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Phillies will host Houston with a World Series tie 1-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The World Series returns to Philadelphia for the first time since 2009 when the Phillies host the Houston Astros in Game 3 Monday night. The series is tied one game at a time after teams in Houston shared a pair. The always entertaining mascot Phillie Phanatic and the Philly fans make sure it’s a fun time at Citizens Bank Park, especially when the game is played on Halloween night. A possible setback, however, is rain in the forecast. Noah Syndergaard starts for the Phillies against Lance McCullers Jr.

Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Geno Smith silence critics

Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa should stop hearing about their teams chasing other quarterbacks. The former Alabama teammates continued their MVP season with spectacular performances on Sunday. They have silenced critics who questioned their ability as franchise quarterbacks and are preparing for huge contract extensions in the offseason. Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles start 7-0 after a 35-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tagovailoa again rebounded Miami from a double-digit second-half deficit in a 31-27 win over the Detroit Lions. The Dolphins are undefeated in the five games that Tagovailoa has finished. Geno Smith is another QB who has proved people wrong this season.

Rodgers preaches patience after Packers’ skid grows to 4

ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — Aaron Rodgers’ frustrations were well known after the Green Bay Packers lost their fourth straight game. This time, however, the veteran quarterback chose his words a little more carefully. Rodgers preached patience after a 27-17 loss to AFC leaders Buffalo Bills and a week after he suggested players needed to be benched. The loss dropped the Packers to 3-5, their worst start to a season in eight games since Rodgers was taken over as a starter in 2008.

Koos OT FG gives the Falcons an unlikely 37-34 win over the Panthers

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s younghoe Koo launched a 41-yard field goal in overtime after the Carolina Panthers missed two kicks that could have won the game. That gave the Falcons an unlikely 37-34 win, which maintained their first-place finish in the NFC South 4-4. The teams scored three touchdowns in the final 3:06 of the rule before a silly penalty from the Panthers’ DJ Moore opened the door for the Falcons to pull them out. Moore caught up on a 62-yard touchdown pass from PJ Walker with 12 seconds left, but his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty shifted the extra point to a 48-yard attempt. Eddy PiƱeiro missed and then missed a game-winning try in overtime from 32 yards.

AP Top 25 Reality Check: A pair of two sets up a 1v2 matchup

The chances of a 1-on-2 matchup increase when there are two No. 2s in The Associated Press’ college football poll. Tennessee and Ohio State finished at No. 2 in the top 25. Georgia remained No. 1 and delivered a 2-1 showdown between the defending champions Bulldogs and the up-and-coming Volunteers, who started the season unranked and are now pushing at No. 1, in Athens on Saturday Reality Check has been challenging Tennessee for the No. 2 spot for a couple of weeks now and is glad voters caught on. The rest of the leaderboard had a decent crowd following the move after the top 10, including three teams making their season debuts.

Michigan St suspends 4 players for tunnel melee in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State soccer coach Mel Tucker has locked four players in a stadium tunnel for their role in roughing up Michigan players after they lost a game. Tucker announced Sunday night that linebacker Tank Brown, safety Angelo Grose, defensive end Zion Young and cornerback Khary Crump were all immediately suspended. Scuffles erupted in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after the fourth-seeded Wolverines defeated the Spartans 29-7 on Saturday night. Social media posts showed Michigan State players shoving, punching and kicking Michigan State’s Ja’Den McBurrows in and near a hallway that leads to neither locker room. Brown, Grose and Young are seen on video getting physical with McBurrows.

Patriots’ force, school statements denounce anti-Semitism

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other members of the US sports community have condemned recent incidents of hate speech against Jews. Some of the most prominent statements come from the music mogul formerly known as Kanye West. There is intense pressure from team leaders and athletes to continue to speak out against hatred and intolerance – on and off the field. An anti-Semitic phrase was projected onto a soccer stadium during a college football game between Florida and Georgia. The NBA and the Brooklyn Nets issued statements after Kyrie Irving appeared to endorse an anti-Semitic film. And the Patriots-owner-funded foundation is pushing back Sunday by airing an ad urging people to stand up against hate speech against Jews.

Football’s “most important project” begins, not the World Cup

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – Football has launched what is probably its most ambitious global youth development program. The ultimate goal is to deliver millions of soccer balls and a coaching program to 700 million children between the ages of 4 and 14 around the world. The Football For Schools project started in 2019 but came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it has been reissued. That means it has been overshadowed by preparations for the World Cup, but South Africa program manager Steve Pila says it is still “the most important project in the world of football”.

TIPOFF: Creighton’s Scheierman tops list of impact transfers

Creighton has its best pre-season ranking ever, thanks in part to the big win it clinched in the transfer portal. Baylor Scheierman’s decision to return to his home state and play for Creighton after three outstanding seasons in the state of South Dakota places Creighton as one of the most versatile players in the nation. The 2021-22 Summit League Player of the Year was the only Division I player last season to lead his conference in both rebounds and assists. Scheierman is one of the most notable players to change teams this season.

March Madness is a foundation in the ever-changing college landscape

If the recent realignment of the collegiate sports conference spelled doom for the Big 12 or Pac-12, someone forgot to tell the basketball coaches. The 2022-23 college basketball season is about to begin and it looks like business as usual. Amid realignment, the transfer portal, and players’ newfound ability to make money, March Madness basketball tournaments are holding the increasingly fragmented NCAA together.

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