Dodgers to Cubs: We’re dangerous ‘underdogs’

WASHINGTON — The Dodgers will find themselves right where they want to be in the NLCS against the Cubs. As underdogs. “Listen, we’re going to be underdogs this whole playoffs. Nobody believed that we were going to be winning the division. People forgot about us,” said Kenley Jansen, who threw a 51-pitch, seven-out bridge between winner Julio Urias and closer — yes, closer — Clayton Kershaw on Thursday in the 4-3 victory over the Nationals that clinched the NLDS. “When Kersh went down for more than two months with a bad back during the regular season, everybody thought the Dodgers were out. So we’re going to fight,” Jansen said. “I like being the underdog.” The Dodgers went 3-4 against the Cubs in the regular season. …

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to have back surgery New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery and miss the remainder of the regular season. Gronkowski will have surgery for a herniated disk on Friday, multiple media outlets reports Thursday. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, who broke the news via Twitter, reported that Gronkowski is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, per NFL sources. That timetable would put Gronkowski on the shelf until the week of the Super Bowl should the Patriots, currently tied for the top record in the AFC, advance that far. The Patriots apparently were unaware of the severity of the injury, using their injury/designation to return Wednesday on rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett. That means they would have to carry Gronkowski on the active roster or...

Oakland's plan to keep the Raiders does not involve any input from the Raiders Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was brimming with optimism Tuesday when she announced the city is close to a deal with an investment group led by former NFL player Ronnie Lott that would keep the Raiders in the city. “We’re excited that for the first time we’re working with a private partner who has not just the passion to keep the Raiders in Oakland, but also the capacity to put up front the amount of capital it will take to privately finance a stadium,” she said, per NBC Bay Area. “The Raiders belong in Oakland. This is where they were born and raised. This is a part of their identity, and they are a part of our identity.” There are a bunch of problems with this...

Dinos coach still undecided on who to start at QB for Vanier Cup against Laval HAMILTON — Fifth-year quarterback Jimmy Underdahl will have his university football career come to an end Saturday at the Vanier Cup. He still doesn’t know if he’ll be a starter or a backup for his final game. Calgary head coach Wayne Harris said Friday he has yet to decide whether Underdahl or rookie Adam Sinagra will get the start when the Dinos face the Laval Rouge et Or at Tim Hortons Field. “Nothing is for sure with this team this year,” Harris said with a laugh following his team’s final walkthrough before the championship game. “Jimmy has had a great week, Adam has had a great week, they’re both ready to go. Like every game, it’s just how the circumstances play out and we’ll see...

Mayor says Trump backs Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic Bid: NBC U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump told the Los Angeles' mayor he would support the city's 2024 Olympics bid when the two spoke this week, NBC reported on Thursday, citing the mayor's spokeswoman.Trump and Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, spoke by phone on Wednesday and "had a productive conversation about ways to expand infrastructure investments and opportunities in communities across America," spokeswoman Connie Llanos said, according to NBC.Reuters could not immediately confirm the report, and representatives for Trump did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The California city is seeking to host the summer Games for a third time in a bid that centered on celebrating diversity. It had been seen as the front-runner in the race with Paris and Budapest...

Cricket: Inquisition continues for Australia 'in crisis' Melbourne: Australia's hapless performances in the 2-0 series loss to South Africa came in for huge criticism from the country's local media on Wednesday, with demands for heads to roll in both the dressing room and the corridors of power at Cricket Australia."Disgrace to the baggy green," was the headline lament of The Australian newspaper in its coverage of the Test team's innings and 80-run defeat in Hobart on Tuesday."Australia's endemic problems, demand a long-term approach but in the short term changes must be made for Adelaide," the newspaper's cricket writer Andrew Faulkner wrote.Australia, who lost the opener against South Africa by 177 runs in Perth, head into the series finale at Adelaide Oval riding a five-match losing streak, with confidence at...

Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles: Preview, what to expect, pick to win Monday Night Football preview: What you need to know about the Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles, including how to watch, key match-ups, what to expect and pick to win. KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia. TV: ESPN, Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters. SERIES HISTORY: 40th regular-season meeting. The Packers lead the series, 25-14. They won the last meeting in 2014, beating the Eagles 53-20 in Green Bay. The Eagles turned the ball over four times in that game and Aaron Rodgers threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns. GAMEDATE: 11/28/16 KEYS TO THE GAME: The Packers were throttled, 42-24, by the Redskins at FedEx Field in Week 11, dropping to 4-6 -- their worst record through 10 games since beginning 2005 with a mark of 2-8. Green Bay has lost four straight...

Browns VP believes winless Cleveland is heading to 'a much brighter future' All you need to do is take a quick glance at the team statistics to understand the uphill climb facing the Cleveland Browns this season. The Browns, who rank 31st in total defense and 28th on offense, are the only NFL team still searching for its first win of the season. But despite facing the real possibility of joining the 2008 Lions as the only teams in NFL history to go 0-16, Cleveland's executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown is not giving up hope. "We always want to learn, but no, we are steadfast in our plan, and we feel like we're on the right course," Brown said, via ESPN. More from FoxSports Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire Targets WhatIfSports: Week 11 NFL simulation projections Cowboys love...