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Rangers beat sloppy Rays 4-0 in AL Wild Card Series opener

Rangers beat sloppy Rays 4-0 in AL Wild Card Series openerByFRED GOODALL AP sports writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jordan Montgomery was exceptional against the Tampa Bay Rays, even better when he lumbered off the mound to make a diving catch that helped the Texas Rangers to a 4-0 victory in their AL Wild Card Series opener. β€œIt's good to do your job and help the team win,” Montgomery said after scattering six hits over seven innings on Tuesday to move the Rangers within a victory of an AL Division Series matchup against the Baltimore Orioles. Texas rebounded from a weekend collapse that cost the Rangers the AL West title and a first-round playoff bye. The Rays dropped a club-record sixth straight postseason game dating to Game 2 of the   ... Read More

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones: Road to Super Bowl runs through 49ers

ByABC News Jerry Jones sees this Sunday's showdown against the San Francisco 49ers as a measuring stick of where the Dallas Cowboys stack up against what he considers the team "most likely" right now to win the Super Bowl. "They are, right now, probably the most likely team to go win the Super Bowl, but in order for them to get there, they have to go by us, hopefully two times if that's the way it falls in the playoffs and we're in the playoffs, of course," the Cowboys' owner and general manager said Tuesday on "Shan & RJ" on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "But the bottom line is you're playing the best, you don't need the game to   ... Read More

Jets’ Aaron Rodgers ‘attacking’ rehab, eyes return this season

ByRICH CIMINI FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, only three weeks removed from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, said Tuesday that he's "well ahead of the normal protocols" and still clings to the belief that he can shock the world by returning this season. "There's nothing normal about how I'm attacking this rehab," Rodgers said during his weekly appearance on "The Pat McAfee Show." "The common practice is about six weeks in a boot, and I was in a shoe in 13 days. "This is just my mindset. I believe in the power of intention. I believe in prayer. I believe in your mental status and the power of will. I believe in making   ... Read More

Brett Favre to testify in Mississippi welfare case Oct. 26

ByANTHONY OLIVIERI The Mississippi Department of Human Services has filed notice of its intent to depose former NFL quarterback Brett Favre as part of its lawsuit seeking to recover millions of dollars in misspent welfare funds. In a court filing Monday, the agency said its lawyers were scheduled to take Favre's sworn testimony beginning Oct. 26 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. According to Front Office Sports, this would be the first Favre deposition, but those involved in the case aren't commenting because of a judge's gag order. A lawyer for Favre declined to comment and an MDHS spokesman also declined to answer questions. In a July court filing, a lawyer for Favre said his client "does not intend to invoke the Fifth   ... Read More

Royce Lewis & Co. help Twins end playoff record skid at 18

ByALDEN GONZALEZ MINNEAPOLIS -- It spanned 19 years and 18 games, three different managers and a handful of local icons, from Torii Hunter to Joe Mauer to Byron Buxton. And now, at long last, the Minnesota Twins' postseason losing streak -- the longest in North American men's professional sports -- is over, courtesy of a stirring 3-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of their American League Wild Card Series on Tuesday. It ended in fitting fashion. With Royce Lewis, the injury-marred former No. 1 overall pick, recovering from a hamstring strain just in time to crush two home runs. With some of their most unheralded players -- center fielder Michael Taylor, first baseman Donovan Solano, relief   ... Read More

Rays’ wild-card opener draws 19,704, lowest since 1919

ByABC News ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The AL Wild Card Series opener between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays drew an announced crowd of just 19,704 to Tropicana Field on Tuesday, the lowest for a postseason game since the 1919 World Series other than during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The crowd for the 4-0 loss to Texas was roughly 5,300 below the listed capacity of Tropicana Field. The game began at 3:07 p.m. and the start time was not scheduled by Major League Baseball until Sunday evening. Game 7 of the 1919 World Series drew 13,923 at Redland Field in Cincinnati; the Reds won the best-of-nine series against the Chicago White Sox in eight   ... Read More

Bills CB Tre’Davious White has season-ending torn Achilles

ByABC News BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An MRI confirmed the worst for one of the key members of the Buffalo Bills. Cornerback Tre'Davious White tore his right Achilles on Sunday, coach Sean McDermott said Monday afternoon. McDermott said that White will miss the rest of the season. White suffered the injury while covering wide receiver Tyreek Hill on a fourth-and-1 play in the last minute of the third quarter in the Bills' 48-20 win over the Miami Dolphins. Defensive tackle Ed Oliver had a sack on the play. White was attended to by athletic trainers and threw his helmet in frustration. The entire Bills sideline surrounded him before he was carted off into the locker room. The injury comes less than   ... Read More

Jim Caple, former ESPN, national MLB writer, dies at 61

ByABC News Jim Caple, a noted baseball writer who spent 17 years at ESPN, died Sunday, his wife wrote on social media. He was 61. Caple covered 20 World Series for ESPN, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He also covered a half-dozen Olympic Games. He closed his career writing for The Athletic. He was also one of the most popular columnists for's Page 2, where he took a lighter look at sports and rarely missed a chance to poke fun at the New York Yankees. He turned that into a book, "The Devil Wears Pinstripes." He also co-wrote the book "Best Boston Sports Arguments" with fellow sportswriter Steve Buckley and penned a novel, "The Navigator," which   ... Read More

Vikings hope to spoil ‘cool’ Travis Kelce-Taylor Swift saga

ByKEVIN SEIFERT EAGAN, Minn. -- Global superstar Taylor Swift has attended the Kansas City Chiefs' past two games. Will she make it a third? That question came up Monday in the locker room of the Minnesota Vikings, who will host the Chiefs -- and a friend of Swift's, tight end Travis Kelce -- on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. That would be "cool," Vikings cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. said -- but maybe not for Kelce. "Oh man, the social media is going crazy," Murphy said when asked about the league's embrace of the Swift-Kelce storyline. "And I'm not hating against it. That's the world we're living in. Is she going to come to this game? We're locked in, but that   ... Read More

LeBron James says Anthony Davis is face of Lakers franchise

ByDAVE MCMENAMIN EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Two decades into his NBA career, with a trophy shelf that's running out of room due to all of his accomplishments, LeBron James sounds ready to pass the torch to teammate Anthony Davis as the leader of the Los Angeles Lakers. "He is the face [of the franchise]," James told ESPN during the Lakers' annual media day Monday. "You look at all these [retired] numbers that surround this facility, all the greats that have come here and AD is one of them." Heading into the offseason, James' and Davis' contracts ran concurrently with one another -- with both players having an option on the final years of deals to stay in L.A. through the   ... Read More

Kenny Pickett avoids major injury, might play Sunday

ByBROOKE PRYOR Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett avoided major injury from the sack that caused him to exit Sunday's 30-6 loss to the Houston Texans in the third quarter, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday. Pickett is not expected to miss much, if any, time, sources told Schefter. He could push the issue and play Sunday when the Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens, sources added, but the team also knows it has a bye the following week and could opt to rest him. Pickett suffered the injury when he was sacked by Texans defensive end Jonathan Greenard after dropping back and scrambling into pressure on fourth-and-1 midway through the third quarter. To that point, Pickett had completed 15   ... Read More

Xander Schauffele nearly had Ryder spot revoked over contract dispute

ByABC News Xander Schauffele, an automatic qualifier for the United States team at the 2023 Ryder Cup, could have been removed from the squad in a contract dispute, his father told The Times of London. The golfer wanted to make three amendments to the player participation and benefit agreement but was threatened by the PGA of America to sign by the September deadline or be pulled from the team, Stefan Schauffele told the paper in a story published Monday. "The PGA of America were not willing to even talk to us about [the three amendments]," Stefan Schauffele told The Times. "It was very late in the schedule right before the team came [to Rome] to practice because they had moved   ... Read More

Phil Nevin won’t return as manager of Los Angeles Angels

ByABC News ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Phil Nevin will not return as manager of the Los Angeles Angels, the team announced Monday. The move comes a day after the club finished the season at 73-89. The Angels didn't schedule an end-of-the-season news conference with general manager Perry Minasian immediately after the season finale, raising questions about his future after three unsuccessful years in charge. Minasian will be available to the media Tuesday, the team said. In making the official announcement, the Angels said that they have declined their option on Nevin's contract for 2024. Los Angeles will have its fourth manager in six years since the departure of Mike Scioscia, who held the job for 19 years. The Angels flirted with   ... Read More

Spurs, G Devin Vassell agree to 5-year, $146M extension

ByADRIAN WOJNAROWSKI San Antonio Spurs guard Devin Vassell has agreed on a five-year, $146 million contract extension, agents Andrew Morrison, Rich Beda and Mitch Nathan of CAA Sports told ESPN on Monday. Vassell lands his rookie-scale contract extension as part of the 2020 NBA draft class and solidifies himself as one of the Spurs' cornerstone young players. The 23-year-old is the sixth player in his draft class to agree to an extension, joining Minnesota's Anthony Edwards, Charlotte's LaMelo Ball, Indiana's Tyrese Haliburton, Detroit's Isaiah Stewart and Memphis' Desmond Bane. Vassell was the 11th overall pick in the 2020 draft, out of Florida State, and was experiencing a breakout third NBA season until a January knee injury sidelined him for two   ... Read More

Geno Smith rips ‘dirty play’ by Giants LB that injured QB’s knee

ByJORDAN RAANAN EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith limped off the field and missed two series late in the first half Monday night after a questionable tackle near the sideline by New York Giants linebacker Isaiah Simmons. Smith injured his knee on the play. He remained in the game for one more play before getting attended to in the medical tent. "A dirty play. Dirty play," Smith told ESPN's Lisa Salters after he returned for the second half of Seattle's 24-3 victory. "You guys can see it. It was a dirty play. It's no place in this sport for that and hopefully something happens, but other than that, the grace of God allowed me to come back   ... Read More

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