Hernandez, Kershaw help Dodgers advance to World Series for 1st time since 1988

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made Tommy Lasorda proud.

Backed by a historic three-home-run, seven-RBI performance from outfielder Kike Hernandez, the Dodgers eliminated the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs in five games with a convincing 11-1 win, advancing to the Fall Classic for the first time since 1988.

The Dodgers combined to an incredible 16 hits on the night, chasing Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana (six earned runs) after two innings. On the opposite end, Clayton Kershaw pitched a steady six innings of one-run baseball.

Dating back to Sept. 21, the Dodgers have a 16-3 record including the postseason, and have outscored their opponents 48-19 in the playoffs. Game 1 of the World Series will be played on Tuesday, as the Dodgers await the New York Yankees or Houston Astros.

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Wu-Tang Clan “If Time Is Money/Hood Go Bang,” Wyclef Jean “Turn Me Good” & More | Daily Visuals 10.18.17

The Wu-Tang Clan are officially back in the game and they’re putting in that work to let y’all know they’re on their grizzly.

Just a few days after dropping their visual for “People Say,” the killer bees release their new clip for “If Time Is Money/Hood Go Bang” where Method Man take it back to the PJ’s where he demonstrates that his bars are still crunchier than anything Willy Wonka could muster up.

While we’re taking a trip down memory lane, Wyclef Jean comes through with his latest clip for “Turn Me Good” where the Brooklyn artist sings and dances at for a select few at a dimly lit after hours spot.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Young Dolph, Rob Markman, and more.

WU-TANG CLAN – “IF TIME IS MONEY (FLY NAVIGATION)/HOOD GO BANG”

WYCLEF JEAN – “TURN ME GOOD”

YOUNG DOLPH – “BELIEVE ME”

ROB MARKMAN – “WRITER”

L’ORANGE FT. DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN – “BLAME THE AUTHOR”

YOUNG RJ FT. JOYNER LUCAS – “MOTION”

NACANDO – “EL CAMINO”

ANOYD FT. CHRIS MICHAUD – “CARDBOARD BOX”

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Dear America, Taking Guns From The 99% Gives The 1% All of The Power 100% of The Time

As is the case after every single time a crazed maniac causes a tragedy using firearms, politicians and their supporters come out of the woodwork to demand Americans give up their guns. Sadly, as is the case every single time, the citizens who support giving up their right to self-defense miss the bigger picture. When […]
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Kershaw surrenders 4 HRs for 1st time in playoff career

Clayton Kershaw was cruising along through the first six innings of his 2017 postseason.

When he came back out for the seventh, the Arizona Diamondbacks were waiting for him.

An otherwise solid playoff opener from Kershaw was spoiled after allowing four solo home runs to Arizona hitters, including back-to-back seventh-inning shots from the light-hitting duo of Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis that ultimately ended his night.

The back-to-back jacks from Marte and Mathis gives Kershaw an inflated 25.50 ERA in the seventh inning or later during the playoffs, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

A.J. Pollock and J.D. Martinez also tagged Kershaw for round-trippers earlier in the game.

This marked only the second time in Kershaw's career – in either regular or postseason play – that he's given up four homers in a single game. The New York Mets tagged him for four bombs earlier this season. In addition, he's only the ninth hurler ever to give up four homers in a playoff game, though unlike the first eight who did it Kershaw still managed to pick up the win.

Pitcher Team Yr./Series IP Result
Charlie Root Cubs 1932 WS Gm. 3 4.1 L
Gene Thompson Reds 1939 WS Gm. 3 4.2 L
Dick Hughes Cardinals 1967 WS Gm. 6 3.2 L
Catfish Hunter Athletics 1971 ALCS Gm. 2 8 L
Dave McNally Orioles 1973 ALCS Gm. 2 7.2 L
Andy Pettitte Yankees 1998 ALCS Gm. 3 4.2 L
Rick Reed Twins 2002 ALDS Gm. 3 5 L
Yu Darvish Rangers 2016 ALDS Gm. 2 5 L
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 2017 NLDS Gm. 1 6.1 W

Despite the barrage of homers, Kershaw finished his night with a solid if unspectacular line, having allowed four runs on just five hits while striking out seven and walking three in his 6 1/3 innings of work. The Dodgers held on to defeat Arizona 7-4 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

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Watch: Saban recounts time he got dumped by girlfriend

The Alabama players from Texas who were affected by Hurricane Harvey won't be able to undo the damage regardless of Saturday's result versus Texas A&M. And somehow, to convey that message, head coach Nick Saban recounted the time a former girlfriend dumped him.

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Watch: Irving, Hayward introduced as Celtics for 1st time at TD Garden

Boston Celtics fans finally got to see the club’s new All-Star duo in the flesh.

Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward were introduced as Celtics for the first time Sunday before their team's scrimmage at TD Garden, drawing applause and loud cheers from the crowd.

“There’s nothing like it,” Irving said about playing at The Garden. “Even the energy in here, I can feel it.”

The dynamic guard joined the C's via a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason, while Hayward signed in free agency.

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Look: Wade rocks No. 9 Cavaliers jersey for 1st time

Dwyane Wade is officially reppin’ The Land.

The veteran shooting guard signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, and posed in the team’s new Nike uniform for the first time Friday.

Wade, who completed a buyout from his $ 23-million deal with the Chicago Bulls, sported his new No. 9 Cavs jersey and a curly new ‘do:

Related – Wade on signing with Cavs: ‘Strictly basketball, it was an easy decision’

Wade wore No. 3 with both the Miami Heat and Bulls, but Cleveland's other star offseason addition, Isaiah Thomas, already claimed that digit.

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Astros secure 100-win season for 2nd time in franchise history

The Houston Astros sealed their 100th victory of the season for the second time in franchise history with a 3-2 win against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, becoming the third team in 2017 to reach the century mark in wins.

The Astros won 102 games back in 1998 but went on to lose to the San Diego Padres in the National League Division Series.

It’s only the sixth time in MLB history that three different teams have won at least 100 games, as the Astros join the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers this season.

A trio of clubs reached the 100-win plateau in the 1942, 1977, 1998, 2002, and 2003 seasons. This will be the first year in which the New York Yankees are not one of the three teams to win 100 games.

With the Indians’ victory Friday night, the Astros’ chances to clinch top spot in the American League and home-field advantage through the ALCS ride on Houston sweeping the Red Sox and Cleveland losing its final two games to the Chicago White Sox.

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Why Bears can’t waste any more time before turning to Trubisky

Thank you for your four games of service, Mike Glennon. And that win last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers? Much appreciated.

But early in a season that was deemed Glennon's year, it's already well past the time the Chicago Bears turn to rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Four days after that upset victory over Pittsburgh – which Chicago largely won in spite of his 101 passing yards – Glennon coughed up four turnovers in a blowout loss to the hated Green Bay Packers. Just a quarter of the way through the campaign, he's committed eight turnovers.

Trubisky can’t possibly be much worse.

In fact, the second overall pick in this year’s draft outperformed the fifth-year pro in the preseason.

Comp. Attempts Yards Comp. % TDs INTs QB rating
Trubisky 36 53 364 67.9 3 0 106.2
Glennon 26 44 243 59.1 2 2 70.5

Going into the season, the plan was to give Glennon $ 16 million for the year and allow Trubisky to learn from the sidelines. Plans change, however, and the Bears should be turning to Plan B after their starting quarterback's latest performance.

It should be noted that Glennon isn't the only one at fault for Chicago's 1-3 record. He had to go forward with one of the most depleted receiving corps in the league – missing his top two options in Cameron Meredith and Kevin White – while the healthy pass-catchers have been plagued by drops and mistakes.

The running game hasn't been much better. Jordan Howard ran for 140 yards against the Steelers, but aside from that performance, he's had games of 52, 7, and 53 yards on the ground.

The reality is Trubisky will have the same problems. He'll have Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, and Zach Miller to throw to, and perhaps even more defenders in the box loading up to stop the run. But he comes with far more upside and the added ability to escape the pocket when it breaks down and create plays with his legs.

Now two-and-a-half games behind the Packers in the loaded NFC North, the Bears have little reason to be thinking playoffs in 2017. So there's nothing keeping Glennon under center aside from a preseason promise from the front office.

Trubisky was taken well before fellow rookie quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer in this year's draft, yet he's had to watch while the others take their lumps. Meanwhile, if there's any player who needs game reps, it's Trubisky, who has just 13 career college starts under his belt.

Trubisky proved in the preseason that he has the talent; he just needs an opportunity to display it. He's done more sitting and learning than most college prospects. It's time for some action.

Having played on Thursday night, the Bears have 11 days before their next contest, which falls on a Monday night against Minnesota. That's more than enough time to get Trubisky ready for his first NFL start.

There will be growing pains, but it's far better to go through them with the quarterback of the future than with a player who doesn't figure into the team's long-term plans.

Head coach John Fox admitted Friday that his team needs "to make a lot of changes." It needs to start at the quarterback position.

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