HOUSTON (AP)J.T. Realmuto homered in the 10th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies, saved by right fielder Nick Castellanos’ sliding catch, rallied past the Houston Astros 6-5 in the World Series opener.
Down 5-0 early against Astros ace Justin Verlander, the Phillies became the first team in 20 years to overcome a five-run deficit to win a World Series game.
They can thank Castellanos for getting the chance. Known much more for his bat than glove, he rushed in to make a terrific grab on Jeremy Pena’s blooper with two outs in the ninth inning and a runner on second.
Realmuto, who hit a tying, two-run double in the fifth off Verlander, completed the comeback when he led off the 10th by sending a fastball from Luis Garcia into the seats in right field. Realmuto became the first catcher to hit an extra-inning home run in the World Series since Carlton Fisk waved his walk-off fair in the 12th inning of Game 6 in the 1975 Series against Cincinnati at Fenway Park.
Big-hitting Bryce Harper added two singles for the Phillies in his World Series debut.
Kyle Tucker homered twice for the Astros, who had been 7-0 in this postseason.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA wants more competitive balance and is considering an ”upper spending limit” that would significantly tighten the rules on how much teams can spend each year on their roster, three people familiar with the matter said.
The people, all of whom spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details of ongoing labor negotiations between the league and its players have been made public, said more talks are scheduled about the idea.
The limit essentially could eliminate the luxury tax as an option for teams and would install an absolute ceiling on what can be spent each season. One of the people who spoke with the AP said the National Basketball Players Association is not interested in agreeing to such a plan, the details of which were first reported Friday by ESPN and on Substack by longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein.
The proposal comes at a time where some teams – the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors, primarily – are simply spending more than other teams either are willing or able to. The Warriors spent nearly $350 million this past season on salaries and tax, and are projected to spend around $360 million this season.
That’s nearly four times as much as the San Antonio Spurs will spend this season, three times as much as the Memphis Grizzlies and a bit more than double the average that the other 29 clubs are on pace to spend this season.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have finalized their divorce, ending the 13-year marriage between two superstars who respectively reached the pinnacles of football and fashion.
Divorce documents were filed Friday in Glades County, Florida, a rural location near Lake Okeechobee far from the big-city limelight, according to court records. The divorce was made final the same day.
Brady and Bundchen posted statements Friday morning on Instagram, each saying they had ”amicably” reached the decision. Both said their priorities lay with their children and asked for privacy.
The divorce landed in the midst of Brady’s 23rd NFL season, and amid his first three-game losing streak in 20 years, just months after the seven-time Super Bowl champion put an end to his short-lived retirement. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback – who had long stated a desire to spend more time with Bundchen and his three children – announced his departure from the game in February, only to change his mind 40 days later.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) – Phil Mickelson’s long year that led him to being a central figure in Saudi-funded LIV Golf ended on Friday when British Open champion Cameron Smith holed a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Mickelson and eliminate his team.
The LIV Golf Team Championship-Miami at Trump National Doral is all match play, with four teams moving on to Saturday’s semifinals to face the four teams that had earned byes based on the previous seven LIV events.
Marc Leishman of the Australian team ”Punch” beat Matthew Wolff in a singles match. In the foursomes match, Bernd Wiesberger and Cameron Tringale of the ”Hy Flyers” won a point. That left it to the other singles match between Smith and Mickelson. They traded pars for much of the front nine – they started on the par-3 ninth in the shotgun start – and it came down to the par-5 eighth. Mickelson missed his 8-foot birdie putt, and Smith made his for a 1-up victory.
In another quarterfinal, Harold Varner III easily handled four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, 4 and 3, for his ”Niblicks” team. But in this case, Koepka’s brother saved him. Chase Koepka and Jason Kokrak of ”Smash” won the foursomes match for one point, after Peter Uihlein beat James Piot in a battle of U.S. Amateur champions.
Ian Poulter and his ”Majestiks” easily advanced with a sweep of the ”Iron Heads” in which none of the matches went the distance. The captains played each other in all quarterfinals, and that meant Poulter faced Kevin Na, winning 4 and 2.
Graeme McDowell and Richard Bland led the ”Cleeks” to victory. Joaquin Niemann of ”Torque” won his team’s only point, a 5-and-3 singles victory over Shergo Al Kurdi of Jordan, a late substitute when Martin Kaymer couldn’t play with an injured wrist. Laurie Canter made a 25-foot putt for a 1-up victory over Jediah Morgan that sent the ”Cleeks” to the next round.
ATLANTA (AP) – Vince Dooley, the football coach who carried himself like a professor and guided Georgia for a quarter-century of success that included the 1980 national championship, died Friday. He was 90.
The school announced that Dooley died peacefully at his Athens home in the presence of his wife, Barbara, and their four children, including former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley. No cause of death was given.
Dooley was hospitalized this month for what was described as a mild case of COVID-19, but he pronounced himself fully recovered and ready to attend his regular book-signing session at the campus bookstore before an Oct. 15 game against Vanderbilt.
Dooley had a career record of 201-77-10 while coaching the Bulldogs from 1964 to 1988, a stretch that included six Southeastern Conference titles, 20 bowl games and just one losing season.