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ALCS Game 5: Carlos Correa plays hero for Houston Astros with walk-off homer



One of the extraordinary historical debates in baseball is whether Babe Ruth truly called his shot in the 1932 World Series.

There is no uncertainty about Carlos Correa: The Houston Astros star unquestionably called his in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.

Correa pounded a grand slam to focus field with one out in the lower part of the ninth inning, lifting Houston to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night in San Diego. Incidentally, while he probably won’t have highlighted the show off as Ruth was said to have done, Correa did precisely what he revealed to Astros administrator Dusty Baker he would do.

“Boy, that was very crucial,” Baker said. “I mean, Carlos told me before he went up there, he goes, ‘Walk-off.’ I said, ‘Go ahead on, man.'”

Correa pivoted a 96 mph fastball from Rays nearer Nick Anderson and saved a 416-foot drive to focus, as outfielder Kevin Kiermaier climbed the fence and observed weakly as the ball cruised over his head. Correa strolled gradually toward a respectable starting point as the ball vanished lastly began running as his colleagues spilled out of the burrow.

While conceding he anticipated the grand slam, Correa said it wasn’t boasting yet a touch of in-game exhortation that made him so certain.

“Anderson is a great pitcher and I don’t mean no disrespect when I call my shot,” Correa said. “It’s just that after my second at-bat, I went in the cage. [Hitting coach Alex] Cintron called me and told me a couple of things that made my swing feel great.”

Correa included that after the alteration everything clicked.

“I was like, ‘Wow, this feels good,'” he said. “So when I went into that at-bat, I told [Jose] Altuve walking off the field, I said, ‘I’m going to end it.'”

The grand slam was a fitting completion for a Houston club impacting the world forever with every triumph in the wake of dropping the initial three rounds of the arrangement. The Astros are just the fourth of 38 groups in postseason history to compel a 6th game subsequent to falling into a 3-0 arrangement opening. Just the 2004 Boston Red Sox have constrained a seventh game in such situations; they beat the New York Yankees in the ALCS before winning their hotly anticipated World Series.

That wasn’t the main history Correa and his colleagues made.

His homer on the game’s last pitch bookended George Springer, who homered to begin the game on the principal pitch from Rays opener John Curtiss. In this manner, the Astros turned into the principal group to hit a leadoff homer and a game-finishing homer in a similar season finisher game.

“I told George yesterday before the game, ‘You go and we go,'” Correa said.

Springer and Correa have now homered in the equivalent postseason game multiple times, twice as frequently as some other couple in baseball history. At the point when Correa at last finished his 11-second run around the bases, clamor broke out at home plate as the Astros commended one more day of fighting off disposal.

“Everybody’s just jumping up and down, and pouring ice,” Baker said. “Carlos was going crazy as he usually does when he does something spectacular like that. I was just grateful and thankful and happy all at the same time. We get to play another day.”

Correa, who turned into the third player to hit two game-finishing homers in postseason history (David Ortiz, Bernie Williams), called the festival “surreal.” He and Baker delighted in an all-encompassing grasp, during which Correa conceded that he stated, “I f—ing told you.”

With respect to the Rays, it was an unexpected turnaround after Tampa Bay had tied the challenge on Ji-Man Choi’s eighth-inning homer, putting the Rays near the precarious edge of completing the arrangement and winning the AL flag for simply the second time in establishment history. Rather, after Correa’s called shot, Tampa Bay is wandering into the domain of some set of experiences the club would not like to make.

“You go from feeling really good about your chances to knowing the game was over a short time after that,” Kiermaier said. “They played a little bit better than us today, and it came down to one swing.

“We got a 3-2 lead [in the series]; they have a little bit of momentum on their side. But we know if we come out and handle our business tomorrow, we should be in good shape.”

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Chelsea reaches first Champions League final as goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount secured a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid



Chelsea arrived at their first Champions League last since 2012 as goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount got a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid in their semifinal second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to win the tie 3-1 on total.

Their away goal in Madrid had given Chelsea a narrow advantage heading into the return, and they missed a host of chances that would have given them a lot more wider margin of victory.

Madrid, who welcomed back captain Sergio Ramos, controlled possession from the opening shot without making an opportunity of note.

Werner ought to have given Chelsea the lead on 18 minutes when he tapped home from Ben Chilwell’s cross yet was offside when he didn’t should be.

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy pulled off a brilliant save to deny Karim Benzema when he figured out how to get a shot off from the edge of the crate.

What’s more, Chelsea were ahead on 28 minutes when Kai Havertz, played in by N’Golo Kante, saw his dinked exertion over Thibaut Courtois bounce back off the bar and Werner was first to the bounce back to head home from short proximity.

Minutes after the fact, Benzema again constrained Mendy into a decent save with a header following some great play by Luka Modric.

Madrid, record champs of the opposition with 13, attempted to set out any further open doors and it was Chelsea who begun the second half more grounded with Havertz again hitting the bar.

Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane gave Eden Hazard a beginning on a re-visitation of his previous club, however the Belgium global looked route shy of match wellness and littly affected the challenge.

Zidane said after the match: “With continuity, Eden has to play, to regain his confidence, playing, little by little. It’s his second start in a row; we have to get Eden back by playing.”

Thomas Tuchel’s side kept on making chances with Mason Mount and Kante blameworthy of awful misses, while Christian Pulisic – who went ahead for Werner on 67 minutes – streaked a decent ball across the container that Havertz neglected to get on the finish of.

However, with five minutes remaining, Pulisic kept his cool when played through and passed a ball to Mount, who crushed the ball home from short proximity.

“We deserved to win. The first half was difficult; they had a lot of possession and made us suffer,” Tuchel said.

“In the second half, we could have scored so much earlier, so much more to be safe, but now is no time for criticism. It is a fantastic achievement and big congratulations to the team.

“It is not done yet. We want to go all the way; we arrive in Istanbul to win.”

Madrid midfielder Casemiro said his side’s terrible display served to underline what an amazing accomplishment winning the competition three seasons straight is, as they accomplished from 2016 to 2018.

“Today showed that what we did [by winning it before] was historic,” he said. “It isn’t easy to win the Champions League. Every game is difficult. Today showed once again that it isn’t easy to win it.”

The outcome implies Chelsea have become the main club to have both the people’s side arrive at the Champions League last, after Emma Hayes’ side beat Bayern Munich in their elimination round on Sunday to set up a confrontation with Barcelona.

Chelsea’s men’s group will confront Manchester City in Istanbul on May 29 in a second all-English Champions League last in two seasons.

Zidane, who was left protecting his strategies after the match, additionally said: “I think the framework was clear: We played with three at the back and two wing-backs. We’ve played a great deal of games that way. It didn’t end up great – we lost a ton of duels. We needed something, indeed, yet we attempted, and that is football.

“The players who played were OK to play. At the end of the game, we lacked some gas. Vinicius played two games there. I remember against Getafe — he’s a player who can do it.”

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Lakers’ LeBron James to miss next 2 games due to ankle pain



LeBron James is required to miss back-to-back games against the LA Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers this week as he rests his injured right ankle, as per they.

Discomfort persisted for James throughout the end of the week when he played two games following a six-week absence. He left Sunday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors and didn’t play in Monday night’s urgent 93-89 victory against the Denver Nuggets.

James is averaging 25.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.8 assists while shooting 51.3% this season for the Lakers, who after Monday’s success sit in fifth spot in the Western Conference with narrow leads over Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers.

Wounds to James and individual All-Star big man Anthony Davis have stalled the Lakers subsequent to winning the 2020 NBA title. James has played in only 43 games this season, with Davis showing up in significantly less (29).

A slide into The Play In-Tournament would place the Lakers in the unprecedented situation of a defending champion being compelled to win one of two games to make the end of the season games (accepting they finish seventh or eighth).

With or without James, the Lakers’ path to the playoffs gets no simpler this week with critical Western Conference games against the Clippers, Blazers, and Suns.

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In June, Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz rescheduled from UFC 262 in May to UFC 263



The highly anticipated fight between Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz will presently don’t happen at UFC 262 in May. All things considered, it has been pushed back a few weeks to UFC 263.

Numerous sources affirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Monday following an initial report from Yahoo! Sports.

The change occurred after Diaz endured a minor injury during his training camp that kept him from contending as right on time as May 15. Luckily, the injury was only a slight setback and the former title challenger will be all set again at UFC 263 on June 12.

The rare five-round non-main event fight joins a pay-per-view card that likewise includes a couple of title battles as Israel Adesanya puts his middleweight belt available for anyone in a rematch against Marvin Vettori while Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno meet for the second an ideal opportunity for the flyweight title.

Those two fights previously made UFC 263 a pivotal fight card, however the expansion of Edwards versus Diaz will positively expand the interest in the event, which happens at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., with a full group in participation.

The showdown with Diaz allows Edwards to expand his nine-battle unbeaten streak, which arrives at all the path back to 2016. Edwards most as of late contended in March, yet an unplanned eye jab constrained his battle with Belal Muhammad to be pronounced a no challenge.

Concerning Diaz, the one-time “BMF” title contender shows up since November 2019, when he lost to Jorge Masvidal by TKO following a progression of cuts that brought about specialists not permitting him to continue.

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