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PHILADELPHIA — Joe Girardi hit a grand slam after putting on the red pinstripes for the first time.

Girardi was charming, engaging and entertaining in his introductory news conference as the 55th manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Already popular among fans, Girardi said all the right things Monday.

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Multiple impactful free agents could be on the move and shift the 2020 World Series odds this offseason, including Houston ace Gerrit Cole and Washington starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg and third baseman Anthony Rendon.

Cole, 29, went 20-5 during the regular season with 326 strikeouts. The right-hander struck out nine in a stellar seven-inning performance in Game 5 of the World Series in what might have been his final start with the Astros.

Strasburg went 8⅓ innings and struck out seven in Game 6; Rendon hit a home run in Game 6 and another in Game 7.

Washington was expected to be a contender to begin the season but got off to a disappointing start; in June, the Nationals saw their World Series odds drift to 50-1 at some sportsbooks. They took off after the All-Star break, upset the Dodgers in the National League Division Series and swept the Wholesale St. Louis Cardinals Jerseys to advance to the franchise’s first World Series.

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“It means a lot to me that the fans are behind me,” Girardi said. “I’m well aware of the passion for the great game of Wholesale Baseball Jerseys here. I’ve lived it as a player and as a manager. I know the importance of winning here. I had a chance to compete against a great team with Charlie Manuel here in 2009, and it was a great place to come watch a game. The passionate fans of the Phillies were great — they were not easy to play against — and I want it to be that way for many years to come.”

Girardi brings an impressive résumé to Philadelphia. He managed the Wholesale New York Yankees Jerseys for 10 years, succeeding Joe Torre after the 2007 season. He led New York to its 27th World Series title, beating the Phillies in six games in 2009.

He also managed the Marlins for one season and was National League Manager of the Year after going 78-84 in 2006, the only manager to win the award with a losing record.

Girardi’s record with the Yankees was 910-710, the sixth-most wins by a manager in team history. Girardi won at least 84 games each season in New York and had four years with 95 or more, including 103 in 2009. He led the Yankees to three American League East titles and six postseason appearances.

“Having had 10 years in a big market in New York like Joe did with a World Series and six playoff appearances, his résumé really speaks for itself,” general manager Matt Klentak said. “But beyond that I can tell you that when we talk to people about Joe, people that he’s known in his career, people that he’s worked with, the players that have played for him, to a man or a person, every one of them would begin that conversation talking about what a good person Joe is and then at the end of that conversation they would conclude with: ‘Don’t forget that he’s an incredible person.’ I think when you’re making a hire like this, it’s a pretty good move to bet on a quality individual, and I really think we’re getting one of the best.”

Girardi’s wife, son and two daughters joined him at the news conference. He name-dropped several former Phillies and told a few stories, including one about asking former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard for an autograph for his son when Girardi was manager of the Marlins. Girardi made his major league debut as a player for the Cubs against the Phillies in 1989 and played his first road game in Philadelphia at old Veterans Stadium.

The 55-year-old Girardi had a .267 batting average and 1,100 hits with a .991 career fielding percentage as a catcher in 15 big league seasons. He won three World Series titles playing for the Yankees and was an All-Star with the Cubs in 2000.

“One way to establish respect, obviously, is your credibility, your track record,” Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins said. “He has one of the best out there, and we’re excited to be a part of that.”

The Phillies haven’t had a winning season since 2011 when they finished a run of five straight NL East titles, two pennants and one World Series championship under Manuel.

“I’m selfish. I want to win,” Girardi said. “We need to do whatever it takes to win.”

Girardi was nicknamed “Binder Joe” in New York for his use of analytics. Former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was criticized for relying on analytics too much.

“Numbers tell a story over time,” Girardi said. “I am an analytical guy who has an engineering degree. I love math, and they can never give me too much information. It’s a tool we can use to evaluate players in so many different ways. In reality, our job is to bring the best out in players, and whatever tool we have to help us, I want it.”

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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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Think back to the promo Wholesale MLB Jerseys shot during spring training, the “Let the kids play” campaign. The scene: A group of Wholesale Baseball Jerseys biggest stars are answering standard questions in a boring, cliched manner before Astros third baseman Alex Bregman erupts with, “We’re gonna with the championship this year and next year.” Most of the players in that promo were playing a character. Christian Yelich is about the last person who would blurt out, “I’m gonna hit 50 home runs this year.” (Though he would have done just that if he had not fractured his kneecap.)

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.”

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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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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.

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“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.

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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.

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“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.

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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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The 33-year-old forward has been sidelined with an upper-body injury since Oct. 14.

Three-time Stanley Cup champion Brent Seabrook will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game, and theWholesale Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys alternate captain isn’t happy about it.

“I think I’ve been playing good,” Seabrook told reporters Tuesday from Nashville. “I’ve obviously been on for some goals against. Tough situation, but I feel like I’m skating better. I feel like I’ve got a lot to offer this team.”

Seabrook, 34, was scratched for Sunday’s game against the Kings, a much-needed 5-1 win that snapped a four-game winless streak. He’ll now sit against the Predators. Before this week, Seabrook had been a healthy scratch only one other time in his career — in January 2018 by then-coach Joel Quenneville.

“I don’t think I need rest,” Seabrook said Tuesday. “I think I feel great. I’m 34. You guys seem to want to write articles about my age and my speed. I feel like I still got a lot to offer in this league and still be a good player for somebody.”

Blame for the fall of the once-mighty Blackhawks has often coalesced around Seabrook. The league has gotten faster and he’s gotten a little slower. And he still gets paid like a star, carrying the third-highest salary cap hit on the team. He’s in the fourth year of an eight-year deal at $6.875 million per season that has a full no-movement clause for this season and then two more. This season, Seabrook has the worst Corsi For Percentage on the team at 43.9.

It all adds up to Seabrook being virtually untradable. Not that everyone wants to see him go, however. Teammates routinely call him the heart and soul of the teams that won Cups in 2010, ’13 and ’15 and even today as the Blackhawks rebuild on the fly.

That fact that Seabrook added that he could be a good player “for somebody,” however, speaks to a new level of frustration for the blueliner.

Coach Jeremy Colliton said that veteran players can use some rest once in a while and emphasized that Seabrook can still help the team. He vowed to keep the lines of communication open. But Seabrook said there hasn’t been extensive conversation.

“There is no conversation, he just told me,” Seabrook said. “That’s it.”

Seabrook wasn’t the only Blackhawks stalwart taking a backseat Tuesday. Goalie Corey Crawford sat for the fourth time in five games, with Robin Lehner getting the call in net.

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Dumoulin has been dealing with a lower-body injury. He has three assists in eight games.

The Penguins enter Tuesday’s game against the Flyers (ESPN+) in fourth place in the Metro Division.

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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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


Pacers: At the Wholesale Brooklyn Nets Jerseys on Wednesday night.

Pistons: At the Wholesale Toronto Raptors Jerseys on Wednesday night.


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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NEW ORLEANS — In the first three games of the season for the Wholesale New Orleans Pelicans Jerseys, the team was scrappy and competitive despite missing No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. Even without Jrue Holiday in Saturday night’s game against the Houston Rockets, the Pelicans were still in the game in the final seconds.

That wasn’t the case Monday night.

The Golden State Warriors, fresh off losing their first two games by a combined 47 points, came into the Smoothie King Center and led wire-to-wire with a 134-123 win to drop the Pelicans to 0-4.

The final score was also not indicative of how the Pelicans played, and New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry doesn’t want anyone to think anything different.

“I just thought tonight, you look at the game and you look at the score and you think, ‘Oh, it ended up being an 11 point game.’ We were never in the game,” Gentry said. “We never had any chance at all to win, and I think that’s the most disturbing thing to me, especially playing at home.”

HOUSTON — Russell Westbrook, dressed in shiny black pants and a sleeveless NASCAR T-shirt, stopped by the visitors locker room on the way out of the Toyota Center on Monday night.

Westbrook chatted with former teammates such as Steven Adams and Andre Roberson, as well as some staffers he knew well from his 11 seasons with the Wholesale Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys. He also made small talk with Chris Paul, the point guard traded along with a package of first-round picks for Westbrook this summer. Paul cracked that Westbrook had better be careful walking into his old team’s locker room, mentioning that the league office disciplined him for doing the same thing, a reference to the heated postgame confrontation between the Wholesale Houston Rockets Jerseys and Wholesale LA Clippers Jerseys during Paul’s return to Staples Center a couple of seasons ago.

Westbrook smiled and laughed throughout the visit, quite a contrast to the sneer featured on his face during his 21-point, 12-rebound, 9-assist performance in Houston’s 116-112 victory over the Thunder.

“This is how it goes: When I hoop, I have no friends,” Westbrook said. “On the court, they know not to talk to me. Steven is a real close friend of mine, but inside those lines, there’s no friends. Spalding, that’s my friend, and my teammates, but that’s it. Before the game, after the game, I’ll talk to my guys. That doesn’t mean I don’t have friends, but during the game, I don’t. If you try to talk to me, I ain’t going to say s— to you.”

After a slow start, Westbrook’s game spoke volumes Monday night.

Westbrook went scoreless in the first quarter, missing all five shots from the floor, including a layup that didn’t even hit the rim after a wild drive on the opening possession. Houston trailed by 13 at the end of the quarter, prompting Westbrook to address the Rockets after the game about making sure they play with energy from the opening tip.

“It’s up to me to be able to make sure my guys are ready to go and not just ready but competing and playing hard,” said Westbrook, who finished 9-of-16 from the floor and had a game-best plus-minus of plus-19. “Because playing hard is not an option. For me, it’s something that we’ve got to take pride in. To be able to get to that elite level, we’ve got to do that every night.”

The Rockets didn’t really pick it up until the third quarter, when they outscored the Thunder by a 39-18 margin to roar back from a 10-point deficit. Westbrook had six points, three rebounds and four assists during the quarter, when he also picked up a technical foul for taunting rookie Darius Bazley.

Westbrook’s fingerprints were also all over the final minutes. He threw down a ferocious tomahawk dunk on a fast break and swished a midrange pull-up jumper — “a cotton shot,” as he calls it — on consecutive possessions to give the Rockets a six-point lead with 3 minutes remaining. But Westbrook’s most memorable play of the night was when he chased down the rebound of James Harden’s missed 3-pointer, penetrated into the teeth of the defense and kicked it out to PJ Tucker for a wide-open corner 3 that was a dagger with 54.8 seconds remaining.

“That’s game-winning plays right there,” said Harden, who had a game-high 40 points, doing much of his damage on free throws (21-of-22). “That’s what you need. He’s a superstar, but he’s getting offensive rebounds, he’s hustling, he’s doing the dirty things to help you win. It feels good to have that on your side.”

Paul, whose Rockets tenure will be best remembered by the hamstring strain that sidelined him for Games 6 and 7 of Houston’s 2018 Western Conference finals loss to the Wholesale Golden State Warriors Jerseys, was given a warm reception in his return to the Toyota Center. The late-arriving crowd cheered Paul when he was introduced with the Thunder’s starters and gave him a brief standing ovation following a tribute video that played during the first timeout of the game.

“Extremely grateful. The fans here were always great to me and my family,” said Paul, who had 15 points, four assists and six turnovers in the loss. “The staff … some of the people here became like family to me, and I try to stay in touch with those who were as genuine as could be.”

Paul mentioned that he still talks to former Houston teammates Tucker and Gary Clark almost every day, coyly adding that he hopes that won’t get them in trouble. He didn’t mention Harden, with whom Paul had some friction last season, during his postgame interview session but was complimentary of Westbrook.

“Russ brings a different dynamic to them with his aggressiveness,” Paul said. “He got guys open shots. I think that’s what Russ does well. He gets guys involved.”

Golden State led by as many as 29 points with 5:07 to play, but New Orleans’ backups finished the game on a 24-6 run.

Gentry said he felt the team gave themselves an opportunity to win in the first three games but couldn’t contain the Wholesale Basketball Jerseys against Golden State, and it showed in the result.

“First three games, I thought we played well and gave ourselves an opportunity to win,” Gentry said. “We talk all along about establishing some kind of home-court advantage, which is very important in making it difficult to come in here and win. If we’re going to say we’re not going to bow down, then we’re going to have to do a lot better than that from the standpoint of the way we compete when teams come in here.”

Along with missing Williamson and Holiday, the Pelicans were also without center Derrick Favors, who wasn’t available because of right knee soreness.

Without Favors in the lineup, the Pelicans struggled on the glass. New Orleans hadn’t been out-rebounded by more than four in its first 3 games, but the Pelicans were out-rebounded 61-41 against the Warriors.

Golden State also flexed their muscle on the offensive glass with 19 offensive rebounds, which led to 30 second-chance points.

“That’s not really something that they’re known for. They struggle in that department the last five years, really,” Gentry said. “That was something that was glaring.”

Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram, who finished with a game-high 27 points and led New Orleans with 10 rebounds, pointed to the defensive rebounding as an issue the team needs to clear up.

“Just getting it off the glass, trying to get into offense fast, trying to not let the other team have second chance points, that’s been hurting us a little bit, but we’ve just got to stay together,” Ingram said. “As a new group, we continue to get better and try not to take any steps backwards.”

Ingram also wouldn’t get discouraged about his team’s winless start.

“We have enough guys in here where we feel like we can win basketball games,” Ingram said. “I think we just got down a little bit when we weren’t making shots. It affected our energy a little bit. We have the guys in this room that we need, so we won’t get discouraged at all.”

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INDIANAPOLIS — Kicker Adam Vinatieri, the Wholesale NFL Jerseys all-time leading scorer, went from looking like he was about to cost the Wholesale Indianapolis Colts Jerseys another game to being the hero for them.

Vinatieri, who missed a field goal and extra point earlier in the game, made a 51-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining their 15-13 victory over the Wholesale Denver Broncos Jerseys on Sunday. Vinatieri has made 29 game-winning kicks during his 24-year NFL career. The 51 yarder tied for the third-longest game-winning kick of Vinatieri’s career.

“We all knew it was going in,” Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton said. “He’s made countless kicks like that throughout his career. That’s why he’s the G.O.A.T.”

The Colts (5-2), who lost quarterback Andrew Luck to retirement two weeks before the start of the regular season, are on a three-game winning streak and are 14-3 in their past 17 regular-season games going back to last season.

There was no guarantee Vinatieri was going to have a chance to redeem himself after the Colts started the winning drive at their own 11-yard line with less than two minutes remaining in the game. They got a 35-yard completion from quarterback Jacoby Brissett to Hilton where Brissett broke free from the grasp of Denver pass rusher Von Miller at the 1-yard line before escaping to find Hilton along the sideline.

“There’s maybe a couple of quarterbacks in the league that can make that play, we have one of them,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “That’s twofold. Get away from Von Miller in the end zone and then the throw, on the run to the right, getting it that far down the field inbounds to T.Y.”

After a 15-yard horse-collar penalty by Broncos linebacker Alexander Johnson on running back Nyheim Hines helped the Colts them get into field goal range, Reich showed his faith in Vinatieri when he called back-to-back running plays to ensure they were in the middle of the field for the future Hall of Famer to make the kick.

“Had all the confidence Adam was going to make it,” Reich said. “We threw it on first down, called a naked (bootleg) and they covered it up pretty well. I thought we could sneak one in there and get some big yards. Once we didn’t get that, I wasn’t going to take a chance on a sack or holding penalty that would put us out of field goal range. Run it twice and let Adam win the game.”

Questions about Vinatieri’s future with the Colts would have been raised had he missed the 51-yard attempt. Vinatieri missed a 45-yard field goal attempt where he had to rush the kick because Denver brought pressure right up the middle on the Colts’ opening drive of the game and then missed an extra point that would have tied the game at 13-13 late in the third quarter. He made a 55-yard field goal, which tied for the second longest of his career, in the first half.

“Missing two kicks, I’m not happy about,” Vinatieri said. “I’m pretty happy about a 50-plus game winner, a 55, so it wasn’t a complete catastrophe. But I expect to make every kick every time I step on the field. I like to have every one of them, but as long as we win, that’s the most important thing.”

Sunday’s struggles added on to a season of inconsistency for the 46-year-old Vinatieri.

He missed three kicks against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1. Vinatieri immediately took complete blame for the loss to the Chargers after the game. Vinatieri then missed two more extra points in Week 2 against the Wholesale Tennessee Titans Jerseys to bring his total of missed kicks inside of the 35-yard line over a five-game span up to seven.

Vinatieri said later that week he was working to the “demons” out so that he could clear his head. Colts general manager Chris Ballard worked out six kickers as potential replacements for Vinatieri that same week.

Vinatieri has missed a career-high four extra points this season. Two of those missed extra points would have tied the game. The rest of the league went into Sunday with a combined four misses, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Reich said the overall success Vinatieri has had in his career is why he’s had no problem sticking with him as their kicker.

“It’s 100 percent his track record, it’s 100 percent talking to him every day,” Reich said. “You know I am not just looking at the numbers, or evaluating the times and the kicks, how far he missed here or there, you look a guy in the eye and you know that this is the greatest kicker of all time, and I see every day what he does in practice, and our team has so much belief and confidence in him, I was real happy for him (Sunday), obviously, although he’s done this quite a few times, but good for him and good for us that he is on our team.”

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After squandering a fourth-quarter lead — thanks largely to a pair of Trubisky turnovers — the Bears’ offense managed to move the ball with under a minute left to play as they reached Los Angeles’ 21-yard line after Trubisky scrambled for 11 yards.

Trubisky said he didn’t think twice when Nagy called for the kneel down with so much time left on the clock.

“No, not surprised. … I mean, it’s coach’s call,” Trubisky said. “He knows what’s best for this team. Whatever he calls, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to stick behind it. And we know — I felt like if we crossed the 40, no matter where the ball was at, that Eddy was going to be able to put it through, so we’ve just got to have that faith, and you can question it all you want, but whatever he calls, that’s what we’re going to do, and we’re going to believe in it.”

Pineiro entered Week 8 as one of Chicago’s most consistent offensive weapons. The 24-year old kicker had missed just one field goal all year prior to facing Los Angeles. On Sunday, Pineiro went 3-for-5, including a misfire from 33 yards that bounced off the right upright.

“I really like where we’re at with Eddy,” Nagy said. “I have ultimate faith in him. I do. It just happens to be in our situation, it just gets completely magnified because of where we’ve been before. But I have ultimate trust in him. He’s going to be the one that wants another opportunity at that shot, at that kick. So that’s all we can do is next time he gets that chance, he puts it right down the middle.”

Pineiro won the Bears’ highly-publicized offseason kicker competition to replace Cody Parker, who missed seven regular-season field goals in 2018 and the infamous double doink from 43 yards with no time left in Chicago’s playoff loss to the Eagles.

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“This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal,” Watt tweeted on Sunday. “Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.”

The Texans fear that Watt tore his pectoral muscle, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. Watt also referenced his pec in another tweet after Sunday’s game.

INDIANAPOLIS — After the Wholesale Denver Broncos Jerseys 15-13 loss to the Wholesale Indianapolis Colts Jerseys on Sunday, an angry Joe Flacco called into question the team’s conservative approach down the stretch, including first-year offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello’s playcalling given the Broncos had held the lead for most of the game.

Adam Vinatieri’s 51-yard field goal with 22 seconds to play completed the Colts’ comeback, as the Broncos suffered their third loss of the season decided in a game’s final 30 seconds.

“Well, c’mon, I just look at it like we’re now a 2-6 Wholesale Football Jerseys team, and we’re like afraid to go for it in a two-minute drill, you know?” said Flacco, who received medical treatment on his neck throughout the game. “Who cares if you give the ball back with a minute, 40 seconds left? They’ve obviously got the field goal anyway.”

Pushed on the Broncos’ late-game offense, Flacco added: “Once again, we’re a 2-6 football team and it just feels like we’re kind of afraid to lose a game. It’s third-and-5 at the end of a game, who cares if they have a timeout at the end or not? Getting in field goal range isn’t that tough, you’re just putting your defense in these bad situations and I just felt like what do we have to lose? Why can’t we be aggressive in some of these situations? That’s kind of how I feel a lot about the game today.”

The Broncos certainly had multiple opportunities to put away what would have been their third win of the season.

With 7:38 remaining, after a sack and a forced fumble by Derek Wolfe on Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett had given the ball to the Broncos at the Indianapolis 48-yard line, the Broncos had an ugly three-and-out that included pass plays on first and third downs. But then the Broncos’ defense forced another punt and Denver got the ball at their own 38-yard line with 3:37 to play.

After two runs to move the ball to the Colts’ 48, the Broncos gained just 5 yards on the next two plays as they faced a third-and-5 at the two-minute warning. The Broncos, in a three-wide set and Flacco in the shotgun, chose to run Phillip Lindsay into the middle of the line for no gain on third down.

They then punted the ball away, and seven plays later, Vinatieri kicked the game winner.

“We’ve got to find a way to score more points, we’ve got to be more aggressive at it, period, [because] our defense is doing its job … we should have been able to get the 5 yards and run the clock out,” Lindsay said. “We’re asking [the defense] to do a lot, we got to do better. Like Flacco said, Joe is right, we’ve got to be more aggressive. When that’s coming from our quarterback, that’s saying something. Joe is our leader.”

Flacco said the Broncos should have gone more to wide receiver Courtland Sutton late in the game. Sutton drew several penalties on Colts cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (three for holding and twice for pass interference) and finished with 72 yards on three receptions.

Asked whether he had the power to question some of the calls, or if he had in between series, Flacco said: “Of course you talk on the sideline about what’s happening, but there’s only so much you can do. As players you’ve got to go out and execute what’s given to you …

“I felt like at some point we just got to start going up to [Sutton] and taking some shots. I kind of mentioned it at halftime. He’s a really good wide receiver and you can’t not take some shots with him. Even if you don’t hit them … good things happen.”

The Broncos have now scored 24 or fewer points in 17 consecutive games, the longest stretch in the league over that span and they have scored more than 16 points just twice this season — a 26-24 loss to the Wholesale Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys in Week 4 as well as a 20-13 win over the Wholesale Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys in Week 5.

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Watt left the field for the Texans’ blue medical tent midway through the second quarter before running to the locker room. The Texans first announced he was questionable to return to the game before later ruling him out at the start of the third quarter.

“We feel terrible for him. He works so damn hard, and he’s such a good person. Can’t replace him on or off the field,” a source told Russini.

Before he left the game, Watt had three tackles, a tackle for a loss and a pass defended. Watt has four sacks this season.

Cornerback Lonnie Johnson was also ruled out with a concussion. Houston was already without starting cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (hamstring/neck) and Bradley Roby (hamstring).

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he is planning to attend the World Series on Sunday if it goes to a fifth game.

The president confirmed his plans Thursday while presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Roger Penske, a businessman and founder of one of the world’s most successful motorsports teams.

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Trump played high school Wholesale Baseball Jerseys at the New York Military Academy and has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at major league games. Asked if he would do so again this weekend, he joked that he would have to dress up with a lot of heavy armor and would look too heavy. “I don’t like that,” he said.

The president is a Wholesale New York Yankees Jerseys fan who would often attend their games and sit in the owners’ suite or near the dugout. He welcomed the Astros to the White House last year after they won the 2017 World Series and said their victory was even more special following the devastation Hurricane Harvey wrought on the Texas city.

Washington Nationals pitcher Anibal Sanchez said people should “respect that situation” if the president wants to attend the game.

“He’s the president, and if he wants to come, why not?” Sanchez said.

Bill James, the famed statistician who’s been an adviser and consultant for the Wholesale Boston Red Sox Jerseys since 2002, announced Thursday that he’s leaving the organization.

“I leave the Red Sox on the best possible terms,” the 70-year-old James wrote on his website. “I am still friendly with everyone that I have worked with there, from the owners to the security guards. I still intend to … watch every Red Sox game. Well, maybe not EVERY game; retirement means I don’t have to stay up to watch them play a four-hour game in Seattle ending at 1:30. In exchange for that, next time we win the World Series, I won’t get a ring.”

James was a pioneer of baseball analytics, gaining fame with his annual “Baseball Abstract” from 1977 through 1987, and then “The Bill James Handbook,” which projects statistics for every major league player each year.

He joined the Red Sox as their senior baseball operations adviser in November 2002. Two years later, they won their first World Series since 1918. The Red Sox went on to win three more titles with James on staff.

A consultant in recent years, the club described his position as working “with senior management and the baseball operations department to provide research and analysis of special projects, and on-going concerns.”

In his statement, James said he’s just retiring from the Red Sox and not baseball projects overall.

“I have two books written that I need to get published; I have more books that I am writing and more books that I want to write,” James wrote on his website. “The annual Handbook will be out in a week or so. I have a TV project in the works; I have big dreams. I’m going to get a dog, and a bicycle, and my wife and I will travel, as we always have. … To the Red Sox: it’s been a blast. Thank you all.”

Trump would be the first sitting president to attend a World Series game since George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch at New York’s Yankee Stadium before Game 3 in 2001. As the former controlling owner of the Wholesale Texas Rangers Jerseys, Bush knew several of the players involved.

Other presidents who attended World Series game were Woodrow Wilson (1915), Calvin Coolidge (1924), Herbert Hoover (1929, 1930, 1931), Franklin Roosevelt (1933, 1936), Dwight Eisenhower (1956), Jimmy Carter (1979) and Ronald Reagan (1983).

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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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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.

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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.

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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.”