Friday's Sports In Brief
CHICAGO (AP) Jon Lester gave the Chicago Cubs a chance, Javier Baez supplied the power and Aroldis Chapman finished the job.
Lester outpitched Johnny Cueto with eight sparkling innings, Baez homered in the eighth and Chicago beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 in a tense Game 1 of their NL Division Series.
Lester retired his last 13 batters in a dominant performance, but the game was scoreless when Baez sent a towering drive into a stiff wind. With a raucous crowd of 42,148 and every player anxiously tracking the flight of the ball, left fielder Angel Pagan ran out of room as it landed in the basket that tops the ivy-covered walls at Wrigley Field.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Clayton Kershaw was hardly at his best. Nothing new when it comes to October.
He allowed eight hits and three runs. He needed 101 pitches just to make it through five innings. He still managed to earn a rare playoff victory.
Backed by early homers from rookie sensation Corey Seager and Justin Turner off Max Scherzer in a matchup of Cy Young Award winners that promised more than it delivered, Kershaw helped the Los Angeles Dodgers edge the Washington Nationals 4-3 in Game 1 of their NL Division Series.
His work done, Kershaw was able to relax in the dugout, chewing gum and blowing bubbles while watching relievers Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen combine to give up one hit over four scoreless innings.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Talk about a 1-2-3 punch for the Toronto Blue Jays in these playoffs.
The wild-card Blue Jays have rediscovered their power stroke in October, and are going home with a chance to sweep the Texas Rangers in the AL Division Series after a 5-3 win.
Edwin Encarnacion capped a three-homer burst in the fifth inning off Yu Darvish, and Toronto won on a dreary, misty afternoon for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five matchup.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly wouldn't commit to starting Blaine Gabbert new week against Buffalo after a fourth straight loss.
Kelly said the entire offense is on notice a day after sputtering in a 33-21 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
The 49ers are 1-4 and last in the NFC West. Gabbert dropped to 9-31 as a starter, and San Francisco has the NFL's last-ranked passing offense. Gabbert threw two interceptions on his own side of the field that led to 10 Arizona points.
NEW YORK (AP) - Cam Newton was fined $9,115 for taunting Falcons linebacker Deion Jones , who avoided a fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit on the Carolina quarterback on a 2-point conversion later that knocked Newton from the game with a concussion.
Panthers right guard Trai Turner was fined $24,309 for verbally abusing an official who didn't flag Jones for the hit that the NFL also deemed legal.
Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $24,309 for taunting in a loss at Minnesota on Monday night. Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was fined $9,115 for pantomiming a bow and arrow after an interception against the Browns, and Cleveland receiver Terrell Pryor was fined the same amount for using the football as a prop.
More than a dozen other players were also fined.
BOSTON (AP) - Deshaun Watson threw four touchdown passes and helped clear the way for Wayne Gallman's 59-yard scoring run with a block and No. 3 Clemson beat Boston College 56-10.
Clemson (6-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended its conference winning streak to 12 games and its road winning streak to eight, which matches a school record set from 1978-79.
Boston College (3-3, 0-3) lost its 11th consecutive ACC game.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - John Daly birdied the final five holes in the Toshiba Classic, leaving him three strokes behind fellow senior newcomer Billy Mayfair and 62-year-old Jay Haas.
Making his 14th PGA Tour Champions start since turning 50 in April, Daly finished with a 4-under 67 at Newport Beach Country Club after playing the front nine in even par and dropping a stroke on 13.
The two-time major champion has three top-20 finishes on the senior tour, the best a tie for 11th in July in New York at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.
Haas, the 2007 winner, birdied the final hole to match Mayfair at 64.
Larry Mize, Paul Goydos and Michael Allen shot 65. Ross Cochran shot 66, and defending champion Duffy Waldorf was at 67 along with Daly, Mark Calcavecchia, Ian Woosnam, Joey Sindelar, Mark Brooks, Jay Don Blake, John Cook, Fred Funk, Billy Andrade, Jerry Smith, Doug Garwood and brothers Bart and Brad Bryant.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Blues acquired Russian forward Nail Yakupov from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Zach Pochiro and a conditional draft pick next year.
The No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, the 23-year-old Yakupov had eight goals and 14 assists in 60 games last season. In 252 NHL games with the Oilers, he had 50 goals and 61 assists.
The Oilers are first team in NHL history to trade away two of its own first-overall picks in the same year after sending 2010 No. 1 Taylor Hall to New Jersey in June.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The National Women's Hockey League's first transgender player scored a goal in his debut, and finally got an opportunity to hear his name announced over the PA system how he always felt it should.
And Harrison Browne got to hear it again after the final buzzer, when Buffalo forward was named the game's second star in the Beauts' 4-1 loss to the Boston Pride on Friday night.
The 23-year-old previously went by the name of Hailey Browne. That changed when he went public in announcing he prefers to be known as Harrison and identifies himself as a male in a story first published by ESPN .