NEW YORK (AP) – The Astros lead the AL Championship Series 3-1, putting the 2017 World Series winners on the brink of a showdown with the NL champion Washington Nationals. The Astros beat the New York Yankees 8-3 Thursday night in Game 4. The Yankees are at risk of failing to make the World Series for an entire decade for the first time since the 1910s. Game 5 is tonight.
DENVER (AP) – It was a costly win for the Kansas City Chiefs over the Denver Broncos Thursday night. K.C. snapped a two-game losing streak but lost quarterback sensation Patrick Mahomes, who injured his right knee in the second quarter. He was injured on a sneak. He is a big reason why Kansas City was a preseason favorite to reach its second straight AFC championship game. The Chiefs won 30-6.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Josh Leivo scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round and Thatcher Demko stopped 31 shots in regulation and overtime as the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Bo Horvat, J.T. Miller and Micheal Ferland scored for the Canucks, who won for the first time on the road in three tries this season. Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo and Robby Fabbri scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have dropped three straight.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Mathew Barzal scored two power-play goals in the second period and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves in the New York Islanders’ 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Josh Bailey scored into an empty net with 27 seconds left in the third period to cap New York’s third straight victory and seal Winnipeg’s third loss in a row.
NEW YORK (AP) – Zion Williamson won’t play Friday in New York in the New Orleans Pelicans’ final preseason game because of a sore right knee. The Pelicans said that the No. 1 pick didn’t travel with the team to New York, remaining in New Orleans to undergo further testing and evaluation at Ochsner Sports Medicine. He was to have played against former Duke teammate RJ Barrett, the No. 3 pick, in a nationally televised game.