WASHINGTON — A little past midnight in Game 5 of the NL Division Series, Clayton Kershaw emerged from the bullpen to pitch in relief for the first time in seven years.
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NEW YORK — Nobody takes to October like Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.
NEW ORLEANS—Devonta Freeman practically wore out the Superdome turf with one long gain after another, Tevin Coleman wouldn’t be denied near the goal line, and the New Orleans Saints hardly looked like the team that made an emotional homecoming nearly 10 years ago to the day.
Cheers turned to boos, and many fans filed out early.
LOUDON, N.H.—Kevin Harvick has thrived as NASCAR’s version of a Game 7 master—steeling his nerves and flourishing in those win-or-else races that kept a championship push alive.
His “Chase” off to a rocky start, Harvick had a rousing finish yesterday that eliminated a must-win race for him and parked him in the next playoff round.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Minnesota Vikings keep finding ways to overcome injuries—and keep finding ways to win football games.
Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, and Marcus Sherels returned a punt for a score, as the Vikings snapped the Carolina Panthers’ 14-game home winning streak with a 22-10 victory yesterday.
WINNIPEG—When Jermarcus Hardrick first jumped into the home crowd after a Blue Bombers’ touchdown, it caught some fans by surprise.
“I scared some little kids over here,” the 6’5”, 314-pound offensive right tackle said after Wednesday’s practice while pointing to the end-zone stands.
Home fans might see a lot more of the celebration, which has been coined the “Hardrick Hop.”
SEATTLE—After weeks of mostly poor performances, Marco Estrada once again flirted with a no-hitter for Toronto.
And just when the Blue Jays needed that quality of a performance.
Estrada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and Edwin Encarnacion hit his 41st home run, as the Jays edged the Seattle Mariners 3-2 last night in the opener of a critical three-game series.
CHICAGO—Carson Wentz followed up an impressive NFL debut with another solid performance, throwing for 190 yards and a touchdown, as the Philadelphia Eagles dumped the Chicago Bears 29-14 last night.
Wentz showed plenty of poise—just as he did in his debut against Cleveland.
RIO DE JANEIRO — After 1,192 days, Brazil’s run of hosting mega-sports events came to an end Sunday at the Paralympic Games.
GENEVA — Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has “no issue” with his medical data being leaked, in an alleged criminal attack by Russian hackers on a World Anti-Doping Agency database.