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Verlander again aims for victory in the 1st series, night after the no-hitter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Justin Verlander has a very tough act to follow. Not only will he be aiming for his first World Series win again Thursday night, he’ll take the mound after four Houston teammates teamed up in the second no-hitter of the Fall Classic. Verlander failed to hold a five-run lead in the opener, a 6-5, 10-inning loss for the Astros that left him 0-6 with a 6.07 ERA in eight World Series starts. The 39-year-old ace, who is expected to win his third Cy Young Award in a matter of weeks, has the highest ERA of any pitcher to pitch at least 30 innings in the Fall Classic.

Silver Wants Apology for ‘Inconsiderate’ Post; Irving offers none

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants an apology and Kyrie Irving still won’t apologize. Shortly after Silver said Irving “made a reckless decision” by tweeting a link to a film containing anti-Semitic material last week, the Brooklyn Nets security guard paused again to say he was sorry. Irving said some things in the movie Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America weren’t true, but he didn’t say he shouldn’t have posted a link to it. Silver says he is “disappointed” that Irving “did not offer a full apology” and denounced the film’s content.

Josh Primo, Spurs sued by former team psychologist

HOUSTON (AP) – A psychologist who worked for the San Antonio Spurs has sued the team and former player Josh Primo after she alleges he exposed himself to her multiple times during private sessions. Psychologist Hillary Cauthen worked as a performance psychologist for the team. A lawsuit filed in Bexar County alleges that 19-year-old Primo exposed her his genitals nine times “despite her numerous complaints about Primo’s inappropriate sexual conduct while running the organization.”

US Embassy officials visit Brittney Griner in Russian prison

WASHINGTON (AP) – Officials at the US Embassy in Moscow have visited jailed WNBA star Brittney Griner, more than a week after a Russian court rejected her appeal against her nine-year sentence for drug possession. A State Department spokesman tweeted that US officials “saw firsthand their tenacity and perseverance despite their current circumstances” and says the US is pushing for the immediate release of Griner and fellow American Paul Whelan. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in Russia in 2020 on espionage charges that he and his family believe are false. The White House says the US made “a significant offer” to resolve the cases but said there was “a lack of good faith negotiations on the part of the Russians.”

76ers star Cure a month with tendon strain in right foot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — James Harden is expected to miss about a month with a tendon strain in his right foot. Harden was injured in the Sixers’ loss in Washington on Wednesday and the ten-time All-Star will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Harden stumbled on a drive to the basket early in the game and lay on his back in pain before getting up and returning to the game. Harden still scored 24 points. The Sixers go into Friday’s home game against the New York Knicks 4-5.

Ray Guy, inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame player, dies at 72

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — Ray Guy, the first punter to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 72 years old. Southern Mississippi, where Guy starred before a long NFL career, says he died after a long illness. Guy was the first player drafted in the first round of the NFL draft in 1973 when he was selected 23rd overall by the Raiders. Guy played 14 seasons with the Raiders and was an All-Pro selection three times. In 2014, he became the first player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame solely for his punting. A native of Thomson, Georgia, Guy is also a member of the College Football Football Hall of Fame.

Chastain’s video game-inspired ride draws attention to NASCAR

PHOENIX (AP) — Ross Chastain’s video game-inspired ride down the Martinsville Wall took him across the finish line, to the NASCAR Championship Finals and around the world. Like it or not, the hands-free, foot-on Chevy skid propelled Chastain and NASCAR into the social media stratosphere. There’s a championship at stake this weekend at Phoenix Raceway, but Chastain’s bold move last week has garnered almost as much attention as who will win the Cup Series title between himself, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Christopher Bell becomes.

Column: World Series Gem shows how much baseball has changed

For those who complain that baseball spends far too much time dwelling on its past, the only no-hitters in World Series history prove just how much the game has actually changed. The only similarity between Don Larsen’s perfect game for the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros’ combined masterpiece was the number of pitches thrown by the starters. It took Larsen just 97 pitches to mow down all 27 hitters he faced in the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn. Cristian Javier threw Philadelphia exactly the same number. But he only went six innings before calling it a night.

Philly, Houston Gas for Rare World Series-NFL Double Dip

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros will play Game 5 of the World Series Thursday night. Here’s the catch. The Philadelphia Eagles travel to Texas to play the Houston Texans at the same time. This is the seventh time since 2011 that a World Series and an NFL game have been held on the same day in the same two metro areas. Watching both games at the same time has never been so easy. The takeover of social media, streaming services and an explosion of second screens that made viewing multiple events a breeze.

Inflation is putting even more pressure on the already expensive children’s sport

Sticker shock in youth sports is nothing new, but the onslaught of double-digit inflation across America this year has added a costly wrinkle to its way to baseball stadiums, swimming pools and dance studios across America. It has forced some families to reduce the number of seasons, leagues, or sports their children can play in any given year, while motivating league organizers to get more creative in finding ways to keep prices low and the keep participation high. Everyone from soccer coaches to swim event coordinators are struggling to find more cost-effective ways to get families to come through the doors.

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