ATLANTA (AP) – Max Scherzer is expected to throw the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first pitch in the NL Championship Series only two days after delivering the final pitch in their NL Division Series-clinching win.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – It only took about a day after Chase Elliott wished Kevin Harvick “a merry offseason and Happy Christmas” for NASCAR’s reigning champion to get the zinger on merchandise on his official website.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Robert Streb went from making putts to wondering if he would ever miss Thursday in the CJ Cup at Summit. It led to his best start to any tournament and his lowest score on the PGA Tour.
HOUSTON (AP) – Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was already counting on a rematch with his former team even before the Houston Astros advanced to their fifth straight AL Championship Series.
SAN FRANCISCO – Everybody expected a playoff series for the ages between the century-old rival Dodgers and Giants, and now they’ve got it.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Every time the Baltimore Ravens show a new flaw or lose another player to injury, it seems as if Lamar Jackson starts playing even better.
When Jon Gruden returned to the Raiders back in 2018 he was greeted with a pep rally news conference, owner Mark Davis calling it a “dream come true” and the “biggest day of his life.”
PITTSBURGH – JuJu Smith-Schuster’s combination of tenacity and almost theatrical joy endeared the wide receiver to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coaching staff since the moment he arrived in 2017 as the youngest player in the NFL.
Jon Gruden is out as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – Kevin Harvick was going to get his revenge on Chase Elliott, believing somewhere and somehow, he’d even the score after Elliott cost him a win last month.
BOSTON – Saved a bizarre bounce and an obscure ruling, the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 6-4 Sunday night on a walk-off, two-run homer by Christian Vázquez in the 13th inning to move one victory from eliminating the 100-win Rays from the AL Division Series.
PITTSBURGH – Zach Banner’s mind is eager to get back to work and help the Pittsburgh Steelers’ completely retooled offensive line find some semblance of identity.
PITTSBURGH – The number of Ben Roethlisberger doubters is growing by the week. Roethlisberger isn’t among them. Neither is Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio.
PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger’s left pectoral remains tender. His hip is apparently some unidentifiable shade of black and blue. His numbers aren’t great. His team’s record is even worse.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two wily veterans on the mound in an elimination game. Adam Wainwright starting for the reinvigorated St. Louis Cardinals against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Scherzer, pitching as well as he ever has.
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington believes the franchise is starting to take the shape he envisioned when he took over two years ago.
TALLADEGA, Ala. – The hard part wasn’t dodging his way around a crash and then driving to the front of the field at Talladega Superspeedway. That was just instinct for Bubba Wallace.
PITTSBURGH – Joey Votto capped off a resurgent season by hitting his 36th home run, Nick Castellanos reached the 100-RBI plateau for the second time in his career and the Cincinnati Reds topped Pittsburgh 6-3 win on Sunday.
TALLADEGA, Ala. – NASCAR’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway was washed out and rescheduled for Monday because persistent rain backed the series into too tight of a window to run as scheduled.
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh second baseman Cole Tucker made a spectacular diving catch, then hit his first career grand slam to cap an eight-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 on Friday night.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Will Zalatoris felt like he couldn’t miss on the green and rarely did Friday in setting the course record with an 11-under 61 to share the lead with Nick Watney and Sahith Theegala in the Sanderson Farms Championship.
PITTSBURGH – Cam Heyward is tired of listening to critics pile on Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.
PITTSBURGH – Mike Tomlin’s got plenty of ideas on how to fix the Pittsburgh Steelers. Increasing Ben Roethlisberger’s practice workload is not one of them.
PITTSBURGH – The situation called for a gamble. Something risky. Something – anything really – to awaken the Pittsburgh offense and fend off the cascade of boos that followed every futile possession.
CINCINNATI – Joey Votto homered twice and drove in four runs, and the Cincinnati Reds pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-1 Wednesday to stay alive in the race for the second NL wild card.