Scoreboard roundup -- 9/17/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

Oakland 6, Philadelphia   3

Baltimore 6,  N.Y. Yankees 4
Tampa Bay  3,  Boston 2
Detroit 12, Chi White Sox  0
Cleveland 3, Kansas City 2
Houston  7, Seattle 1
Minnesota 13, Toronto 7
Texas 4,  L.A. Angels 2

Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Mets 5,  Atlanta 1
Milwaukee 10,  Miami 3
Chi Cubs 4,  St. Louis 3
San Diego 4, Colorado 3
San Francisco 7,  Arizona  2
Washington 7, L.A. Dodgers   1

Minnesota 81, Washington  70
L.A. Sparks 89 , Phoenix  87

Baltimore  24, Cleveland 10
Pittsburgh  26,  Minnesota  9
New England 36,  New Orleans 20
Tampa Bay 29,  Chicago 7
Tennessee  37, Jacksonville 16
Arizona 16,  Indianapolis 13; OT  
Kansas City 27,  Philadelphia 20
Carolina  9,  Buffalo 3
Oakland 45, N.Y. Jets 20
Miami 19,  L.A Chargers 17
Denver  42,  Dallas 17
Seattle 12,  San Francisco  9
Washington  27,  L.A Rams 20
Atlanta  34,  Green Bay  23

Philadelphia  0, New York  0

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Astros clinch American League West

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(HOUSTON) -- The Cleveland Indians have been stealing a lot of the American League spotlight lately, but the Houston Astros have been one of the most consistent teams across the MLB all season long. That consistency paid off on Sunday, when Houston's 7-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners clinched them the American League West division.

Recently acquired starter Justin Verlander had a great home debut, throwing seven innings of one run ball while striking out ten and walking just one. He was helped along by home runs from four different Astros. Derek Fisher's two-run blast in the fifth game Houston a 2-1 lead, and Marwin Gonzalez added to that lead later in the inning with a two-run homer of his own.

In the seventh, George Springer hit a solo homer and Carlos Correa added a two-run shot to complete the scoring for the Astros.

The Astros still have something to play for, as they only trail the Indians by one and a half games for best record in the American League.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/16/17

iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

Philadelphia 5, Oakland 3

Houston 8, Seattle 6
N.Y. Yankees 9, Baltimore 3
Cleveland 8, Kansas City 4
Chicago White Sox 10, Detroit 4
Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1
Toronto 7, Minnesota 2
L.A. Angels 2, Texas 0

L.A. Dodgers 3, Washington 2
Chicago Cubs 4, St. Louis 1
Cincinnati 2, Pittsburgh 1
Miami 7, Milwaukee 4
N.Y. Mets 7, Atlanta 3
Colorado 16, San Diego 0
Arizona 2, San Francisco 0

(1) Alabama 41, Colorado St. 23
(2) Oklahoma 56, Tulane 14
(3) Clemson 47, (14) Louisville 21
(4) Southern Cal 27, Texas 24; 2OT
(5) Penn St. 56, Georgia St. 0
(6) Washington 48, Fresno St. 16
(7) Michigan 29, Air Force 13
(8) Ohio St. 38, Army 7
(9) Oklahoma St. 59, Pittsburgh 21
(10) Wisconsin 40, BYU  6
(17) Miami at (11) Florida St.; postponed
Mississippi St. 37, (12) LSU 7
(13) Georgia 42, Samford 14
(15) Auburn 24, Mercer 10
(16) Virginia Tech 64, East Carolina 17
Vanderbilt 14, (18) Kansas St. 7
San Diego St. 20, (19) Stanford 17
(20) TCU 56, SMU 36
(21) Washington St. 52, Oregon St. 23
(24) Florida 26, (23) Tennessee 20
Memphis 48, (25) UCLA 45

Orlando 3, Atlanta 3

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Golovkin-Alvarez fight ends in a draw 

 Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(LAS VEGAS) -- The battle for the unified middleweight title Saturday night between champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez lived up to the hype. All that it needed was a result. The judges scored the fight 118-110 Alvarez, 115-113 Golovkin and 114-114, ending the fight in a draw allowing Golovkin to retain his belts.

The most shocking of all of these scores was 118-110 by judge Adalaide Byrd, who only gave rounds four and seven to Golovkin. Golovkin landed more punches in ten of the 12 rounds, but Alvarez had a higher percentage of punches landed with almost 200 less punches thrown.

The result was Golovkin's first that did not result in a win (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and was his 19th consecutive middleweight title defense, putting him one away from the record of 20 set by Bernard Hopkins.

Both fighters felt they won the fight, and indicated they would like a rematch to determine a winner.

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Vikings promote practice squad QB amid concern over Bradford's knee 

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Sam Bradford put on a show on Monday Night Footbal against the New Orleans Saints, but his status for Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers is in question.

Sources told ESPN that Bradford underwent an MRI Tuesday on his left knee. The scan did not reveal any specific damage, but the Vikings did promote practice squad quarterback Kyle Sloter to the 53-man roster Saturday.

Bradford is listed as questionable, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Friday he expects Bradford to play in the game. If he's unable to go, backup quarterback Case Keenum will most likely get the nod.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/15/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

Oakland 4, Philadelphia 0
N.Y. Yankees 8, Baltimore 2
Boston 13, Tampa Bay 6, 15 Innings
Detroit 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Kansas City 4, Cleveland 3
Houston 5, Seattle 2
Toronto 4, Minnesota 3
L.A. Angels 7, Texas 6

Chicago Cubs 8, St. Louis 2
L.A. Dodgers 7, Washington 0
Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 2
Atlanta 3, N.Y. Mets 2
Milwaukee 10, Miami 2
Colorado 6, San Diego 1
Arizona 3, San Francisco 2

(22) South Florida 47, Illinois 23

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Red Sox and Yankees fined in sign-stealing spat

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The use of an Apple watch by the Boston Red Sox in an attempt to steal signs from the Yankees has been punished by Major League Baseball. And the Yankees didn't come out of it unscathed either.

On Friday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount for "sending electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout" in an effort to steal signs. The incident was brought to MLB's  attention by the Yankees.

The Red Sox alleged that the Yankees also attempted to steal signs using their YES network cameras, but the Commissioner's office said there was insufficient evidence for that. The Yankees were fined a lesser undisclosed amount, however, for improper use of a dugout phone prior to this season.

Manfred also noted that "all 30 clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/14/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

Chi White Sox  17  Detroit  7
Boston 6,  Oakland   2
N.Y. Yankees 13,  Baltimore 5
Cleveland  3,  Kansas City  2; 10 Innings
Seattle 10, Texas  4
Minnesota 3, Toronto 2; 10 Innings
Houston  5,  L.A. Angels   2

St. Louis 5,  Cincinnati 2
Arizona 7,  Colorado 0
Philadelphia 10,  Miami 0
Washington 5,  Atlanta 2
Chi Cubs 14,  N.Y. Mets 6

Minnesota 93,  Washington 83
L.A. Sparks 86,  Phoenix 72

Houston 13,  Cincinnati  9

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Indians win 22nd straight game, clinch playoff birth

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians held the longest win streak in American League history at 21 games, and it just got longer. On Thursday night, the Indians held on to defeat the Royals 3-2, but it didn't come without drama.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Indians trailed 2-1. The team was down to its final strike when Francisco Lindor's RBI double brought home the game-tying run and sent the game to extra innings.

In the bottom of the tenth, Jose Ramirez stretched a base hit to center into a double, putting a runner in scoring position. Edwin Encarnacion walked, putting two on and nobody out for Jay Bruce, and Bruce cashed in. Bruce ripped a line drive down the right field line, scoring Ramirez and giving the Indians a dramatic 3-2 victory for their 22nd straight win, the second longest streak in MLB history.

To make the night a little sweeter, the Indians clinched a playoff birth with the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros.

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How pro-climber Sasha DiGiulian made history-making free climb up Madagascar's Mora Mora

AlexBrylov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rock-climbing phenom Sasha DiGiulian put herself in the record books again by becoming the first woman to successfully free-climb the Mora Mora in Madagascar -- a more than 2,300-foot multi-pitch natural granite wall.

DiGiulian accomplished the amazing feat, which up until now had only seen one other person complete the intense vertical route, in August, after 26 grueling days on the formation, starting with trial climbs before her final three-day ascent.

She made her ascent without any extra aids, using ropes only to catch a potential fall. DiGiulian is a free climber, which means trusting the strength of her hands and feet. Sometimes she uses just her fingertips and toes to grip and scale the wall, which the 24-year-old compared to dancing.

"Every move is super delicate -- it’s like tiptoeing ... dancing on your feet. Super balletic climb."

Making the incredible ascent alongside DiGiulian was Edu Marin, her climbing partner who has been by her side for many of her other attempts and accomplishments.

Back in 2014, the pair traveled to Sardinia to take on Viaje de Los Locos, meaning "The Mad Man's Journey." At the time she called it, "by far, the hardest route that I've ever attempted." She now says that it was also one of the most transformative of her life because her father had passed away suddenly two months before that climb.

"Sasha is definitely the forefront of female rock climbers. She's certainly one of the best in the world," adventure videographer Keith Ladzinski said of the professional climber.

"I would say that the main thing that has increased in the last three years -- is my confidence in myself," DiGiulian added.

Ahead of the recent record-breaking climb at Mora Mora, the Red Bull-sponsored athlete spent nearly a month with Marin mapping out the best route, scaling various sections on the side of the Tsaranoro massif domes in the East African island of Madagascar.

The name Mora Mora translates to "slowly, slowly," an indication of how to traverse the 12-pitch, 5.14b-graded cliff.

And although she would make the climb with Marin, DiGiulian said climbing big walls is a very personal experience.

"It’s really a personal journey. Like, climbing isn’t in competition with anyone else but yourself," she said.

Once the free climb started, they had to remain on track without ever coming down, even to sleep. The two had to anchor a portable 4-by-7-foot flat hammock, known as a porta-ledge, to sleep on.

They brought sleeping bags, essential foods, toothpaste and wet wipes but did without many other little luxuries.

"It’s a good test for us -- we don’t have wine, coffee, Red Bull. No alcohol. No books, no phones. Maybe like 11 hours of waiting," she said in a video during the climb.

DiGiulian prepared both physically and mentally for this type of challenge, even attending a Red Bull's Performing Under Pressure camp in 2016, where extreme athletes sharpened their mental skills.

"In climbing, you enter different zones of thoughts. When I'm performing my best, I'm solely thinking of what's in front of me," she said.

So when it came time for the duo's final three-day push to the summit of Mora Mora, DiGiulian was ready.

The pair made it to the top and Marin called it an "amazing experience with the most strong lady in the world."

"You can be feminine and a badass," DiGiulian said. "I like to climb massive cliffs while also painting my fingernails pink -- there’s no certain mold to a certain identity -- Be who you want to be."

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