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LOS ANGELES — In trying to win their first World Series championship by beating the Dodgers in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, the Astros can put to bed their postseason heartaches of yesteryear.

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The Astros are positioned favorably to deliver a World Series championship to Houston, with Justin Verlander — unbeaten since joining Houston in a trade from the Tigers on Aug. 31 — taking the mound against Dodgers lefty Rich Hill. The Astros, coming off a thrilling 13-12 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 on Sunday night in Houston, won’t say it, but finishing off the Dodgers behind Verlander on Tuesday to avoid Game 7 is crucial.
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Verlander on Game 6 intensity
Verlander on Game 6 intensity
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander discusses the intensity surrounding Game 6 of the World Series as he gets the nod on the hill

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1 Oct. 24 LAD 3, HOU 1 Watch
2 Oct. 25 HOU 7
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3 Oct. 27 HOU 5, LAD 3 Watch
4 Oct. 28 LAD 6, HOU 2 Watch
5 Oct. 29 HOU 13
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6 Oct. 31 7:30 p.m.
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*7 Nov. 1 7:30 p.m.
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Since 1985, when the League Championship Series for each league changed to a best-of-seven format, the team going on the road up 3-2 in an LCS or World Series has won the series half the time (14 of 28), but the road team that loses Game 6 has come back to win Game 7 only twice on 16 previous occasions.
“I think when you consume yourself with too much ‘what ifs’ in the future, it will only complicate matters,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday. “So I’m going to proceed just trying to win Game 6. And if that means I have to use guys in a unique way, that’s fine. If the game warrants any decision to try to win the game, I think you have to try to win the game that you’re playing that day and not concern yourself with a lot of unknowns.”
Verlander is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four playoff starts and one relief appearance this year. He allowed two hits, both homers, and three runs in six innings in the Astros’ Game 2 win over the Dodgers. He is 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) with the Astros, giving the team plenty of confidence.
“To go back there, it’s not an easy place to play, but we’re giving the ball to Justin Verlander and that’s going to be awesome for us,” outfielder George Springer said.
The Astros had never won a World Series game prior to this year, so they will take the field Tuesday with a chance to win the championship for the first time in their history. For generations of Astros fans, postseasons past have been nothing but heartache.
There was the 1980 National League Championship Series that went to a decisive fifth game that the Phillies won in extra innings (only Game 1 didn’t go extra innings). There was the epic 16-inning Game 6 loss in the ’86 NLCS to the Mets, who avoided having to face NLCS Most Valuable Player Mike Scott in Game 7 in Houston by winning the series, 4-2.
The Craig Biggio-Jeff Bagwell-led teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s couldn’t get past the Braves (and Padres once), and the Cardinals sent Houston home in seven games in the NLCS in ’04 before Houston broke through to win the NL pennant a year later. The Astros were then swept in the World Series by the White Sox.
Previewing World Series Game 6
Previewing World Series Game 6
Tim McMaster, Jack Morris and Jeff Nelson analyze the matchup as Justin Verlander and Rich Hill take the hill back in Los Angeles for Game 6
Even the ’15 Astros blew a late lead and a chance to clinch Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Royals, who went on to win the World Series. The postseason disappointment of two years ago is in the rearview mirror, but it can serve as a reminder of how fickle October baseball can be. The momentum the Astros carry into Game 6 is palpable, but it won’t mean much after the first pitch is thrown Tuesday.
“I think it’s going to be an intense game regardless of how Game 5 ended,” Hinch said. “But there’s certainly some positive momentum. We are going to get on the plane today, excited to get to Los Angeles, and play the game as fast as possible. Once we get to the stadium and we start our pregame work, and get to batting practice and the preparation for the game, it becomes about Game 6 and not about how we won Game 5. And our team will continue to be focused on that.”
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — After scoring a career-high 44 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo wrote a note on the game ball.

“This is for daddy. We got a win tonight,” the 22-year-old Milwaukee Bucks player said, remembering his father, Charles, who died last month at age 54.

Antetokounmpo scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a dunk that put Milwaukee ahead 111-110 with 11 seconds to go.

After a timeout, Damian Lillard found Jusuf Nurkic running open down the lane, but Antetokounmpo blocked his shot at the basket, sending the 7-foot center crashing to the floor.

Antetokounmpo, starting his fifth NBA season, made 17 of 23 shots with eight rebounds and four assists as Milwaukee kept pace with a Portland team that had dominated its first two opponents. The Bucks star is averaging 38.3 points through three games, up from 22.9 last year, 16.9 in 2015-16 and 12.7 in 2014-15.

“Seventy-nine more. This is just the beginning,” he said, thinking about how many regular-season games remain.

After Nurkic was rejected at the basket, Khris Middleton was fouled and made both free throws.

“They committed two guys to Dame, so somebody was going to be open,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said, referring to Lillard. “Turned out to be Nurk but they made a really good defensive play.”

Lillard scored 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. CJ McCollum also scored 26, and Nurkic had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Snell scored 17 points and Middleton added 16 for Milwaukee.

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NEW YORK — The atmosphere for Game 3 of the American League Championship presented by Camping World between the Astros and Yankees tonight figures to be electric and possibly intimidating for those who haven’t experienced October baseball at Yankee Stadium before.

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For Houston, it should rekindle some great memories.

Game Date Time Matchup/Results TV/Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 13 HOU 2, NYY 1 WATCH
Gm 2 Oct. 14 HOU 2, NYY 1 WATCH
Gm 3 Oct. 16 8 p.m. HOU @ NYY FS1
Gm 4 Oct. 17 5 p.m. HOU @ NYY FS1
*Gm 5 Oct. 18 5 p.m. HOU @ NYY FS1
*Gm 6 Oct. 20 8 p.m. NYY @ HOU FS1
*Gm 7 Oct. 21 8 p.m. NYY @ HOU FS1
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It was a little more than two years ago when the Astros stunned the Yankees by winning the 2015 AL Wild Card Game, spearheaded by a gem from that season’s AL Cy Young Award winner, Dallas Keuchel. Houston danced and celebrated on the Yankee Stadium infield and then drenched the visiting clubhouse with champagne.
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Returning to the Bronx for the ALCS with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series has Houston feeling more confident than daunted.
“I don’t think we need any more belief,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think we are right where we need to be in the belief category. From here on, we have the belief that we can be the World Series championship team. We need to play the game of baseball in the moment we’re playing. We control our own destiny. We control our own adrenaline level. We’re believers before anybody else will be.”
The Astros, in Hinch’s first season as manager in Houston, surprised many to make the postseason and beat the Yankees, 3-0, in the AL Wild Card Game in 2015. Keuchel threw six scoreless innings and Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez hit home runs. Of the players currently on the Astros’ postseason roster, eight played in that game two years ago: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Evan Gattis, Marwin Gonzalez, Luke Gregerson, Will Harris, George Springer and Keuchel.
“It’s really relevant,” Keuchel said. “I think experience at any point is going to help you. No matter if you succeed or fail, it’s still experience and you can always learn from that. I was going to say there’s a lot of us, but there’s a few of us left, even from 2015. That just means, obviously, we’ve had some turnover, but at the same time, we’ve gotten better and better. I’ll take that every day of the week.”
Astros ready for Yankee Stadium
Astros ready for Yankee Stadium
Brian McTaggart and Alyson Footer discuss the Astros’ previous successes at Yankee Stadium and the team’s comfort level heading into Game 3
The Astros certainly aren’t lacking confidence, having won 101 games in the regular season and knocking out the AL East-champion Red Sox at Fenway Park in the Division Series. They could also clinch at Yankee Stadium by winning two of the next three games. Hinch said thriving in tense environments like Fenway and the Bronx is a testament to his team’s youthful exuberance.
“We’ve been the calmest team in the league during the postseason,” Hinch said. “Our at-bats, our pitchers, our defense, our ability to stay in the moment has been proven for the games we’ve played so far. Other than being excitable that we’re two wins away from closing out the series, I think our guys will relish in an environment like this.”
Hinch on laughing in the 9th
Hinch on laughing in the 9th
Astros manager A.J. Hinch discusses laughing in the 9th inning of Game 2 and taking the time to enjoy the moments with his team
Confident? Yes. Overconfident? No. The Yankees just battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the ALDS against the Indians with three consecutive wins.
“We’re tested enough and have enough players in the clubhouse that understand that there’s no celebratory toast going on around here,” Hinch said. “We won the first two games. We come here, really tough place to play, somewhere we have played well. But we don’t think the Yankees are going to concede, and they certainly didn’t concede against the Indians.”
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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EDMONTON — Nikolaj Ehlers scored a hat trick and had an assist to help the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Monday.

Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists, and Blake Wheeler had three assists for Winnipeg (1-2-0). Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves in his first start of the season.


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“We all knew what we needed to do and are capable of,” Ehlers said. “We didn’t do that the first two games, but we showed it tonight. We played good tonight, simple and fast. We were able to find the holes. We just have to be able to find a way to keep that going.”

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored, and goaltender Cam Talbot made 38 saves for Edmonton (1-2-0). The Oilers have lost two straight after shutting out the Calgary Flames 3-0 in the season opener.
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Winnipeg allowed 13 goals in their first two losses of the season.

“I am very proud of the guys in front of me,” Hellebuyck said. “Everyone really dug in and dug deep and pulled out a team win tonight.”

Scheifele gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 8:56 of the first period.

Kulikov made it 2-0 at 16:27 with his first goal with Winnipeg. He took a drop pass from Ehlers in the slot and sent a wrist shot past Talbot.
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Edmonton outshot Winnipeg 20-11 in the first period.

“The big concern is where we are with the mental state,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “We’re not near competitive enough. We’re not outworking teams. It feels like it in moments of the game, but consistently from minutes 1 to 60 the last two games we haven’t come close to outworking teams, and structurally, we’re about as loose as we can be. We’re missing assignments.”

Draisaitl scored at 12:53 of the second period to make it 2-1 on a pass from Connor McDavid.

Nugent-Hopkins tied it 2-2 40 seconds later, splitting the Jets defense and lifting a shot over Hellebuyck.

Ehlers scored 1:09 apart in the second to restore the Jets’ two-goal lead. He kept the puck on a 3-on-2 rush and picked the corner on Talbot at 16:48 to make it 3-2. He scored again at 17:57 to put Winnipeg up 4-2.

“We do still have a young team and guys have to build confidence in themselves and respect the fact that the opposition has good players and bad things are going to happen,” Wheeler said. “But all we can do is get back to our game and have confidence that we can prevail in the end.”
Oilers pot two quick goals

00:53 • 9:00 AM

Winnipeg outshot Edmonton 19-7 in the second.

Ehlers completed his second NHL hat trick at 18:46 of the third period to put Winnipeg up 5-2.

Hellebuyck made 12 saves in the third period for his first win against Edmonton in five career games.

“What I thought for Connor was so important, he looked calm when he didn’t have control of the puck but it was two or three feet around him,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “He was able to hold his body position in some of those scrums.”


Goal of the game

Scheifele knocked the puck out of midair on his backhand in front of the Oilers net and took a quick forehand shot that beat Talbot. Winnipeg was being outshot 12-4 in the first period prior to the goal.
Scheifele opens the scoring

00:56 • 9:00 AM


Saves of the game

Hellebuyck made a pad save on a hard shot from Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom and stopped Ryan Strome on the rebound to keep Winnipeg up 1-0 at 14:02 of the first period.
Hellebuyck makes multiple saves

00:16 • 9:00 AM


Highlight of the game

Wheeler slid a cross-crease pass through Klefbom to Ehlers, who scored his second goal of the game to restore Winnipeg’s two-goal lead with 2:03 remaining in the second period.
Ehlers’ second of the night

01:34 • 9:00 AM


They said it

“I don’t think we remembered how hard it is to win. I’ve experienced this in the past. You have to understand how hard it is. Our guys don’t get that yet.” — Oilers coach Todd McLellan


“There wasn’t any panic, even though the first two games were about as bad as you could script it. Guys were still coming to the rink with a good mentality and trying to get better. It was a good sign, when your team responds like this and everybody does their job. These are the types of results you can expect when everyone does that.” — Jets captain Blake Wheeler


Need to know

Wheeler played his 700th NHL game. He has missed three games since the 2012-13 season. … McDavid has six assists in six career games against the Jets, but has yet to score against them. Winnipeg is the only Western Conference opponent McDavid has not scored against. … Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien did not play because of a lower-body injury.


What’s next

Jets: At the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; SNV, TSN 3, NHL.TV)

Oilers: Host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)

Recap: WPG 5, EDM 2

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12:00 PM Share’s Q & A feature called “Five Questions With …” will run every Tuesday throughout the 2017-18 season. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

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HOUSTON — Chris Paul is quickly getting adjusted to the up-tempo, high-volume offence under Mike D’Antoni’s Houston Rockets.
Paul had 11 points, 12 assists and four steals to lead the Rockets to a 144-82 exhibition victory over the Shanghai Sharks on Thursday night.
“Knowing everybody wants the same thing and you’re rooting for each other,” Paul said. “It’s cool — equal opportunity.”
Paul, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in the off-season, played 26 minutes and rested the fourth quarter as the Rockets cruised to victory over the overmatched Chinese team. Paul said D’Antoni drew up a play on Thursday night where he was coming off a screen to catch and shoot. He said he couldn’t remember the last time that happened.
“That stuff is fun — I’ve always enjoyed that part of the game,” Paul said. “The way we play, we don’t need a called play because there’s a lot of unselfishness in the ball movement.”
Trevor Ariza led Houston with 18 points, and James Harden had nine points, 10 assists and two blocks. Eric Gordon had 17 points, and Clint Capela had 16 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes.
Houston jumped to a 43-16 lead after the first quarter, making its first seven shots and 13 of 29 3-point attempts in the first half. The Rockets shot 42.3 per cent from beyond the arc overall.
“This is a big week coming up for us — we’ve got to turn it on a little bit,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll learn a lot about where we are by the end of next week. Hopefully, we’re in a good spot because right around the corner is Golden State.”
Houston opens the regular season at Golden State to face the defending champs.
Rockets 21-year-old Chinese rookie Zhou Qi scored eight points, including a thunderous dunk, in 12 minutes. The 7-foot-1, 210-pound centre played last season for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association after the Rockets drafted him with the 43rd overall pick in 2016.
Josh Akognon led Shanghai with 27 points, and Nick Minnerath had 22.
Shanghai shooting guard Jimmer Fredette watched the game from the bench with a knee injury. Fredette, who was named the regular-season international MVP last year while averaging 37.6 points, agreed to a new deal with Shanghai in July.
Sharks: Shanghai lost last year’s exhibition game to the Rockets at the Toyota Center 131-94 behind 33 points from Fredette. … Shanghai was outscored 62-30 in the paint and 21-4 in transition.
Rockets: Power forward Ryan Anderson (right hip contusion) and centre Tarik Black (left knee soreness) were both out with injuries. … Veteran off-season additions P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute provided a glimpse of Houston’s new-look improved perimeter defence. Tucker had four steals in 21 minutes, while Mbah a Moute had 12 points in 16 minutes off the bench.
With both Paul and Harden registering double-digit assists on Thursday night, D’Antoni was asked if he imagines that will happen often in the regular season, with both players putting up that stat line in sharing the ball.
“Oh, yeah,” D’Antoni said. “It’s just a matter of making shots. If we can make our shots, everyone gets assists. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t do it.”
When Paul was asked the same question, he said he wasn’t interested in the assists stats as long as the ball movement is good and the team is winning.
“I don’t care, I don’t know,” Paul said. “It’s all about feel and getting open shots.”
Paul said he has had conversations with Rockets centre Clint Capela, encouraging him to be a more vocal leader on defence and having confidence in his abilities. He uses former teammate DeAndre Jordan as an example of how an athletic big man can transform a defence as a vocal leader.
“A lot of people forget how far D.J. came — he became the leader of the defence,” Paul said. “Everybody is their own man, but Clint is more than capable and he knows how to play. We’re going to need him to be the leader of our defence.”
Sharks: Begin their Chinese Basketball Association season Oct. 22 at Guangzhou.
Rockets: Visit the New York Knicks on Monday night for their third of five preseason games.