Update on the latest sportsAP
Dodgers visit Giants in winner-take-all Game 5
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet Thursday night in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the NL Division Series at Oracle Park.
Logan Webb, who was dominant in winning the opener for the Giants, faces Julio Urías (oo-REE’-uhs), who led the majors with 20 victories and got the victory in Game 2. At this point, both teams have posted 109 wins this season.
The longtime rivals who began playing each other in 1884 share a star-studded history of meeting in all-or-nothing games.
In the decisive Game 3 of a 1951 NL pennant tiebreaker, Bobby Thomson hit what many consider the most famous home run ever when he connected for the “Shot ’Heard Round the World,” a three-run drive in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the New York Giants over Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-4 at the Polo Grounds.
The franchises had shifted to the West Coast when they played a best-of-three matchup for the 1962 NL pennant. After topping Los Angeles ace Sandy Koufax in the opener, San Francisco lost the next day. Mays then keyed a four-run rally in the ninth inning to win 6-4 in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PENN STATE-FRANKLIN
Coach denies Penn State players faked injuries
UNDATED (AP) — Penn State coach James Franklin denies any of his defensive players pretended to be injured during the Iowa game last weekend.
Franklin detailed each one who went down during a 12-minute session with reporters Wednesday in response to Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz, who indicated he was suspicious of some of the stoppages in play. Franklin said it made no sense to employ a strategy to slow down an Iowa offense that typically plays a methodical style.
Iowa fans booed while several Penn State players were being treated for injuries on the field during the Hawkeyes’ 23-20 victory Saturday. Ferentz acknowledged that some of the Penn State players had legitimate injuries but defended the Iowa fans, saying they “smelled a rat.”
TENNIS HALL OF FAME NOMINEES
Ivanovic, Pennetta, Moya among 6 nominees for tennis Hall
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Grand Slam title winners Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH’-noh-vich), Flavia Pennetta, Carlos Moya and Cara Black are the new nominees on the International Tennis Hall of Fame ballot for the Class of 2022. They join holdovers Lisa Raymond and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
The Rhode Island-based Hall announced the candidates Thursday. The half-dozen nominees all are in the player category.
Ivanovic won the 2008 French Open, Pennetta won the 2015 U.S. Open and Moya won the 1998 French Open. Ivanovic and Moya reached No. 1 in singles. Pennetta topped the doubles rankings.