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Cubs beat Dodgers 5-0 to reach 1st World Series since 1945

CHICAGO (AP) — Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series.

Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

The drought ended when closer Aroldis Chapman got Yasiel Puig to ground into a double play, setting off a wild celebration at Wrigley Field.

Seeking their first title since 1908, the Cubs open the World Series at Cleveland on Tuesday night. The Indians haven't won since 1948.


Baez, Lester share NLCS MVP award

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs ace Jon Lester and second baseman Javier Baez are the co-MVPs for the NL Championship Series.

Baez hit .318 (7 for 22) with five RBIs, leading the Cubs past the Dodgers for their first NL pennant since 1945. The versatile Baez also made a couple of the series' most exciting plays, stealing home during Chicago's victory in the opener and robbing Adrian Gonzalez of a hit with a terrific barehanded scoop in Game 5 on Thursday night.

Lester, one of baseball's most accomplished playoff performers, went 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against Los Angeles.

They are the first NLCS co-MVPs since Cincinnati relievers Rob Dibble and Randy Myers in 1990.

The Cubs grabbed Baez with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft. He made his major league debut in 2014, but really turned into a consistent force this year, batting .273 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs while playing several different positions.


Kershaw struggles; Dodgers search for 1st title since 1988

CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw's playoff renaissance is over, at least for this year. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace flopped at a big moment — again.

Kershaw's postseason resume took another hit in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series, finishing off the reeling Dodgers. The Chicago Cubs battered the three-time Cy Young Award winner on their way to a 5-0 victory Saturday night, making it 28 years and counting since the Dodgers last won the World Series.

Kershaw could have started Game 5 on three days' rest, but manager Dave Roberts decided to save him for Saturday night at Wrigley Field. Roberts was hoping a couple more days would help Kershaw duplicate his performance from Game 2, when he pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in a 1-0 victory.

The left-hander allowed four earned runs and seven hits last night while dropping to 4-7 with a 4.55 ERA in 18 playoff games.


Pearson gets goal, scores again in SO; Kings top Canucks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tanner Pearson scored for the fourth time this season and got the lone shootout goal, lifting the Los Angeles Kings over the previously unbeaten Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Saturday night.

Alexander Edler tied it on a power play with 34.4 seconds left in the third period.

The Kings had a power play for the final 1:16 of overtime but Jacob Markstrom made two keys saves to send it into a shootout. Markstrom made 28 saves.

Pressed into service after Jeff Zatkoff injured his groin in the morning skate, Peter Budaj stopped 22 shots for his second straight win.

Brayden McNabb and Dustin Brown also scored for Los Angeles. Markus Granlund and Henrik Sedin scored to help Vancouver overcome a three-goal deficit.


Howard, Nyquist lead Red Wings over Sharks 3-0

DETROIT (AP) — Jimmy Howard made 30 saves and Gustav Nyquist scored twice, helping the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-0 on Saturday night.

Andreas Athanasiou also scored for Detroit, which won its fourth straight after losing its first two games of the season.

San Jose goalie Martin Jones stopped 29 shots. The Sharks have lost three of four.

Howard got his 23rd career shutout and his first this season.

Nyquist scored twice in the second period to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.


Joe Williams runs wild in No. 19 Utah's 52-45 win over UCLA

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Williams rushed for a school-record 332 yards and four touchdowns in his second game back from retirement, and No. 19 Utah held off pass-happy UCLA 52-45 Saturday.

Cory Butler-Byrd returned the opening kickoff for a 99-yard touchdown on a day of stunning superlatives for the Utes (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) in their second straight win at the Rose Bowl.

Williams, who quit football last month before returning last week, broke off TD runs of 3, 43, 64 and 55 yards in the most prolific rushing performance ever by a UCLA opponent.

Mike Fafaul also set UCLA records for pass attempts (70) and completions (40) while throwing for 464 yards, third most in school history. The former walk-on had five touchdown passes and four interceptions for the Bruins (3-5, 1-4), whose wholesale overhaul of their offensive approach didn't prevent their fourth loss in five games.

Bolu Olorunfunmi scored two touchdowns, Nate Iese caught two TD passes and Jordan Lasley caught a 75-yard TD pass for the Bruins.


Sloppy Colorado holds off equally bad Stanford 10-5

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Almost to a player, Colorado welcomed the idea of becoming bowl eligible for the first time in a decade with a collective shrug of the shoulders and a yawn.

Outside of a brief celebration in the northwest corner end zone at Stanford Stadium and an acknowledgement later in the locker room, the Buffaloes didn't make much of their 10-5 win over the Cardinal other than it was another step toward their ultimate goal of winning the Pac-12 championship.

That Colorado is even in the discussion for the Pac-12 championship seems far-fetched after the Buffaloes won only one conference game in 2015.

Chris Graham kicked a 23-yard field goal with 2:13 remaining following two earlier misses, propelling the Buffaloes to their first win over the Cardinal since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

Colorado (6-2, 4-1) went into the day tied with Utah for first place in the South division and inched one step closer toward a possible berth in the conference title game despite an off day by the offense.


Cal Poly grinds out 21-16 win over UC Davis

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Dano Graves passed for just 44 yards but ran in two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the third quarter, to help lift Cal Poly to a 21-16 win over UC Davis on Saturday night.

Kyle Lewis padded the lead late in the fourth quarter with a 91-yard touchdown run, a career-best, to make it 21-9 with 2:54 left and finished with 141 yards on eight carries. Joe Protheroe added 95 yards on 27 carries for Cal Poly (5-2, 3-1 Big Sky).

UC Davis (2-6, 1-4) cut the gap to five with 44 seconds left when Keelan Doss hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Ben Scott. Cal Poly recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock to seal the win.

The Aggies took the lead early in the first quarter when Anthony Baumgart recovered a fumble and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown. Manusamoa Luuga finished with 118 yards on 15 carries for UC Davis.


Utah State pulls away to beat Fresno State 38-20

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Kent Myers passed for 188 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 66 yards to help Utah State beat Fresno State 38-20 on Saturday night.

Utah State (3-4, 1-3 Mountain West) never trailed but allowed the Bulldogs (1-7, 0-4) within 17-14 after a touchdown late in the first half on Chason Virgil's 1-yard pass to Jared Rice.

The Aggies then pulled away steadily in the second half, twice trading touchdowns for field goals and adding a third TD on Damion Hobbs' 4-yard run to cap the scoring with 7:14 left.

Both teams' kickers notched career-long field goals — Brock Warren with a 43-yarder for Utah State in the second quarter and Kody Kroening with a 49-yarder in the fourth. Kroening made two field goals on the night, extending the nation's current longest streak of made field goals to 13.

Tonny Lindsey had 90 yards rushing for Utah State. Dontel James ran for 80 yards and a score for Fresno State.


Northern Colorado holds on for 27-19 win over Sacramento St.

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Jamie Falloon kicked field goals of 27 and 42 yards to give Northern Colorado just enough cushion to hold off Sacramento State 27-19 on Saturday.

The Hornets drove to Northern Colorado's 10 with 11 seconds remaining in the game. Bryan Stansbury sacked Nate Ketteringham on fourth down to stop Sacramento State and secure the victory.

Northern Colorado's (4-3, 2-2 Big Sky) Ellis Onic II started the scoring when he slipped down the sideline for a 79-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game.

Sacramento State came back to lead 10-7 at the break.

Kyle Sloter, who finished with 203 yards passing, threw to Michael McCauley from 25 yards out to go ahead 14-10 with 9:18 left in the third quarter. Sloter hit Hakeem Deggs on a 54-yard scoring strike for a 24-13 lead in the final quarter.

Jordan Robinson led Sacramento State (1-7, 1-4) rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns.


Simone Schaller, Olympic hurdler in '32 and '36, dies at 104

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Simone Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, has died. She was 104.

Grandson Jeffrey Hardy said Saturday that Schaller died of natural causes Thursday in the home she and her husband built when they married in the 1930s.

Schaller tied Babe Didrikson Zaharias for the world record in the first round of the 80-meter hurdles at the 1932 Los Angeles Games. Schaller finished fourth in the final behind Didrikson, who set another record. According to Olympic historian David Wallechinsky, Schaller had taken up hurdling only three months earlier.

At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Schaller made it to the semifinals.

She won the hurdles at the 1933 U.S. championships. She was also an avid tennis player.

Schaller had three children, seven grandchildren, a dozen great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.