Kershaw can send Dodgers to World Series

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(AP) -- CHICAGO -- For the first time in almost three weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers will try to bounce back from a loss.

The stakes could not be much higher this time around. Los Angeles holds a decisive 3-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series and has the opportunity to close out the series in Game 5 on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

A win would vault the Dodgers into the World Series for the first time since 1988. A loss would push the series back to Los Angeles and give the defending champion Cubs a renewed sense of hope.

Nets' Lin expected to be out for season

NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee.

Lin was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of the Nets' 140-131 loss at Indiana on Wednesday in their opener. He landed hard behind the baseline after a drive to the basket and was in tears as he clutched at his knee. (MORE)

Agent: Hayward's season likely over

BOSTON (AP) Celtics fans lined up to sign a banner urging Gordon Hayward to "come back stronger than ever." One player wrote his injured teammate's initials on his shoe. The crowd that bought tickets to see him make his Boston debut chanted his name.

A few miles away, Hayward was being wheeled into surgery to repair the ankle he mangled in the season opener. (MORE)

Warriors' Green has no structural damage

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green has no structural damage in his injured left knee but is still doubtful to play in the Golden State Warriors' next game.

The Warriors released the results of the MRI on Thursday and said Green traveled with the team for its current three-game road trip. Golden State plays Friday night at New Orleans. (MORE)

Bridgewater believes he'll play in 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) After nearly 14 months of arduous rehabilitation for his left knee, Teddy Bridgewater has arrived at the final stage.

For all the progress he's made, appearing in a game for the Minnesota Vikings again will be no small step to take. (MORE)

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