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Cole and the Yankees save the season and beat the Guards to force ALDS Game 5

CLEVELAND (AP) — Gerrit Cole gave New York what it needed, seven solid innings and Harrison Bader hit a two-run homer as the Yankees salvaged their season and forced a decisive fifth game in the AL series Division with a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians. New York’s $324 million man, Cole allowed two runs and struck out eight in beating the Guardians for…

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Cole and the Yankees save the season and beat the Guards to force ALDS Game 5

CLEVELAND (AP) — Gerrit Cole gave New York what it needed, seven solid innings and Harrison Bader hit a two-run homer as the Yankees salvaged their season and forced a decisive fifth game in the AL series Division with a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians. New York’s $324 million man, Cole allowed two runs and struck out eight as they beat the Guardians for the second time in six days. Bader homered for the third time in the best-of-five series, connecting in Cal Quantrill’s second inning. After missing Game 3, the Yankees bullpen followed Cole with two scoreless innings. In Game 5 on Monday night, New York will tackle Game 2 loser Jameson Taillon at Yankee Stadium against Aaron Civale. The winner meets Houston in the ALCS.

Eagles improve to 6-0, Hurts key to 26-17 win over Cowboys

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Hurts threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns, CJ Gardner-Johnson had two of Philadelphia’s three Cooper Rush interceptions, and the Eagles went undefeated with a 26-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys . The Eagles held on after their 20-0 lead fell to 20-17 early in the fourth quarter, rising to 6-0 for the first time since 2004 – when they won their first seven games and surrendered at the Super Bowl. Philly put the game aside with an effective drive that took up more than half of the fourth quarter. The Eagles converted three third downs and Hurts hit DeVonta Smith for a 7-yard touchdown.

Bills rally to beat Chiefs 24-20 in playoff rematch

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Josh Allen threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns, including the nod to Dawson Knox with 1:04 left in the game, and the Buffalo Bills beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24 -20 on Sunday as a bit of revenge for their epic overtime loss in the playoffs last year. Stefon Diggs had 10 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown, and Gabe Davis also had a TD catch after setting Kansas City on fire for four of them in January as the Bills ultimately emerged victorious at Arrowhead Stadium. Patrick Mahomes threw for 338 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, including one in the final minute as the Chiefs tried to rally for the win.

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Fallout from rare loss in Alabama

Alabama loses so rarely that it seems to change the shape of the season when it happens. The Crimson Tide took an L Saturday at Tennessee, pushing the Volunteers to No. 3 in the AP Top 25. The Vols received 15 first-place votes, the most they’ve gotten since 1999. After hitting a basket as time expired, the Crimson Tide slipped three spots to No. 6. Alabama is the highest ranked team to have lost. Reality Check cautions against making big claims about the long-term health of the Alabama dynasty and agrees with Tide’s short downfall.

Giants rally 10-10, outscore Ravens 24-20 on Barkley run

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) — Julian Love’s interception and 27-yard return set up Saquon Barkley’s 1-yard touchdown dive with 1:43 left, and the New York Giants rallied down 10 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-20. The New York defense, led by former Baltimore coordinator Wink Martindale, forced Lamar Jackson into two turnovers late in the fourth quarter. After Barkley’s go-ahead, rookie Keyvon Thibodeaux sacked Jackson and forced a fumble. The Ravens fell to 3-3 with their third late collapse this season and handed the Giants another upset win. New York is 5-1 under new coach Brian Daboll, surpassing its win total from last year.

Patriots bury Browns, Belichick ties Halas with 324th win

CLEVELAND, AP — Rookie backup Bailey Zappe threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns in his third NFL game, Bill Belichick tied George Halas for second on the all-time list with his 324th win, and the New England Patriots buried the Cleveland Browns 38-15. Zappe started his second game in place of the injured Mac Jones. He threw second-half touchdown passes to Tyquan Thornton and Hunter Henry. Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for two touchdowns for New England. Belichick has a chance to pass Halas next Monday night at home against Chicago, the franchise Halas has won all of its games with.

Jets continue their ascent with a convincing 27-10 win at Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Breece Hall had a 34-yard touchdown as part of his 116-yard day and the surprising New York Jets sacked Aaron Rodgers four times in a 27- 10 on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The Jets are 4-2 and had their best start in six games since 2015, when they also went 4-2. Green Bay is 3-3 and has lost consecutive regular season games in the same season for the first time since coach Matt LaFleur arrived in 2019. The Jets broke a 3-3 tie in scoring two touchdowns in less than 2 1 /2 minutes in the third quarter.

NLCS-bound Padres find identity, knock out Dodgers

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As a rare October rainstorm flooded Petco Park in the eighth inning, no one in the crowded downtown home of the San Diego Padres flinched. Fans pulled on their hoodies, donned ponchos and covered their heads with whatever they could to try to stay dry, including yellow rally towels and pizza boxes. They had suffered for too many seasons watching mostly terrible baseball and weren’t going to miss the chance to sing “Beat LA!” enthusiastically and boo Cody Bellinger one last time as the Padres came close to eliminating their reviled rivals, the 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers have a lot to contemplate during the long winter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After winning 111 games in the regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared on track to fulfill manager Dave Roberts’ spring prediction of another World Series victory. The San Diego Padres snuffed out those plans by beating the Dodgers in four games in their National League Division Series. Now the Dodgers face several decisions in the long offseason. Among their biggest pending free agents are Clayton Kershaw, Trea Turner and Tyler Anderson. The Dodgers will also have to make tough decisions about veterans Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger, who have both seen a drop in production this season.

MLB Playoffs: Guardians-Yankees ALDS Game 5; The astros are waiting

For the second night in a row, the only playoff game on the schedule features the New York Yankees against the Cleveland Guardians. This time it’s Game 5 at Yankee Stadium to decide their AL Division series after New York avoided elimination on Sunday, tying Series 2 with a 4-2 win at Cleveland behind the $324 million ace. dollars Gerrit Cole. Aaron Civale starts for the young Guardians against Jameson Taillon. The winner travels to Houston for Game 1 of the best of seven AL Championship Series on Wednesday night against Justin Verlander and the rested Astros. Cleveland’s teams are 1-7 in win-win games — losing their last seven.

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