Williams F1 drivers are ‘easy targets’ amid 2018 slump, says Stroll

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NASCAR Cup champion Truex ‘too nice’ in Bristol mayhem with Busch

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Rosario leads Mets past Phillies in Little League Classic

Jason Vargas never talks to fans from the on-deck circle, just like major league teams never line up after a game and shake hands. Put a big league game in a tiny park full of 11 and 12 year olds, though, and those kinds of customs get tossed aside. Amed Rosario had three hits and drove in three runs, and the New York Mets went from cheering on players in the Little League World Series to impressing the youngsters in an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night. Jose Bautista got the scoring started for the New York

Djokovic beats Federer to complete career ‘Golden Masters’

Djokovic had lost the Cincinnati Masters final on five previous occasions – three of which to Roger Federer Former world number one Novak Djokovic became the first player to win all nine Masters 1,000 tournaments with victory over Roger Federer in Cincinnati. The 31-year-old Serb, a five-time runner-up at the event, beat seven-time champion Federer 6-4 6-4. Wimbledon champion Djokovic had lost the Cincinnati final to the Swiss on three previous occasions. “It’s a very special moment,” he said. “It’s the first time I get to stand with a winning trophy in Cincinnati.” Victory for world number two Federer would

Yankees’ J.A. Happ grinds out victory over Blue Jays

J.A. Happ stayed unbeaten with the New York Yankees by topping his former Toronto teammates, and Greg Bird hit a grand slam during a six-run first inning Sunday in a 10-2 win over the visiting Blue Jays. Happ remained unbeaten with the Yankees and Greg Bird hit a grand slam in New York’s 10-2 win over Toronto. 2:18 The Yankees completed a three-game sweep, but lost shortstop Didi Gregorius to an injured left heel. Gregorius was hurt when he collided with Toronto first baseman Kendrys Morales beating an infield hit in the first, and was taken to a hospital for

Bertens upsets world number one Halep to win in Cincinnati

Kiki Bertens defeated Simona Halep for the second time in five meetings Kiki Bertens held off a championship point to upset world number one Simona Halep and win the Cincinnati Masters. The 26-year-old world number 17 came from behind to defeat Halep 2-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in two hours and five minutes. Romania’s Halep, 26, has now lost three finals in Cincinnati having previously missed out in 2015 and 2017. “I cannot find the words for this moment,” said Bertens, who becomes the first Dutch winner at a singles WTA/ATP hardcourt tournament since 2006. Bertens’ victory – the biggest of

Cincinnati Masters: Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares win doubles final

Victory brought Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray their third title this year Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares won their second doubles title of August with victory in the Cincinnati Masters final. Murray and Soares beat Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 4-6 6-3 10-6 in one hour and 25 minutes. It was their first ATP Masters 1,000 title as a pair. Murray and Soares won the Washington Open two weeks ago for their third victory this year, having defended their Acapulco title in March. Scot Murray. 32. and Soares, 36, have won nine titles since they joined

From the bench to B.C., Canada’s walk-off win captures magic of Little League World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., — There are these moments in sports that seem to transcend any field, rink or court and become so much more than the game itself. On Saturday night at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, one of those magical, dreamlike sporting moments became a reality for Canada’s sluggers at Volunteer Stadium. Recap Canada stays alive at Little League World Series with thrilling win over Spain Live Blog Follow Team Canada at the Little League World Series   With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning of a must-win game between Canada and Spain, 12-year-old Joey

Blue Jays lose Stroman to 10-day DL with blister issues

The Toronto Blue Jays placed right-hander Marcus Stroman on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with a blister on his right middle finger. Stroman last pitched for Toronto Friday night, allowing five runs over four innings in a 7-5 loss to the hometown New York Yankees. He is 4-8 with a 5.27 earned-run average through 18 starts with the Blue Jays this season. The move to the DL is retroactive to Saturday. Toronto recalled left-hander Thomas Pannone from triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding roster move. Stroman spent time on the DL earlier this season with a shoulder injury. He also

NBA releases schedule; Kawhi visits Spurs in Jan.

Kawhi Leonard will make his return to San Antonio in early January, and the first game in the storied Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics rivalry — now featuring LeBron James and Kyrie Irving — will be in early February, the NBA announced on Friday as part of its full schedule release.

Leonard will play in San Antonio on Jan. 3 for the first time since orchestrating a trade from the Spurs this offseason. San Antonio traded Leonard to the Toronto Raptors for a package that included DeMar DeRozan.

DeRozan, who was upset over how the Raptors handled the trade, will be back in Toronto on Feb. 22.

The first game in the new iteration of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry is scheduled for Feb. 7 in Boston. The Celtics then travel to Los Angeles to play James and the Lakers on March 9.

There is sure to be plenty of interest in these games due to the history between the franchises and between Irving and James. Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers in the summer of 2017 after reaching three consecutive NBA Finals with James and the Cavs.

All of James’ games against the defending champion Golden State Warriors — and 31 Lakers games overall — will be on national television, including the Lakers’ trip to Golden State on Christmas Day.

James, who signed a four-year, $153 million contract with the Lakers in July, faced the Warriors in each of the past four NBA Finals as a member of Cavs.

James’ first game in Cleveland as a member of the Lakers will be on Nov. 21.

It was announced Wednesday that the Lakers will open the season in Portland on Oct. 18 and follow up with their home opener on Oct. 20 against Houston.

The 2018-19 season kicks off on Oct. 16 with the Philadelphia 76ers visiting the Celtics and the Warriors hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder . Before the second game, the Warriors will receive their championship rings and unveil the banner for their 2018 NBA title.

Other games of note: Paul George and the Thunder will face the Lakers on the road on Jan. 2. For much of last season, many observers expected George, a Los Angeles native, to sign with the Lakers in free agency. He instead chose to re-sign with Oklahoma City.

The Warriors and Rockets face off in Houston on Nov. 15 for the first time since their seven-game Western Conference Finals.

James and the Lakers host the Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the 76ers on Jan. 29, and the Lakers play at Philadelphia on Feb. 10. James’ representatives met with the Sixers during free agency and the Sixers came away with the impression that they had a legitimate shot to land James. You can be sure that James will get a less-than-friendly welcome from the home crowd in Philadelphia.

Kevin Durant and the Warriors travel to Oklahoma City to take on Durant’s old Thunder team on March 16.

The game is one of 28 on national television for Golden State; the Rockets also have 28 nationally-televised games. The Thunder and Sixers each play on national television 27 times this season.

Gordon Hayward‘s first game back in Utah — one of 27 national television appearances by Boston — is scheduled for Nov. 9. The Jazz and Donovan Mitchell face the Sixers and Simmons face off in Utah on Dec. 27. Mitchell and Simmons battled — on and off the court — last season for the Rookie of the Year award, which was won by Simmons.

As far as this year’s rookie class, top overall pick Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns will host the Dallas Mavericks and rookie Luka Doncic on Oct. 17.

Doncic and the Mavericks face Trae Young and the Hawks in Atlanta on Oct. 24. The Mavericks traded their No. 5 overall pick and a protected 2019 first-round pick to Atlanta for the rights to Doncic; the Hawks also received the draft rights for Young in the trade.

In other schedule notes, the NBA said the total number of scheduled back-to-back games is an at all-time low for the fourth consecutive season. The league said teams will average 13.3 back-to-backs this season, down 31 percent since the 2014-15 season.

For the second straight season, no team will play four games in five nights. The instances of a team playing five games in seven days has been reduced by 42 percent (an average of 0.7 per team compared to 1.2 per team last season), the league said.

In addition, for the first time, no team will play eight games in 12 days, according to the league.

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