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PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles placed running back Jay Ajayi on injured reserve Monday, shortly before several outlets reported the running back has a torn anterior cruciate ligament. It's unclear which knee Ajayi injured or when it occurred, but NFL Network reported he tore the ligament while pass protecting during Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings and played through it. The report adds Ajayi will have surgery Thursday, and the belief is the ACL is the only torn ligament.
CLEVELAND—George Springer homered twice, Marwin Gonzalez notched two bases-loaded hits, and Carlos Correa snapped a hitless drought as the Houston Astros completed their first postseason sweep, securing this American League Division Series with an 11-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday, Oct. 8, at Progressive Field.
Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby had one of the worst games in league history as a kicker on Sunday, but he's not going anywhere -- despite costing the Packers in a big way at Detroit. "We have to convert those kicks," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told the media Monday. "He's a proven highly successful kicker, and I believe in him but he's got to make those kicks. It's a different game at halftime (if he makes those three first-half) kicks." If Crosby, who missed five kicks in all Sunday, has another shaky game, it's unlikely McCarthy will stand pat.
ATLANTA—Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the sixth inning after the Los Angeles Dodgers had come back from a five-run deficit, and the host Atlanta Braves stayed alive in the National League Division Series with a 6-5 victory in Game 3 on Sunday night, Oct. 7. Rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a grand slam to climax a five-run second inning for the Braves, but the Dodgers fought back thanks in part to homers by Chris Taylor and Max Muncy.
NAPA, Calif. — Kevin Tway birdied the third playoff hole to capture his first career PGA Tour win Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Safeway Open at Napa. Tway rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 10th green to complete a stellar finish at Silverado Resort and Spa's North Course. He birdied the 17th and 18th holes in regulation to get into the playoff with Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker, then birdied the 18th hole two more times to start the playoff before the players movee to the 10th hole.
DENVER—Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 in Game 3 on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Denver to sweep a National League Division Series. The Brewers move onto the NL Championship Series, where they will host Game 1 on Friday, Oct. 12, against either the Dodgers or the Braves. Los Angeles led that series 2-0 with Game 3 scheduled for later Sunday at Atlanta.
DOVER, Del. — Chase Elliott took the lead by restarting on old tires after a caution flag waved with eight laps to go, held it through an overtime restart and went on to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, Oct. 7, at Dover International Raceway. The victory in the Gander Outdoors 400, the opening race of the Round of 12 playoffs, locks Elliott and his Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet into the Round of 8, which begins in three weeks at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
BOSTON — Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hit early solo home runs off David Price, and the New York Yankees evened the American League Division Series with a 6-2 victory over the host Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday night, Oct. 6. The series shifts to New York for Game 3 on Monday, followed by Game 4 on Tuesday. Judge gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead 10 pitches into the game when he drove Price's 2-1 cutter into the Green Monster seats above left field. Judge's 445-foot drive was his third straight homer in the postseason and seventh of his career.
ST. PAUL — The Golden Knights tied the game late in regulation, and Erik Haula scored in the third round of a shootout as Vegas rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night, Oct. 6, in Saint Paul. Haula, taking the second attempt in the third round after Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Mikko Koivu's try, fired a shot between the pads of Devan Dubnyk that squirted into the net for the game-winner. Fleury saved all three Minnesota shootout attempts, and Vegas failed to score on its first two attempts.
HOUSTON — Marwin Gonzalez produced a four-hit effort, Alex Bregman homered for a second consecutive game and Gerrit Cole pitched a masterful start as the Houston Astros beat the visiting Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Game 2 of this American League Division Series. Roberto Osuna posted a four-out save for the Astros, who will take a 2-0 series lead to Cleveland for Game 3 on Monday.