World Series history was made once again. Following a historic home-run-mashing Game 3 by the Phillies, the Astros fired back with a combo no-no in Game 4. We’re in for a scintillating World Series finale this weekend.
Game 4: Astros Throw No-No
Astros Win Game 4 (5-0) With 1st Combined No-Hitter in World Series History; Series Tied 2-2
It’s not over ’til it’s over! Phillies fans were hoping for another home-run-wrecking performance after the Game 3 blowout, but the Astros delivered just the opposite. Houston blanked Philly (5-0) with the first-ever combined no-hitter in World Series history on the back of Cristian Javier’s epic start. Javier notched nine Ks through six innings and got support with a five-run fifth inning before exiting and letting the bullpen close the deal. While it’s the first combined no-no ever in the Fall Classic, it’s the second no-hitter of any kind (Don Larsen, 1956).
Astros Pitchers (Game 4)
C. Javier: 6 IP, 9 Ks, 0 Hits
B. Abreu: 1 IP, 3 Ks, 0 Hits
R. Montero: 1 IP, 1 K, 0 Hits
R. Pressly: 1 IP, 1 K, 0 Hits
Wednesday’s massive swing game could’ve seen the Phillies take a 3-1 lead with a chance to close it out at home tonight. Instead, we’re all square at 2-2 and the Astros have retaken control.
Watch: Astros Toss No-Hitter in Game 4 Win (5-0)
Gm 5: Astros at Phillies (8:00 pm ET)
Yahoo! Sports: Astros Toss Combined No-No in Historic Game 4 Win
USA Today: Astros Back in Control of World Series After Combined No-Hitter
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Week 9 Power Rankings
Bengals & Jets Fall, Seahawks, 49ers & Titans Rise in Latest NFL Power Rankings
The NFL has reached its halfway mark, and the same two teams remain 1-2 yet again. The Eagles (7-0) and Bills (6-1) appear to be on a collision course for Super Bowl LVII, but plenty of obstacles remain. Philly has all the tools to run the table (blasphemous, right?), but the NFC East won’t go quietly. Two NFC West teams made major moves back into the top 10 this week. And the Titans — winners of five straight — have climbed all the way to No. 8.
NFL Power Rankings (Week 9)
1. Eagles (7-0) | —
2. Bills (6-1) | —
3. Chiefs (5-2) | —
4. Vikings (6-1) | ↑1
5. Cowboys (6-2) | ↑1
6. Giants (6-2) | ↓2
7. Ravens (5-3) | ↑2
8. Titans (5-2) | ↑4
9. Seahawks (5-3) | ↑5
10. 49ers (4-4) | ↑5
Teams 11-20: 11. Dolphins (5-3) | 12. Jets (5-3) | 13. Chargers (4-3) | 14. Bengals (4-4) | 15. Falcons (4-4) | 16. Rams (3-4) | 17. Buccaneers (3-5) | 18. Commanders (4-4) | 19. Packers (3-5) | 20. Patriots (4-4)
Teams 21-32: 21. Colts (3-4-1) | 22. Broncos (3-5) | 23. Cardinals (3-5) | 24. Browns (3-5) | 25. Bears (3-5) | 26. Saints (3-5) | 27. Jaguars (2-6) | 28. Steelers (2-6) | 29. Raiders (2-5) | 30. Panthers (2-6) | 31. Lions (1-6) | 32. Texans (1-5-1)
Biggest Risers: Titans, Seahawks, 49ers
Biggest Fallers: Bengals, Raiders, Jets
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The Unbeaten Bucks
Giannis & Bucks Blast Pistons (116-91) to Stay Undefeated (7-0)
After two weeks of basketball, the Milwaukee Bucks are the lone undefeated team in the NBA. Milwaukee won its seventh straight game to open the season last night with a 25-point victory over the Pistons (116-91) thanks to another big night from Giannis Antetokounmpo (32 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks). It was the sixth consecutive 30-point outing for the Greek Freak. The Bucks’ 7-0 start ties the franchise record for the best start to a season (2018 & 1971). Four of their seven wins have been double-digit blowouts.
Watch: Bucks Stay Unbeaten Against Pistons (116-91)
Other NBA Highlights & Storylines
Nets Nearing Udoka Deal: Just hours after firing head coach Steve Nash, the Nets got to work on hiring suspended Celtics head coach Ime Udoka. Wednesday reports suggest the deal is almost finalized.
Herro Hits Game-Winner: Tyler Herro played the hero last night in Miami with a step-back 3 in the final seconds to lift the Heat over the Kings (110-107).
Luka’s Hot Start: Luka Doncic (33 points) made more history on Wednesday with his seventh straight 30-point game to open the season in the Mavericks’ win over the Jazz (103-100). He’s the first player since Wilt Chamberlain (1961) with seven 30-point games to open a season.
Lakers Top Pels in OT: Another LeBron James (20-10-8) vs. Zion Williamson (27-7-5) showdown in L.A. was worth the price of admission last night. The Lakers and Pelicans needed overtime before Los Angeles escaped with their second win of the year (120-117).
Finalizing the Knockout Stage
Milan & RB Leipzig Round Out Knockout Stage With Final 16 Teams Set
The final day of matches in the Champions League Group Stage featured two matches with the Knockout Stage on the line, and both were blowouts. RB Leipzig and Milan were both 4-0 winners in their do-or-die showdowns with Shakhtar Donetsk and RB Salzburg, respectively. Both teams punched their tickets to the Round of 16, which is finally complete. Here’s a look at all the Group winners who will battle it out for Champions League glory in 2023.
Matchday 6 Highlights
RB Leipzig def. Shakhtar Donetsk (4-0)
Round of 16 (Group Winners)
Group A: Napoli & Liverpool
Group B: Porto & Club Brugge
Group C: Bayern & Inter
Group D: Tottenham & Eintracht Frankfurt
Group E: Chelsea & Milan
Group F: Real Madrid & RB Leipzig
Group G: Man. City & Dortmund
Group H: Benfica & PSG
Round of 16 Draw: Monday, Nov. 7 (6:00 am ET)
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NHL: Tavares Hat Trick Powers Leafs
John Tavares had the hot stick in the NHL on Wednesday with three goals and an assist in the Maple Leafs’ 5-2 win over the Flyers, effectively ending a four-game skid for Toronto. It was Tavares’ 11th career hat trick.
Major League Baseball’s awards season got underway a little earlier than usual this offseason as MLB and Rawlings announced the 2022 Gold Glove winners prior to Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday night. (CBS Sports)
CFB Playoff: Stage Set for Crucial Weekend
The first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings was revealed on Tuesday, setting the stage for what should be an exciting back half of the 2022-23 season. It sets the stage for a crucial matchup between No. 1 Tennessee and No. 3 Georgia this weekend. (FOX Sports)
The surprises continue across the NBA as the third week of the 2022-23 season gets underway. The Milwaukee Bucks stand alone as the last undefeated team and get an appropriate placement at the top of this week’s power rankings. (ESPN)