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MILWAUKEE—The Milwaukee Brewers scored four runs in the first inning on Friday, Oct. 19, and didn't look back, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to force a decisive seventh game at Miller Park on Saturday night, Oct. 20.
DALLAS — Ryan Suter scored the deciding goal with 7:06 to play as the visiting Minnesota Wild came from behind to beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Friday, Oct. 19. Suter got the game-winner as he skated to the right of Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop and centered a shot that caromed off Stars defenseman Esa Lindell and into the goal before Bishop had time to react. The win was the second straight for the Wild.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jimmy Butler scored 33 points on 10-of-12 shooting during his first home contest of the season to help the Minnesota Timberwolves post a 131-123 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night in Minneapolis. Butler was heartily booed in pregame introductions, stemming from his trade request and vow not to re-sign with the Timberwolves. He hit all 12 of his free throws and also contributed seven rebounds and four steals in 36 minutes.
HOUSTON—J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers clubbed home runs, David Price twirled six scoreless innings, and the Boston Red Sox eliminated the defending champion Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday, Oct. 18.
HOUSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. struck the decisive blow for a third consecutive game and the Boston Red Sox inched one win closer to claiming the American League pennant with an 8-6 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Bradley belted a first-pitch changeup from Astros right-hander Josh James (0-1) into the right-field seats with two outs in the sixth inning, the two-run homer giving the Red Sox a 6-5 lead. Boston held on to claim a 3-1 series lead with Game 5 set for Thursday, Oct. 18, at Minute Maid Park.
SAN ANTONIO—DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 28 points in his San Antonio debut, as four of his teammates scored in double figures as the host Spurs held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-108 Wednesday in the season opener for both teams. DeRozan, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Kawhi Leonard to Toronto, scored the final four points of the game after Minnesota rallied for a 108-108 tie on Jimmy Butler's 3-pointer in the final minute. LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and a game-high 19 rebounds for the Spurs, who also received 18 points from Rudy Gay.
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw struck out nine over seven innings, and Max Muncy delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed the lead in the National League Championship Series with a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The defending NL champion Dodgers took a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series as they aim to take part in consecutive World Series for the first time since 1977-78. Game 6 of the NLCS will take place Friday at Milwaukee, with Game 7 on Saturday, if necessary.
Unified middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and the streaming service DAZN have agreed to a five-year, 11-fight deal that will pay the boxer at least $365 million -- the highest-paying athlete contract in history. DAZN became the broadcast home of boxing in the United States after HBO announced in September that it is getting out of the fight business. The signing of Alvarez kicks off the DAZN-boxing partnership with an exclamation point and plenty of zeroes.
LOS ANGELES—Cody Bellinger's 13th-inning RBI single ended a marathon Game 4 and evened the National League Championship Series as the Los Angeles Dodgers went deep into the night for a 2-1 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Bellinger ripped a 3-2 pitch from Brewers reliever Junior Guerra (0-1) into right field, allowing Manny Machado to score from second base. Guerra had thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings before the last pitch.
ST. PAUL—Eric Staal and Mikael Granlund each scored their second goals of the season, and Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves as the Minnesota Wild beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Tuesday in Saint Paul, Minn. Staal slipped the puck into an open net after a scramble in front of the goal at 6:18 of the third period following a hard shot by Ryan Suter for the winning goal in a game that featured strong play by goaltenders Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper.