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MLB roundup: Marlins down Yankees, clinch playoff spot

Pinch runner Monte Harrison scored on a sacrifice fly by Jesus Aguilar in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins clinched a playoff spot with a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Twins' Buxton leaves game after HBP in head

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton left Friday night's game with the Cincinnati Reds after getting hit in the helmet by a Lucas Sims pitch leading off the bottom of the eighth inning.

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Sounders F Ruidiaz suspended one game

Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount Friday for whipping his right foot across the leg of the Portland Timbers' Pablo Bonilla.

Ruidiaz leads the Sounders with eight goals, third most in the MLS behind Los Angeles FC's Diego Rossi (11) and the Columbus Crew's Gyasi Zardes (nine). He will sit out Saturday's road game against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

In the 54th minute of Wednesday's road game against the Timbers, Ruidiaz and Bonilla became entangled while pursuing a ball. As Ruidiaz was going to the ground during the battle, he swung his right leg, connecting with the back of Bonilla's left leg.

In other MLS discipline, Montreal Impact forward Romell Quioto was suspended a second game and fined an undisclosed amount for violent conduct against the Philadelphia Union's Mark McKenzie.

Three players were fined for embellishment: Atlanta United's Jon Gallagher, Real Salt Lake's Damir Kreilach and the Colorado Rapids' Andre Shinyashiki. Two others were fined for not leaving the field in time after a red card: FC Dallas' Bryan Acosta and Minnesota United's Jan Gregus.

--Field Level Media

Awaiting clearance, F Higuain to travel with Inter Miami CF

With his status still up in the air, new Inter Miami CF addition Gonzalo Higuain will travel with the club in hopes of making his MLS debut at Philadelphia on Sunday.

The 32-year-old forward, who has played with European powers like Real Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, Milan and Chelsea, was signed by Inter Miami as a designated player on Sept. 18.

The longtime member of the Argentina international team is still awaiting the completion of his paperwork in order to be eligible.

"He already knows his teammates, he's had several trainings with them and they've interacted on different drills," head coach Diego Alonso said. "We've talked a lot about the way we play, we've watched videos, and we've worked a lot."

When he is ready to play, Higuain is expected to partner up front with Rodolfo Pizarro and Juan Agudelo. They are tied for the team lead with three goals each.

Higuain has scored as many as 36 regular-season goals for Napoli in 2015-16 and last scored double-digit goals when he had 16 for Juventus in 2017-18. He has 19 total goals in 61 matches for Milan, Chelsea and Juventus the past three seasons.

In 75 games for Argentina across all competitions, he has 31 goals, third most among active players.

--Field Level Media

100 Thieves top Liquid, advance in ESL Pro League NA playoffs

100 Thieves pulled off a reverse sweep of Team Liquid on Friday to advance to the lower-bracket final at the ESL Pro League Season 12: North America event.

The win guarantees a top-three finish for 100 Thieves and sets up a showdown with Evil Geniuses with a spot in the grand final on the line. The 100 Thieves-EG match is Saturday, with the winner playing FURIA Esports in the grand final on Sunday.

On Friday, Liquid actually got on the board first, winning 16-13 on Vertigo. After 11 rounds on Mirage, the second map of the day, Liquid held a 6-5 lead. But 100 Thieves won six straight rounds, withstood a 4-0 Liquid run immediately after that, and then won the final three rounds after Liquid tied the match at 13-13 to take the map 16-13.

In the winner-take-all map, Inferno, Liquid again led 6-5. 100 Thieves made a 7-0 run from there this time, then never allowed Liquid to get back into the match and won the final four rounds to win 16-9.

Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai of New Zealand was the top player for 100 Thieves with 64 kills and a plus-18 kill-death differential, both team-best marks.

Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski of the United States led Liquid with a match-high 65 kills and his plus-six differential was the only positive differential on his team.

ESL Pro League Season 12: North America prize money and Pro Tour points (includes $3,500 for each regular-season win):
1. $60,000, 550 points
2. $25,000, 400
3. $15,000, 250
4. $27,500, 150 -- Team Liquid
5. $20,000, 90 -- Chaos Esports Club
6. $15,500, 90 -- Gen.G Esports
7. $7,500, 30 -- Cloud9
8. $3,000 -- Triumph

--Field Level Media

Reports: Nationals to extend manager Martinez

The Washington Nationals have agreed to extend the contract of manager Dave Martinez, multiple outlets reported, one day ahead of his 56th birthday.

Report: Yankees OF Stanton will not opt out of deal

New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will not opt out of his mega deal, MLB Network reported Friday, and will stay with a contract that still has seven years and $215 million remaining on it.

Giants activate RHP Samardzija from IL

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija was set to make what could be his final start with the club after he was activated from the injured list to pitch in the second game of Friday night's doubleheader against the San Diego Padres.

Vikings rule out top two CBs Hughes, Dantzler vs. Titans

The Minnesota Vikings will be without starting cornerbacks Mike Hughes and rookie Cameron Dantzler against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the team announced Friday.

Lakers F Davis (ankle) questionable for Game 5

The Los Angeles Lakers officially listed star forward Anthony Davis as questionable for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday after he rolled his left ankle Thursday.

NCAA reveals guidelines as hoops season approaches

The NCAA on Friday revealed strict guidelines in advance of the approaching 2020-21 NCAA basketball season with athletes and essential personnel separated into a "Tier 1" group that is distanced from outsiders.

Saints WR Thomas (ankle) to miss second straight game

New Orleans Saints star receiver Michael Thomas was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers due to a high ankle sprain.

Padres RHP Clevinger gets injection, return unknown

San Diego Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger received a cortisone shot in his ailing pitching elbow and his status for the upcoming wild-card round is up in the air, the team announced Friday.

Report: Jazz to hire Demps as assistant coach

Dell Demps will get back to basics, taking years of knowledge as an NBA general manager into a new job as an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz, ESPN reported Friday.

MAC becomes last FBS conference to reinstate football for fall

The first FBS conference to postpone fall sports because of the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday became the last to announce the reinstatement of football for the fall 2020 season.

Brennaman resigns from Reds games after slur

Thom Brennaman has resigned from his role as a Cincinnati Reds play-by-play broadcaster for FOX Sports Ohio.

Twins designate RHP Bailey for assignment

The Minnesota Twins designated veteran right-hander Homer Bailey for assignment on Friday.

French Open to drastically cut daily spectators to 1,000

Organizers of the French Open announced Friday that they will have to drastically cut back from their planned attendance when main-draw play begins Sunday at Roland Garros in Paris as the country faces a drastic spike in COVID-19 cases.

Canadiens D Petry agrees to four-year, $25M extension

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry agreed to terms on a four-year, $25 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season, the team announced Friday.

Bucs' Gronkowski jokes: 'I came here to block, baby'

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski decided to have a little fun at his own expense.

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