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Soto leads Nats in opener…Raptors, Clippers win…No Griffin until at least November

HOUSTON (AP) – Juan Soto drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals took Game 1 of the World Series by holding off the Astros, 5-4 in Houston. Soto belted a solo homer and hit a two-run double off Gerrit Cole, who allowed five runs over seven innings of his first loss since May 22. Ryan Zimmerman also homered and Max Scherzer allowed five hits over five innings, blanking the Astros after Yuli Gurriel  doubled home a pair in the bottom of the first.

UNDATED (AP) – The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers have opened the NBA season with victories. Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 34 points and Pascal Siakam added 34 with 18 rebounds in the Raptors’ 130-122 overtime win against New Orleans. Kawhi  Leonard scored a game-high 30 points on 10 of 19 shooting in his Clippers debut to lead a 112-102 win over the Lakers.

DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Pistons are opening the season without forward Blake Griffin as he continues a treatment and conditioning regimen for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness. Griffin was mostly healthy last season until a left knee injury limited him in the playoffs and required offseason surgery. He will be re-evaluated for a return the first week of November.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) – The New England Patriots have acquired wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from Atlanta for a second-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL draft. The 30-year-old Sanu has 33 receptions for 313 yards, but only one touchdown so far this season. The eight-year NFL veteran tweeted his excitement at joining the Patriots and thanked the Falcons organization.

ENGLEWOOD, Col. (AP) – The San Francisco 49ers have bolstered their receiving corps by getting Emmanuel Sanders from the Broncos for third- and fourth-round draft picks in 2020 and a fifth-rounder in 2021. Sanders has caught 30 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns this year as he made a successful return from surgery on both ankles.

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