first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ranking the top 10 sports events Oct. 16-22 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: MLB PLAYOFFS NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES DODGERS vs. CHICAGO CUBS Details/TV: Games 3, 4 and 5 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 p.m., Thursday at 5 p.m., TBSThere is something symmetrically heavenly about sitting in the center-field bleachers to watch a baseball game at Wrigley Field.Everything is so … green. So darn classically baseball green.We had the opportunity last August to take in a Cubs-Nationals game, touted as a playoff preview (it was) and with it came the option of with a general admission ticket of sitting in the left- or right-field bleachers. Since we are uniters and not dividers, we took the middle ground. And dwarfed underneath the giant old scoreboard.The defending World Champion Cubs had Games 1-2 and 6-7 in last year’s NLCS against the Dodgers at Wrigley, but now it’s the middle three games.Also remember in the Cubs’ 2017 home opener, which came with a flag-raising ceremony at Wrigley, the Dodgers were the opponent back on April 10. The Cubs cashed in a 3-2 win on Anthony Rizzo’s walk-off single against Kenley Jansen.Yu Darvish and Alex Wood are scheduled to pitch Games 3 and 4 for the Dodgers against the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks (Capistrano Valley High of Mission Viejo) and Jake Arrieta. Clayton Kershaw would likely come back for Game 5. In last year’s NLCS, Kershaw threw twice at Wrigley Field: A 1-0 win in Game 2 (7 IP, 2 H, 6 Ks, 84 pitches) and then a 5-0 loss in the decisive Game 6 (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 Ks, 2 HRs, 93 pitches).By the end of this week, we’ll know the final two left for the World Series, starting Oct. 24.Also this week for the Dodgers: NLDS Games 6 and 7 if necessary, at Dodger Stadium, Saturday at 1 or 5 p.m., Sunday at 4:30 p.m., TBS American League Championship Series: Houston at N.Y. Yankees, Game 3, Monday at 5 p.m., FS1; Games 4 and 5, Tuesday and Wednesday at 2 p.m., FS1; Games 6 and 7 if necessary at Houston, Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m., FS1Updated schedule information: 2: NBA SEASON OPENERS CLIPPERS at LAKERSDetails/TV: At Staples Center, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., TNTThose who project numbers – let’s go with here — give the Chris Paul-less Clippers a shot at winning 45 games this season and a 66 percent chance of making the playoffs, but only as the seventh-best team left in the Western Conference. The Lakers would be so fortunate. Breaking 30 wins would be an achievement. Yet games like this can feel like the playoffs, so enjoy it while it lasts. The season begins a couple weeks earlier than usual so there are fewer complaints during all those grinding road trips.Also this week for the Clippers: vs. Suns at Staples Center, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Prime TicketAlso this week for the Lakers: At Suns, Friday at 7 p.m., Spectrum SportsNet; vs. Pelicans at Staples Center, Sunday at 6:30 p.m., SSNAlso this week in NBA openers: Rockets at Warriors, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., TNT; Celtics at Cavaliers, Tuesday at 5 p.m., TNT; 76ers at Wizards, Wednesday at 4 p.m., ESPN; Timberwolves at Spurs, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., ESPN; Knicks at Thunder, Thursday at 5 p.m., TNT.NO. 3: COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 USC at NOTRE DAME Details/TV: At South Bend, Indiana., Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Ch. 4The 89th edition of the series (the Irish lead 46-36-5) comes less than a year after Adoree’ Jackson led the Trojans to a 45-27 victory at the rain-drenched Coliseum. USC may have claimed the Jeweled Shillelagh for the 11th time in 15 seasons, but those with short memories may forget Notre Dame has won the last two meetings in South Bend, 41-31 in 2015 and 14-10 in 2013. The Irish (5-1) somehow moved up three places in the AP Top 25, from 16 to 13, just by taking a bye week. Its only game against another ranked team thus far was a one-point loss to visiting Georgia on Sept. 9. USC (6-1) moved up two spots in the poll to No. 11, a spot ahead of Washington, by virtue of Utah’s inability to score a two-point conversion. NO. 4: COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8OREGON at UCLA Details/TV: At the Rose Bowl, Saturday, 1 p.m., Pac-12 NetworkInterestingly, the two schools haven’t met since 2014, when Marcus Mariota led the Ducks to a 42-30 win at the Rose Bowl over Brett Hundley. Justin Herbert has put up the sixth-best QB rating in the nation at 179.2 but he has missed the last two games for Oregon (4-3, 1-3), both of them losses, because of a broken collar bone. The Ducks have only generated 17 points in those two losses against Stanford and Washington State with freshman Braxton Burmeister out of La Jolla. Josh Rosen is third in the nation in passing yards thus far for UCLA (3-3, 1-2)Also in College Football Week 8: Michigan at Penn State, Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Channel 7; Colorado at Washington State, Saturday at 7:45 p.m., ESPN; Tennessee at Alabama, Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Channel 2NO. 5: NFL WEEK 7 RAMS vs. ARIZONA Details/TV: At Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday, 10 a.m., Ch. 11These two teams belong to cities just hours away from each other, but the league decided to send them all the way to England to decide this? At least the Rams were already on the East Coast in Week 6. The Cardinals, now fortified with Adrian Peterson in the lineup, have to start their journey from Phoenix. For 10 years now, the NFL has been trying to get England used to our version of football, and this is one of four games in London this season. Where will this all lead? This one has a 6 p.m. kickoff local time, so at least it’s not on at 6:30 a.m. PDT as the others have been.NO. 6: NFL WEEK 7CHARGERS vs. DENVER Details/TV: At StubHub Center, Sunday at 1:25 p.m., Channel 2Dial it back to the season opener, on a Monday night in September, and we probably don’t have to remind you about how the Chargers charged back from a 24-7 deficit with 14 fourth-quarter points, but kicker Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard game-tying boot with a second to play. Well, he made it the first time, but Broncos coach Vance Joseph called a time out, so Denver had the 24-21 win.Also in NFL Week 6: Indianapolis at Tennessee, Monday at 5:30 p.m., ESPN Also in NFL Week 7: Kansas City at Oakland, Thursday at 5:25 p.m., Channel 2; Atlanta at New England, Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Channel 4NO. 7: NHL: KINGS vs. MONTREALDetails/TV: At Staples Center, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., NBCSNDUCKS vs. MONTREALDetails/TV: At Honda Center, Friday, 7 p.m., Prime TicketThe Habs made it a habit of pounding the Kings last season, scoring nine goals against them in two victories while piling up the most points in the Eastern Conference. The Ducks split two games with the Canadiens, including a 2-1 win in Anaheim behind John Gibson. This match up against Montreal is a strange one for the Ducks — it’s they’re only game in an eight-game stretch before heading out on a four-game East Coast road trip to finish out October.Also this week for the Kings: At Staples Center vs. Buffalo on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., FSW and vs. N.Y. Islanders on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., FSWAlso this week: The Kings’ Ontario Reign AHL affiliate plays its first home games of the season, vs. Bakersfield, Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 6 p.m., at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. More info: www.ontarioreign.comNO. 8: FENCING: NORTH AMERICAN CUP Details/TV: At Anaheim Convention Center, Monday at 8 a.m.This is the finale of a four-day event with more than 2,200 fencers competing in Hall D of the convention center, with several members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team squaring off in the Division I brackets. Monday’s schedule includes the men’s foil and women’s epee top competitors. More info: usafencing.orgcenter_img NO. 9: FORMULA 1 RACING: UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX Details/TV: At the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Sunday at noon, NBCSNThe fact that Lewis Hamilton has won this three straight years and five times since 2007 shouldn’t deter from watching stop 17 of the 20-race F1 calendar. The 32-year-old from Great Britain, all settled in with his Mercedes No. 44 ride, also has a comfortable lead in the driver standings with nine wins and 12 podiums his season coming off a triumph on Oct. 8 in Japan. What else might lure fans to this event? If a concert with Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder isn’t enough of a lure, the event has also hired Michael Buffer to introduce the drivers. Time to rumble.NO. 10: MLS: GALAXY at FC DALLAS Details/TV: At Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, Sunday at 1 p.m. Spectrum SportsNetFirst, the USMNT fails to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and now the worst season in Galaxy history mercifully comes to an end. Somehow, Bruce Arena is responsible for both mishaps – you can’t just keep quitting on everyone.last_img