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


–The Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays will play a 7th and deciding game in the American League Championship Series tonight (Saturday 5:37 PT). The Astros beat Tampa 7-4 Friday to even the Series. Houston is trying to join the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only teams to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series.

–The LA Dodgers outscored the Atlanta Braves 7-3. The Braves still lead the best-of-7 National League Championship Series 3-2 with Game 6 this afternoon (1:38 PT).


–The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Joe Thornton to a one-year contract for the league-minimum salary of $700,000. The 41-year-old Thornton spent the last 15 seasons with the San Jose Sharks putting up the most assists in franchise history (with 804).


–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 Friday (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.


–The BC Lions have announced that general manager Ed Hervey is stepping down for personal reasons. Hervey had been with the Lions since December of 2017 after a lengthy stay with Edmonton.


–Week 6 of the NFL season has 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.