#SportsReport: Penguins Beat Avalanche; Ducks Down Sabres
Brandon Tanev scored a short-handed goal in overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Colorado 3-2, the first loss of the season for the Avalanche. The Avalanche, the NHL's last unbeaten team, was looking to start the season with six straight wins for the first time since 2013-14.
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby continued a season-long, seven-game point streak, scoring his fourth goal of the season. Jake Guentzel added to his six-game point streak with his fifth goal in four games. Matt Murray made 26 saves.
Adam Henrique scored twice and Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and two assists, helping the Anaheim Ducks beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2. Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, and Ryan Getzlaf scored the Ducks' first power-play goal of the season. It was Buffalo's first regulation loss after a 5-0-1 start.
Connor McDavid had a goal and four assists, Leon Draisaitl added two goals and one assist, and the Edmonton Oilers' dynamic duo continued their sizzling start to the season in a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was McDavid's third career five-point game.
John Carlson scored and had two assists, giving the defenseman an NHL-high 14 points, and the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 for their first home win of the season. Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and an assist, and Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington, which lost its first three home games for the first time since October 1983. Rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves in his first home start to earn his third career win.
Sonny Milano and Alexander Wennberg scored for the first time this season, and Zach Werenski added a goal to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Dallas Stars 3-2. Columbus won back-to-back games and pulled to .500 with its eighth consecutive victory over the Stars. Joonis Korpisalo turned away 30 shots to net his third win.
Evander Kane became the first San Jose player to score three goals in the opening period of a game and the Sharks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 for their third straight victory. Kane opened the scoring at even strength and added two power-play goals in the first for his second career hat trick. The Sharks are hitting their stride after beginning the season with four straight losses.
Rain has pushed Game 4 of the AL Championship Series to tonight. And the Houston Astros and New York Yankees will play Game 5 on Friday at Yankee Stadium and Game 6 in Houston on Saturday if necessary. Houston leads the series 2-1. It's expected that Houston will start Zack Greinke against the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka in a rematch of Game 1. Tanaka pitched six sterling innings as New York won the opener 7-0. Both clubs had planned to use bullpen openers Wednesday, and the day off will be welcome for New York after manager Aaron Boone used five relievers to cover 4 2/3 innings Tuesday.
Of course, now the teams might play the final four games without a day off, culminating in Game 7 on Sunday. With the Yankees leaning heavily on their bullpen this month, the starter-driven Astros could be at an advantage. Greinke, a 2009 Cy Young Award winner acquired from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline, has struggled through two starts this postseason. He allowed six runs and couldn't finish the fourth inning against Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, and the Yankees hammered two homers and scored three runs against him in six innings in the ALCS opener.
In MLB news, Joe Maddon has agreed to become the Los Angeles Angels' manager. Maddon and the Angels agreed to terms on a deal to reunite the veteran manager with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career. Maddon left the Chicago Cubs by mutual consent last month after they missed the playoffs for the first time in his five-year tenure. In 2016, he led the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years. Maddon signed with the Angels as an undrafted catcher in 1975, and he spent the next 31 seasons working at almost every level of the organization as a player, coach and manager. He served as a big league assistant coach under five managers, and he had two stints as the Angels' interim manager. Maddon replaces Brad Ausmus, who was fired after one season when the Angels finished with their worst record since 1999.
The Jets are hopeful linebacker C.J. Mosley will be able to participate in individual drills this week as he continues to recover from a groin injury. Mosley has been sidelined since the season opener when he was hurt in the third quarter in a loss to Buffalo. The Jets have their first practice of the week on Thursday with their game Monday night at home against undefeated New England.
The wait for Saquon Barkley may finally be over for the New York Giants. The 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year was a full-go at practice Wednesdsay, increasing the likelihood he will play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby were back at practice, boosting Philadelphia's depleted secondary. The team's starting cornerbacks haven't played together in a game since last Oct. 28. They could be on the field Sunday night when the Eagles visit Dallas.
Jalen Ramsey was thrilled to land with the Los Angeles Rams, and the team is already optimistic about keeping the star cornerback around for a long time. Ramsey headed to the Rams' training complex Wednesday, a day after Los Angeles traded two first-round picks to Jacksonville for the mercurial two-time Pro Bowl selection. Ramsey says he’s "overjoyed" to be with the Rams, and that he’s eager to show the Rams “that they got the best corner in the whole NFL for years and years to come." Rams general manager Les Snead says he has already spoken to Ramsey's representatives about his future beyond his current contract, which ends in 2020. He says both sides were encouraged by the conversation.
Meanwhile, the Rams have placed safety John Johnson on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury. Johnson started every game last season for the Rams, including the Super Bowl. He has 50 tackles and two interceptions this season. Johnson is the second starter in the Rams secondary to go on injured reserve in three days. Cornerback Aqib Talib was put on injured reserve with a rib injury Monday.
The New Orleans Saints have signed running back Zach Zenner and tight end Brian Parker in advance of the club's visit to Chicago. The players filled roster spots opened by the two-game suspension of defensive back P.J. Williams and the release of linebacker Stephone Anthony.
Coach Mike Vrabel says the Tennessee Titans will start quarterback Ryan Tannehill against the Chargers looking to spark an offense that has scored just a touchdown over the past 10 quarters. Vrabel benched Mariota in the third quarter of Tennessee’s 16-0 loss in Denver, the first time he had been pulled from a game for poor play and not because of injury. Asked if the door is open for Mariota to play again, Vrabel says he wouldn't rule anything out.
Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins will miss his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury when Kansas City visits the Denver Broncos tomorrow night trying to snap a two-game skid. The Chiefs are down several starters as they face a division rival on short rest. Defensive back Kendall Fuller was ruled out after breaking his thumb in last week's loss to Houston, defensive tackle Chris Jones and left tackle Eric Fisher have core muscle injuries, and left guard Andrew Wylie is out with an ankle injury.
The Chicago Bears are cautiously optimistic quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will return from a left shoulder injury this week. Trubisky says he feels "close" to 100 percent and hopes to return when the Bears host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback Sunday for the winless Miami Dolphins at Buffalo, and Josh Rosen will be back on the bench. Fitzpatrick replaced Rosen at the start of the fourth quarter last Sunday against Washington with the Dolphins trailing 17-3, and led them to two late touchdowns in a 17-16 loss. Following the game, Flores had said Rosen would remain the starter. Fitzpatrick started the first two games of the season, and Rosen started the past three.
Looks like "Duck Season" will last just a week for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Mike Tomlin says quarterback Mason Rudolph will return to the starting lineup when he is cleared to return from a concussion sustained against Baltimore on Oct. 6. Rookie Devlin "Duck" Hodges filled in nicely for Rudolph during a 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers last week, but Tomlin didn't hesitate when asked if Rudolph will play once he's available.
Browns general manager John Dorsey says he's had "a few conversations" lately with Redskins GM Bruce Allen and hinted that star tackle Trent Williams has been discussed. With the trade deadline approaching, Dorsey could be tempted to improve Cleveland's offensive line and the Redskins are at an impasse with Williams, a disgruntled seven-time Pro Bowler. As he finished his news conference, Dorsey was asked if he spoke to Allen about trading his left tackle. Dorsey said: "It takes two to tango.
Star defensive end Myles Garrett said he was punched in the face by a "fan" who wanted to take a picture with him. Garrett posted on his Twitter account delivered a blow that had little effect. The muscular 6-foot-4, 270-pounder joked that his attacker should have "put your legs into it." A Browns spokesman said the team is aware of the incident "and appropriate law enforcement authorities have been notified."
Oakland Raiders tackle Trent Brown has been sued by his ex-girlfriend for what she says were multiple acts of domestic violence over the past year. Diorra Marzette-Sanders filed a civil suit in Alameda County Superior Court accusing him of several attacks that left her bloodied, bruised and fearing for her safety. Marzette-Sanders is requesting a jury trial and is seeking unspecified compensation, including punitive damages.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the new video review rule for pass interference is working as expected, with only obvious mistakes by officials being corrected. Through Week 6, the league has had 44 reviews related to pass interference, and the on-field ruling was reversed seven times. Goodell says the goal with the rule was to reverse only egregious mistakes. The reversal rate so far is 16 percent.
Boxer Patrick Day has died four days after sustaining head injuries in a fight with Charles Conwell. Promoter Lou DiBella said Day died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was 27. Day had brain surgery after being knocked out in the 10th round Saturday night at Wintrust Arena. Knocked down twice earlier in the bout, the junior middleweight was taken from the ring on a stretcher. From Freeport, New York, Day had a career record of 17-4-1 with six knockouts.
Boxer Errol Spence Jr. has been discharged from a hospital and charged with drunken driving after crashing his speeding Ferrari in Dallas. Dallas police charged Spence on Wednesday with driving while intoxicated. Police say the crash happened just before 3 a.m. October 10th when Spence's Ferrari crossed the median into oncoming traffic, flipped over several times and hurling Spence from the car. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated for facial lacerations. Last month, the former U.S. Olympian added the WBC welterweight title to his IBF strap with a split-decision victory over Shawn Porter.
Enforced targeting penalties are down 32% in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision compared with the first seven weeks of the 2018 season. Targeting is the act of striking a defenseless opponent above the shoulders or using the crown of the helmet to contact an opponent. It has been a major player-safety concern for a decade. National coordinator of officials Rogers Redding points to three possible factors for the decline: More players are using better tackling technique; players are mindful of a new rule calling for a full-game suspension if a player commits three targeting fouls in the same season; and video review officials are required to overturn targeting calls if any element of the penalty cannot be confirmed. Previously, video review officials could let the call on the field stand.
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says the status of quarterback Brian Maurer for the Volunteers' Saturday matchup with No. 1 Alabama will be a game-time decision after the freshman sustained a concussion last week. Maurer landed head first while diving at the end of a 13-yard scramble late in the first half of a 20-10 victory over Mississippi State. He remained in the game for three more plays, went to the sideline after the end of that series and didn't play again the rest of the afternoon.
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