In a nutshell: as of 12:05 a.m. (All times PT) Thursday by Hartley Miller


–The Prince George Cougars will return to action early in the new year. The WHL Board of Governors has announced that the regular season will begin January 8, 2021. The Cougars will only play games against the other four teams in the BC Division (Kamloops, Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria). Details regarding the schedule of games in each of the four WHL Divisions will be announced at a later date. A final determination has not yet been made as to whether spectators will be permitted to attend WHL games as this will be subject to the approval of the Health Authorities in each jurisdiction.


–The Montreal Canadiens have signed winger Brendan Gallagher to a six-year, $39 million contract. The new deal carries a $6.5-million cap hit. The 28-year-old Gallagher still has one more year left on his current contract.


–The Los Angeles Dodgers scored a postseason record 11 runs in the first inning and they went on to crush the Atlanta Braves 15-3. The Braves still lead the best-of-7 National League Series 2-1 with Game 4 tonight at 5:08.

–The Houston Astros are alive for another day after a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa still enjoys a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship Series with Game 5 this afternoon at 2:07 (PT).

NFL: (Final game in Week 5)

–Week 6 of the NFL season will begin with a dozen games on Sunday and conclude with two more on Monday. The 5-0 Seattle Seahawks are idle this weekend. The other unbeaten teams are Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Green Bay, all at 4-0. Green Bay will play at 3-2 Tampa Bay Sunday afternoon at 1:25.