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GAME 7: Astros jump out to early 5-0 lead

George Springer led off the game with a double to left field and later scored on an error by Dodgers..

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  • George Springer led off the game with a double to left field and later scored on an error by Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger. Game 5 hero Alex Bregman reached second on the error and eventually scored
  • Dodgers loaded the bases in the bottom of the first but ultimately left all three runners stranded
  • Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. did hit four batsman, including Justin Turner twice
  • In the third, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was brought in for his fifth ever postseason relief appearance
  • Dodgers hit into a double play and stranded six runners over the first three innings
  • The Dodgers and Astros have combined to hit 25 home runs through five games, surpassing the previous seven-game series record of 21 set by the Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants in 2002
  • Yuri Gurriel was booed again after being caught making a racist gesture in Game 3. He has been suspended for the first five games of the 2018 season for the act, which was a reference to Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish

By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 20:44 EDT, 1 November 2017 | Updated: 22:07 EDT, 1 November 2017

The Houston Astros have taken an important step towards their first World Series title by jumping out to an early 5-0 lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

After losing Game 6, 3-1, on Tuesday, the Astros clobbered Dodgers starter Yu Darvish over the first two innings of Game 7. In addition to leading off the game with a double to left, and later scoring on a throwing error by Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Astros centerfielder George Springer tied a Fall Classic record in the second inning by hitting his fifth home run of the series and his fourth in as many games. The home run gave the Astros a 5-0 lead.

Game 5 hero Alex Bregman reached second on the Bellinger error in the first and eventually scored on a sacrifice by Jose Altuve.

Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. actually gave the Astros a 3-0 lead in the second with a sacrifice that scored catcher Brian McCann. McCullers is the first America League pitcher to get an RBI in the World Series since 2009.

The Dodgers hit into a double play and stranded six runners over the first three innings.

George Springer tied a Fall Classic record in the second inning by hitting his fifth home run of the World Series

George Springer tied a Fall Classic record in the second inning by hitting his fifth home run of the World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig watches during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball's World SeriesLos Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig watches during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig watches during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series

Dodgers fans react as they watch the second inning of the World Series Game 7 at The Short Stop bar in Echo Park, L.A.Dodgers fans react as they watch the second inning of the World Series Game 7 at The Short Stop bar in Echo Park, L.A.

Dodgers fans react as they watch the second inning of the World Series Game 7 at The Short Stop bar in Echo Park, L.A.

Houston Astros fans watch and cheer as their team plays in Los Angeles during a World Series game seven watch party at Minute Maid Park in HoustonHouston Astros fans watch and cheer as their team plays in Los Angeles during a World Series game seven watch party at Minute Maid Park in Houston

Houston Astros fans watch and cheer as their team plays in Los Angeles during a World Series game seven watch party at Minute Maid Park in Houston

George Springer (No. 4) of the Houston Astros reacts after a double in the first inning against the Los Angeles DodgersGeorge Springer (No. 4) of the Houston Astros reacts after a double in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers

George Springer (No. 4) of the Houston Astros reacts after a double in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles' Chris Taylor led off with a double of his own in the bottom of the first. In fact, the Dodgers ultimately loaded the bases in the frame after McCullers hit two batsman. But, thanks to a pair of strikeouts and one groundout, Houston survived unscathed.

2017 WORLD SERIES

At Dodger Stadium

  • Game 1: Dodgers 3, Astros 1
  • Game 2: Astros 7, Dodgers 6

At Minute Maid Park

  • Game 3: Astros 5, Dodgers 3
  • Game 4: Dodgers 6, Astros 2
  • Game 5: Astros 13, Dodgers 12 (10 innings)

At Dodger Stadium

  • Game 6: Dodgers 3, Astros 1
  • Game 7: ?

McCullers would go on to hit Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner for a second time in the third inning.

The Dodgers had a pair of baserunners in the second inning, but McCullers survived thanks to a double-play ball that ended the frame.

In the third, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was brought in for his fifth ever postseason relief appearance.

Yuri Gurriel was booed loudly again in the first inning on Wednesday before flying out to left field.

The Astros first baseman was recently suspended for the first five games of the 2018 season after being seen making a racist gesture in the Houston dugout during Game 3.

Gurriel was seemingly referencing Darvish, who is from Japan.

On Wednesday, Gurriel did tip his hat to Darvish before stepping to the plate.

Gurriel was previously booed by the Dodger faithful during introductions on Tuesday and again before his first at-bat in Game 6.

In fact, Dodgers starter Hill stepped off the mound after Gurriel was announced, which gave the home fans more time to show their displeasure.

Hill described it as his 'silent gesture' to condemn Gurriel's racist gesture toward Darvish after homering off the hurler last Friday.

'This is a very close group, and for him to acknowledge that moment on behalf of Yu, I'm sure that Yu appreciated that,' Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said before Game 7.

'The fans obviously got to voice their displeasure.'

Zac Efron arrives at Dodgers Stadium for Game 7 of the World Series vs the Houston AstrosZac Efron arrives at Dodgers Stadium for Game 7 of the World Series vs the Houston AstrosRob Lowe takes his son John to the Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium for Game 7Rob Lowe takes his son John to the Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium for Game 7

(Left) Zac Efron arrives at Dodgers Stadium for Game 7. (Right) Rob Lowe arrives at Dodger Stadium with son John

Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a lead off double against Lance McCullers Jr.Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a lead off double against Lance McCullers Jr.

Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a lead off double against Lance McCullers Jr.

Astros' George Springer, right, celebrates after his two-run home run off Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish in the secondAstros' George Springer, right, celebrates after his two-run home run off Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish in the second

Astros' George Springer, right, celebrates after his two-run home run off Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish in the second

Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws during the first inning of Game 7Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws during the first inning of Game 7

Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws during the first inning of Game 7

During Game 3, the Cuban-born Gurriel could be seen pulling on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish during Houston's 5-3 win. He also used a derogatory Spanish term in reference to Darvish, who was born in Japan.

'I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible,' Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros.

'I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions. I deeply regret it.'

'I would particularly like to apologize to Yu Darvish, a pitcher that I admire and respect. I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game,' he said.

Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton KershawHouston Astros' Yuli Gurriel reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw

Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw

Gurriel will lose $322,581 of his $12 million salary next year, which the Astros will donate to charitable causes.

Darvish has downplayed the incident.

'When a Dodgers staffer told me what was happening, at the time, it's not like I was that irritated by it,' Darvish said through an interpreter. 'About the extent of my reaction was me telling [interpreter Hideaki] Sato, 'He did something he shouldn't have done. This is going to be a problem, isn't it?' But I wasn't angry at all.'

Gurriel attempted to apologize to Darvish, but the Dodgers hurler did not deem it necessary.

'I was told the next day told he wanted to speak to me, and I communicated to him that it was completely unnecessary and that I wasn't bothered by it,' Darvish said. 'Even now, I'm not bothered by it at all.'

The Dodgers turned to pitching legends Don Newcombe and Sandy Koufax for ceremonial first pitches before Game 7.

The right-handed Newcombe tossed the ball to Rick Monday, while lefty Koufax threw to Steve Garvey.

The 91-year-old Newcombe hung onto the 81-year-old Koufax's arm as they walked onto the field. They stood midway between the mound and home plate to make their throws.

Newcombe was a member of the franchise's 1955 World Series championship team. Koufax was World Series MVP in 1963 and 1965.

Before the game, Newcombe was sitting in his usual seat near the Dodgers dugout and entertained a steady stream of well-wishers. Hall of Famer Dave Winfield stopped by, along with current Dodgers Kenley Jansen and Andre Ethier and actor Ken Jeong.

Astros' Brian McCann scores from third on a ball hit by Lance McCullers Jr. during the second inning of Game 7Astros' Brian McCann scores from third on a ball hit by Lance McCullers Jr. during the second inning of Game 7

Astros' Brian McCann scores from third on a ball hit by Lance McCullers Jr. during the second inning of Game 7

Los Angeles Dodgers fans cheer before Game 7 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Wednesday nightLos Angeles Dodgers fans cheer before Game 7 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night

Los Angeles Dodgers fans cheer before Game 7 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night

Los Angeles Dodgers greats (L-R) Rick Monday, Don Newcombe, Sandy Koufax and Steve Garvey arrive for the first pitchLos Angeles Dodgers greats (L-R) Rick Monday, Don Newcombe, Sandy Koufax and Steve Garvey arrive for the first pitch

Los Angeles Dodgers greats (L-R) Rick Monday, Don Newcombe, Sandy Koufax and Steve Garvey arrive for the first pitch

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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