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October 19, 2018

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros 4-1 on Thursday, capturing the American League pennant.

They are now heading to the World Series, where they will play the winner of the National League Championship Series — either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Milwaukee Brewers. Red Sox pitcher David Price had a playoff career-high of nine strikeouts and six shutout innings. The Red Sox were able to eliminate the Astros, last year's World Series champions, in five games. The World Series starts Tuesday. Catherine Garcia

September 23, 2018

Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday, giving the golfer his 80th career PGA Tour victory and his first since 2013.

Woods won by two shots over Billy Horschel, and with this win, he's now second in the FedEx Cup standings, behind Justin Rose. He will receive $3 million for his second place finish, and on Monday, will enter the top 15 in the world rankings.

"I had a hard time not crying on the last hole," Woods told reporters. "I just can't believe I pulled this off. It's been tough. Not so easy the last couple years. I've worked my way back, and I couldn't have done it without the help of everyone around me." In April 2017, Woods had spinal fusion surgery, and he was arrested for DUI a month later. Catherine Garcia

September 9, 2018

Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday to win the U.S. Open in New York.

The score was 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. This is the third time Djokovic has won the title, and each year he's been victorious — 2011, 2015, and 2018 — he also won Wimbledon earlier in the summer.

Djokovic now has 14 Grand Slam trophies, tying for third place with Pete Sampras; Roger Federer has 20 and Rafael Nadal has 17. Del Potro won the U.S. Open nine years ago, his sole Grand Slam title. Catherine Garcia

June 17, 2018

Brooks Koepka on Sunday won the 118th U.S. Open at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.

Koepka also won the U.S. Open in 2017, his first major title, and is now the seventh golfer to win the national championship in back-to-back years and the first since 1989. The 28-year-old, ranked No. 9 in the world, had a final round 2-under-par 68, beating Tommy Fleetwood by one shot.

"The U.S. Open just takes so much discipline," he said. "You have got to be a great putter and just kind of let things roll off your back. I enjoy the test. I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that's what I enjoy. I enjoy hard golf courses." Catherine Garcia

June 10, 2018

Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open championship on Sunday, defeating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

The 32-year-old has 17 majors under his belt, and is 86-2 at the French Open. Thiem, 24, was the No. 7 seed, and after the match — his first major final — said there is a reason Nadal "won 11 times here. It's definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport." With his win, Nadal holds onto the No. 1 ranking, ahead of Roger Federer. Catherine Garcia

June 7, 2018

The Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Thursday night, becoming the 2018 Stanley Cup champions.

This is the franchise's first Stanley Cup win in its 44-year history, and D.C.'s first city championship since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992. Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tying goal midway through the third period, and Lars Eller delivered the winning goal not long after. Catherine Garcia

May 23, 2018

The Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 of the conference finals Wednesday, and will face the Vegas Golden Knights in the finals starting Monday in Las Vegas.

The Capitals haven't played in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1998, when they lost to the Detroit Red Wings, and this is only their second trip in the team's 44-year history. Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights reached the finals in their first season as a team. Catherine Garcia

April 8, 2018

Patrick Reed won the 82nd Masters on Sunday in Augusta, Georgia, his first major title in 17 attempts.

"To win your first major is never going to be easy," Reed said. "It definitely wasn't easy today. I knew it was going to be a dogfight." He finished with rounds of 69-66-67-71, or 15 under 273, defeating close competitors Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, and Jordan Spieth. "I stuck to my game plan all week," Reed said. "Even today, I didn't stray from it at all. It's something that I needed to learn, especially at a place like this, how important it is to stick to what I believe." Catherine Garcia

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