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Two more pedigreed pitchers start


HOUSTON (AP) – Two more pitchers with pedigrees will take the mound in Houston tonight for Game 2 of the World Series.


2011 AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander starts for the Astros. Detroit made him the second overall pick in the 2004 MLB draft. Stephen Strasburg pitches for the Nationals, who took him first overall in the 2009 draft.


Verlander is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in five World Series starts going into his Game 2 outing. He says: “You know that the nerves are going to be higher. Your body knows it’s not a regular start.” Verlander adds having pitched in a World Series before: “I think you know what to expect out of the nerves and the anxiousness, but it doesn’t make it go away.”


Strasburg, a 31-year-old right-hander, has pitched in seven postseason games since 2014 but will be making his World Series debut. He acknowledges the nerves but still sounds a note of confidence, “You know it’s going to be a storm out there. You’re going to weather it.”


Game 2: Washington at Houston, 8:07 p.m. Eastern




Back on the floor


UNDATED (AP) – After a 2-game opening night slate, the NBA ramps things up tonight with an 11-game schedule.


Two teams with expectations meet in Philadelphia, where the 76ers host the Celtics. The 76ers return with Al Horford and Josh Richardson but without Jimmy Butler or JJ Redick, hoping they’ve given coach Brett Brown the right mix around All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. For Boston, Kemba Walker is now in Kyrie Irving’s former spot, and the Celtics are hoping that produces better chemistry even with a little less talent.


Irving has moved on to Brooklyn, who open the season with a visit from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Other early starts have Chicago at Charlotte, Cleveland at Orlando, Detroit at Indiana, and Memphis visiting Miami.


The New York Knicks are in San Antonio, while the Washington Wizards are opening night guests of the Mavericks in Dallas, and Utah hosts Oklahoma City.


Late starts out West have Denver at Portland, and Sacramento at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Sacramento has gone 13 seasons without a playoff appearance tied for the second-longest in NBA history.




Quiet night in the NHL


UNDATED (AP) – Just a few days ago, the injury-riddled Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to be the hottest team in the NHL. After a couple more injuries, the Pens have now dropped two in a row, including last night against the Florida Panthers, and will be looking to straighten themselves out against Tampa Bay.


Going into the season as a favorite to reach the Stanley Cup final, the Lightning haven’t had the roaring start they might have hoped for. They come in with a 4-3-1 record.


Ottawa has only managed one win so far this season. They get a visit from the 3-6 Detroit Red Wings tonight.




Sooner Schooner won’t run for rest of season after accident


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – The University of Oklahoma says the “Sooner Schooner” will not run the rest of the season after it tipped over during a home game against West Virginia last Saturday.


Oklahoma senior associate athletic director Kenny Mossman made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday.


The Schooner, a miniature covered wagon, circles the field after Oklahoma scores. The mishap came after a second-quarter touchdown during Oklahoma’s 52-14 win. Mossman said Tuesday that the university will repair the damaged Schooner and use it for viewing purposes, but it will not run. He said a new Schooner is under construction and should be ready to run its customary loop on the field for the Spring Game in 2020.


School officials said in a previous statement that there were no injuries to the three student spirit group members riding the wagon or the horses that pull it. They said it appears the weight distribution of riders in the rear of the wagon caused the spill.


The fifth-ranked Sooners have two more home games this season during which the Schooner would have been used – Nov. 9 against Iowa State and Nov. 23 against TCU.




Paralympian Marieke Vervoort fulfills wish to take own life


UNDATED (AP) – Paralympian Marieke (mah’-REE-kuh) Vervoort has ended her life by euthanasia.


Vervoort won gold and silver medals in wheelchair racing at the 2012 London Paralympics, and two more medals three years ago in Rio de Janeiro.


She had said that when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life.


That day came Tuesday in the 40-year-old’s native Belgium. Her death was confirmed in a statement from the city of Diest.



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