Thursday, October 2, 2014
Professional Sports
Strasburg gets Game 1 start in NLDS against Giants

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg's postseason debut will come in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the visiting Giants on Friday.

Washington manager Matt Williams announced the choice Thursday.

It's Messi vs. Ronaldo in friendly at Old Trafford

It will be Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo when Argentina faces Portugal in a friendly on Nov. 18 in Manchester, England.

The Argentine Football Association says it is also trying to line up a friendly on Nov. 15 in Madrid, possibly against Colombia. The game has not been confirmed.

Next Ferrari chief focuses on F1

The incoming boss of Ferrari has one "very high" priority: getting his cars back on top of the Formula One podium.

Sergio Marchionne, also CEO of Ferrari's parent company Fiat Chrysler, said at the Paris Car Show that his "key objective is to re-establish Ferrari in Formula One," describing it as "non-negotiable."

NFL aware of Spillman's role in sex assault probe

The NFL has been aware of Dallas Cowboys player C.J. Spillman's involvement in a reported sexual assault and has offered to interview the alleged victim "on a confidential and appropriate basis to obtain more information."

Spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday the league has been "looking into the matter and will continue to do so."

3 clubs charged for Champions League crowd trouble

UEFA has charged Galatasaray, Borussia Dortmund and Basel over fan disorder at Champions League matches.

UEFA says the cases involve a range of "crowd disturbances," and throwing lit fireworks and objects at matches on Wednesday.

Orioles exclude pitchers Matusz, McFarland in ALDS

The Baltimore Orioles have decided to carry 11 pitchers in their AL Division Series against Detroit, but have excluded left-handers Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland.

Manager Buck Showalter will also do without fleet-footed Quintin Berry and infielder Alexi Casilla.

Beckham's earnings drop 10 percent after retiring

David Beckham's income from personal sponsorship deals dropped by around 10 percent in the year the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star retired from football.

The 2013 accounts for the company that handles Beckham's personal endorsements, Footwork Productions, showed that revenue dropped to 14.8 million pounds ($24 million) from 16.5 million pounds (then $27 million) in 2012.

Messi 3 goals from Spanish league's top scorer

Lionel Messi is three goals away from equaling the Spanish league's all-time scoring record, a milestone that has stood untouched for almost 60 years.

Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra scored 251 goals in 271 games from 1940-55.

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