SAN FRANCISCO—It was the “Shot That Shook the Bay.”
Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series—a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 last night.
These every-other-year Giants now will face the Royals in an all wild-card World Series that begins Tuesday night in Kansas City.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Chris Jones wasn’t going to make the same mistake he did last year when Nick Folk tried another potential winning field goal last night.
This time, the New England defensive tackle didn’t commit a penalty to give the Jets’ kicker another chance.
MONTREAL—The bottom line from the Montreal Canadiens’ rematch with the Boston Bruins was 10 goals, no fights, but one late bit of nastiness from Milan Lucic.
Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals as the Canadiens chased goalie Tuukka Rask out of the game to win their home-opener 6-4 last night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son.
Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile.
After nearly three decades spent as one of the game’s biggest laughingstocks, the Kansas City Royals once again are baseball royalty.
WINNIPEG—The Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost their leading rusher yesterday after Nic Grigsby sought and received his release over a decision to make him take a back-up role for a second-straight week.
It’s just one more blow for the slumping Blue Bombers (6-9), who started the season on a winning streak but now find themselves with only a slim chance of making the playoffs.
SAN FRANCISCO—Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October—even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Strange as it might look sometimes, San Francisco finds a way to score just enough.
AVONDALE, Ariz.—Dale Earnhardt Jr. has no issues with NASCAR’s championship format—even as he heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend on the brink of elimination.
MIAMI—Erik Spoelstra wanted yesterday to be a full-contact practice day for the Miami Heat.
Instead, school was in session.
Everyone around the Heat knew that getting ready for this season would be different—since LeBron James has changed addresses and the roster looks much different than the ones Miami had on the way to reaching the NBA Finals in each of the last four years.
CHICAGO—For much of the night, it looked as if Jonas Hiller was the only player on the ice for Calgary.
The Chicago Blackhawks kept pressuring the veteran goalie—and he turned them away over and over again.
Playing on weary legs at the very end, Hiller stuck around long enough to get his first win for the Flames.
TORONTO — When Kyle Dubas began using advanced stats and analytics as general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, he and his staff had to track, import and compare everything manually.
“That would take hours and hours, and there would be lag time between games,” Dubas said. “We didn’t have any budget to do anything good enough to make it real-time.”