CHICAGO—Enrique Hernandez homered three times, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs, and Clayton Kershaw pitched six strong innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers won their first National League pennant since 1988 with a 11-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. Los Angeles closed out the NL Championship Series against the defending World Series champions in five games. The Dodgers will face either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros in the World Series with Game 1 scheduled for Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
SAN ANTONIO -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at the AT&T Center in the season opener for both teams. The Spurs trailed 92-91 after a pull-up jumper by Minnesota's Jimmy Butler with 5:02 to play but reassumed the lead on jumpers by Dejounte Murray and Rudy Gay. Danny Green then expanded the lead to 98-92 with a 3-pointer from the corner to help salt way the game.
CLEVELAND -- Didi Gregorius hit two home runs and drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Wednesday night in the deciding Game 5 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field. After losing the first two games of the series, the Yankees won three in a row, outscoring Cleveland 13-5. The Indians hadn't lost three straight games since July 30-Aug. 1.
The Minnesota Vikings signed Stevan Ridley and placed fellow running back Dalvin Cook on injured reserve, the team announced Thursday. Cook sustained a season-ending ACL tear in Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Detroit Lions. The rookie recorded 74 carries for 354 yards and two touchdowns in four games for the Vikings (2-2), who visit the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Ridley had brief stints with the Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons in 2016 after playing in eight games with the New York Jets the previous season.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made a sexist remark toward a female reporter on Wednesday, saying it was "funny to hear a female" ask a question about route running. Newton smirked as Jourdan Rodrigue, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer, asked the following question: "Cam, I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well," Rodrigue said. "Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards.
The Minnesota Wild signed forward Daniel Winnik to a one-year, $660,000 contract, the team announced on Wednesday. Winnik attended training camp on a professional tryout contract for the Wild, who open their season at the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. Minnesota is expected to be without fellow forward Zach Parise for at least the first two games as he nurses a back injury.
Kevin Molino scored in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time to propel Minnesota United FC to a stunning 3-2, come-from-behind win over 10-man Atlanta United on Tuesday at Mercedes Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, keeping alive the Loons' fleeting playoff hopes. Christian Ramirez scored in the 90th minute to lift Minnesota United into a tie, and Molino finished off Atlanta with a goal that rocked the crowd of 43,185. It was the first loss for Atlanta in its gleaming new home after five wins and a draw in the first six matches.
MINNEAPOLIS—Eduardo Escobar had three hits and was a triple shy of the cycle, Brian Dozier reached base four times and the Minnesota Twins came from behind to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Friday night, Sept. 29. Dozier and Escobar homered back-to-back in the second inning to put Minnesota ahead after Detroit scored three runs in the first off Twins starter Kyle Gibson. Ehire Adrianza added two hits, including a double that went off the top of the left-field wall, narrowly missing a home run for Minnesota, which is already set as the American League's second wild-card team.
CLEVELAND -- One year after losing 103 games, the Minnesota Twins are headed to the playoffs. Despite a 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field, the Twins clinched the second American League wild card when the Los Angeles Angels fell 6-4 to the Chicago White Sox in 10 innings. Minnesota (83-74) will be on the road to face the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox in the AL wild-card game Tuesday. Before getting help from the Angels, the Twins fell to the Indians, who got a homer from Yan Gomes and three hits from Carlos Santana.
Tiger Woods admitted on Wednesday what many have suspected for some time -- that he might never play competitive golf again. "I don't know what my future holds for me," Woods said during a news conference at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., in advance of the Presidents Cup, where he is serving as an assistant to U.S. captain Steve Stricker. In his first public comments since his fourth back surgery in April, Woods said he remains optimistic.