Friday Sports in Brief

The Washington Times -

The Washington Times—MLB HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Verlander looked every bit the October ace, Jose Altuve polished his postseason resume and the Houston Astros kept rolling, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Friday to open their AL Division Series. The Astros, who won a franchise-record 107 games for the best record in

Friday’s Sports in Brief. PRO BASKETBALL BEIJING (AP) - China denied NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's claim that it demanded the firing of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet that supported anti-government protests in Hong Kong. "The Chinese government never posed this requirement," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. During an