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.
The rivals who began playing each other in 1884 are meeting for the 24th time this season, with San Francisco winning 12 of those games and Los Angeles 11. This time they are playing for a spot in the NL Championship Series against Atlanta that starts Saturday night.
Cardinals fire Shildt over ‘philosophical differences’
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have fired manager Mike Shildt over philosophical differences within the organization.
The move Thursday came a week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League wild-card game. Shildt was heading into the final year of his contract.
Shildt replaced current Royals manager Mike Matheny (muh-THEE’-nee) on an interim basis in August of 2018, then took over the permanent job the following season.
In other MLB news:
— The Atlanta Braves are preparing to play without outfielder Jorge Soler (HOHR’-hay soh-LEHR’) in the NL Championship Series as they await his clearance following his positive COVID-19 test. The Braves worked out Thursday at Truist Park without Soler, who was pulled from the lineup for Game 4 of the NL Division Series against Milwaukee on Tuesday. Dansby Swanson replaced Soler as the leadoff hitter, Guillermo Heredia moved into the lineup in center field and Cristian Pache took Soler’s spot on the 26-man roster. Playing with the adjusted lineup, the Braves beat the Brewers 5-4 to clinch the best-of-five division series.
Brady Tkachuk signs 7-year, $57.5 million deal with Senators
OTTAWA (AP) — Brady Tkachuk (kuh-CHUK’) and the Ottawa Senators have agreed to a seven-year, $57.5 million contract.
The Senators made the announcement hours before Thursday’s home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Tkachuk was a restricted free agent and had not played for the Senators during the preseason until a deal was reached. The contract has an average annual value of $8.214 million.
Panthers’ McCaffrey doesn’t practice because of hamstring
UNDATED (AP) — Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey did not practice Thursday, a sign that he could miss his third straight game while trying to rehab from a hamstring injury.
The 2019 All-Pro running back had participated in four straight practices on a limited basis. Coach Matt Rhule told reporters on Wednesday that McCaffrey was “50-50” for the game and that his playing status would likely come down to a game-time decision.
Carolina’s 2017 first-round draft pick was injured in a Week 3 win against the Houston Texans. He hasn’t played since and the Panthers are 0-2 without him in the starting lineup after starting the season 3-0.
In other NFL news:
— The Washington Football Team announced Thursday it is retiring late safety Sean Taylor’s number this weekend. The last-minute timing that sparked criticism while the organization is dealing with multiple off-field scandals. Taylor was murdered at his home during a botched robbery attempt in 2007, midway through his fourth NFL season. His hard-hitting style, including decking a punter in the Pro Bowl, made him a fan favorite.
With fans back, NBA reiterates need for appropriate behavior
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA is welcoming their fans back with hopes everyone plays by the rules again.
The league is expecting full arenas when the season starts next week. Keeping fans, players and coaches safe remains a priority.
Mindful of high-profile incidents of unruly fan behavior in recent years, the league has partnered with the National District Attorneys Association to connect franchises with prosecutors who can serve as points of contact with teams when misconduct occurs. The hope is simply that any fan who decides to be unruly understands that consequences will be swift and severe.