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Nats rip Astros for 2-0 lead in series…Mahomes improving quickly…Falcons’ Ryan iffy for Sunday

HOUSTON (AP) – The Washington Nationals now own a two-games-to-none lead in the World Series after erupting for 10 runs over the final three innings of a 12-3 rout of the Astros in Houston. Kurt Suzuki broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the seventh before Asdrubal Cabrera collected three RBIs. Stephen Strasburg struck out seven over six innings and blanked the Astros following Alex Bregman’s two-run homer in the bottom of the first.

KANAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid isn’t ruling out quarterback Patrick Mahomes for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Mahomes was expected to miss several games after dislocating a kneecap in last night’s blowout win at Denver. But he was expected to throw during Wednesday’s practice, raising the possibility the NFL’s reigning league MVP could return sooner than expected from a dislocated kneecap.

METARIE, La. (AP) – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is indicating he’ll play Sunday against Arizona, saying he does feel like himself after missing five games following surgery to repair a ligament in his right thumb. He said he threw the ball well at practice, but that he wants to see how he performs throughout the week in team drills to ensure his accuracy, timing and overall effectiveness meets his standards. The Saints have gone 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater as their starting QB after splitting their first two games with Brees as the starter.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has sent an email to parents of his players, refuting a report saying representatives are working on his departure from the school. In an email, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Harbaugh says the idea that he’s looking to leave his alma mater is not true. He says it happens every year by unspecified “enemies” to disrupt the program and impact recruiting.

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Avalanche say forward Mikko Rantanen¬† is week to week with a lower-body injury suffered in Monday’s 3-1 loss at St. Louis. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Wednesday after practice that he’s optimistic Rantanen doesn’t have a “four-to-six week injury.” He’s tied with Nathan MacKinnon for the team lead with 12 points, scoring five goals and seven innings.

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