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MLB

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Cody Bellinger hit a tie, three-time homer and Mookie Betts then hitched an RBI double as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied in the eighth inning, beating Atlanta 6-5 on Tuesday night, taking the Braves lead in the NL championship series for 2-1.

The Dodgers had their final five outs when Bellinger drove a two-strike pitch from Luke Jackson into the right pavilion and ignited the blue-towel waving crowd, some of whom had already left LA 5-2 down.

Chris Taylor went single, stole second, and moved up to third after pinch-hitter Matt Beaty ground out. Betts followed in the middle right with a double from Jesse Chavez.

Game 4 is Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

BOSTON (AP) – Jose Altuve scored a tied home run in the eighth inning and the Houston offensive woke up on Tuesday evening with seven runs in the ninth inning when the Astros returned on the evening of the AL Championship Series to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2 beat at two games apiece.

Six outs after a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series and a game 5 in Fenway Park – where Boston had not lost the entire postseason – the AL West champions instead guaranteed at least one game in Houston.

Houston has scored 36 runs with two outs in the postseason, including 18 of its 22 in that streak.

Game 5 is Wednesday. Chris Sale starts for the Red Sox against Houston’s Framber Valdez.

NEW YORK (AP) – Manager Aaron Boone has been signed by the New York Yankees again for a three-year contract with a club option for 2025 after four victorious but unsuccessful seasons.

Boone, a third generation major league player who scored a pennant home run for the Yankees in 2003, led the team to a 328-218 record and four postseason appearances, but only one AL East title.

New York defeated Oakland in the 2018 AL Wildcard game and lost to rivals Boston 3-1 in the Division Series, defeated Minnesota in the 2019 Division Series and lost to Houston in a six-game Championship Series, swept Cleveland in the 2020 Wild Card Series and lost in a five-part Division Series against Tampa Bay and in this year’s wildcard game against the Red Sox.

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of a qualifying offer of Major League Baseball free agents fell $ 500,000 to $ 18.4 million, a sign of the decline in salaries.

The number is determined by the average of 125 Top League contracts this year and marks only the second case. The price fell $ 100,000 to $ 17.8 million in 2019 and then rose to $ 18.9 million in 2020.

Top players eligible for Free Agency after the World Series include Freddie Freeman, first baseman from Atlanta, pitcher Max Scherzer and shortstop Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston shortstop Carlos Correa.

NFL

THE COLONY, Texas (AP) – Dallas Cowboys Safety Damontae Kazee was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of being drunk behind the wheel in suburban Dallas, police said.

Colony Police Sgt. Aaron Woodard said Kazee was booked for a Class B offense. Kazee was released around noon after depositing a $ 2,500 bond, Woodard said.

Kazee was stopped in the suburbs next to Frisco, the location of the team headquarters about 30 miles north of Dallas. Kazee is in his first season with the Cowboys after signing as a free agent.

NBA

CAMDEN, NJ (AP) – Ben Simmons has been banned from a game by the Philadelphia 76ers for conduct adverse to the team. Simmons will miss the 76ers season opener on Wednesday night in New Orleans.

The three-time all-star security guard was a refuser at the training camp in the wake of his off-season trade demand. He checked in last week and trained with the Sixers on Sunday and Monday. He should practice and speak to the media on Tuesday.

Simmons lingered outside the huddle, dribbling a basketball, and looking disinterested during a team huddle in Monday practice where he was not training with the first team.

The 25-year-old Australian had four years and $ 147 million left on his maximum contract when he decided to make a trade.

NHL

NEW YORK (AP) – St. Louis Blues winger Pavel Buchnevich has been suspended for two games for headbutted Arizona striker Coyotes Lawson Crouse.

Buchnevich was kicked out late in the first third on Monday night for being headbutted. He will miss the upcoming Blues games on Wednesday in Vegas and at home against Los Angeles on Saturday.

The suspension costs Buchnevich $ 141,463 for being a repeat offender. He was banned from a game with the New York Rangers last season because he was injured last season.

LADIES COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) – Dawn Staley and South Carolina are back in a familiar place: Ranked # 1 on the Associated Press’ top 25 women’s basketball poll.

It’s the second season in a row that the Gamecocks are the preseason favorite.

The Gamecocks received 14 of the 29 first-place winners from a national media body in the survey on Tuesday. UConn finished second and received 10 votes for first place. It is the 15th season in a row that the Huskies are among the top five teams in the preseason.

Defending champion Stanford finished third and received the other five votes for first place. Maryland and North Carolina State rounded out the top 5.

FAIRFIELD, Connecticut (AP) – Fairfield women’s basketball coach Joe Frager announced Tuesday that he will be retiring after this season, his 24th in college basketball and 15th in Fairfield.

Frager, who also trained in Southern Connecticut for nine years, cited health reasons when announcing his retirement.

He starts the season with a career record of 429-267, 240-184 of which at Fairfield. He was with Southern Connecticut 189-83 and was named Head of Division II in 2007.

UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL

Acting Washington state head coach Jake Dickert said Tuesday that his immediate focus in his new role is to provide support and stability to players who have been injured and shocked after Nick Rolovich and other coaches were sacked for falling apart refused to comply with the state’s vaccine mandate.

He said he reached out to the team during practice to reassure the players that he understands what they are going through and that he and the other remaining coaches are “with them”.

Dickert was named interim coach by the defensive coordinator on Monday after Rolovich and four of his assistants were fired for failing to comply with the governor’s mandate that all state employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Rolovich had requested a religious exemption, which was denied on Monday, the state vaccination deadline. The assistant coaches Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stutzmann and Mark Weber were also dismissed.

SOCCER

More than a dozen European nations are considering the last option in the fight against the biennial World Cup: quitting FIFA, according to two people who know from the talks.

Plans to double the frequency of the World Cup were presented on Tuesday by FIFA President Gianni Infantino in a private conversation with many top representatives from the 55 European member associations that are opposing the change in global football.

Behind the scenes, European football association UEFA has heard of more than a dozen associations considering informing FIFA of their intention to withdraw their membership in the global governing body, people aware of the situation told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential conversations.

– By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris.

WNBA

PHOENIX (AP) – The Phoenix Mercury were fined $ 10,000 by the WNBA on Tuesday for violating the league’s rules for accessing post-game media interviews after game 4 of the WNBA finals.

Mercury’s players – including stars Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith – didn’t give interviews after Chicago’s 80-74 win on Sunday. The $ 10,000 fine is the highest in league history for media breach.

WINTER SPORTS

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said Tuesday that it is still trying to help bobsleigh world champion Kaillie Humphries compete in the Beijing Olympics this winter, despite not predicting whether the effort would be successful.

Humphries, a three-time Canadian Olympic team member and two-time Olympic champion, is entering her third season as part of the US bobsleigh team. She is married to an American and lives in San Diego, but is still a Canadian citizen – and needs either a US passport or special permission from the International Olympic Committee to attend the Games.

The IOC has given Humphries and U.S. officials no indication that it will help, so Humphries’ hopes almost certainly depend on her getting a U.S. passport in the coming months.


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