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George Karl is one of the winningest coaches in NBA history — one of just nine with 1,000 victories. But before his successful runs with the Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets, to name a few, Karl spent two seasons helming the Albany Patroons, in 1988-89 and 1990-91. As demonstrated in a new documentary premiering this weekend, the Patroons of that era were a major CBA draw at the Washington Avenue Armory, serving as a springboard for many successful NBA players and coaches.

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The New York Yankees prevented the Boston Red Sox from wrapping up a third straight division title.

Neil Walker belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-2. Walker's 10th round-tripper of the season erased a 1-0 deficit and prevented Boston from clinching the AL East.

Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi left the game with a 1-0 lead after limiting the Bombers to two hits over six shutout innings. Brandon Workman replaced Eovaldi and walked Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez before Walker went deep off Ryan Brazier.

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The Milwaukee Brewers stayed 2 ½ games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs by getting a one-of-a-kind performance from their All-Star outfielder.

Christian Yelich hit for the cycle for the second time this season and Wade Miley worked five innings of the Brewers' 8-0 rout of the Reds. Yelich belted a two-run homer and added a two-run triple that completed his cycle in the fifth inning.

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It was a tough afternoon for the defending Super Bowl champs and the reigning AFC Champions.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for four touchdowns while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were building a 27-7 lead in a 27-21 win over the Eagles. The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 32 passes for 402 yards and has the suddenly explosive Bucs off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2010.

DeSean Jackson scored on a 75-yard reception on the first play of the game, and O.J. Howard also had a 75-yard TD grab before halftime.

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David Wright is going to play one more game, but it will likely be his last.

The New York Mets say their longtime third baseman will be activated before their final homestand and start Sept. 29 against the Marlins, the team's penultimate game of the season.

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The Boston Red Sox have their first 100-win season since their 1946 American League pennant run.

David Price combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the Red Sox picked up their third straight win, 1-0 over the Blue Jays. Price is 15-6 with a 3.42 after limiting Toronto to three hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings.

Aaron Sanchez was almost as effective, but he also uncorked a wild pitch that scored Rafael Devers in the fifth inning.

Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 39th save, helping Boston improve to a major league-best 100-46. The Red Sox take on the Blue Jays Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

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Pinch-hitter Brock Holt belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh and the Red Sox became the first team to wrap up a playoff berth by rallying to beat the Blue Jays, 7-2.

Boston trailed 2-0 until Steve Pearce laced an RBI triple and Holt followed with a blast. Bosox ace Chris Sale pitched a scoreless first inning in his first start since going on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, allowing one hit while striking out two.

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Sam Darnold threw a pick-6 on his first career NFL pass to join the likes of Brett Favre and Jameis Winston. But the third player taken in this year's draft was pretty sharp the rest of the way as the New York Jets coasted to a 48-17 win over the Lions in Detroit.

Darnold finished 16 of 21 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His first scoring pass went to Robby Anderson for 41 yards, and he added a 21-yard TD toss to Quincy Enunwa in the third quarter to put New York ahead to stay.

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The Cleveland Browns managed to end their 17-game losing streak by rallying against the Steelers, but their winless skid continues.

The Browns erased a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter but had to settle for a 21-21 tie with Pittsburgh when T.J. Watt blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt by Zane Gonzalez with nine seconds left in overtime.

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American Madison Keys has advanced to another Grand Slam semifinal as she seeks her first major championship.

The 14th-seeded Keys faced only two break points and had a 22-10 edge in winners while completing a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro at the U.S. open. Keys appeared dominant at times in advancing to the semifinals for the third time in the last five Grand Slam events.

The 23-year-old Keys lost to Sloane Stephens in last year's U.S. Open final.

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American singles players didn't fare too well in the main draws at the U.S. Open on Tuesday. Serena Williams was the lone exception.

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Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with Nike, even without having a job in the NFL.

Kaepernick's attorney, Mark Geragos, made the announcement on Twitter, calling the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback an "All American Icon" and crediting attorney Ben Meiselas for getting the deal done. Kaepernick also posted a Nike ad featuring his face and wrote: "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt"

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Rookie Victor Reyes hit his first major league home run, doubled twice and singled, leading the Detroit Tigers over the New York Yankees 11-7.

The Yankees began the day 7 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East and finished 3-4 on their homestand against Detroit and the Chicago White Sox, both far below-.500 teams.

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Third-stringer Danny Etling tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Ralph Webb early in the second half and iced the game with an 86-yard run late as the New England Patriots beat the New York Giants 17-12 in a preseason finale Thursday night.

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Aaron Rodgers is once again the NFL's highest paid player after agreeing to a new deal with the Green Bay Packers. The two-time NFL MVP and the Packers have agreed on a four-year extension worth $134 million, with $100 million guaranteed. The deal keeps Rodgers under contract through the 2023 season. Rodgers' new annual average salary of $33.5 million per year would eclipse Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's five-year extension worth $30 million a year.

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The Major League Baseball picture is shaping up, the NFL season is about to start, and a team from Pittsfield, Massachusetts made an impressive Little League run this summer. Here to discuss these and other sports topics are WRGB's Sports Director Brittany Devane and The Berkshire Eagle's Howard Herman. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired veteran slugger Jose Bautista from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

Bautista batted .196 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs for the Braves and Mets this season. The Phillies entered Tuesday night's game against Washington 3½ games behind Atlanta in the NL East. A six-time All-Star for Toronto between 2010-2015, Bautista has 342 career homers. The right-handed hitter is expected to come off the bench for the Phillies.

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Odell Beckham Jr. is now the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver. A person familiar with the negotiations has told The Associated Press the New York Giants have agreed to a five-year contract extension with the three-time Pro Bowler.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants have not announced the deal, which comes less than two weeks before the season opener against Jacksonville.

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It only took one pitch for Mana Lau Kong to deliver Hawaii its first Little League World Series title in a decade.

Against a South Korea team that hadn't surrendered a home run in the tournament, Kong drove the first pitch his team saw over the center field fence. As he rounded the bases and headed home, his teammates poured out of the dugout in a pack led by pitcher Ka'olu Holt and formed a huddle around home plate.

"It was great," Holt said, "because we all knew that pitcher was tough to hit."

Holt took it from there, throwing a two-hitter to lead Hawaii to a 3-0 victory in the Little League World Series championship, the first shutout in a title game since 2002. It was Holt's first-ever complete game.

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The Houston Astros have regained sole possession of first place in the American League West following a wild win over the Mariners in Seattle.

Martin Maldonado was 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs as the Astros outlasted the Mariners, 10-7. Maldonado's solo blast gave Houston a 9-1 lead in the fifth inning.

Astros pitcher Charlie Morton was sailing until the Mariners' five-run sixth. Morton was reached for five runs in five-plus innings, but he improved to 13-3.

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The St. Louis Cardinals are within 2 ½ games of first place in the NL Central following their win at Los Angeles and the Chicago Cubs' loss at Detroit.

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Greg Allen ran his career-high hitting streak to 13 games by belting a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Indians' 5-4 victory in Boston. Melky Cabrera and Michael Brantley also homered after the Red Sox took a 3-0 lead. Corey Kluber to improve to 16-6 and helped Cleveland take a 13-game lead in the AL Central. Xander Bogaerts had three RBIs for Boston, which leads the AL East by nine games over the Yankees. The series between Cleveland and Boston continues Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

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The Connecticut Open is the final tuneup for the women before the U.S. Open in New York.

This year's tournament features five of the top 10 ranked players in the world: No. 1 Simona Halep, No. 5 Caroline Garcia, No. 6 Petra Kvitova, No. 8 Karolina Pliskova and No. 10 Julia Goerges.

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Wilson Ramos and the Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen prevented the ballclub from losing any more ground in the NL East.

Ramos drove in three runs in his Phillies debut and the pen allowed no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings of a 7-4 win over Boston Red Sox. Ramos came within a home run of the cycle and scored three times for the Phillies, who remain two games behind the division-leading Braves.

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J.A. Happ allowed one soft single in seven shutout innings to win his third consecutive start since joining the New York Yankees, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1. The wild card-leading Yankees remained 10 games behind the runaway Red Sox in the AL East despite having the second-best record in the majors at 75-44. The series continues Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

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Ronald Acuna Jr. pulled off one of the rarest feats in baseball history, hitting leadoff homers in both games of a doubleheader to lead the first-place Atlanta Braves to a sweep of the Miami Marlins on Monday.

The 20-year-old rookie hit an opposite-field drive into the Braves' bullpen in Game 1 , powering Atlanta to a 9-1 victory. Haitian-American Touki Toussaint pitched six strong innings to claim the win in his major league debut.

It was more of the same from Acuna in the nightcap. He sent a towering shot into the seats in left-center, sparking the Braves to a 6-1 win behind another strong outing on the mound from Mike Foltynewicz.

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Brooks Koepka has won his first PGA Championship, playing poised and mistake-free golf down the stretch amid ear-splitting roars for Tiger Woods and a late charge from a revitalized Adam Scott.

The U.S. Open champion closed with a 4-under 66 to reach 16 under for the tournament. That left Koepka three shots clear of Scott and two ahead of Woods, whose Sunday charge electrified the packed grounds of Bellerive Country Club as if it were a decade ago.

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The Atlanta Braves have shaved another game off the Philadelphia Phillies' lead in the NL East.

Charlie Culberson belted a three-run homer and Mike Foltynewicz worked into the sixth inning of the Braves' eighth victory in 10 games, an 8-3 dismantling of the Nationals in Washington. Tyler Flowers and Ronald Acuna Jr. added two-run blasts in the fourth off Tommy Milone, who was torched for seven runs over six innings.

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Mitch Moreland belted a three-run homer while the Red Sox scored five times in the 10th inning of their fifth consecutive win, 10-7 at Toronto. Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run homer later in the 10th and Moreland finished with four RBIs for Boston. Bosox slugger J.D. Martinez also had four RBIs and slammed his major league-leading 34th home run, a three-run blast in the eighth. Game 2 is Wednesday at 7:07 p.m.

The Red Sox still lead the AL East by nine games over the Yankees after Miguel Andujar homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning of New York's 4-3 victory against the White Sox. Giancarlo Stanton added a two-run shot as New York won its second straight following a five-game skid. After Stanton's homer made it 3-1 in the 10th, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer against Zach Britton in the bottom half to extend the game. The series wraps up at 8:10 p.m.

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Lance Lynn had two hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings in the Yankees' 7-0 shutout of the White Sox. Gleyber Torres and Neil Walker homered and drove in two runs apiece as the Yanks ended a five-game losing streak. New York is nine games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox and top the Athletics by three games for the first wild-card berth. The series continues Tuesday at 8:10 p.m.

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