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Astros even World Series with wild win over Dodgers

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Houston Astros out-dueled the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in an 11-inning thriller on Wednesday to level the World Series at one game apiece.

George Springer smashed a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to cap the Astros’ late charge.

It proved just enough as the teams combined for an astonishing five extra-inning home runs - a record for a Major League Baseball post-season game.

Crunchy Power Rankings

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One topic that we've covered for years here on Sounder at Heart is the outsized impact of luck on the result of a single game of soccer. In our series on parity in the 2010 offseason we pointed out that in terms of game parity - that is, the likelihood that a worse team will beat a better team due to luck - soccer is rivaled among major sports only by baseball.

Tony La Russa Retires

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In a surprising twist, Tony La Russa has retired. The St. Louis Cardinals manager certainly went out with a bang by leading his team to a 2011 World Seris championship. The 67-year-old manager retires with the third most wins in Major League Baseball history.

La Russa made the announcment at Busch Stadium during a news conference on Monday morning.

Boston Red Sox

Big Papi Ready to Match Legends Brady, Bird

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With a Boston Red Sox win, David Ortiz, aka-'Big Papi', is almost a sure bet to be named MVP of this year's World Series. It would be the first time for him.

In Papi's other two World Series wins as a vital member of the Red Sox, Mike Lowell, playing third base, and Manny Ramirez as an outfielder, won the MVP awards, in 2007 and 2004, respectively.

World Series 2013: Who/What To Root For?

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It may be low national Tv ratings for World Series 2013. Certainly, there won't be low ratings in St. Louis or Boston.

I don't think that many people throughout the country will have any kind of 'dog in the fight'. I don't feel like I have one. I'm just not compelled to see all of this Series.

Jason Varitek to Retire

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Jason Varitek, one of the most popular players on the Boston Red Sox in recent history, is reportedly set to retire. The catcher has been with the Red Sox since 1997 and will retire as a member of the team. Last season, the 39-year-old hit .221 with 11 home runs, 36 RBIs and 32 runs.

According tot he reports, Varitek will make his retirement official on Thursday.

Terry Francona Scoff Beer Ban

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Terry Francona, the former manager of the Boston Red Sox who was nudged out of his job during the offseason, doesn't exactly agree with the Red Sox new policy of banning beer in the clubhouse. As Francona sees it, the beer ban could actually make things worse.

Said Francona: "I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one.

Red Sox Players Hate Bobby Valentine Already?

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The Boston Red Sox crumbled in September as rumors ran rampant that manager Terry Francona had let the lockerroom become too wild. Beer drinking and fried chicken eating reportedly took place in the lockerroom. That led to Terry Francona's firing.

With discipline in mind, the Red Sox hired Bobby Valentine.

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Editorial: Leave the Cheering to the Fans

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Article by Leanne Elston
Twitter @LeanneElston

There is this way in which people go around trying to compare soccer to other, "American" sports. The comparison is inevitable, maybe -- or at least it was when soccer was still new and strange to these parts.

Welcome to Club 23

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Welcome to Club 23

Chicago Red Eye Cover Story:

"No. 23 on a sports jersey is special in Chicago.

Michael Jordan brought the Bulls a dynasty with that number. Devin Hester ran with it to the Super Bowl, although the Bears didn't win that year. Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg also wore that number, as did White Sox fielder Jermaine Dye when he was named MVP of the 2005 World Series.

MLS Cup 2011 pre game musings

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Here I sit watching television and waiting for coverage of the 2011 MLS Cup to start. I am hoping that Americans have a pregame show to watch. TSN2 is showing a heart wrenching documentary about a former basketball player who battles serious addiction problems. A worthy show I am sure, but hardly designed to get your mind into a "big game" mode.

Texas Rangers

Josh Hamilton Hits Four Homers

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For only the 16th time in baseball history, a player has hit four home runs in one game. That player was Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, who did it Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles. All four of Hamilton's homers were two-run shots.

Said Hamilton after the game: "Obviously it's, other than being in the World Series, the highlight of my big-league career.

Will World Series 2011 Provide Momentum for MLB 2012?

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Last year's incredible comeback win in the World Series by the St. Louis Cardinals over the Texas Rangers was breathtaking. So much so, that it could have won over new fans to the sport.

MLB must capitalize on what transpired to create more momentum for this upcoming season.

Ron Washington Gets Extension

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A lot of critics blamed Ron Washington for the Texas Rangers not winning the 2011 World Series. If you ask me, that's totally unfair. Washington has guided the Rangers to two recent World Series and has done so by allowing his teams to peak at the right time.

The Rangers seem to agree that Washington is not the problem and have decided to give him a two-year extension.

Blue Jays Sign Darren Oliver

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The last time we saw Darren Oliver, he was blowing a save in the World Series for the Texas Rangers. The old wily veteran won't be returning to Texas. Instead, he has signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. The contract also includes a team option for a second season.

The 41-year-old is still a very effective pitcher.

St. Louis Cardinals Win 2011 World Series

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In one of the most amazing comebacks of all-time, the St. Louis Cardinals have won the 2011 World Series. Once 10.5 games back in the NL Wild Card race, and down to their final strike in two different innings of the World Series, the Cardinals are now champions.

Game 7 actually didn't start out very well for the Cardinals.

Matt Holliday to Miss Game 7

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Matt Holliday can't be happy right now. The superstar for the St. Louis Cardinals will miss Game 7 of the World Series due to a wrist injury. Instead of Holliday, the Cardinals will turn to Allen Craig in left field.

Usually being without Holliday would be a huge loss but he's been struggling with injuries throughout the playoffs and has struggled recently.

Chris Carpenter to Start in Game 7

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Bad news for the Texas Rangers. Not only do they have to recover from choking in Game 6, they have to bounce back against Chris Carpenter. The St. Louis Cardinals ace has been in a ton of big games and has a proven track record of stepping up big.

For proof, you just have to look back to the Cardinals series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cardinals Win Classic, Force Game 7

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Twice the Texas Rangers were within one strike of winning their franchise's first World Series championship. Both times the St. Louis Cardinals weren't ready to die. After coming back from two runs in both the ninth and tenth innings, the Cardinals won Game 6 on a David Freese walkoff homer in the 11th.

World Series Game 6 Postponed

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The weather might be the MVP of the 2011 baseball playoffs. It seems like every series has been affected by rain and the World Series is no different. Baseball was forced to postpone Game 6 and play it on Thursday night.

If the Texas Rangers win on Thursday, they will be the World Series champions.

Teddy Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham chooses poker over football after retirement

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When a footballer retires from the sport, many wind up in positions related to the game. Whether they work for the team they retired with, go into coaching, or broadcasting, many stick with the game. Former football legend Teddy Sheringham decided to go a different route and try his hand at the world of professional poker.

Teddy Sheringham chooses poker over football after retirement

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When a footballer retires from the sport, many wind up in positions related to the game. Whether they work for the team they retired with, go into coaching, or broadcasting, many stick with the game. Former football legend Teddy Sheringham decided to go a different route and try his hand at the world of professional poker.

Teddy Sheringham Starring on the Pitch and at the Poker Tables

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Plenty of former and current professional athletes have found their way to the poker tables but few can match the success that Teddy Sheringham has had. The star striker retired from competitive football at the end of the 2007-2008 season, giving him the perfect opportunity to get serious about another favorite pursuit: playing poker.

Rugby Kits

Australia Rugby Sevens Seviin 2012 Alternate Jersey

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Australia will be one of the top draws and favorites at this weekend's IRB HSBC Sevens World Series stop in Las Vegas. The Sevens Wallabies are currently a surprising seventh...

Fiji Rugby Sevens Seviin 2012 Home and Away Jerseys / Kits

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First seen during Australia Dubai and South Africa stops of the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series, the Fji home and away Rugby Sevens Seviin 2012 jerseys have been launched and...

Samoa Rugby Sevens Seviin 2012 Home and Away Jerseys / Kits

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First seen during Australia Dubai and South Africa stops of the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series, the Samoa home and away Rugby Sevens Seviin 2012 jerseys have been launched and...

South Africa Rugby Sevens Canterbury 2011/2012 Home Kit

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The South Africa Rugby Sevens team is hosting the latest stop on the HSBC Sevens World Series in the form of the inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens in Port Elizabeth on Friday and Saturday. Currently tied for third place in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings after two stops in the annual circuit, [.

Scotland Rugby Sevens 2011/12 Canterbury Home Kit

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After failing to advance past the Pool Stage of the Rugby World Cup for the first time ever during the 2011 edition of the tournament, the Scotland rugby team returns to competitive action on November 25th at the HSBC Sevens World Series 2011/12. The Scots will join the likes of hosts Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, [.


Yankees Hire Jim Hendry

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Fans of the New York Yankees have made Jim Hendry jokes for years. The longtime general manager of the Chicago Cubs could never replicate the success of the Yankees. But now, the joke is on the Yankees fans because the team has hired Hendry to be an assistant general manager.

According to reports, Hendry was given a multi-year contract and his job duties will mostly deal with aiding Brian Cashman, the GM of the Yankees.

Adam Wainwright Gets Option Picked Up

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One think you forget about regarding these St. Louis Cardinals is that arguably their best pitcher has missed the entire season. Adam Wainwright, who was 20-11 last year with a 2.42 ERA, has thrown a pitch in 2011. Even without him, the Cardinals are two wins away from a World Series championship.

The Rest

Playoff Edition Player Ratings: Houston Dynamo vs. the Portland Timbers Leg 1

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See how the Dynamo players performed in Leg 1 of the Conference Semifinals against the Portland Timbers

It's pretty impossible to start any Houston sports article today without first congradulating the Houston Astros on an incredible World Series win over the LA Dodgers. That series was a roller coaster, but the Astros brought the franchise's first World Series trophy to the city of Houston so again, congrats for the amazing ride and we're hoping to see the Astros in many more World Series games.

Pearland West’s Little League game postponed

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Pearland West's scheduled 2 p.m. CDT game in the Little League World Series on Thursday has been postponed because of rain in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. All scheduled games were called off.

Pearland West, the Southwest champion, will play Wilshire-Riverside, the Northwest champion from Oregon, at 10 a.

The Top 5 Most Surreal Sports Stories of the Last 25 Years

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The recent Penn State football scandal has so rocked the regular news world that there have been moments when it seems this case is the most surreal the sports world has ever known.

Surreal in sports happens often on the field and in between the lines.

Recently, there was last year's World Series-Game 6, when one more out would have made the difference, and this year's Super Bowl rematch (between Giants/Patriots) when it came down to a last play.

Gay Guys Hit Balls

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Pool time for the sexy fellas from the Gay Softball World SeriesOkay, so, softball isn't typically my thing, even when women are playing it, even when half-naked, scantily clad, bicurious Scandinavian models are playing it, in the mud and drunk. However, interesting even to me, the idea of gay men playing in the Gay Softball World Series tickles me effin' pink.

Houston Dynamo Highlight: Dixon's Joy and Yardley's Delight

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Ideally sports provide us with an escape from our day to day lives, a chance to see friends, support our team and have fun. Every once in awhile, sports can give us a moment that sticks with us and we can look back to year and year and say, wow, that was a really great moment.

I remember a number of moments like that from my childhood.

Pictures: Gary Carter Remembered

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One of the most liked players in baseball history died on Thursday. In the days since that horrible news, people from around the world have told how much they appreciated Gary Carter. The Hall of Fame catcher is probably best known for leading the 1986 New York Mets to a World Series championship.

Six pack and a pound? Nope, just a hat trick and question of the day

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Here's my Hat Trick:

1. Well, yesterday was certainly interesting in UEFA Champions League qualifying. Both mighty Manchester teams suffered quite the disgrace in failing to move into the final round of 16 in the Champions League. Manchester City, despite an obscenely rich owner, will now have to look to the Europa League for some hardware.

The only shirt to wear today

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So impressed that The St Louis Cardinals won the world series. To go from scraping a ropey last-gasp wildcard berth to winning a seven game world series is amazing.

Don't worry though, I have my pink Everton shirt on underneath. Come on you Blues

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Just a quick note:

The University of South Florida is actually in Central Florida. A Canadian team once won back-to-back American League championships. Duke basketball has played in the NCAA's West Region five times and its Midwest Region four times. Neither the New York Giants nor New York Jets play in New York, and the Dallas Cowboys play in Arlington.

MLS Wildcard Recap: Colorado vs Columbus

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Quick Recap:

The Colorado Rapids come out looking strong and ready to defend their championship. The Columbus Crew looked like they were running around trying to put chewing gum on a leaky dike. In the end the better team won, Colorado wins 1-0.

First Half:

Colorado came out and really looked like they were the defending champions for the first time in a while.