Lindor powers Indians past Blue Jays 2-0 in ALCS opener

CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer and Corey Kluber silenced Toronto’s booming bats, giving the Cleveland Indians a 2-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series on Friday night.Lindor connected in the sixth inning off Marco Estrada and raced around the bases like a track star as the bend-but-don’t-break Indians won their fourth straight playoff game in this most unexpected season.Kluber, Cleveland’s solid and stoic ace, pitched 6 1/3 spotless innings before manager Terry Francona turned things over to the Indians’ best weapon — their bullpen.Andrew Miller struck out five of the six batters he faced and Cody Allen got the save with a perfect ninth.Toronto slugger Jose Bautista struck out three times and Edwin…

UW’s Lorenzo Romar sees progress after 104-88 win over Cal State Fullerton The defensive issues were still on display during Washington’s 104-88 nonconference win over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies gave up more points then they would like. They allowed the Titans to shoot 50.9 percent. And they sent CSF to the free throw line 35 times, while committing 27 fouls. But Washington got a much-needed win after dropping its season opener. The Huskies, which were badly outrebounded in its previous outing, also dominated the glass this time. UW outrebounded CSF 36-19 and held the Titans to just two offensive rebounds. “Progress was made, progress was definitely made,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Our level of physicality went up. Our defensive intensity went up. We didn’t allow them to get much in transition. Our guys boxed out...

No. 8 Virginia cruises past UNC Greensboro 76-51 in opener GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Marial Shayok scored 15 points and No. 8 Virginia ran off a 22-0 run to beat UNC Greensboro 76-51 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. Darius Thompson added 12 points for the Cavaliers, who shot 52 percent from the field and made 8 of 16 3-point attempts. Meanwhile the defense - the bedrock of Tony Bennett’s program - held the Spartans scoreless for more than 11 minutes spanning halftime as the game turned into a methodical rout. It was a welcome first step for a team that lost a lot of production from its first trip to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight since 1995. Francis Alonso scored 14 points for UNCG, which shot 37 percent. It marked the first time the program has hosted a ranked opponent in a season opener, though the...

Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas exits with hamstring injury SEATTLE -- Seahawks Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas came out in the third quarter of Seattle's game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday due to a hamstring injury. Thomas apparently sustained the injury in pass coverage during a play that resulted in teammate Richard Sherman intercepting a pass from Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz. Thomas's status for the remainder of the game was listed as questionable. He was replaced by Steven Terrell midway through the third quarter, with Seattle holding a comfortable 23-7 lead over the Eagles.

Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan and Rockets’ James Harden share a deep respect along ... HOUSTON — It’s not a coincidence that James Harden and DeMar DeRozan are two of the highest scorers in the NBA today. The two grew up playing against one another in Los Angeles and the odd time alongside one another in organized games. There is a definite affinity and respect between the two. They also have the same work ethic. Harden, the Houston Rockets star guard, and DeRozan, from the Toronto Raptors, both attack defences, teasing them with the basketball and inviting them to swipe at it only to ensure contact is made and a trip to the free throw line ensues. But that’s only part of the battle. They both make you respect their shooting; defences can’t sit back and set up for the drive. They...

Maple Leafs rewarded for out-hustling Capitals Conditions were perfect for Mike Babcock’s track team on Saturday night. And his Maple Leafs didn’t do too badly in high jump when it came to raising team confidence before a big road trip. With the visiting Washington Capitals labouring in their third game in four nights, the rested Leaf speedsters forced the Caps to chase the play and spend valuable energy killing early penalties before a 4-2 win at the Air Canada Centre. Toss in 33 saves from Frederik Andersen and the Leafs will have a spring in their step getting on the plane to Western Canada on Monday. The Leafs did it without one of the top members of the relay squad, William Nylander, who was a late scratch with an upper body injury . “Day-to-day...

Stan Van Gundy Calls Himself Out For His Past Use Of Term ‘Posse’ Stan Van Gundy just called himself out.   One day after LeBron James criticized Knicks President Phil Jackson for using the term “posse” in an interview to describe James’ black friends and business associates, the Detroit Pistons head coach told reporters that there was a time when he also used the word. “Have I ever used that word before with a white player?” Van Gundy asked himself on Wednesday before the Pistons took on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. “The answer is no,” Van Gundy said. “I think, look, you have to be aware of the language and you have to be aware a little bit of your own biases if you’re going to overcome them. I took that seriously.” Van Gundy added that...

Carolina Panthers vs Seattle Seahawks: prediction, preview, pick to win KICKOFF: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, CenturyLink Field. TV: NBC, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya. SERIES HISTORY: 9th regular-season meeting. Seahawks lead series, 5-3. Sunday's game is the seventh matchup between the teams in the past five seasons and the fifth in the past three years. Carolina and Seattle split a pair of playoff games the past two postseasons. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Panthers and Seahawks have staged some memorable battles the past few years, but the teams are currently going in opposite directions. Seattle is headed for a fourth straight postseason, while Carolina's playoff hopes are pretty much gone. Not only is 4-7 a big hole to climb out of, but the Panthers are too banged up on the offensive line to allow a late-season...