Sports News for Saturday October 8, 2016

>>Baez’s Homer Lifts Cubs Past Giants

(Chicago, IL)  —  Javier Baez’s solo home run broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning as the Cubs earned a 1-0 win over the Giants in Game One of the National League Division Series.  Jon Lester outlasted San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto in a pitcher’s duel, giving up five hits over eight shutout innings to get the win.  Aroldis Chapman secured the save as Chicago took a 1-0 series lead.  Cueto struck out ten over eight innings but gave up the losing homer to take the loss for the Giants.  Buster Posey had two of the team’s five hits.  Game Two is Saturday at Wrigley Field.


>>Blue Jays Take 2-0 ALDS Lead On Rangers
(Arlington, TX)  —  The Toronto Blue Jays are just a win away from a return to the American League Championship Series.  The Blue Jays belted four home runs to build a 5-1 lead and hung on to beat the Rangers 5-3 in Game Two of their AL Division Series in Texas.  Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run shot in the second inning, and Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera and Edwin Encarnacion added solo shots in the fifth for Toronto.  J.A. Happ pitched five innings of one-run ball for the win and Roberto Osuna got five outs for the save.  Yu Darvish surrendered all four homers in five frames to take the loss for Texas.  Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Rangers.  The Blue Jays lead the best-of-five series two-games-to-none and can complete a sweep at home on Sunday.

>>Indians Blank BoSox For 2-0 ALDS Lead

(Cleveland, OH)  —  The Cleveland Indians are just a win away from a trip to the American League Championship Series.  The Tribe shut out the Red Sox 6-0 in Game Two of their AL Division Series at Progressive Field.  Lonnie Chisenhall’s three-run homer capped a four-run second inning that got the Indians off and running.  Brandon Guyer went 3-for-4 with an RBI single for Cleveland, which leads the best-of-five matchup two-games-to-none.  Corey Kluber struck out seven while allowing just three hits over seven innings for the win.  David Price was rocked for five runs in just three and a third innings to take the loss.  The left-hander is now 0-and-8 all-time as a starter in the postseason, with both of his wins coming in relief.  Boston hosts Game Three on Sunday.

>>Dodgers Hold Off Nationals, Take 1-0 Series Lead

(Washington, DC)  —  Justin Turner’s two-run homer highlighted a three-run third inning as the Dodgers held off the Nationals, 4-3, in Washington, DC.  The Dodgers opened the National League Division Series with a road win behind five innings of three-run ball from Clayton Kershaw.  Kenley Jensen made the final five outs to earn the save, and Corey Seager added a solo shot for the Dodgers.  Max Scherzer gave up all four runs over six innings to take the loss for Washington.  Anthony Rendon clubbed a two-run single in defeat.  Game Two is on Saturday at Nationals Park.

>>Reports: Bosa To Make NFL Debut

(San Diego, CA)  —  San Diego’s top pick in this year’s NFL Draft may finally take the field when the Chargers visit the Raiders on Sunday.  Multiple reports state defensive end Joey Bosa will debut after missing the first four games of the season due to a hamstring injury suffered in his first practice in late August.  The third overall pick out of Ohio State also missed all of training camp because of a contract dispute with the team.


>>Odell Beckham Jr. Fined By NFL

(East Rutherford, NJ)  —  Odell Beckham Jr. has been fined by the NFL once again.  The NFL handed down a $24,309 fine to the Giants wide receiver for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received in Monday’s loss to the Vikings.  It was the third fine in four games for Beckham.  OBJ received a $12,154 fine in Week One for taking part in a group celebration.  He was also fined $36,000 for an illegal hit on New Orleans safety Kenny Vaccaro in Week Two.  Beckham has been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, unnecessary roughness, or taunting six times since entering the league in 2014.


>>Ole Miss QB Kelly Involved In Brawl

(Buffalo, NY)  —  Ole Miss starting quarterback Chad Kelly has found himself in the middle of a brawl during the Rebels’ bye week.  According to multiple reports Kelly was apart of an on-field brawl on Friday while watching his younger brother, Casey Kelly, play a high school game in their native Buffalo.  Casey was hit with a cheap shot during the game, which initiated a benches-clearing fight between the two teams.  Video shows Chad Kelly running toward the opposing team’s sideline before getting restrained and escorted back off the field.  The game was suspended by Buffalo police.  Kelly has thrown for 1,596 yards and 13 touchdowns for 3-and-2 Ole Miss this season.  The 22-year-old was dismissed from Clemson University in 2014 for “conduct detrimental to the team” and was arrested later that year for getting in to a fight at a Buffalo nightclub and threating to come back with a gun.  He is the nephew of Bills great Jim Kelly.


The Fighting Illini will take on Purdue at home today inside Memorial Stadium with kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Illinois State will play Youngstown State for homecoming today with kickoff at 2 p.m.

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