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NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees has been in a class of his own during his 13 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, and on Monday night, he moved to the head of the NFL class. In a 43-19 victory over the visiting Washington Redskins, Brees threw for 363 yards to surpass Peyton Manning as the NFL's all-time passing yardage leader, giving him 72,103 yards in 254 games over 18 seasons. Manning compiled his 71,940 passing yards in 266 games. Brees completed 26 of 29 passes and threw three touchdown passes, giving him 499 for his career.
NEW YORK—Andrew Benintendi highlighted a seven-run fourth inning with a bases-clearing double, Brock Holt hit for the first cycle in postseason history, and the visiting Boston Red Sox rolled to a 16-1 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday night. Game 4 is Tuesday, and the Red Sox are one win away from meeting the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. Rick Porcello is set to pitch for Boston while CC Sabathia will start for the Yankees.
ATLANTA—Manny Machado drove in four runs with a homer and double, and the Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series with a 6-2 victory over the host Atlanta Braves on Monday. It is the third straight trip to the NLCS for the Dodgers, who won the best-of-five division NL Division Series in four games. Their next opponent will be the Brewers, who completed a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the other NLDS. The NLCS begins Friday in Milwaukee.
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles placed running back Jay Ajayi on injured reserve Monday, shortly before several outlets reported the running back has a torn anterior cruciate ligament. It's unclear which knee Ajayi injured or when it occurred, but NFL Network reported he tore the ligament while pass protecting during Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings and played through it. The report adds Ajayi will have surgery Thursday, and the belief is the ACL is the only torn ligament.
CLEVELAND—George Springer homered twice, Marwin Gonzalez notched two bases-loaded hits, and Carlos Correa snapped a hitless drought as the Houston Astros completed their first postseason sweep, securing this American League Division Series with an 11-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday, Oct. 8, at Progressive Field.
Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby had one of the worst games in league history as a kicker on Sunday, but he's not going anywhere -- despite costing the Packers in a big way at Detroit. "We have to convert those kicks," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told the media Monday. "He's a proven highly successful kicker, and I believe in him but he's got to make those kicks. It's a different game at halftime (if he makes those three first-half) kicks." If Crosby, who missed five kicks in all Sunday, has another shaky game, it's unlikely McCarthy will stand pat.
ATLANTA—Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the sixth inning after the Los Angeles Dodgers had come back from a five-run deficit, and the host Atlanta Braves stayed alive in the National League Division Series with a 6-5 victory in Game 3 on Sunday night, Oct. 7. Rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a grand slam to climax a five-run second inning for the Braves, but the Dodgers fought back thanks in part to homers by Chris Taylor and Max Muncy.
NAPA, Calif. — Kevin Tway birdied the third playoff hole to capture his first career PGA Tour win Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Safeway Open at Napa. Tway rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 10th green to complete a stellar finish at Silverado Resort and Spa's North Course. He birdied the 17th and 18th holes in regulation to get into the playoff with Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker, then birdied the 18th hole two more times to start the playoff before the players movee to the 10th hole.
DENVER—Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 in Game 3 on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Denver to sweep a National League Division Series. The Brewers move onto the NL Championship Series, where they will host Game 1 on Friday, Oct. 12, against either the Dodgers or the Braves. Los Angeles led that series 2-0 with Game 3 scheduled for later Sunday at Atlanta.
DOVER, Del. — Chase Elliott took the lead by restarting on old tires after a caution flag waved with eight laps to go, held it through an overtime restart and went on to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, Oct. 7, at Dover International Raceway. The victory in the Gander Outdoors 400, the opening race of the Round of 12 playoffs, locks Elliott and his Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet into the Round of 8, which begins in three weeks at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.