• New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, far left, Dellin Betances, second from left, Brett Gardner, second from right, and Chris Young, right, watch from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning of the American League wild card baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in New York. The Astros won 3-0 to advance to the American League Division Series. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Yanks still have not led playoff game since Jeter got hurt

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees still have not led in a postseason game since Derek Jeter sprawled in the dirt three years ago, screaming in pain from a broken ankle.

  • Memphis Grizzlies guard Russ Smith (2) shoots between Houston Rockets center Clint Capela and forward Sam Dekker (7) in the second half of an NBA basketball preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

    Smith leads Grizzlies past Rockets, 92-89

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Russ Smith scored 12 points, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee added 11 apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Houston Rockets 92-89 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

  • Death row inmate Juan Garcia is photographed in a visiting cage Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas. Garcia, 35, from Houston, is facing execution Oct. 6, 2015, for the 1998 robbery and fatal shooting of Hugo Solano, 36.  Evidence showed Garcia and three companions stole $8 from the victim. (AP Photo/Mike Graczyk)

    Texas inmate set for execution for killing man in $8 robbery

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A convicted killer in Texas was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting another man in a robbery that yielded just $8.

  • Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws in the outfield during a workout at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, for an American League Wild Card baseball game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Keuchel, Astros still have something to prove against Yanks

    NEW YORK (AP) — For Dallas Keuchel, pitching on three days’ rest for the Houston Astros in the American League wild-card game is just one more chance to prove a season’s worth of doubters wrong.

  • Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) congratulates Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer (7) after Hoyer through a touchdown passs against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    QB Ryan Mallett to start for Texans against Colts

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans are sticking with Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback despite his recent struggles.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke delivers against the San Diego Padres during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    Close calls in Cy Young races; Harper, Donaldson for MVP

    NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s how stacked the NL Cy Young race is: Max Scherzer struck out 276 batters with a 2.79 ERA and became the first major leaguer in 42 years to throw two no-hitters in one season.

  • Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones and Jonathan Babineaux share a laugh on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Falcons keep soaring, Texans in flux

    ATLANTA (AP) — Everyone in the Atlanta Falcons’ locker room seemed eager to praise a teammate.

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  • Houston Astros' Marwin Gonzalez (9) hits a line drive single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

    Houston headed to playoffs despite 5-3 loss to Arizona

    PHOENIX (AP) — Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch gathered his players around, took a puff from his victory cigar and told everyone to quiet down.

  • Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon (9) is congratulated in the dugout by teammates after scoring on a double by Justin Bour in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a baseball game Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    Gordon edges Harper for NL batting title on final day

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miami’s Dee Gordon had three hits on the final day of the season to edge Washington’s Bryce Harper for the NL batting title Sunday, and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera won his fourth AL championship in five years.