A World Series moment 66 years in the making, and is it the beginning of the end for Dan Snyder?

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HOUSTON ASTRO

The Houston Astros pitched only the second no-hitter in World Series history last night, and they flexed their team-wide pitching muscle while doing it in a Victory 5-0 above Phillies this ties the series at two games apiece.

  • Javier pitched six inningslongest individual no-hitter bid in a World Series since Jerry Koosman in 1969. Javier hit nine and walked two. After the match, Javier said his parents predicted the no-hitter.
  • Javier hasn’t allowed a run as a starter since Sept. 7 (he allowed a relief earlier this playoff). In his last six starts (regular and playoffs), Javier has pitched 34 1/3 innings and allowed a .113 batting average.
  • For his part, the Phillies starter Aaron Nola was great for four innings but crumbled in the fifth, charging in with no outs. Jose Alvarado couldn’t get out of the jam, as the Astros scored their five points in the frame.

For Javier, this is the personal highlight of what has been an incredible season:

Obviously, Larsen’s individual perfect play is the benchmark for Fall Classic throwing, but Houston’s team effort was nothing short of marvelous. Javier threw his fastball on 70 of his 97 throws. Then came Abreu, who used his wipeout slider to get two strikeouts and a 99.7 mph fastball to get the other. Then came Montero – who almost exclusively threw fastballs – then Pressly, who didn’t throw a single one.

With his team trailing two games to one against a Phillies team that hadn’t lost at home in the playoffs, Javier delivered a performance for the ages, writes MLB reporter Matt Snyder. Every once in a while, as sports fans, we are lucky enough to see a historic moment. Last night was one.

Game 5 tonight will feature Justin Verlander hoping to follow in Javier’s footsteps. Noah Syndergaard will get the ball for Philadelphia.

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BILL SELF AND THE KANSAS JAYHAWKS

Kansas men’s basketball has suspended head coach bill yourself and senior assistant Kurtis Townsend for the first four games of the season and self-imposed recruiting restrictions amid an ongoing Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) investigation.

It dates back to 2017when the NCAA began investigating Kansas after the Jayhawks mentioned in FBI college basketball bribery and corruption investigation. KU received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA in September 2019 which included several Level I violations – the most severe of NCAA rules – regarding recruitment irregularities, a lack of institutional control and a charge of head coaching liability brought against Self.

Self and Townsend were already retained the recruitment track this summerand the program announced the following Wednesday:

  • The reduction of four official visits during this academic year and in 2023-24
  • The reduction of three scholarships in total, spread over the next three years
  • The implementation of a six-week ban on recruitment communications, a six-week ban on unofficial visits, and a thirteen-day reduction in the number of recruitment days allowed during the year calendar 2022-23
  • No official visits for 2022 Late Night in the Phog

Whereas Kansas seems to be admitting some guilt here, the Jayhawks could also do so in hopes of avoiding a postseason banwrites college basketball expert Kyle Boone.

Dan Snyder Explores “Potential Transactions” Regarding Commanders 🏈

Commanders owner Dan Snyder hired Bank of America Securities to considering “potential deals” regarding the franchise.

  • Details are scarce beyond that. It is not known which transactions — potentially sell the franchise or seek minority owners — are under study. Snyder bought out all minority stakes last year.
  • The commanders are valued at $5.6 billion, the sixth highest in the NFL. Snyder reportedly received calls from at least four interested groups. If Snyder sold, it would likely be the biggest sale in NFL history.
  • This news came on the same day it was reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has opened a criminal investigation into the team’s finances.

Snyder has team owner since 1999and since then not only has the team struggled on the pitch, but the organization has been plagued with problems off the pitch as well. Marie-Jo White is currently investigating the team for a variety of issues, including workplace misconduct, sexual harassment, and financial irregularities.

News of Snyder exploring ‘potential deals’ comes just weeks later Foals owner Jim Irsay said ‘there is merit’ in removing Snyder as owner in light of an explosive report that said, in part, that Snyder defied Roger Goodell’s punishments and is believed to be collecting “dirt” from other owners.

Thursday Night Football preview: Can the Eagles’ dominance continue? 🦅

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The The Philadelphia Eagles have never been 8-0 before. They are 60 minutes away from changing that. The Eagles take on Texas tonight in a game that features arguably the best and arguably the worst team in the NFL.

  • The The Eagles currently have the second shortest odds (+500) to win the Super Bowlonly behind the Invoices. The The Texans, at +100,000, are tied for the longest odds.
  • Jalen hurts ranks in the top five in almost every major statistical category, including yards per attempt (second), passer rating (fifth), and interception rate (third). Davis Millsmeanwhile, ranks 29th, 26th, and 24th in those respective categories.
  • Philadelphia is tied for third in yards allowed per game. Houston is third…worst.

Long story short, there’s a reason the Eagles are heavy favorites. But can they cover a 13.5 point gap? Betting expert Jordan Dajani says

  • Sullivan: The pick: Eagles -13.5. It won’t be one of my top five picks of the week, but I will score points with Philly. Teams that are favored by at least 11 points are 22-0 SU and 18-4 ATS on Thursdays since 1970. The Texans have never beaten the Eagles (0-5) and are only 1-4 ATS.

To learn more about this game, check out our full overview

NFL Midterm Ratings: Lots of ‘A’s, Lots of ‘F’s 😳

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I may be a long way from elementary school, but I still remember the thrilling nature of report cards. You couldn’t wait to take home a good one for mom and dad. You couldn’t bear to show them a bad one. For NFL teams, there is still more than half a season to improve – or, conversely, to fall apart – as our Jeff Kerr shows his mid-term notes for each team.

Let’s start with the good. Nine teams earned an “A” gradeincluding, unsurprisingly, the Invoices.

  • Kerr: “A+ – They are top three in offense, defense, yards per game and yards allowed. They have an explosive passing offense and a defense that can stop the run and the pass. Their only weakness is the running back, but Buffalo hasn’t had a game under 100 yards rushing this year (over 125 yards in three of the last four games.) The Bills even snapped their losing streak in games at a score, winning back-to-back games against the Ravens and Chiefs.

ON the other side, six teams fail so farincluding 3-5 Broncos.

  • Kerr: “The Broncos have the 31st offense in the standings with Russell Wilson at quarterback is unacceptable. Nathaniel Hacket looks out of his realm as a head coach, unable to maximize what Wilson can provide to an offense. Keep in mind the Broncos paid $245 million for a quarterback who commands an offense with just six touchdown passes (30th in the NFL) and is 31st in points per possession.”

You can check the rating of each team here.

NHL Power Rankings: Bruins take first place despite injuries 🏒

Few things can stop the Boston Bruins at present. No injuries, and certainly not (most) other NHL teams. The Bruins are a ridiculous 9-1-0 to start the seasonwith their only defeat coming more than two weeks ago against the Senators.

Thanks to the hot start, Boston finds itself at the top of our Power Rankings from NHL expert Austin Nivison.

  • Nivison: Brad Merchant returned to the Bruins last week and immediately scored three points in a 5-1 win over the red wings. Boston clicks in all facets of the game, and it’s still far from 100%. Any criticism of the Bruins at this point would be finicky, and they are the undisputed #1 team in the NHL right now.”

Here are the top five:

  • 1. Bruins (before 3)
  • 2. Golden Knights (prev. 4)
  • 3. Hurricanes (prev. 2)
  • 4. Flames (prev. 1)
  • 5. Devils (prev. 15)

What we’re watching on Thursday 📺

🏈 UTEP in Rice7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
🏈 Appalachian State on the Carolina Coast7:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Thunder Nuggets8 p.m. on NBA TV
Astros at the Phillies8:03 p.m. on FOX
🏈 Eagles to Texans8:15 p.m. on Prime Video

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