The San Francisco 49ers are off to their best start in 30 years.  Matt Breida ran 83 yards for a touchdown on San Francisco’s first play from scrimmage and the 49ers stayed undefeated, beating the Cleveland Browns 31-3 on Monday Night Football.  Four-and-oh San Francisco joined the 5-and-oh New England Patriots as the only remaining undefeated teams in the N-F-L. It’s the first time the 49ers have won their first four games since 1990.

The Toronto Maple Leafs did not stack up well against the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Alex Pietrangelo scored the winner as the St. Louis Blues defeated Toronto 3-2. Frederik Gauthier and William Nylander replied as the Maple Leafs lost their second straight game. Oskar Sundqvist and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Blues.

The Ottawa Senators have added forward Vladislav Namestnikov in a trade with the New York Rangers for defenceman Nick Ebert and Ottawa’s fourth-round pick in the 2021 N-H-L Draft. Namestnikov has 66 goals and 92 assists in 362 N-H-L games.

The New York Yankees have advanced to the American League Championship Series. Gleyber Torres got New York going with a second-inning home run and scored on each of his two doubles to lead the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over Minnesota finish yet another sweep of the Twins. Minnesota has lost 16 consecutive post-season games.

Elsewhere, Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run homer lifted wild-card Washington to a 6-1 win over the L-A Dodgers to force a decisive Game 5 in their N-L Division Series. Also, Yadier Molina had a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as St. Louis downed Atlanta 5-4 to force Game 5 in that series. And Kevin Kiermaier hit a three-run homer as Tampa beat Houston 10-3 to cut their A-L Division Series deficit to 2-1.

Toronto F-C fans will get some prime-time playoff soccer after all. T-F-C had its first-round Major League Soccer playoff match against visiting D-C United moved to 6 p-m local time on October 19. Originally slated to start at noon that day, the match’s start time was moved back in an announcement late Monday night.

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