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NEW YORK (AP)Game 4 of the AL Championship Series was postponed because of rain.

The Houston Astros and New York Yankees will play Game 4 on Thursday night, with Game 5 on Friday at Yankee Stadium and Game 6 in Houston on Saturday, if necessary. Houston beat New York 4-1 in the Bronx on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 series lead.

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. Starter Luis Severino threw 36 pitches in the first inning and was pulled in the fifth. Boone deployed key arms Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino and Zack Britton in the loss, although none threw more than 11 pitches.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Joe Maddon agreed to become the Los Angeles Angels’ manager.

Maddon and the Angels agreed to terms Wednesday 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 replaces Brad Ausmus, who was fired after one season when the Angels finished with their worst record since 1999.

Maddon was the Angels’ bench coach during their championship season in 2002. He left to manage Tampa Bay in 2006.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Joe Girardi quit as manager of the U.S. baseball team trying to qualify for the Olympics before it played a single game.

Girardi said Wednesday he is leaving to pursue a major league managing job. There are seven current openings.

He will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who had been slated to be Girardi’s bench coach. Brosius, the MVP of the 1998 World Series with the New York Yankees, became the senior director of baseball development for USA Baseball earlier this year.

Willie Randolph will shift from third base to bench coach, and Ernie Young from the first base coaching box to third.

The U.S. will train from Oct. 21-28 at the Kansas City Royals’ complex in Surprise, Arizona, then start qualifying from Nov. 2-4 at Guadalajara, Mexico, as part of a group that includes the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands.


GENEVA (AP) – Amid concern about the expected searing heat in Tokyo, the IOC wants to move the 2020 Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to find cooler and safer race conditions.

The International Olympic Committee detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events in Sapporo, the host city of the 1972 Winter Olympics, which ”will mean significantly lower temperatures for the athletes.”

The proposal comes weeks after marathons were run around midnight in 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) at the track and field world championships in Doha, Qatar.

Forecast temperatures in Sapporo are ”five to six degrees centigrade cooler during the day than in Tokyo,” the Olympic body said.


NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Liberty are not renewing the contract of head coach Katie Smith the team announced Wednesday.

Smith’s current contract ends this month. She was elevated to the team’s head coaching position in 2018 after serving as an assistant and associate head coach since 2014.

The team went 10-24 this past season, following up a 7-27 record in Smith’s first year as head coach.

The future is bright for the team with New York holding the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft. The Liberty had the No. 2 pick last season and selected Asia Durr, who was injured for half of the season.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says quarterback Brian Maurer’s status for the Volunteers’ Saturday matchup at No. 1 Alabama will be a game-time decision after the freshman sustained a concussion last week.

Pruitt had said Monday that Maurer had taken some reps at the previous night’s practice and added that ”he’s going to be fine, I’m sure.” Pruitt updated Maurer’s situation after Tennessee’s Wednesday practice.

Maurer dove and landed head-first 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.

Pruitt also said cornerback Warren Burrell and offensive guard Jahmir Johnson will be available this week. Burrell missed the Mississippi State game with an ankle injury. Johnson has been out for Tennessee’s last four games.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not be charged with battery for an alleged assault of a New Mexico strip club waitress.

Prosecutors in Albuquerque said Tuesday that witness statements didn’t corroborate allegations that Jones placed a waitress in a chokehold and slapped her genitals.

The accuser also said she did not want to pursue a battery charge.

Jones, however, pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct in connection with the dispute when he visited the club in April.

The case will be dismissed if he goes without violating the law for the next 90 days.


CHICAGO (AP) – 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.

”He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins,” DiBella said in a statement on his website. ”He was a son, brother, and good friend to many. Pat’s kindness, positivity and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met.”

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.

DALLAS (AP) – Boxer Errol Spence Jr. has been discharged from a hospital and charged with drunken driving after crashing his speeding Ferrari.

Dallas police charged Spence on Wednesday with driving while intoxicated.

Police say the crash happened just before 3 a.m. Oct. 10 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.


The rules have changed since the last time Lee Ann Walker competed in an LPGA-sanctioned event. She found out the hard way.

Walker shot rounds of 85 and 74 at the Senior LPGA Championship.

That was before she had to add 42 penalty shots to her opening round in French Lick, Indiana, and 16 more to the second round, giving her scores of 127 and 90.

Walker says she wasn’t aware that caddies no longer can stand behind players as they putt unless a player starts the stance over. She didn’t realize this until midway through her second round Tuesday, and then she had to add a two-shot penalty for every time she did it.

It goes in the books as a 127 in the first round – with a birdie on her last hole.

FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) – Helen Alfredsson added the Senior LPGA Championship to her U.S. Senior Women’s Open title, rallying Wednesday at cold and windy French Lick Resort to sweep the two major championships of the season.

Three strokes behind Juli Inkster entering the day, Alfredsson closed with a 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory. The 54-year-old Swede was the only player to break par on the final day at the Pete Dye Course and, at 2-under 214, the only one under par for the week.

She won the U.S. Senior Women’s Open in June at Pine Needles, beating Inkster by two strokes,


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Three-time Olympic cyclist Taylor Phinney is retiring from professional racing, ending a career that included 10 world championship medals and a stage win at the Giro d’Italia.

Phinney announced Wednesday that he would ride for his team, EF Education First, for the last time this weekend in Japan.

The 29-year-old Phinney, whose parents, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney, were Olympic medalists, began his career on the track, where he competed in the individual pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Games.

He soon transitioned to the road, where he finished fourth in the road race and time trial at the 2012 London Games. Phinney also competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, completing a long comeback from a crash at the 2014 national championships that left him with career-threatening injuries.

Phinney won two gold medals in the individual pursuit at the world championships, another gold in the under-23 time trial and a fourth world gold as part of the BMC Racing Team in the team time trial.

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