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Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) celebrates during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)

Young: ‘Gut-check time’ for Washington after loss to Chiefs

- The Washington Times

As a tribute to Sean Taylor, Chase Young decided to tape his face mask just like the late safety once did. But standing at a lectern Sunday, fresh off a 31-13 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Washington defensive end was in little mood to talk about that, Taylor’s jersey retirement or anything else for that matter, really.

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his second shot on the first hole during final round of the CJ Cup golf tournament, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

McIlroy pulls away to win CJ Cup at Summit in Las Vegas

- Associated Press

Rory McIlroy capped off a big weekend in Las Vegas on Sunday by surging past Rickie Fowler and holding off Collin Morikawa to win the CJ Cup at Summit for his 20th PGA Tour title.

Paula Badosa, of Spain, holds up her trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, in the singles final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Badosa outlasts Azarenka to win Indian Wells in her debut

- Associated Press

Paula Badosa edged Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-6 (2) on Sunday to win the BNP Paribas Open in her debut in the Southern California desert, where the tournament returned after a 2 1/2-year absence because of the coronavirus.

Philadelphia 76ers' Doc Rivers walks the court after practice at the NBA basketball team's facility, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Camden, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Simmons practices with 76ers, but status for opener unknown

- Associated Press

Simmons practiced Sunday and faced his teammates for the first time since his trade demand - in other words, he begrudgingly slipped on a Sixers jersey with a team he no longer wanted to play for; teammates he no longer wanted to play with.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Crackdown on taunting is working the way the NFL intended

- Associated Press

The NFL’s crackdown on unsportsmanlike penalties is working the way the league intended. “Coaches have told us their players are adjusting, they’re thinking about what they’re going to do, knowing it may cost the team,” says NFL executive Troy Vincent, remarking on the drastic drop in the number of taunting calls made by refs after the first few weeks of the season.

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Freeman home run sends Braves to NLCS with win over Brewers

- Associated Press

Freddie Freeman homered off Milwaukee closer Josh Hader with two outs in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves advanced to the NL Championship Series for the second year in a row, finishing off the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) **FILE**

Ovechkin, Capitals eye another run at Cup with one of NHL's oldest rosters

- Associated Press

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are going gray gracefully with an eye on winning the big silver trophy one more time. More than three years removed from hoisting the Stanley Cup, the Capitals are once again of the NHL's oldest teams. Players think that's a good thing, with the bulk of the championship core still around and their sights set on extending their playoff streak to seven.

Houston Astros players celebrate beating the Chicago White Sox 10-1 in Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Altuve, Astros going back to ALCS after topping White Sox

- Associated Press

It was Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman once again. Led by their October-tested stars, the Houston Astros are going back to the AL Championship Series for the fifth straight year. Altuve hit a three-run homer, scored four times and stole a base, and Houston eliminated the Chicago White Sox with a 10-1 victory in Game 4 of their AL Division Series on Tuesday.

North Carolina A&T head golf coach Richard Watkins, left, bumps fists with and North Carolina A&T's J.R. Smith on the ninth hole during the second round of the Phoenix Invitational golf tournament in Burlington, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Smith spent 16 years playing in the NBA, winning two world championships. (Woody Marshall/News & Record via AP) **FILE**

Who stung J.R.? Hornets nest puts sting in Smith's golf debut

Associated Press

J.R. Smith stepped into a hornets nest in his first college golf tournament and it had nothing to do with his high score. The 36-year-old two-time NBA champion was literally stung by hornets while completing his round Tuesday for North Carolina A&T on the second day of Elon's Phoenix Invitational.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving handles the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, in this Thursday, May 6, 2021, file photo. Unable to attend the Brooklyn Nets' media day, Kyrie Irving asked for privacy Monday when pressed about his vaccination status and availability for home games. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) ** FILE **

No basketball for Kyrie Irving with Nets while unvaccinated

- The Washington Times

The Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday that star guard Kyrie Irving won't participate in practice or play in games until he fulfills New York City's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The city requires local athletes to have at least one dose of the vaccine in order to participate in their sport, and so far, Irving has not complied with the rule.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles away from Indianapolis Colts defenders during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Jackson leads Ravens back to OT win over Colts

- Associated Press

Even more than usual, the Baltimore Ravens needed Lamar Jackson to do pretty much everything as they tried to climb out of a second-half hole.

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Walk it off: Red Sox eliminate Rays with late sac fly

- Associated Press

Kike Hernandez delivered Boston's second-straight walk-off win, scoring pinch-runner Danny Santana with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to send the Red Sox to the AL Championship Series with a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden speaks during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Gruden resigns as Raiders coach amid uproar over emails

- The Washington Times

Jon Gruden resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after a series of leaked emails showed that he called Commissioner Roger Goodell a homophobic slur and used other derogatory remarks when corresponding electronically with former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen.

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Hendrick: NASCAR needs to halt Elliott-Harvick spat

- Associated Press

"I think (NASCAR is) the only ones that can really stop it," Hendrick said. "I hope they do because the crew chiefs and everybody can do the best they can, but it's up to the drivers themselves. I've been in this situation before. NASCAR can handle it."

Atlanta Braves' Joc Pederson (22) celebrates his three-run homer in the dugout against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of Game 3 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Pederson hits 3-run HR, Braves blank Brewers for 2-1 NLDS lead

- Associated Press

Pederson kept enhancing his "Joctober" nickname with a three-run, pinch-hit homer and the Braves shut down Milwaukee once again, beating the Brewers 3-0 on Monday to take a 2-1 edge in the NL Division Series.

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Astros dismiss sign-stealing implications by White Sox pitcher

- Associated Press

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin reacts during media availability the team's NHL hockey training camp, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Ovechkin begins 5-year contract chasing Gretzky's goals mark

- Associated Press

Ovechkin starts a new five-year contract with the Washington Capitals with 730 goals, 165 away from passing Gretzky. The Russian superstar is 36 and would need to score at a pace never before seen from an older player to approach that mark by the time his contract is up.

Benson Kipruto, left, and Diana Kipyogei, both of Kenya, celebrate winning the men's and women's divisions of the 125th Boston Marathon on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Kenyans Kipruto, Kipyogei sweep in Boston Marathon return

- Associated Press

Benson Kipruto and Diana Kipyogei completed a Kenyan sweep Monday at the Boston Marathon -- the eighth since 2000 at the world's oldest and most prestigious 26.2-miler, which moved from its traditional spring date for the first time in its history because of the coronavirus outbreak.