The Cubs had a number of starting pitchers to choose from, but Hendricks has been in great form lately, allowing just two runs in his last 18.6 innings. Maddon's decision got support from President Theo Epstein , as he told the "Spiegel & Parkins Show" on WSCR 670 the Score that he trusts Hendricks can go deep into playoff games without a short hook.
The victor of the one-and-done game gets to take on the Indians (102-60) in a Best-of-5 Divisional Series matchup beginning Thursday in Cleveland . The bullpen is so deep with those two that Nick Goody, Dan Otero and Zach McAllister, who each had an ERA under 3.00, won't even make the division series roster (barring a last-minute change).
Sam Borden provides an update to the mood in the USMNT camp ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifier against Panama . Come Friday night, Orlando City Stadium will play host to the US national team's biggest match since the 2002 World Cup quarterfinal against Germany.
Walcott scored two goals against Belarusian side, BATE Borisov in last weeks Europa League tie, but has been restricted to just three Premier League appearances this season, totalling 46 minutes of action. With England having now qualified for the World Cup in Russian Federation next year, Walcott needs game time to get himself in contention for a place on the plane.
Oscar: "I would be happy to go back". The Brazil global quit Stamford Bridge for a £60million move to the Chinese Super League at the start of 2017. Conte was reported to have grown frustrated with the Chelsea board in the summer after missing out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United before selling Nemanja Matic to the Red Devils.
After winning the World Series a year ago in improbable fashion, the Chicago Cubs are back in the postseason looking to defend their title. This team has the experience and leadership needed to make a run for a championship this year, especially with the improved depth the team acquired over the off-season and through mid-season trades.
He will miss eight-to-12 weeks in recovery. Nic Batum's season with the Charlotte Hornets appears to be shortened significantly after suffering an elbow injury in preseason. Batum was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 25th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft before being moved to the Portland Trail Blazers on draft night.
In the end, Finley had more help. The Cardinals also have wins over Purdue, North Carolina and Kent State. Finley might not be a better quarterback, but he is the quarterback who has his team in position to challenge Clemson at the top the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Ireland's Paul Dunne continued his fine form by taking a share of the lead after day one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. "But I'm in a better place to deal with it now, I think". "I played there in practice and the course is soft this year which could see some low scores". I kind of did the opposite of what I should have done but I'll take the five under'.
The French coach also praised Ronaldo for his performance and said the Portuguese, who missed four league games through suspension , is desperate to get off the mark in La Liga. And however complex the situation may be, we will always rely on simplifying it to better understand and find solutions. Barcelona's Camp Nou, Europe's largest stadium with a capacity of almost 100,000, is often used as a rallying point for Catalan nationalists.
The players were at the heart of the issues themselves, with Barca coming out for the game in the colours of the Catalonia flag and Las Palmas having Spain flags embroidered into their shirts. Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into activist-held polling stations in Catalonia as thousands attempted to vote in an independence referendum deemed illegal by the Spanish government.
The test of the 162-game regular season produced the obvious candidates. Nobody is picking the Yankees to beat the Indians, so against my better judgement, I guess I will. The knock on Kershaw has always been "he can't pitch in the postseason" which is so absurd it's barely worth mentioning. There is the best team in baseball, the Indians.
Altuve (3-for-4, three RBIs) became the first player in franchise history to homer three times in a postseason game, doing so twice off Sale (0-1). Looking back, manager John Farrell calls it "an eye-opener". "Don't think for one second this team is going to give up", Sale said. "Knowing that disappointment, what it felt like, the bitter taste it leaves, we felt like that was added incentive as we approached spring training".
Even after Borg explained that a flu virus had been going around the gym in the weeks leading up to UFC 215 and that his wife had also gotten ill in advance of his trip to Edmonton, media members on last week's UFC 215 conference call continued to hammer the Albuquerque, N.M., native for more details and different answers, seemingly unwilling to accept that the guy simply got laid out by a nasty cold at the most inopportune time possible.
In a subdued statement , Trump said the nation was united "in sadness, shock and grief". "In the depths of horror, we will always find hope in the men and women who risk their lives for ourselves", President Trump said. "Look, we have a tragedy", the president told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. Trump was heading to the city days after a gunman on the 32nd floor of a Vegas Strip hotel and casino opened fire on people at an outdoor country music festival below.
Upon his ostensible arrival, Johnson refused to speak with medical personnel and instead demanded to meet with "the president" of the town. A Wyoming man accused of public intoxication allegedly told police he traveled from the year 2048 to warn mankind of an impending invasion by extraterrestrials.
He has just been selected for the upcoming England 21 worldwide squad for the first time and is now attracting attention from the Premier League's top two sides. "City are hearing positive things from the execs in NY and that Harrison is an exciting late bloomer". While there's still a fairly large gap between the standards of the Premier League and MLS, it would be intriguing to see how Harrison fares at a higher level given the performances he's put in.
But, in (competition) England, this advantage does not mean anything, "he said". "These days I face difficulties with more maturity - it means I keep my feet on the ground". Lindelof signed for Benfica for a fee of around £30m in the summer, but has yet to play a single minute in the Premier League - with Mourinho keeping him for European competition and the Carabao Cup thus far after some shaky pre-season performances.
Each time a paper plane reached the pitch a huge cheer rang around Wembley, such was the scant nature of the entertainment being served up by Southgate's lacklustre side. Germany's final group game is against Azerbaijan this weekend. But Southgate has cautioned against unrealistic expectations in Russian Federation next summer, citing the lack of top-level experience in his squad as a problem for England .
Who is in the Slovenia squad? Southgate's captain for the night Harry Kane , started brightly, twisting and turning before firing a low shot from distance in the opening minutes. England is close to securing qualification for the 2018 World Cup , and can lock up its bid to Russian Federation with a win over Slovenia Thursday.
Koo was just 3 of 6 on field-goal attempts this season, missing last-minute field goals in both Week 1 and Week 2. Novak, who kicked for the Charges from 2011-14, returns to the winless club as they look to give their team a boost heading into the second quarter of the season.
Arizona's starting pitcher Zack Greinke has given up five home runs in 42 at-bats to Gonzalez in his career but is 13-1 with a 2.87 ERA at home in 2017, while the Rockies will go with fellow hard-throwing righty Jon Gray , who finished the season with four straight wins - one of them against the Diamondbacks .
Griffiths did well to help the ball on to Anya, who had just come off the bench, down the right and when he squared towards an onrushing Martin, Skrtel could only divert the delivery into his own net, with the home crowd erupting. Even though the ball wasn't going in the back of the net we were creating chances, ' he said. "I knew we were right when the game started and we kind of got thrown when they went down to ten men because you have to readjust".
GARETH SOUTHGATE has chosen the Russian village of Repino as England's base for the World Cup next summer. England qualified in contrasting fashion, scraping past Slovenia 1-0 thanks to Harry Kane's injury-time strike in a poor team performance at Wembley Stadium .
Bauer will start game one for the Tribe and was 17-9 with a 4.19 ERA and 196 strikeouts this season. The performance of Bauer will be the big story from this one, although his offense can relieve some of the stress with a big day against Sonny Gray , who has struggled against the Indians this year.