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Atlanta Braves' Eddie Rosario hits a game winning RBI single during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of baseball's National League Championship Series on Sunday in Atlanta. The Braves defeated the Dodgers 5-4 to lead the series 2-0 games.

MLB PLAYOFFS

Late-night magic: Braves beat Dodgers 5-4, lead NLCS 2-0

By Paul Newberry
| October 18, 2021

ATLANTA — More late-night magic has the Atlanta Braves just two wins away from the World Series. Edd...

Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of Game 4 of an American League Division Series game Oct. 11 in Boston.

MLB PLAYOFFS

E-Rod to start Game 3 for Red Sox against Astros' Urquidy

By Jimmy Golen
| October 18, 2021

BOSTON — The Red Sox insist Eduardo Rodriguez isn't the same pitcher who gave up 12 runs in two star...

Kyle Larson (5) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas.

NASCAR

Larson wins at Texas for 1st spot in NASCAR's championship 4

By Stephen Hawkins
| October 18, 2021

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kyle Larson was willing to play it smart in the closing laps at Texas. He also h...

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) celebrates after the Cowboys defeated the New England Patriots in overtime Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

NFL CAPSULES

Cowboys get 1st win over Belichick's Patriots, 35-29 in OT

By The Associated Press
| October 18, 2021

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Dak Prescott threw 35-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb in overtime, and the Da...

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) makes the catch but out of bounds for a two-point conversion against Carolina Panthers cornerback Keith Taylor (28) during the second half of Sunday's game in Charlotte.

NFL FOOTBALL

Cousins throws TD pass in OT; Vikings beat Panthers 34-28

By Steve Reed
| October 18, 2021

CHARLOTTE — So much for the Minnesota Vikings' second-half scoring woes. Kirk Cousins threw for 373 ...

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates a home run against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday in Houston.

MLB PLAYOFFS

Correa's time: Late HR helps Astros top Bosox in ALCS opener

By Kristie Rieken
| October 16, 2021

HOUSTON — Carlos Correa paused a few seconds at the plate and tapped the spot on his wrist where a w...

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey watches play from the sideline during the first half of a game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 3. McCaffrey did not practice Thursday, a sign that he could miss his third straight game while trying to rehab from a hamstring injury.

NFL FOOTBALL

Panthers' McCaffrey to miss third straight game with hamstring injury

By Steve Reed
| October 16, 2021

CHARLOTTE — Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will miss his third straight game Sun...

New York Giants tight end Kyle Rudolph (80) checks on quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after Jones was tackled short of the end zone in the first half of a game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday. Jones suffered an injury on the play.

NFL FOOTBALL

QBs, big names plentiful among injured early in NFL season

By Schuyler Dixon
| October 16, 2021

About a third of the starting quarterbacks have already missed time because of injuries, and Richard...

Chase Elliott (9) drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto racing race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday in Concord, N.C. AP

NASCAR

Elliott eases into Texas following NASCAR-ordered cease fire

By Jenna Fryer
| October 16, 2021

CHARLOTTE — It only took about a day after Chase Elliott wished Kevin Harvick “a merry offseason and...

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman, left, works out with his child Charlie Freeman, center, during a Friday workout ahead of baseballs National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta.

MLB PLAYOFFS

Dodgers’ Scherzer planned NLCS Game 1 starter against Braves

By Charles Odum
| October 16, 2021

ATLANTA — Max Scherzer is expected to throw the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first pitch in the NL Champions...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Julio Urias pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of Game 5 of the National League Division Series Thursday in San Francisco.

Dodgers beat Giants 2-1 in playoff thriller, advance to NLCS

By Janie McCauley
| October 15, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO — Cody Bellinger hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and prized midseason acquisition Max Scherzer came out of the bullpen for his first career save, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in a thrilling winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday night and into the NL Championship Series.

St. Louis Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak, left, answers questions after the team announced Mike Shildt, right, as manager, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.,in this Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, file photo. The Cardinals fired Shildt over organizational differences Thursday, just one week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game. Mozeliak said the firing  was “something that popped up recently,” but he refused to expand on what he called “philosophical differences” between Shildt, the coaching staff and the front office.

Cardinals fire Mike Shildt over 'philosophical differences'

By Dave Skretta
| October 15, 2021

The Cardinals fired former National League manager of the year Mike Shildt over organizational differences Thursday, just one week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game.

Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov (37) attempts to shoot past New York Islanders' Kyle Palmieri (21), Adam Pelech (3) and goaltender Ilya Sorokin during the third period of Thursday's game in Raleigh.

Svechnikov, Hurricanes beat Islanders 6-3 to open season

By Aaron Beard
| October 15, 2021

RALEIGH — Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour felt good about the way his new-look roster played together on the opening night of the season. The familiar faces from three straight playoff appearances — led by Andrei Svechnikov — were pretty sharp, too.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady shouts as he runs on to the field before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Tom Brady throws 2 TD passes, Buccaneers beat Eagles 28-22

By Rob Maaddi
| October 15, 2021

PHILADELPHIA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep losing key players and stockpiling victories.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey watches play from the sideline against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of a game in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 3.

NFL FOOTBALL

Panthers' Rhule: McCaffrey '50-50' for Sunday vs. Vikings

By Steve Reed
| October 14, 2021

CHARLOTTE — Panthers coach Matt Rhule said running back Christian McCaffrey is "50-50" for Carolina'...

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws the ball during the second half of a game against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday in Baltimore.

NFL FOOTBALL

Close calls: NFL has record number of games decided late

By Josh Dubow
| October 14, 2021

From Lamar Jackson's improbable comeback that ended in an overtime win for Baltimore to the missed k...

San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb reacts after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers' Trea Turner during the sixth inning of Game 1 of a National League Division Series on Oct. 8 in San Francisco.

MLB PLAYOFFS

Playoff series for the ages as Dodgers, Giants go to Game 5

By Janie McCauley
| October 14, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO — Everybody expected a playoff series for the ages between the century-old rival Dodge...

United States' Tim Weah, right, celebrates his goal against Costa Rica during the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. The United States won 2-1.

WORLD CUP SOCCER

Weah, Dest spark US to 2-1 win over Costa Rica in qualifier

By Ronald Blum
| October 14, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sixty seconds in, Costa Rica was celebrating and the U.S. World Cup campaign was sp...

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball works around Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson during the second half of a preseason NBA game Oct. 7 in Charlotte.

NBA BASKETBALL

Hornets say play-in loss motivation to end playoff drought

By Steve Reed
| October 13, 2021

CHARLOTTE — The memory of an embarrassing 144-117 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the NBA play-in game...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Trea Turner watches his RBI double that scored Corey Seager against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of Game 4 of a National League Division Series on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

MLB PLAYOFFS

Dodgers beat Giants 7-2, force decisive Game 5 in NLDS

By Beth Harris
| October 13, 2021

LOS ANGELES — Mookie Betts homered and drove in three runs, Will Smith also went deep and the Los An...


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