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Reuters Sports News Summary

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Vlatko Andonovski was vaulted into one of the most coveted positions in women's soccer on Monday, taking the helm of the United States women's national team in the wake of their record-extending fourth World Cup victory. Andonovski, a coach in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), takes over from Jill Ellis who, after leading the team to a second back-to-back World Cup title in July, announced that she would step down. One day removed from a victory at Chicago, the Los Angeles Chargers fired offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on Monday.

Weekend Sports in Brief

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Matsuyama also closed with a 67 BUSAN, South Korea (AP) - Ha Na Jang birdied the third playoff hole Sunday to beat American Danielle Kang for the LPGA's BMW Ladies Championship. Both players parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff before moving to the 10th hole at the LPGA Busan International course, where Jang's three clinched it. Kang, who birdied eight of her first 13 holes for a 64, and Jang, 65, finished with 19-under 269 totals.

Friday Sports in Brief

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) - Major League Baseball is conducting a wider probe of the Houston Astros that goes beyond the assistant general manager who was fired this week for inappropriate behavior, concerned about the team's initial denial. Houston terminated manager Brandon Taubman on Thursday, saying he directed inappropriate comments at female reporters during a clubhouse celebration following Game 6 of the AL Championship Series last weekend. There are aspects of this that go beyond the incident that's been dealt with in terms of the employment of the individual,'' baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday before World Series Game 3.

Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC 4-1

Friday, October 25th, 2019

From the moment George Springer jumped on the game's third pitch for a single, then quickly swiped a base, to the way he and his teammates sprinted off the field after the final out a little past midnight Saturday, the Houston Astros were suddenly aggressive and energetic. Yes, the Fall Classic finally showed up back in Washington, 86 years later - and, sparked by Springer and Jose Altuve, the Astros finally showed up in the Fall Classic. Springer had two of Houston's four steals, Altuve doubled twice before scoring each time, Zack Greinke repeatedly worked out of trouble, and the Astros made sure they wouldn't go quietly despite looking listless twice at home, beating the Nationals 4-1 on Friday night to cut their Series deficit to 2-1.

Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC 4-1

Friday, October 25th, 2019

From the moment George Springer jumped on the game's third pitch for a single, then quickly swiped a base, to the way he and his teammates sprinted off the field after the final out a little past midnight Saturday, the Houston Astros were suddenly aggressive and energetic. Yes, the Fall Classic finally showed up back in Washington, 86 years later — and, sparked by Springer and José Altuve, the Astros finally showed up in the Fall Classic. Springer had two of Houston's four steals, Altuve doubled twice before scoring each time, Zack Greinke repeatedly worked out of trouble, and the Astros made sure they wouldn't go quietly despite looking listless twice at home, beating the Nationals 4-1 on Friday night to cut their Series deficit to 2-1.

Reuters Sports News Summary

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Former player Andrea Gaudenzi has been appointed as the new ATP chairman on a four-year term that will begin in January, the governing body of men's tennis said. The 46-year-old Italian, who won three titles on the tour and reached a career-high world ranking of 18 in 1995, will take over from Chris Kermode who will leave his position as ATP executive chairman and president at the end of the year. Roger Federer is through to the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors Basel after Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka was forced to pull out of the tournament.

Astros seek World Series dynasty as Nats hunt fairytale title

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

An upstart Washington Nationals squad will try to end the US capital's 95-year Major League Baseball title drought when the 115th World Series opens Tuesday against the Houston Astros. Two impressive sets of starting pitchers are the feature attraction as the Nationals, who overcame a 19-31 start to reach their first World Series, meet an Astros club trying for a second title in three seasons. No team has done better since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000.

Cole, unbeaten since May, transformed by Astros analytics

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Gerrit Cole walked into a conference room after one of his first spring training workouts with the Houston Astros in February 2018 and was met by about 10 people. "There was charts, video, matching charts," Cole recalled. Cole transformed into perhaps the best pitcher in the major leagues after that one-hour presentation, increasing the usage of his four-seam fastball and curveball, pretty much dropping his two-seam sinker and attacking the top of the strike zone far more frequently.

Reuters Sports News Summary

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. George Springer homered in each of his first three plate appearances, shouldering the load until the Houston Astros broke free with a six-run fifth inning in their 13-5 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. The Astros clinched the American League West with their 102nd win, their ninth full-season division title and third in a row.

Weekend Sports in Brief

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Andy Green was fired as manager of the San Diego Padres on Saturday morning, about 12 hours after one of their worst losses this season seemed to sum up their second-half collapse. General manager A.J. Preller said Green, in his fourth season, was fired because the team had regressed in the second half. San Diego was 45-45 at the All-Star break but has played poorly since.