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..
- 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
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.
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 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.'
(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.
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 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 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 7
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 pitch
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Australia: Scott Morrison saga casts scrutiny on Queen’s representative
In the past fortnight, Australia has been gripped by revelations that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to several additional ministries.
The move has been labelled a “power grab” by his successor as prime minister, and Mr Morrison has been scolded by many – even his own colleagues.
But the scandal has also dragged Australia’s governor-general into the fray – sparking one of the biggest controversies involving the Queen’s representative in Australia in 50 years.
So does Governor-General David Hurley have questions to answer, or is he just collateral damage?
Governors-general have fulfilled the practical duties as Australia’s head of state since the country’s 1901 federation.
Candidates for the role were initially chosen by the monarch but are now recommended by the Australian government.
The job is largely ceremonial – a governor-general in almost every circumstance must act on the advice of the government of the day. But conventions allow them the right to “encourage” and “warn” politicians.
Key duties include signing bills into law, issuing writs for elections, and swearing in ministers.
Mr Hurley has run into trouble on the latter. At Mr Morrison’s request, he swore the prime minister in as joint minister for health in March 2020, in case the existing minister became incapacitated by Covid.
Over the next 14 months, he also signed off Mr Morrison as an additional minister in the finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios.
Mr Morrison already had ministerial powers, so Mr Hurley was basically just giving him authority over extra departments.
It’s a request the governor-general “would not have any kind of power to override or reject”, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey tells the BBC.
“This wasn’t even a meeting between the prime minister and the governor-general, it was just paperwork.”
But Mr Morrison’s appointments were not publicly announced, disclosed to the parliament, or even communicated to most of the ministers he was job-sharing with.
Australia’s solicitor-general found Mr Morrison’s actions were not illegal but had “fundamentally undermined” responsible government.
But the governor-general had done the right thing, the solicitor-general said in his advice this week.
It would have been “a clear breach” for him to refuse the prime minister, regardless of whether he knew the appointments would be kept secret, Stephen Donaghue said.
Critics push for investigation
Ultimately, Mr Hurley had to sign off on Mr Morrison’s requests, but critics say he could have counselled him against it and he could have publicised it himself.
But representatives for the governor-general say these types of appointments – giving ministers the right to administer other departments – are not unusual.
And it falls to the government of the day to decide if they should be announced to the public. They often opt not to.
Mr Hurley himself announcing the appointments would be unprecedented. He had “no reason to believe that appointments would not be communicated”, his spokesperson said.
Emeritus professor Jenny Hocking finds the suggestion Mr Hurley didn’t know the ministries had been kept secret “ridiculous”.
“The last of these bizarre, duplicated ministry appointments… were made more than a year after the first, so clearly by then the governor-general did know that they weren’t being made public,” she says.
“I don’t agree for a moment that the governor-general has a lot of things on his plate and might not have noticed.”
The historian says it’s one of the biggest controversies surrounding a governor-general since John Kerr caused a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.
Prof Hocking famously fought for transparency around that matter – waging a lengthy and costly legal battle that culminated in the release of Mr Kerr’s correspondence with the Queen.
And she says the same transparency is needed here.
The Australian public need to know whether Mr Hurley counselled the prime minister against the moves, and why he didn’t disclose them
The government has already announced an inquiry into Mr Morrison’s actions, but she wants it to look at the governor-general and his office too.
“If the inquiry is to find out what happened in order to fix what happened, it would be extremely problematic to leave out a key part of that equation.”
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – Mr Morrison’s predecessor – has also voiced support for an inquiry.
“Something has gone seriously wrong at Government House,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“It is the passive compliance along the chain… that did undermine our constitution and our democracy… that troubles me the most. This is how tyranny gets under way.”
PM defends governor-general
Prof Twomey says the criticism of Mr Hurley is unfair – there’s was no “conspiracy” on his part to keep things secret.
“I don’t think it’s reasonable for anyone to expect that he could have guessed that the prime minister was keeping things secret from his own ministers, for example.
“Nobody really thought that was a possibility until about two weeks ago.”
Even if he had taken the unprecedented step to publicise the appointments or to reject Mr Morrison’s request, he’d have been criticised, she says.
“There’d be even more people saying ‘how outrageous!'” she says. “The role of governor-general is awkward because people are going to attack you either way.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also defended Mr Hurley, saying he was just doing his job.
“I have no intention of undertaking any criticism of [him].”
A role fit for purpose?
Prof Hocking says it’s a timely moment to look at the role of the governor-general more broadly.
She points out it’s possible the Queen may have been informed about Mr Morrison’s extra ministries when Australia’s parliament and people were not.
“It does raise questions about whether this is fit for purpose, as we have for decades been a fully independent nation, but we still have… ‘the relics of colonialism’ alive and well.”
Momentum for a fresh referendum on an Australian republic has been growing and advocates have seized on the controversy.
“The idea that the Queen and her representative can be relied upon to uphold our system of government has been debunked once and for all,” the Australian Republic Movement’s Sandy Biar says.
“It’s time we had an Australian head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them to safeguard and uphold Australia’s constitution.”
But Prof Twomey says republicans are “clutching at straws” – under their proposals, the head of state would also have been bound to follow the prime minister’s advice.
“It wouldn’t result in any changes that would have made one iota of difference.”
Read from: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-62683210
Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania
A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.
Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.
The other driver involved was not hurt.
Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.
The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.
“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.
“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”
Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.
Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.
Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.
Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.
In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.
Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.
Read from: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-61103987
Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos
Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.
Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.
While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.
“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.
A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.
Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.
“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.
He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.
“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”
The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.
“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.
Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.
On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.
Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.
But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.
Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.
“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”
The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.
The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.
“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.
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