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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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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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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.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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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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Grace Tame says caller ‘threatened’ against criticising PM

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An Australian of the Year and sexual abuse survivor has said she received a “threatening” call warning her not to criticise the prime minister.

Grace Tame made the allegation in a speech on Wednesday, where she said she’d been called by a “senior member of a government-funded organisation”.

She added she was asked to promise not to say anything “damning” about Scott Morrison.

The government has denied knowledge of the call and said it will investigate.

On Tuesday, Mr Morrison made a formal apology to former political staffer Brittany Higgins more than a year after the young woman went public with the allegation that she had been raped by a male colleague in a ministerial office.

Her story sparked national anger, and an inquiry into parliament’s culture which found more than a third of workers had been sexually harassed.

Both Ms Higgins and Ms Tame have been heralded this past year for prompting a national conversation about abuse, power and gender inequality.

On Wednesday, the pair delivered a highly anticipated joint address at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Asked by journalists if she could name the threatening caller and their organisation, Ms Tame said: “if I was willing to name either, I would have put them in the speech”.

But she said the caller had been concerned about what she would say on the evening her successor as Australian of the Year was named.

She said the caller had described her as an “influential figure” and that Mr Morrison would “have a fear” about what she might say “with an election coming soon”. Australia is due to hold a general election before 21 May.

“Sound familiar to anyone? Well, it does to me,” Ms Tame said, before drawing a comparison with her former abuser – a teacher who had raped her as a child and pressured her to stay silent.

Mr Morrison’s office said it had not been aware of the call before Ms Tame’s speech, adding “the individual should apologise”.

“The PM and the government consider the actions and statements of the individual as unacceptable,” a spokesperson said.

But Ms Tame said launching a probe “misses the point entirely”.

“Stop deflecting, Scott. It’s not about the person who made the call. It’s the fact they felt like they had to do it at all,” she tweeted.

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