The Sports Xchange
CARSON, Calif. — The L.A. Galaxy were in danger of tying a ghastly 16-year-old record of ineptitude at home when midfielder Romain Alessandrini took control. Los Angeles was able to get a win in its final home game of the season at the StubHub Center, defeating Minnesota United FC 3-0. If the Galaxy had lost, they would have tied the Major League Soccer record for the fewest home wins in a season, which was set in 2001 by the Tampa Bay Mutiny, who went 2-10-2 that year.
Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the 32 owners of collusion, his legal team announced on Sunday, Oct. 15. Kaepernick has remained unemployed through the first six weeks of the NFL season, even when injuries to other quarterbacks created job openings. He retained attorney Mark Geragos to represent him.
TALLADEGA, Ala.—Brad Keselowski passed Ryan Newman on the final lap of the Alabama 500 to claim his third win of the season and his fifth-career win at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 15, as cars crashed behind him. "This is still sinking in," Keselowski said. "It is a special place to get to race and a special place when you win here. "It was really a collaborative effort with the team and getting a real fast car and making the right moves as a driver and a lot of help from up above with staying out of those wrecks. It really takes all three, and we had them all today."
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Pat Perez shot a 3-under 69 in the final round Sunday, Oct. 15, to claim a four-shot victory over fellow American Keegan Bradley at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic. The 41-year-old Perez won his first title in almost a year and his third career win after starting out with three birdies in the first four holes. Perez finished the tournament at 24-under 264 to win $1.26 million and 500 FedEx Cup points, earning an automatic entry for next year's Masters. He also earned an exemption into the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January in Maui.
Jin Young Ko wins LPGA title in South Korea INCHEON, South Korea — South Korean Jin Young Ko held off world No. 2 Sung Hyun Park to clinch her first LPGA Tour victory by two shots on Sunday at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Ko, who held a two-shot lead heading into the final round, bogeyed two of the first three holes at the Ocean Course before making six birdies for a 4-under 68 and finishing with an overall 19-under total of 269.
LOS ANGELES—Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead home run Saturday night and Charlie Culberson added an RBI and a run scored as the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the National League Championship Series with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Kenley Jansen came on to get the final four outs for the save as the Dodgers used five relievers in support of starter Clayton Kershaw, who lasted five innings.
HOUSTON—The adulation heaped upon right-hander Justin Verlander since his waiver-deadline arrival from Detroit had been steady and sincere, a reflection of the respect he has garnered after an exceptional career.
HOUSTON—Dallas Keuchel continued his mastery of the New York Yankees, twirling seven shutout innings to pace the Houston Astros to a 2-1 victory on Friday night, Oct. 13, at Minute Maid Park in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
WASHINGTON -- Addison Russell had two hits and four RBIs, and the Chicago Cubs scored four runs off Max Scherzer in the fifth inning to beat the Washington Nationals 9-8 on Thursday, Nov. 12, in the fifth and deciding game of the National League Division Series.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Philadelphia Eagles had the right ingredients for a road victory against one of the NFL's hottest teams.