KERSHAW PITCHES DODGERS PAST BRAVES: Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 during seven dominant innings; Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the bumbling Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday night.
The Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the fourth against Kris Medlen, taking advantage of some shoddy Atlanta defense even though the Braves were generously not charged with an error.
Kershaw limited Atlanta to Chris Johnson's run-scoring single with two outs in the fourth. The Dodgers' ace allowed three hits and finished in style, striking out the side in the seventh to match his season high for Ks.
BELTRAN HR KEYS CARDS' ROUT OF PIRATES: Carlos Beltran's three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout in their NL division series opener.
The first eight Cardinals reached safely in the third to chase A.J. Burnett, saddling the right-hander with the second-shortest outing of his career and putting Game 1 out of reach early.
BULLS TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for every Bulls 2013-14 home game will go on sale at noon today at Bulls.com, NBATickets.com, (800) 462-2849, the United Center and Ticketmaster.
Group tickets are available by calling the Bulls at (312) 455-4000. For details, go to Bulls.com/tickets.
TRESTMAN MAKING MOST OF OPPORTUNITY WITH BEARS: They had attended symposiums and talked football over lunch a few times, and when Marc Trestman was out of work, Sean Payton came through with an assist.
For that, the Bears' coach is grateful.
There probably won't be much time for reminiscing when Chicago takes on New Orleans at Soldier Field this weekend.
Trestman had just been fired after a two-year run as offensive coordinator at North Carolina State and was on a sort of sabbatical when he was hired as a consultant to Payton, the Saints' coach, for the 2007 season.
For Trestman, the consulting job was "an opportunity to have some dignity in my career."
WEEDEN RALLIES BROWNS PAST BILLS: Quarterback Brandon Weeden replaced injured starter Brian Hoyer and rallied the Cleveland Browns to a 37-24 win Thursday night over the Buffalo Bills, who also lost starting rookie quarterback EJ Manuel with a knee injury.
Weeden threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon in the third quarter as the Browns (3-2) won their third straight and temporarily moved into sole possession of first place in the AFC North.
Safety T.J. Ward intercepted rookie Jeff Tuel's pass and returned it 44 yards for a TD with 1:44 left to end any comeback hopes for the Bills (2-3).
Hoyer sustained a potentially serious right knee injury on a scramble in the first quarter, and Manuel was forced out after taking a helmet to his right knee on a run in the third.
WILSON, LUCK SMART BUT DIFFERENT QBS: Doug Baldwin does not want to be in the middle of this debate.
On one side is his guy from college, Andrew Luck, whom Baldwin believes will one day be recognized as one of the all-time great quarterbacks. On the other is the guy delivering passes to Baldwin now, Russell Wilson, who is enjoying just as much success as Luck, both in their second NFL seasons.
Two great QBs, two decidedly unique talents that will meet on the field for the first time on Sunday when the Colts host the Seahawks.
Luck and Wilson are part of a quarterback class that will always be linked and overanalyzed, even if they are all very different players.
AMERICANS HANG ON TO TAKE LEAD IN PRESIDENTS CUP: The Americans survived a late rally Thursday and are off to another good start in the Presidents Cup.
Steve Stricker blasted out of a plugged lie in the bunker to 3 feet to save par as he and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth hung on for a 1-up win that gave the Americans a 3½-2½ lead.
Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar had an easy time in their new partnership. So did Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. The Presidents Cup resumes today with six foursomes matches.
VALPO RANKED 14TH IN PRESEASON POLL: Valparaiso is ranked 14th in the National Tenpin Coaches Association’s preseason poll. The Crusaders tallied 161 points.
Defending champion Nebraska received the top ranking with 19 first-place votes and 744 points.
PUC CRUISES TO WIN OVER IUN: Purdue Calumet tallied 37 kills as it beat Indiana Northwest 25-16, 25-9, 25-20 on Thursday.
Lauren Chambers and Patrice McBee led the Peregrines with eight kills each. Sara McCarthy had 15 assists, while Jordin Ashburn recorded 13 digs.
ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE A GO FOR THIS WEEKEND: Football is on for Army, Navy and Air Force this weekend although some other service academy sports are still suspended because of the government shutdown.
The Defense Department said Thursday everything was on hold at Navy through Sunday except for Saturday's football game against Air Force. According to Navy's website, 19 events were either postponed or canceled on Saturday and Sunday, including men's and women's soccer games, swim meets and a women's volleyball match at home against Colgate.
Air Force has women's volleyball and soccer matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday that will be postponed.
Navy and Air Force received the go-ahead to play football because the game is not funded by the government. A sellout crowd is expected.
Army will play its game at Boston College, too.
Around the horn
The Crown Point Bulldogs 12-and-under travel softball team is looking for one quality athlete to complete its roster. For details, call Mike Manhatton at (773) 550-4466. ... The Cubs claimed infielder Mat Gamel off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. The 28-year-old Gamel missed this season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.