Kurt Busch and Elliott blame themselves for NASCAR title-race exits

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ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev is victorious in straight-sets win over Marin Cilic

Germany’s Alexander Zverev comes through a tight match against Croatian Marin Cilic with a straight-sets win 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-1) in his opening game of the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London. READ MORE: Alexander Zverev punishes Marin Cilic with straight-sets win Available to UK users only. BBC Sport

ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev punishes Marin Cilic with straight-set win

ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev in straight-sets win over Marin Cilic ATP Finals Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 11-18 November Coverage: Follow live coverage across BBC TV, radio, the BBC Sport website & mobile app. Live text commentary available on selected matches. Germany’s Alexander Zverev punished Croatian rival Marin Cilic’s inability to take his chances and opened his ATP Finals campaign with a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-1) win at the O2 Arena in London. Cilic, 30, served for the first set but made three unforced errors and a double fault as Zverev broke back for 5-4. Zverev, 21, went on to

Why Hamilton’s Sirotkin near-miss in Brazil wasn’t investigated

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Max Verstappen’s incidents remind Damon Hill of Ayrton Senna

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Pierre Gasly defends decision to ignore F1 team orders in Brazil

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Ocon battling Verstappen in Brazil was ‘unacceptable’, explains FIA

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Lewis Hamilton’s engine one lap away from failure in Brazilian GP

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Phoenix NASCAR: Kyle Busch wins as 2018 Cup championship four set

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Cowboys’ duo of Elliott, Prescott lead road win over Eagles

Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott left the defending Super Bowl champions wondering how their season went wrong. Elliott had 151 yards rushing and his go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday night. The Eagles fell to 4-5 with their third straight loss at home while the Cowboys improved to 4-5. Washington leads the NFC East at 6-3. “All of us need to look in the mirror,” Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said. “Are we doing enough? Are we giving enough? You have to strain yourself to make plays. We

Alonso, Cabrera sit as part of Cleveland’s Game 3 lineup juggling

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona found a simple way to sum up his team’s tenuous state this October.

And he channeled Yogi Berra to do it.

“As long as we’re still breathing, we’re still breathing,” Francona said before Monday’s critical Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros (1:30 p.m. ET). “We just don’t have a lot of margin for error.”

With his club down 2-0 and batting only .100 (6-for-60) so far in the series and facing left-hander Dallas Keuchel in Game 3, Francona juggled his lineup by starting right-handed hitters Yandy Diaz at designated hitter and Brandon Guyer in right field. Also, Edwin Encarnacion was switched from DH and will play first base, replacing left-handed Yonder Alonso.

The Indians were dominated in Games 1 and 2 by Astros fireballers Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Cleveland has had some success against Keuchel, beating him on May 19 in Houston. The Indians scored three runs in the first inning and chased Keuchel after five innings.

Watch highlights of the Astros’ Game 2 victory:

After a huge 6th inning, Houston took down Cleveland 3-1 in Game 2 of their ALDS series, setting up a potential sweep as the series shifts to Ohio. 1:07

McCann moves behind plate

In his second matchup against Cleveland on May 25, he allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch made two switches, starting Brian McCann behind the plate and using Tony Kemp as his DH instead of Tyler White, who served that role in the first two games.

We don’t want to go home yet, so in order for that to happen, we gotta win today.— Cleveland manager Terry Francona on juggling his Game 3 lineup, trailing 2-0 to Houston in the ALDS

Francona knows all about overcoming daunting odds in October.

In 2004, his Boston Red Sox rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series and eventually win their first World Series title since 1918. Last season, the Indians led the ALDS 2-0 before the Yankees stormed back to win the series.

Francona said there’s no secret recipe to a comeback.

“You can philosophize about it however you want,” he said. “There’s different ways of looking at it. We don’t want to go home yet, so in order for that to happen, we gotta win today. OK, that’s the best thing we can do is channel our energy into finding a way to win today.

“And, from my point of view, some of that is eliminating the noise that comes with being down 0-2. That’s part of it. Everybody’s got a reason and this and that. You gotta try to eliminate that and know that, be confident enough in what you’re doing that, ‘Hey, this is what puts our team in the best position,’ and stay with it.”

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