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The Wholesale Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys have placed veteran receiver DeSean Jackson on injured reserve, meaning he will not be eligible to return until the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Jackson suffered a torn abdominal muscle during Sunday’s game against the Wholesale Chicago Bears Jerseys and will have surgery, his representative told ESPN on Monday.

Tests revealed he has a full tear. The recovery time is expected to be at least six weeks.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It’s getting ugly early for the Wholesale New York Giants Jerseys, who have lost five straight after falling to the Wholesale Dallas Cowboys Jerseys 37-18 on Monday at MetLife Stadium.

It’s fair to start wondering if this organization has any chance to meet owner John Mara’s preseason mandate. Mara said this summer that he wanted the Giants to “win some games” and “feel at the end of the season we’re moving in the right direction.”

That seems improbable, given the current state of the Giants, who at 2-7 haven’t won since late September. They have the most losses (31) of any team since the start of the 2017 season — more than the Wholesale Cleveland Browns Jerseys, who have an 0-16 campaign during that span.

It has been such an awful stretch that the Giants are somehow 0-6 in games where star running back Saquon Barkley has played from start to finish.

“It’s crazy to say that but, hey, the way I look at it and the way I have an outlook on life is there are going to be better days,” Barkley said. “We are struggling right now and things aren’t going out way, but I’m not going to lose my focus. I’m not going to lose belief in this team, this coaching staff. I’m just going to continue to come to work every single day and I know, I know for 100 percent sure it will turn around,” Barkley said.

The struggles set up perhaps the strangest of key games for coach Pat Shurmur and the Giants when they meet the rival Wholesale New York Jets Jerseys on Sunday. A loss would send the Giants into their bye week with six straight losses and questions about the state of the franchise. It’s hard to imagine how ownership would handle such an embarrassment.

Shurmur and the Giants need a win.

“In the worst way,” captain Mike Thomas said. “For everybody in this organization. Facility, players, coaches, front office. For everybody. We need it and we’re going to find a way to get it.”

Nothing seems to be going right for Shurmur & Co. these days. They were on the short end of some crucial penalties and no-calls late in Monday’s game. Maybe more concerning, the turnovers by rookie quarterback Daniel Jones keep coming. He had three against the Cowboys and has eight interceptions and eight fumbles this season.

Progress from the rookie quarterback was the only thing that could mask the stench from this much Giants losing. Instead, they keep stacking losses, and the Giants are simultaneously missing extra points, failing to score in the red zone (one touchdown in five tries) and allowing too many explosive plays, including the clincher courtesy of an Amari Cooper 45-yard touchdown on third-and-12 midway through the fourth quarter.

Put it all together, and it has the Giants and Shurmur seemingly on the brink of something, whether it be a massive meltdown or a serious overhaul.

QB breakdown: It was another game filled with ups and down for Jones. He finished 26-of-41 passing for 210 yards with a touchdown, interception and two lost fumbles. Jones is now tied for the league lead with 16 turnovers.

The turnovers were costly. Jones threw an interception in the final minute of the first half and fumbled on a third-down run in the third quarter. This is becoming a disturbing trend. The rookie has at least two turnovers in five of his seven starts.

Jones has 16 turnovers this season. That ties him with Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, and Jones has started only seven of the Giants’ games.

“Anytime you turn the ball over, it’s costly to the team,” Jones said. “I have to work on that and making sure I’m securing the ball.”

Pivotal play: The Giants trailed by five with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. It was third-and-6 for Dallas from their own 15-yard line. Quarterback Dak Prescott took a deep shot down the left sideline to Cooper.

There was some normal hand-fighting from Cooper and rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker. A flag was thrown. Shurmur and defensive coordinator James Bettcher by their reactions were visibly furious on the sideline. It was a questionable call, at best. The fans, the broadcast and most everybody in the stadium (aside from the Cowboys) seemed to think it should have been a no-call.

It wasn’t. Instead, Dallas got a first down near midfield and five plays later put the game away with Cooper’s demoralizing touchdown.

“It just seems like they don’t go our way,” Giants safety Jabrill Peppers said. “If you guys remember mine from Tampa Bay, it was really ticky tack, I thought that was going to be the tone for the whole year but there is no real consistency. At the end of the day, you can’t even give them the chance to the throw the flag. You have to stay clean, play with good eyes and technique and make a play on the ball.”

Shurmur added: “I wasn’t [looking at that as a penalty]. But it is what it is.”

He originally declined surgery after suffering a Grade 2 abdominal strain in Week 2 against the Wholesale Atlanta Falcons Jerseys. He missed six games before returning Sunday against the Bears.

The Eagles also released veteran safety Andrew Sendejo on Tuesday, opening up a second spot on the roster.

A wide receiver is expected to be added. One option could be Jordan Matthews, who worked out for the Eagles on Tuesday, a source confirmed.

Matthews, a former second-round pick of the Eagles, has had two separate stints in Philadelphia, including one in 2018. He most recently played for the Wholesale San Francisco 49ers Jerseys, appearing in one game before being released in late October. He has a strong relationship with quarterback Carson Wentz and a deep knowledge of coach Doug Pederson’s system, which would make for an easy acclimation process as the Eagles look to bolster a receiving corps that has struggled to produce in Jackson’s absence.

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ESPN’s Tim McManus contributed to this report.

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MILWAUKEE — The Wholesale Milwaukee Brewers Jerseys cut $15 million in payroll for next season, trading right-hander Chase Anderson to the Wholesale Toronto Blue Jays Jerseyson Monday for prospect Chad Spanberger and declining a $7.5 million option on first baseman Eric Thames.

Anderson was 8-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 27 starts and five relief appearances. Milwaukee had planned to decline his $8.5 million option, which would have made him eligible for salary arbitration. Toronto exercised the option after the trade.

Thames, who turns 33 on Sunday, hit .247 with 25 homers and 61 RBIs in 149 games last season. He will receive a $1 million buyout.

Signed to a three-year, $16 million contract after establishing himself in the South Korean League, Thames hit 59 homers in three seasons with Milwaukee.

While Thames does not have six years of major league service, his contract included a provision stating he would become a free agent when the deal ended.

MLB’s reward season kicked off Sunday night with the announcement of the Gold Glove awards. (Finalists for the other major awards will be announced Monday, with rookies of the year winners named Nov. 11, followed by managers of the year on Nov. 12, Cy Young winners on Nov. 13 and MVPs on Nov. 14.)

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Wholesale Colorado Rockies Jerseys third baseman Nolan Arenado has won a Gold Glove in each of the first seven seasons of his career. That’s the second-longest streak to begin a career in Wholesale MLB Jerseys history, according to Elias Sports Bureau research (Ichiro Suzuki, 10).

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• Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain won his first career Gold Glove. Cain had 112 career defensive runs saved before this season, the most of any active outfielder to have never won a Gold Glove.

• The Wholesale Houston Astros Jerseys ‘ Zack Greinke won his sixth career Gold Glove, although it was the National League award from his time with the Wholesale Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys. All of those have come in the past six seasons. The only pitchers with longer streaks are Jim Kaat (16 straight), Greg Maddux (13), Bob Gibson (nine) and Bobby Shantz (eight).

Wholesale Boston Red Sox Jerseys right fielder Mookie Betts won his fourth straight Gold Glove. He joins right fielder Dwight Evans (1981-85) as the only players in Red Sox history to win at least four straight.

• Left fielder Alex Gordon, whose contract option was not picked up by the Wholesale Kansas City Royals Jerseys, won his seventh career Gold Glove. The only player in Royals history with more is second baseman Frank White (eight).

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“We’ll continue to be in touch with Eric and his agent and we’ll see if there’s a fit at some point later in the offseason but at this point, at the dollar value associated with his club option and with the market we see developing at that position, we thought it was in the best interest to decline the option,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said,

Anderson, 31, was 38-27 with a 3.38 ERA in 166 appearances over four seasons with the Brewers, who acquired him with infielders Aaron Hill and Isan Diaz from Arizona in January 2016 for Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner.

Anderson went 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 2017 and signed a two-year, $11.75 million contract with a pair of club options.

“Given there was a team that clearly had interest in him and we were able to get back a prospect that we liked, we thought it was the right move to make,” Stearns said.

Spanberger, a first baseman and outfielder, hit .237 with 13 homers and 59 RBIs this season at Double-A New Hampshire. Selected by Colorado in the sixth round of the 2017 amateur draft, he was acquired by Toronto in the July 2018 trade that sent reliever Seunghwan Oh to Colorado.

“We think he fills in nicely at the upper levels of the minor league system,” Stearns said.

Milwaukee also exercised a $1.85 million option on catcher Manny Pina, who would have received a $150,000 buyout if it had been declined. The 32-year-old hit .228 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 158 at-bats this season, his fourth with the Brewers.

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Hockey Hall of Famer and popular longtime NHL executive Jim Gregory, best known for being one of the first to start bringing European players to North America, has died at the age of 83.

The league said Gregory died Wednesday at his home in Toronto. A cause of death was not disclosed.

Gregory spent a decade as general manager of the Wholesale Toronto Maple Leafs Jerseys from the late 1960s until the late 1970s and was one of the first to import European players, most notably Swede Borje Salming. He spent almost 40 years with the NHL as director of central scouting, executive director of hockey operations and senior vice president of hockey operations and supervision.

USA Hockey announced Wednesday that it is increasing penalties for racial and derogatory slurs of any kind by way of a directive from the governing body’s president.

Anyone penalized under the rule that covers racial and derogatory slurs will now receive a match penalty, which comes with an automatic five-minute major and disqualification from the game. Additionally, offenders will be suspended until an investigation and hearing can be held by a governing USA Hockey affiliate or junior league. The governing affiliates and leagues will have 30 days to complete the investigation and hearing, and further discipline can be doled out at the discretion of those entities.

Previously, such incidents would come with an automatic game misconduct and additional one-game suspension, but member affiliates and leagues could issue further discipline at their discretion.

Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey, said in a press release that he made the decision to elevate the previous penalty as an increased deterrent.

“We continue to get reports of disturbing incidents of racial and other derogatory slurs, behavior which is reprehensible and has absolutely no place in our game, especially around our children,” he said. “For reasons I cannot explain or understand, the current penalty in place does not seem to be enough of a deterrent to stop this type of conduct.”

A USA Hockey spokesperson said that the move was not the result of a specific incident or increased reports of incidents. The spokesperson said that the organization does receive a number of reports of such incidents each year and this directive is aimed at getting those numbers “closer to zero.” A presidential directive as opposed to a board-reviewed rule change is rare, but has been used in the past, according to the spokesperson.

“The use of hateful language is a hurdle to creating a welcoming environment for families that want to be involved in our sport,” said USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher in a statement. “Eradicating this kind of behavior from our game is critical as we continue to make a positive impact on society through hockey.”

Wholesale Winnipeg Jets Jerseys general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said absent defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has had ankle surgery and the team was not “directly involved” in the decision.

The Jets also announced that forward Mark Letestu will be out at least six months because of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

Cheveldayoff declined to discuss the team’s relationship with Byfulgien other than to call it “complicated.” He did not say whether Byfuglien might return to the team this season. The 34-year-old player was suspended without pay after failing to report to training camp in September, and there was talk that he may retire. Byfuglien had been granted a leave by the team for personal reasons.

The team said that the long-term health of the 34-year-old Letestu is not in question. The myocarditis is usually the result of a viral infection.

Letestu signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with Winnipeg this summer and had appeared in seven games with no points.

Cheveldayoff spoke Thursday in San Jose, California, a day after it was reported Byfuglien had surgery for a high ankle sprain last week in his native Minnesota.

Cheveldayoff wouldn’t say whether there was a difference of opinion between the team and Byfuglien’s camp on what kind of procedure was required stemming from the injury late last season.

The Jets blue line was decimated in the offseason. Tyler Myers, Jacob Trouba and Ben Chiarot all left as free agents before Byfuglien didn’t show.

The Jets, who are trying to stay above water at 6-7, play the Wholesale San Jose Sharks Jerseys on Friday, but they will be without star winger Patrik Laine (lower-body injury).

“It is impossible to express the extent to which the National Hockey League family adored Jim Gregory and the loss we feel as a result of his passing,” Wholesale NHL Jerseys commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Jim Gregory wasn’t just a great ‘hockey man,’ though he certainly was that. He was a great man — a devoted husband to Rosalie, his wife of 60 years; father to Andrea, Valerie, Maureen and David; grandfather of 13; and mentor and friend to too many to number.”

Known around the sport as “Mr. Gregory,” he served as chairman of the Wholesale Hockey Jerseys Hall of Fame selection committee from 1998-2014 and was a fixture at the NHL draft and other league events. He’d hand out silver sticks to players for reaching 1,000 games played, present new Hall of Famers with their rings and call names on the second day of the draft.

“There’s no better man and no better ambassador that represented the NHL so honorably,” retired defenseman Aaron Ward said on Twitter. “He was everywhere, at every event, and he’d immediately make you smile just seeing him. That says enough about the man.”

Gregory was elected to the Hall of Fame as a builder in 2007. Beyond his years running the Maple Leafs, he was central to the NHL’s use of video to review goals and the expansion of the league’s Central Scouting system.

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Wholesale Chicago Bears Jerseys coach Matt Nagy never envisioned such a tumultuous second season.

Following last year’s surprise NFC North title, the Bears were a trendy pick to reach the Super Bowl. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had shown signs of growth with the offensive-minded Nagy as coach. The defense, led by Khalil Mack, looked unstoppable, even after veteran coordinator Vic Fangio left to take over the Wholesale Denver Broncos Jerseys.

Yet, the Bears (3-4) enter the midway point of the season as one of the league’s biggest underachievers. Being named 2018 NFL Coach of the Year has not insulated Nagy from criticism. The 41-year-old coach is forced to do damage control, on a number of issues, almost daily.

Why does Nagy’s offense struggle to score points? What’s wrong with Trubisky? Why haven’t the Bears committed to the run? Why is there zero production at tight end? Why was Roquan Smith deactivated in Week 4? Why not run another play in the closing seconds to give kicker Eddy Pineiro a shorter last-second field goal attempt last week?

On Wednesday, Nagy had to deal with another team-created controversy after Pineiro told reporters he would have preferred to kick that last-second attempt against the Wholesale Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys — the one he missed from 41 yards — in the middle of the field, not on the left hash, which is where the ball was placed when Trubisky took a knee on first down with 43 seconds left.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It’s halfway through his rookie season and already Daniel Jones is growing up quickly. That is the result of being thrown into the lion’s den almost immediately for a bad team.

The 22-year-old Wholesale New York Giants Jerseys quarterback is now six games into his NFL career and it’s as if he has been there forever. There has been a magical comeback, some “wow” throws, too many turnovers and a steady mix of ups-and-downs.

Still, Jones’ early progress report at the midway point of the season is overwhelmingly positive.

“He has definitely lived up to the sixth pick of the draft,” former Giants quarterback and CBS analyst Phil Simms said in a phone interview with ESPN. “I think everyone agrees with that. I don’t hear any dissension from all the people that I’m around in business, work with, behind the scenes. In fact, I hear the opposite. ‘Wow, OK, he looks like the really stable, productive quarterback that is going to stand the test of time too.’ I surely don’t look at him and go, ‘He’s having a good streak here.’ I see him as very capable.”

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In Jones’ most recent game, he threw for 322 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He became the second rookie in history (along with Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota) to post those numbers in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Still, the strong performance included rookie moments and mistakes. Jones had a sloppy backward pass in the first quarter that was ruled a fumble and returned for a touchdown.

It all seems par for the course at the moment. He is showcasing his talent while simultaneously taking his lumps. But even the mishaps at this point are beneficial. They serve as valuable learning experiences.

For example, Jones’ first game action came against the Cowboys in the season opener. He tried to run late in the game, and instead of stepping out of bounds, he took a big hit from linebacker Leighton Vander Esch that forced a fumble.

Since then, Jones has been quick to slide or step out of bounds to avoid taking unnecessary hits. While his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame might have allowed him to overpower certain players in college, the NFL is different.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has thrown 10 TD passes and seven interceptions in his six starts this season. AP Photo/Rick Osentoski
This is the maturation process in progress. The Giants, who have been quick to pat themselves on the back for the pick, are ecstatic publicly and behind closed doors. They believe Jones has a chance to be a star. It starts with the way he handles his business.

“There’s areas in each game where he has shown improvement just playing quarterback,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “Just focused on [Sunday], I think we had the play where he gets hit, the ball goes backwards and it becomes a fumble, but he stays in the moment and he just keeps playing. I keep saying this each week, but he’s tough and he’s resilient and he competes, and he fights and he tries to do everything right.

“There’s plenty of production, things he did in terms of getting us in the right protection. There were some run checks he executed properly. I think he made some nice throws, he scrambled around, a couple of zone reads. The important thing for him is to continue to put more good plays on tape, continue to get the ball off on time and try to eliminate the mistakes that can wrongly affect the game.”

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Jones, with 10 touchdown passes and seven interceptions, is on pace for 23 TD passes and 28 turnovers. There is undoubtedly room for major improvements. Jones has talked specifically about ball security and decision-making. On Monday, Shurmur mentioned timing, accuracy and decision-making.

Arm strength was the main public critique of Jones coming out of Duke, a notion the Giants correctly rejected. He didn’t show more than an average arm from inside the stadium during his combine workout. And Simms didn’t see consistent velocity on his passes while watching his college tape.

It hasn’t been a problem in the NFL. If anything, Jones’ arm strength has been a pleasant surprise. He fired a strike from the left hash mark off-balance Sunday in Detroit to the far sideline for a completion.

“When he wants to turn it on, he turns it on,” said Simms, a trend he noticed from his college tape as well. “And I’ve seen that this season.”

Simms has been most impressed with the way Jones reads defenses and moves through his progressions. Those skills are rare for a young quarterback, but they’re likely a product of what Simms described as playing pro football at Duke. Jones was playing in an NFL system, taking hits, under constant pressure, going through his progressions and being forced to throw into tight windows. That prepared him for making the right reads at the next level.

Jones’ teammates have been equally impressed, even if they have had to live with the rookie mistakes. They see a quarterback who isn’t perfect but is becoming more comfortable and progressing. Even the way Jones interacts with them has changed in the six weeks since he’s been named the starter ahead of Eli Manning.

“He’s being more vocal. He’s communicating with receivers. He’s pushing the offensive line. His energy driving down the field and trying to finish drives is going up,” tight end Evan Engram said of Jones. “He’s just coming out of his shell. … It’s noticeable and contagious. It’s something that he’s going to grow into.”

Veteran wide receiver Golden Tate mentioned after Sunday’s loss that Jones is texting with his receivers at night or talking to them constantly in between plays at practice to try to get on the same page. Receiver Bennie Fowler said Jones has taken receivers out to dinner to fortify those relationships.

It’s necessary. They all know the kinks aren’t going to be worked out overnight.

“I think that is important,” Tate said. “I think we’re doing a better job. I don’t think we have it figured out. We have to keep working to get this thing right.”

That’s the thing with Jones. He’s always working to make it right. And that is why the Giants and those watching Jones regularly — like Simms — seem so confident he is trending in the direction.

“There are a handful of guys, head coaches who I stay in communication with,” Nagy said. “The No. 1 one guy is my mentor in coach Reid. So I talk to him all the time. And I’m very, very lucky to have him in my corner. Because he has seen it all. And the best part about coach is he just gives you great advice. He gives you great insight. He’s like a father figure to me. So when you’re in a position where you’re looking for a little advice on how to handle whatever it is, he’s got it. And it always amazes me with the way he says it.”

The Bears don’t play the Chiefs until Week 16, but this Sunday affords Nagy the opportunity to reconnect with another branch of the Reid tree: Wholesale Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys coach Doug Pederson.

Pederson can relate to Nagy’s predicament.

“I look at my first year [2016], we were 7-9 and we were the worst team in the NFL at the time and everybody was talking bad about me and the team and we didn’t have any talent and this, that and the other, not that I pay attention to that stuff,” Pederson said.

The next year the Eagles went 13-3 and won the Super Bowl.

“It all boils down to just you have to trust in your ability as a head football coach what you’re teaching your players, the messaging that you’re teaching your team, the culture you’re trying to establish, and it’s not easy,” Pederson said.

“One of the things that I think in my situation here, is being consistent that way. How I speak to the team, and my message to you guys and my message to the fans and my message to the players; it all has to be consistent. You just have to trust it. If it’s good enough, it’s good enough, and if it’s not, then you know, coaches move on. That’s just the way this business works … ”

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Thus far, Chicago isn’t even in shouting distance of an NFC wild-card spot, much less a second-straight division crown. The Bears are in last place in the NFC North, four full games behind the Wholesale Green Bay Packers Jerseys (7-1), and with three fewer wins than the Wholesale Minnesota Vikings Jerseys (6-2). On top of that, Chicago begins a stretch that features road games against the Eagles and the Wholesale Los Angeles Rams Jerseys, two against the Wholesale Detroit Lions Jerseys and a visit from the Wholesale Dallas Cowboys Jerseys, all by the beginning of December.

Nagy needs all the help he can get. Lucky for him that support is in ample supply.

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ESPN Philadelphia Eagles reporter Tim McManus contributed to this story.

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HOUSTON — Everything about the Houston Astros, and the colossus they have become, and the unstoppable force they’ve been built to be, was on display during the World Series. It just turned out to not be enough.

The Astros didn’t choke. There wasn’t a blown umpire’s call that would be remembered forever. There wasn’t a player to be fitted with goat horns. There wasn’t a managerial blunder. There wasn’t a key injury suffered at just the wrong time. The Astros just lost, barely, to a team that came through a couple of more times than they did.

“This is about the Nationals,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. “This isn’t about not performing at home or anything that we didn’t do. I come away incredibly impressed by the team that we played and got beat by.”

Despite losing 6-2 in Game 7 Wednesday night to the tough Wholesale Washington Nationals Jerseys, the Astros remain arguably the best team in baseball. Free agency might chip away at that this winter, but their core should return, injured players will be healthy and more high-level prospects are on the way. Houston’s window remains wide open.

Still, despite remaining at the peak of the industry and at the vanguard of a sport that reinvents itself at an accelerating pace with each passing season, for now, the Astros have fallen just shy of greatness. It was all there for them, so close they could almost reach out and grab it. Instead, like other great regular-season teams of the past, Houston found out that dynasties vanish in flashes of moments and because of plays that go wrong by mere millimeters.

The Houston dynasty that still isn’t, teetered and tumbled in a seventh inning that longtime fans will play over and over again like a recurring nightmare. Poof. It happened that fast.

“Seasons end really fast,” Hinch said. “I don’t care if you get all the way to the seventh game of the World Series. It’s all of a sudden, boom, it’s over. I’ve got a group of heartbroken men in there that did everything they could to try to bring a World Series championship to this city. And we fell one win shy.”

There’s an alternate universe in which that inning plays out differently. Anthony Rendon’s homer to get Washington on the board came on “not a bad pitch, but I think a bad pitch selection,” Houston catcher Robinson Chirinos said. It was a Zack Greinke changeup; maybe they call for something else and Rendon pounds the ball into the turf. It was the only bad pitch Greinke made all night.

“I thought he was going to go complete game, the way he was pitching,” Chirinos said. “The pitch count was low, he was hitting his spots. Everything was working for him.”

Maybe instead of selecting Will Harris to relief Greinke, Hinch calls for Gerrit Cole, mid-inning, to come on for his first relief appearance since he was a freshman at UCLA in 2009. Cole was down in the bullpen getting loose. We all saw it — the fans in the park, the Nationals from their dugout, the people watching at home on television. Maybe Cole comes on, pitches like Gerrit Cole, and Hinch rides him to the finish of a 2-1 win.

The run-scoring rallies the Nats piece together in the eighth and ninth never happen. The Rendon homer is it and it’s the Nats who are bemoaning how close they came. Cole is swarmed on the mound after a title-clinching strikeout and is handed the MVP trophy on the field a few minutes later.

Or maybe Howie Kendrick simply doesn’t poke one off the right-field foul pole against Harris for the two-run homer that gave the Nationals the lead and let all of the air out of Minute Maid Park. By all rights, he should not have.

Harris threw Kendrick a cutter. Chirinos set his target down and away. Harris delivered it right on the money. It just barely caught the corner of the strike zone. Kendrick had seen 28 cutters to that area of the zone this season. He had one hit — a double off Minnesota’s Martin Perez in September. This one, he poked off the foul pole.

“It was a perfect pitch,” Chirinos lamented.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has spoken time and again of how his team was built toward sustainability, to “win multiple championships.” But winning world championships is hard. It’s unlikely even, especially during what might be the most hypercompetitive era in baseball history when you factor in both level of talent and technological advances. And it’s hard to win it all because sometimes you do everything right to become the best, and you lose anyway.

“A special group of guys that battled day in and day out, since spring training,” Carlos Correa said. “Our goal was to win another championship. We got here, but unfortunately we couldn’t finish it.”

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But that promo was Bregman in the raw. He’s good. He knows he’s good. He knows his team is good. And they make sure everybody knows it. The promo was an accurate reflection of who Bregman is. He’s an adrenaline hound who got so worked up over his home run in Game 6 that he created a social media storm by carrying his bat all the way to, and past, the first base bag.

At the same time, Bregman cares deeply about his teammates, his family, the game itself. So after Game 6, he apologized for his theatrics, saying, “That’s not the way I was raised.”

Some time before Game 7 began, Bregman’s maternal grandfather died and he posted a tribute to him on his Instagram page. His Game 7 was quiet — 0-for-3 with a walk — and he was on deck when Michael Brantley made the last out. He walked slowly back to the dugout when Brantley swung and missed, undoing his batting gloves.

In the clubhouse, Bregman sat on the floor next to Correa’s locker, his face a bleary-eyed expression of devastation. Correa sat on the floor with him, consoling him. Or maybe it was the other way around.

“I’m extremely proud to be a part of this team, and proud of every guy in this clubhouse,” Bregman said. “We’ve been knocked down a lot, gotten back up and we just got knocked down today. But we’ll be back for 2020.”

In many ways, Bregman personifies everything about what the Astros have become. Excellence. Fundamentals. Showmanship. Brashness. Efficiency. Passion. These are the qualities that stand out in our tech-driven world, especially as it’s presented through the hyper-real looking glass of social media. The Astros are all of those things. They have lit the way for everyone else. The other 29 franchises in baseball have caught up at times, trying to extinguish a torch the Astros seem intent on carrying for the foreseeable future.

From a single-season standpoint, the Astros just completed one of the greatest campaigns a team has ever had. In surpassing 100 wins for a third straight season, they join a list with but five predecessors. They won 117 games between the regular season and playoffs. Their run differential during the regular season (plus-280) was the 12th-best total of all time.

There’s more. According to the FanGraphs’ offensive metric wRC+ (weighted runs created plus), the Astros’ hitters were 25% better than average. Only the 1927 Yankees have exceeded that figure. Their rotation features two likely Hall of Famers in Justin Verlander and Greinke, and another in Cole who can reach that status if he is able to prolong his current run of excellence.

We just haven’t seen many teams like this. And it still wasn’t enough. Because it’s baseball. Of the 12 teams that have posted a better run differential in a season than the Astros — teams that averaged 106 wins — seven went on to win the World Series. That’s what being historically good gets you in this sport, a coin-flip chance to put a championship cherry on top.

“I don’t think I can handle this,” Jose Altuve, the heart of the Astros, said. “It’s really hard to lose Game 7 of the World Series. What I can tell you is we did everything we could, possible and impossible. We got guys playing since day one, 100 percent. We did everything to make it happen. We couldn’t [finish it], but that’s baseball.”

The 2019 postseason was a relatively slow roll for the Astros. They were outscored by their opponents 72-71. They needed five games to take out the Wholesale Tampa Bay Rays Jerseys, six to upend the Wholesale New York Yankees Jerseys and the full seven to try to silence the tough Washington Nationals. Houston entered the fray as the favorite and exited it as a near miss, but at no time during its sojourn did the outcome feel like a foregone conclusion.

In the Houston clubhouse, though, there was little day-to-day variation in the atmosphere. Every day was simply the precursor until tomorrow. There was no panic, nor any overconfidence. The Astros entered each game certain they’d win and that never wavered, even as their margin for error shrank. They surely still feel as if they are better than everyone else. It’s a conceit they’ve earned over a period of a half-decade now.

This is a confident team. Even cocky. Even arrogant. Even brash. All qualities that rub fans the wrong way, unless it’s your team that has them. But with those traits comes emotion, a belief, and there is little doubt that until the very moment that Brantley swung over a Daniel Hudson slider, Houston figured it would somehow win. Because the Astros have so often for three years now.

Then — poof — it’s over.

“I believe we’ll have more opportunities to win World Series and play in the postseason,” Bregman said. “This team was amazing — 107 wins. This team will bounce back from this and come ready to play next year.”

The Astros are the avatars of the baseball moment in which we are immersed. They have led the way down countless paths, and not all of them obviously good. Their tentacles are everywhere, from tanking as a rebuilding strategy to heightened emphasis on strikeouts (as in not doing it on offense, and getting them on defense) to the focus on high-spin four-seamers, the ramping up of the usage of breaking pitches for the pitchers who have them, video scouting, defensive shifts. All stuff that the get-off-my-lawn branch of baseball fandom hates — it mostly seems to have been born or popularized with the Astros.

However, to focus on those things is to overlook the timeless things about this remarkable collection of talent. They led the majors in batting average. No team struck out fewer times. They rode a very traditional-looking starting rotation almost to another crown. They run the bases efficiently but also aggressively. They are as good as anyone at minor league development, which has helped keep their prospect supply robust even as their contending rosters advance, succeed and become more expensive.

About that … among the changes ahead, the worst one is not a certainty, but pretty close to it: The departure of Cole for what promises to be the richest pitching contract in baseball history.

“Not much,” Cole said, when asked how much he was thinking about his future. At the moment, he was wearing a Boras Corporation hat.

That constant churn in baseball, with teams breaking apart and coming together in reimagined ways — not all of them appealing — are what make the near misses so painful. There are only so many chances.

With the final out of the World Series on Wednesday, the moment sealed another decade of baseball history. It was arguably the most innovative decade in the game’s history, just as it might have been the most innovative decade in our country’s history. With innovation comes disruption, a term that has become a cultural buzzword.

The Houston Astros are baseball’s disruptors. In a time of information explosion, our understanding of every facet of the greatest game iterates with each new big batch of data. No one has been better at making sense of it all, while meshing the best of the old with the best of the new than the Astros. They are a team of heart and of mind.

The Wholesale Pittsburgh Pirates Jerseys have continued their offseason shake-up by firing executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, the team announced Monday.

The Pirates also announced the hiring of Travis Williams as the team’s new president. He will replace Frank Coonelly, who was fired last week.

“I greatly appreciate Neal’s dedication to the Pirates organization and our city over the past 12 seasons,” Pirates chairman of the board Bob Nutting said in a statement. “His time with the Pirates should always be remembered for ending a long stretch of futility and bringing Postseason baseball back to Pittsburgh.

“This past season was by far the most frustrating and challenging season that I have experienced as owner. It became clear to me as the season progressed that significant change was necessary in order to refresh our entire operations.”

Manager Clint Hurdle was fired on Sept. 29, and two other coaches were let go that same week.

Pittsburgh finished last in the NL Central this season, going 69-93 and missing the postseason for the fourth consecutive year. The Pirates were 42-43 on July 3 and only three games out of first place in the division at the time.

Huntington, 50, had served as general manager since replacing Dave Littlefield after the 2007 season. He had two years remaining on his contract.

Williams, who spent 11 seasons with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins as the chief operating officer, will officially begin as Pirates president Friday. He had been serving as the New York Islanders’ president of business operations, a role he took over in 2018.

“This is a homecoming for me, both personally and professionally,” Williams said in a statement. “It is a tremendous opportunity to come back to a city and a team that I love. I am excited about working with Bob and the rest of the Pirates family to return this franchise to a winning tradition.

“Today, we turn the page and start writing a new chapter in the history of the Pirates. We are committed to a refresh of our entire operations. The first step in this process is to immediately begin the search for new leadership of our baseball operations.”

Kevin Graves, who has been the team’s assistant general manager, will take over the Pirates GM role on an interim basis.

The decision to fire Huntington was a sharp turn from Nutting, who gave a strong endorsement to the general manager after Hurdle was fired.

“I strongly believe Neal Huntington and the leadership team that he has assembled are the right people to continue to lead our baseball operations department,” Nutting said at the time.

Nutting, however, changed his mind, saying the front-office overhaul was “not easy” and was made after “a systematic and thorough review.”

Nutting said the team will not start looking for a new manager until Huntington has been replaced.

The Pirates also fired pitching coach Ray Searage and bench coach Tom Prince following the season. The team said all other members of the major league coaching staff are candidates to remain with the team pending the outcome of the managerial search.

“This is a great team and the one thing we can’t do is go back and regret anything,” Josh Reddick said. “We played our asses off out there. It was the best team I ever played on in my career. I’ll never forget this team.”

Love ‘em, hate ‘em, don’t care about ‘em. It doesn’t matter. When the history of baseball in the 2010s is written, the Wholesale Houston Astros Jerseys might be on the cover. But that’s not guaranteed, because with one title during the decade, it’s hard to argue that Houston is the decade’s best team, even if it might be the most representative. And there is no guarantee that the front-running Astros will remain out in front of a hungry bunch of predators in hot pursuit behind them.

It was so close to being different. It was so close to the birth of a new dynasty. But the quest continues. That much was guaranteed under the roof of Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night, the day before Halloween, when so many porches are decorated with jack-o-lanterns and the color orange is on everybody’s mind.

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DETROIT — The Wholesale Detroit Red Wings Jerseys acquired forward Brendan Perlini in a trade with the Wholesale Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys on Monday.

The 23-year-old Perlini has been a healthy scratch for most of this season, appearing in just one game. But he has 45 goals and 27 assists in 200 career appearances with Chicago and Wholesale Arizona Coyotes Jerseys.

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — The family of a player on the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic champion men’s hockey team says concussions and blows he received during his playing career have contributed to his current legal troubles.

Mark Pavelich, 61, was found incompetent to stand trial by a judge in northeastern Minnesota on Monday on charges he beat a neighbor with a metal pole. The Cook County judge concluded Pavelich is “incapable of participating in the defense due to mental illness or deficiency.” The case against Pavelich was suspended as authorities petition to have him committed.

Pavelich’s sister, Jean Gevik, said her brother’s personality has been altered by a degenerative brain disease.

“He’s been an amazing brother. Fun. Loving,” she said. “This has been a total change.”

Gevik suggested CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, could be a factor. CTE, which can be diagnosed only after death, has been found in several former Wholesale NHL Jerseys players, more than 100 former NFL players and in dozens more athletes and members of the military who have been exposed to repetitive head trauma. The disease can lead to memory loss, depression and even suicide.

“All the research is out there about CTE,” Gevik said. “This should not be a surprise here.”

The NHL has long denied there is a conclusive link between repeated blows to the head and CTE.

Pavelich, who starred at Minnesota-Duluth, assisted on the winning goal in a stunning upset of the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic Wholesale Hockey Jerseys tournament semifinals, a triumph that has long been referred to as the “Miracle on Ice.” Team USA went on to defeat Finland in the gold medal game. Pavelich later played for the Wholesale New York Rangers Jerseys and two other NHL teams.

Pavelich was charged with second- and third-degree assault this summer after he was accused of attacking his friend in Lutsen following a day of fishing. Pavelich accused him of spiking his beer, according to the Star Tribune .

Jim Miller, Pavelich’s neighbor for 20 years, suffered cracked ribs, a bruised kidney and a fracture to one of his vertebrae, according to a criminal complaint. Pavelich was booked into the Cook County Jail on Aug. 15.

After years as one of the NHL’s best bargains, defenseman Roman Josi is getting a significant raise with the Wholesale Nashville Predators Jerseys

On Tuesday, the team announced an eight-year contract extension for Josi, 29, that will average $9.059 million per season annually against the salary cap. The contract begins in the 2020-21 season, when Josi would be the third-highest-paid defenseman in the NHL on average behind Erik Karlsson of the Wholesale San Jose Sharks Jerseys ($11.5 million) and Drew Doughty of the Wholesale Los Angeles Kings Jerseys ($11 million).

“Roman Josi is one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League and our team leader as captain,” general manager David Poile said in a statement. “As he enters his prime, we look forward to Roman continuing to showcase his elite skills in Smashville and guiding our team in pursuit of the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup.”

In June 2013, Josi signed a seven-year deal worth just $4 million against the salary cap. His base salary of $4 million for the 2019-20 season ranked 85th among NHL defensemen.

This season, Josi has 13 points in 11 games for the Predators, averaging 24:32 minutes per game. Drafted by the Predators at 38th overall in 2008, the Switzerland native has played in 574 games over nine seasons with 98 goals and 263 assists. He was selected for two NHL All-Star Games.

The contract carries a full no-move clause, which is a novelty under Nashville general manager David Poile. Only one other player on the Predators, goalie Pekka Rinne, has a contract with trade protection.

Josi was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Nashville’s desire to re-sign him was one of the factors in their trade of defenseman P.K. Subban to the Wholesale New Jersey Devils Jerseys during the offseason, taking Subban’s $9 million cap hit through 2022 off the books.

Perlini was selected by the Coyotes with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

The Red Wings parted with defenseman Alec Regula in the deal. The 19-year-old Regula will remain with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League.

Regula, a West Bloomfield, Michigan, native, was drafted by Detroit in the third round last year.

Chicago acquired Perlini and Dylan Strome when it traded Nick Schmaltz to Arizona last November. Perlini had 12 goals and three assists in 46 games with the Blackhawks last season.

Perlini set career highs when he had 17 goals and 13 assists in 74 games for the Coyotes during the 2017-18 season.

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ATLANTA — Joel Embiid missed the previous game with an ankle injury, and the Wholesale Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys weren’t sure he’d be able to play Monday night until he tested it during warmups.

He didn’t seem to be in any pain.

Embiid scored 36 points, including the winning free throws with 5.3 seconds left, and the 76ers won their third straight to begin the season with a 105-103 victory over the Wholesale Atlanta Hawks Jerseys.

In a matchup between the last two unbeaten teams in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia made things tough for Trae Young and dominated down the stretch to deny the young Hawks their first 3-0 start in three seasons.

Embiid made 12 of 19 shots from the field — including a couple of 3-pointers — and knocked down all 10 of his free throws. He also had 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

“He was our crown jewel in a blatant way,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “We needed him, particularly offensively.”

The Hawks tied the game at 103 with 7.4 seconds left when John Collins tipped in a missed free throw by Young to complete a de facto three-point play after the Atlanta guard made his first attempt from the line. The 76ers had fouled Young before he could attempt a tying 3, but the Hawks wound up getting the points they needed when Al Horford failed to block out Collins, who flexed both arms on his way back down the court.

After a timeout, Horford made up for his mistake by lobbing a pass to Embiid breaking loose in the lane. Collins fouled the 76ers big man to deny the basket, but Embiid calmly drained both free throws.

The Hawks had one final chance, getting the ball to 42-year-old Vince Carter sprinting along the sideline. He threw up a wild 3 that never really had a chance, bouncing over the backboard as the horn sounded.

Tobias Harris had eight of his 13 points in the final quarter as the 76ers outscored the Hawks 15-5 over the final five minutes. Josh Richardson chipped in with 14 points, and Ben Simmons also had 14.

“We have a lot of weapons,” Embiid insisted.

Young, the first Eastern Conference player of the week this season, had 25 points on 7-of-20 shooting. Collins added 16 points and De’Andre Hunter 14, including a 3 from the corner that gave the Hawks a 98-90 lead. Philadelphia dominated the rest of the way.

Young averaged 38.5 points in Atlanta’s first two games. He was held to six over the final two quarters by the 76ers.

“They were denying me the ball,” he said. “They got it out of my hands the whole game.”

The 76ers made sure Young didn’t get a chance on that final play.

“I had two defenders on me,” he said. “I couldn’t get open.”

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Philadelphia’s Shake Milton exited in the third quarter with a hyperextended left knee. He was injured on a drive to the basket when he stepped on an Atlanta player’s foot and twisted his knee.

Before that, Milton gave the 76ers a boost off the bench by scoring nine points.

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76ers: Former Hawk Mike Scott was ejected in the second quarter for a flagrant foul on Atlanta’s Damian Jones. Scott gave Jones a chest bump as the Hawks center was driving to the basket, sending him flying out of bounds. While the play didn’t look especially egregious, officials upheld the call after checking the replay. Scott shook hands with Jones before leaving the court, stopping on his way to the locker room to give his wrist bands to young fans hanging over the railing. … Philadelphia trailed by 13 midway through the opening quarter and didn’t grab its first lead until late in the first half. The 76ers never led by more than four. “We were soft in that first quarter,” Embiid said. “We just had to turn it on a little bit.”

Hawks: No. 10 overall draft pick Cam Reddish hasn’t made much of an impact in his first three Wholesale NBA Jerseys games. He has a total of 11 points. … Carter played only 10 minutes but was on the court for key minutes down the stretch. … Rookie C Bruno Fernando had the first double-figure scoring game of his career with 11 points. … Collins fouled out on the play that led to Embiid’s winning free throws.

DETROIT — Derrick Rose made a driving layup with 28.3 seconds left to give Detroit the lead, and the Pistons went on to a 96-94 victory over winless Indiana on Monday night for their second win against the Wholesale Indiana Pacers Jerseys in less than a week.

Rose shot just 4 of 16 from the field and was having a particularly tough time in the fourth quarter, but his left-handed layup went in off the glass to put Detroit up 95-94. Malcolm Brogdon missed at the other end, but Indiana got an offensive rebound. T.J. Warren then missed badly on a tough shot from the corner, and the Pistons came up with the ball.

Luke Kennard made one of two free throws for Detroit, and Indiana had one more chance with 2 seconds left. Warren missed a 3-pointer from the left wing.

Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Pistons, and Christian Wood had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Detroit led most of the game, but the Pacers erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and led by four late. Kennard then got a fortunate bounce on a 3-pointer to make it 94-93, and Rose’s basket gave the Pistons the lead.

Domantas Sabonis had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Indiana, and Brogdon contributed 15 points and 11 assists.

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Indiana entered the night one of five NBA teams without a victory. The Pacers are minus star guard Victor Oladipo, who is still working his way back from a right knee injury.

But the Pistons are nowhere near full strength either — Blake Griffin (hamstring and knee injuries) hasn’t played yet this season — and they’ve still beaten Indiana twice.

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Pacers: G Jeremy Lamb (right hip pointer) did not play.

Pistons: Detroit was also without G Reggie Jackson (lower back tightness) and rookie F Sekou Doumbouya (concussion protocol). … Former Pistons star Isiah Thomas was at the game, and the team announced it is teaming up with him on a champagne sponsorship deal.

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76ers: Return home to face Minnesota on Wednesday before heading out on a West Coast road trip.

Hawks: Head straight to Miami for the first of a home-and-home with the Heat on Tuesday. The division rivals meet again Thursday in Atlanta.

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The Wholesale Houston Astros Jerseys fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman on Thursday, admitting in a statement that his “inappropriate comments” about the acquisition of closer Roberto Osuna were directed at a group of female reporters.

A report published earlier this week by Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein said that during the celebration in the Astros clubhouse after clinching the American League Championship Series on Saturday, Taubman turned to a group of female reporters — including one wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet — and repeatedly yelled, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—ing glad we got Osuna!”

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Bloom, 36, is the Rays’ senior vice president of baseball operations. He has spent 15 years with the team in capacities including minor league operations, player development, contract negotiations, salary arbitration and international scouting.

He has operated in a front office unlike Boston’s in that the Rays have a low budget and remain competitive. This season, they had the lowest payroll on opening day at $49.08 million, and the Red Sox had the highest at $187.23 million.

The Red Sox fired Dave Dombrowski, their president of baseball operations, in September, less than a year after winning the 2018 World Series. Boston failed to make the playoffs this season, finishing 84-78, 19 games behind the American League East champion Yankees.

Late in September, Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner said at a news conference that they intended to make major cuts to the payroll to get under the luxury tax threshold next season, saying they fired Dombrowski because of differing opinions on how to build for the future.

It’s a crucial offseason for the Red Sox, who need to decide what to do about 2018 MVP Mookie Betts, who will be a free agent after next season, and J.D Martinez, who can opt out of his $23.75 million deal five days after the World Series, as well as other players on expiring contracts.

Bloom is a Wholesale Philadelphia Phillies Jerseys native and attended Yale University, graduating in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in classics.

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“Our initial investigation led us to believe that Brandon Taubman’s inappropriate comments were not directed toward any reporter,” the Astros said in Thursday’s statement. “We were wrong. We sincerely apologize to Stephanie Apstein, Sports Illustrated and to all individuals who witnessed this incident or were offended by the inappropriate conduct. The Astros in no way intended to minimize the issues related to domestic violence.

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“Our initial belief was based on witness statements about the incident. Subsequent interviews have revealed that Taubman’s inappropriate comments were, in fact, directed toward one or more reporters. Accordingly we have terminated Brandon Taubman’s employment with the Houston Astros. His conduct does not reflect the values of our organization and we believe this is the most appropriate course of action.

“We are thankful to Major League Baseball and to everyone that cooperated in the investigation. As previously stated, the Astros are very committed to using our voice to create awareness and support on the issue of domestic violence. We fully support Wholesale MLB Jerseys and baseball’s stance and values regarding domestic violence. We will continue to make this cause a priority for our organization.”

The Astros initially called the report “misleading and completely irresponsible” and accused SI of trying to “fabricate a story where one does not exist.” Taubman later apologized for his language but said his comments were misinterpreted. Astros manager AJ Hinch told reporters Tuesday that the incident was “unfortunate” and “uncalled for.”

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Talking to reporters in Washington Thursday, on an off day for the World Series that Houston trails 2-0, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said, “That original reaction by the Astros was wrong, and we own it as an organization. There were many people involved in reviewing that and approving that, and I’m not gonna get into the details of that. It was wrong; it was the Astros’ decision. And that’s where I’m gonna leave that.”

Pressed by reporters on who wrote the statement, Luhnow said, “It was an organizational statement; there was nobody’s name on it; there were a lot of people involved in reviewing it, looking at it, approving it; and it was on behalf of the Astros. But regardless of who wrote it and who approved it, it was wrong; it was incorrect; it should never have been sent out. We’ve learned a lesson about it.”

Later Luhnow acknowledged that he had seen the statement. “I saw it before it went out, and there’s a lot of people that saw it before it went out,” he said. “So in that respect, yes, I did.”

Luhnow spoke with the media for around 20 minutes in a session that was at time contentious. At one point, Luhnow was asked if he had reached out directly to any of the reporters involved in the incident and whether he felt like the events might set back the acceptance female sports journalists have earned over the years.

“I can’t answer that second question. There’s a lot of really talented female journalists in baseball and other sports and journalism in general, and I hope that continues. There’s no reason to think that this is a setback, I hope.

“I have not (reached out). I’ve been traveling up here. I had to have a pretty tough conversation this morning with someone that’s worked with me for a long time. But I will, as soon as I can.”

Luhnow was also asked if there might be further disciplinary actions taken related to the events.

“The person that was responsible for making those inappropriate comments has been terminated from employment with the Astros,” Luhnow said. “And that’s the action that we’ve taken at this point. I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the future.”

According to the team’s statement, Houston assisted in interviewing Astros employees as part of MLB’s investigation into the incident. On Wednesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he was “really concerned” about the allegations.

Luhnow told reporters that the Astros’ initial response was, in retrospect, premature, as the club did not have a chance to conduct a formal investigation into the allegations outlined in the report.

“I think when a story comes out that’s negative, you have two choices: You either respond immediately if you think it’s potentially not true, or you wait and figure out what the facts are and then respond.

“And we made the wrong decision. We responded quickly, thinking that it was not true. And it turned out that was an incorrect way to go about it.”

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CHICAGO — The Blackhawks have placed defenseman Connor Murphy on long-term injured reserve.

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Dubnyk is considered day-to-day, the club said.

Dubnyk left Tuesday night’s 3-0 win against Edmonton after being injured early in the second period.

Dubnyk was upended after Minnesota’s Ryan Donato fell to the ice while battling the Oilers’ Brandon Manning. Dubnyk tried to leap over both sliding players, but fell hard on his backside and appeared to hit the back of his head on the ice.

“He fell. He looked like he fell, but hard. I don’t know what part of his body he hurt,” said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. He had no further update after the game.

Playing his 300th game with the Wild, Dubnyk was checked by a trainer before exiting after making nine saves. He was replaced by Alex Stalock.

An All-Star three of the past four seasons, Dubnyk entered the game with a 1-5-0 record, 4.18 goals-against average and .874 save percentage.

The Wholesale Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys also recalled defenseman Dennis Gilbert from the minors Wednesday. Gilbert, a third-round pick in the 2015 draft, played in Chicago’s season-opening loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 4.

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Griffin did not travel to Indiana for Detroit’s season opener against the Pacers on Wednesday, with the team saying he will continue treatment and conditioning “for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness.”

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Yet the talk after shootaround Tuesday focused on a pursuit that failed to connect — James and the Lakers’ attempt to land Kawhi Leonard in free agency before the star forward chose the Clippers.

James said he believed the Lakers would add Leonard to a team that already featured him and Anthony Davis “because I’m a positive guy,” admitting he envisioned what that Big Three would look like.

“You ask me was I getting excited about it? I don’t get too excited until things actually happen, but I thought we had a chance,” James said. “That’s all you can ask for. We put ourselves in position to have a chance to get [Leonard]. When he went to the Clippers, I thought that was just as cool. It was great for our league, and he had to do what was best for him. And we all respect that.”

James wouldn’t offer up much more than that.

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“Man, how the hell can I answer that? I don’t f—ing know,” James said with an incredulous grin. “I don’t know. I don’t know. Ask Kawhi.”

Davis was slightly more revelatory, rehashing his role in trying to pry Leonard from the Wholesale Toronto Raptors Jerseys, which he first explained to ESPN earlier this month.

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“It was fun just to go through it, for me, with a player like Kawhi, trying to recruit him to come here. It was fun,” Davis said. “We had one conversation, and I think he came out with a statement, or his uncle or something … somebody said he don’t really like all the recruitment and all that stuff, so I felt like I overstepped my boundaries.

“But it was a fun process. I would do it all over.”

Davis said he hasn’t communicated with Leonard since their summer dalliance. And like James, he has moved on from what could have been.

“He can do whatever he wants, obviously,” Davis said of Leonard. “We thought that we had a chance, but he made a decision and we’re going to face him tonight. He’s a hell of a player, they’ve got a great team over there, so it should be fun.”

It could be the start of an intense rivalry for Davis and Leonard.

Davis, 26, has one year left on his contract with the Lakers. Leonard, 28, can opt out of his Clippers contract in two seasons. Time will tell if the two of them will put down roots in Los Angeles.

In the meantime, they’ll have four nationally televised matchups this season to compete for their home turf.

“It’ll be fun,” Davis said. “But we have a whole year to clash out and see who is the last one standing.”

The Pistons say he will be re-evaluated the first week of November.

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Detroit has five games in October.

Griffin, a six-time All-Star, appeared in 75 games last season for Detroit, his most 2013-14. He averaged a career-high 25.5 points to go with 7.5 rebounds. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason.

The veteran forward played in Detroit’s first two preseason games, then missed its remaining three. He did participate in part of Monday’s practice.

“Still sore, day to day,” coach Dwane Casey told reporters Monday. “We’re going to be conservative. Whatever his body says.”

First-round draft pick Sekou Doumbouya (concussion protocol) will not travel to Indiana either, and Markieff Morris (low back tightness) is questionable. Point guard Reggie Jackson (low back tightness) is probable.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.