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Dodgers win another crown…Brewers lose Yelich…Pats’ receiver Brown accused of rape

BALTIMORE (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers earned a 7-3 win at Baltimore last night to become the first team to clinch a major league playoff berth this season. Corey Seager drove in five runs with a pair of homers as the Dodgers wrapped up their seventh consecutive NL West title. Walker Buehler struck out 11 and held the Orioles to four hits over seven scoreless innings to improve to 13-3 this year.

MIAMI (AP) – Brewers outfielder and reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich  broke his right kneecap on a foul ball during Milwaukee’s win over the Marlins last night. Yelich did it while batting in the first inning and spent several minutes on the ground before limping off the field. The Brewers didn’t say whether the reigning NL MVP might be able to return for the playoffs that begin Oct. 1 if they make it that far.

UNDATED (AP) – Newly-acquired New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of rape by a former trainer. Britney Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida. Brown has denied the allegations, and an attorney representing the NFL veteran says the sex was consensual.

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston Texans center Nick Martin has signed a three-year, $33 million contract extension that runs through the 2022 season. Martin has appeared in 31 games for the Texans since being selected in the second round of the 2016 draft. He is set to make just more than $1.1 million this season while playing alongside new left tackle Laremy Tunsil, who was acquired from Miami on Aug. 31.

NEW YORK (AP) – A former Adidas consultant who became a key government witness in a college basketball corruption case has been sentenced to one year of probation. Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola received the term on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. Gassnola had pleaded guilty in a scheme to funnel secret payments to the families of top recruits and agreed to testify against a former Adidas executive and two other defendants at a 2018 trial.

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