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Braves try to finish off Dodgers, in same situation as last year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are one win away from the World Series.

Wednesday’s 9-2 win over the Dodgers gave Atlanta a commanding 3-1 lead in the National League Championship Series. The Braves can win their first pennant in 22 years with a victory Thursday night in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium.

However, Los Angeles has won six consecutive postseason elimination games dating to 2020.

Atlanta was in exactly the same position last year and failed to finish the job. The Dodgers trailed 0-2 and 1-3 against Atlanta in the NLCS, then won three straight games at a neutral site in Arlington, Texas, and went on to win the World Series.

Max Fried (freed) is scheduled to start for the Braves in his hometown, while Los Angeles is planning a bullpen game.

The 27-year-old Fried was born in Santa Monica, California, and attended Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles. The left-hander allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings of a no-decision in Game 1. He is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two playoff starts this year and has struck out 14 batters with no walks in 12 innings. During the regular season, Fried went 14-7 with a 3.04 ERA.

Atlanta will be without pitcher Huascar Ynoa for the remainder of the postseason. He was scratched with shoulder inflammation from his scheduled start in Game 4 of the NLCS, then removed from the postseason roster. Left-hander Dylan Lee was added for the series. Ynoa is not eligible to return for the World Series, should the Braves advance.


American Athletic Conference rebuilding with 6 C-USA schools

UNDATED (AP) — The American Athletic Conference will add UAB, Texas-San Antonio, Rice, North Texas, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic to the league.

The AAC is replacing three schools that are scheduled to depart for the Big 12 Conference and is growing to 14 teams. The conference hopes the move will stabilize the league in the short term and prepare it to withstand future poaching of its members.

The additions all come from Conference USA, leaving that league both searching for new members and trying to fend off other poachers. The Sun Belt has said it is interested in expanding beyond its current 10 football members and some of C-USA’s remaining eight schools would be geographic fits.


Devils’ Jack Hughes has dislocated left shoulder

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jack Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL draft, has a dislocated left shoulder and will be sidelined.

The Devils made the announcement Thursday, saying Hughes will not need surgery at this time. He has begun physical therapy. The team didn’t say how long he would be out.

Hughes was hurt on Tuesday night in a game against Seattle. He was ridden hard into the boards by Kraken defenseman Jeremy Lauzon and didn’t return.

The team says Hughes will be re-evaluated next week. He was placed on injured reserve Thursday.


Russia’s Melnikova wins all-around final at gymnastics worlds

KITAKYUSHU, Japan (AP) — Angelina Melnikova of Russia has won the women’s all-around final to claim the first gold medal of the gymnastics world championships in Japan.

Melnikova, the 2020 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, built up a solid lead with high scores on the vault and uneven bars and finished with 56.632 points.

With defending champion Simone Biles and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee of the United States not taking part, the stage was set for a new generation of gymnasts to emerge. Leanne Wong of the United States was second with 56.340 points, followed by teammate Kayla DiCello with bronze at 54.566.

The gymnastics world championships are the first major international sports event to be held in Japan since the Olympics.


Ko’s LPGA streak ends as SKoreans pack Busan leaderboard

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — Jin Young Ko missed extending an LPGA Tour scoring record in the rain while her South Korean compatriots packed the first-round leaderboard of the BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea.

Ko had 14 straight rounds in the 60s. That tied her with Annika Sorenstam and So Yeon Ryu for the most in tour history. But Ko finished with a 1-under 71 after a birdie on the 18th hole at LPGA International Busan. Ko was seven strokes behind leader Na Rin An’s 64.