Turner, Taylor repay Dodgers' patience by sharing NLCS MVP

CHICAGO (AP) Justin Turner and Chris Taylor shared MVP honors in the NL Championship Series, repaying a Dodgers organization willing to roll the dice on players whose big league careers were stalled.

In Turner's case, it was then-bench coach Tim Wallach who rediscovered him playing in a Cal State-Fullerton alumni baseball game four years ago, after his career appeared all but over.

In Taylor's case, it was Los Angeles' willingness to gamble that an offseason of grueling workouts would enable the young utilityman to rebuild his swing in a matter of months.

Verstappen extends deal with Red Bull through 2020

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Max Verstappen, the youngest winner in Formula One history and a driver most regard as a future champion, has agreed to stay with Red Bull through the 2020 season.

Red Bull announced the deal Friday before the start of practice at the U.S. Grand Prix. Red Bull had been eager to lock down their rising star for the long term before he could be poached away. (MORE)

Malta captain mutes goal celebration after journalist slain

Malta captain Andre Schembri says the car bomb slaying of a Maltese investigative journalist prompted him not to exult after scoring an historic goal.

Schembri's temporary equalizer for Cypriot club Apollon in a 3-1 loss to Italian side Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday made him the first Maltese player to score in proper European competition - excluding qualifying. (MORE)

Brazil summons Costa and leaves out Luiz for friendlies

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil summoned Juventus winger Douglas Costa and left out Chelsea defender David Luiz for friendlies against Japan and England next month.

Brazil will play Japan on Nov. 10 in the French city of Lille, and four days later England in London. All of the teams are qualified for the World Cup. (MORE)

American skater Chen leads Rostelecom Cup

MOSCOW (AP) Nathan Chen of the United States landed two quads to take a strong lead after the men's short program of the Rostelecom Cup, the first of the six-leg figure skating Grand Prix.

The American champion outpointed Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan by nearly six points on Friday, with 100.54. (MORE)

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