EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Jesus Medina’s second-half goal lifted New York City FC to a 1-0 victory over a banged-up Toronto FC on Wednesday in MLS play.

It marked the first loss in five outings (3-1-1) for Toronto at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, its pandemic home away from home.

Toronto (12-4-5), whose understrength lineup was thumped 5-0 in Philadelphia on the weekend, was still missing a half-dozen starters due to injury or suspension. The pain continued Wednesday for Toronto, which has not scored in 181 minutes and was outplayed on the night.

NYCFC (10-8-3) should have won

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As Chase Claypool said, his reaction is everything.

When the Steelers’ rookie saw a TikTok video of a 76-year-old lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan who was recently diagnosed with dementia, the Abbotsford, B.C., native decided to send him a signed jersey.

“I hope this jersey can create a long lasting memory for you and your father,” Claypool wrote in his TikTok reaction video. “God bless you and your family and go Steelers!”

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Out of contention to defend his NASCAR Cup title, Kyle Busch at least extended his season winning streak to 16 with his first victory of 2020.

He also denied a needed victory for Martin Truex Jr., his penalized Joe Gibbs Racing teammate who still has a chance to be one of the four drivers to be the new champion.

“I feel like crap,” Busch said. “But I got a win.”

Busch won the NASCAR playoff race at Texas that finished Wednesday, three days after it started. He was 0.468 seconds ahead of Truex, and had just

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The Houston Rockets and Stephen Silas have an agreement for the Dallas assistant to replace Mike D’Antoni as coach, multiple people with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday.

The hiring of the son of former NBA player and coach Paul Silas completes a significant change in the leadership of the team with the league’s longest active playoff streak after Daryl Morey decided not to return as general manager following D’Antoni’s departure.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made.

The new

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VIENNA — Novak Djokovic saved four set points in a 7-6 (11), 6-3 win over Borna Coric on Wednesday to reach the Erste Bank Open quarterfinals and move one step closer to sealing the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Djokovic can lock up the top position by winning the title on Sunday.

Otherwise Rafael Nadal could still mathematically overtake him, although the Spaniard would need to enter a tournament in Bulgaria next month in order to do so.

Djokovic will play either Hubert Hurkacz or Lorenzo Sonego in Friday’s quarterfinal.

Earlier Wednesday, third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 4 Daniil Medvedev won

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Raul Ruidiaz had a goal and an assist in his first game back after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty, and the Seattle Sounders clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday night.

The defending MLS Cup champion Sounders (10-4-5) secured their 12th straight trip to the post-season. The win also pushed Seattle to the top of the Western Conference standings.

“Even in the USL days and NASL days this club has always been a winning club. It’s something that is within the DNA, the culture of

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NEW ORLEANS — New Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy sees a New Orleans roster brimming with young players who have obvious talent, but still have plenty to learn about the way basketball is played in the NBA.

Van Gundy has a track record of bridging that gap between knowledge and talent with younger players in his previous coaching stops. His eagerness to try again with a club headlined by 2019 first overall draft choice Zion Williamson played a role in his decision to pursue the Pelicans job.

“There is a lot of teaching to do to bring these guys along,”

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