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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.


Braves add Wright, Gore; Astros add Gonzalez

HOUSTON (AP) — Right-hander Kyle Wright and outfielder/pinch-runner Terrance Gore were added to the Atlanta Braves’ roster ahead of the World Series opening game against the Houston Astros, and right-hander Jacob Webb and infielder Johan Camargo were dropped.

Infielder Marwin Gonzalez was added to Houston’s roster, and outfielder Jake Meyers was dropped.

Wright has not made a major league appearance since June 23. He started twice in the 2020 playoffs, throwing six scoreless innings against Miami to win Game 3 of the Division Series.

Gore was on the roster for the Division Series against Milwaukee and made one pinch-running appearance.

Gonzalez, a member of Houston’s 2017 World Series champions, has not played since the final game of the regular season on Oct. 3.

Meyers injured his left shoulder crashing into a wall during Game 4 of the Division Series on Oct. 12 and has not played since.


Blackhawks GM Bowman resigns after sexual assault probe

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks general manager and president of hockey operations Stan Bowman has resigned after an investigation found he was among a group of leaders who failed to respond promptly to allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player in 2010.

The results of an independent review commissioned by the team were handed over to the Blackhawks on Monday. Team CEO Danny Wirtz called the report released Tuesday “both disturbing and difficult to read.”

The NHL responded by fining the team $2 million for mishandling the sexual assault allegations.


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.

Elsewhere in college football:

Clemson’s leading rushing Kobe Pace will miss the game with Florida State this week as he’s in COVID-19 protocol. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced Pace’s status Tuesday. Pace is a 5-foot-10, 210-pound sophomore has started five games and rushed for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Pace’s absence is the latest hit to a backfield that’s was without highly regarded freshman Will Shipley.


Tomlin: idea that he’s a candidate for college jobs ‘a joke’

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he considers it a “joke” that his name has been linked to open college jobs at USC and LSU. Tomlin says he has one of the best jobs in professional sports and has no interest in leaving.

Former USC star quarterback Carson Palmer said on a radio program that Tomlin was a “wild card” in the search for the next Trojans head coach.

Tomlin said there isn’t a booster check big enough for him to consider leaving the Steelers.


Mike Lucci, Pro Bowl player with Detroit Lions, dies at 81

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Lucci, a Pro Bowl linebacker who played nine seasons with the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 81 years old. Lucci died in Florida after an extended illness.

Lucci played on Cleveland’s 1964 NFL championship team. But he spent most of his 12-year career with the Lions, from 1965-73. Lucci was a native of Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He got a football scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh but transferred and played three seasons at Tennessee.

After his NFL career, Lucci was a radio and TV broadcaster and businessman.