As the first pitch of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series nears, almost all of the focus is on the Chicago Cubs opportunity to make history, reverse curses and reach the franchise’s first World Series since 1945. If any team has needed a 48-hour break to clear its mind and perhaps even allow the pressure to shift to the other side, it’s this Dodgers squad.
Hockey players are known for their toughness, but Daniel Winnik is taking it to a whole new level. The damage was done after Winnik blocked a shot against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. After the game, Caps head coach Barry Trotz said his forward had lost a piece of his ear, but it sounds like that wasn’t totally accurate. “I wouldn’t say I lost a piece of it,” said Winnik, per the Washington Post. “I mean, it’s really chewed up, and obviously some scabs and all of that, but no visible missing piece…The puck hit basically half ear, maybe a little more ear than helmet. Very fortunate it wasn’t way worse.” He didn’t need any stitches, but they did have to use some glue to patch him up.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson now has the Cardinals’ single-season touchdown record. Yes, Louisville still has at least six games left in the season. Jackson, our favorite for the Heisman Trophy, threw three touchdowns and ran for another in a 54-13 rout of North Carolina State.