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MINNEAPOLIS - Disgruntled Jimmy Butler caused a stir at the Minnesota Timberwolves' practice on Wednesday, and he wasn't given a chance to do so again on Thursday. The team called off practice, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, who added that there would be no media availability as well.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are accustomed to playing before a loud and huge gallery at each stop on the PGA Tour. But when they meet in "The Match," their $9 million winner-take-all, pay-per-view event in Las Vegas on Nov. 23, things reportedly will be markedly different. The Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing multiple sources, reported Thursday, Oct. 11, that there won't be any tickets sold to the event. Instead, only a small group of sponsors and VIPs will be allowed on the course when the two veterans meet at Shadow Creek, which is owned by MGM Resorts International.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Bronson Burgoon is about to find out what playing in front is all about on the PGA Tour. Burgoon claimed the opening-round lead at the CIMB Classic on Thursday, firing a 63 to grab a one-shot lead over Austin Cook. Burgoon, who is 9-under par, started on the back nine and played the final 14 holes of his round at 10 under in his first career appearance at the CIMB Classic. The highlight of his round was a chip-in for eagle on his ninth hole (18th). Burgoon's best career round was a 62 at the John Deere Classic.
NEW YORK—Craig Kimbrel escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox held on for a 4-3 victory over the host New York Yankees on Tuesday night to win an American League Division Series in four games. The Red Sox advance to the AL Championship Series, where they will host Houston Astros in Game 1 on Friday.
NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees has been in a class of his own during his 13 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, and on Monday night, he moved to the head of the NFL class. In a 43-19 victory over the visiting Washington Redskins, Brees threw for 363 yards to surpass Peyton Manning as the NFL's all-time passing yardage leader, giving him 72,103 yards in 254 games over 18 seasons. Manning compiled his 71,940 passing yards in 266 games. Brees completed 26 of 29 passes and threw three touchdown passes, giving him 499 for his career.
NEW YORK—Andrew Benintendi highlighted a seven-run fourth inning with a bases-clearing double, Brock Holt hit for the first cycle in postseason history, and the visiting Boston Red Sox rolled to a 16-1 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday night. Game 4 is Tuesday, and the Red Sox are one win away from meeting the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. Rick Porcello is set to pitch for Boston while CC Sabathia will start for the Yankees.
ATLANTA—Manny Machado drove in four runs with a homer and double, and the Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series with a 6-2 victory over the host Atlanta Braves on Monday. It is the third straight trip to the NLCS for the Dodgers, who won the best-of-five division NL Division Series in four games. Their next opponent will be the Brewers, who completed a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the other NLDS. The NLCS begins Friday in Milwaukee.
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles placed running back Jay Ajayi on injured reserve Monday, shortly before several outlets reported the running back has a torn anterior cruciate ligament. It's unclear which knee Ajayi injured or when it occurred, but NFL Network reported he tore the ligament while pass protecting during Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings and played through it. The report adds Ajayi will have surgery Thursday, and the belief is the ACL is the only torn ligament.
CLEVELAND—George Springer homered twice, Marwin Gonzalez notched two bases-loaded hits, and Carlos Correa snapped a hitless drought as the Houston Astros completed their first postseason sweep, securing this American League Division Series with an 11-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday, Oct. 8, at Progressive Field.
Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby had one of the worst games in league history as a kicker on Sunday, but he's not going anywhere -- despite costing the Packers in a big way at Detroit. "We have to convert those kicks," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told the media Monday. "He's a proven highly successful kicker, and I believe in him but he's got to make those kicks. It's a different game at halftime (if he makes those three first-half) kicks." If Crosby, who missed five kicks in all Sunday, has another shaky game, it's unlikely McCarthy will stand pat.