L.A. Pro Sports Update

Cubs make history while the Clippers have successful start to season.

Kyle Kohner, Writer

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MLB

A 108-year old curse lies broken in Cleveland, Ohio, detached from the Chicago Cubs’ once-winless image. Chicago made history on Nov. 2 as they defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the 10th inning in game seven of the World Series. The Cubs led 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning until Cleveland tied it to force extra innings. In the top of the 10th, Chicago grabbed the lead on second baseman Ben Zobrist’s double to score center fielder Albert Almora Jr. Then catcher Miguel Montero increased their lead to 8-6 when he singled to left field which scored first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs did not relinquish their lead, and now Cubs fans can finally celebrate with their beloved team for the first time since 1908.

World Series Game 7 MVP: Second baseman Ben Zobrist: .1-5, 1 2B, 1R, Game-Winning RBI

NFL

L.A. Rams: The Rams had their bye week this week, but will be back in action on Nov. 6 when they take on the defending NFC champions, the 2-5 Carolina Panthers who struggled mightily in 2016.

NHL

L.A. Kings:  The Kings struggled the past week as they went 1-3, only scoring two goals which was in their 3-2 overtime win against the Nashville Predators. Unfortunately, Los Angeles got blanked in three straight games, including their 0-4 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Player of the week: Defender Alec Martinez 0 Goals, 2 Assists

Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks had an uneven week as they recorded blowout losses against the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, Anaheim defeated their crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, 4-0 on Nov. 1. The Ducks now stand 4-5-2 on the season.

Player of the week: Center Rickard Rakell: 1 Goals, 2 Assists

NBA

L.A. Clippers: The Clippers have found themselves in a great position to start the season. They opened the season with a big 114-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 27. With great momentum after the season opener, they put up wins over the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns. However, Los Angeles dropped their first game of the season on Nov. 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder 83-85 in the winding seconds of the game. Power forward Blake Griffin has been the spark plug to the Clippers’ success, putting up 22 points per game while grabbing 11 boards per game. The Clippers need a healthy Griffin in order to challenge the Golden State Warriors as a top-tier team in the Western Conference.

Player of the week: Power forward Blake Griffin: 22 Points per game, 2.7 Assists per game,11.3 Rebounds per game

L.A. Lakers: After wiping out the Houston Rockets on Oct. 26, the Lakers stumbled their next three games but pulled out a 123-116 win on Nov. 2 against the Atlanta Hawks. However, Hawks center Dwight Howard blew up on his former team as he put up 31 points and 11 rebounds. For the now 2-3 Lakers, second-year point guard D’Angelo Russell has displayed marginal improvement on the court as he leads Los Angeles with 14 points per game.

Player of the week: Point guard D’Angelo Russell: 14 Points per game, 4 Assists per game, 2.8 Rebounds per game