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KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Denver’s defense could be forgiven for harboring animosity toward its offense these days. The league’s best unit did just about everything it could to keep the Kansas City Chiefs’ dynamic offense in check Monday night, and the result was a tight game into the fourth quarter. But it could not overcome the sheer ineptitude of the Broncos’ offense in a 29-19 defeat — their third straight.


LOS ANGELES | Joc Pederson sliced a drive over the left-field wall, pounded his chest and danced around the bases, taking as many twists and turns as this World Series itself. Of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers forced the Houston Astros to Game 7. Chris Taylor hit a tying double off Justin Verlander during a two-run rally in the sixth inning, Corey Seager followed with a go-ahead sacrifice fly and the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night to push this dramatic Fall Classic to the ultimate game.


ENGLEWOOD | Vance Joseph is either going to simplify his offense for Trevor Siemian or send him to the bench in favor of Brock Osweiler. Joseph complained that Siemian made “three horrific decisions” on “three horrible interceptions” in the Broncos’ 29-19 loss at Kansas City on Monday night, wasting another dominant defensive effort and negating any gains made by the offense.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. | The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly acquired their quarterback of the future by trading for New England backup Jimmy Garoppolo. ESPN reported Monday that the Niners dealt a 2018 second-round pick to the Patriots for Garoppolo. San Francisco (0-8) had been expected to either draft a quarterback high in the first round next year or try to acquire a proven starter like Kirk Cousins in free agency.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Harrison Butker kicked five field goals, Marcus Peters returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the turnover-prone Denver Broncos 29-19 on Monday night. Alex Smith threw for 202 yards and a touchdown, most of it going to tight end Travis Kelce , who hauled in seven balls for 133 yards and the score. The Chiefs (6-2) also intercepted Trevor Siemian three times and hopped on two fumbles to beat Denver (3-4) for the fourth straight time.


NEW YORK | A 23-point third quarter lead vanished in less than six minutes, before Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined to make sure that the deficit was short-lived. Porzingis scored a career-high 38 points and Hardaway Jr., who re-signed with New York the Knicks as a free agent for $71 million, scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets 116-110 on Monday night.