TV Best Bets of the week: MLB Divisional Series continues

first_imgTonight’s (ESPN, 5:15 p.m.) Monday nighter is Washington against New Orleans, and Thursday’s Fox/NFLN telecast is an old-school NFC East showdown between the Eagles and Giants. The home team Sunday doubleheader has the Chargers at Cleveland (CBS, 10 a.m.) and Rams at Denver (Fox, 1 p.m.), plus a CBS game TBA at 1:30 p.m. The Sunday nighter will be Kansas City and the hated New England Belichicks.College FootballOct. 11-13You can’t tune in to a college football telecast without some announcer breathlessly saying Notre Dame has an easy path to the college football playoff, which is more than enough reason to hope JT Daniels and USC have matured enough to knock the Irish out when they meet in November.Speaking of the Pac-12, the SEC has sent five teams and ACC four to the quartet for the playoffs that began in 2014. The Pac-12 has sent two. Washington went in 2017 and was routed by Alabama, and Oregon went in 2014, winning its semifinal but then getting pasted by Ohio State, 42-20, the only title game since the quartet was created that failed to be exciting or live up to the hype.October isn’t even in double digits and the Pac-12 is down to one unbeaten team – Colorado?!? – and the chances of anyone in the conference breaking into the SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame troika looks long. Someone needs to inform the czars of the Pac-12 and Big 12 to get together and merge into the Pac-Tex 16. They’re losing relevance at a time when the TV money is too ludicrous for a major conference to shrug it off. It doesn’t help, too, when Texas is a middling program and UCLA is looking at an 0-12 season.Your viewing recommendations: Thursday, Texas Tech-TCU (ESPN 4:30 p.m.); Friday, Arizona-Utah (ESPN, 7 p.m.); and Saturday, winless Nebraska-Northwestern (ABC, 9 a.m.); Pitt-Notre Dame (NBC, 11:30 a.m.); Washington-Oregon (ABC, 12:30 p.m.) and Michigan State-Penn State (Fox, 12:30 p.m.); 0-for-2018 UCLA at Cal (Pac-12, 4 p.m.) and Wisconsin-Michigan (ABC, 4:30 p.m.); and Colorado-USC (FS1, 7:30 p.m.).SoccerOct. 11, 14FS1 has a USMNT friendly with Colombia Thursday at 5 p.m., and the network comes back with the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifier semifinals on Sunday (2 and 5 p.m.). The winners of the semifinals automatically advance to the 2019 World Cup, and the winner of the bronze medal game does as all. The U.S. team is slated to be in the 5 p.m. match Sunday.GolfOct. 11-14Those who enjoyed Europe’s crushing of the U.S. team in the recent Ryder Cup are directed to the British Master’s Tournament in Surrey, England, which will be televised by the Golf Channel, 1:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 3:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Get up close and personal with Francesco Molinari. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco MLB Playoffs, AL and NL Divisional SeriesMondayALDS G3, TBS, 10:30 a.m., Houston at ClevelandNLDS G4, FS1, 1:30 p.m., Dodgers at Atlanta (if necessary)ALDS G3, TBS, 4:40 p.m., Boston at New YorkTuesdayALDS, G4, TBS, 1:30 p.m., Houston at Cleveland (if necessary)ALDS, G4, TBS, 5 p.m., Boston at New YorkWednesdayNLDS, G5, FS1, 5p.m., Atlanta at Dodgers (if necessary)ThursdayALDS, G5, TBS, 1 p.m., Cleveland at Houston (if necessary)ALDS, G5, TBS, 4:40 p.m., New York at Boston (if necessary)Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Three things we’ve learned from the 2018 MLB playoffs to date: Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img 1. The Colorado Rockies will never win a World Series until the City of Denver is dropped to sea level. 2. The networks would agree to make all postseason series between the Yankees and Red Sox best-of-15. 3. The announcer shortage in baseball is as critical as climate change.The Rockies closed the season with a rush to earn the wild card and then spanked the Cubs in the wild-card game. But going on the road to Milwaukee was their Achilles. Take the Rockies out of Denver and their bats become balsa wood.Meanwhile, TBS announcers have determined the Yankee-Red Sox series is the greatest rivalry in sports since Godzilla met Rodan, even if the two teams haven’t met in the postseason in more than a decade. The genuflecting at the greatness of the Yankees and Fenway has reached mocking territory. What makes it worse is that the announcers in general – besides the Fox duo of Buck and Smoltz and MLB Network’s Costas and Kaat – have at best a casual understanding of the game and are so dependent on the stats they’re handed that telecasts have become a comedy of numbers. It almost – almost – makes one yearn for the singing stylings of Joe Davis and the humble homerism of Orel Hershiser.Here’s a tip: It the Dodgers and Milwaukee meet, win a bar bet by saying L.A. and Milwaukee have met in the playoffs before. The Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves met in a 1959 N.L. playoff series. Double down and bet the series-winning game was played at the Coliseum.The NLCS and ALCS series begin Friday. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Best of the restThe NFLOct. 8, 11, 14I seriously doubt the NFL thought the moving of the Rams and Chargers into Los Angeles would work out as well as it has. The Rams are now 5-0 and looking like a juggernaut – apologies to Jared Goff for saying he was overrated when the Rams drafted him – and the Chargers are filling the tiny Stub Hub with regularity, meaning that new stadium in Inglewood won’t be a white elephant after all.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Preacher’s wife convicted of voluntary manslaughter

first_imgSELMER, Tenn. – A preacher’s wife who claimed her husband abused her was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday for killing him with a shotgun she said fired accidentally as she aimed at him. Mary Winkler showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Prosecutors had sought a first-degree murder conviction, but the jury settled on the lesser charge after deliberating for eight hours. She faces three to six years in prison but would be eligible for parole after serving about one-third of the sentence. If Winkler, 33, had been convicted of first- or second-degree murder, she would have gone to prison for at least 12 years and maybe for the rest of her life. Her lawyers said Mary Winkler’s testimony was decisive. “They had to hear it from Mary; there was no other source,” defense attorney Steve Farese said. Winkler told jurors in powerful testimony Wednesday that her husband, Matthew, abused her physically and sexually, but she said she did not pull the trigger and the shotgun went off accidentally as she pointed it at him. The prosecution said it was ludicrous to suggest the shooting was an accident. Assistant District Attorney General Walt Freeland said bank managers were closing in on a check-kiting scheme that Mary Winkler wanted to conceal from her husband. Matthew Winkler, a 31-year-old preacher at the Fourth Street Church of Christ, was found in the church parsonage shot in his back in March 2006. One day later, his wife was arrested on the Alabama coast, driving the family minivan with their three young daughters. Matthew Winkler’s father, who is also a preacher, thanked the jury and thanked God for being “our rock and our shield” during the trial.last_img read more