Friday, October 21
Cubs batter Dodgers to take series lead
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are one win away from their first World Series berth in 71 years.
The Cubs head back to Chicago with a three-games-to-two lead in the NL Championship Series following an 8-4 rout of the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The game was tied 1-1 in the sixth until Addison Russell blasted a two-run homer to center field off losing pitcher Joe Blanton. Javier Baez broke the game open with a three-run double in the eighth to put the Cubs in front, 8-1.
The Cubs also received a strong pitching performance from Jon Lester, who limited the Dodgers to a run and five hits while striking out six over seven innings.
Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (mah-AY'-dah) couldn't get out of the fourth inning, charged with one run and three hits.
Blanton has already served up three home runs in the series, including a tiebreaking grand slam by Miguel Montero in Game 1.
Los Angeles didn't produce much offense until the Cubbies built an 8-1 lead.
Chicago has scored 18 runs over the last two games after being shutout in the previous two contests. The Cubs have scored at least eight runs in all three of their victories.
Game 6 is Saturday at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers will go with ace Clayton Kershaw, who blanked Chicago over seven innings in Game 2. Kershaw will be opposed by ERA champion Kyle Hendricks as the Cubs try to wrap up their first trip to the Fall Classic since the Truman administration.
Coast Guard to look into jetty safety following Fernandez death
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard officials say they'll examine lighting on the Miami Beach jetty involved in a boat crash that killed Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other men last month.
Rear Admiral Paul Thomas told U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in a letter this week that the Coast Guard will perform a new analysis of the jetties at the entrance to a channel that runs past the southern end of Miami Beach. Thomas mentioned to Rubio that an analysis performed last November found that aids to navigation in the area met boaters' needs.
Rodgers tops team completions record in Packers' win
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers allowed the Green Bay Packers to overcome the absences of their two top running backs Thursday.
Rodgers set a team record for completions in a game, hitting on 39 of 56 passes in a 26-10 comeback win over the 1-6 Chicago Bears. He finished with 326 passing yards and tossed two of his three touchdown throws to Davante Adams.
The Packers trailed 10-6 in the third quarter until Rodgers found Adams for a five-yard TD. Randall Cobb's two-yard TD reception put the game out of reach with 5:35 to play.
Adams, Cobb and Ty Montgomery each had at least 10 receptions for the 4-2 Packers, who played without injured running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks.
The Bears lost another quarterback as Brian Hoyer broke his left arm in the second quarter. Matt Barkley replaced Hoyer and completed just six of his 15 passes for 81 yards and two interceptions.
League to investigate Giants' kicker
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The NFL is re-opening its investigation of Giants placekicker Josh Brown after police released journal entries and emails in which he admitted verbally and physically abusing his ex-wife.
The King County Sherriff's Office in Washington released the documents late Wednesday to SportsNet New York.
The league made repeated attempts to obtain any evidence and relevant information in the May 2015 case, but was denied by the Sherriff's Office.
Brown was left home while the Giants flew to London for Sunday's game against the Rams.
The Giants said they want to review the new information and reach a decision on the kicker's future with the club, possibly next week.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOISE ST./BYU
Broncos still unbeaten
BOISE, Id. (AP) — The 14th-ranked Boise St. Broncos are 7-0 after last night's victory, but it wasn't easy against BYU.
The Broncos trailed 27-21 until Jeremy McNichols scored on a four-yard run with 10:37 remaining to give Boise a 28-27 triumph over the Cougars. Boise State managed to pull out the victory despite a pair of Brett Rypien (RIP'-ehn) interceptions that were brought back for second-quarter touchdowns.
Rypien threw for 442 yards and three touchdowns, including a 76-yard scoring strike to McNichols during the first minute of play. Rypien also hit Thomas Sperbeck and Cedrick Wilson for TDs.
McNichols ran for 140 yards on 30 carries and had five catches for 109 yards.
Fred Warner and Dayan Lake scored on the Rypien interceptions, but BYU fell to 4-4 overall.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE
Leach find for jab at ASU
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Washington State football coach Mike Leach has been fined $10,000 and reprimanded by the Pac-12 Conference for comments about the Arizona State program.
Leach warned during his Monday news conference that he thought the Sun Devils and coach Todd Graham would steal signs, calling it "a very unsavory practice." Leach also mentioned that he heard rumors about Arizona State using microphones and cameras to get signs from the other sideline.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement saying it was against conference rules for member schools from disparaging and discrediting other institutions.
Habs win in Price's return
UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens had Carey Price back between the pipes for the first time since last Nov. 25. Price came away with a victory as he stopped 27 of 29 shots in the Canadiens' 5-2 win over Arizona.
Price missed the first three games of the season due to the flu after being forced to sit out the final 4 ½ months of last season with a knee injury.
Shea Weber's first goal as a Canadien was the winner and was part of a three-goal flurry early in the second period. Torrey Mitchell, Weber and Alex Galchenyuk (gahl-CHEHN'-yuhk) tallied during a 3:42 span to put the Habs ahead 4-0.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— The Capitals squandered a 2-0 lead before improving to 3-0-1 with a 4-2 win at Florida. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) notched the game-winner 7:33 into the third period after Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) tied it late in the second. Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT'-sahv) scored 1:56 apart in the first period for the Caps, who have won three straight since a season-opening shootout loss in Pittsburgh.
— Connor McDavid had another multi-point game and Edmonton won for the fourth time in five games by topping St. Louis, 4-1. McDavid has eight points through five games after
— Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) scored with 1:15 remaining in his season debut to give Boston a 2-1 triumph against New Jersey. Neither team scored until Kyle Palmeiri tallied early in the third period, about 5 ½ minutes before Brad Marchand tied it. Marchand also set up the game-winner and Tuukka (TOO'-kah rask) stopped 28 shots for the 3-1 Bruins.
— Patric Hornqvist provided the game-winner with 5:58 left and collected an assist while the Penguins scored three straight goals in the third period of a 3-2 win over San Jose. Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson scored 2:14 apart to tie the game midway through the final period in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup finals. Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves and blanked the Sharks following second-period goals by Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau.
— Brandon Sutter assisted on goals by Jannik Hansen and Daniel Sedin (seh-DEEN') in Vancouver's 2-1 win over Buffalo. Although the Canucks are 4-0, Hansen's goal midway through the second period gave the Canucks their first lead in regulation all season. Jakob Markstrom stopped 26 shots and was perfect until Nicholas Baptiste scored his first NHL goal, midway through the third period.
— Anaheim pulled out a 3-2 win at Philadelphia on Ryan Garbutt's goal midway through the third period. John Gibson handled 20 shots in the Ducks' first victory of the season. Chris Wagner and Corey Perry also scored for Anaheim.
— First overall pick Auston Matthews scored his fifth goal in four NHL games, but the Wild rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Toronto 3-2. Eric Staal had a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 8:07 to play. Zac Dalpe produced the tying goal and Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nihk) made 32 saves in Minnesota's third win in four games.
— Semyon Varlamov (SEHM'-yuhn vahr-LAH'-mahv) made 27 saves and Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN') scored the first two goals in Colorado's 4-0 shutout of the Lightning at Tampa Bay. Duchene (doo-SHAYN') also set up Carl Soderberg's goal in the third period, 4 ½ minutes after Andreas Martinsen scored for the 3-1 Avalanche. The Lightning had averaged 13 goals in winning their first three games of the season.
— Alec Martinez scored 1:20 into overtime to give Los Angeles its first win of the season, 4-3 at Minnesota. Martinez, Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter each finished with a goal and an assist to back Peter Budaj (BOO'-dy), who handled 17 shots. Jason Spezza's (SPEHT'-suhz) goal with 2:07 left in the third period forced OT.
— Like the Kings, Carolina was winless in its first three games until Jeff Skinner furnished a goal and an assist in the Hurricanes' 4-2 decision over Calgary. Viktor Stalberg's first goal of the season put the 'Canes ahead 3-0. Eddie Lack made 24 saves to pick up the win.
New pact for goalie
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins goalie Matt Murray has a new contract with the Stanley Cup champs, accepting a three-year extension that will run through the 2019-2020 season.
The 22-year-old helped the Penguins to the franchise's fourth championship last spring after taking over for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury (FLOOR'-ee). Murray has yet to play this season while recovering from a broken hand suffered while competing for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey.
Veteran Brand retires
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand has announced his retirement after 17 NBA seasons.
He was the Bulls' first overall pick in the 1999 draft and went on to win rookie of the year honors. Brand ends his career averaging 15.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in a career spent with the Bulls, Mavericks, Hawks and Sixers.
Another good round for Thomas
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Justin Thomas had a 6-under 66 today to take a two-stroke lead halfway through the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, staying within striking distance of the tournament record he set in winning the title here last year.
He started the second round in a three-way share of the lead with Keegan Bradley and Derek Fathauer after opening with a 64, and followed up with a bogey-free round containing six birdies to move to 14 under, two shots clear of Asian Tour leader Anirban Lahiri.
Lee has midway lead
HAINAN, China (AP) — Australian Minjee Lee stretched her lead to six strokes today in the LPGA event in China. Already a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, the 20-year-old followed her opening 7-under 65 with a bogey-free 67.
Germany's Caroline Masson was second at 6 under after her second straight 69.
NCAA says coach didn't do his job
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The NCAA is accusing Louisville of four violations stemming from its investigation of allegations that a former men's basketball staffer hired escorts and strippers for sex parties with Cardinals recruits and players.
The report does not mention a lack of institutional control, considered the most serious violation, but says coach Rick Pitino failed to monitor staffer Andre McGee.
Louisville has 90 days to respond.