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Last Update on October 13, 2015 05:36 GMT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Rookie star Jack Eichel scored a nifty unassisted goal and Buffalo beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Monday to give coach Dan Bylsma his first victory with the Sabres.

The former Boston University player selected No. 2 overall in the June draft, Eichel bodied off Boone Jenner in a loose-puck battle, kept the puck in the offensive zone, wheeled to his forehand and ripped a shot over goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to give Buffalo a 3-1 lead at 9:21 of the third period.

Rasmus Ristolainen, Ryan O'Reilly and Matt Moulson had power-play goals for Buffalo. Moulson also had two assists, and Chad Johnson made 21 saves to help Buffalo rebound after losing its first two games of the season.

Scott Hartnell and Brandon Saad scored for Columbus, and Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots. The Blue Jackets are 0-3.

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Last Update on October 14, 2015 02:29 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs will spend the weekend in New York or Los Angeles.

The Cubs have won the National League Division Series by belting three more homers in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals in Game 4 at Wrigley Field. Javier Baez launched a three-run homer to put Chicago ahead 4-2 in the second inning. The Cards eventually tied it in the sixth before Anthony Rizzo smashed a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the inning. Kyle Schwarber provided the Cubs' ninth home run in two games to make it 6-4 in the seventh.

Manager Joe Maddon needed a lot of help from his bullpen to close it out after starter Jason Hammel was reached for three hits in three innings. Seven pitchers followed Hammel, with Justin Grimm and Pedro Strop each tossing a hitless inning before Hector Rondon closed it out.

Losing pitcher Kevin Siegrist served up the solo shots by Rizzo and Schwarber.

Steven Piscotty hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals, who failed to reach the NLCS for the first time in five seasons. Piscotty also made the final out of the series, striking out against Rondon.

It's the first time the Cubs have ever clinched a playoff series at Wrigley Field. They also moved into the championship series for the first time since 2003.

Chicago remains baseball's hottest team. The Cubs ended the regular season on an eight-game winning streak before taking four of their first five playoff games.

As a wild-card team, the Cubs will open the NLCS on the road despite finishing with a better record than the Mets and Dodgers.

The Dodgers are doing their best to bring the Mets and their division series back to Los Angeles for a Game 5. The Dodgers carried a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning at Citi Field.

Clayton Kershaw worked the first seven innings, allowing just a run and three hits while striking out eight. Kershaw's only major mistake was a fourth-inning homer by Daniel Murphy.

The Dodgers got their runs in the third inning off Mets starter Steven Matz. Kershaw began the rally with a one-out single before Adrian Gonzalez singled home the first run with two out. Justin Turner followed with a two-run double to make it 3-0.

Gonzalez has five RBIs in the series, all coming with two out. Turner owned a .500 average in 14 at-bats heading into the eighth inning.

The two American League Division Series are on hold until tomorrow. The Toronto Blue Jays will host the Texas Rangers in a winner-take-all fifth game, and the Kansas City Royals will entertain the Houston Astros in Game 5 of that series.


NEW YORK (AP) -- A person familiar with the process has told The Associated Press that Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley's appeal hearing has been scheduled for Monday, long after the NLDS ends.

Utley was suspended two games by Major League Baseball Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre for his rough slide in Game 2, a collision that broke the right leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (teh-HAH'-dah). Utley appealed the suspension and will be eligible to complete the series, which the Mets can close out with a victory tonight.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles police say a fan was critically injured in a fight outside Dodger Stadium following Friday night's NL division series game between Los Angeles and the New York Mets.

An officer said the victim remained hospitalized Tuesday, but few other details were available, including the person's age and gender. Officer Ricardo Hernandez said an argument between fans in the parking lot quickly escalated into violence. It wasn't clear whether those involved were fans of rival teams.

Detectives with the robbery-homicide division were interviewing witnesses and reviewing stadium surveillance footage, according to Hernandez.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Steve Spurrier is now a former football coach.

The 70-year-old Spurrier officially announced his resignation as head coach at South Carolina, saying it was time to leave. The decision comes after the Gamecocks got off to a 2-4 start that includes an 0-4 mark in the SEC.

It caps a half-century in which he won the 1966 Heisman Trophy with Florida, quarterbacked the first 0-14 team in NFL history, revived a moribund Duke program as a first-time head coach, won a national championship with his alma mater and led the Gamecocks to their greatest successes.

South Carolina posted three straight 11-win seasons under Spurrier after never winning more than 10 before his arrival. He went 11-2 as late as 2013, but the Gamecocks followed that with a 6-6 season that caused Spurrier to ponder retirement last winter.

Spurrier was 86-49 with the Gamecocks. He had his greatest success at his alma mater, going 122-27-1 with a national championship at Florida. Spurrier was 228-89-2 in 319 games as a college head coach.

Spurrier has been replaced on an interim basis by co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has confirmed that star defensive end Drew Ott will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Ott is the Hawkeyes' best pass rusher and arguably its best player. He is sixth in the Big Ten with 7.5 tackles for loss and five sacks despite being slowed by an elbow injury earlier this season.


UNDATED (AP) -- Three NHL teams had an opportunity to improve to 4-0 on the season. Only the Montreal Canadiens succeeded.

Tomas Fleischmann scored his first goal as a Canadien, snapping a 2-2 tie in the third period of a 3-2 triumph at Pittsburgh. Max Pacioretty (pash-ah-REH'-tee) scored a pair of go-ahead goals for the Habs, but the Penguins came back each time before Fleischmann allowed Montreal to return home following a perfect 4-0 road trip.

Carey Price turned back 31 shots in helping the Canadiens keep the Penguins winless this season.

The New York Rangers had been 3-0 until Bryan Little scored a short-handed goal and a power-play tally in Winnipeg's 4-1 verdict over the Blueshirts. Michael Hutchinson made half of his 40 saves in the second period and blanked the Rangers after Mats Zuccarello beat him 6:45 into the game.

Tampa Bay also suffered its first loss in four games as Henrik Zetterberg and Kyle Quincey each provided a third-period goal and an assist to secure Detroit's 3-1 triumph over the Lightning. Gustav Nyquist put the Wings ahead to stay with a power-play goal late in the second period.

Elsewhere on ice:

-- Martin Jones recorded his second consecutive shutout by making 31 saves in San Jose's 5-0 rout of the Capitals in Washington. Chris Tierney and Matt Nieto (nee-EH'-toh) each had an empty-net goal and an assist as the Sharks improved to 3-0. The Caps were without captain Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn), who sat out due to personal reasons.

-- Joining the Sharks atop the Western Conference at 3-0 is Nashville after Roman Josi (YOH'-see) scored twice in the Predators' 3-1 win at New Jersey. Pekka Rinne (PEK'-uh REE'-nay) had a shutout until Kyle Palmieri scored with 1:40 remaining.

-- Connor Brickley, Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen (YOO'-see YOH'-kih-nehn) scored during a 5:55 span late in the third period to give Florida a 4-1 win at Carolina. The Hurricanes put just 22 shots on Al Montoya and dropped to 0-3.


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