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Sports Report: Mets, Royals Within One Game Of World Series

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MLB:

In baseball, in the National League Championship Series, the Mets beat the Cubs 5-2 to move within one game of sweeping Chicago and moving on to the World Series. Meanwhile in the American League Championship Series the Royals are one game away from returning to the World Series after Kansas City crushed Toronto 14-2.

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has undergone arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. The Yankees say typical recovery time includes six weeks of exercise and strengthening, followed by a throwing program.

NHL:

In the NHL, the Islanders blanked Columbus 4-0, Pittsburgh edged Florida in overtime 3-2, New Jersey won against Arizona in overtime 3-2, Dallas skated by Philadelphia 2-1, Nashville beat Tampa Bay in a shootout 5-4, and it was Washington over Calgary 6-2.

The Montreal Canadiens are 7-0 for the first time in their glorious history that includes an unprecedented 24 Stanley Cup titles. Carey Price stopped 38 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Canadiens continued their torrid start by blanking St. Louis 3-0.

NBA:

In NBA preseason play, Chicago beat Indiana 103-94, Milwaukee bested Minnesota 106-88, Phoenix defeated San Antonio 104-84, Oklahoma City won against Utah 113-102, and it was the Clippers over Golden State 130-95.

The Brooklyn Nets have waived guard Ryan Boatright and two other players, reducing their roster to 17 players. The team also waived forward Quincy Miller and center Chris Daniels yesterday. Rosters must be at 15 by Monday afternoon.

Golf:

Former World No. 1 Tiger Woods says he is facing a "tedious and long" recovery after his second surgery on his back a month ago. Woods hasn't won since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational for his 79th career win on the PGA Tour, just three short of the record held by Sam Snead. He has 14 majors, four back of Jack Nicklaus, but hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open.

For the first time in nearly 70 years the British Open is going to be held outside of England or Scotland when it is staged in Northern Ireland in 2019. The Royal and Ancient, the organizing body of the Open, has announced that the Open will be held at Royal Portrush in 2019. It last hosted the Open Championship in 1951.

NFL:

The New York Jets have promoted wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins to the active roster from the practice squad. The move comes after the NFL suspended wide receiver Quincy Enunwa for four games for violating the league's personal conduct policy in an incident last year.

Landry Jones had his first regular-season NFL action last week, helping the Pittsburgh Steelers beat Arizona 25-13. Now, it looks as if he will make his first start this week. Coach Mike Tomlin says the team is preparing for Sunday's game against the Chiefs at Kansas City as if Jones will be the starting quarterback.

The New England Patriots are looking to start the season at 6-0 for the third time in team history. They host the New York Jets Sunday in a battle for first place in the AFC East. This week's game will be the first of two games against the Jets this season.

Bills:

The Buffalo Bills have placed receiver Marquise Goodwin on the season-ending reserved-injured list and signed offensive tackle Jordan Mills.

The moves were announced Tuesday as the Bills (3-3) scramble to address a banged-up roster while they're in London preparing to play the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Goodwin is out after hurting his ribs in a 34-21 loss to Cincinnati last weekend.

Mills was signed off the Detroit Lions practice squad, and spent the previous two seasons playing for Chicago. He adds depth to a line after starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson sustained a concussion against Cincinnati.

The Bills also shuffled their practice squad roster by signing receiver Titus Davis and releasing quarterback Dustin Vaughan.

WWE:

WWE is headed beyond the ring for a glimpse of pro wrestling prospects trying to become the next superstar. The sports-entertainment empire may have found its version of HBO's "Hard Knocks." It's set to launch an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the daily lives and routines of wrestlers developing their over-the-top personas in the quest to become the next John Cena or Seth Rollins.

NCAA:

Escort Katina Powell, who wrote a book detailing alleged parties she arranged for Louisville basketball players that involved dancers that had sex with recruits and players, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that coach Rick Pitino had to know about the parties.

She said she has no proof that Pitino knew that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and dancers to strip and have sex with the players but added, "How could Rick not know?"

Pitino has denied knowledge of the activities that Powell alleges in her book.

In men's college basketball Dayton edged out Rhode Island for the top spot in the in the Atlantic 10's preseason poll. Dayton received 12 first-place votes, four more than Rhode Island. Davidson was third with six first-place votes.

Luge:

USA Luge and online retailer Dlyte.com have inked a one-year partnership designed to bring the national governing body of the sport extra funding.

Dlyte offers gift cards for over 300 top brands, such as Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon, Home Depot, LL Bean, Sears, and Amazon. When supporters of the U.S. luge team purchase gift cards through Dlyte; up to 30 percent of their purchases automatically will be donated to USA Luge.

To kick off the fundraising program, Dlyte will donate $10 for every USA Luge supporter that signs up and makes a purchase with Dlyte.

Dlyte's relationship with USA Luge, announced Tuesday, marks the company's first association with a global sports team.

Tennis:

Hawaii will host Fed Cup matches for the first time when the United States faces Poland on Feb. 6-7.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced Tuesday that the countries will have their 2016 first-round meeting in World Group II at Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

The matches will be played on an outdoor hard court.

Hawaii is the 16th state to host the Fed Cup. It previously held Davis Cup matches in 1992.

The U.S. has a 3-0 Fed Cup record against Poland.

The winner this time will advance to the World Group playoff in April, with a chance to get to the main tier of the event in 2017.

NYC Marathon:

The New York City Marathon is less than two weeks away —an event that had modest beginnings 45 years ago with just 127 runners doing laps around Central Park.

Today over 50,000 people from around the world participate in the 26.2-mile event through all five boroughs.

A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York looks at the marathon's history as seen through the lens of runners and spectators.

It showcases 120 images culled from thousands of entries by amateur and professional photographers. It also includes historic footage.

Visitors will learn fun facts. For example, runners discard 26 tons of clothing during the first few miles. Volunteers collect and donate the clothes to charity.

The show opens Tuesday and runs through March 8, 2016.

FIFA:

FIFA's audit chief has told The Associated Press that Sepp Blatter's decision to authorize a payment to Michel Platini without a written contract is a "classic conflict of interest."

Domenico Scala says FIFA president Blatter could be culpable of "falsification" of accounts over the 2011 payment of about $2 million to Platini, another high ranking soccer official, who is running to succeed Blatter.

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