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Cubs, Rockies to battle for wild card

CHICAGO—Manager Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs insist they still have plenty left to make another deep run in the post-season.

What they don't have is room for error.

The Cubs will host the Colorado Rockies in the wild-card game today after both teams lost tie-breaker games for their respective division championships.

“We're not dead in the water,” Maddon stressed.

Mahomes rallies Chiefs

DENVER—Patrick Mahomes is athletic, agile—and ambidextrous, apparently.

Thanks in part to a nifty left-handed throw as he was about to get sacked by Von Miller at midfield on the game-winning drive, the right-handed Mahomes rallied the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs past the Denver Broncos 27-23 last night.

Bombers back at .500

EDMONTON—The Winnipeg Blue Bombers made a case for the defence and dramatically improved their playoff prospects in the process.

The Bombers (7-7) forced seven turnovers in a convincing 30-3 win over the Edmonton Eskimos (7-7) on Saturday night.

“It felt good but it is a team effort,” said Winnipeg defensive back Kevin Fogg, who was responsible for two turnovers.

Vikings visiting Rams on short rest

LOS ANGELES—Kirk Cousins was an eager young quarterback and Sean McVay a precocious offensive co-ordinator when they got together in Washington.

After they collaborated on two tremendously-productive seasons, the partnership led to big things for both men: McVay became the NFL's youngest head coach in Los Angeles while Cousins got an $84-million contract in Minnesota.