Kershaw against Gonzalez...Interviewing for managers...Bolt scores
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez and — more notably — Milwaukee’s deep bullpen. Josh Hader and the rest of the club’s lights-out relievers have helped the Brewers win 11 straight games. The bullpen’s 3.47 ERA was second in the NL only to the Chicago Cubs.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Rangers have done their first interviews in the search to replace fired manager Jeff Banister. According to people familiar with the details, the Rangers on Thursday interviewed Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde in Arlington, and did a phone interview with Astros bench coach Joe Espada because Houston is preparing for the start of the ALCS against Boston.
UNDATED (AP) — Giants bench coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens has interviewed with the Reds for their open managerial position and also is set to meet with the Twins this week for the job that opened when Paul Molitor was fired. Meulens was in Minneapolis on Thursday and scheduled to interview with the Twins through Friday after traveling from Cincinnati.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A win over the Giants has the Philadelphia Eagles in a first-place tie with the Redskins in the NFC East, with Dallas a half-game back. Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes in the 34-13 win over New York.
SYDNEY (AP) — Retired track star Usain Bolt has scored a couple of goals for an Australian soccer team in his bid to change sports. He’s trying to secure a spot with the Central Coast Mariners for the season that begins later this month. Bolt was in the team’s starting lineup today, but was left the game with about 15 minutes remaining.