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Astros' Charlie Morton well rested for Game 4 start vs. Red Sox

Astros' Charlie Morton well rested for Game 4 start vs. Red Sox

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HOUSTON -- Like staff mate Dallas Keuchel but to an even greater extent, Houston right-hander Charlie Morton has been more observer than participant in recent weeks because of the Astros' success combined with off days that are part of the annual postseason schedule. When Morton starts Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park with the Astros trailing 2-1 in the series, it will be his first appearance since Sept. 30. Morton toed the rubber in the regular-season finale against the Baltimore Orioles and worked just three innings by design, capping an odd final month that saw him limited to 15 innings in four starts because of lingering right shoulder discomfort. Given the confluence of his extended break and those health...
Superb Wilson free-kick gives Wales win over Republic in Dublin

Superb Wilson free-kick gives Wales win over Republic in Dublin

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A depleted Wales side beat the Republic of Ireland as Harry Wilson's beautiful free-kick illuminated an otherwise lifeless Nations League match in Dublin.Without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, the visitors were a pale imitation of the team that hammered the Republic 4-1 in Cardiff last month.But the hosts were no better, mustering only a couple of efforts on goal before Wilson stroked a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner in the second half. Wales squandered chances to extend their lead but wayward finishing from the likes of Tom Lawrence and James Chester mattered little as Ryan Giggs' side recorded a second win from three Nations League games.For the Republic, meanwhile, a fourth match wit...
Brewers can take commanding lead over Dodgers in NLCS

Brewers can take commanding lead over Dodgers in NLCS

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LOS ANGELES -- The Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen roared back to life in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series and can now further its influence in Game 4 on Tuesday night. The Brewers can move one game from their first World Series appearance since 1982 with a victory in a Game 4, and will try to do it on a bullpen day. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will start the game, but the relievers are expected to get to work early, just as they did when Gonzalez pitched just two innings in Game 1. "We laid out some scenarios, kind of going into (Monday's) game, what the possibilities were for (Tuesday)," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "And if we got a good start (from Jhoulys Chacin) and we're in good shape, Gio was always going to be the guy." Chacin gave the Brewers 5 1/3 scoreless i...
Sterling scores twice as England stun Spain

Sterling scores twice as England stun Spain

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England won in Spain for the first time in 31 years as they recorded a memorable Uefa Nations League win over Spain in Seville.Gareth Southgate's side were 3-0 up after a sensational first half, Raheem Sterling ending a three-year and 27-game barren sequence with a thunderous early opener and he was on the mark from close range for the third before the interval, with a composed strike from Marcus Rashford sandwiched in between.Spain, torn apart by England's pace in those opening 45 minutes, responded in predictable fashion in a chaotic second period as Paco Alcacer pulled a goal back just before the hour with a near-post header. England lived on their nerves, particularly goalkeeper Jordan Pi...
'I have to be brave' – McLeish after latest Scotland defeat

'I have to be brave' – McLeish after latest Scotland defeat

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Alex McLeish says he will need to "stand up and be brave" as the pressure increases on the Scotland manager.Sunday's 3-1 home loss to Portugal means he has won two of his six games in charge of the national side.The friendly defeat came just three days after a 2-1 collapse away to Israel, ranked 94th in the world, in the Nations League. "It's never easy to lose and that was a tough weekend," said McLeish."I have to stand up and be brave and take it forward."There's other examples of managers being under the cosh - Michael O'Neil and the Russian camp and Stanislav Cherchesov persevered. I'll always retain that determination."Scotland beaten by ruthless PortugalAs it happened: Scotland lose to ...