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World Series Game 1 Goes to the Nationals

On Tuesday night, October 22nd, the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 5-4 in Game 1 of the 2019 World Series.Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg are the probable pitchers. The Nationals now hold a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 2 on Wednesday, which will also take place at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The game could have gone either way, however there are a few reasons the Astros let game 1 slip through their fingertips. Firstly, Cole wasn’t as dominant as he had been in his first three postseason starts, and Houston definitely failed to cash in its opportunities. Cole had allowed just one run in his first 22 postseason innings.

The Nationals definitely owe their victory to Juan Soto. The 20-year-old phenomenon recorded three hits and drove in three of Washington’s five runs. Davey Martinez then turned to a combination of Patrick Corbin, Tanner Rainey, Daniel Hudson, and Sean Doolittle to close down the Astros’ operations.

Game 2 is slated to start tonight, October 23rd at 5:07 PM local time.


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The NY Yankees Have Have Had Better Days..

In the blink of an eye, the chance to win a 28th World Series was gone for the New York Yankees.

“So many different emotions,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said following this 6-4 loss that delivered the pennant to Houston for the second time in three years. “It’s the ultimate pain you can feel in sports, knowing all that so many put into it, knowing how good of a club we have. For it to end that way, it’s hard, our guys are hurting”.

The Astros were two outs away from closing the Yankees out before LeMahieu tried to join a select corps of pinstriped October idols, a group that includes his boss, Boone, and Chris Chambliss, and Bucky Dent, and Scott Brosius. Except after getting two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman walked George Springer, then fell behind Altuve, 2-and-0. Altuve let one slider pass for a strike.

This hard-to-fathom season ended in the worst possible way. Everything about who the Yankees were in 2019, and what they were, was represented in that top of the ninth.

“No matter how many games we won in the regular season, this is a failure,” Aaron Judge said, in the middle of the despair. “I think about the season as a whole, guys getting injured, guys getting back, a lot of ups and downs, I think about missed opportunities and some guys I might not play with again …”


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Game 4 Leaves Yankees Fans on the Edge

According to the game last night, the Houston Astros are now up 3-1 in the series. Which means in order to advance to face the Nationals in the World Series, the Astros need to win one game before the Yankees win three. And if history plans on repeating itself, it doesn’t seem like the Astros have much to worry about. The Yankees? We’re not so sure.

Statistically, teams up 3-1 in a best-of-seven MLB postseason series have gone on to win that series 84.9 percent of the time. Throw in the fact that the Astros during the regular season were 60-21 at home, and maybe that figure should be even higher. On top of all that, consider that the Game 5 pitching matchup of Justin Verlander versus James Paxton should favor the Astros.

The Yankees had their chances. In the first inning, Houston starter Zack Greinke issued a four-pitch walk to begin a game for the first time in his career. However by the sixth inning, the Astros had a hold of the scoreboard and held strong throughout the rest of the game.

The Astros were 60-21 at Minute Maid Park during the regular season, and are 4-1 at home in the postseason.


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Harlem Globetrotters “Pushing The Limits” During 2020 World Tour

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their new “Pushing the Limits” World Tour to over 200 North American markets and 30 countries in 2020. Launching this December, Globetrotters’ fans will experience even bigger moments and memories, including a live world record attempt at each game. Plus, many markets will feature a glow in the dark performance.

The “Pushing the Limits” World Tour, which officially tips off on Dec. 26 with games in Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh, will up the ante and create even bigger moments and memories for Globetrotter fans. The Hall of Fame team’s 94th consecutive year will feature over 280 games through April in North America. Tickets are now on sale at harlemglobetrotters.com

New to this year’s tour, and never been done before, include:

Holders of 21 current world records, the Globetrotters will attempt a new world record live at each game on tour this year, hoping to add to their list of impressive accolades and innovations.
In many markets, the Globetrotters will also perform their legendary pre-game “Magic Circle” ball handling warmups in the dark, using a glow in the dark Baden basketball to provide the illumination.
The Globetrotters will celebrate their fans by introducing “The Fifth Quarter,” a free interactive post-game autograph session where fans will have the opportunity to meet the Globetrotters stars up close and personal.
As part of the tour, the Globetrotters will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the four-point shot, a shot 30-feet from the basket which they introduced to the sport in 2010. The team will also bring back its popular “Magic Pass” pre-game event, which enables fans to come onto the court, meet their favorite Globetrotters for pictures and autographs, and even learn how to spin a ball on their finger just like the stars.

“The Globetrotters have always been entertainers and innovators, and this season will be no exception,” said Head Coach and Globetrotter legend Lou Dunbar. “Our fans have come to expect more than just a great show, and this season promises to deliver more entertainment and excitement than ever before. We can’t wait to get the season started and create memories that last a lifetime!”

The Harlem Globetrotters roster showcases some of the most thrilling athletes in the world, including Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, Hammer Harrison, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister, Torch George and more.

The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 93 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 124 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience.


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Special Olympics Georgia Travels to Africa

Special Olympics Georgia will be traveling to Kenya for a five day program visit. They will depart on October 17th, with a departure date of October 20.

The group, which will be comprised of Special Olympics Georgia team members, board members, Kenya leaders and a Special Olympics, Inc. representative and all will arrive at the Orione Training Center the morning of October 17th to see the community. Orione is the founder in the late 1800’s of a Catholic religious order, focused on persons that live with mental conditions and syndromes. Special Olympics and Orione share a common goal; to provide opportunity to the same excluded population. This center provides daily skills development opportunities and education for its participants, from around six years of age and up to about 22 years of age.

From Orione, the Special Olympics Georgia group will visit the Lions Eye Hospital to show their support and gratitude for the free treatment that the hospital provides to Special Olympics athletes. From there, they will visit Kakuma Refugee Camp where Special Olympics Georgia will lead various team training sessions for 50 local coaches and athletes.

“Special Olympics Georgia is excited to be conducting sports training clinics for athletes and coaches in track and field as well as soccer in Kenya, Africa,” said Special Olympics Georgia CEO Georgia Milton-Sheats. “The trainings will take place on Friday, October 18. We will also be visiting a hospital and a school and will be extending an invitation to Special Olympics Kenya athletes to come in May 2020 to compete at our State Summer Games.”

Special Olympics Georgia will name Special Olympics Kenya athletes and coaches to be representatives as the Grand Marshalls of Special Olympics Georgia’s 2020 Summer Games at Emory University. This will coincide with the celebration of SOGA’s 50th Anniversary.

Special Olympics Georgia is looking forward to aligning our core values with Orione and spreading the mission of Special Olympics with the wonderful team at Special Olympics Kenya.


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