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Today β€” October 19th 2019NYT Sports

Astros Take Quick Lead vs. Yankees: Live Score and Updates

By David Waldstein

Facing elimination, the Yankees are sending James Paxton to the mound while the Astros will start Justin Verlander at Yankee Stadium.

Zion Williamson, Star N.B.A. Rookie, Out Indefinitely With Knee Injury

By Marc Stein

Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans big man, is known for his explosive dunks, but he also dealt with knee issues in college at Duke.

Columbia Reinstates Marching Band in Time for Homecoming

By Billy Witz

The reversal comes amid an outpouring of support from alumni band members. The university largely got what it wanted — more control over the band’s performances.

β€˜He’s Given Everything’: C.C. Sabathia’s Career Ends in Pain

By Bob Klapisch

Sabathia, one of the Yankees’ most respected veterans, walked off the mound for the final time in less-than-ideal circumstances: with an injured arm during a dreary postseason loss.

A Look Back at One Reporter’s Bad N.B.A. Predictions

By Sopan Deb

A Times reporter says it is time to hold him accountable for his errant N.B.A. takes. Carmelo Anthony for Sixth Man of the Year?

Yesterday β€” October 18th 2019NYT Sports

Saquon Barkley Return Raises Hopes for Giants Offense

By Danielle Allentuck

The Pro Bowl running back had spent four weeks rehabbing a high ankle sprain.

Liverpool’s Opponents: So Close, So Far, So Frustrated

By Rory Smith

Liverpool is unbeaten and has led the Premier League race all season. So why do so many of its beaten rivals feel they could have fared better?

M.L.B. Said to Be Pushing for Overhaul of Minor Leagues

By David Waldstein

Major League Baseball officials have proposed a restructuring of several lower leagues, which could sever some teams’ ties with M.L.B. clubs.

7 Podcasts for the Sports Fan

By Emma Dibdin

Every sport needs a good commentator, and these shows offer everything from postgame analysis to historical storytelling.

The Luckless Expos Gave Birth to the Nationals, and a Lot More

By Tyler Kepner

The heritage of the Expos includes a devastating end to their brilliant 1994 season, but also spectacular players who made good elsewhere while never forgetting Montreal.

N.F.L. Week 7 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

By Benjamin Hoffman

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks host Lamar Jackson and the Ravens; the Patriots and the 49ers try to stay undefeated; and the Cowboys try to figure out what’s gone wrong.

In New M.L.S. Playoff Format, Every Game Is a Must-Win

By Victor Mather

A revamped postseason has raised the stakes for Major League Soccer’s top teams and given others a fighting chance.

Why Are the Astros 3-1 Up? It’s All About the Ks

By Tyler Kepner

The Astros’ pitchers had the most strikeouts in the majors this season, and their hitters had the fewest.

Those Superfast Nike Shoes Are Creating a Problem

By Amby Burfoot

The people who oversee track and field have to give serious thought to how much running shoe technology is too much.

For the Nationals, Howie Kendrick’s Resilience Says It All

By David Waldstein

The Nationals’ 36-year-old infielder rebounded from an injury that ended his 2018 season, then saved his biggest comeback for a playoff journey to the World Series.

Patrick Mahomes Knocked Out of Game by a Knee Injury

By Ben Shpigel

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, who had been battling an ankle injury for weeks, hurt his knee on a sneak.

Japan’s Success at World Cup Buoys Hopes for Rugby at Home

By Ken Belson

Can a World Cup do for Japanese rugby what an earlier one did for Japanese soccer?

Parents Should Limit Sports Participation for Children, Trainers Say

By Roni Caryn Rabin

Young athletes are practicing too hard in just one sport, increasing the risk of injuries and burnout. New guidelines urge parents to reduce the intensity.

Before yesterdayNYT Sports

N.B.A. Commissioner: China Asked Us to Fire Daryl Morey

By Sopan Deb

Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, also said the financial fallout from Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters has been “substantial.”

How the Astros Beat the Yankees in Game 4 of the A.L.C.S.

By James Wagner and Benjamin Hoffman

The Yankees failed to come up with crucial hits against Zack Greinke and the Astros’ relievers, and Houston took a commanding three-games-to-one lead in the series.