Thursday, October 20
Game 5 in NLCS tonight
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Cubs and Dodgers square off tonight in the fifth game of the National League Championship Series. Chicago's bats came alive last night in a 10-2 win in Los Angeles. The best-of-seven series is now tied at 2-2 and following this evening's game the series will shift back to Chicago for Game 6, and if need be, Game 7.
The pitching matchup tonight has Jon Lester starting for Chicago against Kenta Maeda (mah-AY'-duh).
The World Series will start in Cleveland on Oct. 25. The Indians advanced last night with a 3-0 Game 5 win over Toronto in the ALCS. By the way, at the same time the Indians start play in the Fall Classic, the Cavaliers will be receiving their rings for winning the NBA Championship last June just a few hundred yards away in Quicken Loans Arena.
NFC rivalry resumes
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Bears and Packers are meeting for the 193rd time this evening in Green Bay. The series began in 1921 with the Bears holding a 94-92-6 edge.
The Bears are in danger of falling to 1-6 for the first time since 2000. They are facing a Packers team that has won three of five games this season with a sputtering offense. Green Bay is dealing with injuries in both its offensive and defensive backfields.
Broncos look to go 7-0
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Undefeated Boise State, ranked No. 14 by the AP, is home this evening to Brigham Young University. The Broncos are one of 11 remaining unbeaten teams and this is their first 6-0 start since 2011. Boise State finished 12-1 that season. They are facing a Cougars team that has won four of seven games but the three losses came by a combined seven points.
The game features two of the most productive running backs in college football. Boise State junior Jeremy McNichols is No. 5 in the country with 129.17 rushing yards per game and BYU's Jamaal Williams is No. 4 with 134.57 per game.
Unbeaten teams hit the ice
UNDATED (AP) — The three 3-0 teams in the NHL are all on the ice tonight. Tampa Bay is unbeaten in three games and is home to Colorado while St. Louis, which is also 3-0, is in Edmonton and 3-0 Vancouver is entertaining Buffalo.
The Stanley Cup champion Penguins are 2-1-1 so far and they are home tonight to San Jose, which is 3-1.
There are three winless teams and two of them are in action tonight. The Kings are 0-3 and they are in Dallas while Anaheim is 0-3-1 and the Ducks are in Philadelphia. The other winless team is Columbus and the Blue Jackets have the night off.
The rest of the card features the Devils at Boston, Florida home to the Capitals, the Coyotes in Montreal, the Maple Leafs at Minnesota and Carolina at Calgary.
Tour hits Malaysia
KULA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The PGA Tour and its players had to pack the bags for a long flight to get to this week's event. After wrapping things up in California for the Safeway Open, the Tour stop this week is the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 78-field man field consists of the top 60 players available from last season's FedEx Cup standings, 10 leading players from the Asian Tour money list and eight sponsor exemptions, five of whom go to PGA Tour players.
Ryan Moore, who won the CIMB Classic in 2013 and 2014, is playing for the first time since he delivered the winning Ryder Cup point for the Americans. Ian Poulter is making his first PGA Tour-sanctioned start since a foot injury in May caused him to take off the rest of the season.
Opening round complete in China
HAINAN, China (AP) — Australian Minjee Lee has a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA event in China. She birdied the final three holes for a 7-under 65 while playing in perfect conditions, two days after a typhoon hit the resort.
American Jessica Korda and Germany's Sandra Gal shot 67 to tie for second.
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.