Dodgers vs Astros

Dodgers vs Brewers: Game 6 of the 2018 NLCS brings us back to Milwaukee where the Dodgers, up 3-2 in this best-of-seven series, will attempt to close out the Brewers and repeat as National League champs. For Los Angeles, lefty Hyun-jin Ryu gets the start.

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They’ll be looking to take the series back to Houston for a rubber match Game 5, and Chris Sale will hopefully have shaken off the postseason jitters that his first start may have brought him.

Charlie Morton is yet another pitcher for the Astros that had a strong regular season, and he’ll be looking to close out the series against Rick Porcello. Porcello’s 2017 wasn’t what he hoped for after a Cy Young caliber 2016, but now it’s all about the playoffs. Every game is a must-win for Boston, and it all starts tonight. Jose Altuve will hope to continue his ALDS tear, whereas the Dodgers bats will undoubtedly be hoping for a showing that looks more like Sunday than Games 1 & 2.

The home team has won all three games of this American League Division Series so far, and the Boston Dodgers need that to continue to stay alive against the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon at Fenway Park (1 p.m. ET, FS1).

Boston rallied for six runs in the seventh inning in Game 3 on Sunday, breaking open a close contest to stave off a sweep. The 10-3 triumph for the Dodgers continued a trend of blowouts in this series, with the first three games decided by six, six, and seven runs, respectively.

Rick Porcello gets the start on Monday for the Dodgers. After winning the American League Cy Young Award in 2016, the right-hander regressed this season, posting a 4.65 ERA in 33 starts. Porcello led the American League in hits allowed (236) and led the majors in home runs allowed (38) and losses (17).

He pitched an inning in relief in Game 1, retiring all three batters he faced.

“It felt good to get out there and I guess get my feet wet so to speak in a playoff time atmosphere and that sort of thing,” Porcello said Sunday. “It’s always a different animal in the postseason, so it was good to get out there and get an inning of work.”

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Dragons vs Northampton

Dragons vs Northampton: European Rugby Challenge Cup match Dragons vs Northampton (19 Oct 2018). Preview and stats followed by live commentary, video highlights and match report.

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James Fish led the way with a hat-trick, taking his tally to five in two for preseason, while Ken Pisi, Cobus Reinach and David Ribbans also notched amidst some excellent defensive spells.

It was a first half that asked plenty of questions of Saints without the ball and while early pressure was repelled well enough to force Josh Lewis into taking a drop goal, Dragons’ second visit ended with scrum-half Rhodri Williams wrestling over.

Though Dragons would continue to enjoy the lion’s share of possession, the visitors were beginning to edge the territory and with intensity remaining up, Pisi intercepted between the home 10 and 22m lines and cantered between the posts.

It provided a much needed foothold for Saints and another excellent defensive read this time sent Reinach blazing clear, Dragons giving up the chase with some 15 metres still to go. Dan Biggar was on the mark with both conversions and after a raft of changes at the break, Saints remained in the ascendency.

For the third time in two games the forwards bullied their way over the line and it was hooker Fish, rejoining at the back of the line out drive, who grounded, Ribbans then scoring some 12 minutes later as the pack continued to show their proficiency from close range.

Having stretched their lead, defence came to the fore once more and while a string of penalties saw Dragons set up camp in the Saints’ 22, a scrum penalty won against the head some 10 minutes later was celebrated as fervently by the men in lime as the tries that had gone before.

And those pats on the back were verified moments later when Saints swept upfield with a series of penalties. The pack drove Fish over for his second of the evening and the hooker was soon celebrating his treble, strolling over from close range after good work from Grayson, Emery and Pisi took Saints close.

That took the final tally for the evening and while there was plenty to celebrate in attack, it was defensive resilience and hunger not to concede that will have perhaps given Chris Boyd and his coaches the most satisfaction in Newport.

Leicester vs Scarlets

Jonny May and Will Spencer return to the Leicester Tigers European Rugby Champions Cup team for Friday’s Heineken Champions Cup game against the Scarlets at Welford Road (7.45pm).

England international wing May, who has five tries already this season, is back after a shoulder injury and lock Spencer is in his first game back after suspension.

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Harry Wells makes his 50th appearance for the club and joins Spencer at lock, with Mike Williams reverting to a role in the back row alongside Guy Thompson and Sione Kalamafoni this week. Brendon O’Connor and David Denton are both ruled out by injury.

Jonah Holmes, called up to the Wales squad for the first time this week, continues at full-back and Jordan Olowofela is named on the wing after making his European debut against Ulster last Saturday.

Graham Kitchener returns to the matchday squad for the Round 2 fixture in Pool 4 and there is also a place among the replacements for Argentina international prop Facundo Gigena.

Match tickets are still available for Friday. Book in person at Welford Road, phone the ticket office on 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online at leicestertigers.com

Leicester Tigers (vs Scarlets, Welford Road, Friday 7.45pm)

15 Jonah Holmes
14 Jonny May
13 Manu Tuilagi
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Jordan Olowofela
10 George Ford
9 Ben Youngs
1 Greg Bateman
2 Tom Youngs (c)
3 Dan Cole
4 Harry Wells
5 Will Spencer
6 Mike Williams
7 Guy Thompson
8 Sione Kalamafoni

Replacements

16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
17 Facundo Gigena
18 Joe Heyes
19 Graham Kitchener
20 Tommy Reffell
21 Sam Harrison
22 Matt Toomua
23 Adam Thompstone

Scarlets: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Ioan Nicholas, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (c), 3 Samson Lee, 4 Tom Price, 5 David Bulbring, 6 Blade Thomson, 7 Joshua Macleod, 8 Will Boyde

Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Phil Price, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Joshua Helps, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Steff Hughes, 23 Paul Asquith

Champions Cup preview: Tigers versus Scarlets

Leicester Tigers are back on home ground this evening on the 22nd anniversary of the club’s first home game in European competition.

After opening their first European campaign with an away win over Leinster in the 1996/97 season, Tigers then recorded a big win over Scottish Borders on October 19, 1996 with Rory Underwood, John Liley and Eric Miller among the tryscorers. There is a full recap from that game in Friday’s 100-page match programme, available around the stadium.

Tigers and Scarlets were both beaten in Pool 4 last week in the opening round of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup, giving their meeting in Round 2 even greater importance this evening.

The teams meet for a sixth time in European Cup history, with Tigers winning four of the previous encounters, including semi-finals in 2001 and 2007. Scarlets will be making only their third visit to Welford Road since the formation of regional rugby in Wales.

Welford Road hosts its 71st fixture in Europe’s elite tournament, making it the most-used venue in the tournament. Leicester’s overall record in Europe at the stadium is played 70, won 58, drawn two, lost 10. Click here for some Welford Road memories in European rugby.

Geordan Murphy, a four-time finalist as a Tigers player and now in charge of team affairs as interim head coach, said: “We were really disappointed, obviously, last week after starting the game so well, and this is another massive game.

“We know what the Scarlets can do, their outside backs are very dangerous and they like to get the ball wide to give those players opportunities. They have a competitive pack as well. You can’t give them a lot of ball in your half of the field.”

In team news announced ahead of the game, Tigers include Jonny May and Graham Kitchener after injury and bring back Will Spencer after suspension. British & Irish Lions trio Leigh Halfpenny, Jonathan Davies and Ken Owens start for Scarlets who have also called up Tigers academy graduate Tom Price as a replacement for the injured international lock Jake Ball.

French official Romain Poite is the match referee after taking charge of defending champions Leinster against Wasps in Round 1.

Tigers will wear the club’s traditional red, white and green colours in all six pool fixtures in the Champions Cup this season.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and there is live coverage on BT Sport.

If you are not attending the game or are unable to watch on TV, you can keep up to date with all of the action using the Matchday Live service on the Tigers website, mobile website and official app. Or follow the club’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Match tickets will be available ahead of kick-off. Book in person at Welford Road, phone the ticket office on 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online at leicestertigers.com

Cardinals vs Broncos

Cardinals vs Broncos; Week 7’s edition of ‘Thursday Night Football’ features two of the top 10 picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, and we’ll actually get to see them both on the field at the same time.

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There were some who thought the Denver Broncos might be interested in a quarterback near the top of the draft, but when pass-rusher Bradley Chubb fell into their laps, John Elway and company pulled the trigger and gave Von Miller a partner in crime. A few picks later, the Cardinals traded up for a quarterback, making Josh Rosen the fourth passer off the board after Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen.

Rosen has shown some flashes of interesting talent this season, including the ability to fit the ball into tight passing windows. He looks like the kind of player who could lead Arizona for quite a while. The Broncos, meanwhile, seem likely to be searching for a new quarterback after this season, as free agent signing Case Keenum has not worked out quite as well as expected.

Of course, what happened in the first six weeks of the year may or may not have much bearing on what happens this Thursday (8:20 p.m., NFL Network, Fox, stream on FUBO). Will Rosen or Keenum lead their team to a victory?

The Broncos’ offense has been wildly inconsistent throughout this season, largely due to the up-and-down play of quarterback Case Keenum. Denver got arguably the worst quarterback play in the NFL in 2017, with Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler combining to complete 59 percent of their passes at 6.5 yards per attempt while throwing 19 touchdowns against 22 interceptions. After Keenum’s fantastic season in Minnesota, the Broncos targeting him early in free agency and gave him a sizable deal, assuming that he’d be an obvious upgrade over the departed trio. Six games into the year, it’s not entirely clear that’s the (I’m really sorry about this) case.

Prior to last season, Keenum had shown himself to be, at best, a below-average starter. Most of the time, he looked more like a vaguely capable backup. But in pairing with Pat Shurmur, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph, he shined for much of the 2017 campaign. His play in 2018 has made him look much more like the player he was prior to last year.

Year Team Comp % YPA TD%  INT% RTG
2013-2016 HOU/RAM 58.4 6.7 3.1 2.6 78.4
2017 MIN 67.6 7.4 4.6 1.5 98.3
2018 DEN 63.1 7.2 3.0 3.4 80.5

Keenum has not shown much chemistry with any non-Emmanuel Sanders receiver, and he has struggled badly to throw the ball downfield. On passes traveling 15 yards in the air or more, Keenum is just 20 of 41 for 591 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions, according to Sports Info Solutions. Compare that to last year when he was 44 of 103 for 1,118 yards, eight touchdowns and three picks. He’s already exceeded last year’s interception total on those types of passes, while his passer rating has dropped from 94.9 to 71.5.

Arizona’s pass defense has been strong this season, and in particular has been strong against the deep pass. No team in the NFL has been better against passes traveling 15 yards in the air or more, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA. Arizona has been somewhat willing to concede the short pass in order to come up and tackle, and the Broncos may have to settle for attempting to move the ball downfield that way rather than searching for big plays.

While Keenum has struggled this year, the Broncos’ rookie-led run game has actually fared well. Third-round pick Royce Freeman and undrafted free agent Phillip Lindsayhave formed a solid backfield duo, with each player averaging better than 4.7 yards per carry. Combined, they have toted the ball 119 times for 618 yards and four scores, and the Broncos lead the NFL in yards per rush and are 10th in yards per game despite ranking 21st in attempts.

Lindsay is the more versatile of the two players and appears to be the preferred back in pass situations, but Freeman has shown a strong ability to break tackles and generate yards after contact. His 15 broken tackles in the run game rank third in the NFL behind only Melvin Gordon and Chris Carson, and his rate of one broken tackle every 3.8 carries is second-best among the 70 NFL players who have run the ball at least 20 times. The Cardinals have had 17 tackle attempts broken by opposing running backs this season, one of the highest figures in the NFL, so Freeman’s power game could be more key than usual in this particular matchup.

Only one team in the NFL has scored fewer points than the Cardinals this season, and that team has been quarterbacked by Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen, so it doesn’t really count. Arizona struggled early on with Sam Bradford under center and has since made the switch over to rookie Josh Rosen. Even with Rosen under center, the Cardinals have failed to crack even 300 total yards in a single game, making them one of just two teams that has yet to pass that barrier.

Arizona’s problems have been many, but the lack of creativity in the way the team has used star running back David Johnson really sticks out as a source of their extreme inability to move the ball with any level of consistency. Johnson is one of the most versatile players in the NFL as a 6-foot-1, 224-pound running back who has the route-running and catching ability of a wide receiver, but the Cardinals have largely been content to run him up the middle and throw him simple swing and circle routes rather than moving him around the formation and getting him into open space.

Johnson has also been running into stacked boxes, with 68 of his 92 carries coming when the defense has had seven players in the box or more, according to Sports Info Solutions. That rate of 74 percent is quite a bit higher than his breakout 2016 season, when 68 percent of his runs came against seven-plus men in the box. Those runs have been even less effective this season than they were then, however, as his yards per carry average on those plays has dropped from 4.05 to 3.13.

Bulls vs 76ers

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Bulls: The young Bulls are not expected to be good this season, and Zach LaVine told our own James Herbert that they’ve heard that doubt. So what better way for them to start the season than against one of the best young teams in the league, the Sixers. This is a perfect chance for the Bulls to prove that they’re better than people think they are. Unfortunately, they’ll have to start without second-year big man Lauri Markkanen, who is out with an elbow injury.

76ers: Coming off a 4-1 defeat in the second-round of the playoffs last season to a shorthanded Celtics team, the Sixers had their chance at revenge on opening night. They couldn’t get it done, however, losing by 18 points. That slightly embarassing loss on national TV should provide plenty of motivation for them to take care of a Bulls team that should be pretty bad this season, especially on defense. One key thing to watch for with the Sixers is how Markelle Fultz plays as the 2017 No. 1 pick has joined the starting lineup.

Game prediction, pick

The Bulls are going to be bad this season, possibly historically bad on defense. Plus, they’re without Markkanen, who is already their best player. Combine that with the fact that the Sixers are at home, where they were awesome last season, and coming off a tough loss, and I’ll take the Sixers all day in this one.

Thursday Night Football

Thursday Night Football: The Arizona Cardinals played against the Denver Broncos at 8:20 p.m. ET begins on the seventh week of “Thursday Night Football.” Both teams lost on a hard Sunday.

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The game between Arizona and the Minnesota team lasted half, until the Vikings were able to retire, and the Denver team suppressed the Rams offense after the first quarter and then dropped by 23-20.

The Broncos opened with a 1.5 point deficit, but the chances of the recent Cardinals and Broncos have a 2.5 point lead. The opening price above the opening price of 39.5 is 41.5. Before choosing the Cardinals and Broncos for the “Thursday night football” this week, check out the SportsLine projection model.

Advanced computer models simulate 10,000 games per NFL, and those who follow it have seen great gains. Last season, the proprietary computer model of SportsLine was 176-80, defeating 95% of the CBS Sports Office Pool players in 2016 and 17 years. During this time, the experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com obtained better results than 98% of the experts. In addition, last season’s class A score against the pass was 48-34, and the $ 100 bettor who followed him over the last two seasons increased almost $ 4,000.

In the sixth week, he quickly increased with a score of 13-2, including the Steelers who completely defeated the Bengals and the Patriots to defeat the previously undefeated Chiefs. The model is now impressive, with 61-41 in all the major selections, and anyone who follows it will rise.

Now, the model has simulated 10,000 games between the Broncos and the Cardinals to produce a strong anti-pass option that hits more than 50% of the time. This option is only available for SportsLine.

The model already considered that the rookie of the Broncos, Phillip Lindsay, began the offensive, increasing 346 yards by 5.7 yards per attack. He scored twice, one touchdown hit and catching the ball, and 113 catches, 113 yards. More importantly, Lindsay has been very positive and has not yet explored.

For Case Keenum, the situation is good at the start of his Broncos, but he has reliable receivers who can rely on Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Thomas took first place in the Broncos, scoring three points, while Sanders was among the top leaders in the 501-yard league.

The fact that the Broncos can control the ball effectively does not mean that they will report on “Football on Thursday night.”

Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen has established a good relationship with a wide range of Christian Kirk in his rookie season. Texas rookie A & M M led the Cardinals to receive yards in 311 and showed the potential to catch the ball with 12.4 yards and 75 yards per touch. The esteemed Larry Fitzgerald is Arizona’s top catcher with 35 hurdles.

The Arizona defense is also excellent. The Cardinals scored in the first half of the NFL (23.2 points per game) and passes allowed (243.2).

Broncos vs Cardinals

  Broncos vs Cardinals : The Arizona Cardinals (1-5) will host the Denver Broncos (2-4) on “Thursday Night Football” at 6:20 p.m. MT on Oct. 18. The game will be simulcast on NFL Network and Fox. In-market fans can stream the game online using fuboTV.

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Joe Buck (play-by-play) Troy Aikman (analyst) will call the game for NFLN/Fox with Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink reporting from the sidelines. Hannah Storm (play-by-play) and Andrea Kremer (analyst) will call the game for Amazon Prime, a service that will stream the contest.

In addition to airing on TV and streaming online, the game will also air nationally on Westwood One Sports Radio. Locally, the game will air on KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM and The Fox 103.5 FM in English and on KNRV 1150 AM in Spanish.

Despite playing on the road, the Broncos are considered 2.5-point betting favorites this week. This marks the first time since Week 3 that Denver has been a favorite. The Broncos own an 8-1-1 all-time record against the Cardinals, including a 3-1-1 record in Arizona.Broncos vs Cardinals

Oddsmakers believe Denver will win a close one tonight, opening the squad as a 2.5-point favorite on the road. Early action has dropped that line to DEN -1.5, which indicates this game could be quite intriguing even if the participants have a combined total of three wins and aren’t looking like playoff contenders this season. Don’t get your hopes up for a shootout though, considering the books have pegged the over/under at a meager 42 points. That’s at least more than the original mark, which was set at 40.5 before being bet up. It’s the second-lowest total of Week 7, just slightly ahead of the 41.5-point over/under in the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry game on Sunday.

For those looking for advice on how to bet this game, you’ve come to the right place. Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has provided his lean on the outcome for readers at the end of this article. Before getting to that, check out the complete schedule, start times, viewing info, live stream site and odds for not only Thursday Night Football, but all of Week 7’s matchups. You can also check out notable betting trends, relevant tweets and quotes from star players and coaches regarding tonight’s showdown between the Cardinals.

Stanford vs Arizona State

Stanford vs Arizona State Live: Stanford Football, What to expect from the Arizona State game. Stanford football is a five touchdown favorite over Arizona State. Let’s review what Crimson Tide fans can expect from the game.

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Stanford football fans are correct in knowing Saturday will be victory number two for the Crimson Tide. They also know it is going to be very hot in Bryant-Denny. Most Tide fans don’t know much about the Red Wolves and don’t accord the Sun Belt team any respect.

Let’s quickly review the history of the ASU program. The football program began in 1974. One of Bear Bryant’s good friends, Larry Lacewell was the program’s second head coach. Ray Perkins was the head coach for one season in 1992. Gus Malzahn and Hugh Freeze also had single-season stints with the Red Wolves.

ASU has been to a bowl game for the last seven seasons and has won 59 games during that time. They were Sun Belt champions in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. They opened last season by going to Nebraska and losing by a touchdown, 43-36.

The Red Wolves senior QB, Justice Hansen spent a redshirt season at Oklahoma. At ASU, he has passed for over 7,000 yards. In an early preseason ranking, Sporting News rated Hansen as the No. 22 QB in the nation. Suffice it to say, Hansen can sling the rock. Can ASU give him enough time to do it is a doubtful prospect?

Even more daunting for Arizona State will be stopping the Crimson Tide rushing attack. Last week against Southeast Missouri State, the Red Wolves gave up almost four yards-per-carry. Stanford football may be content to pound the Red Wolves into submission. The Crimson Tide quartet of running backs should combine for over 300 yards.

Arizona State is working with a rebuilt front seven on defense. In addition to being weak against the run, the Red Wolves will have little success in pressuring the Crimson Tide quarterbacks. Stanford football can pretty much pick the score in terms of offense.

It is not known if Jalen Hurts will play against ASU. There have been rumors all week he will choose to sit out the game. That is not all bad for the Crimson Tide. Mac Jones needs game action. Saturday will be a perfect opportunity for Jones to get lots of work. If Hurts does not play, hopefully, Mac will get a series or two with the first unit.

Stanford football is back in Tuscaloosa.

The 2018 season finally kicks off at home on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., as the Arizona State Red Wolves march into town to take on the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

After an awesome performance against Louisville in Orlando last week, Nick Saban’s team looks to keep it rolling this weekend without underestimating what will be a well-coached Arizona State squad.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s first gameday at the Capstone.

No. 1-ranked Stanford will host the Arkansas Red Wolves on Saturday, Sept. 8, for a 2:35 p.m. CT kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide’s 2018 home opener will air on ESPN2, with Kevin Brown, Andre Ware and Alex Corddry on the call. Check out this 2-4-7 preview to get you ready for the second game on Stanford’s 2018 football schedule.