(St. Petersburg, FL) — The Rays and Astros are going to a decisive Game Five in their American League Division Series. The Rays won 4-1 in St. Pete to even the series at two each. Justin Verlander, who was starting on three days rest for the first time in his postseason career, was tagged for all four runs in three-and-two-thirds to suffer the loss. Robinson Chirinos homered in the eighth for the Astros’ only run. Jose Altuve was thrown out at the plate in the fourth as he tried to score from first on Yordan Alvarez’s double. Game Five is tomorrow in Houston.

Both NLDS Game Fives Today

(Undated) — Both of the National League Division Series will be decided today. First, the Braves host the Cardinals in Atlanta and then the Nationals visit the Dodgers in Los Angeles in deciding Game Fives. The Cards and Nats both won on Monday to even those series at two. Today’s winners will advance to the National League Championship Series.

Cowboys Face Jets On Road Next

(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys will try to snap a two-game skid when they face the winless Jets on the road Sunday. America’s Team looked like world-beaters in clobbering the Giants, Redskins and Dolphins to kickoff the season. The last two weeks the Cowboys have lost to the Saints and Packers, two teams with 4-and-1 records. Jets quarterback San Darnold has been cleared by doctors to play after missing three games with mono.

Texans To Face Chiefs Next

(Houston, TX) — The Texans, who are coming off a 53-32 home victory over the Falcons, will return to the practice field today to prepare to face the Chiefs on Sunday in Kansas City. The Texans are 3-and-2, tied with the Colts for the AFC South lead. The Chiefs are 4-and-1 after losing at home last week to the Colts.

Stars Top Caps In OT For First Win

(Washington, DC) — Tyler Seguin scored 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Stars to a 4-3 win over the Capitals in D.C. Alexander Radulov assisted on the winning goal and also scored in the third period. Nick Caamano and Roope Hintz also lit the lamp for Dallas, which won for the first time in four games. The Stars return home tomorrow to face the Flames.

Dallas Stars 4, Washington Capitals 3 (OT)
Winnipeg Jets 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Edmonton Oilers 5, New York Islanders 2
Carolina Hurricanes 6, Florida Panthers 3
Anaheim Ducks 3, Detroit Red Wings 1
Nashville Predators 5, San Jose Sharks 2
Los Angeles Kings 4, Calgary Flames 3 (OT)
Boston Bruins 4, Vegas Golden Knights 3

Mavs Lose Preseason Opener

(Tulsa, OK) — Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis were held out of the Mavericks’ preseason opener, a 119-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Tulsa. Maxi Kleber and Justin Jackson each scored 14 points to lead Dallas. The Mavs will play tonight against the Pistons in Detroit.

Rockets Lose To Raptors In Japan

(Saitama, Japan) — James Harden made his first six shots and finished with 34 points in the Rockets’ 134-129 loss to the Raptors in a preseason game in Japan. Russell Westbrook contributed 13 points in 21 minutes in his initial game action with Houston. The two teams will meet again tomorrow at the Saitama Super Arena, the basketball site for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

College Football Roundup

(Undated) — In college football Saturday, number-five Oklahoma and number-11 Texas will meet in a Big 12 game in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Number-23 Baylor will face Texas Tech in Waco. Number-21 Texas A&M will host top-ranked Alabama. North Texas is at Southern Miss. West Texas A&M takes on UT Permian Basin in Odessa. TCU and SMU are idle.