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MLB-NL WILD CARD

 

Cubs, Rockies meet for NL wild card after losing tiebreakers

 

CHICAGO (AP) – The Rockies visit Chicago for a wild-card showdown with the Cubs Tuesday night after both teams lost tie-breaking games with division crowns on the line.

 

Colorado missed out on a first NL West title in a 5-2 loss at the Dodgers, and the Cubs fell to Milwaukee 3-1 with the NL Central on the line.

 

Both teams are calling on ace left-handers. Chicago will start Jon Lester and may follow with Cole Hamels, while Colorado gives the ball to Kyle Freeland.

 

The Cubs reached the playoffs for a franchise-record fourth straight year. They have three straight appearances in the NL Championship Series and a World Series championship in 2016 that ended a 108-year drought. They’re no strangers to tight spots and they find themselves in another one, after Milwaukee caught them down the regular-season stretch.

 

The Brewers won four of six against Chicago in September to help forge the tiebreaker game after the Cubs went from trailing them by 4 1/2 games in the division to leading by five. Milwaukee pulled even on the final weekend.

 

MLB-ORIOLES-ACCESSIBILITY LAWSUIT

 

Wheelchair users sue Orioles over Camden Yards accessibility

 

BALTIMORE (AP) – Three wheelchair users are suing the Baltimore Orioles over accessibility at Camden Yards.

 

News outlets report the lawsuit filed Friday against the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority says each plaintiff has been stuck in a wheelchair lift while trying to get to their seats. And the view from lower-level wheelchair-accessible seats is obstructed whenever fans stand up.

 

The plaintiffs seek damages of at least $75,000 each, and a Camden Yards that’s compliant by the next baseball season.

 

NHL-SEATTLE EXPANSION

 

Prospective Seattle owners make expansion pitch to NHL

 

NEW YORK (AP) – The final sales pitch for an NHL expansion team in Seattle is on.

 

Members of Seattle’s potential ownership group and Mayor Jenny Durkan are presenting their case to the Board of Governors’ executive committee at the league office. If the executive committee moves the process forward, the board could vote as soon as December to award the NHL’s 32nd franchise to Seattle.

 

Durkan says she wants to show, “Seattle’s a place you want to have hockey, and if you have hockey in Seattle, everybody’s going to do better.” Maple Leafs chairman Larry Tanenbaum says he feels good about the group the Seattle Hockey Partners put together and he’s looking forward to hearing what they have to say.

 

WNBA-PRESIDENT LEAVING

 

WNBA President Lisa Borders stepping down

 

NEW YORK (AP) – WNBA President Lisa Borders is stepping down.

 

The league announced Tuesday she will become the first president and CEO of Time’s Up – an organization dedicated to safe, fair and dignified work for women. Borders says it was fully her decision to leave.

 

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum will oversee the WNBA on an interim basis while a search for a successor begins,

 

Borders joined the league in 2016. She helped the WNBA grow in areas such as live streaming of games on Twitter and the availability of one-day daily fantasy.

 

Borders is the third executive to leave the league in the last six months. The league is coming off a season in which it had its highest TV ratings in four years. It begins its 23rd season next year.

 

RYDER CUP-INJURED FAN

 

Euro Tour to help fan who has lost vision from ball strike

 

PARIS (AP) – Ryder Cup organizers say they will support “for as long as necessary” the spectator who was hit by a tee shot and has reportedly lost sight in her right eye.

 

The injured spectator, who has been identified as 49-year-old Corine Remande in French press, was hospitalized after being hit on the head by an errant drive from Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) on the sixth hole at Le Golf National last Friday.

 

She’s reportedly said she is considering legal action after doctors told her she lost vision in her eye.

 

According to reports in French media, Remande also blamed Ryder Cup organizers for the lack of protection on the course. She said a course official did not shout when he noticed the ball was headed toward the crowd.

 

The Tour said: “Ball strikes are an occasional hazard for spectators but this kind of incident is extremely rare. We can confirm that ‘fore’ was shouted several times but also appreciate how hard it can be to know when and where every ball is struck if you are in the crowd. We are hugely sympathetic and will do everything we can to support the spectator, insofar as that is possible under very difficult circumstances.”

 

 

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