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Nats blank Cubs to force Game 5

CHICAGO—Stephen Strasburg gave Washington everything he had—and it was more than enough.

So much for all those questions about heart and character.

Strasburg shook off an illness and pitched seven dominant innings, and Michael A. Taylor hit a late grand slam, as the Nationals blanked the Chicago Cubs 5-0 yesterday to send their NL Division Series to a decisive Game 5.

Jets continue mastery over Blackhawks

CHICAGO—The Winnipeg Jets were just OK for most of the first part of the season. Except for their games against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Against the Blackhawks, they were perfect.

Andrew Copp and Bryan Little scored in a 32-second span in the third period as Winnipeg continued its dominance over Chicago with a 5-3 victory on the final night before the NHL all-star break.

Cubs snap losing skid against Mets

CHICAGO—Anthony Rizzo kept fouling the ball off, over and over again.

When Steven Matz finally blinked, Rizzo capitalized with one mighty swing.

Rizzo hit a three-run homer, and Jon Lester pitched 7 2/3 innings, as the Chicago Cubs stopped an eight-game losing streak against the N.Y. Mets with a 5-1 victory last night in a rematch of last year’s NL Championship Series.

’Hawks rout Leafs

CHICAGO—The sell-out crowd chanted “M-V-P! M-V-P!” and Patrick Kane cracked a wry grin.

It was a sweet ending to a difficult homestand for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kane had a goal and three assists as the Blackhawks stopped a three-game slide with a dominant 7-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.