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World Series - Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Two
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The World Series is tied at a game apiece, after a wild, see-saw game on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.  The Dodgers and Astros each hit four home runs, and when it was over, the Astros won it 7-6 in11 innings.  Justin Verlander had a no-hitter going into the fifth when Joc Pederson homered.  Verlander gave up a two-run shot in the 6th, and ended up pitching six innings and giving up just the two hits.  But, the Astros trailed 3-1. Verlander also batted twice, laying down a sacrifice bunt and striking out before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth.  The Astros’ Marwin Gonzales got Verlander off the hook in the 9th with a home run.  Back to back homers from Altuve and Correa gave Houston a lead in the 10th.  But the Dodgers tied it again in the 10th.   Houston’s George Springer’s blast put Houston ahead by two in the 11th.  The Dodgers hit another homer in their half of the 11th but fell a run short.  Game three is Friday in Houston.  Lance McCullers will start for the Astros against Yu Darvish of the Dodgers.

Pistons

The Pistons beat the Timberwolves 122-101 at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit.   The Pistons started off slowly, as Minnesota scored the first 9 points.  Detroit trailed after a quarter, but outscored Minnesota 40-18 in the second quarter to take control of the game.  Tobias Harris scored 34 points.  Avery Bradley added 20 for the Pistons.  Andre Drummond had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who improved to 3-2. The Pistons head west for three games.  They’ll play the Clippers on Saturday night, the Warriors on Sunday night and the Lakers on Tuesday night.

Fan Gets $18 Series Tix

A Dodgers fan named Jordan Benedict scored tickets to Game 2 of the World Series for $18 on StubHub.  Whoever posted the tickets made a mistake and listed the wrong price.  But StubHub still honored it.  The way Benedict explains it; he bought the tickets and then called StubHub to make sure it was legit.  A supervisor called him back later and said they had to void the sale, but they gave him another pair of tickets in the same part of the stadium for the price he paid.

Red Wings

The Red Wings play at Tampa tonight in the second of a three-game road trip.  Detroit is winless in their last five games.

College Basketball

The MSU Spartan basketball team plays tonight, as Ferris State University comes to the Breslin Center for an exhibition game.   Mark Beckley called in and won two tickets to tonight’s game.

Michigan coach John Beilein has a bit of a luxury: Two of his top additions already have Division One experience. Jaaron Simmons and Charles Matthews are transfers who are ready to take the court for the Wolverines. The 6-foot-1 Simmons is a graduate transfer from Ohio, and the 6-foot-6 Matthews sat out last season after transferring from Kentucky.

Thursday Night Football

The Miami Dolphins play at the Baltimore Ravens.

Lions

The Lions host the Steelers this Sunday at Ford Field.  They’ve signed kicker Matt Prater to a three year extension through the 2020 season.  . Denver let Prater go in 2014 just as he was to come off a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse program. He had a DUI arrest in 2011. Lions GM Bob Quinn says Prater has proven to be one of the NFL’s best kickers.  Prater says he does not drink anymore, adding he has submitted weekly urine samples for four-plus years.

High School Playoffs

High School Football playoffs get underway Friday night.

Coldwater (6-3) at 4th-ranked Harper Creek (9-0) 6:35pm this Friday on 95.3 WBCK.

St. Philip (5-4) at Flint International Academy (7-2)

Lansing Catholic (7-2) at Olivet (8-1)

Delton-Kellogg (5-4) at Parchment (6-3)

Athens (5-4) at Pittsford (8-1)

Fulton (5-4) at #9 Climax-Scotts (7-2)

Webberville (5-4) at #3 Bellevue (8-1)

Homer (6-3) at Cassopolis (8-1)

10th-ranked Union City (7-2) at Reading (7-2)

Maple Valley (5-4) at Hartford (6-3)

College Football

Eastern Michigan plays at Northern Illinois tonight.

MSU is at Northwestern….2pm on 95.3 WBCK.  The Spartans are 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big 10, along with Penn State and Ohio State.   Michigan State is No. 1 in the conference in total defense, but the Spartans are 12th in scoring and ninth in passing.  Hear the Mark Dantonio Show this Thursday at 7.

Michigan hosts Rutgers this Saturday…11am on 104-9 the Edge.  Both teams are 2-2 in Big Ten play.  The Wolverines have lost two of their last three games. Michigan is two games behind division leaders.

The WMU Broncos are off this weekend and Host CMU on Wednesday November 1st at Waldo Stadium.  (8pm). The Broncos will play the rest of the season without junior quarterback Jon Wassink, who broke a collarbone in the win over EMU.  Freshman Reece Goddard takes over for the Broncos.   Western is 3-1 in the MAC.  CMU is 4-4 overall and 2-2 in Conference play.

 Volleyball

The KCC Volleyball team plays in a Regional tournament next week Thursday against Glenn Oaks Community College.

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