Game Wrap: Jackie Bradley Jr, Red Sox even ALCS with Astros

Red Sox pull even with Astros in ALCS

David Price went home a winner in a post-season start for the first time in his career. That, he insisted, is all he ever cared about. “This is bigger than David Price,” he said on Sunday night. “This isn’t about me. This is about the Boston Red Sox.” Price was good enough, the Red Sox relievers were even better, and Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered a go-ahead, three-run double off the Green Monster to lead Boston to a 7-5 victory over the Houston Astros and tie the AL Championship Series at one game apiece. Price fell one out short of qualifying

Red Sox ace Chris Sale hospitalized with stomach illness

The Boston Red Sox say ace left-hander Chis Sale has a stomach illness and will spend the night in the hospital. The Red Sox made the announcement Sunday night in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against Houston. Boston said Sale reported the illness earlier in the day and was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital. He will be held overnight for observation. The 29-year-old Sale struggled with his control in Boston’s 7-2 loss to the Astros in the series opener Saturday night. He allowed two runs with four walks and a hit batter in four

Canada thrashes Panama to book FIFA Women’s World Cup berth

Christine Sinclair isn’t concerned about chasing records. She’s set her sights on the World Cup. Sinclair scored twice and Canada went on to secure a spot in next year’s World Cup in France with a 7-0 victory over Panama on Sunday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Watch highlights from Canada’s win: Christine Sinclair and Adriana Leon each scored a brace as Canada thumped Panama 7-0 in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The win gives Canada a berth in the 2019 FIFA World Cup. 1:33 Sinclair now has 177th international goals. She ranks second on the

Del Potro could miss rest of season with fractured kneecap

Juan Martin del Potro received treatment on his knee at the side of the court World number four Juan Martin del Potro could miss the rest of the season after fracturing his right kneecap in a heavy fall at the Shanghai Masters. The 30-year-old Argentine retired from his last-16 match against eventual finalist Borna Coric on Thursday after falling during the first set. Former US Open champion Del Potro, who has his leg in a splint, said: “It’s a very difficult moment. I feel very sad. “It’s a hard blow that leaves me without strength.” Del Potro had been expected

Childhood friends Cavallini, Osorio reunited with Canadian men’s team

Together they rank as Canada’s top soccer players currently playing their trade in North America. And Lucas Cavallini and Jonathan Osorio go way back. “We’ve been buddies since Day 1, since we were 12 years old playing together,” said Cavallini, a forward with Mexico’s Puebla FC. “He’s a very very good friend of mine,” added Osorio, a midfielder having a career year with Toronto FC. Their games extended off the field as youngsters. Cavallini’s father made a soccer pitch of sorts in the family basement in Mississauga, Ont., with Lucas and Osorio often pairing up against their younger brothers. Years

Stephens qualifies for WTA Finals for first time

Stephens won the US Open in 2017 and reached this year’s French Open final World number eight Sloane Stephens has qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals for the first time. The 25-year-old American, who won the US Open last year, is the sixth player to qualify for the event in Singapore, which begins on 22 October. Her place was confirmed after world number five Elina Svitolina said she will not play an event this week. Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Bertens are vying for the final two places in the event. Both Pliskova and Bertens are playing at this week’s

Djokovic extends winning run to 18 to take Shanghai title

Novak Djokovic will replace Roger Federer as the world number two on Monday Novak Djokovic continued his superb form by beating Croatia’s Borna Coric in the final of the Shanghai Masters. The second seed, 31, beat 21-year-old Coric 6-3 6-4 in 97 minutes to claim his fourth Shanghai title. Coric, the 13th seed, upset Roger Federer in Saturday’s semi-finals to reach his first Masters 1000 final. Serb Djokovic has won 18 consecutive matches since losing at the Rogers Cup on 10 August, and will replace Federer as world number two on Monday. The 14-time Grand Slam champion cruised through the

F1 legend Hakkinen would only return to racing to ‘kick some butt’

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Shanghai Masters: Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares lose final to Kubot and Melo

Kubot and Melo also won the Beijing Open earlier this month Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares were beaten in straight sets by Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the Shanghai Masters doubles final. The British-Brazilian duo, who this week qualified for the ATP Finals in November, lost 6-4 6-2 to the Polish-Brazilian team. Kubot and Melo went one better than last year when they were beaten finalists. Murray and Soares have won three titles together this season. BBC Sport

America’s team has Canadian flavour for upcoming NFL season

They’re called America’s Team, but the Dallas Cowboys will have a more definite Canadian flavour this season.

Long-snapper Louis-Philippe Ladouceur of Montreal and defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford of Windsor, Ont., both return for yet another NFL campaign with Dallas. Also, former CFL player Brett Maher opens the season as the Cowboys’ kicker after surprisingly unseating incumbent Dan Bailey, the second-most accurate kicker in league history.

Ladouceur, 37, has been a model of consistency with Dallas. Entering his 14th season, the six-foot-six, 256-pound Canadian is not only the Cowboys’ longest-tenured player but hasn’t missed a game in his pro career.

When Dallas kicks off its 2018 season in Carolina next Sunday, Ladouceur will start his 206th straight contest. And through it all, he’s been perfect on 1,875 career snaps on punts, converts and field goals.

He flawlessly executed 142 snaps last season (66 on punts, 38 on field goals, 38 converts). Heady stuff for a player who joined the Cowboys following the third week of the ’05 season after being released by the New Orleans Saints.

The six-foot-four, 285-pound Crawford enters his seventh season with Dallas after being taken in the third round, No, 81 overall, in the 2012 NFL draft out of Boise State. Crawford, 28, has started 59 of 77 regular-season games with the Cowboys, registering 143 tackles, 16.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Last season, Crawford played in all 16 regular-season games — for the second time in three years — and had 27 tackles and four sacks.

12 in total

Maher, 28, of Kearney, Neb., hit 107 of 137 field goals (78.1 per cent) with the Ottawa Redblacks (2014-15, 2017) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2016). The six-foot-one, 183-pound Maher played collegiately at Nebraska.

Ironically, Maher signed with Dallas in August 2013 to play in an exhibition game while Bailey recovered from an injury. Maher was released two weeks later.

Maher joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in May 2014 and appeared in two exhibition games before being released. The following week he signed with the Redblacks and finished the season making 25 of 37 field goals (67.6 per cent) and posting a 45.4-yard punting average.

Ladouceur and Crawford are among 12 Canadians to start the season on an NFL team’s 53-man roster. That’s half the number of Canucks who were on training-camp rosters back in July.

Right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., begins his fifth season with Kansas City. The former McGill star enters the second year of the US$41.25-million extension he signed with the Chiefs that made him the highest-paid Canadian football player in NFL history.

The 2014 sixth-round draft pick made headlines in May when he graduated from medical school. That made Duvernay-Tardif the first active NFL player to become a physician.

Other Canadians on rosters

Defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd (Ajax, Ont.): The New York Jets selected the six-foot-four, 315-pound Shepherd in the third round, No. 72 overall, in this year’s draft out Fort Hays State. The Canadian hasn’t disappointed and is a projected starter.

Defensive lineman Brent Urban (Mississauga, Ont.): Injuries have plagued the 2014 fourth-round pick, who missed 39 games over parts of four seasons with Baltimore. But the six-foot-seven, 300-pound Urban opens the ’18 campaign as the Ravens’ starting defensive end.

Defensive end Christian Covington (Vancouver): The Houston Texans’ six-foot-two, 305-pound defensive lineman looks to successfully come back from last year’s season-ending biceps tear. The son of Canadian Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Grover Covington is entering his fourth season with Houston.

Defensive lineman David Onyemata (Winnipeg): The former Manitoba star is entering his third season with the New Orleans Saints, who selected the six-foot-four, 300-pounder in the fourth round, No. 120 overall, in the 2016 NFL draft. He started six games last season, registering 38 tackles and two sacks.

Tight end Luke Willson (LaSalle, Ont.): Willson signed this off-season with the Detroit Lions, right across the border from where he grew up, after five seasons with Seattle. The personable six-foot-five, 254-pound Willson had 89 catches for 1,129 yards with 11 TDs during his tenure with the Seahawks while also earning a Super Bowl ring.

Tight end Antony Auclair (Notre-Dame-des-Pins, Que.): The former Laval star begins his second season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The six-foot-six, 256-pound Auclair had two catches for 25 yards in 2017.

Centre Brett Jones (Weyburn, Sask.): He begins his first season with the Minnesota Vikings after recently being acquired from the New York Giants. The six-foot-two, 312-pound former Calgary Stampeder spent three seasons with the Giants.

Receiver T.J. Jones (Winnipeg): The six-foot, 188-pound receiver/kick-returner enters his fifth season with the Lions. The former Notre Dame star appeared in 14 games — six starts — in 2017, registering a career-high 30 catches for 399 yards and one touchdown before suffering a shoulder injury.

Defensive tackle Eli Ankou (Ottawa): The six-foot-three, 325-pound former UCLA Bruin had 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks in nine games last season, his first with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


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