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    Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and the Boys of Summer. Ted Williams to Yaz and the Impossible Dream. Manny Ramirez. Pedro Martinez. Bill Buckner. Fenway Franks and Dodger Dogs. Ebbets Field, the Green Monster. 'Sweet Caroline' or 'I Love L.A.' Yet for all their rich history — dating back to Babe Ruth on the mound — the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have rarely crossed paths heading into this World Series. Only once before in October, and that was more than a century ago. In fact, Clayton Kershaw has never even pitched at Fenway Park. Consider this: Going into Game 1 on Tuesday night, the Dodgers have beaten the Red Sox in Boston just one time. That came on June 12, 2004. And guess who scored and drove in a run for the Dodgers during that 14-5 romp? Alex Cora, now the rookie manager of the Red Sox. One of his teammates that afternoon — Dave Roberts, ready to lead Los Angeles into its second straight Fall Classic. Roberts is sure to draw a big cheer when the teams line up for pregame introductions. He's still a fan favorite in Boston for his daring stolen base that sparked an unprecedented comeback from a 3-0 deficit against Mariano Rivera and the rival Yankees in the 2004 AL Championship Series. The Red Sox went on to end their 86-year title drought by sweeping St. Louis in the World Series, boosted by Big Papi, Pedro and Manny. Starting next week, Boston will try for its fourth championship in 15 seasons. MVP candidate Mookie Betts, slugger J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox posted a team-record 108 wins, a big payoff for the team with the top payroll in the game. Boston pushed past New York in the AL Division Series and then quickly dispatched the defending champion Astros in the ALCS. Chris Sale is set to pitch the opener. He recently spent a night in the hospital because of a stomach illness, and no doubt watchful eyes will be on the lefty ace. Los Angeles is aiming for its first championship since Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser and Tommy Lasorda brought home the crown in 1988. A year after dropping Game 7 to Houston at Dodger Stadium, Justin Turner and the crew with the third-highest payroll beat Colorado in a tiebreaker for the NL West title, chased Atlanta in the NLDS and topped Milwaukee in Game 7 for the pennant. 'It doesn't matter how you get there. To get to come back from last year, it's unbelievable,' Kershaw said. 'We don't want to lose again, so we're going to be ready to go.' New to the power-packed Dodgers this season is star shortstop Manny Machado, acquired in a July trade with Baltimore. Boston fans are plenty familiar with him — his late slide last year injured longtime Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and led to a tense situation at Fenway with Sale throwing behind Machado. Soon as they see him, Red Sox rooters might even take up the familiar chant of 'Beat LA!' It's been heard for years in Boston, albeit in a different arena. That's what Celtics fans echoed during the Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rivalry. Fitting, maybe, the former Lakers star is a part-owner of the Dodgers. On the basketball court, Los Angeles and Boston are certainly intertwined with championships on the line, going all the way back to the days of Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy and Jerry West. On the diamond, not so much for these storied franchises. They first tangled for real in the 1916 World Series. The Babe pitched all 14 innings — in a tidy 2 hours, 32 minutes — as Boston beat Brooklyn 2-1 in Game 2. Though Fenway opened four years earlier, the game was played at Braves Field, home of the city's NL franchise, because it held more people. The Red Sox wound up winning in five games. Back then, the Dodgers weren't really the Dodgers. They were known by a collection of nicknames, and were often called the Robins because of popular manager Wilbert 'Uncle Robbie' Robinson. And Ruth later coached for them. Over the years, the teams went their own ways, on and off the field. The Dodgers proudly broke baseball's color barrier when Jackie Robinson played in 1947. The Red Sox were the last team in the majors to have a black player, in 1959 with Pumpsie Green. Decades later, the teams made history together. They drew an announced crowd of 115,300 — the largest ever for a baseball game — for an exhibition at the Coliseum in 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles. Overall, the Red Sox are 8-7 against the Dodgers since interleague play began in 1997. Boston hasn't hosted LA since 2010, and the teams haven't squared off since 2016. Not much crossover for these clubs, either. Buckner was a young, fleet outfielder when he helped the Dodgers reach the 1974 World Series. He was a gimpy first baseman when he let that ball roll through his legs as Boston blew the 1986 Series. Pedro Martinez began his big league career as a reliever with Los Angeles before becoming a dominant starter for Boston. Manny Ramirez was an eccentric slugger for the Red Sox who took his act to Mannywood out West. Nomar Garciaparra, Adrian Beltre and Rickey Henderson are among the stars who spent time with both teams. So has Dodgers starter Rich Hill — in 2015, the Boston-area native was pitching with the independent Long Island Ducks when he resurrected his career with the Red Sox. And there was that late-season trade six years ago that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford from Boston to Los Angeles in a huge salary dump. Big names will be in the stands next week, too. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and a packed crowd bundled on a New England night, maybe. It could be in the upper 30s at Fenway, the oldest ballpark in the majors. Warren Beatty, Ashton Kutcher and sun-splashed fans basking in the glow of the San Gabriel Mountains. It was a record 103 degrees for the opener last year at Dodger Stadium, at 56 the third-oldest park. Whatever the temperatures, Dodgers-Red Sox, a hot World Series on deck. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer, Chris Taylor made a key catch and the Los Angeles Dodgers reached the World Series for the second straight year, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Saturday night in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw closed out the win, setting up a showdown with the Boston Red Sox starting Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Los Angeles fell short last year, losing to Houston in Game 7. Christian Yelich put Milwaukee ahead with a solo home run in the first inning off rookie Walker Buehler. Cody Bellinger hit a two-run shot in the second that gave Los Angeles the lead. Puig broke it open with his drive in the sixth. He celebrated wildly going around the bases as the Dodgers made it 5-1. Taylor's running, sliding grab in left-center field came in the fifth with the Dodgers nursing a 2-1 lead. He robbed Yelich of an extra-base hit with a runner on second and two outs. Los Angeles hasn't won the World Series since 1988. The Dodgers and Red Sox have met once before in the World Series, back in 1916 with Boston beating Brooklyn behind a big game from pitcher Babe Ruth.
  • Michael Divinity Jr.'s interception set up Nick Brossette's short touchdown run, Cole Tracy kicked four field goals, and No. 5 LSU beat No. 22 Mississippi State 19-3 on Saturday night. Still, the Tiger Stadium crowd left angry after LSU's top linebacker, Devin White, was ejected for targeting in the fourth quarter, meaning he will not be eligible to play in the first half of the Tigers' upcoming showdown with unbeaten and top-ranked Alabama. White appeared to lower his head as he leveled quarterback Nick Fitzgerald a moment after he released a pass that was intercepted by defensive back Kristian Fulton. The targeting penalty wiped out the turnover, and LSU's celebrations also drew two flags for unsportsmanlike conduct, resulting in 45 yards in penalties on one play. 'I've got to look at it. The call is the call. They reviewed it,' LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. 'That's the rule. The rule is you can't lead with your head.' Safety John Battle's interception prevented Mississippi State from scoring on the drive and virtually sealed the result. But fans continued booing officials until the end, keenly aware of how much the absence of White, even for just a half, could hurt the Tigers (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) against the Crimson Tide's dynamic and prolific offense. White's penalty was the low-point of an otherwise banner performance by the Tigers' defense, which intercepted Fitzgerald four times. 'Our defense played lights out,' Orgeron said. LSU safety Grant Delpit came through with several drive-stalling plays, including two interceptions and a fourth-down sack. Delpit has five interceptions and four sacks this season. 'He made a difference in the ball game when needed him and it looks like it comes easy to him,' Orgeron said. 'He's a great football player.' Fitzgerald rushed for 131 yards for Mississippi State (4-3, 1-3), but completed just 8 of 24 passes for 59 yards. 'We've got to find a way to be productive in the passing game and we did not get that done,' Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead said. 'I'm in charge of the offense. ... I'm disappointed.' Mississippi State's defense, led by end Montez Sweat and tackle Jeffery Simmons, gave LSU's offense fits for much of the game. LSU needed to run three plays to score the game's lone TD after Divinity's 31-yard return to the 3. 'The one touchdown they got was off a short field, so the defense played great,' Moorhead said. The Tigers only had 15 yards of offense before they drive 64 yards for a field goal that made it 10-3 at halftime. 'That was the worst half of football I've ever played in my entire life,' said LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who finished 16-of-28 passing for 129 yards and was intercepted in the end zone by Louisiana native Cameron Dantzler in the first quarter, squandering a scoring chance set up by Delpit's diving interception. 'I just threw the ball like a middle schooler, but they're a really good defense, too.' The Tigers were held to 110 yards on the ground, with Brossette gaining 57. THE TAKEAWAY Mississippi State: The Bulldogs' inability to pass against LSU's talented secondary made it tough for them to sustain drives. Although their running game was productive at times finishing with 201 yards, the Bulldogs often looked hopeless on third down, converting two of 14. That wasn't going to cut it on the road against a highly ranked team. LSU: The Tiger's defense was strong enough against the run to contain Fitzgerald and made the Bulldogs QB uncomfortable when he threw. The Tigers nearly had a fifth interception, but cornerback Andraez 'Greedy' Williams had a pass bounce off his hands. Offensively, the Tigers needed almost the entire first half to figure out how to move the ball against the Bulldogs. They still struggled to find the end zone in the second half, but executed consistently enough to give their reliable kicker four field goal opportunities from 40 yards and in. 'We were very sluggish on offense. ... It wasn't a perfect game,' Orgeron said. 'We won the game. I'm not going to tear this thing apart. This is a good football team we just beat.' UP NEXT Mississippi State hosts Texas A&M LSU has a week off before hosting Alabama on Nov. 3. ___ Follow Brett Martel at http://twitter.com/brettmartel ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • The Celtics could laugh afterward, because none of Jayson Tatum's mistakes cost them. Not the missed dunk with 36 seconds left — thanks to Tatum rebounding it himself and making a tough jumper — and not his foolish foul with 1.9 seconds remaining. Tatum did far more good than bad, finishing with 24 points and 14 rebounds as Boston held on to beat the New York Knicks 103-101 on Saturday night. 'I mean, that guy's just super talented,' Kyrie Irving said. 'To be so young, to be so poised is an awesome trait for him.' The second-year forward showed it with his calm response to his botched dunk with the Celtics clinging to a one-point lead. 'He should've made the dunk,' Irving said. 'I told him, 'I can't dunk it for you, I can only pass you the ball.'' Tatum grabbed the rebound and with the clock running down made a tough turnaround jumper for a 101-98 lead with 21 seconds to go. 'I was just trying to make up for it,' Tatum said. 'I just missed the easy one.' He had then given the Celtics another three-point lead with two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and the Knicks called their final timeout. They had trouble getting the ball inbounded from the sideline, and Knicks guard Trey Burke had to race into the backcourt to retrieve it as the clocked ran down. He pulled up for a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc and Tatum jumped to contest it, fouling Burke for three free throws that could have tied it. But he missed the first and the Knicks couldn't grab the rebound when he intentionally missed the third. 'As a point guard, I know I can knock those down in my sleep but tonight I missed the first one. I got to live with that,' Burke said. 'I feel like I let my teammates down.' Irving and Marcus Morris each added 16 points for the Celtics, who rebounded from their loss in Toronto on Friday night. They won despite giving Gordon Hayward a night off to rest his surgically repaired left ankle. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 24 points for the Knicks, who lost rookie Kevin Knox to a sprained left ankle in the first quarter. Enes Kanter had 17 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out of their second two-point loss in two nights. The Celtics are considered one of the Eastern Conference favorites but coach Brad Stevens said the Raptors were clearly better now and Boston needed to improve after Toronto's 113-101 victory Friday night. On Saturday night, they were just good enough to beat the rebuilding Knicks. The Celtics looked sharp early in racing to a 26-10 lead Saturday and still had a double-digit cushion midway through the second quarter before Damyean Dotson's second straight 3-pointer trimmed it to 50-48 by halftime. TIP-INS Celtics: Aron Baynes got the start with Hayward out and scored 10 points. But he played only 12 minutes before leaving with a sore right hamstring. ... Jaylen Brown was only 2 for 9, finishing with seven points. Knicks: Coach David Fizdale said G Courtney Lee would see specialists Monday after experiencing neck spasms that went down into his chest. Lee was sidelined throughout the preseason by a neck injury. ... Kanter became the first Knick since Zach Randolph (2007-08) to start the season with three straight double-doubles. KNOX KNOCKED OUT Knox was driving for a layup on a fast break when his ankle appeared to roll badly as he was fouled by Terry Rozier III. Knox stayed on the court briefly, appearing in pain, then was carried off by a pair of teammates. Because the No. 9 pick wasn't able to shoot the free throws, he was, by rule, forced to miss the remainder of the game. The Knicks said X-rays on his ankle were negative. HAYWARD'S HEALTH Stevens said there wasn't a plan to rest Hayward on back-to-backs, but his minutes are being watched and he's being evaluated on a game-by-game basis. He said Hayward, who broke his ankle last year in the season opener, was just experiencing general soreness Saturday and didn't think it was anything overly concerning. UP NEXT Celtics: Host Orlando on Monday night. Knicks: Visit Milwaukee on Monday night. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Trevor Lawrence came in wanting to leave little doubt about No. 3 Clemson's championship goals this season and about his ability to take the Tigers there. He accomplished both Saturday in a 41-7 rout of No. 16 North Carolina State, helping Clemson dominate the showdown between the Atlantic Coast Conference's last remaining undefeated teams. 'We just didn't want to leave any doubt that the game should've went a certain way,' Lawrence said. 'It was clear how we won the game by a good bit.' And it was clear Lawrence, the strong-armed, long-haired freshman, has the goods to keep the Tigers out front. He passed for a career best 308 yards including a 46-yard TD throw to Tee Higgins in his third college start. He directed three first-half drives of 50-plus yards as the Tigers took quick control of an expected tight contest. Travis Etienne ran for three touchdowns, increasing his ACC-leading total to 14 on the ground this season. Etienne said Clemson has adjusted well to Lawrence's leadership since he took over as starting quarterback. 'Trevor is out there doing what he does,' Etienne said. 'We know what he can do and we're excited about it.' The Tigers (7-0, 4-0) opened with seven straight wins for the third time in four seasons in topping the Wolfpack (5-1, 2-1) for the seventh consecutive season. It was the ACC's first matchup of undefeated teams this deep in a season since 2013, a game that also took place in Death Valley. But unlike five years ago when the 6-0 Tigers were pummeled by eventual national champ Florida State 51-14, it was Clemson who took control early and never gave the Wolfpack a chance to ra North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley came in leading the ACC at more than 324 yards passing a game. He managed just 156 yards passing with two interceptions and a fumble. 'We just never really got into a rhythm,' Finley said. 'That hurt because we're a rhythm offense. We going to get right and we're going to bounce back. I'm confident in our guys.' The Wolfpack avoided their first shutout in four years on Reggie Gallaspy's 9-yard TD run to start the fourth quarter. Still, it was their fewest points scored since that 41-0 loss to the Tigers in 2014. Clemson quickly took the steam out of this showdown with touchdowns on two of its first three possessions. Etienne had a 3-yard TD run to close the first one while Lawrence threw a 46-yard scoring pass to Tee Higgins to lead 14-0. The Wolfpack seemed to stabilize themselves and drove into Clemson territory looking for points when Ryan Finley bobbled a shotgun snap and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence pounced on it. Etienne closed that series, too, with a 2-yard touchdown run. Clemson piled on right before the half ended when on safety K'Von Wallace's interception and 46-yard return to the Wolfpack 4 and led to Greg Huegel's 28-yard field goal for a 24-0 lead at the half. Lawrence, whose rise led last year's starter Kelly Bryant to transfer, looked smooth and polished in his third career start. He completed 26 of 39 passes and his long TD throw. 'I felt really good out there,' he said. 'This was good for me.' The Wolfpack came in averaging 480 yards of offense a game, but were held to 297. TAKEAWAYS North Carolina State: The Wolfpack kept the last two games with Clemson within a touchdown because of the talent they sent to the NFL last year, particularly defensive end Bradley Chubb. This group is not yet ready to match Clemson's firepower. Clemson: The Tigers' road to a fourth straight ACC title game as leaders of the Atlantic Division seems well paved and smooth with few speed bumps to negotiate. The trickiest game might be at Boston College on Nov. 10. THIRD DOWN WOES North Carolina State came in leading the country in third-down conversions. The Wolfpack were just 2 of 12 in that category against Clemson. 'It's been a strength and it wasn't today,' Doeren said. 'For us, rhythm's important and we didn't have it.' LAPTOP REDUX Last year, North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren asked the ACC to investigate a laptop on Clemson's sideline that turned out belonged to the program's social media and communications group and was not used for football purposes. That did not stop from Clemson from having a picture of a laptop on one of its oversized play cards in the fourth quarter against North Carolina State. 'The ultimate troll move,' Swinney joked. 'Isn't that what you call it?' UP NEXT North Carolina State closes a two-game road swing at Syracuse next Saturday Clemson heads to Florida State on Saturday. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • Alabama continued its season-long penchant for fast starts and quickly finished off Tennessee. Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four receivers and the top-ranked Crimson Tide reached the end zone on their first four possessions, trouncing the Volunteers 58-21 for their 12th straight victory in this annual series. 'We have our starting plays that Coach Lock (offensive coordinator Mike Locksley) tells us in the locker room, so we kind of close our eyes and all meditate on what we got to do in order for that play to kind of be successful,' Tagovailoa said. 'But it's one of those things where you just kind of take it one play at a time.' Alabama outscored Tennessee 28-0 and outgained the Volunteers 217-6 in the opening period. Alabama has outscored opponents 165-31, and Tennessee has been outscored 69-16 in first quarters this season. The Crimson Tide raced to a fast start again even though they didn't start running back Damien Harris and didn't play defensive end Raekwon Davis the entire first half for reasons coach Nick Saban did not detail. Television cameras showed Davis throwing punches at an opposing player during Alabama's victory over Missouri last week. Alabama (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) posted the highest point total by a visiting team in the history of Neyland Stadium, which opened in 1921. Alabama is scoring 54.1 points per game and entered the weekend leading all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in that category. 'There's some guys we have on our team that this game was way too big for,' said Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt, who spent the last two seasons as Alabama's defensive coordinator. 'I think everybody was able to see that.' Tagovailoa went 19 of 29 for 306 yards before giving way to Jalen Hurts midway through the third quarter with Alabama ahead 51-14. Tagovailoa had aggravated a sprained right knee last week against Missouri and took a big hit on his final play of Saturday, a 41-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III. Earlier, Tagovailoa connected on touchdown passes to Jerry Jeudy, Jaylen Waddle and Irv Smith Jr. The Heisman Trophy contender has 25 TD throws without an interception this season. 'He could have gone back to the game if he needed to go back to the game, but we were about ready to put Jalen in anyway,' Saban said. 'I'm just really, really pleased.' Keller Chryst went 9 of 15 for 164 yards with two touchdown passes for Tennessee (3-4, 1-3) after replacing starting quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, who got hit by linebacker Mack Wilson midway through the second quarter and never took another snap. 'Jarrett got hit I don't know how many times, probably every time he threw the football,' Pruitt said. 'Keller came in and made some good throws, so we just stayed with Keller.' Alabama grabbed a 21-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game. Tagovailoa capitalized on outstanding protection to cap the first series of the game by throwing an 11-yard pass to Jeudy in the right corner of the end zone. Xavier McKinney then sacked Guarantano and knocked the ball loose, with Christian Miller recovering the fumble at the Tennessee 3. That set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Josh Jacobs, who also had a 2-yard score in the second quarter. After Tennessee went three-and-out on its next possession, Tagovailoa threw a perfect pass to Waddle, who caught the ball just beyond midfield and raced into the end zone for a 77-yard score. Damien Harris' 3-yard touchdown run capped a 93-yard drive that made it 28-0 with 3:31 left in the first quarter. TAKEAWAYS Alabama: After spending the first half of the season as the nation's most dominant team, Alabama gets two weeks to prepare for its Nov. 3 showdown at No. 5 LSU. The Tide's lopsided victory over Pruitt and Tennessee continued a trend. Tide coach Nick Saban owns a 15-0 record during his Alabama tenure when he's facing one of his former assistants. Tennessee: The Vols must learn to play better at the start of games. Tennessee's lack of discipline early was a concern, as the Vols committed a few personal fouls early and had cornerback Alontae Taylor ejected in the first quarter. The Vols also had a brutal sequence early in the third quarter, as an illegal fair catch on the second-half kickoff backed them up to their own 3 before Chryst tripped over a lineman's legs and fell into the end zone for a safety. WELCOME BACK, BUTCH This game marked the return of former Tennessee coach Butch Jones to Neyland Stadium. Jones, who went 34-27 for Tennessee from 2013-17 before getting fired last November, works on Alabama's support staff as an offensive analyst. Jacobs talked this week about making sure Jones got a cigar, a postgame tradition for the winning team in this rivalry. Sure enough, photos that circulated on social media Saturday night showed Jones smoking a stogie. Alabama's players also doused Jones with ice water after the game. 'It was good to see Butch Jones get dumped on out there,' Saban said. 'I know he was happy and he has done a great job for us and we really appreciate the things he'd done to help our program.' UP NEXT Alabama has next week off before visiting No. 5 LSU on Nov. 3. Tennessee hosts Charlotte on Saturday. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Follow Steve Megargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargee
  • Jake Browning and Aaron Fuller saw the pressure Colorado was about to bring and the open field that awaited. One quick slant connection between Browning and Fuller was finally enough for No. 15 Washington to shake the Buffaloes. 'They were bringing the house. Just had to hold on to it long enough for him to be able to work his move and get open,' Browning said. Browning threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Fuller on fourth down with less than four minutes remaining, and the Huskies finally pulled away late to beat Colorado 27-13 on Saturday. Washington's four-year starting quarterback had an unremarkable game up until the Huskies (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) needed a big play. Leading 17-13, the Huskies kept their offense on the field facing fourth-and-5 rather than trying for a long field goal. Colorado blitzed, but Browning found Fuller open with nothing but the end zone ahead. 'When I saw it was cover zero I brought my best release because I knew I was the first read on that one,' Fuller said. 'They were doing that a little bit when we got toward the red zone and things like that so when we saw that, it was wide open.' Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said bringing the blitz wasn't even a question. 'When we brought four, we never got to him. Not one time. He'd run around and make the plays. When we pressured him, we got him out sometimes, so that's what we did,' MacIntyre said. Salvon Ahmed and Kamari Pleasant both scored on touchdown runs in the first half for the Huskies, who played without starting running back Myles Gaskin due to a shoulder injury. Washington's offense was far from its best but found enough running options in the backfield to control the game on the ground. The stable of Ahmed, Pleasant and Sean McGrew led the way as Washington rushed for a season-high 201 yards. 'It says a lot about our (offensive) line too that they're able to continue to play at a high level and continue to get people covered up in the run game and drive off the ball,' Browning said. Colorado quarterback Steven Montez threw for 144 yards, but the Buffaloes (5-2, 2-2) were shut out and held to 86 total yards of offense in the second half. Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven had 15 tackles and intercepted Montez late in the fourth quarter. Both teams were without an offensive star. Gaskin, who has been astonishingly durable, missed the first game of his career after aggravating his shoulder injury during a loss last week to Oregon. Gaskin went through pregame warmups in uniform and with his pads on, but when the team took the field for kickoff, he was in sweats on the sideline. 'Myles has been amazing. He's played every game up to this point,' Washington coach Chris Petersen said. 'To get him this far is pretty good. We'll get him back soon.' The Buffaloes played without Laviska Shenault Jr., the top receiver in the country, due to a toe injury suffered last week in a loss to USC. Shenault was responsible for 11 total touchdowns through six games. 'It goes without saying Laviska is just so special after the catch what he can do with the ball in his hand,' Montez said. 'Not having him, obviously, didn't help us at all, but I think we definitely have receivers outside of Laviska that are very capable and can make plays as well.' At least initially, the Buffaloes appeared fine without Shenault. Colorado went 80 yards on its first possession, capping it with a 37-yard TD pass from Montez to freshman Daniel Arias for the first catch of his college career. But that was the most effective Colorado drive of the game. The Buffaloes had just two drives of more than 40 yards and couldn't convert a major opportunity late in the first half. Browning was intercepted by Nick Fisher, who returned the turnover to the Washington 9 with 2:12 left in the first half. But the Buffaloes failed to gain any yardage and settled for a 26-yard field goal from Evan Price, cutting Washington's lead to 14-13 at halftime. Browning was 15 of 25 for 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception. INJURY REPORT Along with Shenault, the Buffaloes were without fellow wide receiver Jay MacIntyre, cornerback Delrick Abrams Jr. and kicker James Stefanou. The absence of Shenault and MacIntyre took 74 receptions and eight touchdown catches from the Buffs' offense — although 60 of those catches and six touchdowns belonged to Shenault. THE TAKEAWAY Colorado: The Buffaloes are fortunate to be in the Pac-12 South, where they should stay in the division race despite the loss. Every team already has one loss and the Buffaloes have a manageable schedule, facing both Washington State and Utah at home next month. Washington: The Huskies were lethargic early but rebounded nicely from the loss at Oregon. The Huskies still have Stanford and Washington State on the schedule, meaning they will have major influence on the Pac-12 North race. SPECIAL FLIGHT Colorado's charter flight to Seattle was piloted by Doug Price, the father of Buffaloes' kicker Evan Price and punter Davis Price. The Buffs knew Davis Price, a junior, would kick in the game, but found out during the week that Evan Price would do the placekicking with Stefanou injured. 'He tries to put in a bid to get it and he happened to get this one and it was pretty cool this was the game that Evan was going to be kicking in,' MacIntyre said. UP NEXT Colorado: The Buffaloes return home to face Oregon State. Washington: The Huskies travel to California next week. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • Jay Haas shot a 7-under 65 — missing his age by a stroke — to take a two-shot lead Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic. Trying to become the oldest winner in tour history, the 64-year-old Haas birdied the par-5 16th and 18th holes to get to 11-under 133 on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course. 'I've been out here too long to know that I can learn to expect anything,' Haas said. 'While I'm hopeful every day and I've been playing OK, the last couple weeks have not been very good, but this week has been much better. I love this golf course and it looks good to my eye. Most of the holes look like I'm going to hit a good shot, so I enjoy playing here.' Mike Fetchick set the age record of 63 years to the day in the 1985 Hilton Head event. Haas is second on the list, taking the 2016 Toshiba Classic at 62 years, 10 months, 7 days for his 18th senior title. 'That's a good way to say I'm old, 'experience,'' Haas said. 'I think I'm very nervous most of the time when I play and today was no exception, but I continued to hit good shots and, hopefully, I can put one foot in front of the other, one shot at a time, do what I tell my son to do every time, you know? See if I can put some of those adages to work tomorrow.' Stephen Ames and Scott Dunlap were tied for second after the round that started in light rain. Ames had a 67, and Dunlap shot 68. Defending champion Bernhard Langer had a 66 to join Billy Mayfair (67) and Woody Austin (68) at 9 under. Langer won the SAS Championship last week in North Carolina to take the season points lead. The 61-year-old German star has two victories this year and 38 overall on the 50-and-over tour. The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 on Sunday will get spots next week in the Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, California, and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix. Miguel Angel Jimenez, second in the standings, was tied for 23rd at 4 under after a 71.
  • With a championship at stake, MVP favorite Mookie Betts is ready to do anything manager Alex Cora asks. Even if that means dusting off his infielder's mitt. Cora said Saturday he may use the Gold Glove Award-winning right fielder at second base during the World Series, a move that would make space for slugger J.D. Martinez when the series shifts to an NL park. Martinez has two homers and nine RBIs as Boston's designated hitter this postseason, and when Boston loses the DH for games either at Los Angeles or Milwaukee, Cora has to find space for him on the field. His best position is right field, but that's also where Betts has played while winning two straight Gold Gloves. So Betts may be moving to the dirt. 'A.C. has never steered us wrong,' Betts said. 'Naturally, if he trusts me then I should believe in myself. That's what it takes to win. I'll do whatever.' Boston was set to learn its World Series opponent Saturday night when the Dodgers and Brewers played Game 7 of the NL Championship Series, and that will influence how Cora stacks his lineup for Games 3, 4 and 5 if necessary. Betts at second is a possibility, but not a certainty. 'I don't know, man,' Cora said. 'He already played second during the regular season. So, there's always a chance, I guess.' Betts was a second baseman throughout his minor league career and played 14 games there as a rookie in 2014, relieving an injured Dustin Pedroia. He also played second for six innings against the Yankees on Aug. 3 after Ian Kinsler was hurt. He takes grounders before games during the regular season and was at the keystone for some work Saturday when Boston practiced at Fenway Park. 'He'll take ground balls as always. That's not gonna change,' Cora said. 'But obviously we'll see who we play and matchups.' Among the advantages to moving Betts to second: it could help keep ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr. in the lineup. Kinsler and Brock Holt would likely go to the bench with Betts at second. 'We've got some pretty good second basemen, we've got some pretty good outfielders,' Cora said. 'We're in the World Series. That conversation was gonna come up. One thing for sure, J.D. will play. That's clear. We'll see which alignment is better, which lineup is better and we'll make decisions accordingly.' Betts drew positive reviews as an infielder in the minor leagues, but he's only played 128 innings there as a major leaguer. Cora has never seen him play the position in person — he was ejected from the Aug. 3 game against the Yankees before Betts replaced Kinsler. 'I was just joking with him that there's a reason he's the right fielder,' Cora said. 'He feels he's good at second. I don't know. I never saw it. If you asked him he'll say, 'I'm great.'' BELLY ITCHER? Chris Sale has resumed throwing and says he's ready to pitch Game 1 of the World Series after missing an ALCS start and being hospitalized with an illness. Sale threw a bullpen session Saturday and said he will go through his normal routine before taking the mound at Fenway Park for Tuesday's opener. First, though, the ace left-hander had some fun with reporters when asked about the ailment, saying it was caused by irritation from a belly-button ring. Although Sale remained deadpan during the comment, he has not been observed with a pierced navel. Sale was initially slated to pitch Game 5 of the ALCS but was ruled out after the illness left him weak. Sale called it a dream to get the ball for Game 1 of the World Series. 'We're gonna grind like hell and give it everything we've got,' he said. NO MORE TIPPING Cora thinks he has good reason for renewed confidence in closer Craig Kimbrel: the All-Star is no longer tipping his pitches. Cora suspects both the Yankees and Astros picked up on something in Kimbrel's routine that was revealing which pitch was coming this postseason. Kimbrel has a save in each of his five appearances this postseason, but he allowed runs in each of his first four outings as he struggled to control of his fastball, surrendering six hits and five walks. Kimbrel was on the mound at the end of Game 4 of the ALCS when left fielder Andrew Benintendi came up with diving catch with the bases loaded for the final out to help the Red Sox escape with an 8-6 victory over the Astros. Cora later got a text from Eric Gagne, a good friend and Cora's teammate when both played for the Red Sox in 2007, alerting him of Kimbrel's possible tipping. 'Too bad that it took so long. But it was figured out,' Cora said. 'I've got a lot of friends around the league.' ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Clayton Kershaw will be available in relief for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The winner of Saturday night's game plays the Red Sox in the World Series, which starts Tuesday in Boston. Kershaw would be pitching on two days of rest. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is coming off a masterful outing in Game 5 on Wednesday, when he allowed one run and three hits while fanning nine over seven innings in a 5-2 victory at Dodger Stadium. Manager Dave Roberts said the ace left-hander will head to the bullpen at the start of the game instead of waiting until the later innings. 'It's hard to see a scenario that he's not a part of this game,' Roberts said. 'I don't really have a number of pitches or innings. But I do see him being a part of this equation.' Kershaw has been dominant in relief during recent postseason elimination games. He got the final two outs of a 4-3 victory over Washington in Game 5 of the 2016 Division Series and pitched four scoreless innings in Game 7 of last year's World Series, a 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros. Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is starting for the Dodgers. He took the loss in Game 3 of the NLCS after allowing four runs and six hits over seven innings. Roberts topped his lineup with two left-handed sluggers against righty Jhoulys Chacin. Joc Pederson, who hit 25 homers this season, is leading off. He is followed by Max Muncy, who had 35 home runs. Justin Turner, Manny Machado and Cody Bellinger are next. Bellinger is the third left-handed hitter in the lineup. Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor, Austin Barnes and Buehler round out the order. The versatile Taylor, starting at second base, is hitting a team-high .350 in the NLCS. Barnes is making his fourth straight start at catcher. The Brewers are sticking with the same lineup from Game 6, when they had 11 hits to break out of a slump for a 7-2 victory that tied the series at three games apiece. Lorenzo Cain, MVP candidate Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun top the lineup, followed by cleanup hitter Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and Mike Moustakas. Erik Kratz, Orlando Arcia and Chacin are at the bottom of the order. Arcia, a smooth-fielding shortstop, is hitting .318 in the series with two homers and three RBIs. ___ More AP MLB: www.apnews.com/tag/MLB and www.twitter.com/AP_Sports