Tuesday’s Sports In Brief
NEW YORK (AP) A year ago, no one could’ve pictured this. Yet here they were, Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros, soaking in champagne, merrily posing for a victory shot on the mound at Yankee Stadium.
After all that losing, this was one October win to remember.
Pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, Keuchel baffled New York for six innings of three-hit ball. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Astros beat the Yankees 3-0 Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game.
The orange-clad Astros, who secured their spot in this winner-take-all game on the last day of the regular season, advanced to the Division Series against the defending AL champion Royals starting Thursday night in Kansas City.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) – Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss will return to the dugout next season after meeting with General Manager Jeff Bridich.
The Rockies are 208-278 under Weiss, and went 68-94 and finished last in the NL West this season. He has one year left on his contract.
Weiss’ players campaigned for his return in the waning days of the season, with third baseman Nolan Arenado saying, ”we haven’t been able to win. That’s not a reflection on him. He’s doing a fine job.”
Bridich told The Associated Press that he and Walt ”met for several hours today about the season and how we can get better with him back in 2016. It’s going well and we will continue to meet.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville campus police now say they are reviewing allegations that a former men’s basketball staffer hired escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players in a dormitory.
Katina Powell has alleged in a book released online over the weekend that former Cardinals director of basketball operation Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for dancers to perform 22 shows from 2010-14 at the players’ Billy Minardi Hall dormitory. The school reported those allegations to the NCAA and has launched an investigation.
It was the first confirmation that police are looking into the allegations. When contacted last week, a campus police operator said they weren’t aware of the book allegations, and it was unclear at that time if an investigation had been launched.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months after having right shoulder surgery.
The team’s top defensive player tore his labrum and dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Saturday night against Orlando.
Kidd-Gilchrist elected to have surgery after consulting with team orthopedist Marcus Cook earlier in the day. Had he not opted for surgery, the chances of reinjuring the shoulder were much higher.
Hornets coach Steve Clifford plans to spend the rest of the preseason looking at different combinations to fill the void left by Kidd-Gilchrist. Clifford said the injury is a ”hit” to the Hornets, but said the injury will give a chance for others to emerge.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Shortly after Martin Brodeur was selected by the New Jersey Devils with the 20th pick in the 1990 NHL draft, the 18-year-old goaltender was confused.
He ”didn’t know where New Jersey was,” Brodeur recalled with his trademark grin. Twenty-five years later, he and the franchise are permanently linked.
The Devils announced they will retire the No. 30 jersey of their longtime goaltender and erect a statue during ceremonies Feb. 9 at the game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Brodeur played 21 seasons for New Jersey, leading the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles (1995, 2000, 2003) and winning the Vezina Trophy four times as the NHL’s top goalie.
His jersey will join those of defensemen Scott Stevens, Ken Daneyko and Scott Niedermayer in the rafters.
NEW YORK (AP) – The state’s attorney general sent letters to daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel demanding they turn over details of any investigations into their employees, saying they ”may have gained an unfair, financial advantage in a contest known as Daily Fantasy Football.”
The letters were prompted by media reports a DraftKings employee may have had access to valuable company data before winning second place in a FanDuel contest. The incident has been likened to insider trading.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in opening his investigation, said DraftKings and FanDuel employees may have exploited their access to nonpublic data.
There’s no evidence that the information led to the DraftKings employee’s win, and a FanDuel spokeswoman said she did not believe there was an attempt to manipulate the contest.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx walked off the court after Game 2 of the WNBA Finals standing tall, responding with an aggression and desperation that was sorely needed after losing homecourt advantage in the opener.
Coach Stephanie White and the Indiana Fever finished the night crying foul after star Tamika Catchings was limited to 24 minutes of playing time.
Fowles had 21 points and nine rebounds and the Lynx evened the best-of-five WNBA Finals at one game apiece with a 77-71 victory over the Fever.
Fowles, who turned 30 on Tuesday, made 10 of 13 shots. Maya Moore added 19 points and eight boards for the Lynx, who are looking for their third championship in the last five years.