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MLB

HOUSTON (AP) – Carlos Correa hit a decisive seventh inning homerun that helped the Houston Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series on Friday night.

Correa’s solo shot against Hansel Robles came with two strikeouts and gave the Astros a 4-3 lead.

Jose Altuve had a homerun and produced three runs for the Astros.

Kiké Hernández hit two home runs, a double and a single for Boston. His solo training in the ninth drew the Red Sox into a race.

Game 2 will take place on Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs hired Carter Hawkins as general manager on Friday, tapping into the Cleveland front office in a bid to bolster their own player development system.

Hawkins, 37, spent 14 seasons with Cleveland, the last five as an assistant general manager. He also oversaw the team’s player development department.

The Cubs plan to officially introduce Hawkins as the franchise’s 16th general manager at a press conference on Monday.

NFL

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has not found any other current team or league member for sending emails containing racist, homophobic or misogynistic language similar to messages written by Jon Gruden that led to his resignation as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, according to a person familiar with the documents.

The person familiar with the investigation as well as emails told The Associated Press on Friday that the league “has not identified other areas and other people it needs to contact at the leadership level of the. club or league management “. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league did not release the contents of the 650,000 emails collected by independent investigators during an investigation into sexual harassment and other working conditions at the team. Washington Football League.

– By professional football writer Barry Wilner.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury and two assistants will miss the Cardinals game on Sunday in Cleveland after testing positive for COVID-19.

Quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive tackle Zach Allen will also be sidelined for the only undefeated team in the NFL.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who has head coaching experience in Denver, and assistant head coach / special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will split head coaching responsibilities for Arizona (5-0) .

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals acquired tight end Zach Ertz in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.

The undefeated Cardinals sent cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick to the Eagles for Ertz, 30, a three-time Pro Bowler.

Ertz had four receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown in Thursday night’s 28-22 loss to Tampa Bay.

Ertz was selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2013 Draft. He has 579 receptions for 6,267 yards and 38 touchdowns in 123 career regular-season games.

NHL

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins signed a contract extension with Charlie McAvoy on Friday, securing their No.1 defenseman for eight more years at a cost of $ 76 million.

McAvoy, 23, finished fifth in the Norris Trophy vote last year. He had five goals and 25 assists in 51 games last season and led all Bruins defensemen with a plus-22 rating. In the playoffs, he had 12 points in 11 games.

The first-round pick in the 2016 draft has 24 goals and 98 assists in 235 regular-season games, plus an additional 32 points in 65 playoff appearances.

CAR RACE

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) – Liberty University has reached a five-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports to continue as principal sponsor of William Byron.

Byron is a junior pursuing a degree in Strategic Communication through Liberty’s online program. He has been partly sponsored by the Christian University since 2014, when he was driving late models.

Liberty has sponsored 12 races per season for Byron at Cup level since his 2018 rookie season. The contract extension announced on Friday covers 12 races per year through 2026.

PARIS (AP) – Next year’s Formula 1 season will feature 23 races and open in Bahrain rather than its traditional start in Australia, Singapore and Canada returning after two consecutive cancellations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2022 calendar was approved by the governing body of the FIA’s World Motorsport Council on Friday.

The Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on March 20 will be followed by the second hosting of the Saudi Arabian GP in Jeddah and then the Australian GP in Melbourne on April 10.

The season then moves to Europe two weeks later for the Emilia Romagna GP in Italy (subject to contract approval) and then to the United States for the Miami GP on May 8 (subject to circuit approval by the FIA).

WNBA

CHICAGO (AP) – Kahleah Copper scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half and Chicago used a dominant defensive effort to achieve a record-breaking Phoenix Mercury 86-50 rout on Friday night, pulling Sky away from a victory in the franchise’s first WNBA. Title.

Chicago will look to close out the best of five series on Sunday.

Sky dominated on both sides, limiting Brittney Griner to just four points in the first half on 1 in 8 shooting after scoring 29 points in Mercury’s overtime win on Wednesday.

Chicago also pulled Diana Taurasi out of the game, keeping her five points on 1 in 10 shot. Griner finished with 16 points.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – Dawn Staley and South Carolina have agreed to a new seven-year contract that will pay him $ 2.9 million this season and increase to $ 3.5 million last season.

The school board on Friday approved the deal worth $ 22.4 million to keep the national championship coach with the Gamecocks until the 2027-2028 season.

The school said in a statement that the new deal makes Staley the highest-paid black coach in women’s basketball and one of the highest-paid coaches in the sport.

Staley’s salary is the highest in the Southeastern Conference, overtaking newly hired LSU coach Kim Mulkey, who will earn $ 2.5 million in his first year with the Tigers.

SOCCER

ZURICH (AP) – A request to increase halftime breaks to 25 minutes for Super Bowl-style entertainment shows will be discussed this month, the IFAB football legislative panel said on Friday.

South American football body CONMEBOL made the request last month suggesting it would run for cup finals like its Copa Libertadores competition.

Football Law 7 currently states that “players are entitled to an interval at half-time, not exceeding 15 minutes”.

The Rules Committee of the International Football Association Board put CONMEBOL’s request on the agenda for its expert advisers to discuss on October 27 in remote meetings.


Naomi C. Amerson