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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Young Chase Elliott didn't really need to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 21, as his victory two weeks ago had already secured him a berth in the next round of the series' playoffs. But, like all drivers, Elliott, 22, is greedy. Greedy for victories. The Hendrick Motorsports driver used that greed to win at Kansas and build big momentum. "Just proud of the effort," he said. "We certainly were not where we wanted to be at the beginning of the year. And had a good few weeks."
MILWAUKEE—The Los Angeles Dodgers booked a return trip to the World Series behind steady power and sturdy pitching on Saturday, Oct. 20, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig hit home runs to back a strong effort from rookie right-hander Walker Buehler and four relievers, sending the Dodgers to the Fall Classic in consecutive years for the first time since 1977-78. Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox is set for Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston.
DALLAS — Dennis Smith Jr. drained a step-back jumper and drew a foul for a three-point play with 6.1 seconds left to break a tie and lead the Dallas Mavericks to a wild 140-136 victory in their home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, Oct. 20. Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns wanted to go for a game-tying attempt, but was fouled first. He made both free throws to make it 137-136. A quick foul put Smith on the free throw line where he made both attempts for a 139-136 Dallas lead with three seconds to go.
ST. PAUL — Mikael Granlund's overtime goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 5-4 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Oct. 20, in St. Paul. Charlie Coyle dropped a pass to Granlund on the right side, and rather than pass Granlund shot, squeaking the puck past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for the game winner at 3:43. The Wild have now gone to overtime four times in their first eight games of the season, improving to 2-0-2 in such games.
MILWAUKEE—The Milwaukee Brewers scored four runs in the first inning on Friday, Oct. 19, and didn't look back, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to force a decisive seventh game at Miller Park on Saturday night, Oct. 20.
DALLAS — Ryan Suter scored the deciding goal with 7:06 to play as the visiting Minnesota Wild came from behind to beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Friday, Oct. 19. Suter got the game-winner as he skated to the right of Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop and centered a shot that caromed off Stars defenseman Esa Lindell and into the goal before Bishop had time to react. The win was the second straight for the Wild.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jimmy Butler scored 33 points on 10-of-12 shooting during his first home contest of the season to help the Minnesota Timberwolves post a 131-123 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night in Minneapolis. Butler was heartily booed in pregame introductions, stemming from his trade request and vow not to re-sign with the Timberwolves. He hit all 12 of his free throws and also contributed seven rebounds and four steals in 36 minutes.
HOUSTON—J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers clubbed home runs, David Price twirled six scoreless innings, and the Boston Red Sox eliminated the defending champion Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday, Oct. 18.
Quarterback Carson Wentz completed Thursday's practice without incident as the Philadelphia Eagles also welcomed back right tackle Lane Johnson. Wentz sat out practice on Wednesday with what the team described as muscle spasms in his back. The issue was expected to be a short-term concern. Johnson has been slowed by an ankle injury and was a game-time decision last week before he made the start against the New York Giants.
HOUSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. struck the decisive blow for a third consecutive game and the Boston Red Sox inched one win closer to claiming the American League pennant with an 8-6 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Bradley belted a first-pitch changeup from Astros right-hander Josh James (0-1) into the right-field seats with two outs in the sixth inning, the two-run homer giving the Red Sox a 6-5 lead. Boston held on to claim a 3-1 series lead with Game 5 set for Thursday, Oct. 18, at Minute Maid Park.