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Update October 21-22 , 2017

LeBron James has 24 points, Cavs beat Bucks 116-97

Milwaukee Bucks' Thon Maker, left, reaches in on Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James during the first half of their NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 20, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

Milwaukee (AP) — LeBron James had 24 points and eight assists, Kyle Korver hit three straight 3s in a big third-quarter run and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-97 on Friday night.

Kevin Love added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs. Their 15-5 spurt over the final 4:25 of the third quarter, sparked by Korver's long-range shooting, opened a 13-point lead. Cleveland led by double digits most of the rest of the way to spoil the Bucks' home opener.

The defending Eastern Conference champions started the season with a second straight victory over an East contender after beating the Boston Celtics in their home opener.

Korver finished with 17 points and was 5 of 6 from 3-point territory.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetopounmpo had 34 points on 15-of-22 shooting, along with eight rebounds and eight assists. Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points.

CELTICS 102, 76ERS 92

Philadelphia — Kyrie Irving scored 21 points, Al Horford had 15 and Boston won for the first time since losing Gordon Hayward, topping Philadelphia.

The Celtics lost their first two games after Hayward went down in the opener with a mangled ankle that may cost him the season. Jayson Tatum scored 15 points and had Terry Rozier III had 14 to keep the Celtics afloat with a makeshift lineup.

Joel Embiid knows the feeling of missing an entire season. The Sixers center missed his first two NBA seasons with foot injuries and was limited to 31 games last year. Healthy and ready to play, Embiid had one of his worst games as a pro, with 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting. He missed all six 3s in 28 minutes. J.J. Redick led the Sixers with 19 points.

NETS 126, MAGIC 121

New York — D'Angelo Russell, Trevor Booker and DeMarre Carroll all scored 17 points and Brooklyn beat Orlando in its home opener.

Booker added 11 rebounds and made the clinching free throws with 0.9 seconds left after Orlando's Evan Fournier missed a tying 3-point attempt.

The Nets bounced back after yielding 140 points Wednesday night in a season-opening loss to Indiana, a game in which they lost Jeremy Lin for the season after a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee.

Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 41 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Magic.

Justine Skye took a knee at the end of her national anthem performance. Skye, who is black, was nearing the completion of the song when she went to one knee for the finish. A Nets spokeswoman said the team was not aware of Skye's plans.


Charlotte, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 26 points, Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds in his first home game with Charlotte, and the Hornets rallied to beat Atlanta.

The Hornets trailed by as many as 20 in the first half, but used a 24-0 run in the third quarter to blow open the game and win their home opener. Howard, who played last season for his hometown Hawks before being traded away, was unstoppable on the block.

Dennis Schroder had 25 points for the Hawks.


Indianapolis — CJ McCollum scored 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead Portland past Indiana.

With Pacers starting center Myles Turner out with a concussion, McCollum teamed with backcourt mate Damian Lillard to take advantage of an inexperienced Pacers interior defense.

Lillard scored 11 of his 18 points in the first quarter, and the Blazers led 62-52 at halftime. McCollum picked it up in the second half, scoring Portland's final 12 points of the third quarter and giving the Blazers a 91-73 lead. T.J. Leaf and Victor Oladipo scored 17 points apiece for the Pacers.


Washington — John Wall scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half and added 10 assists to help Washington beat Detroit.

Otto Porter led the Wizards with 28 points, and Bradley Beal added 24. Washington won despite blowing a 15-point fourth-quarter lead. Reggie Jackson scored 21 points for Detroit.

Hamilton quickest in practice at US Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, drives his car during the first practice session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Friday, Oct. 20, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Jim Vertuno

Austin, Texas (AP) — Lewis Hamilton is driving the Circuit of the Americas like he has won here four times before.

The Mercedes driver and Formula One season championship points leader posted the fastest laps in Friday's two practice sessions for the U.S. Grand Prix, putting more pressure on title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who spun into the gravel and completed just 11 laps in the afternoon session.

Hamilton's quickest lap in a dry afternoon session was 1 minute, 34.668 seconds. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was second, 0.397 seconds behind. Vettel, who trails Hamilton by 59 points in the driver standings, was third.

Vettel likely has to win or finish ahead of Hamilton on Sunday if he hopes to chase him down over the final four races.

Hamilton has won the last three years at a Circuit of the Americas track that has favored Mercedes' power. Another victory would make his lead nearly insurmountable absent a late-season collapse.

The British driver came to Texas on a punishing pace that could crush any hopes Vettel still has of a rally. Hamilton has won five of the last seven races and another win would be his ninth on the season. On each of his four wins in Austin, Hamilton has never started lower than No. 2 and will be hard to beat in qualifying on Saturday.

"He has gone up a level," Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said. "It's very pleasing to see."

Ferrari has been able to match Mercedes power in spots. Vettel has four wins. But disastrous starts in recent weeks have put the championship in Hamilton's hands for the taking. Vettel crashed on the first lap in Singapore, then was knocked out of the first lap in Japan with a spark plug problem. Even a brilliant drive from the back to finish fourth in Malaysia lost him points to Hamilton that day.

Vettel was pushing Friday and has a lot of work to do if he's to match Hamilton's pace. He had a wild spin into the gravel in the turn before pit lane. That section of the track has a large runoff area so Vettel was never in danger of running his car into a wall.

The Ferrari's troubles weren't done. Even when Vettel got back on the track, a suspension problem cut his second practice short as he complained the car felt "a bit like jelly" and he returned to the garage.

Early Friday, Red Bull announced a contract extension for Verstappen to stay with the team through 2020. Verstappen was already under contract through 2019, but Red Bull was determined to lock down its rising star before he could be poached away by rivals.

Verstappen is enjoying his best form of the season with a win in Malaysia and a second-place finish in Japan in the previous two races. That came after a rash of problems, from engine problems to crashes, caused him not to finish seven races. The win in Malaysia was career No. 2 for the 20-year-old Dutchman who many view as a potential Formula One champion.

"He is a pure racer, with an undeniable talent at the wheel and a rare instinct for what it takes to compete consistently at this level," Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said.

The U.S. Grand Prix could steal some of Verstappen's momentum despite his quick laps Friday. A power unit change and other upgrades will mean a starting grid penalty for Sunday's race.

"Red Bull has always shown their faith and belief in me with actions," Verstappen said of his contract deal. "They have always backed me and my ambition and I know we share that ambition."

Brighton adds to Bilic's woes with 3-0 win at West Ham

Brighton's Glenn Murray, center, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League match against West Ham at the London Stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 20. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

London (AP) — Brighton added to West Ham manager Slaven Bilic's troubles by easing to a 3-0 away win in the Premier League on Friday.

Two goals from Glenn Murray either side off Jose Izquierdo's strike put Bilic's future back in the spotlight.

West Ham joint-owner David Sullivan backed his manager before kickoff, saying Bilic would be given the opportunity to at least see out his contract until the end of the season.

But a shambolic performance left West Ham in 17th place and facing the possibility of dropping into the relegation zone by the end of the weekend.

"The board will do what they are going to do. It is their decision. We have been in this situation before and we got out," Bilic told broadcaster Sky Sports. "As a manager you take the credit and as a manager you take the full responsibility. I don't want to hide."

Brighton, who had previously scored just once away in their first top-flight campaign since 1983, moved into 10th place in the standings.

German midfielder Pascal Gross had a hand in all six of Brighton's previous goals this season, but nobody seemed to have told West Ham's defenders.

He promptly made it seven in the 10th minute when he floated a free kick toward the head of Murray, who is in his second spell with the club after leaving in 2011 and rejoining last year.

The striker, who hit 23 goals last term to help Brighton to promotion, capitalized on the non-existent marking to nod into the corner and open his Premier League account.

West Ham briefly threatened to make a game of it but Brighton showed the hosts how to defend. Manuel Lanzini's shot was deflected behind, Pedro Obiang's drive was held by goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and defender Shane Duffy made a brave block to deny Javier Hernandez.

Having weathered that, Brighton doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time.

Murray should have scored when he broke through on goal, but goalkeeper Joe Hart beat away his effort. When the ball reached Izquierdo, he cut inside on his right foot and unleashed a fierce curler that Hart could not keep out.

West Ham's misery was completed with 15 minutes to go. Pablo Zabaleta tripped Murray, who scored from the resulting penalty for his 79th league goal on his 170th appearance for Brighton.

Pakistan decimate Sri Lanka by 7 wickets for 4-0 lead

Pakistan's players celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Milinda Siriwardana during the fourth ODI cricket match in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Oct. 20. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Sharjah, UAE (AP) — Pakistan continued to dominate Sri Lanka with yet another clinical seven-wicket victory in the fourth one-day international on Friday.

The defeat left sinking Sri Lanka staring at a third 5-0 whitewash in 2017 as they trail 4-0 in the five-match series with the final game on Monday.

Fast bowler Hasan Ali celebrated his elevation to No. 1 in the ODI rankings with 3-37 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 173 in 43.4 overs — their lowest total in the series.

Babar Azam, who scored back to back centuries in the first two matches, and Shoaib Malik both scored 69 runs each and led the run-chase with a century stand as Pakistan cruised to 177-3 in 39 overs.

Earlier, Lahiru Thirimanne scored a fighting 62 but the rest of the top order continued their poor form after Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga won the toss and elected to bat first.

Tharanga was among three batsmen to be dismissed for ducks as once again Sri Lanka’s batsmen failed to put up partnerships and struggled against seamers and spinners. Tharanga was clean-bowled by left-arm pacer Usman Shinwari off the second delivery of his debut, one that nipped back sharply into the left-hander.

Niroshan Dickwella struck three fours and also pulled Junaid Khan for a six over fine leg, but the left-hander was caught at point on 22 while going for another big drive.

Dinesh Chandimal (16), who led Sri Lanka to a 2-0 victory in the test series, tried to revive the innings but was run out in a mix-up with Thirimanne that ignited a familiar middle-order collapse.

Sadeera Samarawickrama, one of three changes Sri Lanka made, had a forgetful ODI debut with left-arm spinner Imad Wasim (2-13) clean bowling him for 0.

Legspinner Shadab Khan (2-29) removed Seekkuge Prasanna and Thisara Perera off his first two deliveries to leave Sri Lanka reeling on 99-7.

Akila Dananjaya denied the youngster a hat trick, and shared the innings best stand of 43 runs with Thirimanne, before Ali broke the partnership by having Dananjaya caught behind for 18.

Thirimanne's resistance finally ended when he played a loose drive in Wasim's return spell, and Ali wrapped up the innings by clean bowling last man Lahiru Gamage off a slower delivery.

Azam and Shoaib Malik toyed with the Sri Lankan bowling after Pakistan had an early jitter at 58-3 in 14 overs.

Malik escaped a chance on 3 when Perera dropped a difficult overhead catch at mid-on before both batsmen raced to the target with ease.

Malik sealed victory with a four and a six off left-arm Malinda Siriwardana as the batsmen shared an unbroken stand of 119 runs in 25 overs.

Update October 20 , 2017

Giroud's overhead kick gives Arsenal 1-0 win at Red Star

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his side's winning goal during the Europa League group H soccer match against Red Star at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 19. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Belgrade (AP) - Olivier Giroud scored late in the second half for Arsenal to maintain their perfect Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.

Five minutes after Milan Rodic was sent off for a second yellow card, Giroud struck with an overhead kick five minutes before the final whistle after Theo Walcott headed the ball to him.

"It was a great combination before the goal as well and he finished well," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Arsenal opened a five-point lead in Group H with nine points. Red Star and BATE Borisov, who beat visiting Cologne 1-0, are on four. Cologne are bottom without a point.

Elsewhere, Lazio rallied to take three points at Nice with a 3-1 win in Group K, and Real Sociedad thrashed Macedonia's Vardar 6-0 in Group L with Willian Jose scoring four goals.

Milan were held 0-0 at home by Greek team AEK in Group D, and Everton's campaign suffered another blow after a 2-1 loss at home to Lyon in Group E.

Arsenal rested nine front-line players who were in the lineup for the English Premier League's match against Watford on Saturday, which Arsenal lost 2-1. But goalkeeper Petr Cech was in the goal as captain and made his presence felt, making several perfect saves.

"It's important to have a good goalkeeper in this kind of game, too," Wenger said. "They were dangerous and Petr Cech kept us in the game."

Mathieu Debuchy returned to the squad after a year due to injuries.

With several young players, including Reiss Nelson, Joseph Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the Gunners didn't look dangerous until Giroud's goal.

"I believe you win when you can, you do not decide when," Wenger said. "What's remarkable is the spirit we have shown. They defended very well, but the goal is a consequence of us wanting to play through them."

Richmond Boakye headed the ball onto the crossbar in the biggest chance for Red Star.


Boosted by a 2-1 victory over Juventus in Serie A, Lazio took the sole lead in Group K after rallying to a 3-1 away win at Nice in a matchup of two teams that won their previous two games.

The fans didn't have to wait long for goals.

Mario Balotelli headed home for the hosts four minutes into the game from Wesley Sneijder's cross, but Felipe Caicedo equalized for the visitors just a minute later.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored his first goal for Lazio in the 65th before adding his second a minute from time.

Lazio stay perfect atop the group with nine points from three wins. Nice are second, three points back.

Zulte Waregem and Vitesse drew 1-1 and have a point each in the group.


Willian Jose scored two goals in each half for Real Sociedad on the way to thrashing Macedonia's Vardar 6-0. Mikel Oyarzabal gave the Spaniards a first-half lead. The Brazilian striker then took charge before he was substituted on the hour. Alberto de la Bella added the final goal at the last minute.

Despite the victory, Real are second in Group L with six points, trailing leaders Zenit St. Petersburg by three after the Russians beat Rosenborg 3-1 to stay perfect.

Rosenborg have three points and Vardar remain bottom after three defeats.


Everton are 16th in the 20-team English Premier League and are still without a win in three Europa League group matches this season.

Nabil Fekir converted a penalty kick six minutes into the match for Lyon after Mason Holgate downed Marcal in the area.

Players of both teams briefly clashed after a hard push from Everton captain Ashley Williams on Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. Everton could face punishment from UEFA after a fan holding a child appeared to aim a punch at a Lyon player during the second-half melee at Goodison Park which continued off the pitch and in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.

Just minutes later, Williams seemed to come to Everton's rescue with a 69th-minute header. But Lyon needed just six minutes to answer with Bertrand Traore restoring the advantage to 2-1.

Under-pressure Everton manager Ronald Koeman has something to think about before league games against Arsenal and Leicester sandwich a League Cup match with Chelsea.

Italian side Atalanta lead Group E with seven points after a 3-1 win over Apollon Limassol. Lyon trail by two points in second.

Apollon have two points and Everton remain last with one point.


Partizan Belgrade played without their fans at Skenderbeu in Albania on Thursday with the reverse situation— no Skenderbeu supporters — scheduled to happen in Serbia.

Both teams agreed on that measure at UEFA's request to not "create a hot situation."

The Group B game ended in a 0-0 draw.

A long road back to F1 for New Zealand's Brendon Hartley

Toro Rossa driver Brendon Hartley, of New Zealand, talks during a news conference for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Thursday, Oct. 19, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Jim Vertuno

Austin, Texas (AP) — Several years after thinking his Formula One career was over before it really even started, Brendon Hartley finds himself right back where he always dreamed he'd be: in the driver's seat and ready to race.

Hartley will make his F1 debut this weekend at the U.S. Grand Prix after a surprise call from Toro Rosso and a quick trip to Texas to meet the team.

"It's been quite a whirlwind," Hartley said Thursday "This happened very quickly. I didn't know about it much sooner than the press did."

Hartley will be the first New Zealand driver in Formula One since Mike Thackwell at the 1984 Canadian Grand Prix. He got his chance to jump in the cockpit when Pierre Gasly returned to Japan for the Super Formula season finale.

The Red Bull racing program had long known about Hartley and had signed him into their vaunted junior driver program as a shaggy-haired teenager in 2006. He won the Formula Renault championship, became a reserve driver and had his first F1 test by 18. But he couldn't keep that success going and by 2010 he was dropped.

"I guess I just didn't deal with the pressure. I stopped enjoying it. I wasn't happy," Hartley said. "When the Formula One dream stopped in 2010, I picked myself up. I found endurance racing."

He's been very successful there as a World Endurance Championship winner in 2015 and a winner this year at Le Mans 24 hours. But when his Porsche team said it wasn't going to race in the endurance series any more, Hartley, now 27, picked up the phone.

"I called (Red Bull racing consultant) Helmut Marko and I said, 'Look, I'm a different driver than I was 10 years ago, I've learned a lot, and if there is ever an opportunity, I'm ready,'" Hartley said. "He didn't say much, he just said he got the message and three months later he made the call. I wasn't ready at 18 years old. I like to think I'm ready now."

Hartley counts Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo among his best friends in racing and said he's been asking him for advice. Ricciardo said he's glad to see his friend back on the track.

"He's been there and nearly fallen to the bottom, like racing old historic cars, just racing to race and race because he loved it," Ricciardo said. "He could have easily gone home to New Zealand after he got dropped, and just said, 'It's done, I tried, it didn't work,' but he's just ground away."

Hartley would seem to expect little in the way of results this weekend, but a good drive could actually complicate his future if it opens the door for more F1 possibilities. Hartley has been looking at a full-time seat in Indy Car with speculation he'd join Chip Ganassi Racing.

"I was looking at IndyCar and I still am. Nothing confirmed for next season yet," Hartley said.

Thomas fires 63, takes early lead at CJ Cup in South Korea

Justin Thomas of United States hits the ball on the fourth hole during the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 19. (Park Ji-ho/Yonhap via AP)

Jeju, South Korea (AP) — Justin Thomas eagled twice in a 9-under-par 63 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the CJ Cup, the first U.S. PGA Tour regular-season event in South Korea.

Thomas started on Thursday with a bogey at the 10th hole but made amends with eagles on the par-5 12th and 18th holes around four straight birdies from No. 14-17 to turn in 29. He added three more birdies and a bogey to hold his margin.

"It was kind of a weird day," Thomas said. "It started off with a really, really bad bogey. And then I had a seven-hole stretch there where I basically kind of went unconscious. That was pretty much most of my round."

Thomas set up a long eagle putt on No. 12 with a driver and a 3-wood.

"That was a weird putt," Thomas said. "Jimmy and I had a hard time reading it which usually means it's pretty straight so that's how we ended up playing it."

His second eagle on 18 came when he hit a wedge to three feet from the hole.

Thomas won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in 2015 and 2016 and says he is comfortable playing overseas.

"It's still golf," Thomas said. "It doesn't matter where you are and I know that it is very cliche and easier said than done but you just have to take advantage of the rest and time you have off the course."

Chez Reavie, Gavin Kyle Green, Scott Brown, Patrick Reed and Marc Leishman all opened with 66s and were in a five-way share of second at 6 under.

Jhonattan Vegas and Charles Howell III were among five players a shot further back at 5 under.

Jason Day and fellow Australian Rod Pampling were at 4 under, one stroke ahead of Pat Perez, who was coming off a victory last week at the CIMB Classic.

Adam Scott had a 72 containing four birdies and four bogeys.

IOC expects decisions on Russian doping cases next month

Denis Oswald, leader of an IOC delegation in charge of reviewing 28 cases involving athletes at Sochi, is shown in this June 3 , 2013, file photo. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

Eddie Pells

Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) - Investigators at the International Olympic Committee expect to have "a number" of doping cases involving Russians at the Sochi Olympics resolved by the end of November, but they have no plans to dictate the eligibility of these athletes for next year's Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

The leader of an IOC delegation in charge of reviewing 28 cases involving athletes at Sochi wrote this week to Angela Ruggiero, the head of the IOC Athletes Commission, to update the timeline of cases stemming from a report detailing a Russian doping scheme at the 2014 Olympics and beforehand.

Denis Oswald said of the cases his committee is reviewing, priority has been given to those involving athletes looking to compete in Pyeongchang. Top priority goes to six cross-country skiers whose provisional suspensions expire Oct. 31.

Oswald also said his committee would rule on these athletes' results for Sochi, but will not determine their eligibility for Pyeongchang, instead handing over evidence to their respective sports federations to decide. The IOC made a similar decision before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year, which led to last-minute decisions on complex cases; ultimately, nearly 300 Russians competed.

This decision is a disappointment to the many anti-doping leaders who have called on the IOC to ban Russia from Pyeongchang.

"The IOC should not once again off-load the final decision-making on eligibility (and the pressure and risk of error) to International Federations, and at the last minute," said Joseph de Pencier, the CEO of the Institute of National Doping Organizations, 37 of which have called for the Russian ban.

A separate IOC task force is looking at the Russian doping scandal as a whole, and the results from that probe could have wider repercussions on the country's eligibility. In a separate letter sent to worldwide sports leaders, IOC President Thomas Bach said only that the task force, the Schmid Commission, is continuing its evaluation and that "I hope that the IOC Executive Board will still be able to take a decision this year because none of us want this serious issue to overshadow" the upcoming Olympics.

Both IOC commissions are operating off information from the McLaren Report, the first part of which was released in July 2016.

In explaining the timeline, Oswald wrote that because the Russian scheme involved exchanging drug-tainted urine samples with clean ones, it took time to adopt methods to verify that samples had been tampered with — in part by finding evidence of scratch marks on collection bottles that had been opened and re-sealed.

"The task has not been easy in both establishing a methodology in an area in which there are no established protocols," he wrote, "and then moving through the necessary scientific analysis of each individual sample in a way which would withstand legal challenge."

De Pencier said he appreciated the complexity of the cases and the need to get them right, but argued "it is, of course, concerning that the outcomes of the Oswald Commission cannot be available until very close to the start of the Pyeongchang Games."

Update October 19 , 2017

Chelsea draw 3-3 against Roma, Juventus beat Sporting

Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates after scoring during the Champions League group C match against Roma at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, Oct. 18. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Daniella Matar

London (AP) - Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead against Roma before recovering to draw 3-3 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Juventus labored to a 2-1 win at home to Sporting Lisbon.

It was easier for Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. The German side beat Celtic 3-0 and PSG won 4-0 at Anderlecht to remain perfect.

Manchester United also made it three wins out of three with a 1-0 victory at Benfica, as did Barcelona, who beat Olympiakos 3-1, despite playing the entire second half with 10 men.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid look to be heading for an early exit after drawing 0-0 at Qarabag. Basel won 2-0 at CSKA Moscow.

Here's a closer look at the four groups:



Manchester United took advantage of an embarrassing mistake by the youngest goalkeeper ever to play in the Champions League to beat Benfica 1-0 and maintain their Group A lead.

Belgian goalkeeper Mile Svilar, making his Champions League debut at age 18, was deceived by a long free kick taken by Marcus Rashford in the second half, going over the line while holding the ball with his arms outstretched in front of him.

He misjudged Rashford's shot and couldn't stop his momentum after stepping back toward the goal to make the catch. The ball just crossed the line and the referee confirmed the strike with the help of goal-line technology.

Manchester United reached nine points with their third straight win in Group A. They have a three-point lead over Basel. CSKA stayed with three points, while Benfica have zero points after three losses.



PSG continue to go from strength to strength in the Champions League and they currently sit atop Group B with 12 goals for, none against and three victories.

Kylian Mbappe scored after less than three minutes before setting up Edinson Cavani for a close-range header shortly before halftime.

The world's most expensive player, Neymar, also had his moment in the second half — sending a low free kick under the soaring defenders and past goalkeeper Matz Sels in the 66th minute. Angel Di Maria rounded off the scoring two minutes from time.

Bayern remained three points behind PSG after a comfortable win in Jupp Heynckes' second match in charge, and moved three points above Celtic. Anderlecht are still without a point.

Heynckes, who retired after guiding Bayern to the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble in 2013, has the German powerhouse running smoothly again after taking over from Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired after the side's 3-0 defeat at PSG.

Thomas Mueller and Joshua Kimmich put Bayern 2-0 up inside half an hour and Mats Hummels wrapped it up when he headed in a corner shortly after the break.



Cheslea salvaged a point against Roma when Eden Hazard headed in his second goal of the night in the 75th minute.

Edin Dzeko's double had briefly put Roma in front but 2012 Champions League winners Chelsea remain two points ahead of the Italian club at the top of the group.

Chelsea had made a blistering start at Stamford Bridge with David Luiz curling a shot into the bottom corner after 11 minutes.

Hazard doubled the Premier League champions' lead but Aleksandar Kolarov pulled one back for Roma five minutes before halftime.

Atletico Madrid are three points behind Roma after being held 0-0 by newcomers Qarabag, who earned their first point in their third game.

The match was marked by the disputed dismissal of Qarabag forward Dino Ndlovu, who was judged to have dived in the 75th minute, drawing his second yellow card of the night.



Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition when he curled a free kick over the wall in the 61st minute. Olympiakos goalkeeper Silvio Proto got a hand on the ball but couldn't keep it out as Messi took his career tally in the Champions League to 97 goals.

Messi also set up left back Lucas Digne to score in the 64th when he dribbled around a defender before cutting the ball back through the area for his teammate to drive it home.

Nikolaou scored Olympiakos' consolation goal with a header from a corner in the 90th.

Barcelona had gone ahead thanks to an own-goal by Dimitris Nikolaou in the 18th, but the hosts were left a man down three minutes before halftime. Gerard Pique got a second booking for using his arm to steer the ball into the net. The strike was disallowed.

Barcelona remain three points ahead of Juventus, with Sporting three points further back. Olympiakos have zero points.

Mario Mandzukic scored the winner for the Italian side six minutes from time after free-kick specialist Miralem Pjanic had canceled out an own-goal by Juventus defender Alex Sandro in the first half.

Tanaka, Yankees top Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead

New York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle throws during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Mike Fitzpatrick

New York (AP) - Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York.

Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans.

Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Didi Gregorius also delivered big hits as New York chased Keuchel in the fifth and handed him his first postseason loss. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner had been Yankees kryptonite throughout his career, entering 6-2 with a 1.09 ERA in eight career starts against New York, including a pair of scoreless outings in playoff wins.

Both of those came at the expense of Tanaka, who lost 3-0 to Keuchel in the 2015 AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium and 2-1 in Game 1 of this series.

But this night belonged to Tanaka and the Baby Bombers.

New York finally broke through against Keuchel with two outs in the second, when Starlin Castro doubled to deep left-center and scored on Greg Bird's sharp single. Cheering fans almost sounded surprised by the hit — big enough for Bird to flash both thumbs down, doubling up on the Yankees' playful sign to each other for clutch swings.

In the third, Judge grounded an RBI double just inside the third base line and past a diving Alex Bregman. Brett Gardner sped all the way around from first and scored with a headfirst slide.

Bregman's throwing error on Chase Headley's infield single aided the Yankees in the fifth. Keuchel pitched around Judge and walked him with two outs before Sanchez lined a run-scoring single into the left-field corner.

Going into that at-bat, Sanchez was 1 for 16 with seven strikeouts in the series — and 0 for 8 with 6 strikeouts against Keuchel overall.

Gregorius then grounded an RBI single up the middle that grazed the glove of diving second baseman Jose Altuve. With the score 4-0, that was it for Keuchel after he yielded his most runs ever to New York.

Sanchez hit his third postseason homer off Brad Peacock in the seventh to make it 5-0.

Despite beautiful weather in the Bronx, the Astros didn't take batting practice on the field. If they were hoping that might help their slumping hitters reset, it didn't.

The highest-scoring team in the majors this season, Houston batted .153 through the first four games of the series and fared no better against Tanaka. The normally reserved right-hander from Japan, who can opt out of his $155 million contract this winter, has been at the top of his game in October and showed rare emotion on the mound during this one.

He worked around a leadoff double in the second, when the Yankees — with a stingy Keuchel undoubtedly in mind — successfully played their infield in with Yuli Gurriel on third and one out in a scoreless game. Tanaka later spun around and shouted in excitement after striking out struggling table-setters George Springer and Josh Reddick with two on to end the fifth.

Tanaka received treatment on his leg between starts after being struck by Reddick's liner in Game 1, but showed no ill effects. Keeping the ball down with his slider and splitter, he struck out eight and walked one.

Imam and Ali seal 7-wicket win for Pakistan over Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya leaves the field after his dismissal during the third ODI cricket match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 18. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Abu Dhabi, UAE (AP) — Imam-ul-Haq became the third youngest player to score a century on his one-day international debut and Hasan Ali grabbed 5-34 as Pakistan hammered Sri Lanka by seven wickets to secure a series victory on Wednesday.

Pakistan took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, with Sri Lanka's losing streak in ODIs now stretching to 10 matches.

The 21-year-old Imam is the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former captain and Pakistan's current chief selector. He hit 100 off 125 balls with two sixes and five fours to help Pakistan cruise to 209-3 in 42.3 overs.

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga top-scored with 61 after winning the toss and opting to bat first, but his team's batting woes in the series continued before they were finally dismissed for 208 in 48.2 overs.

Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella (18) had provided a solid opening stand of 59 off 65 balls before Hasan clean bowled Dickwella.

Dinesh Chandimal struggled for 49 balls to score 19 before Sri Lanka collapsed midway through their innings as Pakistan's spinners, Shadab Khan (2-37) and Mohammad Hafeez, tied the batsmen down.

Shadab struck in successive overs by having Chandimal trapped lbw and then Tharanga holed out at deep midwicket off a short delivery as Sri Lanka slipped to 112-3.

Ali hastened the collapse when Chamara Kapugedera — one of two changes Sri Lanka made after losing the first two matches — chipped an easy return catch.

Ali combined with captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed to get Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya and Dushmantha Chameera all caught behind as Sri Lanka struggled after losing Tharanga in the 28th over.

Ali became the quickest Pakistani bowler to complete 50 wickets in ODIs, claiming the feat in 24 matches, three fewer than the previous record set by Waqar Younis.

Imam, replacing out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad at the top order, dominated two productive stands -- adding 78 runs with Fakhar Zaman (29) and further 66 with Babar Azam (30).

Imam looked confident from the onset when he smashed seamer Lahiru Gamage for a six over point.

Wicketkeeper Dickwella twice dropped Imam, on 29 and 89, before finally catching him down the leg side.

Pakistan's Salim Elahi is the youngest century scorer on debut, also against Sri Lanka, as an 18-year-old in 1995. Mark Chapman of Hong Kong is the second-youngest at 21 years and 142 days, when he managed the feat against the United Arab Emirates in 2015. Imam will be 22 in December.

The remaining two matches of the series will be played at Sharjah on Friday and next Monday.

Fournier, Magic hold off Heat 116-109 in opener

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier, left, goes up for a shot in front of Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Terrance Harris

Orlando, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic were about to squander a 17-point fourth-quarter lead, giving their season opener a familiar feel.

Then Evan Fournier helped get 2017-18 off on a different foot.

Fournier made three clutch shots to slow the hard-charging Miami Heat, and the Magic held on for a 116-109 win on Wednesday night — its first season-opening victory since 2012.

Last year, Orlando often lost confidence and poise in late, tight situations. But when Miami pulled within two points with 2:39 remaining, Fournier went to work, scoring seven of his team-high 23 points in the final 2:27.

"Obviously I was still confident, but I think two or three years ago that's a game we would have lost," Fournier said. "It shows growth from us players."

Prior to Fournier's surge, the Magic were reeling. Orlando went more than three minutes without a point after Jonathon Simmons' two free throws with 5:39 remaining.

In between, Miami staged an 11-0 run and moved within 105-103 on Goran Dragic's two free throws with 2:39 left.

Then Fournier hit his 3, cutting off Miami's rally.

"That's good but I wish we would have killed the game when we were up 17," Fournier said. "It's hard to tell right now what happened, maybe we were too confident. But when you are up 17, you have to kill the game."

Second-year Magic coach Frank Vogel was pleased Fournier stepped up. James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Dragic had been pushing Miami hard while Orlando missed shots during the 11-0 stretch.

"The best way to stop a run is to score the ball," Vogel said. "Evan kept us in the game and sealed the game for us by continuing to play good offensive basketball. You need a guy like that to carry the load. He was terrific tonight."

Orlando center Nikola Vucevic had 19 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Miami was led by Hassan Whiteside, who dominated the paint in the second half. Whiteside finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was disappointed his team couldn't find a way to complete the comeback.

"If we want to get where we want to get with this group, we're going to really have to commit to those tough things, those physical things," Spoelstra said. "All of those these things we're capable of, and we've shown flashes of it."


Heat: Host Indiana on Saturday night.

Magic: Play at Brooklyn on Friday night.

Maple Leafs have 4-goal 1st, beat Red Wings 6-3


Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner, top, and Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin collide during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto (AP) — Curtis McElhinney got all the help he needed in his season debut.

McElhinney made 30 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs scored four times in the first period in a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Starting in place of Frederik Andersen, McElhinney stopped 15 shots in the third period to hold off the Red Wings.

"There's a little rust on my end, that's for sure, but it sure did feel nice to get in there," McElhinney said. "Obviously, the run support early on helps and goes a long way. It's just a big win for us and I'm happy I could help out."

Nazem Kadri, Zach Hyman, Auston Matthews, Connor Brown, Morgan Rielly and William Nylander scored to help Toronto improve to an NHL-best 6-1-0.

"Great to see, but it's still October," Kadri said. "There's a lot of good teams and it won't be this loose for long."

The Maple Leafs were coming off a 2-0 victory at Washington on Tuesday night.

"We used everybody last night, a good four-line rotation, so that helped us," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "Our guys were fresher than they might have been. McElhinney had a real solid effort for us, he had to be good early. Even though we scored (early) it took a while to get our legs going."

Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, Jonathan Ericsson scored for the Red Wings, and Nick Jensen had three assists. Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on four shots before getting yanked in favor of Petr Mrazek late in the first period.

Toronto scored on its first two shots and four of its first five.

"I think there was some funny goals," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "''I don't know if it was all on them, some of it is. It's one of those nights."

The Maple Leafs opened the scoring after catching the Red Wings on a bad line change. Kadri took a long pass from Ron Hainsey, walked in and beat Howard over the blocker at 5:56. Hyman scored 44 seconds later, tipping Rielly's shot past Howard.

"I thought (Kadri's) group was our best group tonight, dialed in start to finish," Babcock said.

Zetterberg put Detroit on the board with 7:50 to play in the first after getting McElhinney to bite on a fake before skating around the net and finishing on a wraparound with the netminder out of position.

Matt Martin didn't record Toronto's third shot on net until near the 14-minute mark of the period and it turned out to be the only save of the night for Howard.

Matthews chased Howard from the Wings net with 4:14 to play in the first, snapping a shot past him from almost the exact same spot Kadri did to open the scoring. Mrazek didn't fare any better, with Brown beating him through a screen on the first shot he faced — 40 seconds after Matthews' goal.

Notes: A "moment of celebration" was held before the game for Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. He died of cancer on Tuesday at 53. ... Leafs forward Patrick Marleau played in his 1,500th NHL game.


Red Wings: Host Washington on Friday night.

Maple Leafs: At Ottawa on Saturday night.

Update October 18 , 2017

Spurs hold Madrid, Liverpool win big in Champions League

Tottenham's Harry Kane shoots on goal during the Group H Champions League match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Tuesday Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Ciaran Fahey

Berlin (AP) — Tottenham held defending champions Real Madrid to 1-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Liverpool racked up their biggest ever away win in Europe.

Juergen Klopp's side crushed Maribor 7-0 in Slovenia, and to cap a good night for English sides Manchester City defeated Napoli 2-1.

Spartak Moscow enjoyed a big win in Group E, thrashing Sevilla 5-1, and Besiktas made it three wins from three with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Monaco.

Leipzig defeated visiting Porto 3-2 for their first ever win in European competition, but the other German side in action - Borussia Dortmund - were left contemplating an early exit after being held at APOEL Nicosia to 1-1.

Here's a closer look at the four groups:

Group E

Liverpool's record away win coincided with Maribor's worst Champions League loss.

Maribor had lost only one of their last 11 home games in the competition, but they appeared quickly out of their depth as Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah put Liverpool 3-0 up inside 20 minutes.

Salah and Firmino would go on to grab seconds, substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had Klopp celebrating with the side's sixth late on, and Trent Alexander-Arnold completed the rout in the last minute. Liverpool's previous highest score on the road in Europe was 5-0, three times.

"It's nice to write history," Klopp said.

Sevilla's heavy defeat in Moscow means Liverpool are well-placed to top the group with a home game against Maribor next.

Liverpool have five points, the same as Spartak, while Sevilla are third on four.

Group F

Napoli ended Manchester City's Champions League debut in the group stage in 2011, but Pep Guardiola's side doesn't look like it will be denied by Napoli this time.

Guardiola kept faith in the side that routed Stoke 7-2 at the weekend and was rewarded with early goals through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

Dries Mertens had the chance to pull one back from the penalty spot after Kyle Walker hauled down Raul Albiol, but Ederson saved the spot kick just as Napoli appeared to be getting back into the game.

Amadou Diawara did better with Napoli's second penalty with just over 15 minutes remaining but there wasn't to be an equalizer.

"You cannot beat Napoli unless you produce a good performance," Guardiola said.

Shakhtar Donetsk are three points behind City after beating Feyenoord 2-1, and Napoli are third with only three points from three games. Feyenoord have no points.

Group G

Besiktas came back to stun a Monaco side which took the lead through Falcao.

Monaco aren't the same side who reached the semifinals last season, and this defeat was the side's fourth across all competitions.

The Turkish side tops the group, five points ahead of Leipzig, who defeated Porto 3-2 for their maiden Champions League win. All the goals came in the first half.

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao sprung a surprise when he left Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas on the bench in favor of Jose Sa, who was at fault for Leipzig's first goal.

Porto are third, two points ahead of last-placed Monaco.

Group H

Much was expected of the meeting of two of the competition's most prolific strikers in Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Tottenham's Harry Kane, but the anticipated shootout failed to materialize.

Ronaldo matched Kane's tally of five goals from three games when he equalized with a penalty, but the Portuguese forward also missed several chances, while Keylor Navas denied Kane with a fine save in the first half.

The visitors showed no fear in Madrid and led when a retreating Raphael Varane turned in Serge Aurier's cross in the 21st minute.

Ronaldo equalized after Aurier brought down Toni Kroos.

Hugo Lloris produced a string of saves to deny Madrid a winner.

The 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi started at right back for Madrid for his competition debut.

Dortmund's hopes of making the second round took a major blow after being held in Nicosia to 1-1. After losing their opening games Dortmund needed a win to kick-start their campaign, but had to rally against APOEL.

Yankees beat Astros 6-4 to even ALCS at 2

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a home run during the seventh inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 17, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Jake Seiner

New York (AP) — With a soaring shot headed for Yankee Stadium's Monument Park, Aaron Judge got New York back on track for another memorable October.

Judge ignited a rousing rally with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to spur the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 6-4 Tuesday night and level the AL Championship Series 2-2.

The Baby Bombers trailed 4-0 against starter Lance McCullers Jr. until Judge homered leading off the seventh. He tied it with a line drive that nearly left the park in the eighth and scored when Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead two-run double off Ken Giles.

The Yankees overcame three errors and have roared back from a second straight 0-2 series deficit — they beat Cleveland in the Division Series by winning three in a row to take that best-of-five matchup.

Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth to cap a three-hitter. New York improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs and won for the 18th time in their last 21 home games.

Yankee Stadium will be rocking again when Masahiro Tanaka pitches for New York against Dallas Keuchel in Game 5 Wednesday. It's a rematch of the series opener, when Keuchel outdid the Japanese right-hander in a 2-1 Astros win.

An AL MVP candidate marred in a sluggish October, Judge sparked the Yankees by chasing McCullers, who baffled the Yankees with his power breaking ball.

Except for the last one.

Judge launched a curveball into the netting above center field's Monument Park for New York's second hit.

"Once we're within striking distance like that, anything can happen," Judge said.

Houston manager A.J. Hinch pulled McCullers after 81 pitches, Didi Gregorius tripled off Chris Devenski and Sanchez brought Gregorius in with a sacrifice fly.

"I thought Aaron's home run just lit a little spark," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Todd Frazier led off the eighth with a double to left, and pinch hitter Chase Headley then did the same — only after falling between first and second base, taking one step back, then heading for second and sliding in ahead of Jose Altuve's tag.

"Panic," Headley recalled. "I went from one of the best feelings of my career to one of the worst in just a matter of seconds, but fortunately it worked out."

Brett Gardner brought in Frazier on a groundout, and Judge came to bat with the bundled crowd on its feet.

He reached down to stay with a slider and drilled a double high off the left-field wall as a fan in a longsleeve yellow shirt reached down and touched the ball. Gardner came home with the tying run, and Gregorius grounded a single just beyond shortstop Carlos Correa's reach to put runners at the corner. Sanchez, who had been 0 for 13 in the series, scored them both with a slicing drive that skipped to the wall in right-center.

Houston had not lost consecutive games since Sept. 8-10 at Oakland and the major leagues' best road record during the regular season. The Astros had just three hits and are hitting .153 in the series.

Yankees starter Sonny Gray pitched one-hit ball through five innings but again had no run support. His teammates have yet to score for him in four career postseason starts while he's still on the mound, including twice with New York this year.

Houston took a 3-0 lead in the sixth after George Springer walked leading off, and Josh Reddick reached on catcher's interference by Austin Romine — inserted into lineup for his defense.

Robertson walked Altuve and struck out Carlos Correa before Yuri Gurriel lined a three-run double past Frazier and all the way to the wall. Gurriel got hung up between second and third as Altuve scored, and he was tagged out by Judge to end a rundown.

Houston added a fourth run when second baseman Starlin Castro misplayed Brian McCann's grounder in the seventh, allowing Marwin Gonzalez to score from second. It was Castro's second error of the game.

Tour champion Froome could face Dumoulin test on 2018 route

Britain's Chris Froome poses in front of the road-map during the presentation of the 2018 Tour de France cycling race, in Paris, Tuesday Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Jerome Pugmire

Paris (AP) — Defending champion Chris Froome can expect a stern challenge from Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in next year's Tour de France.

Froome is chasing a record-equaling fifth victory to move level with Belgian great Eddy Merckx, French riders Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, and Spanish great Miguel Indurain.

Froome and Dumoulin won the three Grand Tours last year, with Froome adding the Spanish Vuelta and Dumoulin winning the Giro d'Italia.

The 105th edition of the Tour features a hilly 31-kilometer (19-mile) time trial through the Basque country on the penultimate day. Froome is a specialist, but Dumoulin is the reigning world time trial champion.

The 32-year-old Froome is still in his prime, while the 26-year-old Dumoulin is approaching his.

"A contest between Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin, two riders with similar qualities, wouldn't displease me. It would force one of the two to try something different to surprise the other," Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme said Tuesday. "We're looking at a new generation that wants to entertain. I think that if Christopher Froome is up against Tom Dumoulin, they will want to do that. They will be more or less equal in the time trials. That's something very exciting."

The race starts on July 7 — a week later than usual because of the soccer World Cup in Russia — and opens with a flat 189-kilometer (117-mile) route for sprinters from Noirmoutier-en-l'ile to Fontenay-le-Comte in the Vendee region, on the Atlantic coast.

With the team time trial returning after being omitted the last two years, Froome's Team Sky will be confident of creating early time gaps on Stage 3 — a 35-kilometer (21.7-mile) route starting and ending in Cholet in Western France. But Sky faces tough competition, because Dumoulin's Sunweb team are the reigning TTT world champions.

The Tour route, which goes clockwise, features 25 mountain climbs — ranging from the relatively difficult Category 2 to Category 1 and the daunting Hors Categorie (beyond classification). Eleven are in the Alps, four in the Massif central region and 10 in the Pyrenees.

"It is a massive challenge and a Tour de France that tests every aspect of cycling," said Froome, who won the past three races and in 2013. "I wouldn't expect anything different from the organizers."

The Tour also has more time bonuses on offer in flat stages over the 3,329-kilometer (2,064-mile) course.

The difficult climbs start on Stage 10, the first of three straight days of grueling Alpine ascents. But organizers have preceded that with a tricky ninth stage that could shake up the peloton. It takes riders over 15 treacherous cobblestone sections: the highest number since the 1980 Tour, with nearly 22 kilometers (13.6 miles) altogether.

"It's going to be a very nervous race," Froome said.

The Roubaix cobbles may perhaps trouble Froome, although Prudhomme thinks the British rider can handle anything.

"We've seen that Chris Froome has a range of abilities much wider than people said," Prudhomme said. "He's intelligent and hard-working. He keeps on winning in a different manner than in previous years."

Even though Froome will be 33 on next year's Tour, Prudhomme still thinks he can improve.

"I don't think we've seen everything that Froome has to offer," Prudhomme said.

The cobbles are followed by a rest day on July 16, and Froome had better make the most of it because the Alps start brutally the day after.

Stage 10 on July 17 has four difficult climbs on a 159-kilometer (98.6-mile) route from Annecy to Le Grand Bornand. They include a punchy ascent of Montee du plateau de Glieres, featuring for the first time.

"Six kilometers with an 11.2 percent gradient is monumental," Prudhomme said.

The third day of Alpine climbing begins with Col de la Madeleine, then Croix de Fer (which translates as the ominous-sounding Iron Cross) and ends with an ascent of l'Alpe d'Huez: three of the Tour's most well-known.

"The Alpe d'Huez stage will be the Queen stage," said Froome, selecting it as the hardest. "It's going to be a very big challenge."

Dumoulin is not in Froome's class as a climber, but is not so easy to drop. Whether he can stay with Froome through the Pyrenees, however, will prove crucial to his chances.

Three tough days of climbing in the Pyrenees starts with Stage 16 on July 24: a daunting 218-kilometer (135-mile) route from Carcassone to Bagneres-de-Luchon that follows the second rest day.

Stage 17 is short at 65 kilometers (40 miles) but cruel, with three consecutive nasty climbs, ending with an attack up Col de Portet. Stage 19 has four ascents and then ends with a potentially treacherous 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) descent to test the concentration of tired riders.

Whoever is freshest after that will have a better chance of challenging Froome in the time trial.

The 21-stage race ends with its customary processional Sunday finish on the Champs-Elysees.

Italy to face Sweden in World Cup playoffs

Former Spanish soccer player Fernando Hierro draws Italy against Sweden at the FIFA World Cup European play-off draw at the headquarters of FIFA in Zurich, Tuesday, Oct. 17. (Christian Merz/Keystone via AP)

Graham Dunbar

Zurich (AP) — Four-time champions Italy will have to beat Sweden in a European playoff to qualify for their 15th straight World Cup.

A regular at every World Cup since 1958, the Italians were drawn Tuesday to play in Sweden in the first leg of the playoff on Nov. 10.

"A World Cup without Italy isn't a World Cup," said Italy team manager Gabriele Oriali, representing coach Gian Piero Ventura at the draw at FIFA headquarters.

Still, Oriali — who played on Italy's 1982 winning team — cautioned that "history and tradition don't go out onto the pitch."

In other pairings, it was: Northern Ireland vs. Switzerland; Croatia vs. Greece; and Denmark vs. Ireland. The first legs will be played from Nov. 9-11, with the return games from Nov. 12-14.

The four winners will enter the World Cup draw on Dec. 1 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

Sweden got the opponents who coaches of the other three unseeded teams all said they wanted to avoid.

"If it's worst or easiest or whatever, it doesn't matter today because it's Italy we're going to play," Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.

Four years ago, Sweden also got a tough draw and were eliminated by Cristiano Ronaldo's three second-leg goals for Portugal in Stockholm.

Switzerland were the highest-ranked team in the draw, and won nine straight games in qualifying until a final and decisive loss to Portugal this month.

"I feel their qualification group was possibly one of the easier groups," Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill said. "It's a game I believe we can win."

Northern Ireland have not been at a World Cup since 1986, and their neighbors have missed three straight editions — including elimination in a controversial November 2009 playoff against France.

Ireland coach Martin O'Neill said he was also pleased to avoid Croatia's "star-studded side" to play a Denmark team coached by Age Hareide, a former teammate 35 years ago.

Martin O'Neill picked out Christian Eriksen, the in-form Tottenham playmaker, as a danger ahead of a first leg in Copenhagen.

"If you consider the Danish run just recently, he has masterminded nearly all their proceedings," Martin O'Neill said.

Croatia and Greece, who both came through playoffs to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, could generate the most heated atmosphere of the four pairings.

"There is a great rivalry between both countries," said Michael Skibbe, the German coach of Greece, who said his team's style of tough defence and counter-attacks matched well with Croatia's stylish midfield.

"Maybe this is for us quite a good choice," Skibbe said. "Every player of my team knows exactly what the opponent is going to do. They will not surprise us."

The eight teams had the best records as runners-up in the nine European qualifying groups.

Sharapova loses to Rybarikova at Kremlin Cup

Russia's Maria Sharapova plays a return during her first round match against Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

James Ellingworth

Moscow (AP) — Maria Sharapova was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday, ending her bid for a second title in two weeks.

Sharapova, who won the Tianjin Open two days ago, brought her usual power but lacked accuracy with some wild swings on key points.

"I felt fine physically, to be honest, especially after having played five matches in five days (in Tianjin). That was a big surprise," Sharapova said. "Maybe I wasn't as prepared as I should have been. ... Maybe if this tournament hadn't been in Moscow, I wouldn't have played it."

Sharapova was under pressure on serve from the start and saved six break points before finally being broken for 6-5. She responded by breaking Rybarikova, but Sharapova's double fault at 4-3 in the tiebreaker handed the Slovakian the momentum to close out the set.

Rybarikova, seeded eighth, sealed the match after saving two break points to lead 5-4, then breaking Sharapova in the next game. Rybarikova will play Alize Cornet in the second round.

Six months after she returned from a 15-month doping ban, Sharapova is still trying to move back up the rankings from her current position of 57th. Her first tour appearance in Moscow in a decade drew a large and enthusiastic crowd despite taking place in the afternoon.

Also, another Russian title hopeful fell in the first round as fifth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova lost to unseeded compatriot Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (2), 6-1.

Last year's finalist, Daria Gavrilova of Australia, reached the second round, beating Kristyna Pliskova 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

Seventh-seeded Julia Goerges beat Russian qualifier Polina Monova 6-0, 6-3.

In the men's Kremlin Cup, sixth-seeded Damir Dzumhur defeated Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 0-6, 6-2. Andrey Rublev, seeded fifth, was a first-round loser to qualifier Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 7-6 (6).

Mourinho says long-term tenure at Man United unlikely

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho listens to questions during a news conference at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon, Tuesday, Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Lisbon, Portugal (AP) — Jose Mourinho believes the days of a coach lasting "15 to 20 years in the same club" are over, making it unlikely he will end his managerial career at Manchester United.

Speaking ahead of United's Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday, the 54-year-old Mourinho said he plans to stay in soccer management for "15 years minimum."

"It is impossible to last for so long (at one club)," Mourinho said. "If, in this moment, I wanted to finish my career in two, three, four or five years then I would say yes, I want to finish my career with Manchester United."

The Portuguese coach was responding to comments he made about his future at United in an interview conducted with French television that aired on Sunday. In that interview, he also spoke in glowing terms about Paris Saint-Germain and the French club's bid to shake up the established order in Europe with their recent recruitment.

"The answer is that nothing is happening: I am not signing a new five-year contract and I am not leaving for PSG," Mourinho said about his situation. "I am at Manchester United and I have a contract. And that is it."

"I was asked," he added, "how is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15 to 20 years in the same club? I think Arsene Wenger is the last one at Arsenal. It is impossible for us with everything that surrounds the job, all of the pressures that surround the job."

Mourinho joined United in 2016 on a three-year contract with the option to stay until at least 2020.

Update October 17 , 2017

Woods cleared for golf activities with no restrictions

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Doug Ferguson

New York (AP) - Tiger Woods is swinging a driver without pain, and his agent says doctors have cleared the former world No. 1 to practice without limitations.

Still to be determined is when Woods can play in a tournament.

"We haven't even addressed when he comes back to play again. We have not addressed one thing," said Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent at Excel Sports Management. "He wants to play this so conservatively."

Steinberg said Woods received a "good report" last week from doctors who performed fusion surgery on his lower back in April. Woods posted a video on Twitter on Oct. 7 of him hitting a smooth iron shot. Then on Sunday, Woods posted another video — in a red shirt, no less — hitting a driver.

"Making progress," he tweeted.

Woods, whose last victory was four years ago at the Bridgestone Invitational for his record 18th World Golf Championships title, has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 because of back spasms.

Two months later, he had a fourth surgery on his back in 19 months.

Woods first posted a video on Aug. 31 hitting pitch shots. Steinberg said doctors last week allowed Woods "to proceed with no restrictions," which is when he began posting video of fuller golf shots.

"He has started to hit balls at a more aggressive rate," Steinberg said. "He feels really good, but he's going to take it very slowly. I think he's excited that he's not feeling pain. That's what gets him excited, being able to bend down and pick up his kids.

"He's taking it from wedges and short irons to the longer clubs. But he's still doing it in a really cautious manner."

Woods was an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, and he said then his priorities were to get his health in order, make sure he is pain-free and then wait on word from his doctors.

"I'm still training. I'm getting stronger," he said on Sept. 27. "But I certainly don't have my golf muscles trained."

Woods last year returned after 15 months to play in his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he finished 15th in an 18-man field. The tournament is a week after Thanksgiving. Two spots are still available for sponsor exemptions to players in the top 50 in the world, or to the tournament host, which is Woods.

Mahrez salvages 1-1 draw for Leicester against West Brom

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, center, breaks through the West Bromwich Albion defence during the English Premier League match at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, Monday, Oct. 16. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Leicester, England (AP) — Leicester failed to climb out of the English Premier League's relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion extended the team's winless run to six matches on Monday.

Riyad Mahrez salvaged a point for Leicester with an 80th-minute equalizer at King Power Stadium, but it was another ponderous display by the hosts, who could be set for another season of struggle after their improbable title-winning campaign of 2015-16.

Last season, Leicester were defending the title and plunged to within a point of the relegation zone before firing Claudio Ranieri, the manager who masterminded the unlikely charge to the Premier League trophy. They ended up pulling clear of trouble under Ranieri's replacement, Craig Shakespeare.

Now, Leicester have dropped into the bottom three, two points from safety and on just six points from eight games, though they have had a tough schedule.

Mahrez's goal was his first of the season and a reminder of his class that won him English soccer's player of the season award in 2016. The Algerian winger chested down a header from international teammate Islam Slimani and drove home an angled shot through West Brom defender Jonny Evans' legs.

Leicester's only win came against Brighton in the second week of the season.

West Brom went ahead in the 63rd minute of a lackluster game when Nacer Chadli curled a free kick around the defensive wall and inside the post, with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel wrong-footed. West Brom are also winless in six matches.

"I don't think it'll win any points for being a classic," Schmeichel said of the game afterwards.

Azam, Shadab lift Pakistan to 32-run victory in 2nd ODI

Pakistan's Babar Azam plays a shot during the second ODI cricket match against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Oct. 16. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Abu Dhabi, UAE (AP) — Babar Azam hit a second successive century and Shadab Khan gave a strong all-round performance as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second one-day international on Monday.

Azam scored 101 off 133 balls a day after celebrating his 23rd birthday, while Shadab dug in to score 52 not out to lift Pakistan's total to 219-9. They featured in a 109-run stand after Pakistan were 101-6 against seamers Lahiru Gamage (4-57) and Thisara Perera (2-34).

Captain Upul Tharanga became the first Sri Lankan to carry his bat in an ODI with an unbeaten 112 off 144 balls including 14 fours, but his team were bowled out for 187 in 48 overs.

"Our batting collapsed but the way they (Azam and Shadab) batted after that on a difficult pitch was brilliant," said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who won the toss.

"The pitch kept getting slower and slower, so batting wasn't easy ... if we trust the youngsters, they give us good performances."

Shadab also outfoxed the batsmen with his legspin to finish with 3-47 as, yet again, the Sri Lankan top order failed to fire as they did in the first game of five, which they lost by 83 runs on Friday.

Azam and Shadab batted resolutely and rotated the strike with singles and twos much to the frustration of Sri Lanka. Neither attempted expansive shots.

Azam raised his century with only six boundaries before he miss-hit Gamage's low full toss in the last over and was caught at long on.

In the run chase, Tharanga struggled to get partnerships going and survived two early catching chances when Shadab and Azam dropped sitters.

The Sri Lankan captain also successfully overturned a caught behind decision against him on 29, and Pakistan missed an opportunity to have him lbw on 46. Shadab didn't go for the video review when replays showed the ball would have crashed on to the stumps.

But Sri Lanka always lagged behind despite Tharanga's chancy stay at the crease. They slipped to 93-7, losing five wickets in seven overs. Shadab claimed three of those wickets.

Tharanga added 76 runs with Jeffrey Vandersay (22) but never looked to threaten Pakistan's total before Vandersay holed out in the deep and the last two batsmen were run out.

"When you're 90 for 7, it's a tough task," Tharanga said. "It was good to carry the bat, but disappointed with the result."

Sri Lanka have lost 18 of their 23 ODIs in 2017, including 5-0 defeats against South Africa and India.

FIFA confirms 8 top-seeded teams in World Cup draw

Zurich (AP) — FIFA has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining host Russia as top-seeded teams in the World Cup finals draw.

France rise one place to No. 7 to edge out Spain, as defending champions Germany head an unchanged top six.

After a busy qualifying program last week, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Poland are also top-seeded for the Dec. 1 draw in Moscow.

FIFA uses October rankings to decide all four seeding pots despite nine places in the 32-team World Cup finals lineup to be decided in November.

Russia are top-seeded for the World Cup despite being ranked No. 65.

Chile at No. 9 are the highest-ranked team eliminated from the World Cup.

Mexico at No. 16 head CONCACAF teams. Tunisia at No. 28 are Africa's best, and No. 34 Iran lead Asia.

Pulev out of Joshua fight through injury, replaced by Takam

British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua.  (AP Photo)

London (AP) — Kubrat Pulev has pulled out of his world heavyweight title fight against IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua because of a shoulder injury.

Joshua will now face Carlos Takam, who is rated No. 3 by the IBF.

The fight will take place at the original venue of Cardiff on Oct. 28.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, says Pulev was injured in sparring. Hearn also said Takam has been on standby since the Joshua-Pulev fight was announced.

Hearn says "it's a difficult position for AJ. Having prepared meticulously for the style and height of Pulev, he now faces a completely different style and challenge in Takam — this hasn't happened in his career."

Update October 16 , 2017

Federer beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title

Roger Federer of Switzerland lifts the champion’s trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal, right, of Spain in their men's singles final at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Sandra Harwitt

Shanghai (AP) — Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.

The Swiss 19-time grand slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head record, didn't face a break point and started and ended the match with service breaks.

"I don't know what my expectations were going in," Federer said. "I thought I might struggle early on because it was a late finish last night.

"I had no nerves before the match, surprisingly. I think I was pretty clear about how I wanted to play the match. I started off very well and relaxed from then on."

Despite his dominance in 2017, Federer doesn't rate his chances of catching Nadal in their head-to-head record.

"It's not going to happen. We don't have enough years left on the tour. We ranked too good so we play each other only in finals at the moment... You can't win them all against Rafa, to be honest. He's too good of a player," Federer said.

Federer took advantage of three of seven break point opportunities in the match to snap Nadal's 16-game winning streak, which included his China Open victory last week.

Federer, who has won the last five encounters between the pair dating back to the 2015 Basel final, also beat Nadal in the Australian Open final, a round of 16 match at Indian Wells and the Miami final this year.

"Have been a very difficult match for me," Nadal said. "He played very fast and he played well.

"Of course was not the best match for me of the week. When somebody plays better than you, sport is very difficult. That's the real thing, no? When you play against somebody that is better than you in most of the things that really matters in this sport, in this kind of surface, then it's tougher."

The Shanghai Masters is Federer's 94th career title, moving him into a tie with Ivan Lendl in second place on the Open era list.

Nadal arrived on court with a bandage under his right knee, the same leg he twice smacked with his racket after losing his serve for the first time this week in the semifinal.

Federer said he was surprised to see the wrap and didn't feel Nadal was struggling with his movement.

In his post-match press conference, Nadal elected not to discuss the knee injury, saying, "I don't want to talk about that now, sorry, but after losing final is not the moment."

When asked if he would play upcoming tournaments in Basel, Switzerland and Paris, Nadal refused to confirm his participation.

Federer took advantage of a third break point in the first game of the match with a winning backhand passing shot. He broke Nadal's serve again on a second break point in the fifth game of the second set when Nadal sailed a backhand crosscourt wide. In the final game, Nadal netted a forehand at 15-40 to end the 72-minute match.

With Rodgers out, Vikings cruise past Packers 23-10

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) lies on the ground after being hit by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Minneapolis (AP) — Harrison Smith led Minnesota's defense in a thorough dismantling of Green Bay, as the Vikings knocked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers out of the game on Sunday with a broken collarbone during a 23-10 victory that drastically altered the course of the NFC North.

Smith had 1 sacks on safety blitzes, a diving interception and two pass breakups, helping the Vikings (4-2) limit the injury-depleted Packers to a season-low 227 yards.

Anthony Barr, who later left with a concussion, delivered the game-changing hit on Green Bay's second drive when he took Rodgers hard to the turf as the two-time NFL MVP followed through on a pass.

Rodgers fell on his throwing shoulder, and the Packers (4-2) announced he could miss the remainder of the season.

Brett Hundley threw his first career touchdown pass in relief, connecting with Davante Adams in the second quarter after a 63-yard return by Clay Matthews of Jerick McKinnon's fumble gave the Packers the ball at the 18.

Hundley was picked off three times and sacked four times. He finished 18 for 33 for 157 yards. The Packers had five first downs and 102 yards over the first three quarters.

Case Keenum, making his fourth start in place of the injured Sam Bradford, went 24 for 38 for 239 yards without top wide receiver Stefon Diggs. He threw 13 times to Adam Thielen, completing nine for 97 yards.


East Rutherford, New Jersey — Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a quarterback, getting his 187th.

The Patriots (4-2) were playing their first game in 10 days after beating Tampa Bay 19-14 on Oct. 5, and appeared a bit rusty early as they fell behind 14-0 in the second quarter against the surprising Jets (3-3).

New York had a chance to tie the game after getting the ball back with 1:53 remaining, but the Patriots' 32nd-ranked overall defense held on — forcing Josh McCown to throw incomplete on a desperation heave on fourth-and-17 from the 50, and ending the Jets' three-game winning streak.

Brady broke a tie with Peyton Manning and Brett Favre for the record.

New York appeared to make it a one-score game again on its next possession as Austin Seferian-Jenkins took a short pass from McCown and reached over the goal line for a 4-yard touchdown.

But officials reviewed the score and said the video replay showed that Seferian-Jenkins slightly lost control of the ball as he went out of bounds on the side of the end zone, resulting in a touchback — despite the ball never hitting the ground. That gave the Patriots back the ball, with the Jets' sideline irate.


Kansas City, Missouri — Le'Veon Bell ran for 179 yards and a touchdown, Antonio Brown made an acrobatic touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and the Steelers handed the NFL's only unbeaten team its first loss.

The Chiefs (5-1) still had a chance after Brown's 51-yard reception made it 19-10, moving quickly downfield and getting a 33-yard field goal from Harrison Butker.

And when their defense forced a quick three-and-out, Tyreek Hill's 32-yard punt return gave them the ball with 1:48 to go.

But after the Steelers (4-2) gave up a first down, James Harrison sacked Alex Smith on third-and-10, and the quarterback's incomplete pass on fourth down left the NFL with no perfect teams.

Ben Roethlisberger was 17 of 25 for 252 yards for Pittsburgh, bouncing back from his abysmal five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week. His favorite target was Brown, who a few weeks ago was flipping over water coolers on the sideline but spent Sunday slinging high-fives. He finished with eight catches for 155 yards, often beating All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters.


Oakland, California — Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play and the Chargers took advantage of a key missed extra point by Giorgio Tavecchio.

The Chargers (2-4) had been done in by poor kicks this season, losing twice on misses by former kicker Younghoe Koo. Novak missed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, but it was a missed extra point by Tavecchio — after a high snap by Jon Condo early in the fourth quarter — that was the difference in a fourth straight loss by the Raiders (2-4).

Philip Rivers took over at his 8 with 4:09 to play and used two long passes to Hunter Henry to move the Chargers into field-goal range. Five straight runs by Melvin Gordon and two kneeldowns moved the ball to the 14 and drained the clock, setting the stage for Novak's winning kick.

The Raiders had taken the lead on a 47-yard end-around by Cordarrelle Patterson, but that and the return of quarterback Derek Carr weren't enough to end this slide. Oakland last lost four in a row during an 0-10 start in 2014.


Glendale, Arizona — Adrian Peterson rushed for two touchdowns and 134 yards in an impressive Arizona debut and the Cardinals held off a furious second-half Tampa Bay rally.

The Buccaneers (2-3) lost quarterback Jameis Winston to a right shoulder injury in the second quarter, with the Cardinals (3-3) leading 21-0. But backup Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns to bring Tampa Bay back from a 31-0, early third-quarter deficit.

Fitzpatrick's 37-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans cut the Arizona lead to 38-32 with 2:02 to play.

Larry Fitzgerald recovered the onside kick and, with no Tampa Bay timeouts remaining, the Cardinals ran out the clock.

Carson Palmer completed his first 14 passes and finished 18 of 22 for 283 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a score.

Peterson, acquired in a trade with New Orleans on Tuesday, carried 26 times and scored on a 27-yard run to cap Arizona's first possession. He added a 1-yard TD run after Tramon Williams' interception near the goal line in the fourth quarter. The 32-year-old running back gained 47 more yards on Sunday than the 87 he had in four games with the Saints.


Baltimore — Connor Barth kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:08 left in overtime, and the Bears used a 167-yard rushing effort by Jordan Howard to beat the Ravens.

The Bears (2-4) blew a 14-point lead in the second half before coming through in overtime behind Howard, whose 53-yard run put Chicago at the Baltimore 40. After rookie Mitchell Trubisky completed an 18-yard pass to Kendall Wright, Barth delivered the winner.

Making his first career start on the road, Trubisky directed a conservative game plan that leaned heavily on the run. The first-round draft pick completed 8 of 16 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

The Bears gained 231 yards on 54 rushing attempts.

Baltimore (3-3) trailed 17-3 in the third quarter and 24-16 late in regulation before using two long kick returns to get back in the game.

Bobby Rainey took a kickoff 96 yards for a score and Michael Campanaro brought back a punt 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 remaining. The 2-point conversion was successful, setting up overtime.


Atlanta — Jay Cutler threw a pair of touchdown passes, Cody Parkey kicked a pair of field goals and the Dolphins rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit.

Matt Ryan had another crucial interception with the Falcons in position to at least attempt a tying field goal. Cordrea Tankersley got a hand on a pass intended for Austin Hooper and Reshad Jones swooped in to make the clinching interception with 39 seconds remaining.

Parkey put the Dolphins (3-2) ahead for the first time with 2:30 remaining, booting a 38-yard field goal after a gutsy play by receiver Jarvis Landry, who was hit by six players but still managed to power ahead for a key first down.

Cutler, who struggled in his first four games as the Dolphins' fill-in starter after putting off retirement, completed 19 of 33 for 151 yards, including scoring passes to Landry and Kenny Stills. Jay Ajayi rushed for 130 yards.

The Falcons (3-2) appeared headed for an easy victory, building a big lead that looked even more comfortable against a team that had scored only three offensive touchdowns all season. But back came Miami.


Jacksonville, Florida — Pharoh Cooper returned the opening kickoff 103 yards, one of two special teams touchdowns that helped the Rams.

The Rams (4-2) also blocked a punt for a score and a 10-point lead in the first half. Malcolm Brown returned the loose ball 8 yards for the franchise's first such touchdown since 2005.

The Jaguars (3-3) botched a decent chance to tie the game early in the fourth period when Blake Bortles fumbled on one play and then threw an interception on the next. It cost Jacksonville a shot at ending its up-and-down start to the season.

Los Angeles essentially sealed its third road victory on Greg Zuerlein's 29-yard field goal with 2:32 remaining. The Rams hadn't started 3-0 away from home since 2001.

The Jaguars, coming off an impressive victory at Pittsburgh, still haven't won consecutive games in more than a year and lost for the ninth time in 10 games at EverBank Field.


New Orleans — Running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combined for 237 yards from scrimmage, the Saints' resurgent defense forced five turnovers and scored a franchise-record three times.

New Orleans (3-2), which has a winning record for the first time since its last playoff season in 2013, built a five-touchdown lead, only to gut out a remarkable bid by Detroit to pull off the greatest comeback in NFL history.

Detroit (3-3) scored four straight TDs, including one on a punt return by Jamal Agnew and another on A'Shawn Robinson's close-range interception near the Saints goal line, in less than 15 minutes off the game clock to pull as close as 45-38 with 6:41 to go. But after Agnew muffed a punt and barely got it out of the end zone, Saints defensive end Cam Jordan scored on virtually the same type of play as Robinson when he got his hand on Matt Stafford's pass from the end zone.

The Saints' defense produced its first points on Detroit's first possession, when Alex Okafor sacked and stripped Stafford in the end zone and safety Kenny Vaccaro recovered. In the third quarter, rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans' top draft choice last spring, made his first interception and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.

Playing on a sore right ankle that visibly limited his mobility, Stafford was hit often, sacked five times and turned over the ball five times: twice on fumbles and three times on interceptions, two of which were tipped. New Orleans also batted down many of Stafford's throws.


Landover, Maryland — Washington's Kirk Cousins threw for two touchdowns, ran for a score, and also had an interception as part of an inconsistent performance against his past — and possibly — future mentor Kyle Shanahan's winless 49ers.

The Redskins blew a 17-point lead before barely holding on.

Cousins was hardly at his most accurate in completing 25 of 37 passes for 330 yards against the team he has been linked to for next season because of his connection with Shanahan. The 49ers (0-6) remain unsettled at quarterback: Shanahan benched Brian Hoyer for rookie C.J. Beathard, who threw for 245 yards, a touchdown and an interception and nearly led an impressive comeback.

Beathard, a third-round pick out of Iowa and grandson of former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard, took over for Hoyer with about six and a half minutes left in the first half and the 49ers down 14-0. After Hoyer was 4 of 11 for 34 yards, Beathard went 19 of 36 in his first NFL action.

With the 49ers down by two in the final minute, Beathard led them toward field goal range. He was intercepted by Kendall Fuller on fourth down to seal the result.

The Redskins (3-2) weren't helped by several injuries on defense. They benefited from playing a 49ers team that is now the first in NFL history to lose five consecutive games by three points or fewer. San Francisco's past five losses have come by a combined 13 points.


Houston — Deshaun Watson threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first rookie in NFL history with at least three TD passes in three straight games. Watson has thrown 15 touchdown passes this season, the most in NFL history by a rookie in a team's first six games. It equals the number of TD throws Brock Osweiler had in 15 games last season.

The Browns lost their 16th in a row on the road.

Cleveland made yet another change at quarterback this week, benching rookie DeShone Kizer, who had thrown a league-high nine interceptions, for Kevin Hogan to make his first NFL start. The results were much the same as Hogan threw three interceptions to keep the Browns (0-6) winless and drop coach Hue Jackson's record in Cleveland to 1-21.

Johnathan Joseph had two interceptions, including one he returned for 82 yards to boost the Texans' defense in their first game since J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus sustained season-ending injuries last week.

Watson threw TD passes to Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and DeAndre Hopkins as the Texans (3-3) set a franchise record by scoring at least 30 points for the fourth straight game.

Rooney saves Everton and Koeman at Brighton; Saints draw

Everton's Wayne Rooney, top, takes the ball from Brighton & Hove Albion's Lewis Dunk during their English Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, Sunday Oct. 15. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

Brighton, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney may have saved his manager's job after a successful last-minute penalty kick secured a point for Everton in a 1-1 draw at Brighton in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Ronald Koeman's future as Toffees boss looked in doubt when Anthony Knockaert gave Brighton the lead eight minutes from time, but Rooney kept his cool to level from the spot.

While the draw only lifts Everton to 16th, it might be enough to persuade the club to give Koeman more time.

"I think we deserved something out of the afternoon," Koeman said. "We know we can play better but the commitment and belief was really positive. At least it's one point."

Although they lost Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United over the summer, the arrival of Rooney and young talent such as Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen gave Everton a positive outlook going into the season.

However, Koeman's new-look side has amassed just eight points from as many games — and it would have been seven if it weren't for a moment of madness from Brighton captain Bruno.

The defender recklessly elbowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the neck inside the penalty area in the dying stages of the game, giving referee Michael Oliver no choice but to point to the spot.

Rooney calmly sent Brighton 'keeper Mathew Ryan the wrong way. Knockaert had given Brighton the lead eight minutes earlier when Morgan Schneiderlin failed to clear the ball in his own box.

Brighton are above Everton in 14th thanks to a superior goal difference.



It was teacher versus student as Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino hosted Newcastle and his former boss Rafael Benitez in a 2-2 draw.

Pellegrino played for Benitez at Valencia and Liverpool before becoming a member of his coaching staff at Anfield and later at Inter Milan.

Newcastle twice led but were pegged back by Manolo Gabbiadini on both occasions as Southampton managed to score for just the second time in 10 Premier League home games.

Isaac Hayden gave Newcastle the lead in the 20th minute as he showed fine technique to direct the bouncing ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Southampton leveled in the 49th when Gabbiadini was allowed too much time and space in the penalty area before tucking a low shot in at the near post.

But less than two minutes later the visitors retook the lead. Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster was at fault as he palmed Ayoze Perez's routine effort straight back to him and left space for the striker to squeeze the rebound in at the near post.

It was another reckless moment from a defender that allowed Southampton back into the game once more as Florian Lejeune unnecessarily brought down Shane Long inside the box.

Gabbiadini smashed the penalty into the corner to move Southampton back into the top half of the table, a place behind Newcastle, who sit ninth with 11 points.

Ducati rider Dovizioso wins MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan


Italy's Andrea Dovizioso, right, steers his Ducati tailed by Spain's Marc Marquez on the way to winning the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Sunday, Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Motegi, Japan (AP) — Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso edged championship leader Marc Marquez to win the MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan on Sunday.

Dovizioso moved ahead of Marquez on the final lap and clocked a time of 47 minutes, 14.236 seconds at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit to beat the Repsol Honda rider by 0.249 seconds. Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci was third, 10.557 seconds off the pace.

With three races left, Marquez leads Dovizioso by 11 points in the overall season standings.

"I knew that anything could happen," Dovizioso said. "It was so exciting to be in this race, to fight with Marc always is, and it was important for the championship."

Suzuki riders Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins were fourth and fifth, respectively. Jorge Lorenzo was sixth on his Ducati, ahead of Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro in seventh and pole sitter Johann Zarco on a Yamaha.

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales and Ducati rider Loris Baz rounded out the top 10.

The next race is on Oct. 22 at Phillip Island, Australia.

England's Hatton wins Italian Open for 2nd straight title

Britain's Tyrrel Hatton celebrates after winning the 74th Italian Open Golf tournament in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 15. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)

Monza, Italy (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Italian Open on Sunday for his second European Tour victory in two weeks.

Last week, Hatton retained his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the storied Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland.

Now the Englishman is up to fifth in the Race to Dubai rankings.

It looked like Hatton was heading for a three-man playoff before he rolled his final putt into the bottom of the cup and unleashed a series of fist pumps to celebrate the Rolex Series victory.

"I had a good feeling standing over it, even though my hands were shaking and my knees were shaking," Hatton said.

A day after celebrating his 26th birthday, Hatton birdied five of the last seven holes for a bogey-free 65 to finish at 21 under.

"It was a battle with myself today," said Hatton, who had a slow front nine. "But my caddie kept saying it would come in the end and it did. ... I got a hot streak with the putter, which helps a lot."

Fellow Englishman Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand tied for second, one stroke behind, while third-round leader Matt Wallace finished fourth at 19 under.

Defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari finished in a tie for sixth.

Hatton took home a first-place check of around $1.1 million, the biggest prize in an increased purse of $7 million this year as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome.

Crowds were large throughout the week at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza's Formula One circuit.

Ko fires 68 to clinch 1st LPGA Tour victory on home soil

Jin Young Ko of South Korea watches her shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Incheon, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Jin Young Ko overcame a sluggish start to clinch her first LPGA Tour victory at the KEB Hana Bank Championship on Sunday.

Ko, who had been two strokes in front overnight, bogeyed two of the first three holes at the Ocean Course before carding six birdies for a 68 and an overall 19-under total of 269.

"After I made the two bogeys I had a really long chat with my caddie," Ko said. "He kept reminding me that being nervous was quite natural, that I needed to accept those nerves. I kept reminding myself of that."

Sung Hyun Park, seeking her third LPGA Tour victory of the year and the chance to take over at the top of the Rolex Rankings for the first time, was denied both goals after closing with a 68 and finishing two shots behind Ko.

Park played flawless golf over the first 13 holes with four birdies, but a three-putt bogey at the 14th effectively halted her title bid.

"Although I didn't win, I think I had a really solid, good round," said Park. "It's not easy to lower your score in the final group of the championship, and I managed to get a four-under round.

In Gee Chun, playing with compatriots Park and Ko in the final grouping, finished in third after carding a final round 69.

Carlota Ciganda, who won last year's LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in a playoff with Alison Lee, tied for eighth with a final-round 72.

Sharapova wins her 1st title since doping ban

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return shot to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during their women's singles final at the Tianjin Open tennis tournament in north China's Tianjin Municipality, Sunday, Oct. 15. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Tianjin, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title since returning from a doping ban after defeating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin Open on Sunday.

The Russian, a tournament wild card, overcame Belarusian teenager Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6 (8) despite trailing heavily in both sets.

Sharapova last won a title at the Italian Open in May 2015.

The former top-ranked player and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium at the Australian Open in January 2016. That led to a 15-month doping ban, which expired in April.

"Such a special, special tournament, and victory for me, one that I'll remember forever," Sharapova said. "Sometimes you never know when it will all come together but it happened to me this week in Tianjin."

Sharapova displayed resilience as she came from behind in both sets to overcome her 19-year-old opponent.

Sabalenka led 4-1 in the opener and 5-1 in the second before relenting to Sharapova's greater big-match experience. It was Sharapova's 36th WTA singles title.

The 30-year-old Sharapova played in her first Grand Slam tournament following the ban at the U.S. Open in August, where she reached the fourth round. Sunday's result will lift Sharapova up to No. 57 in the world rankings.

Update October 14 - 15 , 2017

Del Potro has wrist placed in splint after fall in Shanghai

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina holds his hand in pain after falling on the court during his men's singles quarterfinals match against Viktor Troicki of Serbia in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Sandra Harwitt

Shanghai (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro's bruised left wrist was placed in a splint after a nasty fall while winning his quarterfinal at the Shanghai Masters on Friday.

Del Potro is due to play Roger Federer in the semifinals on Saturday. The other semifinal features top-ranked Rafael Nadal against Marin Cilic.

Del Potro tumbled on the court at 2-2 in the third set against Viktor Troicki of Serbia and instinctively tried to break the fall with his left wrist. Del Potro, who has undergone surgery on both wrists, conferred with a trainer as he repeatedly shook his wrist.

Del Potro ended up breaking Troicki's serve in that fifth game and prevailed 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

"I don't know how my wrist is after I fell down," del Potro said before leaving for a local hospital. "I felt something wrong in that moment, but I continued to play, just playing (backhand) slices just to finish the match. I'm going to the hospital to see what the MRI says, and what the doctor says.

"Then I will take a decision for tomorrow. I would like to play and be 100 percent."

Jorge Viale, del Potro's agent, later tweeted that tests revealed a "wrist contusion" but "more serious problems were ruled out."

"The doctors put a splint to immobilize the wrist," Viale added. "Tomorrow morning, Juan Martin will decide whether he plays the semifinal."

Del Potro beat Federer in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Federer made another matchup by beating Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-4.

"I hope for him (del Potro) that it's nothing serious," Federer said. "He's had problems in the past and this is why he's worried, rightfully so. At the end of the day nothing changes for me, I'll be ready to come out here to play, and it's for revenge for the U.S. Open."

Meanwhile, Nadal tied Andre Agassi for sixth place on the list of all-time Open Era wins. Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win.

Nadal also improved his win streak to 15 having won the China Open last week. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal.

Here, Dimitrov extended their quarterfinal to a third set when he rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to win the second-set tiebreaker.

In the third set, Nadal saved the one break point he faced in the match in the fifth game, and broke serve in the sixth to set up victory.

"Winning a lot of matches in a row, so I'm very happy for everything," Nadal said. "Of course, being able to win the U.S. Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here ... I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum. We'll see tomorrow if I can have another good day."

Fourth-seeded Cilic stands between Nadal and a second ATP final in two weeks.

Cilic advanced to his first Shanghai semifinal by beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3, 6-4.

The 25th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas ended Cilic's streak of winning 21 service games in the sixth game of the second set.

"I was a little bit angry with myself just with not keeping up the good tennis at that moment," Cilic said.

Azam and seamers spur Pakistan to 83-run victory

Pakistan's Hassan Ali runs between the wickets during their first ODI cricket match against Sri Lanka in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai, UAE (AP) — Pakistan rode on Babar Azam's century and brilliant bowling by their seamers upfront to notch a convincing 83-run victory against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Friday.

Azam, who could total only 39 runs in Pakistan's 2-0 loss in the test series, returned to form with 103 off 131 balls and Shoaib Malik swelled Pakistan total to 292-6 by smashing 81 off 61 deliveries after being sent into bat.

Seamers Hasan Ali (3-36) and Rumman Raees (3-49) snared six wickets in between them before Lahiru Thirimanne (53) and Akila Dananjaya (50 not out) delayed the inevitable and carried Sri Lanka to 209-8.

"When you lose one series, the first match of the next series becomes very important, credit to the boys," Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.

"We've got a lot of bowling options. This bodes well for us. The way we've done today, we'll look to carry this template forward."

Earlier, Fakhar Zaman (43) and Mohammad Hafeez (32) couldn't convert good starts before Azam and Malik dominated the Sri Lankan bowling in a 139-run stand with a bit of luck.

Azam was dropped on 42 and could have been out caught behind off legspinner Akila Dananjaya soon after reaching 50 but Sri Lanka earlier squandered their only video review.

Azam held down one end and completed his half century off 80 balls before notching his sixth ODI century and first against Sri Lanka off 128 balls with five fours.

Malik batted with lot of freedom, hitting two sixes and five fours and kept pushing up the scoring rate through brilliant running between the wickets with Azam as Sri Lanka struggled to contain runs in later stage of the Pakistan innings.

Sri Lanka, who have been whitewashed by South Africa and then by India at home in 2017, struggled to pace their run-chase against both Raees and Hasan.

Raees dismissed Niroshan Dickwella (19) and Dinesh Chandimal (4) before captain captain Upul Tharanga was clean bowled by Hafeez while attempting a needless pull shot against the off-spinner.

Sri Lanka stuttered to 67-5 when Ali removed Kusal Mendis (2) and Milinda Siriwardana off successive deliveries as Raees returned and had Thirimanne trapped leg before wicket.

Dananjaya and Jeffrey Vandersay (25) put on the best partnership of the innings by contributing 68 runs for the eighth wicket but couldn't prevent Sri Lanka from going down to their eighth consecutive defeat in ODIs.

"Pakistan batted really well. At one stage, we thought we could restrict them to below 270," Tharanga said. "We haven't batted to potential in the last few series ... it's time we deliver."

The second match of the series will be played at Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Backstrom leads Capitals over Devils

New Jersey Devils right wing Stefan Noesen (23) and Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10) compete for the puck during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Friday, Oct. 13, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Newark, New Jersey (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and three assists as the Washington Capitals knocked the surprising New Jersey Devils from the NHL's unbeaten ranks with a 5-2 victory Friday night.

T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, and Alex Ovechkin scored his ninth of the season and set up Backstrom's power-play tally to help Washington hand New Jersey its first loss in four games.

Jacub Vrana also scored for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby had 21 saves. Washington is 8-0-1 in its last nine games against New Jersey.

Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, who had surprised many with their quick start after finishing in the basement in the Eastern Conference last season. Cory Schneider made 23 saves, getting beat three times on the power play.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artemi Panarin and Seth Jones scored to rally Columbus past New York.

Panarin, acquired from Chicago in the offseason, had his first goal with the Blue Jackets. He snaked through the defense and beat goalie Henrik Lundqvist between the pads 7:25 into the third for a 2-1 lead.

Lukas Sedlak added an empty-net goal, and Zach Werenski had two assists.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves for Columbus, allowing only Kevin Hayes' first-period goal.

Pavlyuchenkova, Gavrilova advance to Hong Kong semis

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of Japan during their quarter-final match at the Hong Kong Open tennis tournament in Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong (AP) — The highest ranked player left in the Hong Kong Open, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Osaka ousted Venus Williams but couldn't match the 21st-ranked Pavlyuchenkova from the baseline, and served nine double faults.

Pavlyuchenkova, chasing a third WTA title, faces Wang Qiang in the semifinals after the Chinese hope beat Sam Stosur 7-5, 6-2.

Wang looked like she might retire after calling a trainer to court in the first set.

"I felt really, really sick, I couldn't see the ball, but my coach pushed me," Wang said.

Daria Gavrilova beat Lizette Cabrera 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in an all-Australian match. Cabrera received a free pass into the quarters when defending champion Caroline Wozniacki withdrew with an elbow injury. Gavrilova also conceded the second set in their match, but calmed down and regained control.

Gavrilova lined up Jennifer Brady, who beat fellow American Nicole Gibbs 7-5, 6-4 to earn her first WTA semifinal.

Brady has taken advantage of top-seeded Elina Svitolina withdrawing from the tournament after hurting her right leg in the China Open last week.

Dovizioso fastest in practice for MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan

Italy's Andrea Dovizioso talks with team members during the free practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Motegi, Japan (AP) — Andrea Dovizioso clocked the fastest lap in Friday's practice for the MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan, edging championship leader Marc Marquez.

Dovizioso was just 0.043 seconds ahead of the Repsol Honda rider in wet conditions at Twin Ring Motegi. Aleix Espagaro of Aprilia Racing had the third-fastest time of 1 minute, 55.061 seconds.

Dovizioso's Ducati teammate Jorge Lorenzo was fourth ahead of Yamaha rider Johann Zarco.

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, who has five wins at Motegi, moved up to eighth place after struggling in the morning practice session.

With four races left, Marquez leads Dovizioso by 16 points. Maverick Vinales and Pedrosa are in third and fourth place in the season standings.

Rain is also forecast for Saturday's qualifying.

India-Australia T20 series drawn after 3rd match washout

A scoreboard displays an announcement about the third and final Twenty20 cricket match between India and Australia being called off, in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Hyderabad, India (AP) — The India-Australia Twenty20 series was drawn after the third match was abandoned because of a wet outfield on Friday.

The umpires decided the outfield at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was unfit for play within an hour of the scheduled start of play, much to the disappointment of the 30,000-strong crowd.

India won the first T20 and Australia the second.

Earlier, India won the five-match one-day international series 4-1.

Australia head home to prepare for the Ashes, with the first test in Brisbane starting on Nov. 23.

India, meanwhile, await the arrival of New Zealand for three ODIs and three T20s over the next three weeks. The first ODI will be in Mumbai on Oct. 22.

Update October 13, 2017

Defending champion Molinari shares lead at Italian Open

Italy's Francesco Molinari hits a shot during the first day of the Italian Open Golf tournament in Monza, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 12. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)

Monza, Italy (AP) — Defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari was among six players who shared a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Italian Open.

Jamie Donaldson, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Eddie Pepperell, Matt Wallace and Alexander Bjork also shot 7-under 64s Thursday at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza's Formula One circuit.

George Coetzee and An Byeong-hun were both one stroke back in the Rolex Series event, which has an increased purse of $7 million this year as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia stood in a group two strokes behind the leaders, while playing partner and fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm was among those three shots behind.

Tommy Fleetwood, who leads the Race to Dubai ahead of Garcia and Rahm, had some ground to make up after a par 71.

Molinari chipped in for birdie at No. 18, his ninth hole of the day, and finished with nine birdies and two bogeys.

"I started pretty much where I left off last year," Molinari said.

With no ticket fees, Molinari had a lot of fan support.

"It's great to see the crowds," he said. "I think there's a nice buzz around the place and I'm happy and proud to be part of it."

Thailand's Aphibarnrat led for most of the morning after sinking four birdies in his first eight holes before saving par at the 18th.

"This course really suits my game — small greens, quite a narrow golf course — and my driver and putter are working so well," Aphibarnat said.

World Cup bribery case opened against PSG president, Valcke

Jerome Valcke, former FIFA Secretary General, arrives at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge his ten-year suspension imposed by FIFA in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct 11. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP)

Graham Dunbar

Geneva (AP) — Swiss federal prosecutors have announced a criminal case for suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain.

The investigation concerns alleged bribes offered to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to award 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to Qatari-owned BeIN Media Group, the office of Switzerland's attorney general said on Thursday.

The latest proceeding in a broader Swiss investigation of FIFA is against "Jerome Valcke, the chief executive officer of the BeIN Media Group LLC Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and a businessman in the sports rights sector," federal prosecutors said.

Valcke was alleged to have received "undue advantages" from the businessman, who was not identified, to award "media rights for certain countries" for four World Cups from 2018 through 2030.

Valcke was questioned on Thursday and properties were searched in France, Greece, Italy and Spain.

Swiss prosecutors said the action was carried out with Eurojust, a European Union agency for cooperation in criminal matters.

"Multiple premises were searched, assets were seized and interviews were conducted as a result of this joint operation," the European justice body said in a statement.

The criminal proceeding was opened on March 20, but only announced on Thursday, the Swiss federal office said.

The proceeding against Al-Khelaifi is one of the first direct links to Qatar in sweeping investigations by authorities in the United States, France and Switzerland of FIFA, international soccer, and the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests.

Al-Khelaifi's profile has risen in recent weeks as PSG pursued and sealed a world record transfer of Brazil star Neymar from Barcelona for 220 million euros.

The case stemmed from a wider investigation of FIFA's business that saw criminal proceedings opened against Valcke in March 2016.

Valcke was FIFA's CEO-like secretary general under then-president Sepp Blatter from 2007 until he was fired in January 2016.

The French former TV presenter was in Switzerland on Wednesday to testify at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in his appeal hearing against a 10-year ban by FIFA for financial wrongdoing and abuse of expenses.

Del Potro tops Zverev to secure Shanghai quarterfinal

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina celebrates after defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men's singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 12. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Sandra Harwitt

Shanghai (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals by overcoming third-seeded Alexander Zverev 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Thursday.

Del Potro required four match points - two on Zverev's serve in the ninth game, two on his own serve in the 10th - to win this first encounter career against the German.

Del Potro, who lost his serve for the only time in the match in the second game, won nine of his 15 service games at love.

"I'm happy with my success as I played one of the good guys on tour, he's been playing so good this season," del Potro said. "This was a positive for me looking to the future."

Zverev, who was in the hunt for a sixth ATP title of the season, lost his composure after netting a backhand to surrender his serve in the fifth game of the third set to the Argentine.

Zverev whacked his racket on the court. That didn't satisfy his anger so he kept smashing the racket courtside until it was a mangled mess.

"For me, it's impossible to lose a match when I've only been broken one time," Zverev said. "The game where he broke me I was up 40-15 and I was just unfocused there."

Del Potro, a 2013 Shanghai finalist, was aware he made a likely permanent impact by breaking Zverev's serve.

"I saw his frustration, for sure," he said. "He's still very young and has to keep learning. He has everything to be in the top of the game."

Earlier, sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria got past Sam Querrey of the U.S. 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the round of 16. Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic defeated another American, Steve Johnson, 7-6 (1), 6-4.

Cleveland rocked: Indians' season comes to stunning halt

Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis throws his bat after striking out against New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman during the eighth inning of Game 5 of their baseball American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Tom Withers

Cleveland (AP) — The end came quickly, painfully and with little warning.

When the final out was made, and Cleveland's season crashed way before it ever imagined with a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees, the Indians retreated to their clubhouse to try to figure out what went wrong.

The list was long.

Ace right-hander Corey Kluber pitched poorly. All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez didn't hit, and the Indians committed seven errors in the final two games when they didn't look anything like a team that won 102 games or was favored to take home the championship coming into October.

"It actually stinks," closer Cody Allen said in a subdued clubhouse. "They just flat-out played better than us the last three days."

Unable to finish off a young Yankees team fighting for its manager, the Indians became the first team in history to blow a two-game series lead in consecutive postseasons.

It wasn't supposed to be like this.

After getting to Game 7 of the World Series a year ago, the Indians set out to win it all in 2017. This was supposed to be their year.

Instead, it's just another heartbreaker for a Cleveland team that appeared unstoppable and had Kluber on the mound at home for the biggest game this season.

"It's disappointing," manager Terry Francona said. "We felt good about ourselves. We came down the stretch playing very good baseball, and we did some things in this series that I don't think were characteristic of our team. We made some errors, kicked the ball around a little bit.

"Sometimes you don't swing the bat. That's part of it. But we made it harder to win in some cases, especially the last two games."

But the presumptive Cy Young Award winner wasn't himself in two starts, posting a 12.79 ERA and looking ordinary. Following Game 5, Francona hinted that Kluber may have been bothered by a back injury — and other health issues — that put him on the disabled list earlier this season.

"I don't think we need to get into details of that," Kluber said when asked about the injury. "I was healthy enough to go out there and try to pitch. I don't think anybody is 100 percent at this point of the year, but good enough to go out there and try to compete."

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius homered twice off Kluber in the first three innings, staking the Yankees to a 3-0 lead.

"I made two mistakes to Didi," Kluber said. "He's a good hitter and he hit two home runs. I felt like I threw the ball better than I did the other day, but ultimately it wasn't good enough."

When they left for New York on Friday with a 2-0 lead, the Indians seemed to be in the driver's seat.

But a team that won 22 straight games — the longest streak in AL history — couldn't prevent its first three-game losing streak since July 30 to Aug. 1.

Outfielder Jay Bruce, who was so clutch after coming over in an August trade from the New York Mets, was stunned by the Indians' unexpected slide.

"It's a missed opportunity for us," said Bruce, eligible for free agency this winter. "I'm still very proud of the way we played this year, but obviously it doesn't mean much when you get to the postseason and can't do the job.

"I don't have any explanation for it. I don't know if there's an exact science for closing out a series. We couldn't get it done. We got beat. They played better. That's the bottom line."

Jason Kipnis, who moved from second base to center field late in the season, was having trouble accepting Cleveland's fate.

"They deserved to win, but I'm not going to tell you the better team is going on," he said. "I still think we're the better team, but they played better than we did the last three games.

"When you have that good of a season, over 100 wins, it makes it that more disheartening when you don't finish the job. Everyone in here knows we had higher hopes than this, but that's baseball. This game is tough. It just didn't work out."

Wenger says Sanchez, Ozil could be sold in January

Chile's Alexis Sanchez, right, is held back by Brazil's Alex Sandro during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

London (AP) — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club could sell Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in January to avoid the pair leaving for free next summer.

Sanchez and Ozil, who are the most high-profile players in Arsenal's squad, are out of contract at the end of the season.

Asked if selling midseason is a potential solution, Wenger says "it is possible. Once you're in our kind of situation, we have envisaged every solution, yes."

Sanchez came close to joining Manchester City on the final day of the summer transfer window.

Wenger says on Thursday "both players look happy here and overall I hope the situation can be turned around."

Defender Shkodran Mustafi will be out for up to six weeks because of a thigh injury sustained during the international break.

Update October 12, 2017

Nadal and Federer win in straight sets at Shanghai Masters

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a backhand shot against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during their men's singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 11. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Shanghai (AP) — Rafael Nadal lost only four points on serve Wednesday in a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jared Donaldson in the second round of the Shanghai Masters.

The top-ranked Spaniard and No. 2 Roger Federer both advanced by winning their opening matches in straight sets.

"It was a very quick match," said Nadal, who won his sixth title of the year in Beijing last week. "I was happy to have that early break in the sixth game. After that I played a great match, not many mistakes, played aggressively."

Federer defeated Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (4), 6-4, winning the match with his 14th ace on his second match point.

"I knew going in it was not going to be easy because he's had a great run the last few weeks, months," Federer said. "He was confident. He was shaking off misses, no problems. He was serving well, making the right decisions.

"He was confident and as an opponent you can feel that. I felt that today it was going to be dangerous down the stretch of every set."

Nadal and Federer are both in contention for the season-ending No. 1 ranking, although only Nadal can clinch that honor this week. Nadal will be guaranteed to retain the No. 1 ranking through the end of the season if he wins his first career Shanghai title and Federer loses before reaching the semifinals.

Earlier, sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov saved three match points before finally defeating Ryan Harrison 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

The 46th-ranked Harrison led 4-2 in the third set and then 6-3 in the tiebreaker. But Dimitrov won the final five points to get through.

"I just had to be there (on those match points)," Dimitrov said. "At (my) match point, I just had to make my first serve because I knew he would go for it if not."

Also, U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson lost to Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2), while Gilles Simon, Alexander Zverev, Sam Querrey and John Isner all advanced.

Strasburg, Nationals beat Cubs 5-0, force NLDS to Game 5

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the seventh inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Jay Cohen

Chicago (AP) — Stephen Strasburg gave Washington everything he had, and it was more than enough.

So much for all those questions about heart and character.

Strasburg shook off an illness and pitched seven dominant innings, Michael A. Taylor hit a late grand slam and the Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Wednesday to send their NL Division Series to a decisive Game 5.

"I just focused on one pitch at a time and going as long as I could," Strasburg said.

Moments after Sean Doolittle closed out Strasburg's first career playoff win, the focus shifted to the final game of the series in Washington on Thursday night. Kyle Hendricks starts for the World Series champion Cubs after throwing seven sharp innings in a 3-0 victory over Strasburg in Game 1.

Washington manager Dusty Baker was non-committal when asked about his starter, with Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark the most likely candidates.

"You know, whoever it is, I hope they pitch like Stras did today," Baker said.

No kidding.

Strasburg got sick after his terrific performance in the playoff opener on Friday, and the Nationals had planned to go with Roark even after a persistent rain washed out Game 4 on Tuesday. That led to a flurry of comments and criticism about whether the ace had the right stuff to pitch in big moments.

But Strasburg felt better when he woke up Wednesday and told Baker he wanted the ball. That was all Baker needed to hear.

"I could see the focus and determination in his eyes, you know what I mean, when he came in the office and we talked to him," the manager said. "You know, he's a man of few words, but the words he said, you know, gave us every indication that he was ready."

Standing tall as clouds of mist rolled through Wrigley Field, Strasburg struck out 12 , allowed three hits and walked two. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft has 22 Ks in 14 innings in the series, allowing only a pair of unearned runs in the sixth in the opener.

"I like to think that any game that I pitch is the most important game," Strasburg said. "That's just how I tried to go into Game 4, and now we get a chance for a Game 5."

Chicago wasted a gutsy performance from Jake Arrieta and solid relief by Game 2 starter Jon Lester in its first home playoff loss since Game 4 of the World Series last year. NL MVP Kris Bryant struck out four times, and the defending champs went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

"We just have to be offensively a little bit better tomorrow," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "They have been really good. We have been really good. Listen, they got a grand slam. Otherwise, it's kind of like the same game both sides."

Arrieta walked five in four innings in his return from a hamstring injury, but limited Washington to an unearned run and two hits. Lester got the Cubs all the way to the eighth, picking off Ryan Zimmerman before departing after Daniel Murphy's two-out single.

But Chicago's bullpen faltered from there. Carl Edwards Jr. walked two in a row and threw ball one to Taylor before he was replaced by Wade Davis. Taylor then drove a 1-1 pitch into the basket overhanging the brick wall in right field for his first career homer in the playoffs.

"I was kind of numb, just running around the bases," Taylor said. "Honestly, I didn't think it was going to get out the way the wind was blowing in."

Ryan Madson worked the eighth and Doolittle finished the three-hitter, giving the NL East champions a chance to avenge years of playoff heartache.

Washington also made it to the playoffs in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and fell in the first round each time, including five-game losses to St. Louis in 2012 and Los Angeles last season.

"Once you get out there, that stuff doesn't really matter," Taylor said. "What we did last year doesn't help or hurt us once we're in between the lines. We'll just go out there and play our game."

The Nationals jumped in front in the third, taking advantage of a Chicago error for the second straight game. Trea Turner doubled with one out for his first hit of the series and advanced on a wild pitch. Jayson Werth struck out looking before Arrieta walked Bryce Harper, putting runners on the corners.

Zimmerman followed with a slow roller to shortstop. Addison Russell charged the ball, but he couldn't bring it in.

It was Chicago's sixth error of the series, and reliever Brian Duensing picked up another one on an errant throw in the ninth. Left fielder Kyle Schwarber committed two errors on one play in Game 3, setting up Washington's only run in a 2-1 loss.

"It's two heavyweights going at it," Lester said. "We're going to the last round. We're going to figure it out. We've got Game 5 so it should be exciting TV. It should be exciting in our clubhouse."

Trump: 'About time' NFL demands players stand during anthem

Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 8. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Washington (AP) — President Donald Trump says "it is about time" that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell demands "that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY."

Trump made a reference Wednesday on Twitter to Goodell's meetings next week with NFL owners, where they will consider changes to a game manual that says players "should" stand during the national anthem. That's a guideline that the league has left to the discretion of players who have kneeled in larger numbers after Trump's criticism.

NFL owners will have their annual fall meeting in New York next Tuesday and Wednesday, and the league has invited the players' union to take part.

"Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith (Wednesday) and both he and player leadership will attend the league meetings next week," the NFL said in a statement. "There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized. Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way."

Goodell told club executives Tuesday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that the anthem issue is dividing the league from its fans. He said the NFL needs to move past the controversy.

"The real dialogue and the real issues have been overtaken by the controversy," Goodell told NFL Network. "What we want to do is get back to focusing on the actions that we want to take to really improve our communities and support our players to get things done."

Goodell met Tuesday with Miami Dolphins players, law enforcement and community leaders.

"The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement.

Trump told supporters last month that owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem, reigniting the movement started by former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick over his view of police mistreatment of black males.

In an interview on Fox News Channel's (FNC) Hannity airing Wednesday night, Trump said the NFL could've avoided this issue by suspending Kaepernick.

"I watched Colin Kaepernick and I thought it was terrible," Trump said. "And then it got bigger and bigger and started mushrooming. And frankly the NFL should have suspended him for one game and he would have never done it again. They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him again if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem."

Former FIFA official Valcke testifies in soccer ban appeal

Jerome Valcke, former FIFA Secretary General, arrives at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge his ten-year suspension imposed by FIFA in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct 11. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP)

Graham Dunbar

Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) — Fired by FIFA and banned from soccer for financial wrongdoing and excessive use of private jets, Jerome Valcke defended his record at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday.

Valcke, the CEO-like secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter's presidency, spent more than six hours in a CAS hearing to challenge his 10-year ban.

"I tried to show that I never acted against the interests of FIFA, that I always did my job in the best possible manner," Valcke said after the hearing.

A verdict is expected within weeks.

The former TV presenter from France was a FIFA marketing executive — being fired once before in 2006 — before becoming then-president Blatter's right-hand man the next year. He was fired a second time in January 2016 after being implicated in irregular World Cup ticket and broadcast rights sales, plus expense abuses including personal use of private flights.

That case emerged in the fallout from a U.S. Department of Justice indictment published in May 2015 that rocked FIFA and has removed a swathe of leaders from world soccer.

"I ask the question to myself many, many times, why such hate? Why such a desire from FIFA to destroy not only what has been done in the past but what has been done by myself?" Valcke said.

The FIFA ethics committee banned Valcke for 12 years, with an additional charge of destroying evidence. FIFA's appeal panel cut the ban by two years because it judged the broadcasting deal charge was not proven.

Valcke has denied all wrongdoing, and is also under criminal investigation by Switzerland's attorney general. Proceedings were opened against Valcke in March 2016 "on suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement."

A separate FIFA ethics case was opened in September 2016 to investigate Valcke, Blatter and former FIFA finance director Markus Kattner over contracted bonuses. Some World Cup bonuses over $10 million were due to be paid, and had been signed off by other FIFA officials.

Valcke's main role was overseeing troubled preparations for the ultimately successful 2010 and 2014 World Cups hosted by South Africa and Brazil, respectively.

The FIFA ethics investigation was provoked by allegations in September 2015 that Valcke sought to profit from a black market ticket deal for the World Cup in Brazil. The deal, with a contracted FIFA ticketing partner, later fell through and no money was paid.

The South African connection implicated Valcke in the sweeping American investigation which eventually forced Blatter from office after more than 17 years.

In 2008, Valcke's office transferred $10 million on behalf of South African World Cup officials to senior FIFA officials in North and Central America. American federal prosecutors allege they were payments in a bribery conspiracy for World Cup hosting votes.

Valcke declined to comment on that case on Wednesday.

"I have nothing to do with what has happened in the rest of the world," said Valcke, who turned 57 last week and is living with his family in Spain. "I am living in peace with my family and that is the one thing which remains strong in my world, and that is what I will protect."

He said he would not return to soccer even if the CAS judging panel overturns his ban.

"A chapter has ended in a brutal manner," Valcke said. "In life, you must turn the page."



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