage issues and allowing South Korean cheer
squads ahead of the game.
South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul,
Seoul's point man on North Korea, said during a parliamentary session on
Thursday that the way the North handled the game was "very
disappointing" and reflected the stalemate in inter-Korean relations.
Some experts say the North was expressing its
political displeasure with the South by shutting out rival reporters and
fans, but opted to compete in an empty stadium at home in an effort to
level the playing field and avoid questions about fairness.
Others say North Korea might have been concerned
about the possibility of its national team losing to the South in front
of a massive home crowd, which would have been a humiliating development
for leader Kim Jong Un, who has a passion for sports.
The awkward buildup to the game "demonstrates the
immense discontent North Korea has for (South Korea)" for its failure to
break away from its U.S. ally and restart inter-Korean economic projects
held back by U.S.-led sanctions, said Choi Kang, vice president of
Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
During qualification for the 2010 World Cup, North
Korea chose to host games against South Korea in Shanghai, refusing to
hoist the South Korean flag and play the South Korean anthem on its
The fate of the game in Pyongyang was uncertain
until last month when the governing body of Asian soccer informed the
KFA that the North decided it would host the qualifier as scheduled.
South Korea's two Group H matches against North
Korea will be crucial in qualifying for the World Cup. The second match
between the Koreas is scheduled for June 4 in South Korea.
South Korea has dominated the past 17 inter-Korean
matches with seven wins, one loss and nine draws.
Group H also includes Lebanon, Turkmenistan and Sri
Stats show up style clashes in Rugby World Cup quarterfinals
Japan's Kotaro Matsushima jumps to catch a ball during the Rugby
World Cup Pool A game at International Stadium between Japan and
Scotland in Yokohama, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene
Statistics compiled over the course of the group
stage at the Rugby World Cup may offer an insight into the nature of the
match-ups which will occur in the weekend quarterfinals.
While the styles of each of the quarterfinalists
are relatively well known, the pool phase data can be mined for deeper
insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the various teams in Oita
There are several obvious bullet points ahead of
matches between England and Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, Wales
and France and Japan and South Africa.
Defending champion New Zealand leads the way in
most of the main attacking statistics; it has gained more meters, made
more clean breaks, beaten more defenders and provided more offloads than
any other team. Those factors may be tempered by the fact that with the
cancellation of their last pool match, two of their three games where
high-scoring and against Tier Two nations.
The All Blacks also have a 100% success record at
scrums, the best of the tournament, though they haven't been tested by a
scrum of Ireland's quality and experience.
In contrast, Australia is ranked 15th among the 20
teams which started the tournament on the basis of scrum success rate,
well behind the much more accomplished England scrum.
Ireland has the best defensive record of the eight
quarterfinalists, conceding only two tries in four pool games and
missing fewer tackles than any other team.
Those figures point to one of the two glaring
clashes of styles in the quarterfinals. On the basis of its pool
performances Ireland will rely on its forwards as principal ball
carriers, will attempt to command field position and will box kick, most
likely toward the right flank where All Blacks winger Sevu Reece can
expect to be tested.
Ireland and South Africa have kicked out of hand
more often than most of the other quarterfinalists and that sets up a
tactic and stylistic clash with New Zealand and Japan which attack more
with ball in hand.
Japan can also be expected to be tested by a
barrage of high kicks from the Springboks, mostly out of scrumhalf. But
Japan has prepared for that; coach Jamie Joseph calculated that if Japan
made it into the knockout rounds for the first time there would be at
least some chance of facing South Africa in the quarterfinals.
Japan played South Africa in a warm-up two weeks
before the World Cup and lost 41-7 but it used the match to test its
high ball skills and its response to a kicking barrage. The lessons
learned in that match came in handy when Japan encountered those tactics
against Ireland in pool play, beating a team recently ranked No. 1 in
Japan will likely join the All Blacks in playing
the most adventurous style among the quarterfinalists, but that is not
to underestimate the soundness of its forward play. It is tempo, almost
frenetic, that serves Japan so well against more conservative or
Japan also finishes as well as any team when
opportunities are created. Winger Kotaro Matsushima is the joint top
try-scorer in the tournament with five, has made the second-most line
breaks and the fourth most runs. At the same time, flyhalf Yu Tamura is
the top scorer in the World Cup so far with 48 points, including 10
A question mark hangs over Japan's defense; it
conceded 62 points in pool matches, almost twice as many as South Africa
The Springboks also scored more points than any
other team — 185 — and more tries, 27. But they were only fifth overall
on the list of overall carries with 484 meters, well short of the
leaders in that category, Australia, with 627. That can be interpreted
as showing the Springboks advanced with kicks as often as they did with
ball in hand and attacked from shorter range.
But the Springboks were also high on the list of
overall line breaks with 63, behind only New Zealand with 71.
Goal kicking is frequently a decisive factor in
World Cup knockout matches. That may come as a solace to New Zealand,
which has the best success rate with 84%, and Wales, just behind with
Wales, which plays France in the quarterfinals, has
three reliable kickers — Dan Biggar, Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Patchell —
but has missed more tackles than any other team in the quarterfinals and
ranks high on the list of handling errors.
Wales winger Josh Adams matched Matsushima with
five tries and led all players with 13 clean breaks, while captain Alun
Wyn Jones was his team's most industrious defender with 47 tackles.
Discipline will likely be crucial from here on with
seven red cards and 25 yellow cards dished out so far in the tournament.
Australia has received more yellow cards than any of the eight remaining
teams, and France has conceded most penalties.
McDavid (5 points) and Draisaitl lead Oilers over Flyers 6-3
Philadelphia Flyers' Justin Braun (61)
and Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) reach for the puck during
the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in
Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Edmonton, Alberta (AP) — Already way behind,
the Philadelphia Flyers fired a franchise-record 25 shots on goal in the
It wasn't nearly enough to overcome another big
night for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
McDavid had a goal and four assists, Draisaitl
added two goals and one assist, and the Edmonton Oilers' dynamic duo
continued their sizzling start to the season Wednesday in a 6-3 victory
It was McDavid's third career five-point game.
Mikko Koskinen made 49 saves for Edmonton (6-1-0) in his third win of
"I thought he was good all night long, especially
in the second. He really held us in it," McDavid said.
"I like how we bent but we didn't break in the
second. We held strong and we found a way to get a couple to get
ourselves the lead."
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ethan Bear and former Flyer
Brandon Manning each scored their first goal of 2019-20.
Jakub Voracek scored twice for Philadelphia (2-2-1)
and assisted on Oskar Lindblom's goal.
It was a tough night for Flyers goalie Carter Hart,
who allowed four goals on 14 shots during his first NHL start in his
hometown. He was pulled in the second period after Nugent-Hopkins'
power-play goal and replaced by Brian Elliott.
"Sure, there's guys with a lot of skill like
McDavid and Draisaitl, but at the end of the day you've got to stop the
puck," Hart said.
"I didn't do my job and it cost us. You've got to
come up with a couple of saves to keep your team in the game and I
didn't do that."
The loss extended Philadelphia's skid to three
games and marked the end of a road trip that included three games in
Edmonton got off to a quick start as Draisaitl
scored his fifth of the season 1:13 in, beating Hart with a hard snap
shot over the blocker.
The Flyers tied it with the man advantage when
Voracek buried the puck off a big rebound from Claude Giroux's shot. But
the Oilers responded just more than seven minutes later as Bear jumped
into the rush and took a feed from James Neal, beating Hart with a wrist
shot to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead.
The Flyers pressed hard for an equalizer in the
second period, but Koskinen came up with a plethora of big saves. His
two biggest stops came on Sean Couturier's one-timer from the slot and a
stick save against a wide-open Shayne Gostisbehere in front.
"He was the first, second and third star. He was
the only reason we won," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "It wasn't a
6-3 game or a 6-1 game. The score was that, but it wasn't that kind of
Koskinen's strong play sparked the Oilers late in
the second. After being dominated for most of the period, Edmonton broke
loose with three goals in less than four minutes to take complete
control — and it was the NHL's top two scorers leading the way.
First, McDavid outmuscled Flyers defenseman Justin
Braun off the puck to make it 3-1 at the 12:34 mark.
"That's when the game turned for us a little bit,"
It didn't stop there.
Nugent-Hopkins and Draisaitl scored power-play
goals 1:54 apart to give Edmonton a 5-1 cushion late in the period.
"That third goal was the difference maker," Flyers
coach Alain Vigneault said.
"We spent close to 45 seconds completely in their
end against their top line, and they flip the puck out and they were
able to put it in the back of the net."
McDavid added his fifth point of the game in the
third with a nice drop pass to Manning, who fired a one-timer past
Lindblom tipped in a drive from Voracek for his
third goal of the season with 4:40 remaining. Voracek added his second
power-play goal of the game with 2:18 to go.
"After the first two shifts of the game we were
outplayed by a wide margin until we got it turned around. Connor got
that goal and we got a couple of power-play goals and we pushed on,"
NOTES: Edmonton's special teams have been a
big key to its strong start. The Oilers were 2 for 2 with the man
advantage and are 10 for 22 in seven games. ... The Oilers paid tribute
to former coach Ted Green, who died last week at 79. ... McDavid's
previous five-point games came against Toronto in February 2016 and
Tampa Bay in February 2018. ... Manning dressed for the first time this
season after being a healthy scratch for the first six games. ... Oscar
Klefbom's assist on McDavid's second-period goal was the 100th of his
Flyers: Host the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
Oilers: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.
Boxer Patrick Day dies of brain injuries 4 days after fight
In this Oct. 27, 2018, file photo, Patrick
Day, right, punches Elvin Ayala during the fifth round of a WBC super
welterweight boxing bout in New York. Day won the fight. Day died
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, four days after sustaining head injuries in a
fight with Charles Conwell. Promoter Lou DiBella said Day died at
Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was 27. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II,
Chicago (AP) — Boxer Patrick Day died
Wednesday, four days after sustaining head injuries in a fight with
Promoter Lou DiBella said Day died at Northwestern
Memorial Hospital. He was 27.
"He was surrounded by his family, close friends and
members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe
Higgins," DiBella said in a statement on his website. "He was a son,
brother, and good friend to many. Pat's kindness, positivity and
generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met."
Day had brain surgery after being knocked out in
the 10th round Saturday night at Wintrust Arena. Knocked down twice
earlier in the bout, the junior middleweight was taken from the ring on
Two days after the fight, Conwell posted a
heartfelt message to Day on social media.
"I never meant for this to happen to you. All I
ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would. No one
deserves for this to happen to them," Conwell wrote. "I replay the fight
over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why
did it happen to you."
From Freeport, New York, Day had a career record of
17-4-1 with six knockouts. As an amateur, he won two National titles,
the New York Golden Gloves tournament and was a U.S. Olympic team
alternate in 2012.
Nats sweep Cards; DC in World Series for 1st time since '33
Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 4 of the baseball National
League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. The
Nationals won 7-4 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
by Howard Fendrich
Washington (AP) — As the Washington
Nationals moved a party 86 years in the making from their ballpark's
infield to a booze-filled clubhouse, manager Dave Martinez paused near
the dugout and thrust the silver NL Championship Series trophy overhead,
to the delight of loud, delirious fans still in the stands.
Who would have thought this was possible five
months ago, when the team was flailing, trade talk was swirling around
Washington and folks figured Martinez's job was in jeopardy?
From 19-31 during a mediocre May to the Fall
Classic in an outstanding October — and the city's first World Series
appearance since 1933.
Extending their stunning turnaround, the wild-card
Nationals got RBIs from middle-of-the-order stars Anthony Rendon and
Juan Soto in a seven-run first inning Tuesday night, and Patrick
Corbin's 12-strikeout performance plus a trio of relievers helped hold
on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 to complete a sweep in
"Often, bumpy roads lead to beautiful places," said
Martinez, who underwent a heart procedure in September, "and this is a
Right from the first inning Tuesday, most in a
sellout crowd of 43,976 rose from their seats to applaud or yell or
twirl their red towels, to chant "Let's go, Nats!" and "M-V-P!" and
various players' names, enjoying every moment of that game-deciding
And then, a couple of hours and several innings
later, as Tanner Rainey, Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson were
protecting a shrinking lead, those same spectators stood and shouted and
reveled some more.
"I just kept counting down: We're 12 outs from the
World Series. We're nine outs from the World Series," shortstop Trea
Turner said. "Six. Three."
Now the Nationals get plenty of time to rest and
set up their so-far terrific rotation before beginning the last series
of the season against the Houston Astros or New York Yankees in a week.
Houston leads the best-of-seven AL Championship Series 2-1 after winning
Game 3 at New York 4-1 Tuesday.
The Nationals became the fourth team to reach the
World Series after being 12 games under .500.
"We think we can compete with any team, any time,"
NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick said. "People always get caught up in the things
that are on paper, but the reality of it is you have to go out and play.
Once we get out on the field, anything can happen."
The last time the World Series came to the nation's
capital, more than eight decades ago, the Washington Senators lost to
the New York Giants in five games. Have to go even further back, to
1924, for the city's lone baseball championship, when the Senators
defeated the Giants.
The Senators eventually left, and the town didn't
have a major league team at all for more than three decades until the
Montreal Expos — who were founded in 1969 and never made it to the World
Series — moved to Washington in 2005.
The Nationals had never managed to advance in the
postseason since arriving, going 0-4 in the NLDS over the last seven
years, including three Game 5 losses at home.
First baseman Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals' first
draft pick in Washington, was there for all of that heartache.
"Sometimes," he said, "you got to wait for good
This month alone, the Nationals beat the Milwaukee
Brewers in the NL wild-card game after trailing 3-1 heading to the
eighth, and eliminated the league-best Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of
the NL Division Series after trailing 3-1 heading to the eighth again.
Then came this lopsided dismissal of the NL Central
champion Cardinals, who were outscored 20-6 in the series.
"Of course, we could've played better," said St.
Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who was 1 for 16 with nine
strikeouts in the NLCS, "but we didn't."
Corbin, a left-handed pitcher signed with $140
million of the money that became available last offseason when Bryce
Harper left town to join the Philadelphia Phillies, was not quite the
equal of Washington's other starters in the series.
Still, he did become the first pitcher to strike
out 10 batters in the first four innings of a postseason game and earned
the win after allowing four runs in five innings.
Then Martinez turned to his NL-worst bullpen, such
a problem for so much of this season.
After Rainey got three outs, and Doolittle got
five, Hudson came in for his fourth save in four chances this
postseason. It wasn't easy, though: After replacing Doolittle with two
outs in the eighth, Hudson hit his first batter and walked his second,
bringing pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter to the plate as the go-ahead run
with the bases loaded.
Carpenter, a career .481 batter with the bases
full, grounded out to second baseman Brian Dozier, a defensive
replacement who briefly lost the ball before gathering it and throwing
to first to end that inning.
Hudson finished things with a perfect ninth,
getting Tommy Edman on a fly ball to center field to end it, and red
fireworks went off around the stadium.
Corbin got this evening started with a 1-2-3 top of
the first, striking out all three Cardinals with a high, 95 mph
fastball, a real contrast to the off-speed stuff Stephen Strasburg used
for his own dozen Ks a night earlier.
In the bottom half, Washington put up those seven
runs, all charged to rookie Dakota Hudson, who lasted all of 15 pitches
— doing to the Cardinals what they did in the previous round, when they
scored 10 to open Game 5 of the NLDS against Atlanta.
All the heartache of playoffs past seemed to
dissipate during an evening that only briefly was tense for the home
team and its supporters: In the fifth, a juggled Cardinals lineup
finally awoke, scoring three runs — one more than the team managed to
produce in Games 1-3 combined — to get within 7-4.
With a man on second and the tying run in the
on-deck circle, Corbin came through, striking out St. Louis' 3-4
hitters, Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna, with sliders.
After becoming comeback specialists, the Nationals
never trailed against the Cardinals. And dating to the final week of the
regular season, Washington has won 16 of its past 18 games.
"We proved — and this doesn't require advanced
sabermetrics," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said, "you have to get a
lead to win a game."
Washington did not face either Houston or the
Yankees in interleague play in 2019.
Vasilevskiy leads Lightning to a 3-1 win over Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens' Max Domi can't get to the puck on a shot deflected by
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy as he is covered by
Lightning's Victor Hedman (77) during the third period of an NHL hockey game
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via
Montreal (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves
to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Tuesday
night in the fifth game of a six-game road trip.
Braydon Coburn, Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson scored
for the Lightning (3-2-1), who were coming off a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa
Senators. Nikita Kucherov added two assists.
The 25-year-old Vasilevskiy improved to 8-1-2 in his
career against Montreal.
Jeff Petry scored the lone goal for the Canadiens
(2-2-2) while Carey Price stopped 19-of-22 shots in defeat.
The Canadiens came into the matchup with the league's
fourth-best offense, scoring four goals per game, but they could only get
one past Vasilevskiy.
Maple Leafs 4, Wild 2
Toronto (AP) — Mitch Marner had a goal and two
assists and Toronto overcame a slow start and beat Minnesota.
Andreas Johnsson had a goal and an assist, and Auston
Matthews and John Tavares also scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 27
Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly added four assists
in the second period, tying a franchise record for assists in a period of a
regular-season game set by Rick Vaive on March 12, 1984.
Luke Kunin and Gerald Mayhew scored for Minnesota.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots for the Wild, who were coming off a 2-0 win at
Ottawa on Monday.
Coyotes 4, Jets 2
Winnipeg, Manitoba (AP) — Christian Dvorak
scored a pair of goals and Arizona beat Winnipeg.
The Coyotes had lost 10 straight games in Winnipeg,
since the Jets franchise moved from Atlanta in 2011.
Nick Schmaltz had a goal and two assists for Arizona
and Conor Garland also scored. Oliver Ekman-Larsson finished with two
assists. Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves for the Coyotes.
Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist and extended
his point streak to five games with his team-leading fourth goal of the
season for Winnipeg. Kyle Connor also scored for Winnipeg, and Josh
Morrissey had a pair of assists. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots for the
Flames 3, Flyers 1
Calgary, Alberta (AP) — Michael Frolik scored in
his 800th NHL game and Calgary beat Philadelphia.
Frolik scored the 154th goal of his 13-season career,
fifth as a member of the Flames.
Andrew Mangiapane also scored, and Elias Lindholm added
an empty-net goal for Calgary, which snapped a two-game losing skid.
David Rittich made 21 saves and improved to 3-2 on the
Defenseman Matt Niskanen scored for the Flyers. Brian
Elliott made 35 saves in his first start of the season.
Predators 5, Golden Knights 2
Las Vegas (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 33 saves to
remain unbeaten as Nashville topped Vegas.
Rinne is 4-0-0 this season and has been splendid in the
net, stifling one of the NHL's most potent offenses.
Kyle Turris, Colton Sissons, Calle Jarnkrok, Filip
Forsberg and Nick Bonino scored for the Predators, who had nine players get
points in the win. Seventeen of Nashville's 20 skaters to appear in a game
registered a point.
Mark Stone and Reilly Smith scored for the Golden
Knights, who had won their previous two games after outscoring their
opponents by a combined final of 11-4.
Marc-Andre Fleury, whose five goals allowed was a
season-high, made 34 saves.
Canucks 5, Red Wings 1
Vancouver, British Columbia (AP) — J.T. Miller
had a pair of goals and Elias Pettersson and Alex Edler each had a goal and
a two assists as Vancouver used a potent power play to beat Detroit.
Troy Stecher also had a goal and Brock Boeser finished
with three assists for Vancouver.
The Red Wings' lone goal came from Dylan Larkin.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 of 32 shots for Detroit.
Thatcher Demko had 26 saves and picked up his first win
of the season in his first start for Vancouver.
The Canucks have won three games in a row, matching
last year's best win streak.
Hurricanes 2, Kings 0
Los Angeles (AP) — Petr Mrazek made 31 saves in
his 19th career shutout, and Carolina extended its torrid start to the
season with a win over Los Angeles.
Martin Necas scored in the second period and Sebastian
Aho tipped in an empty-net goal as the Canes rebounded from their first
defeat and extended the best start to a season in franchise history,
improving to 6-1-0 in the opener of a four-game road trip.
Jack Campbell stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who were
shut out after averaging four goals per game in their first five games this