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October

29
VanVleet scores 26, Raptors beat Pacers for 1st home win

Fred VanVleet and the Raptors pushed around the Indiana Pacers to pick up a long-awaited home win. VanVleet had a season-high 26 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, OG Anunoby scored a season-high 25 points, and the Raptors won at home for the first time in 20 months, beating the Pacers 118-100 on Wednesday night. “I thought we were definitely very physical tonight,” VanVleet said. “OG set the tone in the paint offensively. I thought all five guys were on the same page defensively to start the game.” Indiana was the adversary the last time Toronto won at Scotiabank Arena, a 127-81 victory on Feb. […]

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October

28
Padres hire Ruben Niebla as pitching coach before landing manager

San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller has hired a pitching coach before landing a manager. Preller hired Ruben Niebla away from Cleveland on Wednesday, saying a number of factors made the Guardians’ assistant pitching coach and Southern California native too good to pass up even as San Diego’s managerial search stretched to three weeks. Niebla, 49, has been Cleveland’s assistant pitching coach for the last two campaigns. Before that, he spent seven seasons as the Guardians’ minor league pitching coordinator. Overall, he spent 21 seasons in Cleveland’s organization. He is widely credited with helping develop starters such as Shane Bieber, former […]

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October

27
Lewis Hamilton expects tough races ahead as Max Verstappen pulls away

Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of a record eighth Formula One championship took a hit at the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday and the Mercedes driver was braced for more tough days ahead. An eighth triumph of the season for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen sent the Dutch driver 12 points clear of his British rival with five races left and the momentum shifting towards him. Hamilton had won five of the previous eight at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas and Sunday’s win was Verstappen’s first in North America. The next two rounds, at altitude in Mexico City and the Brazilian Grand Prix […]

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October

26
No Change In Top Three Of NTRA Thoroughbred Poll; Knicks Go Leads Two Weeks Ahead Of Breeders’ Cup

There was no alteration in the top three positions in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll as Korea Racing Stable’s 5-year-old horse Knicks Go retained his top ranking for the twelfth consecutive week in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll with 23 first place votes and 339 points. Knicks Go is expected to be sent off the favorite in the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 6 at Del Mar. St. George Stable’s 5-year-old mare Letruska remained in second place in the poll with six first place votes and 313 points. Trained by Fausto Gutierrez, Letruska is a leading […]

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October

25
Sportsbooks install Houston Astros as World Series favorites over Atlanta Braves

Sportsbooks have installed the Houston Astros as World Series favorites over the Atlanta Braves. Caesars Sportsbook opened with the Astros as -150 favorites over the Braves after Atlanta finished off the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in the National League Championship Series to get its spot in the World Series. The price has since ticked down to Houston -145, with the Braves listed at +125. Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday night in Houston. The Astros are in the World Series for the third time in five seasons and have some sportsbooks facing a significant liability. In late June, Houston furniture store […]

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October

22
Josh Taylor injures knee; title defense vs. Jack Catterall postponed until Feb. 26

Josh Taylor’s undisputed 140-pound championship fight vs. Jack Catterall has been postponed from Dec. 18 to Feb. 26 after the champion suffered a knee injury, Top Rank revealed on Thursday. The title defense, Taylor’s first since capturing all four belts with a decision victory over Jose Ramirez in May, will be a homecoming at The OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, on ESPN+. “I’m gutted I won’t be able to defend my title on Dec. 18 as originally planned, but I wanted to make sure I was 100% healthy to give my incredible fans the show they deserve,” Taylor (18-0, 13 […]

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October

21
Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos lightweight title bout set for Nov. 27 in NYC

The snakebitten lightweight championship bout between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos is now set for Nov. 27 at New York’s Hulu Theater at MSG, multiple sources told ESPN on Wednesday, a fight that will be streamed on DAZN. This is the ninth new date for the fight, which was initially slated for May 29, then June 5 before being set for June 19 in Miami. After Lopez tested positive for COVID-19 the week of the fight, a combat between Triller, which won the rights to the match in February with a bid of $6.018 million, and the fighters’ teams ensued over the […]

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October

20
Daniel Ricciardo to drive Dale Earnhardt’s 1984 NASCAR at U.S. Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo will drive Dale Earnhardt’s iconic Wrangler-branded NASCAR in the build up to the U.S. Grand Prix at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas as a reward for his victory at Monza last month. At the start of this season Ricciardo was promised the chance by McLaren CEO Zak Brown, who’s car collection includes Earnhardt’s yellow and blue 1984 car, as an incentive for his first podium finish with the team. Ricciardo’s first visit to the podium for the team was to the top step after winning the Italian Grand Prix at the start of September. Looking for the best […]

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October

19
Trainer Fawkes Wins Three, Jockey Sutherland Four At Gulfstream Sunday

Veteran trainer David Fawkes has been forging his own path to the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle while saddling five winners from five starters over the past two programs at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track. The South Florida mainstay, who has enjoyed much success on the national Thoroughbred stage, scored with his only two starters Saturday and his first three starters on Sunday’s card. He swept the first three races on Sunday’s nine-race card with Defendant ($3.60), Palomita ($5.60), and Golden Soda ($8.80), respectively. On Saturday, he visited the winner’s circle after victories by Wild Irishman ($5.60) in Race 3 and […]

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October

18
Houston Astros starter Luis Garcia leaves Game 2 of ALCS in second inning with right knee discomfort

The Astros are still evaluating right-handed starter Luis Garcia after he left Game 2 of the American League Championship Series versus the Red Sox with right knee discomfort. Astros manager Dusty Baker admitted the injury probably affected Garcia’s performance after he permitted a first-inning grand slam to J.D. Martinez then walked the leadoff man in the second, on four pitches, before leaving. “I think it was his push-off leg,” Baker said after the Red Sox posted a 9-5 win to even the series 1-1. “He had a strain in his knee, and he is being evaluated by our doctors.” Baker couldn’t say if Garcia would be substituted on the ALCS […]

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