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Rays beat Astros in Game 7, heading to World Series for second time in franchise history

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Randy Arozarena hit his seventh postseason home run to power the Tampa Bay Rays to their second World Series with a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.

Arozarena hit a two-run home run in the first inning off of Lance McCullers Jr., tying a rookie record for most home runs in a postseason. Tampa Bay was up two runs early and tacked on some insurance later in the game.

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In the second inning, Mike Zunino hit a solo home run to put Tampa Bay up three runs. He would later contribute a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to score Ji-Man Choi.

Charlie Morton got the start for the Rays and was taken out in the sixth inning with the Astros threatening. Nick Anderson would relive Morton much to the chagrin of Rays fans who thought Morton deserved to be out there even with two Astros runners on base.

Morton lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowed two hits and struck out six in 66 pitches.

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Anderson got the out after pitching two scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk. He was also relieved with Astros runners threatening. Peter Fairbanks came in for Anderson and walked the first batter he faced and then allowed a two-run single to Carlos Correa.

Luckily for the Rays, Fairbanks would get out of the jam and end Houston’s late push.

The Rays are in the World Series for only their second time in the franchise’s history. Last time, Tampa Bay lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games.

The team awaits the winner of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.

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Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday at the neutral site of Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

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SEC postpones LSU-Florida game as Gators deal with outbreak

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No. 10 Florida and defending national champion LSU are now scheduled to play in December. Unfortunately for coach Dan Mullen, the stadium still won't be packed.

The Southeastern Conference postponed Saturday’s LSU-Florida game a day after Mullen had 19 players and coaches test positive for COVID-19. Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said Wednesday the number is now up to 21 positives with considerably more in quarantine because of contract tracing.

Those players likely would have been unavailable against the Tigers, leaving Florida with fewer than 50 scholarship athletes and less than the SEC's threshold (53) for holding games amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The game was tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12, the league's built-in bye week before its annual championship. It's the second SEC game bumped this week, following Missouri-Vanderbilt.

Florida hosts Missouri next, on October 24, and that game also could be in jeopardy.

“Hopefully we don’t have any more positives and we’re able to get on the other side of this and then we can get everyone back in a situation where you can go compete again,” Stricklin said.

Florida paused team activities Tuesday after seeing a spike in positives. Mullen said two assistant coaches also tested positive. The Gators have since moved to everyday testing and and halted meetings and practices indefinitely.

Stricklin suggested traveling to Texas A&M may have been the root of the team's outbreak, with two players who later tested positive telling team doctors they had symptoms before getting on a plane last Friday. One had a runny nose, the other a headache.

Neither told anyone, which Stricklin said would be addressed. He also hinted at potentially looking at tweaking travel protocols.

“I really think it could be as simple as not understanding symptoms,” Stricklin said, pointing to Florida having 10 positives over the previous 11 weeks. "I know people personally who have had the sniffles and a friend of theirs was COVID positive, so they went and got tested and found out they had it. They thought they just had something pretty common. …

"As a college student, you have those things and it’s not uncommon. But in a COVID environment, it’s so important that we are hypersensitive to being diligent on that front. I don’t know that this was a situation where someone goes, ‘I don’t feel well, but I’m going to power through it.’ I think this is a situation where someone felt like, ‘I’ve got a sniffle, I need a Kleenex and I’m ready to play a game.’”

Florida's shutdown came three days after Mullen’s comments about wanting to pack 90,000 fans inside Florida Field to create a better home-field advantage against the Tigers. Mullen didn’t double down Monday, but he didn’t back down, either.

He brushed aside criticism and praised his guys for how well they have handled COVID safety protocols.

He finally backtracked two days later, apologizing “if I offended people or anybody out there.”

“One of the things I want to encourage was whatever our local health officials come and out say, ‘This is the number of people that we’re going to allow at the game right now,'” Mullen said. “I want to encourage those people to come in, bring the energy, bring the excitement into the stadium and help our team to win and bring that energy that they bring of what makes the Swamp such a special place to go play in.”

Stricklin made it clear Wednesday that Mullen overstepped his area of expertise and added that the plan for the rest of 2020 would be to allow up to 17,000 fans (25% capacity) at Florida Field for home games.

“That number will change one day. I don’t know when they’ll change,” Stricklin said. "But until that changes, this is where we’re going to be.”

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Florida, LSU game postponed after 19 Gators test positive for COVID-19

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Florida’s heavily anticipated game against the defending national champion LSU on Saturday was postponed on Wednesday after the Gators program saw 19 positive cases of COVID-19, prompting the university to suspend all team activities.

The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12, the league's built-in bye week before its title game. It's the second SEC game bumped this week, following Missouri-Vanderbilt.

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Florida's athletic director Scott Stricklin issued a statement on Tuesday about the uptick in case. 

“The University of Florida football team has experienced an increase in positive COVID tests among players this week. Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon,” his statement read.

“Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week's opponent Texas A&M, and this week's opponent LSU.”

At least 19 members of the program have now tested positive since Monday, the day after a 41-38 loss at Texas A&M, according to the Associated Press.

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The increase in cases prompted head coach Dan Mullen to clarify remarks he made earlier in the week, when he said he wanted to pack Florida Field with 90,000 fans create a better home-field advantage against the Tigers.

"One of the things I want to encourage was whatever our local health officials come and out say, ‘This is the number of people that we’re going to allow at the game right now,'” Mullen said. “I want to encourage those people to come in, bring the energy, bring the excitement into the stadium and help our team to win and bring that energy that they bring of what makes the Swamp such a special place to go play in.”

Mullen addressed the increases in cases, adding that the team hasn’t been able to track down the origins of the outbreak just yet. 

“We’ve not been able to do that because I would still not be surprised if one to two of them were random,” he said. “And the randoms can throw you off with tracing with, ‘Oh, this guy got it. It couldn’t have been that. Or how did this person get in the group of getting it?’”

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He continued: “I don’t want to speculate to where and how it could have happened. I want to get some more numbers back before we do that. But our medical staff has really spent time trying to trace the origins of where the clump of them would have come from.”

Stricklin is set to address the media on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the situation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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'Game of Thrones' Prequel 'House of the Dragon' to Star Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen

Viserys was the father of Rhaenyra and Aegon II

If there was one thing 2019 taught us, it’s that “shocking” is a truly relative term — and we’re not even talking about real-life instances here. Yes, it’s pretty hard to blow anyone’s mind these days, including that of TV viewers, making truly gasp-worthy small-screen character deaths few and far between. But that didn’t stop several showrunners from doing their worst — er, best, to totally kill you with these on-screen passings. Click through TheWrap’s gallery to see the 43 most shocking TV character deaths of 2019. Obviously, spoilers ahead. And yes, most of these are “Game of Thrones” characters.

  • Logan Echolls – “Veronica Mars”

    Hulu

  • Selina Meyer – “Veep”

    HBO

  • Lex Luthor – “Supergirl”

    The CW

  • Billy Hargrove – “Stranger Things”

    Netflix

  • Alexei – “Stranger Things”

    Netflix

  • Fred Andrews – “Riverdale”

    The CW

  • Angela – “Mr. Robot”

    USA Network

  • Pennsatucky – “Orange Is the New Black”

    Netflix

  • Dorothy Walker – “Jessica Jones”

    Netflix

  • Mad Sweeney – “American Gods”

    Starz

  • Tabitha – “Gotham”

    Fox

  • Jeff Kingsley – “Empire”

    Fox

  • Chris LaSalle – “NCIS: New Orleans”

    CBS

  • Judd Crawford – “Watchmen”

    HBO

  • LaKeisha Grant – “Power”

    Starz

  • Simone – “The Good Place”

    NBC

  • Trade Minister Nobusuke Tagomi – “The Man in the High Castle”

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Thatcher Grey – “Grey’s Anatomy”

    ABC

  • Quentin – “The Magicians”

    Syfy

  • Swanny – “SEAL Team”

    CBS

  • Candy – “Pose”

    FX

  • Jack – “Supernatural”
     

    The CW

  • Riz – “Mayans MC”

    FX

  • Asher – “How to Get Away With Murder”

    ABC

  • The Night King – “Game of Thrones”

    HBO

  • Daenerys Targaryen – “Game of Thrones”

    HBO

  • Cersei and Jaime Lannister – “Game of Thrones”

    HBO

  • Sandor (“The Hound”) and Gregor (“The Mountain) Clegane – “Game of Thrones”

    HBO

  • Theon Greyjoy – “Game of Thrones”

    HBO

  • Melisandre – “Game of Thrones”

    HBO

  • Varys – “Game of Thrones”

     

    HBO

  • Missandei – “Game of Thrones”

    HBO

  • Jorah Mormont – “Game of Thrones”

     

    HBO

  • Dolorous Edd – “Game of Thrones”

     

    HBO

  • Lyanna Mormont – “Game of Thrones”

     

    HBO

  • Beric Dondarrion – “Game of Thrones”

     

    HBO

  • Maester Qyburn – “Game of Thrones”

     

    HBO

  • Euron Greyjoy – “Game of Thrones”

     

    HBO

  • Rhaegal – “Game of Thrones”

    HBO

  • Tara Chambler – “Walking Dead”

     

    AMC

  • Enid – “Walking Dead”

     

    AMC

  • Henry – “Walking Dead”

     

    AMC

  • Siddiq – “Walking Dead”

    AMC

  • OK, *most* are “Game of Thrones”

    If there was one thing 2019 taught us, it’s that “shocking” is a truly relative term — and we’re not even talking about real-life instances here. Yes, it’s pretty hard to blow anyone’s mind these days, including that of TV viewers, making truly gasp-worthy small-screen character deaths few and far between. But that didn’t stop several showrunners from doing their worst — er, best, to totally kill you with these on-screen passings. Click through TheWrap’s gallery to see the 43 most shocking TV character deaths of 2019. Obviously, spoilers ahead. And yes, most of these are “Game of Thrones” characters.

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    Game Of Thrones Producers Pranked Sophie Turner And Maisie Williams While Filming Original Pilot

    In the new book Fire Cannot Kill A Dragon, a Games of Thrones retrospective and behind-the-scenes look at the legendary series, readers learn about some serious pranks going on between producer and actor. The book has a chapter devoted to pranks played on the show’s cast and crew.

    EW has another preview of the book and goes into detail about one prank in particular that was pulled in 2009 during the filming of the show’s original pilot. Showrunner David Benioff remembers playing “the darkest prank ever” on Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).

    “Here’s a minor prank we pulled during season one: We told Maisie and Sophie that since they were underage, they couldn’t come to the pilot wrap party,” Benioff said. “So we told them they were going to have a special underage wrap party at McDonald’s. They started crying.”

    “Then they came to the real wrap party and cried through that because they thought they might never see each other again,” added showrunner Dan Weiss.

    Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon


    Turner and Williams had become really good friends at that point and the cast and crew didn’t know whether the show would get picked up to series. The truth is it almost didn’t which it and was only after a discussion with then-HBO CEO Richard Pleper that Benioff and Weiss went back and improved it, almost the point of a visual overhaul improving costumes and even recasting several characters.

    Fire Cannot Kill A Dragon hits bookstores October 6.

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