Sunday, October 23
Cubs party like it's 1945
CHICAGO (AP) — Wrigley Field was just 29 years old the last time the Chicago Cubs had previously won a National League pennant, and the ballpark didn't exist when the Cubbies last captured a World Series title. Wrigley and its neighboring taverns were rocking on Saturday night after the Cubs claimed their first pennant since 1945.
Kyle Hendricks pitched into the eighth inning and the Cubs belted a pair of solo homers in a 5-0, series-clinching victory over the Dodgers. Hendricks was staked to an early 3-0 lead in Game 6 and never relented as he limited Los Angeles to a pair of hits over 7 1/3 innings. He allowed just one run over two starts in the series.
Dexter Fowler sparked a pair of early rallies. He led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on Kris Bryant's single, one inning before Fowler laced an RBI single.
Wilsson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo added home runs to pad the Cubs' lead. Ben Zobrist delivered a sacrifice fly that capped Chicago's two-run first.
Aroldis Chapman entered after Hendricks gave up a one-out single in the eighth. Chapman promptly got a double-play grounder to end the threat, then worked the ninth to ignite the Cubs' first pennant celebration since the Truman administration.
Clayton Kershaw was hit hard over five innings, charged with four earned runs and seven hits. Kershaw tossed seven shutout innings to lead the Dodgers to a Game 2 win over Hendricks and the Cubs.
The Dodgers did nothing on offense, collecting just two hits and one walk. They also hit into three double plays and were picked off once as Hendricks and Chapman faced the minimum amount of hitters.
Cubs ace Jon Lester and second baseman Javier Baez were named the series' co-MVPs. Lester went 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against Los Angeles, and Baez hit .318 with five RBIs.
Next up for the Cubs are the Cleveland Indians as the two clubs try to shake very lengthy World Series droughts. The Indians haven't won the Fall Classic since 1948, 40 years after the Cubs' last title.
Game 1 of the World Series is slated for Tuesday in Cleveland.
Penn State stuns Buckeyes
UNDATED (AP) —The Penn State Nittany Lions have pulled off their most impressive victory since the Joe Paterno era.
Grant Haley returned a blocked field goal 60 yards for a touchdown with 4:27 remaining to lead Penn State to a 24-21 shocker over the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The Buckeyes led 21-17 and were on a 20-game road winning streak before the blocked kick dropped them to 6-1. Marcus Allen leaped high to deflect Tyler Durbin's 45-yard field goal attempt and Haley took it into the end zone to give Penn State its only lead of the night.
Ohio State carried a 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter, but Trace McSorley began the Nittany Lions' comeback with a two-yard touchdown run. Penn State added a field goal following a blocked punt.
Another major top-25 upset occurred in Dallas. SMU has beaten a ranked team for the first time in five years by dealing Houston its second straight loss since a 5-0 start. Ben Hicks threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score as the Mustangs stunned the 11th-ranked Cougars, 38-16. Hicks was 16 of 31 for 228 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown to a wide-open James Proche for a 28-7 lead in the final seconds of the first half.
In other top-25 action:
— Jonathan Allen returned a Keith Ford fumble 29 yards in the third quarter of top-ranked Alabama's 33-14 win over Texas A&M. It was 20-14 when Allen extended the Crimson Tide's streak to 10 games with a score on defense or special teams. Jalen Hurts passed for 166 yards and rushed for 93 more, throwing for a pair of touchdowns as Alabama improved to 8-0.
— Third-ranked Michigan rolled to a 41-8 pounding of Illinois behind Wilton Speight, who completed 16 of 23 passes for 253 yards and two TDs in just three quarters. Speight threw a pair of scoring passes in the first quarter before touchdown runs by Khalid Hill and De'Veon Smith put Michigan ahead 28-0 after their first four possessions. The Wolverines are 7-0 overall, 4-0 in the Big Ten.
— Jake Browning has 26 touchdown passes this season after tossing three more and running for another in fifth-ranked Washington's 41-17 blowout of Oregon State. John Ross had 115 yards receiving and Dante Pettis added 112 yards in the Huskies' 10th straight victory. Myles Gaskin followed up with 128 yards on 18 carries for the 7-0 Huskies.
— Lamar Jackson threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as seventh-ranked Louisville mauled N.C. State, 54-13. Jackson rolled up 359 of his 431 total yards by halftime and helped the Cardinals improve to 6-1 overall, 4-1 in the ACC. The Cards' quarterback already has accounted for 35 touchdowns this season.
— No. 8 Nebraska trailed by four at halftime before Tommy Armstrong Jr. finished with 303 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in the Cornhuskers' 27-14 victory against Purdue. The Huskers scored on three straight possessions in the second half, with Armstrong's 40-yard pass to De'Morney Pierson-El putting them ahead for good. The Boilermakers managed just 94 yards in the second half of interim coach Gerad Parker's first game since replacing the fired Darrell Hazell.
— No. 10 Wisconsin got past Iowa 17-9 as Corey Clement ran for 134 yards and a touchdown. Alex Hornibrook had 197 yards passing for the Badgers, who are 5-2 and 2-2 Big Ten play. The defense came up big as well, allowing just 236 yards on 60 plays without a touchdown.
— Skyler Howard tossed three of his four touchdown passes while 12th-ranked West Virginia built a 21-10 halftime lead in a 34-10 romp over TCU. The 6-0 Mountaineers are off to their best start since opening the 2006 campaign with seven straight wins.
— Oklahoma and Texas Tech broke an NCAA record by combining for 1,708 yards before the 16th-ranked Sooners walked away with a 66-59 win over the Red Raiders. Baker Mayfield threw for a school-record seven touchdowns, while Joe Mixon grabbed three scoring strikes and ran for two more.
— Joe Williams rushed for a school-record 332 yards and four touchdowns as 19th-rated Utah held off UCLA 52-45. Williams had scoring runs of 64, 55 and 43 yards in his second game since quitting football last month.
— No. 20 Western Michigan had 569 yards of total offense in a 45-31 victory over Eastern Michigan. Zach Terrell threw for 398 yards and three touchdowns, Carrington Thompson had eight catches for 177 yards and two TDs, and Jarvion Franklin ran for 114 yards and a score for the 8-0 Broncos.
— Eli Stove broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run on Auburn's first play to set the tone in a 56-3 dismantling of No. 17 Arkansas. The 21st-rated Tigers held out starting running back Kerryon Johnson and still ran for 543 yards, a school record for an SEC regular-season game.
— Mitch Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and No. 22 North Carolina improved to 6-2 with a 35-14 win at Virginia. Trubisky hit Bug Howard for 40 yards on a trick play, Thomas Jackson for 10 yards and Austin Proehl for 46 yards for touchdowns.
— Leonard Fournette broke LSU's single-game rushing record on just his first eight carries before finishing with 284 yards in LSU's 38-21 victory against No. 23 Mississippi. Fournette had touchdown runs of 78, 76 and 59 yards early in the game to help the Tigers improve to 3-0 under interim coach Ed Orgeron.
— Will Worth rushed for a career-high 201 yards and three touchdowns in No. 24 Navy's 14th consecutive home win, 42-28 over Memphis. The Midshipmen rolled up a season-high 447 yards on the ground and had no trouble overcoming Tony Pollard's 100-yard kickoff return for the Tigers.
Vesey nets pair in Rangers' win
UNDATED (AP) — First overall pick Auston Matthews is receiving a lot of early attention for NHL Rookie of the Year honors, but the New York Rangers may have their own Calder Trophy candidate.
Jimmy Vesey (VEE'-see) scored the tying and go-ahead goals three minutes apart in the second period to lead the Blueshirts to a 4-2 victory over the Capitals in Washington. Vesey now has three goals in five games since signing with the Rangers over the summer.
The Caps led 2-0 until Brandon Pirri tallied to ignite the Rangers' three-goal second period. Rick Nash added an empty-netter and an assist for the Rangers, who are 3-2 after alternating wins and losses through five games.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Montreal is 4-0-1 after Carey Price made 19 saves in his second start to backstop the Canadiens' 4-2 triumph at Boston. Brian Gallagher, Phillips Danault, Torrey Mitchell and Paul Bryon did the scoring for the Habs, with Byron tallying while Montreal was short-handed.
— Kevin Fiala and Viktor Arvidsson each scored twice in Nashville's 5-1 thumping of Pittsburgh. P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban) and Filip Forsberg each added two assists as the Predators stopped a three-game skid.
— David Perron (peh-RAHN') scored his first three goals of the season and St. Louis improved to 4-1-1 by beating Calgary, 6-4. Perron netted the game-winner to complete his third career hat trick and first since January 2014.
— Vladimir Namestnikov (nah-MEHST'-nih-kahf) and Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR'-ee FIHL'-puh-luh) each provided a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay dumped Ottawa, 4-1. Steven Stamkos scored the game-winner and Andrei Vasilevskiy turned back 27 shots in the Lightning's fourth win in five games.
— Vancouver finally suffered its first loss as Tanner Pearson scored once in regulation before netting the lone shootout tally in the Kings' 4-3 triumph over the Canucks. Dustin Brown's first goal of the season gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead after he assisted on goals by Pearson and Brayden McNabb.
— Toronto coughed up another multi-goal lead in the third period before Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and Artemi Panarin (ahr-THE'-mee pah-NAH'-rihn) scored shootout goals to lift Chicago past the Maple Leafs, 5-4. Artem Anisimov (ah-NEE'-see-mahv) and Richard Panik scored one minute apart in the final 2:28 of regulation after William Nylander's (NEE'-lan-durz) goal put the Leafs ahead 4-2 in the third period.
— Jimmy Howard recorded his 23rd career shutout by turning back 30 shots in Detroit's 3-0 verdict over San Jose. Gustav Nyquist scored the first two goals in helping the Red Wings win their fourth in a row since an 0-2 start.
— Jakub Voracek (YAH'-kuhb VOHR'-ah-chehk) scored twice and Philadelphia halted a three-game winless skid by downing Carolina, 6-3. Wayne Simmonds and Shayne Gostisbehere each had a goal and an assist as the Flyers dropped the Hurricanes to 1-2-2 on their season-opening, six-game road trip.
— Shane Harper scored his first two NHL goals and Florida tallied three times in a 2:26 span of the third period to beat Colorado 5-2. Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Marchessault each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who got 26 saves from Roberto Luongo (loo-AHN'-goh).
— The Devils beat the Wild 2-1 on Taylor Hall's goal 29 seconds into overtime. PA Parenteau (pah-REHN'-toh) tied it late in the third period and Cory Schneider made 28 saves as New Jersey ended Minnesota's three-game winning streak.
— Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF'-skee) made 32 saves in his 13th career shutout to lead Columbus past Dallas, 3-0. Josh Anderson, Scott Hartnell and Matt Calvert had the goals as the Blue Jackets won for the second straight night following a season-opening, two-game losing streak.
Truex takes Talladega pole
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway as he tries to advance in NASCAR's playoff.
Truex turned a lap of 193.423 mph to outrun Brad Keselowski. Truex won two races in the first round of the Chase, but he is winless in Round 2 and still above the cutoff point. Four drivers will be cut from the championship field on Sunday.
Matt Kenseth qualified third and was followed by Chase Elliott, who is in a must-win situation on Sunday.
Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the only drivers to have spots locked up in the next round.
FORMULA ONE-US GRAND PRIX
Grid set for Texas Formula One race
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix from the pole. He's won at the Circuit of the Americas track three times in four years but never started from the pole position. Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who leads Hamilton by 33 points in the driver standings, will start from the second spot.
Ready for round 4
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Anirban Lahiri is the leader through three rounds of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. He had nine birdies in firing a 65 that puts him 19 under for the tournament, four in front of defending champion Justin Thomas and Russell Knox.
Thomas had an inconsistent round with three bogeys and a double bogey to finish with a 1-under-71.
Knox had a 68 to tie for second with Thomas.
Australia's Minjee Lee wins
HAINAN, China (AP) — Minjee Lee got up-and-down one last time at Jian Lake on Sunday to win the Blue Bay LPGA for her second victory of the year and third in two seasons.
The 20-year-old Australian chipped to 3 feet from the front runoff area on the par-5 18th for her winning birdie, forcing Jessica Korda to make an 18-footer for eagle from just off the back of the green to get into a playoff. Korda's putt missed to the left.
Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE'-uh JUH'-tan-uh-garn) tied Lee with a two-stroke swing on the par-3 17th, then hooked her 3-wood drive into the water on 18 to end her chances for a tour-high sixth victory.
Lee rebounded after losing a six-stroke lead Saturday, closing with a 2-under 70 in hot and humid conditions to finish at 13-under 275.
Korda had a 71. Jutanugarn shot 70, her closing bogey leaving her two strokes back.