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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pauses as he speaks to the media to explain his absence during today's practice at Citi Field for the NLDS series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Matt Harvey is off to a horrendous start in his first postseason. The star pitcher missed a mandatory New York Mets workout Tuesday at Citi Field and apologized to the team for arriving late. Harvey did not give a reason for his absence when he spoke to reporters about 15 minutes after practice ended.

Posted: October 7, 2015, 5:27 am

The Houston Astros celebrate in their locker room after defeating the New York Yankees 3-0 in the American League wild card baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career, Keuchel baffled New York for six innings of three-hit ball. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Astros beat the Yankees 3-0 Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game.

Posted: October 7, 2015, 5:09 am

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks on during practice for the upcoming NLDS playoff baseball series against the New York Mets, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Los Angeles. Their NLDS best of five playoff series begins Friday, Oct. 9, at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

The Dodgers have set their pitching rotation for the first three games of their best-of-five NL playoff series against the New York Mets. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 on Friday at Dodger Stadium, as expected, against Jacob deGrom. Zack Greinke will take the mound for Game 2 on Saturday against Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard, followed by left-hander Brett Anderson against Matt Harvey in Game 3 back in New York on Monday.

Posted: October 7, 2015, 3:39 am

FILE - In this photo from Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha, center, leaves a courthouse in New York. Sefolosha plans to fight charges he blocked officers from setting up a crime scene following the stabbing of Indiana Pacers' Chris Copeland outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub in April. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player's arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday. ''I don't know what he saw,'' attorney Alex Spiro said of the officer, JohnPaul Giacona, who first told the Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha to clear the area early on April 8. ''The defendant does not think he needs to obey the law,'' assistant district attorney Jesse Matthews said.

Posted: October 6, 2015, 11:28 pm

Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

Andrew Luck is rested, ready and eager to play Thursday night at Houston. Two days after missing his first professional game, the Colts quarterback stayed out of the view of reporters during Tuesday's practice and was again listed as a limited participant and day to day with an injured right shoulder. Afterward, Luck acknowledged the recovery is going well and he hopes to start in his hometown.

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Spieth, Johnson paired for Presidents Cup foursomes

By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - Danny Lee and Marc Leishman received the golfing equivalent of a 'hospital pass' on Wednesday after the International duo were served up to America's world number one Jordan Spieth and big-hitting Dustin Johnson for the Presidents Cup foursomes. Thursday's opening foursomes, where players hit alternate shots with the same ball, also sees the Internationals' 2013 pairing of Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama reunited to face Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes. South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace are up against Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed and Asian pair Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee play Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. Spieth fired up to bust out with big-hitting DJ

US Team player Jordan Spieth tees off on the 10th hole during a practice session ahead of the 2015 Presidents Cup at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon on October 7, 2015World number one Jordan Spieth said Wednesday he was excited at the prospect of starting his Presidents Cup campaign for the US in the foursomes alongside big-hitting Dustin Johnson. The pair will play against the International team's trans-Tasman pair of Aussie Marc Leishman and Kiwi Danny Lee in the anchor game of Thursday's opening five matches where one ball is played by both players who hit alternate shots. US captain Jay Haas said Spieth had expressed a preference to play with Johnson, who he pipped to the US Open crown in June.

Elementary for US as Holmes and Watson lead Presidents Cup defence

Bubba Watson (C) of the US Team tees off during a practice session ahead of the 2015 Presidents Cup at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, west of Seoul, on October 6, 2015Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes will lead the US defence of the Presidents Cup against Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama when the 11th edition begins on Thursday for the first time on Asian soil. Four months ago Spieth watched from the clubhouse as big-hitting Dustin Johnson three-putted the final green to hand him the US Open.

Nicklaus says Spieth versus Day 'may happen' at Presidents Cup

International Team player Jason Day of Australia tees off on the 2nd hole during a practice session ahead of the 2015 Presidents Cup at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon on October 7, 2015Golf legend Jack Nicklaus said Wednesday that he would like nothing better than to see Jordan Spieth battle Jason Day in Sunday's Presidents Cup singles on the course that bears his name. A match-up of the two best players in the world who have carried off three of the season's Majors is a mouth-watering and likely prospect, said Nicklaus, who himself won 18 majors and has captained the US side four times in Presidents Cups. "Put it this way, if they want to play each other there's ways it can be made to happen," the 75-year-old told AFP on the eve of the US versus International team match play event at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea.

Yankees seek consolation in disappointment

MLB: AL Wild Card Game-Houston Astros at New York YankeesBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was one-and-done for the New York Yankees on Tuesday, as they were eliminated from Major League Baseball's postseason by a 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros in a do-or-die Wild Card playoff game. "It stinks to lose," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "But I'm extremely proud of the guys in that room." Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka paid for a pair of imprecise pitches that ended up as long home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez that put Houston ahead for good.

Young Astros soar high with first playoff success

MLB: AL Wild Card Game-Houston Astros at New York YankeesThe Houston Astros showed off their maturity on the diamond but acted their age in a boisterous celebration at Yankee Stadium after eliminating their hosts 3-0 in their one-and-done Wild Card playoff game. The Houston Astros were Major League Baseball doormats for many years, but their promising young players have developed into prime-time performers and it was time for a champagne party in the visitors' clubhouse on Tuesday. When you see the guys happy, that means we are doing our job right," said 25-year-old second baseman Jose Altuve of Venezuela in the bubbly-soaked locker room.

Astros down Yankees to advance in baseball playoffs

Colby Rasmus of the Houston Astros hits a solo home run against Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees during the second inning in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2015Dallas Keuchel allowed three hits in six stellar innings on Tuesday as the Houston Astros ousted the New York Yankees from the playoffs with a 3-0 win in the American League wild card game. Houston left fielder Colby Rasmus and center fielder Carlos Gomez hit solo home runs on the first pitches of the second and fourth innings off Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to help the Astros advance to an American League Division Series clash with the Kansas City Royals.

Results not benchmark for Presidents success: Finchem

PGA Tour Commissioner Finchem speaks to the media at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OhioBy Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem is confident the Presidents Cup has a bright future despite the overwhelming dominance of the United States over the years and said bringing the event to South Korea was a milestone in the development of Asian golf. Since the inaugural edition of the Presidents Cup in 1994, the United States have beaten a team of international players in eight events and tied once, their only defeat coming at the 1998 competition at Royal Melbourne. Finchem said the Presidents Cup would still be going strong long after it leaves South Korea, which is the first Asian country to host the event.

Los Angeles Dodgers look to Kershaw in playoff opener

Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw pitches during the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2015The Los Angeles Dodgers are counting on Clayton Kershaw to shake off past playoff disappointments when they give the left-handed hurler the ball Friday for their post-season opener against the New York Mets. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced on Tuesday that Kershaw will pitch game one of the best-of-five National League Division Series against the Mets, who will send right-hander Jacob deGrom to the mound at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner, led the league this season with 301 strikeouts.

Astros launch postseason with win over Yankees

MLB: AL Wild Card Game-Houston Astros at New York YankeesBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Houston Astros blasted into the next round of the Major League Baseball postseason with a 3-0 shutout of the New York Yankees in their Wild Card playoff game on Tuesday. Solo home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez backed the superlative pitching of Houston starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who blanked the Yanks on three hits over six innings with seven strikeouts. Keuchel, 20-8 this season and pitching on three days' rest for the first time, silenced the New York crowd of 50,000 by running his scoreless streak against the pinstripes to 22 innings in 2015.

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