Update on the latest in sports:
Oct. 19, 2017
Cubs stay alive
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have extended their season by at least one more game by belting three home runs and getting strong pitching from Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH'-tuh) and the bullpen.
Javier Baez slammed a pair of solo homers and Arrieta pitched into the seventh as the Cubs downed the Dodgers, 3-2. Baez went deep in the second inning, two batters after Willson Contreras opened the scoring with a home run. Baez added a fifth-inning blast to make it 3-1.
Arrieta was terrific in the potential elimination game for the defending champs, holding the Dodgers to three hits while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings. Arrieta's only major mistake was Cody Bellinger's third-inning homer.
Closer Wade Davis served up a Justin Turner homer that put the Dodgers within 3-2, but it was the only hit he allowed in two innings of work.
Losing pitcher Alex Wood was taken out in the fifth inning, charged with three runs and four hits with seven strikeouts.
The outcome ends the Dodgers' team-record, six-game postseason winning streak and prevented them from wrapping up their 22nd pennant.
The series stays in Chicago for Game 5 on Thursday. The Cubs will start Jose Quintana against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in a rematch of Game 1 starters.
Yanks take 3-2 series lead
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are one victory away from their 41st American League pennant.
Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) was outstanding over seven innings as the Yankees beat the Astros, 5-0 to take a three-games-to-two lead in the American League Championship Series. Tanaka struck out eight and limited Houston to three hits in helping the Yanks complete a sweep of the three games in the Bronx.
Gary Sanchez hit a solo homer and an RBI double as part of the Yankees' 10-hit attack. Greg Bird opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the second, one inning after Aaron Judge poked an RBI double. Chase Headley went 3-for-3 and Didi Gregorius (DEE'-dee greh-GOHR'-ee-uhs) added two hits, including a run-scoring double.
Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) took the loss after throwing seven shutout innings against the Yankees in Game 1. Keuchel was reached for four runs and seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.
The shutout leaves the Astros with just nine runs scored in the first five games. The Yankees averaged over six runs a game at home after dropping a pair of 2-1 decisions at Minute Maid Park.
Game is Friday in Houston. The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound as they try to extend the series. Luis Severino will start for the Yankees.
La Russa leaving DBacks
UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa is leaving the Diamondbacks organization, saying his duties were more demanding than he realized. La Russa served as chief baseball officer from 2015 to 2016 and became chief baseball analyst when the new regime of general manager Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo arrived last spring.
Also around the majors:
—The Twins have told left-hander Glen Perkins they will decline their $6.5 million option on his contract for 2018 and pay him a $700,000 buyout. The Twins announced the decision Wednesday, moving Perkins closer to retirement. The 34-year-old three-time All-Star will become a free agent able to sign with any team, including the Twins, but he has said he's not interested in pitching elsewhere. He grew up in the Twin Cities area.
Bucks leave Celts 0-2
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics are the first NBA team to lose back-to-back games this season, doing it just two days into the campaign.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-the-tuh-KOOM'-poh) scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter as the Bucks spoiled the Celtics' home opener, 108-100. Antetokounmpo also had 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who went on an 11-1 run to take a seven-point lead with under three minutes to play.
Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points and Khris Middleton had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks.
Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on 7-for-25 shooting in his Boston debut.
In other NBA action:
— The Spurs were able to win without injured All-Star Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard as LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead a 107-99 decision over the Timberwolves. Danny Green added 17 points while shooting 3 of 7 on 3-pointers.
— The Rockets completed a 2-0 road trip as James Harden's 27 points and nine assists carried them to a 105-100 victory at Sacramento. Harden hit a trio of dagger 3-pointers with midway through the fourth quarter, the second of which put Houston ahead 89-79.
— Damian Lillard dropped in 27 points and the Trail Blazers dealt the Suns the most one-sided loss in the franchise's 49-year history, 124-76. Pat Connaughton added a career-high 24 points on 4-for-6 from beyond the arc in the 48-point debacle.
— John Wall scored 28 points and had eight assists in the Wizards' 120-115 victory against the 76ers. Sixers rookie Ben Simmons finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in his NBA debut, while Aaron Fultz came off the bench to score 10 points in his first league game.
— Mike Conley scored 27 points and rookie Dillon Brooks contributed 19 in the Grizzlies' 103-91 win against New Orleans. Anthony Davis provided 33 points and 18 rebounds for the Pelicans, while teammate DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 10 boards.
— The Pistons were winners in their return to downtown Detroit as Tobias Harris scored 17 of his 27 points in the first quarter of a 102-90 decision over the Hornets. Langston Galloway added 16 points off the bench for Detroit, while Reggie Jackson delivered 13 points and eight assists.
— Evan Fournier scored seven of his 23 points in the final 2:27 as the Magic held off the Heat, 116-109. Hassan Whiteside had 26 points and 22 rebounds for Miami, which trailed by 17 early in the final period but pulled within two before Fournier got hot.
— The Pacers were 140-131 winners over the Nets as Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE'-poh) scored 22 points in his Indiana debut and Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds in the Pacers' highest-scoring performance since a 144-point output against Denver seven years ago.
— Dennis Schroder (SHROO'-dur) scored 28 points and the rebuilding Hawks spoiled rookie Dennis Smith Jr.'s solid Dallas debut in beating the Mavericks 117-111. Smith opened the Dallas scoring with an alley-oop dunk and finished with 16 points and a game-high 10 assists.
— Utah was a 106-96 winner over the Nuggets behind Rudy Gobert's (goh-BEHRZ') 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Jazz trailed by five until Alex Burks scored 12 of his 16 points during a 25-4 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters.
Warriors monitoring Green injury
UNDATED (AP) — Warriors forward Draymond Green underwent an MRI exam on his strained left knee and his status for an upcoming road trip is unclear. Green got hurt in the closing seconds of the third quarter of Tuesday's season-opening 122-121 home loss to Houston when he drove left to the basket, took an off-balanced shot and landed awkwardly. He came up hobbling and grabbing at his knee.
In other NBA news:
— Celtics coach Brad Stevens says forward Gordon Hayward is expected to make a full recovery from the gruesome injury he sustained in the team's opener. They just don't know how long it will take yet. Stevens says Hayward has a dislocated ankle and broken tibia. He is expected to have surgery soon, but it hasn't been scheduled yet. Stevens says he isn't sure if Hayward will be able to return this season.
Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said at the league's fall meetings that altering the language from "should stand" to "must stand" was not discussed.
New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "spoke at length" to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn't stand for the "Star-Spangled Banner" would not be playing.
Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs "believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It's an important part of the game."
In other NFL news:
— Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will not practice this week after developing soreness in his throwing shoulder. Luck had been throwing every other day the past two weeks, but general manager Chris Ballard told reporters Wednesday that trainers and doctors shut down Luck after he received a cortisone shot.
—The Redskins have put kicker Dustin Hopkins on injured reserve with a strained hip muscle and signed free agent Nick Rose to replace him. Rose played college football at Texas and has spent time with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers, though he did not make a regular-season roster with either club.
— The winless Browns have reinstated rookie DeShone Kizer as their starting quarterback for this week's game against Tennessee. The Browns demoted an ineffective Kizer during a loss to the Jets this month and inserted Kevin Hogan, who had provided a spark in previous relief appearances but threw three interceptions in a 33-17 loss to the Houston Texans
— The Seahawks are expected to place defensive end Cliff Avril on injured reserve as he continues to deal with a neck injury. Avril would be eligible to return from injured reserve after eight weeks and able to return to practice after six weeks.
— Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette sat out practice Wednesday while recovering from a sprained right ankle suffered in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Rams. Coach Doug Marrone says Fournette was ready to re-enter the game after getting his ankle evaluated on the sideline, but adds that "there's a lot of adrenaline that goes into that."
— The 2018 NFL draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys. After decades in New York, the draft was moved to Chicago in 2015 and was held there again in 2016 before heading to Philadelphia.
AD Jurich dismissed
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville trustees have fired athletic director Tom Jurich two days after the school's athletic association dismissed head basketball coach Rick Pitino.
The Board of Trustees voted 10-3 on Wednesday to fire Jurich after 20 years in the way of the school's implication in a national federal investigation of college basketball.
Jurich shepherded Louisville's 2014 entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference and had been on paid administrative leave since Sept. 27.
Leafs double up Wings
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues are back to their winning ways after following a 4-0 start with consecutive losses.
Jaden Schwartz produced his third career hat trick as the Blues whipped the visiting Blackhawks, 5-2. It was the fourth multi-point game for Schwartz already this season, leaving him with four goals and six assists through seven games.
Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist to support Jake Allen's 22-save performance.
Chicago was outshot 26-8 through the first two periods, including a 17-4 margin in the second.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Auston Matthews notched his sixth goal of the season while the Leafs scored four times in the first period of a 6-3 win over the Red Wings. Nazem Kadri (NA'-zehm KA'-dree) and Zach Hyman scored 43 seconds 2-0 early in the game to help Toronto improve to a league-best 6-1-0.
— The Kings remain the only NHL team without a regulation loss after Adrian Kempe scored his first three goals of the season in the third period of a 5-1 verdict over struggling Montreal. Michael Cammalleri tallied twice against his ex-team as Los Angeles improved to 5-0-1 and dropped the Canadiens to 1-5-1.
Dogs test positive for drugs in Alaska's Iditarod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — For the first time in the history of the world's most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials have refused to name the musher involved.
The governing board of the nearly 1,000-mile race said in a statement that several dogs tested positive for the opioid pain reliever Tramadol. Officials said the team was tested six hours after finishing the nearly 1,000-mile race in Nome in March.
Officials say they likely could not prove legally, intent on the affected musher's part.
IOC expects decisions on Russian doping cases next month
UNDATED (AP) — Investigators at the International Olympic Committee expect to have "a number" of Russian doping cases from the Sochi Olympics resolved by the end of November.
The leader of an IOC delegation in charge of reviewing 28 cases wrote to the head of the IOC Athletes Commission this week to update the timeline of cases stemming from a report detailing a Russian doping scheme in Sochi and beforehand.