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Cardinals, Nationals reach NLCS…Dolphins sticking with Rosen…Burfict loses appeal

ATLANTA (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have advanced to the National League Championship Series following the biggest first inning in major league postseason history. The Redbirds erupted for 10 runs against Mike Foltynewicz  and Max Fried  in the opening frame and clobbered the Atlanta Braves, 13-1 in Game 5 of the NL Division series. Tommy Edman, Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong each delivered two-run doubles after an error by first baseman Freddie Freeman prevented the Braves from possibly getting out of the inning trailing just 1-0.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Howie Kendrick has put the Washington Nationals in the NL Championship Series for the first time by belting a grand slam in the 10th inning of a 7-3 comeback win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Homers by Max Muncy  and Kike  Hernandez gave the Dodgers and early 3-0, but the Nats forced extra innings when Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto belted consecutive solo shots in the eighth.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) – Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores says Josh Rosen will be his starting quarterback the remainder of the season. Rosen supplanted veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 3 and will start for the third game in a row Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Flores says Rosen has improved on a week-to-week basis, adding that he thinks Rosen “needs to get in there and develop and get reps and just improve.”

UNDATED (AP) – Vontaze Burfict’s appeal to overturn his suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit has been denied, keeping the Oakland Raiders linebacker off the field the rest of the season. Appeals officer Derrick Brooks has ruled that he would not reduce the longest suspension ever handed down for an on-field infraction. Brooks is appointed jointly by the NFL and the NFLPA and heard Burfict’s appeal of the ban for the final 12 games of the regular season and the playoffs.

UNDATED (AP) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers that the league is still expecting them to play in China as scheduled this week. Silver made the announcement while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and Shenzhen were anything but guaranteed. NBA activity in the country is in jeopardy after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a since-deleted tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

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