Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bucs Overcome Early 14-Point Deficit, Overpower Niners On Road

At Santa Clara, California:

Quarterback Jameis Winston threw for three touchdowns on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3) overcame an early 14-point deficit and manhandled the San Francisco 49ers (1-6) 34-17 on the road.

The defeat was the niners' sixth successive as San Francisco is on its' longest losing skid since 2008.

Timbers Blow Playoff Spot, Concede Cascadia Cup

At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Giles Barnes scored twice (13', 32') as the Vancouver Whitecaps dominated the visiting Portland Timbers 4-1 in the Major League Soccer season finale for both clubs on Sunday.

The defeat not only cost the Timbers a shot at qualifying for the MLS Cup Playoffs (the first time that has happened to a reigning champ in ten years), it handed the Cascadia Cup to the Whitecaps.

The Timbers ended up going winless on the road in league play, dropping their final seven away matches.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


At Chicago:

Starter Kyle Hendricks and relief man Aroldis Chapman combined on a two-hit shutout while Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras each hit a home run on Saturday night as the Chicago Cubs locked up their first National League Pennant (and first World Series berth) in 71 years with a 5-0 smothering of the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the National League Championship Series, which the Cubs won four games to two.

Two Cubs, second baseman Javier Baez and pitcher Jon Lester, shared the series' Most Valuable Player award.

The Cubs will open up the World Series against the Indians in Cleveland on Tuesday, in search of their first world championship since 1908.

The Cleveland Indians are searching for their first World Series crown since 1948.

Huskies Devour Visiting Beavers, Stay Unbeaten

At Seattle:

The Washington Huskies (7-0 overall, 4-0 in Pac-12 play; #5 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Amway Coaches polls) dominated the visiting Oregon State Beavers (2-5, 1-3) 41-17 on Saturday.  Huskies' quarterback Jake Browning completed 14 of 28 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns while Myles Gaskin carried the ball 18 times for 128 yards and another score.

Als End Riders Four-Game Winning Streak

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

Quarterback Vernon Adams, Jr. completed 11 of 24 passes on Saturday for 177 yards and a touchdown as the Montreal Alouettes (5-11) ended the Saskatchewan Roughriders' (5-11) four-game Canadian Football League winning streak 19-14 on the road.

Ducks Fall On Road To Bears In Double OT; Oregon On First Five-Game Skid Since '96

At Berkeley, California:

Matt Anderson recovered from missing a game-winning field-goal attempt at the end of regulation on Friday night by kicking the go-ahead three-pointer in the second overtime, then Jordan Kunaszyk came up with the game-ending interception as the California Golden Bears (4-3 overall, 2-2 in Pac-12 play) recovered from blowing a 20-point second-half lead to defeat the visiting Oregon Ducks (2-5, 0-4) 52-29.

The Ducks have now dropped five straight contests, their longest losing skid since 1996.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Glenda And Friend

From circa 1935, here's a photo of screen actress Glenda Farrell with her four-legged friend.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

NLCS: Cubs Knock Off Dodgers Again, Take 3-2 Series Lead; Chicago One Win Away From First Pennant Since 1945

At Los Angeles:

A strong seven-inning pitching performance from Jon Lester, combined with a two-run Addison Russell home run and a three-run double in the eighth inning from Javier Baez lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 8-4 game-five road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday in the National League Championship Series, which the Cubs now lead three games to two.

The Cubs can wrap up their first National League pennant (and punch their ticket for their first World Series appearance) in 71 years with a game-six victory back home in Chicago on Saturday.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NLCA: Cubs Level Dodgers, Level Series At 2-2

At Los Angeles:

Home runs from the slumping Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo sparked the Chicago Cubs to a 10-2 Wednesday road nuking of the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the National League Championship Series, now squared at two games apiece.

Saprissa Oust Timbers From CONCACAF Champions League With Road Draw

At Portland, Oregon:

Rolando Blackburn's goal in the 23rd minute on Wednesday enabled Deportivo Saprissa to gain a 1-1 road with the Portland Timbers, enough for the Costa Rican club to win Group B and advance to the quarterfinals.

Jack McInerney scored for the Timbers in the 57th minute as Portland had to settle for a home draw when a win was needed to advance to the knockout stage.

Portland's final Major League Soccer regular-season contest will at Vancouver in a Cascadia Cup clash against the Whitecaps on Sunday at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (ROOT Sports Northwest).  The Timbers still have a legitimate shot at qualifying for the MLS Cup Playoffs.


At Toronto:

Starting pitcher Ryan Merritt and the bullpen combined on a shutout while Coco Crisp hit a home run as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on the road in game five of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday as the Indians won their first American League pennant since 1997 (their sixth overall) four games to one.

Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller was named series Most Valuable Player.

Cleveland will host the opening game of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers or Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.  The Indians gained home-field advantage due to the American League's victory in July's All-Star Game.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

NLCS: Dodgers Handcuff Cubs' Bats, Take 2-1 Series Lead

At Los Angeles:

Rich Hill pitched six innings of two-hit shutout ball and the bullpen kept the Chicago Cubs off the scoreboard while Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning on Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers took a two-games-to-one lead in the National League Championship Series following their 6-0 game-three beatdown over their guests from the Windy City.

ALCS: Blue Jays Prove Too Much For Indians And Avert Sweep; Cleveland Series Advantage Cut To 3-1

At Toronto:

In Tuesday fourth game of the American League Championship Series, Josh Donaldson hit a third-inning home run while Aaron Sanchez pitched six strong innings as the Toronto Blue Jays avoided elimination by defeating the visiting Cleveland Indians 5-2.

The Indians, who still lead the series three games to one, can wrap up their first American League pennant since 1997 with a game-five win in Toronto on Wednesday.

Monday, October 17, 2016

ALCS: Indians Hold Off Blue Jays, Take 3-0 Series Lead; Cleveland One Win Away From First WS Appearance Since '97

At Toronto:

Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli each hit a home run and the bullpen came to the rescue after starting pitcher Trevor Bauer's exit due to a bloody finger as the Cleveland Indians on Monday night took game three of the American League Championship Series 4-2 on the road over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Indians, who lead the series three games to none, can wrap up their first American League pennant (and gain their first World Series appearance) since 1997 with a game-four victory in Toronto on Tuesday.

Only once has a team come back from a three-games-to-none deficit to win a best-of-seven series in Major League Baseball postseason history----the Boston Red Sox doing the trick against the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series (which was followed by a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals for their first World Series championship since 1918).