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


–The Atlanta Braves crushed the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 National League Series. Game 5 will begin tonight at 6:08 (PT).

–The Houston Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 for a second straight day. Tampa still enjoys a 3-2 lead in the American League Championship Series with Game 6 this afternoon at 3:07 (PT).


–The WHL Board of Governors has announced that the league’s regular season will begin January 8, 2021. The Prince George 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 Prince George Spruce Kings have added goaltender Jordan Fairlie (’02) for the 2020-21 season. Fairlie, who hails from Fort St. John, spent the 2019-20 season with the Cariboo Cougars of the BC Major Midget League (BCMML). The 17-year-old sported a 10-7-1 record in 18 games played with a 2.47 GAA. The Spruce Kings preseason schedule continues October 23rd in Merritt against the Centennials, and then on Sunday, October 25th at home against the same Centennials.

Canada West Sports:

–The UNBC Timberwolves basketball season has been scrapped. Canada West announced Thursday that no conference regular season, playoff, or championship events will be staged during the 2020-21 season in men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, hockey, and wrestling, along with women’s rugby 7s. Decisions on the staging of 2020-21 CW championships in curling, track & field, and swimming have been deferred to a later date.


–Ty Lue has agreed to a five-year deal to become head coach of the LA Clippers. The 43-year-old Lue was an assistant coach this past season with the Clippers. He replaces Doc Rivers, who is now coach of the Philadelphia 76’ers.


–The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers running Le’Veon Bell. Financial terms of the one-year deal were not disclosed.

–Week 6 of the NFL season has a schedule of a dozen games on Sunday and 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.