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Braves return for first time in 22 years, face Astros in Series

HOUSTON (AP) — They were World Series regulars in the 1990s, but the Atlanta Braves are back for the first time in 22 years as they visit the Houston Astros for Game 1 tonight.

The heavy-hitting Astros are in the Series for the third time in five years, looking for the franchise’s second title after winning a 2017 crown that was later tainted by a sign-stealing scandal.

Though the uniform keeps changing, Charlie Morton is becoming a Fall Classic fixture, starting in the World Series for the third time in five seasons. Houston lefty Framber Valdez is virtually unknown to a national audience, with the 27-year-old set to make his World Series debut when he starts opposite Morton and the Braves in Game 1 tonight.

The last time the Braves and Astros met in the postseason, the Astros were still in the National League. Houston clinched the 2005 National League Division Series with a 7-6 win in Game 4 on Chris Burke’s game-ending homer in the 18th inning. Roger Clemens was the eighth and final Astros pitcher that day, throwing three scoreless innings. Houston moved to the American League in 2013.


Warriors visit Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors, winners of all three games they’ve played so far this season, are at Oklahoma City to play the Thunder — winless in three games so far.

In tonight’s other action, the Knicks host Philadelphia, the Rockets visit the Mavericks, the Lakers play at San Antonio, and Denver is at Utah.


Penguins look to continue high scoring

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have 23 goals from 14 different players in their first five games this season, will try to build on that number tonight when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In other action, the Minnesota Wild will try to begin another win streak in Vancouver against the Canucks. Minnesota won its first four games this season before losing to Nashville Sunday night.

The Devils host Calgary, Vegas is at Colorado, San Jose skates at Nashville, Anaheim hosts Winnipeg and the Canadiens are in Seattle.


Illini QB Artur Sitkowski out for season with broken arm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois quarterback Artur Sitkowski will miss the rest of the season after breaking his left arm against Penn State. Brandon Peters will start the Illini’s home game against Rutgers on Saturday.

Coach Bret Bielema announced Sitkowski would have surgery on his arm Wednesday and have another operation in two to four weeks to correct a chronic problem in his right shoulder. He is expected to miss spring practice and should be full strength next fall.

Sitkowski’s arm was broken when he was hit as he threw a pass in the fourth overtime of Illinois’ nine-overtime win at Penn State.