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From Bill Shakin: In the days before pitch counts, 13-man teams, and trouble executing third-seekers — and frankly before Tommy John's surgery — pitching was simple: They played well while they were in the game. No self-respecting manager would dream of firing a pitcher who kicked out a popular hitter in the middle of a World Series game his team was supposed to be winning.
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Only one player has never scored in a World Series: Don Larsen in 1956.
And yet here we were, nine shots into Wednesday's history, when the doors opened. Christian Javier is hitless in six innings for the Houston Astros. His day was over.
Larsen must have thrown a lot of pitches, right? They did that day too.
Oh no. Larsen played a perfect game on 97 fields. How many assists did Javier make on Wednesday? It would be 97.
For the Astros, all is well that ends well. Brian Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly took Javier to the first combined no-hitter in World Series history.
"It's crazy," said third baseman Alex Bregman. “We grew up with the World Series. We know baseball has been around for a very, very long time."
The Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0, tying the game at two games apiece. The next day, the Phillies hit five home runs and more than half of their games were strikes.
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From Dan Wike: If the Lakers get people this season, the goal sure is bleak.
In fact, they're a pretty poor offensive team to start the season with a five-game losing streak, losses below the rim and a nearly unthinkable three-point line.
Plus, they're capable of extremely good basketball since their defense drives their defense's offense, a high-speed scrap machine that can turn a game in the blink of an eye, just like they did against Denver on Sunday.
But what makes the Lakers harder to understand is a night like Wednesday versus the Pelicans when they were all of the above — good and bad, successful and unsuccessful, winning and losing.
All of this confuses her. And, at least on Wednesday, very interesting.
The Lakers extended a big lead in the third quarter and were seconds away from their sixth loss of the season, but a great game and some big hits propelled them to a 120-117 victory in overtime.
Matt Ryan, who made the Lakers the 15th player on the team with a surprise cornerback contract, found three crosses from Austin Reeves in arguably the greatest win of his young pro career.
"It's a great game," said Anthony Davis. "…Matt did what he did."
From Andrew Greiff: The stands were not closed Wednesday because the city's attention in early November was more focused on the Astros' performance in the World Series hometown than on basketball. The Toyota Center's loudest applause came between the third and fourth quarters when the scoreboard showed the Astros leading in Philadelphia.
The next strongest moment came two minutes later. John Wall, the point guard whose divorce from Houston last summer paved the way for the Clippers to purchase a free agent contract, stole a pass in midfield, deftly dribbled to the three-point line and then charged with paint. As Rockets guard Dyshawn Nix spun the ball in a full circle around his waist, he found Kevin Porter Jr. waiting in the ring and threw the ball over Moses Brown's head. Before Brown extended his 7ft 3in wingspan and sunk a nine-point lead, Clippers' players jumped out of their seats on the sidelines during the game.
"We actually talked about it warming up with its patented recoil," said Paul George. I've never seen anyone stop it, and of course he did.
The game that resulted in a 109-101 win for the Clippers (the Clippers' second since improving to 4-4) was the wall the Clippers had hoped for after signing him in July. It's a moment he saw during his 18-month residency in Houston.
From Gary Klein: Cam Akers could still have a future with the Rams.
Coach Sean McVeigh said Wednesday he met with Akers and discussed options with his agent for the three-year running back, who has not practiced or played in his last two games because of an internal issue McVeigh named.
"We're working on a few different options," McVeigh said, "but I'm very encouraged by the dialogue that we've had."
There's a "possibility" that Akers could train with the team since he's in Tampa, Fla. preparing for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, McVeigh said.
"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," he said when asked if Akers could play against the Buccaneers, "but we're working on other things."
From Jeff Miller: When the Chargers signed DeAndre Carter as a free agent in April, the plan was for him to become their lead rusher and occasionally play an offensive role.
Carter could be their No. 1 receiver on Sunday in Atlanta. 1 wide.
The Chargers will likely be without Kenan Allen with an ongoing hamstring injury and possibly Joshua Palmer, who is recovering from his second injury in three months.
They will also be without Mike Williams, who is expected to be out for at least four weeks after spraining his ankle against Seattle on Oct. 23.
Behind Carter, a fifth-year pro with 77 career receptions, the Chargers' active roster includes Jason Moore Jr. and Michael Bandy. The duo has scored 10 goals in 23 NFL games.
From Kevin Baxter: The US women's soccer team kicks off the World Cup year with a six-day training camp and two friendlies in New Zealand in January, where they will begin their World Cup defense in July.
The two games, on January 18th at Sky Stadium in Wellington and on January 21st at Eden Park in Auckland, kicking off the US World Cup, will be the USWNT's first games in New Zealand.
At the World Cup, the United States meets Vietnam, narrowly in a game against the Netherlands in Wellington, a team set for the February playoffs at Eden Park.
The men's national soccer team will play their first two games since the World Cup in Southern California, on January 25 against Serbia at Bank of California Stadium and on January 28 against Colombia at Dignity Health Sports Park.
The United States open their World Cup group stage game against Wales in Qatar on November 21, followed by England and Iran.
The two games in January will be the first of the 2026 World Cup cycle, which will culminate with the United States, Mexico and Canada sharing responsibility for hosting the first 48-team tournament. As host countries, all three teams are automatically eligible to play in 2026.
From Helen Elliott: Now that Kings forward Gabriel Vilardi is dominating every shift, controlling the puck like he's magnetized to his racquet, it's easy to forget that back pain nearly ended his career.
The troubles that spooked several NHL teams and caused him to drop out of the top 5 at 11th pick in the 2017 draft have continued worryingly, costing him valuable practice time and experience. He played nearly 80 games over the next three seasons of 2019-2020, the equivalent of one NHL season.
"There were a few months — I wouldn't say years, but a few months — when I wasn't sure I was going to play hockey for the rest of my life," he said, "which is pretty scary because that is everything I'm in.” “I've always wanted to know everything I've always wanted to do.
An excellent, confident junior center, he wasn't a great skater but he came to the net with great success. He was expected to play a key role in the Kings' recovery process. Instead, his ongoing back problems halted his progress and he sank deeper and deeper into the organization's depth chart over the years. He was about to become a bust.
“With all the players you like to design and cut and everything. But how many failures there were, you were surprised, – said coach Todd McLellan. "But you always come back to the packaging, the skills, the talent, the mind and the hands."
This date in sports
1899 – Jim Jefferies defeats Seaman Tom Sharkey to retain the world heavyweight championship after referee George Siler stopped the fight in the 25th round of the Greater New York Athletic Club.
1934 – Lou Gehrig hits .363 with 49 HR and 165 RBI to win the American League Triple Crown. Philadelphia wide receiver Mickey Cochran was named AL MVP.
1942 – Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams wins the American League Triple Crown (.356 average, 36 HR, 137 RBI) but Yankees second baseman Joe Gordon becomes AL MVP.
1968 – New York's Jim Turner scores six field goals to lead the Jets to a 25-21 win over the Buffalo Bills.
1973 – Roosevelt Leakes ran for 342 yards and led Texas to a 42-14 win over Southern Methodist.
1973 – Jay Miller sets an NCAA record with 22 catches for 263 yards as Brigham Young defeats New Mexico 56-21.
1973 – Stan Mikita of Chicago scores his 1,000. NHL point with an assist in a 5-4 loss to Minnesota.
1987 – New York Rangers center Marcel Dion becomes the second NHL player to score 1,700 points.
1990 – David Klingler throws seven TD passes to break Texas Christian Matt Fogler's NCAA record for 690 yards and lead Houston to a 56-35 win.
1995 – The Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies begin their first NBA season with a win. The Raptors beat New Jersey 94-79 while the Grizzlies beat Portland 92-80.
1996 – Jerry Rice becomes the first player to reach 1,000 NFL receptions in San Francisco's 24-17 win over New Orleans.
1996 – Philadelphia kicker Gary Anderson becomes the fourth player in NFL history to score 1,500 points in the first quarter in a 31-21 win over Dallas.
2001 – Arkansas defeats Mississippi 58-56 in seven overtimes in the longest college football game in history. The Razorbacks stopped a two-point conversion attempt by the Rebels in seventh overtime for the win. After regular time ended in a tie at 17, the teams scored in every overtime save for the second touchdown.
2007 – Navy hit an NCAA record 43 games with a 46-44 win in triple overtime against Notre Dame. Navy defeated Notre Dame 35-14 in 1963 when Roger Staubach was quarterback for the Midshipmen.
2007 – Al Arbor returned to the bench that night as the New York Islanders won 3-2 against Pittsburgh from a two-goal deficit. Arbor came off the bench in the Islands' four Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s and was asked to lead the team to the 1,500th. time to lead. He won with number 740.
2007 – Todd Rising throws a school record six touchdown passes as No. 8 Kansas defeats Nebraska 76-39. The Jayhawks had 10 touchdowns and the most points against Nebraska in 117 years of Huskers football.
2012 – Kenjon Burner rushes for school-best 321 yards and five touchdowns as No. 2 Oregon shows another offensive breakthrough by defeating No. 18 USC 62-51. Oregon's 730 yards and 62 points were the most allowed by USC, which began playing football in 1888.
2012-Barclays Center regular regular NBA NBA Nets Toronto Raptors 107-100- top top main pro sport sport sport wins………………. . . . . . …. …. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. . . . . .
2013 – Nick Foles had seven one-score touchdowns and 49-20 rushing yards in Philadelphia's 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . …. .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . । .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. …. .. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .
2016 – Harvard University suspends its men's team for the remainder of the season over sexual harassment of women's soccer. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..….. … .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. … .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. .. … .. .. .. .. .. The football team is currently tied for first place in the Ivy League for the remainder of the season. ..
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