Dodgers hope to stay alive
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers are doing their best to send the NL Championship Series back to Atlanta.
The Dodgers led the Braves, 6-2 in the sixth inning, rallying after Freddie Freeman had a two-run homer to put Atlanta the lead in the first inning.
Chris Taylor led the way with two two-run and five RBI homers. He put the Dodgers ahead with a blast in the second inning, shortly after AJ Pollock hit a solo shot.
Los Angeles had already used five pitchers in the start of the sixth. Joe Kelly had to leave the game with an injury after abandoning Freeman’s home run.
Braves starter Max Fried (released) was lifted with two strikeouts in the fifth, charged with five runs and eight hits.
If the Dodgers win, Game 6 will be on Saturday.
Braves hitter Jorge Soler (soh-LEHR ‘) is available after being cleared for COVID-19, but Dodgers infielder Justin Turner has ended for the season with a hamstring injury sustained in last night’s loss.
ALCS-ASTROS / RED SOX
Game beginners 6 announced
HOUSTON (AP) – Luis Garcia will start for the Astros against Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee) in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series on Friday.
Astros manager Dusty Baker announced his pitching selection Thursday afternoon as his team hold a three-to-two lead in the series. García started Game 2 and gave up a grand slam in the first set before going without a strike out in the second due to discomfort in his right knee.
Hawks blow up Mavs at season opener
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The Atlanta Hawks started their season in much the same way they ended the previous regular season.
Cam Reddish had 20 points and Trae Young added 19 in the Hawks’ 113-87 rout against Luka Doncic (LOO’-kah DAHN-chihch) and the Mavericks. Atlanta added a seven-point halftime lead as they edged Dallas 35-20 in the third quarter. Young scored 12 points and delivered nine assists in the decisive period.
Reddish led a stellar effort from the Hawks’ deep bench, which contributed 44 points.
Doncic was limited to 18 points on 6 of 17 shots, to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists.
NBA-TOP 75 TEAM
NBA finalizes Top-75 squad announcement
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The NBA 75th Anniversary team is actually a list of 76 players following a tie vote.
The list of new arrivals announced Thursday includes Dominique Wilkins and Bob McAdoo, who were oddly left out of the top 50 25 years ago.
The other new arrivals announced Thursday are Dennis Rodman, Ray Allen, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Paul Pierce, as well as Stephen Curry, Reggie Miller, Kawhi (kah-WY ‘) Leonard, Damian Lillard , LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.
Celtics faint in China after Kanter’s comments on Tibet
NO DATE (AP) – Chinese broadcaster and NBA partner Tencent is not showing current or archived Boston Celtics games on its platforms, in apparent response to comments Celtics center Enes Kanter made to defend the independence of the Tibet.
Kanter, in a series of social media posts, also called Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) a “dictator.”
Kanter wore shoes emblazoned with the words “Free Tibet” during Wednesday night’s game.
It’s not immediately clear how long Tencent’s plan not to air the Celtics would last.
Packers sign Mercilus
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The Green Bay Packers have hired veteran outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus in hopes of bolstering not only their passing rush, but their championship hopes as well.
The Houston Texans’ first-round pick in 2012, Mercilus had 57 sacks over nine seasons. He has three sacks this season, but only one season of more than eight sacks.
The Texans released the 31-year-old this week.
Elsewhere around the NFL:
–Wide receiver / return specialist Andre Roberts signed with the Chargers after being released earlier this week by the Texans. Roberts is in his 11th season and is one of the best kicking and punt returns in the league.
– Former Cowboys offensive lineman Brandon Knight says he’s taking a hiatus from football to deal with his sanity. Knight moved from the Cowboys to Baltimore via waivers this week, but he did not report to the Ravens.
– A congressional committee is seeking documents and information from the NFL regarding the investigation into the Washington football team and how the league handled it. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform said today it has sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting by November 4 all documents and communications regarding the investigation into the workplace culture within of the team. Lawyers representing 40 former employees of the Washington football team urged the league to immediately release the full findings of the investigation.
Cats are still perfect after beating Avs
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The Florida Panthers are 4-0 for the first time in team history.
Sam Bennett gave the go-ahead goal and Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) recorded his 300th NHL victory as the Panthers knocked down the Avalanche, 4-1. Bennett’s power-play goal gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead midway through the second period.
Anton Lundell (luhn-DEHL ‘) netted a goal and an assist for Florida, who also received goals from Carter Verhaeghe (vur-HAY’-gee) and Sam Reinhart.
Elsewhere on the NHL ice:
– Jesperi Kotkaniemi (kaht-kan-YEH’-mee) scored his first goal for Carolina on his return to Montreal, helping the Hurricanes beat the winless Canadiens, 4-1. Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) had two goals and one assist against the Habs, who are 0-5 just months after reaching the Stanley Cup final.
–Daniel Sprong scored the Capitals’ first goal and scored on a second-period breakaway to lead a 4-1 win over the Devils. Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT’-sahv) scored for the third time in two games for Washington, who also received goals from Anthony Mantha and Dmitry Orlov improving to 3-0-1.
– The Blue Jackets took a 3-2 win over the Islanders with a goal from Patrik Laine (LY’-nayz) at 1:49 into extra time. Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihns) made 28 saves as Columbus improved to 3-1.
– The Flames shut out the Red Wings 3-0 as Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves in his ninth career shutout. Erik Gudbranson netted second period goals from Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane (mahn-jah-PAH’-nee) before Matthew Tkachuk pushed a shot into an empty net.
– Logan Couture (koo-TOOR ‘) and Kevin Labanc scored in the second period in the Sharks’ 2-1 win over the Senators. Reimer finished with 30 saves for the Sharks 3-0.
Devils’ Hughes has a dislocated shoulder
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Devils forward Jack Hughes has been sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated left shoulder suffered in Tuesday’s game against Seattle.
The Devils say the top pick in the 2019 NHL Draft has started physiotherapy and won’t need surgery just yet.
The team says Hughes will be reassessed next week.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
–Jets forward Mark Scheifele (SHY’-leak) missed Thursday’s game against Anaheim after testing positive for COVID-19. He tested negative and would have been cleared to play on Thursday had he had another negative test before the start of the match. Scheifele is the second Winnipeg player to test positive for COVID-19 this week after captain Blake Wheeler was put into league protocol on Monday.
Reconstruction of the American Athletic Conference with 6 C-USA schools
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The American Athletic Conference will add UAB, Texas-San Antonio, Rice, North Texas, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic to the league.
The AAC replaces three schools scheduled to depart for the Big 12 conference and now has 14 teams.
The additions all come from Conference USA, leaving that league both looking for new members and trying to fend off other poachers. The Sun Belt said it wants to expand beyond its current 10 football members and that some of C-USA’s remaining eight schools will be geographic matches.
Iwata takes the lead in Round 2
CHIBA, Japan (AP) – Japanese golfer Hiroshi Iwata topped the standings heading into the second round of the PGA Zozo Championship.
Iwata shot a 7-point 63 that gives him a one-shot lead over Joaquin Niemann and 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama on the Narashino Country Club course.
Matt Wallace is two strokes behind and one ahead of Brendan Steele.
Ko’s LPGA streak ends as SKoreans race Busan rankings
BUSAN, South Korea (AP) – Jin Young Ko missed an LPGA Tour record-breaking stretch in the rain as his compatriots South Korea occupied the first round standings of the BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea.
Ko had 14 straight rounds in the ’60s. This tied her to Annika Sorenstam and So Yeon Ryu for the most in tour history. But Ko finished with a score of under 71 after a birdie on the 18th hole at LPGA International Busan. Ko was seven strokes behind leader Na Rin An’s 64.