Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros are set to face Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. Both teams stamped their ticket to the Fall Classic on Sunday. Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman delivered big hits and the Houston Astros qualified for the World Series again, ending a four-game sweep of New York in the AL Championship Series with a 6-5 win aided by another blunder Yankees defense. Capitalizing on a costly error by second baseman Gleyber Torres to produce the go-ahead in the seventh inning, the Astros won their second straight pennant and their fourth in six years. Rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña hit a three-run homer off ailing Yankees starter Nestor Cortes to help champions AL West overcome an early 3-0 deficit. Peña was named ALCS MVP.

Bryce Harper hit his fifth playoff homer, an eighth-inning two-run blast that turned Citizens Bank Park into a madhouse, and the $330 million slugger propelled the Philadelphia Phillies past the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Sunday and in the World Series for the first time since 2009. Rhys Hoskins also hit a two-run homer to spark Philadelphia’s unlikely run to the National League pennant and a shot at its first league championship. World Series since 2008. The wildcard Phillies were the last club in the 12-team playoff field this year after finishing third in Newfoundland East. The Astros are 7-0 in the playoffs and in the World Series for the fourth time in six seasons. The Phillies are back for the first time since 2009.

Houston will open the World Series at home Friday night against Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Aaron Judge’s future is uncertain. Judge’s career in the stripes could have come to an end when he made the Finals in a 6-5 loss to the Houston Astros, who completed a four-game AL Championship Series sweep as the Yankees held off. collapsed with another defensive collapse. In the hours leading up to opening day, Judge turned down a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29, opting instead to remain eligible for free agency after the World Series.

NFL

The Buffalo Bills had a bye week this week.

The New York Giants’ game against Jacksonville came down to the final play – and the last few inches before the goal line. Safeties Julian Love and Xavier McKinney stopped Jacksonville receiver Christian Kirk at the 1-yard line without a stopwatch, preserving a 23-17 win over the Jaguars. The Giants (6-1) tied their best start since 2008.

The New York Jets didn’t really feel like celebrating their 16-9 punchless escape from the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The Jets lost Breece Hall to a left knee injury in the second quarter and coach Robert Saleh said the initial diagnosis was a torn ACL that would end the running back’s sensational rookie season. “We will see tomorrow,” Saleh said. “I’m going to stay as optimistic as possible, but yeah, he’s one hell of a football player.” The Jets (5-2) lost Hall when he was tackled near their sideline by Patrick Surtain II and Jonas Griffith after a short run in the second quarter. He was helped off the field and carried to the locker room.

Tua Tagovailoa gave the Dolphins a quick start in his return from a concussion, and Miami held on through a scoreless second half to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-10. The Dolphins snapped a three-game skid that began Sept. 29, when Tagovailoa suffered a concussion in a loss at Cincinnati.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell below .500 with a stunning 21-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers, who won only their second game of the season on Sunday despite playing with a quarterback -third-string fullback and interim head coach. Brady was 32 of 49 passing for 290 yards for the Bucs. One such incompleteness came when Mike Evans dropped a wide-opening 64-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game. Brady hasn’t had a losing record this far in a season since the 2002 New England Patriots lost four straight to go 3-4. Brady has never been below .500 after eight games.

Injuries to Pelicans stars Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram took away some of the shine from New Orleans’ promising start to the regular season. Williamson was diagnosed with a posterior hip contusion after crashing to the field during a transition dunk attempt that was blocked from behind by Utah’s Jordan Clarkson during the fourth quarter of the 122 Triumph -121 in overtime by the Jazz on Sunday night. Ingram, a dynamic wing scorer who averaged 28 points in the Pelicans’ first two games, left in the first half with a concussion. The Pelicans next play Dallas at home on Tuesday night and it’s unclear whether Williamson or Ingram will be in uniform.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 424 yards and three touchdowns to rally Kansas City after another double-digit deficit in the Chiefs’ 44-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Mahomes got off to a rocky start to this Super Bowl rematch with his early interception putting Kansas City down 10-0, but it once again proved trouble-free as he led the Chiefs to touchdowns on six. of the next seven discs. The comeback improved Kansas City to 13-9 with Mahomes when they trailed at least 10 points, the most memorable being a Super Bowl win over the 49ers after the 2019 season.

Monday Night Football is Chicago at New England at 8:15 p.m.

NBA

Cleveland over Washington in overtime 117-107

Portland beat the LA Lakers 106-104

Golden State obtained by Sacramento 120-125

No regional team played last night. Meanwhile, Devin Booker scored 35 points, Chris Paul became the third player in NBA history to reach 11,000 assists, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-95.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The University of Albany has announced that men’s basketball head coach Dwayne Killings will be suspended for the next five early-season games.

Following an internal investigation into allegations that Killings had inappropriate contact with a student athlete, UAlbany announced in April that Killings would face a suspension and a $25,000 fine.

Assistant coach Bobby Jordan will be the interim head coach for games on October 30eand November 2n/asevene8eand 14e. The killings will result in November 12e Albany Cup versus Siena. A university spokesperson said the college looks forward to Killings leading the team this season.