Astros overpower Yankees and take commanding 3-1 lead

Houston's George Springer, right, the ex-UConn great, celebrates after his three-run home run off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka during the third inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. The Astros took a commanding 3-1 series lead with an 8-3 victory. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Astros manager AJ Hinch is blowing his own whistle on sign stealing and pitch tipping: He's had enough of allegations about Houston hitters going out of bounds to decipher what's coming at the plate

Sabathia, Yanks come apart as Astros push them to brink

Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks to the dugout during the fourth inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against Houston at Yankee Stadium. Houston won, 8-3, to take a 3-1 series lead. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

CC Sabathia threw a cutter to George Springer and grimaced, then covered his face with his glove as he walked to the dugout after what was likely the final pitch of his career

Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes injures right knee against Broncos

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is helped by trainers after getting injured against the Broncos during the first half of Thursday's game in Denver. (Jack Dempsey/AP Photo)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes injured his right knee injury on a sneak against the Denver Broncos

Stamkos scores in shootout, Lightning beat Bruins 4-3

Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save against Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) in overtime on Thursday night in Boston. The Lightning won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal in the shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 4-3

Palmieri, Wood help Devils beat Rangers for first win

New Jersey left wing Miles Wood (44) defends against Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the second period on Thursday night in Newark, N.J. The Devils beat the Rangers 5-2. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Kyle Palmieri and Miles Wood scored in the second period, and the New Jersey Devils held off the New York Rangers 5-2 to earn their first win of the season

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Astros overpower Yankees and take commanding 3-1 lead

Houston's George Springer, right, the ex-UConn great, celebrates after his three-run home run off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka during the third inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. The Astros took a commanding 3-1 series lead with an 8-3 victory. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Astros manager AJ Hinch is blowing his own whistle on sign stealing and pitch tipping: He's had enough of allegations about Houston hitters going out of bounds to decipher what's coming at the plate

Sabathia, Yanks come apart as Astros push them to brink

Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks to the dugout during the fourth inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against Houston at Yankee Stadium. Houston won, 8-3, to take a 3-1 series lead. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

CC Sabathia threw a cutter to George Springer and grimaced, then covered his face with his glove as he walked to the dugout after what was likely the final pitch of his career

Bumpy road for Nationals manager leads to 'beautiful place'

Nationals manager Dave Martinez kisses the NLCS trophy after Washington completed a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday in Washington. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Nationals manager Dave Martinez finds a bumpy road leading to a beautiful place: the World Series

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Browns' Mayfield slowed by hip injury, but should face Pats

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throws during the first half against the Seahawks on Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Browns' Baker Mayfield limited in practice during bye week after injuring left hip in loss to Seattle

Lions latest victims of NFL's flag football problem

Packers kicker Mason Crosby celebrates kicking the game-winning field goal Monday by jumping in the stands following a game against the Lions in Green Bay, Wis. Green Bay won 23-22. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Detroit Lions are latest victim of questionable calls by officials that have seemingly become a regular part of every game

Crosby's FG as time expires lifts Packers over Lions 23-22

Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby (2) celebrates kicking a 23-yard field goal as time expires to give the Packers a 23-22 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday night at Lambeau Field. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Mason Crosby nailed a 23-yard field goal as time expired, and the Green Bay Packers benefited from some questionable officiating to edge the Detroit Lions 23-22

Giants' Engram expects to return vs. Cards; Barkley possible

New England linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley hits Giants quarterback Daniel Jones after he released a pass in the second half of an Oct. 10 game in Foxborough, Mass. New England won, 35-14. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

Giants' Evan Engram expects to return for game vs. Cardinals; possible Saquon Barkley could be back, too

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Stamkos scores in shootout, Lightning beat Bruins 4-3

Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save against Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) in overtime on Thursday night in Boston. The Lightning won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal in the shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 4-3

Palmieri, Wood help Devils beat Rangers for first win

New Jersey left wing Miles Wood (44) defends against Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the second period on Thursday night in Newark, N.J. The Devils beat the Rangers 5-2. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Kyle Palmieri and Miles Wood scored in the second period, and the New Jersey Devils held off the New York Rangers 5-2 to earn their first win of the season

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Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov saves a shot from Winnipeg's Andrew Copp as he attempts to jam the puck in as Islanders' Derick Brassard (10) defends during the second period of Thursday's game in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Islanders won, 3-1. (John Woods/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

Mathew Barzal scored two power-play goals in the second period and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves in the New York Islanders' 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets

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After coming so close to a WNBA title, Sun look to reload in offseason

Connecticut's Brionna Jones (42) passes the ball around Washington's Emma Meesseman to teammate Alyssa Thomas to start a fast break off a turnover during Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night at Entertainment and  Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. The Sun lost 89-78 and will now use the offseason to tinker with their roster to get over the hump in 2020. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun were 10 minutes away from a WNBA title. They head into the offseason with eight of their 12 players free agents and need to add depth.

Heartbreak for Connecticut Sun in Game 5 loss to Mystics in WNBA Finals

Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones reacts following Thursday night’s Game 5 loss to Washington in the WNBA Finals. Washington came from down nine points in the third quarter for an 89-78 victory and a WNBA title, denying the Sun their first WNBA crown in franchise history. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

MVP Emma Meesseman scored 11 of her team-high 22 points during a third-quarter comeback and the Washington Mystics pulled away from the Connecticut Sun late to win Game 5 and the WNBA Finals 89-78 Thursday.

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NHL roundup

Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov saves a shot from Winnipeg's Andrew Copp as he attempts to jam the puck in as Islanders' Derick Brassard (10) defends during the second period of Thursday's game in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Islanders won, 3-1. (John Woods/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

Mathew Barzal scored two power-play goals in the second period and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves in the New York Islanders' 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets

Bumpy road for Nationals manager leads to 'beautiful place'

Nationals manager Dave Martinez kisses the NLCS trophy after Washington completed a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday in Washington. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Nationals manager Dave Martinez finds a bumpy road leading to a beautiful place: the World Series

WNBA's New York Liberty to play at Barclays starting in 2020

Joe Tsai, co-founder and executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group and the owner of the New York Liberty, will move the team to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2020. The Liberty played the past two seasons at the Westchester County Center, where the capacity was set for just over 2,000 fans. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

APNewsBreak: WNBA's New York Liberty to play at Barclays Center next year

Rooney nears end of MLS stint with positive memories, one regret

DC United's Wayne Rooney, who will return to England following the MLS playoffs, leads the team with 11 goals but has scored just once since July 1. (Katherine Frey/Washington Post)

In the next few days or perhaps few weeks, depending on how long D.C. United lasts in these MLS playoffs, Wayne Rooney will settle into a first-class seat and cross the Atlantic.

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3 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 practice from Kansas City, Kan.

4 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Hollywood Casino 400 practice from Kansas City, Kan.

5 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 final practice from Kansas City, Kan.

6 p.m., FS1 — NHRA FallNationals qualifying from Dallas.

7 p.m., NBCSN — NASCAR Monster Cup Hollywood Casino 400 final practice from Kansas City, Kan.

Baseball

7 p.m., FS1, WFAN (660-AM) — ALCS: Houston Astros at New York Yankees in Game 5.

Basketball

7:30 p.m., YES — NBA preseason: Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets.

8 p.m., TNT — NBA preseason: New Orleans Pelicans at New York Knicks.

10:30 p.m., NBA TV — NBA preseason: Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors.

Boxing

10 p.m., ESPN — Artur Beterbiev vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk in a light-heavyweight bout from Philadelphia.

Figure Skating

Midnight, NBCSN — ISU Grand Prix from Turin, Italy.

Football

6:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: Marshall at Florida Atlantic.

7 p.m., ESPN — NCAA: Pittsburgh at Syracuse.

7 p.m., ESPNews — CFL: Toronto Argonauts at Montreal Alouettes.

7 p.m., ESPNU — High school: Mandarin (Fla.) at Sandalwood (Fla.).

10 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA: UNLV at Fresno State.

Golf

6 a.m., Golf Channel — European PGA: French Open from Paris.

1 p.m., Golf Channel — Champions: Dominion Energy Charity Classic from Richmond, Va. 

10 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: CJ Cup at Nine Bridges from Jeju Island, South Korea.

2 a.m. (Saturday), Golf Channel — LPGA: Buick LPGA from Shanghai.

Hockey

7 p.m., MSG — NHL: New York Rangers at Washington Capitals.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Union at Massachusetts.

Mixed Martial Arts

6 p.m., ESPN2 — UFC Fight Night preliminaries followed by Dominick Reyes vs. Chris Weidman from Boston.

Rugby

3 a.m. (Saturday), NBCSN — World Cup: England vs. Australia in a quarterfinal from Oita, Japan.

Soccer

5 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Cornell at Yale.

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — Kremlin Cup from Moscow, WTA Luxembourg Open, ATP Stockholm Open from Sweden, ATP European Cup from Antwerp, Belgium.