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Chicago Sports News: 10/17/17

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Chicago Cubs 1 – Los Angeles Dodgers 6   (LAD leads 3-0)

Highlights:  Yu Darvish pitched sparkling ball into the seventh inning, Chris Taylor homered again and the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday night to open a 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. Andre Ethier also went deep and Taylor added an RBI triple in the fifth as Los Angeles improved to 6-0 in this postseason, setting a franchise record for consecutive playoff wins. Yasiel Puig had two more hits in another entertaining performance that included an impressive bat flip, on a long foul ball in the first inning. Making their third straight appearance in the NLCS, the weary Cubs also hurt themselves with a couple of big mistakes. Carl Edwards Jr. walked Darvish on four pitches with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, continuing a rocky postseason for the reliever and leading to a round of boos from a frustrated crowd of 41,871. A passed ball brought home another run in the eighth, and pinch hitter Kyle Farmer hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.

 

Bulls’ Mirotic Breaks Jaw in Fight With Teammate – Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is out indefinitely after suffering fractures to his upper jaw and a concussion in an altercation with teammate Bobby Portis at practice Tuesday. The players had been talking trash to one another in practice, going back and forth before those exchanges escalated into a physical encounter, league sources told ESPN. Mirotic charged at Portis twice before Portis threw a punch and connected with Mirotic’s face, league sources said. Mirotic dropped to the floor and lay there for a short time before getting up, league sources said. Mirotic was taken to the hospital and released later Tuesday, sources said. The Bulls announced that surgery is likely for Mirotic. In a statement, the Bulls said they are evaluating disciplinary action.

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MLB Scores: 10/17/17

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American League Championship Series:

  • Houston Astros 4 – New York Yankees 6  (Series tied 2-2)

Highlights:  Aaron Judge ignited a rousing rally with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to spur the unflappable New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 6-4 Tuesday night and tie the AL Championship Series 2-2. The Baby Bombers trailed 4-0 against starter Lance McCullers Jr. until Judge homered leading off the seventh. He tied it with a line drive that nearly left the park in the eighth and scored when Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead two-run double off loser Ken Giles. Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth to cap a three-hitter. New York improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs and won for the 18th time in their last 21 home games.

National League Championship Series:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 6 – Chicago Cubs 1   (LAD leads 3-0)

Highlights:   See Chicago Sports News

MLB Scores: 10/16/17

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American League Championship Series:

  • Houston Astros 1 – New York Yankees 8  (HOU leads 2-1)

Highlights:  Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and made a pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 8-1 Monday night and cutting their deficit to 2-1 in the AL Championship Series. Todd Frazier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer into the short porch in right field in the second against Charlie Morton. Judge capped a five-run fourth with a laser of a drive to left field off Will Harris and robbed Yuri Gurriel and Cameron Maybin of extra-base hits. Sabathia, almost as big at 6-foot-6, allowed three hits over six scoreless innings for his first postseason win in five years. Morton was chased after 3 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs and six hits, including three infield singles, a bloop single to center, a double that Maybin allowed to fall in left and Frazier’s homer.

Chicago Sports News: 10/15/17

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Chicago Bears 27 – Baltimore Ravens 24

Highlights:  Connor Barth kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:08 left in overtime, and the Chicago Bears used a 167-yard rushing effort by Jordan Howard to beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 on Sunday. The Bears (2-4) blew a 14-point lead in the second half before coming through in overtime behind Howard, whose 53-yard run put Chicago at the Baltimore 40. After rookie Mitchell Trubisky completed an 18-yard pass to Kendall Wright, Barth delivered the game winner. Making his first career start on the road, Trubisky directed a conservative game plan that leaned heavily on the run. The first-round draft pick completed 8 of 16 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Howard had 36 carries and the Bears gained 231 yards on 54 attempts. Baltimore (3-3) trailed 17-3 in the third quarter and 24-16 late in regulation before using two long kick returns to get back in the game. Bobby Rainey took a kickoff 96 yards for a score to begin the comeback and Michael Campanaro brought back a punt 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 remaining. The 2-point conversion was successful, setting up overtime. Chicago forced three turnovers and frustrated quarterback Joe Flacco throughout the afternoon. Operating without injured receivers Jeremy Maclin (inactive) and Breshad Perriman (second-quarter concussion), Flacco went 24 for 41 for 180 yards with two interceptions.

 

Chicago Cubs 1 – Los Angeles Dodgers 4  (LAD leads 2-0)

Highlights:  (See MLB Scores)

MLB Scores: 10/15/17

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National League Championship Series:

  • Chicago Cubs 1 – Los Angeles Dodgers 4  (LAD leads 2-0)

Highlights:  Justin Turner hit a three-run drive with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. The dominant Dodgers are two wins away after Turner drove in all four runs in Game 2 to keep Los Angeles unbeaten in the postseason. He delivered a tying single in the fifth before sending a long shot to center field off John Lackey in the ninth. Yasiel Puig drew his third walk of the game leading off the ninth, and Charlie Culberson bunted him to second. After losing pitcher Brian Duensing struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer, Chicago manager Joe Maddon went to the bullpen for the 38-year-old Lackey, who pitched on consecutive days for the first time in his 15-year career. Lackey got the call over All-Star closer Wade Davis, and the veteran starter walked Chris Taylor on six tense pitches. Turner stepped up and ended it with his fourth career playoff homer.

Chicago Sports News: 10/14/17

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Chicago Cubs 2 – Los Angeles Dodgers 5   (LAD leads 1-0)

Highlights:  Chris Taylor hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning, Yasiel Puig added a homer and an RBI double to his dynamite postseason, and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a short start by Clayton Kershaw for a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night in the NLCS opener. Charlie Culberson doubled, drove in the tying run and scored another while replacing injured All-Star shortstop Corey Seager for the resourceful Dodgers, who improved to 4-0 in this postseason. Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer in the fourth, but the final 18 batters failed to reach base for the weary Cubs, still bouncing back from a 10-hour cross-country flight after finishing off Washington in an epic Game 5 late Thursday night. Kenta Maeda got three outs and the victory in his latest standout relief effort, and Kenley Jansen struck out all four batters he faced for his third save this postseason.

 

Chicago Blackhawks – Nashville Predators 1

Highlights: Brandon Saad scored his sixth goal 3:05 into overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Saturday night in their first meeting since last year’s playoffs. Saad beat Pekka Rinne with a one-timed deflection as he cut across the crease from the left side, making the most of a pinpoint cross-ice pass from Patrick Kane. Corey Crawford had 37 saves for Chicago, which wasted six power-play chances. Patrick Sharp scored with 5:36 left in the third period, spoiling Rinne’s shutout bid and sending the game to overtime. Filip Forsberg scored a power-play goal late in the second period for Nashville. It was his fifth goal in five games.

 

MLB Scores: 10/14/17

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American League Championship Series:

  • New York Yankees 1 – Houston Astros 2   (HOU leads 2-0)

Highlights:  Jose Altuve raced home on Carlos Correa‘s double in the ninth inning, Justin Verlander struck out 13 in a complete game and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series. Correa also homered, but Houston needed a daring dash from Altuve to get Verlander a win. Correa also homered, but Houston needed a daring dash from Altuve to get Verlander a win. The 5-foot-6 AL MVP front-runner reached with a one-out single against closer Aroldis Chapman, then sprinted around from first base on Correa’s shot to right-center field, sliding past catcher Gary Sanchez as he misplayed a short-hop. Altuve had two more hits and is 13 for 23 (.565) this postseason. Verlander pitched another gem for the Astros, setting a postseason career best for strikeouts and allowing five hits in his second career complete game in the postseason. He threw 124 pitches and retired baby Bronx Bombers Aaron Judge, Sanchez and Greg Bird to get through the top of the ninth.

National League Championship Series:

  • Chicago Cubs 2 – Los Angeles Dodgers 5  (LAD leads 1-0)

Highlights:   (See Chicago Sports News)