10.21.16:  Cubs take 3-2 lead over Dodgers




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 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.


10.20.16:  Indians in Fall Classic…Cubs thump Dodgers




TORONTO (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are in the World Series for the first time in 19 years after rookie Ryan Merritt combined with three relievers on a six-hitter in a 3-0 shutout of the Blue Jays in Toronto. Merritt held the Blue Jays to a pair of hits over 4 1/3 innings and left the game with a 2-0 lead. Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp hit solo homers for the Indians, who are seeking their first World Series crown since 1948.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Addison Russell slammed a two-run homer and Anthony Rizzo added a solo shot and three RBIs as the Chicago Cubs hammered the Dodgers 10-2 in Los Angeles to tie the NL Championship Series at two games apiece. The Cubs put together a four-run fourth and a five-run sixth after failing to score in the previous two games. Russell and Rizzo each delivered three of Chicago’s 13 hits.


10.20.16:  Red Wings top Rangers 2-1 behind Howard’s 32 saves



NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Howard made 32 saves to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Thomas Vanek and Drew Miller scored for Detroit, which improved to 2-2-0.

After beginning the season with two straight losses, the Red Wings have won consecutive games.

And they have Howard to thank for their latest win as New York had the better of play for wide stretches. The Rangers outshot Detroit 33-18 for the game and Howard was forced into making highlight reel stops to keep the Red Wings in the game.

New York led 1-0 as Mika Zibanejad redirected Ryan McDonagh’s slap shot from the right point past Howard 1:09 into the game. The Rangers carried the 1-0 lead into the first intermission, following an opening 20 minutes in which they outshot the Red Wings 14-7.


10.19.16:  Blue Jays and Dodgers win




TORONTO (AP) — The American League Championship Series continues after the Toronto Blue Jays avoided a four-game sweep in a 5-1 win against the Cleveland Indians. Aaron Sanchez held the Indians to a run and two hits over six innings while outpitching Corey Kluber, who was reached for two runs while pitching on short rest for the first time in his career. Josh Donaldson smacked a solo homer and Edwin Encarnacion added a two-run single to highlight a nine-hit attack.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rich Hill worked six innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers homered twice in a 6-0 rout of the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series. Hill gave up just two hits as the Dodgers took a two-games-to-one lead in the series. Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner homered off Jake Arrieta , who surrendered four runs over five-plus innings.


10.18.16:  Green’s 1st hat trick helps Red Wings beat Senators 5-1




DETROIT (AP) — Mike Green scored three times for his first hat trick and Darren Helm had two goals to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Monday night in their last home opener at Joe Louis Arena.

Green scored twice in the first period and his third goal restored a three-goal lead with 6:36 left in the game. Helm scored on a breakaway in between Green’s goals in the first period and added a second goal with 2:56 left in the third.

Ryan Dzingel’s short-handed goal midway through the second period pulled the Senators within two goals.

Detroit’s Petr Mrazek made 13 of his 31 saves in the second period to keep a relatively comfortable cushion.

Andrew Hammond stopped 20 shots in his first start of the season for Ottawa.

The Red Wings are leaving the venue they have called home since the 1979-80 season.


10.14.16:  Red Wings open season with a loss




TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored a go-ahead power-play goal off a nifty pass from Steven Stamkos midway through the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 in the season opener for both on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Jonathan Drouin, Cedric Paquette, Brian Boyle, Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula.

Johnson was positioned at the right circle and redirected Stamkos’ feed past Petr Mrazek at 8:34 to put the Lightning up 4-3, just 5 seconds after Detroit was called for too many men on the ice.

Thomas Vanek scored two goals for the Red Wings. Frans Nielsen, signed to a $31.5 million, six-year free agent deal by Detroit, had a goal and an assist.


10.13.16:  Red Wings open season on the road



-The NHL season opens tonight on the road for the Detroit Red Wings as they take on Tampa Bay in Florida. The Lightning are the team that eliminated the Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last season.


— Vladimir Tarasenko  had two goals and an assist in the Blues’ 5-2 triumph at Chicago. Kevin Shattenkirk and Paul Stastny each had a power-play goal and an assist for the Blues, who scored a pair of empty-netters and three goals with the man advantage. Ryan Hartman scored his first NHL goal for the Blackhawks.

10.12.16:  Cubs Win, Dodgers force deciding game




SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs put together a four-run ninth and advanced to the National League Championship Series by downing the Giants, 6-5 in San Francisco. Pinch-hitter Wilsson Contreras tied it with a two-run single and Javier Baez singled home Jason Heyward to cap the rally after the Giants carried a 5-2 lead into the ninth. David Ross homered for the Cubs, who have won a postseason series in consecutive years for the first time since capturing their only World Series titles in 1907 and 1908.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have forced a fifth and deciding game in their NL Division Series by beating Washington 6-5 on Chase Utley’s RBI single with two out in the bottom of the eighth. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Joc Pederson had two RBIs while the Dodgers built a 5-2 lead, but the Nationals tied it 5-5 on Daniel Murphy’s two-run single. Murphy had four RBIs for the Nats, who will host Game 5 tomorrow as they try to win a playoff series for the first time.


10.11.16:   WMU #24 this week



UNDATED (AP) — Western Michigan has cracked the AP’s college football rankings for the first time in school history, checking in at No. 24 in Monday’s poll. The Broncos are 6-0 for the first time since 1941. Alabama tops the poll with Michigan ranked fourth.


Meanwhile,  The Big Ten has four teams in the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll during the regular season for the first time since 1960, and No. 24 Western Michigan is ranked for the first time in school history.

No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 10 Nebraska joined No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan in the first 10 of the AP Top 25 released Monday. The poll release was delayed one day because two FBS games were postponed until Sunday due to Hurricane Matthew.

Alabama remains No. 1. The Crimson Tide received 56 first-place votes. Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson each received two first-place votes. Michigan had one first-place vote.

Washington was fifth as the top five went unchanged after all had decisive victories last weekend.


10.11.15:  Giants, Nationals, and Indiana win



BOSTON (AP) — Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians advanced to the American League Championship Series by completing a three-game sweep of the Red Sox, 4-3 in Boston. Tyler Naquin poked a two-run single and Josh Tomlin worked into the sixth inning to help the Indians win a division series for the third time in 10 seasons. Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was 0-for-1 with two walks and a sacrifice fly in his final major league game.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants are still alive in the National League Division Series after Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik hit consecutive doubles in the bottom of the 13th to give San Francisco a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. The Giants went ahead 5-3 with a three-run eighth, but the Cubs extended the game on Kris Bryant’s two-run homer off Sergio Romo. Madison Bumgarner’s postseason shutout string ended at 24 innings when Jake Arrieta slammed a three-run homer in the third to put Chicago ahead 3-0.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Washington Nationals put together a pair of four-run rallies to beat the Dodgers 8-3 in Los Angeles and grab a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series. Anthony Rendon  put the Nats ahead to stay with a two-run homer in the third, Jayson Werth added a solo blast in the ninth and Ryan Zimmerman followed with a two-run double. The Nationals could go with starting pitcher Joe Ross today as they try to win a playoff series for the first time since the franchise moved from Montreal after the 2004 season.