Weekend Sports in Brief
DENVER (AP) — Wade Miley pitched masterfully into the fifth inning before turning it over to a lights-out Milwaukee bullpen, 38-year-old catcher Erik Kratz kept up his torrid hitting and the Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 in Game 3 on a cool, misty Sunday to sweep their NL Division Series.
The Brewers have won 11 straight dating to the regular season and advance to their first NL Championship Series since 2011. They will play the winner of the Dodgers-Braves series, starting Friday at Miller Park.
With manager Craig Counsell making all the right moves, Milwaukee’s pitching staff held Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and the bruising Rockies to a combined two runs and 14 hits in the series. Of the 28 innings in the matchup, wild card Colorado scored in only one of them.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A few seconds after Conor McGregor tapped Khabib Nurmagomedov’s arm and submitted to the champion’s choke, Nurmagomedov climbed the cage and leaped at the men in McGregor’s corner, setting off a prolonged brawl inside and outside the octagon.
A seminal moment in mixed martial arts was immediately overshadowed by a tawdry ending Saturday night when the UFC’s infuriated lightweight champion took his conflict with McGregor beyond their bout.
McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of his comeback fight at UFC 229 against Nurmagomedov, who then scaled the cage and scuffled with another fighter manning McGregor’s corner. Meanwhile, two men apparently from Nurmagomedov’s entourage climbed into the cage and attacked McGregor, who defended himself before security personnel separated everyone.
Order was restored with no apparently serious injuries, but the scuffles immediately dwarfed one of the biggest and most lucrative shows in UFC history.
Executive director Bob Bennett said the Nevada Athletic Commission intends to file a complaint following its investigation into the actions of Nurmagomedov and his team for setting off a post-fight melee. Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse has been withheld, and he could face a hefty fine along with a lengthy suspension.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — John Gagliardi, who won more games than any other college football coach with his unconventional methods at a small Minnesota school, has died. He was 91.
St. John’s University says Gagliardi (pronounced guh-LAHR’-dee) died Sunday morning. A cause of death was not immediately known.
Gagliardi retired in 2012 after a record 64 seasons as a head coach, with 60 of those at St. John’s, an all-male Catholic school in Collegeville, Minnesota, that competes at the NCAA’s non-scholarship Division III level.
Gagliardi finished with 489 wins, 138 losses and 11 ties, winning four national championships with the Johnnies. He drew national attention to a school with fewer than 2,000 students for his laid-back approaches to the sport like short practices and a policy of not cutting any players from the roster.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have placed forward Joe Thornton on injured reserve.
Thornton has returned to San Jose after experiencing swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. He won’t be available until at least next Sunday. The Sharks recalled center Dylan Gambrell from the AHL on Sunday to take Thornton’s place.
San Jose plays Monday against the New York Islanders.
The 39-year-old Thornton is coming off his second straight year undergoing reconstructive knee surgery. He played the first two games for the Sharks and has one assist.
LONDON (AP) — Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry has announced his retirement.
“After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time to retire from playing,” Terry said on his official Instagram account on Sunday.
The 37-year-old center half captained Aston Villa in the second tier of English football last season, but left the club in the summer.
Villa fired manager Steve Bruce last week and media reports have linked Terry with a job on the coaching staff.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Two competitors died after suffering cardiac arrests at the finish line of the Cardiff half marathon, organizers said Sunday.
Both runners were immediately attended to by the medical emergency team on the finish line and then taken to the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff, where they later died.
Organizers Run 4 Wales said the deaths were the first fatalities in the race’s 15-year history.
Chief executive Matt Newman said: “This is a terrible tragedy for the families. Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends.
The victims have not yet been named. Some media reports said they were men — and in their 20s and 30s.
CHICAGO (AP) — Britain’s Mo Farah won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, claiming his first marathon victory in three attempts.
Farah finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds. It was the first marathon on U.S. soil for Farah, who’s won four Olympic gold medals and six world championships on the track.
Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia finished second, 13 seconds behind Farah. Japan’s Suguru Osako came in third at 2:05:50. American Galen Rupp, last year’s winner and Farah’s former training partner, was fifth at 2:06:21.
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race in 2:18:35, the third-fastest time in the history of the Chicago race. Kosgei finished second in Chicago last year.