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Cook leads Vikes past Skins…Phils hire Girardi…Cubs pick Ross…Astros drop Asst. GM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have a four-game winning streak and a 6-2 record after Dalvin Cook led them to a 19-9 win over Washington. Cook had 171 total yards and the game’s lone touchdown rushing for 98 yards and catching five passes for 73 yards. Kirk Cousins was 23 of 26 for 285 yards without a turnover against the team that let him go after the 2017 season.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia Phillies have selected Joe Girardi as their new manager and will introduce him at a news conference on Monday. Girardi replaces Gave Kapler, who was fired after his injury-depleted team went 81-81 despite the additions of Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto. Girardi completed a 10-year run as manager of the Yankees in 2017 leading New York to the 2009 World Series title and compiling 910-710 record.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs have hired David Ross as their manager after the ballclub missed the postseason for the first time in five seasons under previous skipper Joe Maddon. The 42-year-old former catcher played the final two of his 15 major league seasons with the Cubs and was a revered leader as the 2016 club ended the team’s 108-year championship drought. He spent the past three years in Chicago’s front office and was widely viewed as a potential replacement for Maddon, who averaged 94 wins while in the Chicago dugout.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Houston Astros have dismissed assistant general manager Brandon Taubman for directing inappropriate comments at female reporters following the team’s pennant-winning victory over the New York Yankees last Saturday. The team issued a statement saying Taubman’s conduct didn’t reflect the organization’s values, adding that the firing is the most appropriate course of action. The Astros initially denied Taubman’s comments chronicled in a Sports Illustrated report were directed at the female reporters, but they say they learned otherwise following an investigation and have since apologized to SI and its reporter.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III will miss four to six weeks after injuring his thumb in their season-opening loss at Phoenix last night. The Kings said Thursday that an MRI showed Bagley has a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb, leaving the team without a player who averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds as a rookie last season. Bagley had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the Kings’ 124-95 loss to the Suns.

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