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Phils stumble in chase for playoff spot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies came into today’s action in the eighth and final playoff spot in the National League, percentage points ahead of Milwaukee and San Francisco. But they didn’t help themselves this afternoon, dropping the opening game of a doubleheader against against the Nationals in Washington.

Austin Voth threw his first career complete game and earned his first victory in 10 starts this season, as the Nationals staved off playoff elimination with the 5-1 victory. The defending World Series champions have only

The Latest: Falcons and MLS Atlanta United to have some fans

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The NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta United will have some fans at home games in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, beginning with the Falcons’ home game against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 11.

Team and stadium officials announced the decision to allow a limited number of fans, based on the recent decline in COVID-19 cases in Georgia, among other factors.

The teams will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials and say they reserve the right to go back to playing without fans should

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Notre Dame-Wake Forest postponed after Irish positive tests

UNDATED (AP) — Notre Dame’s game at Wake Forest on Saturday has been postponed after positive COVID-19 tests landed 13 Fighting Irish players in isolation and another 10 in quarantine.

Notre Dame says the process of rescheduling the game is underway. Both teams are off Oct. 3.

Notre Dame said 94 football players were tested for COVID-19 on Monday and of those seven were positive. Those players were in isolation along with others who tested positive last week.

Elsewhere in college football:

The Latest: West Ham manager and 2 players have coronavirus

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___ West Ham manager David Moyes and players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have contracted the novel coronavirus.

They were informed of the positive tests ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup game against Hull and left the east London stadium.

West Ham says the trio are asymptomatic and will now self-isolate in line with government rules.

Alan Irvine took charge of West Ham in Moyes’ absence.

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The Southeastern Conference says it is providing its 14 schools wearable technology for football players intended to aid

AP Source: Broncos bringing in free agent QB Blake Bortles

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are in the process of adding free agent Blake Bortles to serve as their backup quarterback, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Broncos haven’t announced the signing, said the seventh-year veteran is going through the COVID-19 protocols after agreeing to a one-year deal.

Bortles, the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, won’t be able to join the team until the weekend.

Brett Rypien is expected to serve as Jeff Driskel’s backup Sunday when the

The Latest: SEC to use devices to aid with contact tracing

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The Southeastern Conference says it is providing its 14 schools wearable technology for football players intended to aid with COVID-19 contact tracing.

The SafeTags made by Kinexon can be worn like a wristband at team facilities or attached to equipment when used in games or practice. The conference says the devices already are being used by the NFL.

The SafeTags allow medical and athletic training staff to track how close those wearing the devices have been to each other and for how long. Current CDC

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Rays can clinch

NEW YORK (AP) — Tampa Bay can clinch its first AL East crown since 2010 with a win at the New York Mets or a Yankees loss to Toronto. Blake Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner, gets the ball as the Rays look to become the second team to lock up a division title during this pandemic-altered season, after Oakland won the AL West on Monday night.

Among other key games in the majors:

— The Cleveland Indians need only a victory tonight over the first-place Chicago White Sox or a Seattle loss to Houston to secure a spot in the expanded playoff field — which

The Latest: Atlético Madrid defender Giménez has COVID-19

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Atlético Madrid says defender José María Giménez has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The club says Giménez was the only player infected after the squad underwent tests on Monday.

Atlético says Giménez was isolated at home and the club was following all COVID-19 protocols.

Players will practice individually in the team’s next training session. The morning session had already been canceled because the club had not received all test results in time.

Atlético will make its Spanish league debut on

The Latest: Phased return of British sports fans paused

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The British government has put on hold plans to allow the phased return of spectators into sporting venues in England from Oct. 1 because of a rise in coronavirus cases.

Pilot test events have been held across sports venues with capacity restricted at 1,000. The government hoped stadiums would be allowed to welcome more fans from the start of next month.

Senior medical officers have recommended Britain’s COVID-19 alert level be moved from three to four, meaning transmission is “high or rising