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The Washington Nationals are your 2019 World Series champions.It’s a sentence that almost feels surreal to type. Championship baseball is back in the nation’s capital. 8:12 p.m. END TOP FIRST: Greinke makes easy, quick work of the Nats in the first inning, as Rendon grounds out to end the frame. Astros coming up.8:09 p.m.: First pitch is a strike to Trea Turner, and here we go. Second pitch is a rocket to Bregman, who gloves it.7:58 p.m.: And we’re about 10 minutes from first pitch. This is it. This is it, folks! This is what it’s AAAALLLLLL about! One game! There is no tomorrow!This is for the whoooole megillah! For the whoooole ball of wax! For the whoooole kit-and-kaboodle! For the whoooole enchilada! The whoooole shootin’ match! This is for aaaalllll the marbles!— Joe (@JoeRiveraSN) October 30, 2019 Max Scherzer delievered a gutty performance, the stuff of legend, likely at less than 100 percent following his neck issues prior to Game 5. The Washington hurler went just five innings but allowed just two runs on seven hits and four walks. Scherzer allowed five hard-hit balls per Statcast, including a laser-shot home run off the bat of Yuli Gurriel in the second.PHOTOS: When did your city last win a pro sports championship?It was a season of ups and downs for the Nats, as baseball is wont to do, and the path to a World Series title wasn’t easy. Washington came back in the wild-card game and downed Milwaukee. It went to five games in the NLDS, eventually ousting the 106-win Dodgers in their own building. It demolished an overmatched Cardinals team. Then, it went to Game 7 with the best the AL had to offer, winning all four games in the series in Houston’s building.The Nats did it with everyone. They had wily veterans like Howie Kendrick (whose two-run homer in the seventh inning of Game 7 put Washington on top for good) and Adam Eaton. They had youth in the form of Juan Soto and Trea Turner. They had an MVP candidate in Anthony Rendon. They had co-aces at the top of the rotation in Scherzer and Series MVP Stephen Strasburg. They had the original Nat, Ryan Zimmerman.Mix all of them together, and the formula produced a World Series win and a championship ring.Sporting News provided live Game 7 updates, scoring plays and more below.(All times Eastern.)World Series 2019: Astros vs. Nationals Game 7 live score, highlights, updatesAstros: 2Nationals: 611:50 p.m. END OF WORLD SERIES: Michael Brantley strikes out. The Washington Nationals are World Series champions.FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE @NATIONALS ARE #CHAMPS . pic.twitter.com/a45onBXNqy— MLB (@MLB) October 31, 201911:47 p.m.: José Altuve strikes out. Two away.11:45 p.m.: George Springer pops up to second. One out in the bottom of the ninth.11:45 p.m.: Daniel Hudson is in this game now for the fina; three outs. 11:41 p.m. END TOP NINTH: Juan Soto flys out to center to end the ninth. Last licks for the Astros — and the season.11:36 p.m. WASHINGTON SCORING PLAY: The Nats break it open. Adam Eaton with a bases loaded single, scoring two runs, off of José Urquidy. Nationals up 6-2 in the ninth.11:22 p.m. END OF EIGHTH: Patrick Corbin gets Jake Marisnick swinging to end the eighth inning.11:20 p.m.: Patrick Corbin is still in this game, through 95 mph fastballs on the outer half and chucking the slider in. Wow.11:12 p.m. END TOP EIGHTH: Cabrera lines out to Brantley in left to end the rally. 11:10 p.m.: Howie Kendrick with a hard-hit single that hits off the glove of Yuli Gurriel. First and third, two outs. Pitching change for Houston. Ryan Pressly is in the game now.11:05 p.m. WASHINGTON SCORING PLAY: Juan Soto singles home Adam Eaton to increase the Washington lead to 4-2.Six outs away from winning the World Series, the Nationals have a two-run lead. pic.twitter.com/F6gvNuVxnI— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 31, 201911:00 p.m.: Osuna issues a one-out walk to Adam Eaton, and Anthony Rendon is up with one out in the eighth.10:52 p.m. END OF SEVENTH: Patrick Corbin gets Álvarez to ground weakly up the third base line. He throws him out at first to end the inning.10:51 p.m.: Patrick Corbin working through his second inning of relief. 10:41 p.m. END TOP SEVENTH: Victor Robles ends the inning with a pop out to shallow right field. Nats take the 3-2 lead into the seventh.10:40 p.m.: Roberto Osuna is in this game now, and he gets Yan Gomes to pop out for the second out in the seventh.10:31 p.m. WASHINGTON SCORING PLAY: Howie Kendrick gives the Nats the lead with a home run off the foul pole in right. Two-run variety. Nats up 3-2.Build the man a statue. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/o2sIV5uc5r— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 31, 201910:23 p.m. WASHINGTON SCORING PLAY: Anthony Rendon mashes a solo shot to left field to cut into the Astro lead. 2-1 Houston in the seventh.10:16 p.m. END OF SIXTH: José Altuve grounds into a double play to end the inning.10:15 p.m.: Patrick Corbin is in this game, and he gave up a leadoff single to Jake Marisnick.10:08 p.m. END TOP SIXTH: Trea Turner strikes out looking to end the frame. Questionable Strike 3 call.10:00 p.m. END OF FIFTH: Scherzer gets Chirinos to ground out to first to end the inning. Scherzer is spent. He should be coming out of this game.9:56 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Carlos Correa scorches a ball off of a gassed Scherzer, and the Astros now lead 2-0.9:53 p.m.: Scherzer walks Yordan Álvarez with two outs and Carlos Correa is up.9:48 p.m.: Max Scherzer is still in this game, and he looks like he’s running out of gas. Dave Martinez doesn’t have anyone warming in the bullpen, with one out in the fifth.9:40 p.m. END TOP FIFTH: Greinke gets Zimmerman to pop out to first, and he’s through five innings. Some game by him.9:35 p.m.: Zack Greinke is throwing the start of a lifetime right now. 51 pitches through 4 1/3 and he’s keeping hitters off balance.9:28 p.m. END OF FOURTH: José Altuve lines to Robles to end the inning. Have left seven runners on in this game so far.9:26 p.m.: Scherzer with a two-out walk to Springer. Just missed the bottom of the zone.9:23 p.m.: Scherzer gives up a two-out single to Josh Reddick. He’s at 68 pitches through 3 2/3.9:22 p.m.: Scherzer gets his first strikeout of the night on Robinson Chirinos. 9:20 p.m.: Scherzer gets Correa swinging for the first out of the Astros fourth.9:14 p.m. END TOP FOURTH: Greinke is just mowin’ ’em down. He gets Rendon swinging and he’s faced the minimum through four innings.9:11 p.m.: Zack Greinke is having himself a night — in the field. Lots of soft-hit balls back to him, and he’s mad a lot of really good plays.9:06 p.m. END OF THIRD: Álvarez flys out to deep center field to end the inning and the scoring threat.RISPy business. pic.twitter.com/Ji9xHeTCbF— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 31, 20199:01 p.m.: Alex Bregman draws a one-out walk. Runners on first and second, one out in the third.8:54 p.m.: Altuve with a leadoff single in the third. Scherzer has the velocity tonight, but not the location. He’s getting hit.8:50 p.m. END TOP THIRD: Robles flys out to deep center to end the third. Just 28 pitches for Greinke.8:48 p.m.: Greinke looks settled. Got a weak grounder from Zimmerman for one out, and a soft liner to Springer from Gomes on the second.8:42 p.m. END OF SECOND: A sinking liner to left and Soto grabs it for the out. Could have been trouble if that got by him.8:41 p.m.: A failed bunt attempt from Chirinos, a ground out by Reddick and we’re back to the top of the order with Springer. Second and third, two outs.8:36 p.m.: Yordan Álvarez follows up Gurriel’s homer with a single to right, bringing up Carlos Correa. No outs in the second.8:34 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Yuli Gurriel takes Max Scherzer deep into the Crawford boxes for a solo shot. Astros up 1-0.8:30 p.m. END TOP SECOND: Asdrubal Cabrera grounds to Yuli Gurriel at first for the out. 8:27 p.m.: After a Juan Soto single, Howie Kendrick grounds into a double play. Pitcher’s best friend.8:21 p.m. END OF FIRST: Bregman flys to right to end the inning. Nats coming back up. Scherzer looks himself.8:19 p.m.: Scherzer got Springer to fly out to center and José Altuve to ground to short. Then walks Brantley with two outs.
By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent A fter gold-medal performances at the Region 6 Championships, wrestlers from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) earned a trip to this week’s state championships in Atlantic City on a high note.Rumson-Fair Haven’s Marcus Iwama took home gold at 132 pounds, improving to 30-2 on the season. The junior, who was seeded fourth in the regionals after winning a District 22 title, defeated Howell High School sophomore and No. 2-seed Kris Lindemann in the title bout.The win was Iwama’s first Region 6 championship and second medal at the tournament. He posted a third-place finish at 126 pounds a year ago. Iwama also became Rumson-Fair Haven’s first champion since 2003.CBA senior grappler Mike Oxley, the top seed at 195 pounds, got past Jackson Memorial High School’s Ken Bradley to take the top spot on March 1 for his second career Region 6 title. A week before regionals, Oxley earned his second consecutive gold medal in the District 22 tournament.Oxley now has a 36-2 record going into the NJSIAA individual championships, which kick off in Atlantic City on March 7.Raritan High School senior Pat Toal, CBA sophomore Sebastian Rivera and Ocean Township High School senior Max Rallo, all of whom won silver, were among the other Region 6 medal winners from the area. Second- and third-place wrestlers also secure a spot in Atlantic City.Toal, the top-seeded heavyweight, lost to Kyle Cocozzo of Howell in the finals. In a battle of underclassmen, Rivera was defeated by Brick Memorial High School freshman Gianni Ghione at 106 pounds. Rallo, a 120-pound senior, couldn’t get by Jackson Liberty High School’s Mike Russo, who won his second Region 6 title.Also finishing second in their weight classes were St. John Vianney High School senior Terrence Davis and Middletown High School North’s Chad Freshnock, a third-seed sophomore at 182 pounds who was defeated by No. 1-seed Nick Costa of Brick Memorial.Davis lost to Nick Racanelli, a Southern Regional High School senior, at 152. Southern Regional had a tremendous showing at regionals, with three champions for 2014. The school has now accomplished that feat three times since 2007. Brick Memorial also saw three of its wrestlers win titles.Raritan senior Kyle Lynch lost his first match of the year in the Region 6 semifinals, but he bounced back to close out a third-place finish for a trip to Atlantic City. At 182 pounds, he beat Jackson Memorial’s Connor Bohringer for the title. Lynch, who won gold in districts, was seeded second in the Region 6 tournament.In the third-place bout at 195 pounds, Keansburg High School junior Tyree Sutton beat Tyler Romanelli of Wall High School. Red Bank Catholic High School’s Shawn McCord followed up his District 22 win with bronze at 220 pounds, improving to 30-2 on the season. He beat Toms River High School North junior Mike Siwiec.CBA senior Erik Beshada, the No. 2 seed at 138 pounds, came away without a medal. Matawan Regional High School’s Khalil Haskins just missed a spot in Atlantic City as well, losing to the top seed at 132 pounds, Southern Regional’s Bryan Brown.The NJSIAA state wrestling championships will take place all weekend at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, with title bouts set for March 9.
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Leicester City sacked title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri last week, and Nigel Pearson [6/4] and Roy Hodgson [3/1] are the current frontrunners to replace the Italian.Meanwhile, the Foxes are preparing to take on Liverpool at home on Monday night with Craig Shakespeare in caretaker charge.They are 4/1 to get their first win of 2017, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are 6/4 and the draw is 3/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast