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Chris Paul with knee injury, to miss 2-4 weeks

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will likely be sidelined two to four weeks while recovering from his bruised left knee, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Paul, a nine-time All-Star acquired in a trade with the LA Clippers in June, was originally injured when he banged knees with Memphis guard Mario Chalmers during a preseason game.

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After sitting out the preseason finale, Paul started the season opener and played 33 minutes in Tuesday’s 122-121 win over the Golden State Warriors. However, Paul was clearly hobbled during his four-point, eight-rebound, 11-assist performance, leading coach Mike D’Antoni to sit Paul during crunch time.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was initially optimistic about Paul’s status for Saturday, but that has clearly changed.

In his absence, James Harden would likely absorb an even greater portion of the playmaking duties given the Rockets do not carry any other experienced point guards on the roster. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Rockets have been in contact with player agents as they consider adding another ballhandler for depth. ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports the team has been in contact with free agent Jameer Nelson.

Paul sat out Wednesday in Sacramento and has been ruled out of Saturday’s home opener against the Dallas Mavericks.

Eric Gordon, the NBA’s reigning winner of the Sixth Man Award, started in Paul’s place and scored 25 points during Houston’s 105-100 victory over the Kings.

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Dodgers are back in a World Series since 1988

After knocking out the defending champion Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series with an 11-1 victory at Wrigley Field on Thursday, the Dodgers are back in the World Series for the first time since 1988, when Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson led the team to a dramatic upset of the Oakland A’s.

This is the Dodgers’ 11th postseason appearance since then, and their stretch of 10 appearances in a row without a title is an MLB record. That history has been punctuated by four previous losses in the NLCS, including last season when the Cubs beat them in six games, a defeat that prompted ace starter Clayton Kershaw to admit the Cubs were “just the better team.”

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This year was different. Kershaw was once again on the mound for the Dodgers, but this time trying to pitch his team into the World Series instead of facing elimination. In his five previous NLCS starts dating to 2013, the Dodgers had been shut out three times and scored only six runs — three of those coming in Game 1 of this series after Kershaw was knocked out.

Bellinger set a National League rookie record with 39 home runs and doubled in Taylor in the first inning Thursday for the game’s first run. Bellinger also singled and scored ahead of Hernandez’s homer in the third and singled and scored in the fourth.

The team has home-field advantage when they face off against either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros on Tuesday.

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Yankees are one game away from World Series

Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wildcard Yankees win for the third straight day at home.

With a 5-0 victory over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday in front of 49,647 customers at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees changed the narrative of a season in which the stakes are extremely high.

Now leading the best-of-seven ALCS 3-2, and one victory away from advancing to the World Series, the Yankees are no longer the warm and fuzzy story.

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New York finally broke through against Keuchel with two outs in the second, when Starlin Castro doubled to deep left-centre and scored on Greg Bird’s sharp single.

Cheering fans almost sounded surprised by the hit – big enough for Bird to flash both thumbs down, doubling up on the Yankees’ playful sign to each other for clutch swings.

The Yankees and Astros head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7.

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QB Andrew Luck shutdown by Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is being shut down due to soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder. Luck, who has yet to take a snap this season and only recently returned to practice, is without a timetable for his return. The three-time Pro Bowler had been throwing every other day the past two weeks.

Colts trainers and doctors shut down Luck on Wednesday after he required a cortisone shot and general manager Chris Ballard told reporters he is unsure when his $140m quarterback might resume throwing.

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“I don’t think it’ll be long, but I don’t want to sit here and give you an exact date and it doesn’t happen and you’re saying, ‘What was that guy talking about?'” Ballard said.

Luck will miss his seventh consecutive game Sunday when the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) visit Lucas Oil Stadium.

It has always been about Luck’s long-term health, not the short term. The Colts are fine enduring their current lumps because they want to ensure that Luck is their starting quarterback for years to come. Jacoby Brissett, who was acquired from New England on Sept. 2, will continue to start at quarterback until the Colts make Luck their starter again.

Colts’ immediate future remains in the hands of Jacoby Brissett. He’s won two of his five starts since replacing Scott Tolzien after Tolzien was ineffective in the season-opening 46-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Colts stand at 2-4 heading into Sunday’s meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans share AFC South lead at 3-3.

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Hayward dislocates ankle and fractures tibia

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward left the court on a stretcher after suffering a horrific-looking leg injury a little more than five minutes into his Boston debut Tuesday night. Hayward’s left leg bent awkwardly after he went up for an alley-oop pass, collided with LeBron James and collapsed under the basket with 6 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first quarter of the season opener.

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The team tweeted after Hayward’s exit that he had been diagnosed with a fractured left ankle. But head coach Brad Stevens said after the game that he had heard Hayward had suffered a dislocated ankle and a fractured tibia.

NBC Boston was there early Wednesday morning as the Celtics team plane touched down at Hanscom Field. Hayward was transported by ambulance to New England Baptist Hospital for treatment, arriving at the emergency room around 2:18 a.m., and sitting up on a stretcher.

Hayward was brought in as a free agent after seven years with the Utah Jazz, and Irving was added in a trade with the Cavaliers.

In July, Hayward signed a four-year, $US128 million ($163 million) contract with the Celtics.

Paul George suffered a similar injury in 2015, and was quick to tweet his support for Hayward. Other players also expressed their sympathy for the star recruit.

The Celtics play their home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

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Jaguars release kicker Jason Myers

Myers has always justified his spot on the roster because of a strong leg — able to kick off out of the end zone and give the team the option of a long field goal. But this year, his kickoffs have been shorter and he is 0-for-3 from 50 yards or more.

It turns out that Sunday’s performance against the Los Angeles Rams was in fact the final nail in the coffin for Jason Myers’ tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Myers went just 1-for-3 on field goal attempts, in the 27-17 loss to the Rams.

Myers finished his initial season in Jacksonville in 2015 making 87% of his field goals, but that make percentage has dropped to 73% in 2017.

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In six games this season, Myers had only two games in which he didn’t have at least one missed field goal or extra point. That inconsistency proved to be too much for the Jaguars to continue moving forward with Myers as the kicker.

The Jaguars (3-3) replaced Myers with free agent Josh Lambo. Lambo made 54 of 64 field goals (81.2 percent) and 70 of 78 extra points (89.7 percent) in two seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers cut Lambo in September and went with rookie Younghoe Koo, who has since been released.

Lambo was 2 for 2 in the preseason, with a longest of 53 yards. He will make his debut Sunday at Indianapolis.

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Yankees revive in ALCS game 3

Greeted by an array of “All Rise” signs in a ballpark that fits their style, Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and made a pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 8-1 Monday night and cutting their deficit to 2-1 in the AL Championship Series.

Todd Frazier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer into the short porch in right field in the second against Charlie Morton.

At home after a pair of 2-1 losses in Houston, the Yankees led 8-0 after four innings. Houston scored on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth before postseason star Jose Altuve grounded into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.

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On the first chilly night of the autumn with a game-time temperature of 57, Sabathia relied on the sharp, slow slider that has helped revive the former flame-thrower’s career.

Pitching with caution to Houston’s dangerous lineup, he walked four, struck out five and pitched shutout ball for the first time in 21 career postseason starts. During the regular season, he was 9-0 in 10 starts following Yankees’ losses.

RHP Luis Severino is on track to pitch a Game 6. He was removed after four innings and 62 pitches in Game 2 because Yankees manager Joe Girardi felt he was “underneath” the ball. Girardi said Severino did not need any tests and is OK.

Sonny Gray starts Game 4 for New York in the best-of-seven series on 11 days’ rest Wednesday against Lance McCullers Jr. The Yankees are 4-0 at home this postseason.

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Raiders sign NaVorro Bowman to one-year Deal

The Oakland Raiders have agreed with linebacker NaVorro Bowman on a one-year, $3 million contract.

Bowman was released on his request last Friday after seven-plus seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He ended up making a short move to join a struggling Raiders team in search of a boost following four straight losses. Bowman brings a veteran presence to Oakland’s young linebacker group that has been hit by injuries of late.

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Head coach Jack Del Rio is excited to have the four-time first-team All-Pro linebacker.

“Well, he’s a veteran guy,” Del Rio said Monday. “He’s played a lot of good ball over the years and we’re excited to have him.

Bowman had been slated to visit the Dallas Cowboys later this week, but the Raiders didn’t let him out of the building.

The 29-year-old has struggled in coverage this season and was set to see his playing time diminish as the 49ers decided to move forward with younger players. But Bowman brings veteran savvy and tackling to a Raiders team in need of an upgrade up the gut. Oakland owns a bottom-tier rush defense that was gashed by Melvin Gordon on Sunday.

The Raiders play Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite the quick turnaround it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the 8-year pro suited up in the Black Hole.

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Celtics forward Marcus Morris to miss start of season

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens hinted at what his possible starting lineup could look like for the team’s season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, Oct. 17. That lineup involved rookie Jayson Tatum in place of veteran Marcus Morris starting at power forward.

Marcus Morris, who was acquired by the Celtics in the trade with the Detroit Pistons for Avery Bradley, was limited to just one game in preseason in part due to the legal case he and brother Markieff were facing in Arizona. They were eventually acquitted of the charges.

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If healthy, Morris likely would’ve gotten the start over Tatum at power forward. But given his sore knee and big man Aron Baynes also still recovering from the knee injury he suffered in preseason, Stevens almost has no choice but to hand the rookie Tatum the start in his NBA debut. The Celtics will also likely use fellow rookies Guerschon Yabusele, Daniel Theis, and/or Semi Ojeleye in some capacity as Tatum’s backups at power forward while Marcus Morris recovers from his knee troubles.

Stevens said Morris has been dealing with the issue since arriving to training camp. He is expected to undergo reevaluation sometime within the next 10-14 days. The worst part is that we still do not know if it will only be the first week. Brad Stevens has emphasized the importance of giving him a proper preseason time, in order to make up for all the time he lost, going all the way back to training camp.

If this injury is serious at all, then this time may not be able to count towards that progression. At this point, Morris could need that week tor recover, then he could even more time to get up to speed. Hopefully he will at least be able to get some minutes after a week, giving him some opportunities to prove he is ready on an NBA court.

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Aaron Rodgers could be out for rest of the season

Six games into what was shaping up as a golden season and a possible run toward his third MVP, Aaron Rodgers was carted to the locker room in the first quarter of the Green Bay Packers’ game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers later announced the quarterback had suffered a broken collarbone that could possibly keep him out the rest of the season.

The culprit was a hit by Anthony Barr after Rodgers had unloaded an incomplete pass to Martellus Bennett. Barr drove Rodgers to the ground on his right throwing arm, and Rodgers was immediately in pain. Although the hit was legal, Rodgers had words for Barr as he walked off the field. He was examined in the sideline medical tent and then carted off the field and did not return.

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In the meantime (and perhaps for the remainder of the season), the Packers will turn things over to Brett Hundley, who looked overmatched against a stout Vikings defense on Sunday. In his first stretch of extended regular-season action, the 2015 fifth-round pick went 18-of-33 passing for 157 yards with a touchdown, three interceptions and a fumble. One of those interceptions came under heavy pressure and with 18 seconds left to go in the game, but the third-year player finished with an opponent-adjusted Total QBR of 16.6.

If Rodgers needs surgery and the Packers are without his services for the rest of 2017, Green Bay is in serious trouble. Barring a stunning improvement from Hundley, McCarthy’s offense would struggle to score points. The Packers have neither the running game nor the defense to make up for the hit. If they can get Rodgers back late in the season and get enough help from the rest of the NFC North to hold on and stay within striking distance of the division lead, though, they might be able to stage a repeat of that unlikely 2013 division title.

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