5 things you need to know this weekend

Can the Cubs finally reach the World Series?

With the chance to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) Saturday. After scoring just 25 total runs in the first seven games of the postseason, the Cubs' bats have come alive, scoring 18 runs in Games 4-5 against Los Angeles. Chicago faces a tall task, with three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw pitching for the Dodgers. Kershaw, who threw seven shutout innings in the Dodgers' Game 2 win, will look to extend the series to a Game 7 with another dominant performance (FS1, 8 p.m. ET Sunday, if necessary).

Bill Murray gets the most prestigious comedy award: Mark Twain Prize

Actor and comedian Bill Murray is being honored Sunday with the most prestigious comedy award in the country — the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The prize, named to honor one of the world's greatest humorists, will be presented at ceremony at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Note that the ceremony is scheduled for the same time as the NLCS Game 7, should the series go that far. Murray is an avid Cubs fan. No word on if any provisions have been made for the guest of honor to tune in. Also in entertainment this weekend: The political spectacle will likely be on full display on Saturday Night Live. Though Stephen Baldwin is not impressed with his brother's Trump impersonations on the show, maybe musical guest Lady Gaga (whose newest album dropped Friday) can rouse the crowd.

Candidates zig and zag for votes

The presidential candidates are staying east of the Mississippi River this weekend to campaign. On Saturday, Donald Trump is set to be at Liberty University in Virginia before heading to Cleveland that evening to join forces with running mate Mike Pence. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, joined by her veep pick, Tim Kaine, is expected to campaign in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on Saturday followed by a solo swing into Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday. A secret weapon for Clinton in Virginia? Singer/actress Miley Cyrus will go door-to-door on George Mason University's campus to push Clinton’s "stronger together" message.

In Spain, a bid to clear extraordinary political logjam

Think American politics is complicated? Then give thanks you are not in Spain, where a 10-month stalemate has seen three elections and left the country limping along with a minority caretaker government. The conservative Popular Party, led by Mariano Rajoy, won all the elections but did not garner enough seats to form a majority in Parliament. Rajoy now wants the Socialists, who will meet on Sunday, to at least abstain from a parliamentary confidence vote this month that would avoid yet another election. The Socialists, slipping in polls, are under considerable pressure to agree or face a return to the ballot box, where they could lose seats as well as throwing the country into even more chaos.

Women in yoga pants to protest after man's letter calls them 'ridiculous'

Women clad in yoga pants plan to parade through Barrington, R.I., on Sunday in protest of a man who said the attire looks tacky and ridiculous. The outrage follows a letter that town resident Alan Sorrentino wrote to the local newspaper about his dislike of the pants. "Yoga pants belong in the yoga studio," he wrote. "What’s next? Wearing a 'Speedo' to the supermarket? Imagine if men did that. Yuck!” Women in the town and around Rhode Island have called the comments sexist. In a Facebook page to promote the parade, women from as far as Texas and Australia said they’ll wear yoga pants on Sunday in a show of solidarity.

 

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Contributing: Associated Press


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