Yankees get back on track with dominant win over Blue Jays

Gerrit Cole is the guy you can’t take your eyes off when he has the ball in his hand on the mound. You can hear him thinking about executing a pitch, see him show disgust when he doesn’t and admire his competitiveness. Tuesday night all of that was in play, but Cole wasn’t the main event in a 12-1 drilling of the Blue Jays by the Yankees at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. Sure, Cole allowed one run, five hits, didn’t issue a walk and fanned seven on the way to…

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Lakers were so close but Jerami Grant helped Nuggets hold on

Nuggets forward Jerami Grant drives for a layup against Lakers guard Rajon Rondo during the second half of Game 3 on Tuesday night.  (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press) Even as they were forced to come to grips with the pain of a last-second defeat in Game 2, the Denver Nuggets refused to give in to the forces going against them, namely the heavily favored Lakers, in the Western Conference finals. Even as they saw a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter dip to three tenuous points, the Nuggets stood firm when the…

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Bill Belichick: Raiders’ Darren Waller going to be ‘big challenge’ for Patriots

Bill Belichick: Raiders’ Darren Waller going to be ‘big challenge’ for Patriots Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Oakland Raiders for CSNBayArea.com and Sacramento Bee for eight years Member of Pro Football Writers Association Previously worked at Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated Follow on Twitter LAS VEGAS — How impressive was Darren Waller’s breakout performance in the Las Vegas Raiders’ 34-24 defeat of the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football? It even got the notoriously stingy-with-his-words Hoodie talking. A lot. Well, a lot for…

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After near injury, Raiders SS Johnathan Abram brings second-half energy vs. Saints

Early in the Raiders’ win against the Saints, Las Vegas was struggling to contain Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense. But what happened to safety Johnathan Abram early in the contest was more concerning. He appeared to be seriously injured after making a diving tackle during the Saints’ second series. Abram dove out of bounds, colliding with a cart placed near the boundary by the TV crew. He lay motionless as the telecast went to commercial. He rose to his feet, however, returning to the sideline under his own power, and with a…

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