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Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball made his long-awaited NBA debut against the crosstown rival Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, but things did not play out as he hoped.

The Lakers lost 108-92, and Ball scored just three points on 1-of-6 shots. He also sat out the entire fourth quarter.

An unsatisfied Ball told reporters afterwards, "Obviously we wanted to do better, but I believe we're back on Sunday and hopefully it's a lot better."

Ball did add nine rebounds and four assists, and head coach Luke Walton had positive things to say about the rookie out of UCLA. In his postgame press conference, Walton said, "I thought he was good... it's such a feel thing for him that I think he was out there feeling it out."

Ball was the number two overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and he played some productive games in the preseason before missing time with an injured ankle.

He drew a lot of attention this offseason, mostly due to his father LaVar's boastful claims about his three sons during numerous sports talk show appearances.

Ball was being guarded by new Clippers' point guard Patrick Beverley, who has long been one of the best defending guards in the NBA.

Beverley says he told Ball afterwards that he would not be the only point guard targeting Lonzo this year. Beverley told reporters that he spoke to Ball, telling him, "Due to all the riff-raff his dad brings, he's going to get a lot of people coming after him."

Ball and the Lakers visit the Phoenix Suns in their second game of the year on Friday. They meet the Clippers again on November 27.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- For the first time since 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to the World Series.

Following a loss to the defending champion Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, Los Angeles dominated Game 5 11-1, winning the National League Championship series 4-1.

The Dodgers got the scoring started early, with an RBI double by first baseman Cody Bellinger in the top of the first inning off Cubs' starter Jose Quinatana, followed by a solo homer by Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez, which was just the start of a speical night for him.

That would be all Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw needed, as he pitched six innings of one-run ball in the victory. His only mistake was a solo home run to the Cubs' Kris Bryant.

Hernandez added a grand slam in the third and a two-run home run in the ninth, giving him three home runs and seven RBIs in the game. The 26-year-old is the fourth player in MLB history with a three home run game in the league championsip series. Adam Kennedy was last to do so in the 2002 American League Championship series. He also tied a postseason record with his seven RBI performance, shared with four other players.

The N.L. pennant winners await the winner of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros. New York leads the series 3-2, with a chance to clinch with Game 6 in Houston Friday night.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 11, Chi Cubs   1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Toronto 117, Chicago 100
Oklahoma City  105  N-Y Knicks    84
 L.A. Clippers  108  L.A. Lakers   92

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 2, Columbus 0
Boston 6, Vancouver 3
N.Y. Islanders 4  N.Y. Rangers 3; SO
Nashville 1, Philadelphia  0
New Jersey 5, Ottawa 4; OT
Edmonton 2, Chicago 1; OT
St. Louis 4, Colorado 3
Carolina 2, Calgary 1
Dallas 5, Arizona  4

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(25) Memphis 42, Houston 38

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Oakland 31, Kansas City 30

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33ft/iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will take over the reins of his former division rival, the Detroit Tigers, sources tell ESPN.

The news, first reported by The Athletic, would bring the veteran manager to the Motor City after spending this past season as a bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gardenhire previously managed the Twins for 13 years, including six postseason berths, before being fired after the 2014 season.

Gardenhire, 59, would replace Brad Ausmus, who was informed that his contract wouldn't be renewed in September.

Detroit has traded away a number of talented veterans --including Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton -- this season as they enter something of a rebuild.

"As we transition the ballclub in a new direction, I feel it's best we have a new approach and a fresh start with the manager position," Tigers executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila said in the announcement of Ausmus' departure.

Gardenhire had also interviewed for the vacant manager job with the Boston Red Sox.

In his 13 seasons in Minnesota, Gardenhire managed the Twins to a record of 1,08-1,038, won six division titles, and the 2010 American League Manager of the Year award.

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Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned to practice this week, and he says now that he expects to play this season.

The team has worked to ease the young quarterback back into action after he missed more than a year with a severe knee injury. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he wants to see Bridgewater demonstrate mobility and the ability to protect himself from defenders.

"It could be just completing a pass down the field or making a sudden movement in the pocket," Bridgewater said Thursday. "Just going to look for little things each day to do whatever I can to get  back to who I was before and even better."

Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and tore multiple ligaments -- including his ACL -- in a training camp injury 14 months ago. Thursday, he called his return to practice a "mini-milestone."

"I used it as motivation," he said. "I use that to tell myself, hey, 'I'm one step closer.'"

The quarterback is expected to remain on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list for about two weeks as part of the window the team is allowed to determine if he will be activated or moved to injured reserve.

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Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin suffered a serious knee injury in his team's season opener on Wednesday and is expected to miss the remainder of the year.

Lin left the 140-131 loss to the Indiana Pacers after driving to the basket in the fourth quarter. Lin immediately grabbed his knee, and seemed to mouth the words "I'm done," before pounding the floor. Lin also appeared to cry in pain before Nets trainers got to him.

The team announced on Thursday that Lin had been diagnosed with a ruptured patellar tendon.

"Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in training camp and was excited for the prospects of the team this season," Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement Thursday. "We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season, however our entire organization will be there to support Jeremy in every way possible throughout his recovery. Jeremy remains an important part of this team and will continue to contribute in a leadership role."

Lin scored 18 points before the injury.

In Lin's absence, the team is expected to turn to newly acquired D'Angelo Russell at the point guard position. Russell scored 30 points on Wednesday night.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 5, Houston 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 3, L.A. Dodgers 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Indiana 140, Brooklyn 131
Orlando 116, Miami 109
Detroit 102, Charlotte 90
Washington 120, Philadelphia 115
Milwaukee 108, Boston 100
Memphis 103, New Orleans 91
Atlanta 117, Dallas 111
Utah 106, Denver 96
San Antonio 107, Minnesota 99
Houston 105, Sacramento 100
Portland 124, Phoenix 76

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Toronto 6, Detroit 3
St. Louis 5, Chicago 2
L.A. Kings 5, Montreal 1

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts will partially shut down quarterback Andrew Luck on Wednesday, General Manager Chris Ballard said, after a setback in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

"The doctors and the trainers have decided to give him a cortisone shot to kind of take away some of the inflammation that's been happening," Ballard told reporters Wednesday. "He'll continue to rehab. We're just going to shut down the throwing right now to get this thing calmed back down."

Luck underwent surgery on the shoulder in January. He practiced for two days earlier this month, increasing his workload last week, before the setback.

Ballard didn't offer a timeline for when the team expects Luck can return to throwing, but said that the team didn't intend to place Luck on Injured Reserve.

Luck originally hurt the shoulder in Week 3 of 2015. He aggravated the injury in Week 2 of 2016 and missed all of the team's offseason workouts, training camp and preseason games.

In Luck's absence, the team has turned to Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he and other team owners "believe everyone should stand for the national anthem" but left the league's policy about asking players to do so unchanged.

Goodell made the comments in a press conference Wednesday, one day after an annual meeting in which owners and players met at NFL headquarters in New York City. The NFL owners met separately Wednesday morning, where they "spent a great deal of time talking" about the issue and why the players should stand for the anthem, calling it an "important part" of the game.

"It's also important for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that, so that is something we continue to focus on this morning," Goodell said.

Earlier, Goodell said owners at the meeting "did not ask" players to stand during the anthem, instead focusing on ways they could make communities better.

"We spent today talking about the issues that players have been trying to bring attention to –- issues to make our communities better," Goodell said." I think we all agree there’s nothing more important than trying to give back to our communities and make them better. That was the entire focus of today."

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to lash out at the National Football League's decision not to force players to stand for the national anthem, reacting to Goodell's announcement on Tuesday that the league would leave its current policy on the issue unchanged.

The president tweeted, "The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!"

Goodell defended the league in response to Trump's criticism, saying that "players are not being disrespectful" when they protest, but emphasized that he wants to "get back to football" and "stay out of politics."

Former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement more than a year ago by refusing to stand while the national anthem played before games to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Since then, athletes across the country and even around the world have joined in the protest.

Kaepernick, now a free agent, recently filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging the league's owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protest actions during the national anthem. The grievance alleges the owners "colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice."

Kaepernick was not invited to attend the league's quarterly meeting Tuesday, where the national anthem policy was discussed. But Kaepernick's attorney, Mark Geragos, told ABC News "he absolutely should have been."

“Certain elements, especially the executive branch, have hijacked this and tried to make this an anti-military or an anti-flag [issue], and that’s not what it is. He’s said from day one that this is about giving rise to social injustice and focusing on social injustice," Geragos said in an interview Wednesday morning with Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan.

"Unfortunately, people want to change the paradigm so to speak or shift over the discussion to make this anti-American; it’s anything but," Geragos continued. "It’s pro-American, it’s trying to make America exactly what it's supposed to be."

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Bobby Portis (L) Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images; Nikola Mirotic (R) Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images (CHICAGO) -- An altercation at practice on Tuesday has left one Chicago Bulls players suspended, and another hospitalized.

The team's executive vice president John Paxson said Wednesday that forward Nikola Mirotic will likely miss four to six weeks after suffering fractures to his upper jaw and a concussion in the fight with teammate Bobby Portis. Paxson said that Mirotic needs to pass a concussion protocol before the facial injuries can be treated.

Portis' ban begins Wednesday,  when the team begins its regular season in Toronto against the Raptors. He will, however, practice with the team during the suspension.

During the fight, Portis punched Mirotic, causing the facial injuries. Paxson called the brawl "inexcusable."

"Bobby Portis is not a bad person," Paxson added. "He's a good kid, but he made a mistake."

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the two players had been trash talking during the team practice, and the back and forth escalated to a physical confrontation. Mirotic reportedly charged at Portis twice before the latter player threw a punch.

Mirotic was briefly hospitalized on Tuesday before being released.

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