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MLB-SCHEDULE White Sox can clinch DETROIT (AP) — The Chicago White Sox can wrap up their first AL Central crown in 13 years — and secure a second consecutive postseason berth for the first time in franchise history — with a win at Detroit and a Cleveland loss to Kansas City. Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) pitches against the Tigers in a…

Ravens’ fourth-down dice roll typifies a more aggressive NFL

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth all but exhorted John Harbaugh not to go for it on fourth-and-a-long-1 from his own 43.

The Ravens were leading the Chiefs 36-35 and the Sunday Night Football crew figured it foolhardy to risk giving Patrick Mahomes the ball on the wrong side of the 50 and a minute to go.

But this is 2021, when conventional football wisdom has given way to a healthy heaping of analytics flavored with a dollop of hunch.

The revenge of the nerds, if you will.

No longer are notoriously risk-averse coaches viewing the 4 on the sideline down marker as a green light to

Ravens’ fourth-down dice roll typifies a more aggressive NFL

By ARNIE STAPLETON - AP Pro Football Writer

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth all but exhorted John Harbaugh not to go for it on fourth-and-a-long-1 from his own 43. The Ravens were leading the Chiefs 36-35 and the Sunday Night Football crew figured it foolhardy to risk giving Patrick Mahomes the ball on the wrong side of the 50 and a minute to go. But this is 2021,…

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Phils fall to Birds

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have moved three games ahead of Philadelphia for first place in the NL East.

The Braves erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning of an 11-4 drubbing of the Diamondbacks.

Freddie Freeman hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Adam Duvall delivered a two-run homer and Austin Riley had three hits and three RBIs in Atlanta’s second straight win since a four-game skid.

The Orioles avoided their 102nd loss as John Means scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings of their 2-0 shutout of the Phillies. Cole Sulser

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MLB-SCHEDULE Phils fall to Birds UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have moved three games ahead of Philadelphia for first place in the NL East. The Braves erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning of an 11-4 drubbing of the Diamondbacks. Freddie Freeman hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Adam Duvall delivered a two-run…

Update on the latest sports

MLB-SCHEDULE

Phils fall to Birds

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have moved three games ahead of Philadelphia for first place in the NL East.

The Braves erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning of an 11-4 drubbing of the Diamondbacks.

Freddie Freeman hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Adam Duvall delivered a two-run homer and Austin Riley had three hits and three RBIs in Atlanta’s second straight win since a four-game skid.

The Orioles avoided their 102nd loss as John Means scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings of their 2-0 shutout of the Phillies. Cole Sulser

Update on the latest sports

AP

MLB-SCHEDULE Phils fall to Birds UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have moved three games ahead of Philadelphia for first place in the NL East. The Braves erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning of an 11-4 drubbing of the Diamondbacks. Freddie Freeman hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Adam Duvall delivered a two-run…

Update on the latest sports

MLB-SCHEDULE

Phils fall to Birds

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have moved three games ahead of Philadelphia for first place in the NL East.

The Braves erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning of an 11-4 drubbing of the Diamondbacks.

Freddie Freeman hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Adam Duvall delivered a two-run homer and Austin Riley had three hits and three RBIs in Atlanta’s second straight win since a four-game skid.

The Orioles avoided their 102nd loss as John Means scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings of their 2-0 shutout of the Phillies. Cole Sulser

Update on the latest sports

AP

MLB-SCHEDULE Phils fall to Birds UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have moved three games ahead of Philadelphia for first place in the NL East. The Braves erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning of an 11-4 drubbing of the Diamondbacks. Freddie Freeman hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Adam Duvall delivered a two-run…

Ravens’ fourth-down dice roll typifies a more aggressive NFL

Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth all but exhorted John Harbaugh not to go for it on fourth-and-a-long-1 from his own 43.

The Ravens were leading the Chiefs 36-35 and the Sunday Night Football crew figured it foolhardy to risk giving Patrick Mahomes the ball on the wrong side of the 50 and a minute to go.

But this is 2021, where conventional football wisdom has given way to a healthy heaping of analytics flavored with a dollop of hunch.

The revenge of the nerds, if you will.

No longer are notoriously risk-averse coaches viewing the 4 on the sideline down marker as a green light to