Update on the latest sports
Cubs start season-ending series in St. Louis
UNDATED (AP) – Right-hander Kyle Hendricks starts for the Chicago Cubs in the opener of their big season-ending series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Right-hander Adam Wainwright will be on the mound for the Cardinals.
Hendricks is 4-1 with a 1.37 ERA in his last six starts.
While the Cubs have clinched a postseason berth, they are still in the chase for the NL Central title, holding a one-game lead over Milwaukee. St. Louis is one game behind the Dodgers for the NL’s second wild card, with Los Angeles one game back of the Brewers.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Milwaukee sends right-hander Zach Davies to the mound against Detroit. The Brewers are 4-8 in his starts, and opposing batters have a robust .267 batting average against him, well above the major league average. Milwaukee has clinched no worse than a wild-card berth.
– Left-hander Kyle Freeland (16-7) is on the mile-high mound for streaking Colorado in the start of a season-ending series against the Washington Nationals. Colorado has won seven straight, matching its longest winning streak this season, and opened a one-game lead over the second-place Dodgers in the NL West.
– The Dodgers close the regular season at the San Francisco Giants and start left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN’-jihn YOO), who allowed four hits over six scoreless innings last weekend at San Diego. In his last outing against the Giants, Ryu gave up three hits in six scoreless innings.
– Not much is left to be decided in the American League, where East champion Boston will host the wild-card winner, the New York Yankees or Oakland, in Division Series opener on Oct. 5. New York needs one win or one Athletics loss during the season’s final weekend to ensure the wild-card game will be played at Yankee Stadium. Left-hander J.A. Happ is scheduled to start Friday night at Boston against right-hander Rick Porcello
– Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers is slated to pitch a series opener against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. Jaime Barria makes the last start of his impressive rookie season for the Angels.
– AL West champion Houston has to squeeze in four games over the final three days of the season, including a doubleheader on Saturday, after Friday night’s game in Baltimore was postponed by rain. Last night’s scheduled starter, Gerritt Cole, will pitch tonight against rookie David Hess. Cole is 5-0 over his last seven starts, while Hess has one victory since May 25.
Europeans stage big rally after US grabs early lead
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) – The United States grabbed a 3-1 lead in the opening session of the Ryder Cup, but the Europeans are rallying in the afternoon session.
Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren were 6-up though eight holes on Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau. Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose were 5-up through 11 holes against Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.
The other two matches were a bit closer, but Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari were 3-up against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, while Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter held a 2-up advantage over Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-LSU PLAYER KILLED
LSU basketball player Wayde Simms shot to death
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – LSU basketball player Wayde Sims has died after he was shot near the campus of another school in Baton Rouge.
Police say in a news release that the 20-year-old Sims was shot around 12:30 a.m. Friday near the campus of Southern University. Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said Sims was taken to a hospital with an apparent gunshot wound and died.
LSU basketball coach Will Wade issued a statement saying the team is devastated. Wade asked for prayers for Sims, his family and the team.
The circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately available.
No arrests have been reported.
Sims was entering his junior season at LSU. The A 6-foot-6 forward averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game last year with 10 starts in 32 games.
Retired psychologist loses license in Larry Nassar scandal
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A retired psychologist has agreed to give up his license after being accused of failing to report assault allegations against Larry Nassar back in 2004.
Michigan regulators said Friday that 79-year-old Gary Stollak didn’t contest the allegation that he violated state law by failing to report abuse of a minor. Stollak was a psy
chologist and counselor at Michigan State University.
A woman says she was molested by Nassar when she was a girl during family visits to his Lansing-area home. She says she told Stollak about the abuse, but Nassar denied it and no police report was made.
Stollak has said he doesn’t remember the 2004 event because of a stroke. Nassar’s victims say it’s an example of how people in authority missed chances to stop him.