UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees and Houston Astros have opened their respective AL Division Series with lopsided wins. Clint Frazier, Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Judge belted solo shots off Blake Snell before Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam in the ninth capped the scoring in the Yankees’ 9-3 win over Tampa Bay. Carlos Correa homered twice and had four RBIs in the Astros’ 10-5 rout of the Athletics.
HOUSTON (AP) — Bill O’Brien has become the first NFL coach this season to lose his job, let go yesterday by the Houston Texans. The move follows Sunday’s 31-23 loss to the previously-winless Minnesota Vikings, which leaves the Texans 0-4 for the first time since 2008. Assistant head coach Romeo Crennel will be the interim coach for the remainder of the season.
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says teams have been warned that they could face the forfeiture of games for violations of COVID-19 protocols that force changes in the regular-season schedule. Goodell issued a memo to the 32 clubs saying protocol violations will result in additional financial and competitive discipline, including the adjustment or loss of draft choices or even the forfeit of a game. The league was forced to reschedule Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Titans to Week 7, and the Chiefs-Patriots game was pushed back to last night.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has tested positive for the coronavirus. Family friend and Bowden’s former publicist Kim Shiff says the 90-year-old Bowden had been hospitalized in Tallahassee, Florida, for about two weeks. He returned home late last week and was informed he had tested positive.
UNDATED (AP) — Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says the 23-year-old forward is self-quarantining at home and experiencing mild symptoms. The NHL made it through its postseason in bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton without one positive test in August and September.