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

Looking ahead at the next three Basketball Hall of Fame classes

Thirteen new members — including NBA legends Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash — will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night. But who will be joining them further down the road?

Here’s a look at some of the biggest names that will soon be eligible for induction, as well as those who are still waiting for their call from Springfield.

Class of 2019, first-time eligible:

Even with the Hall’s reduced waiting period (now three full years of retirement), the pool of first-time eligible players next year isn’t as glitzy as it has been — or will soon be — but that could work in favor of a group of players who are not necessarily slam dunk choices.

Shawn Marion
15.2 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.5 SPG in 16 NBA seasons

“The Matrix” was a four-time All-Star and won a title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. His career averages don’t necessarily scream Hall of Famer, but his longevity and the success of his teams help his case. Marion logged 109 playoff games while taking his teams to the postseason 11 times in 16 NBA seasons.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 75.6 percent

Carlos Boozer
16.2 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 52.1 FG Pct in 13 NBA seasons

Boozer has a strong basketball resume that includes winning a national title at Duke and a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. The question is whether he did enough as an NBA player to sway those with votes. Boozer’s best basketball of his career came in Utah, where he earned a pair of All-Star appearances and landed on the All-NBA third team in 2008 (averaging 21.1 points and 10.4 rebounds that season). The lack of an NBA title works against him, but Boozer essentially averaged a double-double for his career.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 0.6 percent

Andrei Kirilenko
11.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.7 APG in 13 NBA seasons

Kirilenko’s international accomplishments (four-time Russian Player of the Year, 2012 EuroLeague MVP during a one-year break from the locked-out NBA) only strengthen his Hall chances. Kirilenko scored 9,431 points in 13 NBA seasons, the most by a Russian-born player. He earned only one All-Star honor but was a three-time All-Defensive team selection. He also won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 0.4 percent*
Note: Basketball Reference’s formula only accounts for NBA accomplishments and does not include international play.

Class of 2020, first-time eligible

The Hall of Fame ought to start selling tickets for the 2020 event today because it would be an instant sellout. The pool of first-time eligible players will include a surefire trio — Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — that accounted for 11 NBA titles, 8 MVPs and 48 All-Star appearances, and others like Chris Bosh (99.5 percent HOF probability) and Amar’e Stoudemire (72.9 percent) will be on the ballot for the first time.

Kobe Bryant
25.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.7 APG in 20 NBA seasons

Expect a sea of purple and gold in the balcony at Springfield’s Symphony Hall as Lakers fans will undoubtedly flock to watch the legend enter the Hall. Bryant is a five-time NBA champ, a two-time Finals MVP, the 2008 league MVP and an 18-time All-Star. His speech ought to be as entertaining as his career.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 100.0 percent

Kevin Garnett
17.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 3.7 APG in 21 NBA seasons

The Celtics-Lakers rivalry might be rekindled simply based on competition for tickets to the 2020 induction ceremonies. Garnett cemented his legacy by helping Boston to the 2008 title, but his resume includes the 2004 league MVP and 15 All-Star appearances. Garnett headlined the prep-to-pro revolution and left an indelible mark on the way big men play the game.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 100.0 percent

Tim Duncan
19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.0 APG in 19 NBA seasons

The Big Fundamental will head to Springfield with his five NBA titles, two MVP awards, three Finals MVP trophies and 15 All-Star appearances. In typical Duncan fashion, he won’t even be the headliner on this night given the star power and loud personalities around him, but he’ll also probably be perfectly fine with that.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 100.0 percent

Class of 2021, first-time eligible

Paul Pierce
19.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.5 APG in 19 NBA seasons

The Celtics wasted no time putting Pierce’s No. 34 in the rafters last season, and he’ll soon carve out another piece of Massachusetts real estate with a Hall induction. It should also reunite Boston’s Big Three one more time, after that 2008 title they won together bolstered Pierce’s resume. He was MVP of that Finals and piled up 10 All-Star appearances overall. The Truth scored 26,397 points during his NBA career and muscled his way into the conversation for most elite scorers in Celtics history.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 100.0 percent

Luis Scola
12.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.6 APG in 10 NBA seasons

Scola might very well still be adding to his basketball resume overseas by the time he gets his Hall call (at age 38, he played professionally in China last season). He’s a legend in the Spanish League and was a two-time EuroLeague first-teamer before coming to the NBA at age 27. Scola won gold with Argentina at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, then grabbed bronze in Beijing in 2008.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: zero percent

Deron Williams
16.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 8.1 APG in 12 NBA seasons

Williams didn’t sustain elite-level play throughout his 12-year NBA career, but it’s easy to forget now that he was among the NBA’s very best point guards for a stretch in the late 2000s. He earned three consecutive All-Star nods during that stretch, spanning his time in Utah and New Jersey. Williams’ resume is bolstered by two gold medals (Beijing 2008, London 2012), but he might not have done enough overall during his NBA tenure to sway voters.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 9.5 percent

Still waiting for their Hall call

Chris Webber
20.7 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.2 APG in 15 NBA seasons

From the Fab 5 to a five-time NBA All-Star, Webber seemingly has Hall credentials but has been unable to earn induction despite being a finalist in recent years. Webber took Michigan to the Final Four in 1992 and 1993 (though both appearances have been vacated) and was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award in 1993. He was Rookie of the Year after being the No. 1 pick that same year and also earned All-NBA honors five times. The question lingers: How long will Webber have to wait for induction?

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 14.6 percent

Shawn Kemp
14.6 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.6 APG in 14 NBA seasons

Kemp’s candidacy is a polarizing topic. His resume isn’t great, even though he does have six All-Star nods and three appearances on the All-NBA second team. But Kemp’s awe-inspiring athleticism and rim-rattling dunks made him one of the most memorable NBA players of the 1990s. Kemp also led his teams to 10 seasons of playoff basketball, including a memorable run to the NBA Finals in 1996, where the Sonics pushed the Bulls to six games.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 38.4 percent

Ben Wallace
5.7 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.0 BPG in 14 NBA seasons

Wallace is one of the most dominant defensive players in league history, and yet his meager offensive numbers (5.7 points per game for his career, 41.4 percent free throw shooter) have conspired against him. Wallace was an NBA champion (Detroit 2004), a four-time All-Star, a four-time Defensive Player of the Year, and one of the most elite rebounders and shot blockers in league history. But it still might not be enough to muscle his way in.

Basketball Reference Hall of Fame Probability: 45.3 percent


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