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García, Alvarez help Astros oust Red Sox, reach World Series

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly celebrate their win against the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Houston. The Astros won 5-0, to win the ALCS series in game six. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Rookie Luis García showed the poise of an October ace, Yordan Alvarez stayed hot at the plate and the Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 Friday night in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Out of the way! NASCAR contenders want traffic to pull aside

Drivers, from left to right, Martin Truex Jr. (19), William Byron (24) and Tyler Reddick (8) make their way around the track during a NASCAR Cup Series  race at Texas Motor Speedway on Oct. 17 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Larry Papke/AP Photo)

A conversation on driver code and on-track etiquette is raging in NASCAR, and with it comes debate about the expectations of non-playoff drivers

Rangers score three in final six minutes, rally past Senators 3-2

New York Rangers left wing Dryden Hunt (29) fails to deflect a shot on Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) during the first period of an NHL game in Ottawa on Saturday. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Chris Kreider, Ryan Lindgren and Barclay Goodrow all scored in the final six minutes to rally the New York Rangers past the Ottawa Senators 3-2

Gibbs victory at Kansas leaves Xfinity title wide open

Ty Gibbs celebrates after winning an Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday. (Colin E. Braley/AP Photo)

Ty Gibbs won for the fourth time this season in the Xfinity Series, with his victory at Kansas Speedway leaving the championship race wide open

Matsuyama has one-stroke, third-round lead at Zozo Championship

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan putts on the first green during the third round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on Saturday in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/AP Photo)

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama held on to a one-stroke lead at the PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship after a 2-under 68 which included a bogey on his last hole to make things interesting for Sunday's final round

Despite ALCS loss, Red Sox express positive attitude: 'We proved a lot of people wrong'

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Adam Ottavino reacts after the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. (Tony Gutierrez/AP Photo)

Despite ALCS loss, Red Sox express positive attitude: 'We proved a lot of people wrong'

Dodgers eager to embrace 2020 NLCS storyline against Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers' AJ Pollock is congratulated by Albert Pujols after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of baseball's National League Championship Series Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are eager to embrace a repeat of the storyline from last year's NL Championship Series

Taylor hits 3 HRs, Dodgers beat Braves 11-2 to extend NLCS

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Chris Taylor watches his two-run home run in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of baseball's National League Championship Series Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Los Angeles. Taylor homered three times as the Dodgers extended the series with an 11-2 win. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Chris Taylor hit three homers and drove in six runs to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Atlanta 11-2, cutting the Braves' lead in the NL Championship Series to 3-2

Red Sox rely on Eovaldi in Game 6 with ALCS on the line

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi throws against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Nathan Eovaldi wants the ball with the chance to extend the Red Sox's season

Astros' Valdez goes eight, beats Red Sox 9-1 for 3-2 ALCS lead

Rafael Devers of the Boston Red Sox breaks his bat during the second inning in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Wednesday in Boston. Houston won 9-1 to take a 3-2 series lead, with the Red Sox suddenly on the brink of elimination. (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)

Houston left-handed pitcher Framber Valdez became the first pitcher this postseason to complete eight innings, leading the Astros over Boston 9-1 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

COLUMNS

Panganiban's unsolicited act of sportsmanship was the best I've seen

Kevin Panganiban's compassion and sportsmanship were a welcome sight.

The Lonesome Polecat: Morgan's record-setting comeback and other things

The Huskies trailed by 28 points in the third quarter last Saturday and WON.

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PRO BASEBALL

García, Alvarez help Astros oust Red Sox, reach World Series

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly celebrate their win against the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Houston. The Astros won 5-0, to win the ALCS series in game six. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Rookie Luis García showed the poise of an October ace, Yordan Alvarez stayed hot at the plate and the Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 Friday night in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Despite ALCS loss, Red Sox express positive attitude: 'We proved a lot of people wrong'

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Adam Ottavino reacts after the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. (Tony Gutierrez/AP Photo)

Despite ALCS loss, Red Sox express positive attitude: 'We proved a lot of people wrong'

Dodgers eager to embrace 2020 NLCS storyline against Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers' AJ Pollock is congratulated by Albert Pujols after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of baseball's National League Championship Series Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are eager to embrace a repeat of the storyline from last year's NL Championship Series

PRO FOOTBALL

Turnaround teams: Record three teams hit 5-1 after opening loss

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry runs for a 76-yard touchdown against Buffalo in the first half of Monday night's game in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee won, 34-31. (Mark Zaleski/AP Photo)

Perhaps, never before has Week 1 of an NFL season been as big of an aberration as it was this season

To jab or not to jab? Vaccinations still hot topic in sports

Timontre Graham, 21, a senior at Jackson State University and defensive lineman with the school's football team, receives his COVID-19 vaccination on July 27 in Jackson, Miss. Several months since COVID-19 vaccinations were made widely available in the U.S., the subject continues to disrupt  professional and college sports.  (Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo)

Several months after COVID-19 vaccinations were made widely available in the United States, vaccination status continues to disrupt professional and college sports

Patriots fall to Cowboys in OT

New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) reacts after being defeated in an NFL football game by the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Greg M. Cooper)

Dak Prescott threw 35-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb in overtime, and the Dallas Cowboys survived a wild finish to beat New England 35-29, their first win over Bill Belichick’s Patriots

Stafford throws 4 TDs, Rams rout Giants

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, right, is sacked during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Matthew Stafford threw three of his four touchdown passes in a 28-point second quarter and the Los Angeles Rams rolled to a 38-11 victory over the injury-plagued and error-prone New York Giants

PRO BASKETBALL

Knicks withstand Brown's 46, outlast Celtics 138-134 in two OT

The Knicks' Kemba Walker (8) celebrates with RJ Barrett after making a 3-pointer during the first half of Wednesday night's game against Boston at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won in double overtime, 138-134. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

Julius Randle scored 35 points, Evan Fournier made the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime and the New York Knicks outlasted Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics 138-134

NBA roundup

Philadelphia center Joel Embiid drives to the basket against Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas in the first half of Wednesday's game in New Orleans. Philadelphia won, 117-97. (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)

Joel Embiid had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Furkan Korkmaz hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to also finish with 22 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers pulled away for a 117-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans

NBA roundup

The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brooklyn's Nicolas Claxton reach for the ball during the first half of Tuesday's game in Milwaukee. The Bucks won, 127-104. (Morry Gash/AP Photo)

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and the Milwaukee Bucks opened the defense of their first title in half a century by beating the Brooklyn Nets 127-104 on Tuesday

PRO HOCKEY

Rangers score three in final six minutes, rally past Senators 3-2

New York Rangers left wing Dryden Hunt (29) fails to deflect a shot on Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) during the first period of an NHL game in Ottawa on Saturday. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Chris Kreider, Ryan Lindgren and Barclay Goodrow all scored in the final six minutes to rally the New York Rangers past the Ottawa Senators 3-2

Cam Atkinson scores twice, Flyers beat Bruins 6-3

The Flyers' Cam Atkinson reacts after scoring during the third period of Wednesday's game against Boston in Philadelphia. The Flyers won, 6-3. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Cam Atkinson scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night

NHL roundup

Buffalo Sabres forward Tage Thompson (72) carries the puck past Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat (53) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson scored 23 seconds apart in the third period and the unbeaten Buffalo Sabres rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Tuesday night.

CT SUN

Sun's Jones earns All-WNBA First Team honors

Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, the 2021 WNBA MVP, earned her first All-WNBA First Team honor Friday as the only unanimous selection.

Sun's season had jarring end

Connecticut Sun's Natisha Hiedeman, center, is defended by Chicago Sky's Kahleah Copper, left, during the second half of Game 4 of a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in Chicago. Chicago won 79-69. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

The 2021 Connecticut Sun put together the greatest regular season in franchise history topped off my numerous awards. In eight days, their dreams of that elusive WNBA championship unraveled.

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Red Sox rely on Eovaldi in Game 6 with ALCS on the line

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi throws against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Nathan Eovaldi wants the ball with the chance to extend the Red Sox's season

Astros' Valdez goes eight, beats Red Sox 9-1 for 3-2 ALCS lead

Rafael Devers of the Boston Red Sox breaks his bat during the second inning in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Wednesday in Boston. Houston won 9-1 to take a 3-2 series lead, with the Red Sox suddenly on the brink of elimination. (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)

Houston left-handed pitcher Framber Valdez became the first pitcher this postseason to complete eight innings, leading the Astros over Boston 9-1 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Eovaldi looks to save Red Sox season after bats go quiet

Boston starting pitcher Chris Sale reacts after giving up a two run double to Houston's Yordan Alvarez during the sixth inning in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday at Fenway Park. Houston won, 9-1, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)

Following two weak performances at the plate, the Boston Red Sox now turn to Nathan Eovaldi to try to save their season on just two days’ rest

Braves blast four HRs, beat Dodgers 9-2 for 3-1 lead in NLCS

Atlanta's Eddie Rosario, right, is congratulated by teammate Freddie Freeman after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Atlanta won, 9-2, to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. (Ashley Landis/AP Photo)

Eddie Rosario homered twice in his second four-hit game of the series and six pitchers combined on a four-hitter, giving the Atlanta Braves a 9-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a commanding 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series

Patriots believe offense is better than it has performed

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones reacts after Sunday's 35-29 overtime loss to Dallas at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper/AP Photo)

The numbers are less than flattering

Giants QB Jones needs to re-evaluate after fast start, slip

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, left, looks to throw under pressure from Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd during the first half of Sunday's game in East Rutherford, N.J. The Rams won, 38-11. (John Munson/AP Photo)

Daniel Jones was off to the best start of his brief career as New York Giants quarterback until things took a turn six quarters ago

Knicks withstand Brown's 46, outlast Celtics 138-134 in two OT

The Knicks' Kemba Walker (8) celebrates with RJ Barrett after making a 3-pointer during the first half of Wednesday night's game against Boston at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won in double overtime, 138-134. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

Julius Randle scored 35 points, Evan Fournier made the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime and the New York Knicks outlasted Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics 138-134

Cam Atkinson scores twice, Flyers beat Bruins 6-3

The Flyers' Cam Atkinson reacts after scoring during the third period of Wednesday's game against Boston in Philadelphia. The Flyers won, 6-3. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

Cam Atkinson scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

1:55 p.m., ESPNews — Formula One United States Grand Prix practice from Austin, Texas.

3 p.m., Ch. 30 — NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 from Kansas City, Kan.

4:55 p.m., ESPNews — Formula One United States Grand Prix qualifying from Austin, Texas.

Baseball

8 p.m., TBS — NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves in Game 6.

Basketball

7 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers.

10 p.m., NBA TV — NBA: Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers.

Boxing

10:30 p.m., ESPN — Jamel Herring vs. Shakur Stevenson in a junior lightweight bout from Atlanta.

Figure Skating

5:30 p.m., NBCSN — Skate America from Las Vegas.

10 p.m., NBCSN — Skate America from Las Vegas.

Fishing

8 a.m., FS1 — Bassmaster Open from Grove, Okla.

Football

Noon, Ch. 8 — NCAA: Illinois at Penn State.

Noon, Ch. 61 — NCAA: Northwestern at Michigan.

Noon, CBSSN — NCAA: Wake Forest at Army.

Noon, ESPN — NCAA: Oklahoma at Kansas.

Noon, ESPN2 — NCAA: Cincinnati at Navy.

Noon, ESPNU — NCAA: Northern Illinois at Central Michigan.

Noon, FS1 — NCAA: Kansas State at Texas Tech.

Noon, NESN — NCAA: Penn at Yale.

12:30 p.m., YES — NCAA: Syracuse at Virginia Tech.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 3 — NCAA: Louisiana State at Mississippi.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Oregon at UCLA.

3:30 p.m., Ch. 61 — NCAA: Oklahoma State at Iowa State.

3:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Western Michigan at Toledo.

3:30 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Clemson at Pittsburgh.

3:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: Maryland at Minnesota.

3:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA: Brigham Young at Washington State.

4 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: East Carolina at Houston.

7 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: San Diego State at Air Force.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Tennessee at Alabama.

7 p.m., FS2 — NCAA: Nevada at Fresno State.

7:30 p.m., Ch. 8 — NCAA: Ohio State at Indiana.

7:30 p.m., Ch. 30 — NCAA: Southern California at Notre Dame.

7:30 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA: North Carolina State at Miami.

7:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: West Virginia at Texas Christian.

10:30 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: Norfolk State at Howard. (taped today)

Golf

7:30 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Mallorca Open from Balearic Islands, Spain.

2 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Dominion Energy Charity Classic from Richmond, Va.

6 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: BMW Ladies Championship from Busan, South Korea. (taped today)

11:30 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Zozo Championship from Chiba, Japan.

Hockey

1 p.m., MSG — NHL: New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators.

1 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Denver at Boston College.

7 p.m., MSG — NHL: Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils.

7 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins.

Horse Racing

12:30 p.m., FS2 — Racing from New York.

Mixed Martial Arts

3 p.m., Showtime — Bellator 269: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Timothy Johnson in a heavyweight bout from Moscow.

Rugby

1 a.m. (Sunday), NBCSN — Premiership: London at Exeter.

Soccer

7:30 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Norwich City at Chelsea.

7:55 a.m., ESPN2 — La Liga: Mallorca at Valencia.

10 a.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Wolverhampton at Leeds United.

10 a.m., USA — Premier League: Watford at Everton.

12:30 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Manchester City at Brighton & Hove Albion.

7 p.m., YES — MLS: D.C. United at New York City FC.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — Kremlin Cup from Moscow; ATP European Open from Antwerp, Belgium; WTA Tenerife Ladies Open from Spain.