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Unified middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and the streaming service DAZN have agreed to a five-year, 11-fight deal that will pay the boxer at least $365 million -- the highest-paying athlete contract in history. DAZN became the broadcast home of boxing in the United States after HBO announced in September that it is getting out of the fight business. The signing of Alvarez kicks off the DAZN-boxing partnership with an exclamation point and plenty of zeroes.
LOS ANGELES—Cody Bellinger's 13th-inning RBI single ended a marathon Game 4 and evened the National League Championship Series as the Los Angeles Dodgers went deep into the night for a 2-1 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Bellinger ripped a 3-2 pitch from Brewers reliever Junior Guerra (0-1) into right field, allowing Manny Machado to score from second base. Guerra had thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings before the last pitch.
ST. PAUL—Eric Staal and Mikael Granlund each scored their second goals of the season, and Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves as the Minnesota Wild beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Tuesday in Saint Paul, Minn. Staal slipped the puck into an open net after a scramble in front of the goal at 6:18 of the third period following a hard shot by Ryan Suter for the winning goal in a game that featured strong play by goaltenders Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper.
HOUSTON—Jackie Bradley Jr. crushed a two-out grand slam in the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox stunned the Houston Astros 8-2 on Tuesday in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox grabbed a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven set with Game 4 set for Minute Maid Park on Wednesday. The Astros have dropped consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 30-31 against the Los Angeles Angels.
GREEN BAY, Wis.—Mason Crosby drilled a 27-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Green Bay Packers to a 33-30 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, Oct. 15. Crosby's kick capped a terrific final drive by Aaron Rodgers, who led a 10-play, 81-yard march in 1:04 to seal the comeback victory. Rodgers completed 25 of 46 passes for 425 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to Davante Adams.
LOS ANGELES—Orlando Arcia hit a two-run home run, and Jhoulys Chacin delivered 5 1/3 strong innings Monday as the Milwaukee Brewers grabbed the lead in the National League Championship Series with a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ryan Braun got the Brewers off to a fast start with an RBI double in the first inning as Milwaukee took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS, with Game 4 set for Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The victory moved the Brewers two victories away from their first World Series appearance since 1982.
NASHVILLE—Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal midway through the second period, and the Nashville Predators held on for a 4-2 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Craig Smith, Mattias Ekholm and Miikka Salomaki also scored for Nashville, while Ryan Johansen and P.K. Subban had two assists apiece. The Predators have won three games in a row and five of six to open the season. Mikko Koivu notched a goal and an assist in a losing effort for the Wild. Matt Dumba also scored for Minnesota, which remains in search of its first win in regulation time.
BOSTON—Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a go-ahead, bases-clearing double with two outs in the third inning, and the Boston Red Sox evened the American League Championship Series at one game apiece with a 7-5 victory over the visiting Houston Astros on Sunday night, Oct. 14. Game 3 is Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Houston. Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers had RBI singles in the opening inning off Gerrit Cole (0-1) before Bradley's key hit two innings later.
TALLADEGA, Ala. — For three-plus hours on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 14, the only question surrounding the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway appeared to concern which Stewart-Haas Racing driver would get the victory. The answer came back: Aric Almirola, the SHR driver who needed it the most. The overtime victory was his first of the season and came at a great time as it locked him into the next round of the Cup playoffs. "That was so awesome," Almirola shouted. "At Talladega. I've been so close so many times this year.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Australia's Marc Leishman tied the tournament course record with a final-round, 7-under 65 as he ran away with the title Sunday, Oct. 14, at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. His 26-under 262 total ties the record set by American Justin Thomas in 2015. "I knew that even though I got off to a good start, I still needed to grind because there's some tough holes out there," said Leishman. "Managed to hit some good shots and this is the result. It's great to get back in the winner's circle, excited to be back in Malaysia and leaving with this."