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U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka was awarded the Jack Nicklaus Award trophy as the PGA Tour player of the year. Koepka is the sixth player in the last six years to win the award, the longest streak of different winners since PGA Tour players began voting on the award in 1990. Koepka’s award was presented at The Bear’s Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, the home course of Nicklaus. Koepka received the award during his one week at home. After the Ryder Cup, he played the Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews. He leaves this weekend for the CJ Cup in South Korea, followed by the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
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The Boston Red Sox eliminated the New York Yankees from the 2018 postseason on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium with a 4-3 win to advance to the ALCS. Red Sox starter Rick Porcello allowed just four hits and one run in five innings, and the Red Sox bullpen allowed just one hit over the final four innings to earn the victory. Boston’s Game 4 win completed a 3-1 series victory in the American League Division Series. The Red Sox will now face the Houston Astros in the 2018 American League Championship Series, starting at 8:09 p.m. on Saturday, October 13th.
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On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced the signing of running back Jamaal Charles to a one-year deal. With Corey Grant out for the season, Leonard Fournette sidelined with a hamstring injury and T.J. Yeldon playing on a bad ankle, the Jaguars had to make some moves. Charles averaged 4.3 yards per carry last year in Denver. He also became the leading rusher in Chiefs history (7,260 yards) despite a series of knee injuries. In nine seasons with Kansas City, Charles scored 64 total touchdowns in 103 games and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. He had four seasons with at least 40 receptions.
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The defending World Series champions Houston Astros advanced to the AL Championship Series for the second straight year, completing a sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Monday with an 11-3 win in Game 3 of the division series. Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double off Bauer on a shoulder-high pitch as the Astros scored three runs in the seventh inning and closed the series down. The Indians hit just .144 in the series, have lost six straight playoff games and were swept for the first time since the 1954 World Series. The Astros will now have to wait for the winner of the Boston-New York series for their next shot to play for the championship.
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For the third consecutive year, the Los Angeles Dodgers will return to the National League Championship Series after defeating the Atlanta Braves 6-2 in Game 4 of the NLDS at SunTrust Park. David Freese, pinch-hitting for reliever Ryan Madson, hit a two-run single to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead with two outs in the sixth inning. The Dodgers will have four days rest before they head to Milwaukee to play the Brewers in the NLCS.
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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell delivered the best rushing day in the franchise’s history. Crowell rushed for a career-high 219 yards in a 34-16 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. This included a 77-yard touchdown that launched the Jets towards 21-points scored in the second quarter. Crowell set the franchise mark on just 15 carries for an NFL-record. Two weeks ago, Crowell caused controversy with his coach with a crude touchdown celebration; but his time he simply tossed the ball away and celebrated with teammates. The previous franchise record was held by Thomas Jones, who ran for 210 yards in a 2009 win over the Buffalo Bills.
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Conor McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of his comeback fight at UFC 229 against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who then climbed over the cage and set off a brawl by scuffling with another fighter in McGregor’s corner on Saturday night. The mayhem occurred after McGregor got caught in a choke by Nurmagomedov (27-0), who defended his lightweight belt by defeating McGregor. who infamously attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov. However, Nurmagomedov stepped away from McGregor and immediately pointed at his corner, shouting and throwing his mouthpiece. The men in McGregor’s corner appeared to respond with taunts, and Nurmagomedov climbed over the fence and fought with Dillon Danis, a Bellator welterweight who trains with McGregor. Meanwhile, two men apparently from Nurmagomedov’s entourage entered the cage and sucker-punched McGregor, who defended himself before security got involved. Nurmagomedov and McGregor both left the ring before the championship belt could be presented to Nurmagomedov. Both fighters’ purses will be withheld pending an investigation by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
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Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, will not return in 2019, the team announced Wednesday night. Showalter took the helm during the 2010 season, while Duquette was hired as general manager after the 2011 campaign. Showalter and Duquette both had contracts that expire at the end of October. The Orioles said in a statement, “we thank Dan and Buck for their many contributions over the past several years. Under their leadership, prior to the 2018 season and for six consecutive years, the club delivered competitive teams playing meaningful baseball into September, achieved three postseason appearances and came within four games of a World Series appearance, and won more games than any other American League club during a period spanning five of those six enjoyable seasons.” This past season was the worst in Orioles history; Baltimore became just the fifth major league team since 1900 to lose 115 games or more in a season.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been left off Portugal’s national team squad for a pair of upcoming matches, the decision coming as Ronaldo deals with rape allegations against him. Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who says the player assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009. He has denied the accusation. Ronaldo was left off the squad for Portugal’s second game in the UEFA Nations League at Poland on Oct. 11, as well as a match in Glasgow against Scotland three days later. Ronaldo also missed Portugal’s first two post-World Cup matches last month, with coach Fernando Santos saying Ronaldo had only just moved to the Italian club and was still settling down there.
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