OCT 12 (AP/UNB)-- A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Zack Greinke is set to throw the first pitch in the hugely hyped AL Championship Series — Yankees-Astros, starting at Minute Maid Park.
"It's the matchup that everybody wants to watch. It's must-see TV right there," Houston shortstop Carlos Correa said.
Jose Altuve, George Springer and a dominant rotation helped Houston lead the majors with a franchise-record 107 wins. Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge and a strong bullpen sent New York toward 103 victories.
Greinke pitches the opener, to be followed by Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole as the Astros lined up their aces on regular rest. Masahiro Tanaka starts Game 1 for the Yankees, with James Paxton and Luis Severino up next.
Washington ace Max Scherzer starts Game 2 of the NL Championship Series in his hometown of St. Louis. Scherzer also played college ball at the University of Missouri, but he had no interest in reliving old times.
"Yeah, grew up here, but at this point in time really doesn't mean anything because I got a bigger task at hand and that's to go out here and win it for the Nats," he said Friday. "So that's where my mind's at."
Scherzer was terrific in the Division Series against the Dodgers, striking out 10 while pitching eight innings of one-run ball. Adam Wainwright pitches for the Cardinals in his first game since he threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 3 of the NLDS against Atlanta.
The Nationals expect to get reliever Daniel Hudson back on the roster for Game 2. He was put on the postseason paternity list before the NLCS opener — Hudson and his wife welcomed a baby girl Friday. Washington manager Dave Martinez said everyone is healthy.
"For me, I told him, I said, 'Hey, family is always first,'" Martinez said. "I get it. I understand. The timing didn't work out like we thought. Baby wasn't ready to come out, so we get him back when we get him back."
Right-hander Wander Suero was on Washington's active roster against St. Louis until Hudson returns. Hudson has two saves and a win during the playoffs.
Sean Doolittle closed out a 2-0 Game 1 victory Friday night.
It should be a bit warmer at Busch Stadium for Game 2 after overnight freeze warnings and frost advisories were posted in the St. Louis area. Many of the Nationals and Cardinals warmed up in hooded sweatshirts before the opener Friday night — temperatures were expected to drop into the low 40s by the last out. The forecast called for highs near 60 at the start of the second game.
For both teams, it was a quick switch from summer to fall. The Cards wrapped up their NL Division Series this week in Atlanta, where it was in the mid-90s. The Nationals came from their NLDS win at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
OCT 12 (AP/UNB)-- Zion Williamson wowed the home crowd with another impressive preseason performance, scoring 26 points and grabbing five rebounds in New Orleans' 128-127 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Javon Bess was credited with the game-winning layup in the final seconds after Utah's Jarrell Brantley was called for goaltending.
Williamson scored five of the Pelicans' first seven points, including his first 3-pointer of the preseason. He finished the first half with 10 points, but was even better after the break.
With Utah's Rudy Gobert vigilantly defending the paint, fans had to wait until the third quarter to roar for Williamson's first dunk on his new home court. It came after he missed a runner in the lane over Gobert, but raced to the left side of the rim to snag the rebound and throw it down with two hands.
Williamson asserted himself more while being guarded by Jazz reserves in the fourth quarter. He twice banked in double-clutch floaters while being fouled by Ed Davis. Williamson smiled and flexed his bicep after the second as the crowd came out of its seats.
Soon after, he sank a driving underhanded floater as he was fouled by William Howard and completed the three-point play to put the Pelicans up 109-106.
The No. 1 overall pick in June finished 9 of 12 from the field and 7 of 9 on free throws in 23 minutes.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 22 points for the Pelicans (3-0). Brandon Ingram scored 18 and Lonzo Ball had 15
Utah (1-2) was led by Jeff Green, who scored 20 points off the bench. Royce O'Neale added 16.
BUCKS 118, MAVERICKS 111
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 of his 34 points in the first half and finished with 11 rebounds in 23 minutes for Milwaukee.
Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points, Dragan Bender scored 17 and Donte DiVincenzo had 14 for the Bucks (3-0).
Luka Doncic was 5 of 8 from 3-point range and scored 20 of his 27 points in the first half for Dallas (0-3). The Mavericks trailed by 19 early in the fourth quarter and scored 16 straight points to cut the deficit to 111-109 with 2:24 to go. Bender's finger roll ended Dallas' run and the Bucks closed on a 7-2 spurt.
WIZARDS 115, KNICKS 99
Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Washington used a 20-0 run in the first half to turn around the game and split its preseason series with New York.
Moritz Wagner added 18 points and Thomas Bryant had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards (1-1). They trailed 30-15 in the first quarter, then surged to a 35-30 lead on Davis Bertans' 3-pointer early in the second on their way to a 41-17 advantage in the second.
Marcus Morris scored 21 points for the Knicks (1-1), who beat the Wizards 104-99 on Monday in Washington. Rookie RJ Barrett had 15 points and Julius Randle added 14 points and eight rebounds.
Wizards first-round pick Rui Hachimura sat out to rest.
New York played without potential starters Dennis Smith Jr. (strained lower back) and Kevin Knox (strained right calf).
CELTICS 100, MAGIC 75
Jayson Tatum scored 15 points, Marcus Smart added 14 and the Celtics used a 35-11 first quarter to spoil Orlando's first home game.
Boston (2-0) scored the first 11 points of the game and led 21-2 later in the quarter after holding the Magic to 1-of-14 shooting. Tatum and Smart each scored 12 points in the first half as the Celtics led by 28 points.
Terrence Ross led Orlando (3-1) with 21 points, including four of the Magic's six 3-pointers.
PACERS 105, BULLS 87
T.J. Warren scored 17 points for his new team and Myles Turner, last season's leader in blocked shots, had 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks as Indiana cruised.
Domantas Sabonis was the only Indiana (3-0) starter not in double-figure scoring, but he had a game-high 14 rebounds with eight points. Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points.
Coby White was 10 of 22 from the field and scored 24 points for Chicago (0-3).
PISTONS 109, CAVALIERS 105
Andre Drummond had 15 points and eight rebounds and Detroit rallied late, taking its first lead since the final quarter at 104-103 with 1:08 left. Cleveland led 83-64 in the third quarter.
Bruce Brown, Derrick Rose and Reggie Jackson added 15 points each for Detroit (2-1).
Collin Sexton scored 24 points and made 3 of 5 from 3-point range for Cleveland (1-1). Tristan Thompson added 15 points and eight rebounds.
76ERS 100, HORNETS 87
Josh Richardson scored 18 points and Tobias Harris added 16 for Philadelphia.
Ben Simmons made 6 of 8 from the field and finished with 15 points, and Al Horford had 11 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers (2-0).
Dwayne Bacon led the Hornets (0-3) with 17 points. Charlotte never recovered after trailing 33-14 at the end of the first period.
London, Oct 11 (AP/UNB) — A teenage Liverpool player has been banned for two weeks for using a derogatory term during an abusive post on social media mocking Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
Harvey Elliott, who is 16 and plays for England's under-17 side, admitted to a charge of misconduct by the English Football Association for an "aggravated breach" of rules because his behavior in the video "included reference to disability."
After the Champions League final between the two teams on June 1, Elliott looked into the camera on a mobile phone and used discriminatory language about Kane in a short video that was shared widely.
Elliott, who played for Fulham at the time and joined Liverpool nearly two months after the incident, made a public apology to Kane soon after the video came into the public domain.
In a letter admitting to the charge, Elliott said the video was only supposed to be seen by close friends and that he had only been trying to wind up some Tottenham-supporting friends.
The FA said Elliott was banned until Oct. 24, must complete a face-to-face education course and pay a fine of 350 pounds ($440).
Shanghai, Oct 11 (AP/UNB) — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic went from perfectly unbeatable to unbelievably beaten in the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters.
Federer and Djokovic had been a combined 13-0 in Shanghai with a spot in the semifinals on the line, but both lost Friday.
Federer saved five match points in the second set and received a point penalty in the third in the 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3 loss to fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev. Djokovic, the defending champion, lost to sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
"He deserved the victory," Djokovic said of the 21-year-old Tsitsipas. "He was the better player in the second and third sets. I started well in the first set, but I wasn't sharp enough."
Djokovic had been 8-0 in quarterfinal matches at the Shanghai Masters, and won four titles. Federer had been 5-0.
Federer received a code violation for hitting a ball into the stands, and then received a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after flicking a ball into the air when trailing 3-0 in the third set.
When asked about the point penalty after the match, Federer didn't want to go into any detail.
"So you could write on Twitter, you mean?" Federer answered. "No, it would be nice to write something nice once also about the game.
The 22-year-old Zverev now leads Federer 4-3 in career meetings.
"I mean, they're knocking on the door big time, the young guys," Federer said. "It's exciting. They're great. It's really open now, I think, for the finish of this tournament."
Zverev will next play Matteo Berrettini, an 11th-seeded Italian who defeated fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4.
Until Friday's match, Djokovic had won 24 straight sets in Asia, a run that included last year's Shanghai Masters and the title in Tokyo last week.
Tsitsipas has now beaten Djokovic twice in three matches. The Greek player defeated Djokovic in their first meeting at the 2018 Toronto tournament and Djokovic won their match in Madrid this season.
"It's the best comeback that I have ever had probably," Tsitsipas said of Friday's victory.
Tsitsipas also earned a place at the year-end ATP Finals for the first time on Friday. But that was guaranteed when third-seeded Daniil Medvedev beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6 (4) in another quarterfinal match.
Medvedev, who will face Tsitsipas in Saturday's semifinals, is one match away from reaching a sixth consecutive tournament final. He reached his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open, and then won titles in Cincinnati and St. Petersburg.
Medvedev leads the tour with 57 match wins this season and is 40-1 on hard courts when winning the first set. The only time he lost a hard-court match after winning the first set was against Gael Monfils in Rotterdam.
Prior to Friday's match, Fognini said Medvedev was one of the most dangerous players to face.
"If some top players like Fabio can say this about me, shows that I'm on the good way, I'm playing good, and it's not easy to play against me," Medvedev said. "Surely, yeah, that's what I tried to show today on the match and it worked out."
Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) – Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) champions Bashundhara Kings and runners-up Dhaka Abahani Ltd have been placed in the four-team Group B of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup Football Tournament scheduled for October 19-30 at the MA Aziz Stadium in the port city of Chattogram.
Chennaiyin FC of India and Terengganu FC of Malaysia are the other teams of Group B while Group A comprises of Mohun Bagan AC of India, TC Sports of the Maldives, Young Elephants FC of Laos and hosts Chattogram Abahani Ltd.
The grouping of the eight-team was held in a draw ceremony at Le Meridien Hotel here on Friday.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Hasan Russell MP was present at the programme as chief guest and President of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Kazi Md Salahuddin as special guest.
Besides, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Ministry of Youth and Sports Abdullah Al Islam Jakob, Chief Whip of the Parliament Shamsul Haque Chowdhury, President of Chattogram Abahani Ltd M A Latif and Chief Convener of tournament committee and Vice-President of Chattogram Abahani Ltd Tarafdar M Ruhul Amin were also present on the occasion.
The budget for the tournament is Tk 10 crore.
Earlier, the tournament organizing committee has finalized the eight teams for the ensuing tournament including three local clubs alongside five club teams from aboard on Thursday.
The Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, a biennial soccer event, was held in Chattogram twice in 2015 and 2017.
Chattogram Abahani Ltd organises the tournament on regular basis in memory of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Each team will get US$ 10,000 as participation money while the Champion team will be awarded US$ 50,000 and the runners-up US$ 25,000.
Chattogram Abahani Ltd emerged champion of the first edition of the tournament in 2015 beating East Bengal FC of India by 3-1 goals in the final while TC Sports Club of the Maldives emerged champion in the second edition in 2017 beating Pocheon Citizen FC of South Korea by 4-2 goals