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ATLANTA—Matt Ryan threw for 379 yards, and fill-in kicker Giorgio Tavecchio connected from 56 yards late for his third field goal as the host Atlanta Falcons extended the New York Giants' losing streak to four games with a 23-20 victory Monday night. Ryan, who completed his last 18 passes to finish 31 of 39, connected with Marvin Hall for a 47-yard touchdown. Tevin Coleman had a 30-yard TD run, and Tavecchio made field goals of 40 and 50 yards in addition to his 56-yarder with 1:55 remaining.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jimmy Butler scored 20 points and Karl-Anthony Towns put up his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 101-91 in Minneapolis on Monday night, Oct. 22. Taj Gibson added 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and point guard Jeff Teague recorded 10 assists on a night when Andrew Wiggins played only eight minutes in the first quarter before leaving with what the team later said was a right quadriceps contusion.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes authoritatively recovered from his first defeat as an NFL quarterback, passing for 358 yards and four touchdowns Sunday night, Oct. 21, as the Kansas City Chiefs trounced the visiting Cincinnati Bengals 45-10. Bouncing back from a last-second loss in prime time against New England, the Chiefs built a 17-point halftime lead, scored on five of their first six possessions and totaled 551 yards.
MINNEAPOLIS—Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a goal in his fifth consecutive match as the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 victory Sunday, Oct. 21, in Minnesota United FC's final home game in Minneapolis. Ola Kamara and Romain Alessandrini added goals one minute apart in the second half as the Galaxy earned the victory in their final road game of the regular season. Los Angeles is unbeaten over its last four matches as it has made a late-season playoff push.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Young Chase Elliott didn't really need to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 21, as his victory two weeks ago had already secured him a berth in the next round of the series' playoffs. But, like all drivers, Elliott, 22, is greedy. Greedy for victories. The Hendrick Motorsports driver used that greed to win at Kansas and build big momentum. "Just proud of the effort," he said. "We certainly were not where we wanted to be at the beginning of the year. And had a good few weeks."
MILWAUKEE—The Los Angeles Dodgers booked a return trip to the World Series behind steady power and sturdy pitching on Saturday, Oct. 20, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig hit home runs to back a strong effort from rookie right-hander Walker Buehler and four relievers, sending the Dodgers to the Fall Classic in consecutive years for the first time since 1977-78. Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox is set for Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston.
DALLAS — Dennis Smith Jr. drained a step-back jumper and drew a foul for a three-point play with 6.1 seconds left to break a tie and lead the Dallas Mavericks to a wild 140-136 victory in their home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, Oct. 20. Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns wanted to go for a game-tying attempt, but was fouled first. He made both free throws to make it 137-136. A quick foul put Smith on the free throw line where he made both attempts for a 139-136 Dallas lead with three seconds to go.
ST. PAUL — Mikael Granlund's overtime goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 5-4 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Oct. 20, in St. Paul. Charlie Coyle dropped a pass to Granlund on the right side, and rather than pass Granlund shot, squeaking the puck past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for the game winner at 3:43. The Wild have now gone to overtime four times in their first eight games of the season, improving to 2-0-2 in such games.
MILWAUKEE—The Milwaukee Brewers scored four runs in the first inning on Friday, Oct. 19, and didn't look back, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to force a decisive seventh game at Miller Park on Saturday night, Oct. 20.
DALLAS — Ryan Suter scored the deciding goal with 7:06 to play as the visiting Minnesota Wild came from behind to beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Friday, Oct. 19. Suter got the game-winner as he skated to the right of Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop and centered a shot that caromed off Stars defenseman Esa Lindell and into the goal before Bishop had time to react. The win was the second straight for the Wild.