Yankees top Astros 7-0 in ALCS opener

Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees hits a home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke during the sixth inning in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday at Houston. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Those Baby Bombers from New York getting another AL Championship Series shot at Astros

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Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins (37) celebrates his goal with Jake DeBrusk (74) as New Jersey Devils' Travis Zajac (19) skates away during the second period of Saturday's game at Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl lead Oilers past Rangers 4-1 for season-opening 5th straight win

Redskins place Jordan Reed on IR

The Redskins have placed their star tight end Jordan Reed on injured reserve as he continues to deal with the effects of a concussion suffered in the team's third preseason game.

Nats top Cards, lead NLCS 2-0

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) talks with pitching coach Paul Menhart, left, and manager Dave Martinez after getting through the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday at St. Louis. Menhart is a former Fitch High School standout. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Max Scherzer followed Aníbal Sánchez's near no-hitter with a try of his own and the stingy Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

Chevy vs. Ford vs. Toyota at Talladega playoff race

NASCAR driver Chase Elliott poses for a picture on Saturday after winning the pole for Sunday's 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

The first loser at Talladega Superspeedway better not have been hung out to dry in the closing laps by a teammate.

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Yankees top Astros 7-0 in ALCS opener

Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees hits a home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke during the sixth inning in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday at Houston. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Those Baby Bombers from New York getting another AL Championship Series shot at Astros

Nats top Cards, lead NLCS 2-0

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) talks with pitching coach Paul Menhart, left, and manager Dave Martinez after getting through the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday at St. Louis. Menhart is a former Fitch High School standout. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Max Scherzer followed Aníbal Sánchez's near no-hitter with a try of his own and the stingy Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

Astros, Yankees begin highly-anticipated ALCS on Saturday

Veteran Masahiro Tanaka talks with the media after being named the Yankees' Game 1 starter on Saturday night for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

It's the AL Championship Series matchup most everyone expected entering the season, but the paths the Houston Astros and New York Yankees took to get here weren't exactly what either team envisioned

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Patriots force 4 turnovers, beat Giants 35-14 to reach 6-0

New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy dives over New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones to score a touchdown after returning a fumble he recovered in the second half of Thursday's game at Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Tom Brady had two touchdown runs and moved ahead of Peyton Manning for second place on the NFL's all-time passing yards list as the New England Patriots pulled away for a 35-14 victory over the New York Giants on Thursday night.

Pats ready for Giants

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) passes against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of Sunday's game at East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Few quarterbacks have outdueled Tom Brady and the New England Patriots the way Eli Manning has during his career.

Jets' Darnold cleared to play

In this Sept. 8, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold makes a pass during a game against the Buffalo Bills in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)

Sam Darnold's spleen is fully healthy and he'll be back under center as the struggling Jets' starting quarterback.

49ers stay perfect, dominate Mayfield, Browns in 31-3 win

San Francisco defensive end Nick Bosa sacks and forces a fumble by Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield during the second half of Monday's game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Browns recovered the ball. San Francisco won, 31-3. (Tony Avelar/AP Photo)

Matt Breida ran 83 yards for a touchdown on San Francisco's first play from scrimmage, Baker Mayfield was harassed into his worst game as a pro, and the 49ers stayed unbeaten for their best start in nearly 30 years, beating the Cleveland Browns 31-3.

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The Lakers-Nets series in China ends _ quietly, again

The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are heading home from China, their roles as unwitting participants in a geopolitical drama that neither team had any role in starting or escalating now over.

NBA decides to remain silent for rest of China trip

Chinese fans wait for NBA players Thursday outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Shanghai, China. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and Shenzhen were anything but guaranteed. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Saturday's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets to end this year's NBA China Games series will be played as scheduled in Shenzhen, though there will be no news conferences for players or coaches before or after that contest.

Lakers, Nets, NBA are silent in Shanghai

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives against Rodions Kuruc of the Brooklyn Nets, during their NBA preseason game on Thursday at Shanghai, China. (AP Photo)

In response to the NBA defending Daryl Morey's freedom of speech, Chinese officials took it away from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets.

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NHL roundup

Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins (37) celebrates his goal with Jake DeBrusk (74) as New Jersey Devils' Travis Zajac (19) skates away during the second period of Saturday's game at Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl lead Oilers past Rangers 4-1 for season-opening 5th straight win

Bruins top Golden Knights 4-3, off to best start in 18 years

Boston center Brad Marchand attempts a shot on Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the third period of Tuesday's game in Las Vegas. Boston won, 4-3. (John Locher/AP Photo)

Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist to lead the Boston Bruins over the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3

NHL roundup

Edmonton left wing James Neal, right, celebrates with center Connor McDavid after scoring a goal during the first period of Tuesday's game against the Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y. Oilers center Leon Draisaitl is at back left. Neal scored four times as Edmonton won, 5-2. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

James Neal had his first career four-goal game and the Edmonton Oilers beat the New York Islanders 5-2

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After coming so close to a WNBA title, Sun look to reload in offseason

Connecticut's Brionna Jones (42) passes the ball around Washington's Emma Meesseman to teammate Alyssa Thomas to start a fast break off a turnover during Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night at Entertainment and  Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. The Sun lost 89-78 and will now use the offseason to tinker with their roster to get over the hump in 2020. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun were 10 minutes away from a WNBA title. They head into the offseason with eight of their 12 players free agents and need to add depth.

Heartbreak for Connecticut Sun in Game 5 loss to Mystics in WNBA Finals

Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones reacts following Thursday night’s Game 5 loss to Washington in the WNBA Finals. Washington came from down nine points in the third quarter for an 89-78 victory and a WNBA title, denying the Sun their first WNBA crown in franchise history. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

MVP Emma Meesseman scored 11 of her team-high 22 points during a third-quarter comeback and the Washington Mystics pulled away from the Connecticut Sun late to win Game 5 and the WNBA Finals 89-78 Thursday.

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Jets have Darnold back to face Cowboys

In this Sept. 8 file photo, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass during a game against the Buffalo Bills at East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)

Darnold will make his first start since the season opener when he takes the field Sunday at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Lakers-Nets series in China ends _ quietly, again

The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are heading home from China, their roles as unwitting participants in a geopolitical drama that neither team had any role in starting or escalating now over.

Astros, Yankees begin highly-anticipated ALCS on Saturday

Veteran Masahiro Tanaka talks with the media after being named the Yankees' Game 1 starter on Saturday night for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

It's the AL Championship Series matchup most everyone expected entering the season, but the paths the Houston Astros and New York Yankees took to get here weren't exactly what either team envisioned

NLCS rosters: Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson on paternity list

Washington relief pitcher Daniel Hudson and catcher Kurt Suzuki celebrate the final of Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson placed on postseason paternity list ahead of NL Championship Series against St. Louis

ON THE AIR

Auto Racing

2 p.m., Ch. 30 — NASCAR Monster Cup 1000Bulbs.com 500 from Talladega, Ala.

2 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Carolina Nationals from Concord, N.C.

Baseball

8 p.m., FS1, WFAN (660-AM) — ALCS: New York Yankees at Houston Astros in Game 2.

Basketball

3 p.m., NBCSB, NBA TV — NBA preseason: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics.

6 p.m., NBA TV — NBA preseason: Milwaukee Bucks at Washington Wizards.

Football

9:30 a.m., NFL Network, WFAN (660-AM) — NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers from London.

1 p.m., Ch. 3 — NFL: Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs.

1 p.m., Ch. 61 — NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings.

4:25 p.m., Ch. 3 — NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets.

8:20 p.m., Ch. 30 — NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers.

Golf

6 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: Italian Open from Rome.

1:30 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: SAS Championship from Wake County, N.C.

4 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Houston Open.

Gymnastics

11 p.m., NBCSN — FIG: World Championship from Stuttgart, Germany. (taped today)

Rodeo

6 p.m., NBCSN — PBR: Greensboro (N.C.) Invitational. (taped today)

Rugby

6:30 a.m., NBCSN — World Cup: Japan vs. Scotland from Yokohama, Japan.

Running

11 a.m., NBCSN — Chicago Marathon.

Soccer

2:30 p.m., ESPN — Euro 2020 qualifier: Croatia at Wales from Cardiff.

3 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Michigan at Indiana.

5 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Texas A&M at Auburn.

Tennis

4:30 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP: Shanghai Masters from China.

2 p.m., Tennis Channel — USTA Men's Pro Circuit from Fairfield, Calif.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA: ITA All-American from Tulsa, Okla.

Volleyball

Noon, NESN, YES — NCAA women: Florida State at North Carolina.

1 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA women: Yale at Princeton.

2 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: Michigan at Nebraska.

2:30 p.m., NESN, YES — NCAA women: Pittsburgh at Boston College.

4 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA women: UCLA at Colorado.