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2015 World Series off to a historic yet tragic start

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (36) pitches against the New York Mets during Game 1 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, October 27, 2015 (Credit: Icon Sportswire/Scott Sewell)Game one of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets got off to a historic start on Tuesday night when the Royals bested the Mets in the bottom of the fourteenth inning. Alcides Escobar scored on an Eric Hosmer sacrifice fly to end the game five hours and nine minutes after it began. Escobar got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning when he roped the first pitch he saw into the gap in left-center where it bounced off the wall (and off the leg of Mets CF Yoenis Cespedes), allowing Escobar to race around the bases for the first inside-the-park home run in a World Series game since 1929.

The game was only the third to go fourteen innings in the 111-year history of the World Series. 36 players were used including thirteen pitchers who threw a combined 417 pitches. 36-year-old Chris Young, game four's presumed starter, was the winning pitcher while 42-year-old Bartolo Colon took the loss.

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The culpability of Rick Pitino

Rick Patino, head coach of University of Louisville men's basketball team, at a press conference ahead of his team's Elite 8 matchup against Michigan, in the NCAA tournament, March 27, 2015 (Credit: University of Louisville via Facebook)Here we are again with another scandal involving collegiate athletics. This time, The University of Louisville is in the cross-hairs as its basketball program, led by legend Rick Pitino, finds itself embattled in an investigation concerning sordid recruiting practices involving paid sex for recruits. ESPN's Outside the Lines has the full story, and this article won't attempt to rehash the basic parameters of the story. Instead, let's consider the response from people around the program and coach Pitino himself.

As more lurid details have emerged this week, it has become clear that the "allegations" from Katina Powell have been largely substantiated, and that the real question is not "did these things really occur?" but "did coach Pitino know about them?" Pitino addressed the issue in a blog post on his personal website, stating: "I will not resign and let you down. Someday I will walk away in celebration of many memorable years but that time is not now. I do not fight these accusations by others but rather turn the other cheek."

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Lamar Odom found unresponsive at Nevada brothel

Los Angeles Clippers power forward Lamar Odom sits on the bench during the second half of an NBA game against the utah Jazz, in Salt Lake City, December 28, 2012 (Credit: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Former NBA Sixth Man of the Year and Olympian Lamar Odom was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel on Tuesday afternoon. The Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada is a legal brothel located roughly 70 miles outside of Las Vegas. The owner, Dennis Hof, says that Odom "just wanted to get away, have a good time and relax." However, when he was found by two women on Tuesday afternoon, he was face down and unconscious. At the direction of a 911 operator, the two women turned him on his side and he started "throwing up all kinds of stuff."

While Odom's history of alcohol and drug related problems has led many to assume similar substances were responsible for his current situation, Hof said that he was not aware of it if that was the case. When medical help arrived, they stabilized the former champion and took him to nearby Desert View Hospital. Officials then attempted to transport him via helicopter to Las Vegas but the 6-foot-10 Odom was too tall. Instead, he was rushed to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center by ambulance. The Nye County Sheriff's Department is planning to hold a press conference at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday to give an update on Odom's condition and, as a source told ESPN, "the next 48 hours are critical."

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MLB playoff dualism

On deck circle during the MLB Playoff ALDS game 1 between the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, October 8, 2015 (Credit: Icon Sportswire/William Purnell)After a long, grinding season, baseball's postseason has finally arrived. Gone are the protracted dog-days of summer, when games seem to last forever and the end of the season seems so far away. Over the next few weeks, games will have a palpable intensity markedly different from most of the other 162 just played. It's that intensity that makes playoff baseball so enjoyable after such a long season.

This year's playoffs are a dream come true for Major League Baseball. Not only are almost all the major television markets represented, but most of the best young players are as well. In the Naitonal League, the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs provide tantalizing matchups. The Mets have two of the most dominant young pitchers in the game in Jacob DeGrom and Matt Harvey, and are matched up against the Dodgers, who have their own young duo in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. In the other NL Divisional Series, the Cubs' young trio of superstars in Jake Arrieta, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant will face off against the playoffs veterans from the Cardinals led by Matt Carpenter, Matt Holiday and John Lackey.

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Sports fans beware the curse of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift performs during her 1989 World Tour at Petco Park, San Diego, California, August 29, 2015  (Credit: AP Images/K.C. Alfred)Sports fans beware—Taylor Swift may be coming to a stadium near you and she is likely to take the hopes and dreams of your favorite team with her when she leaves. As ESPN reports, the devastation started in July when she performed at Nationals Park. At that time, the Washington Nationals led the NL East and looked loaded for a deep postseason run behind an MVP-caliber performance from Bryce Harper and a solid rotation. However, two nights after Swift's 1989 tour moved on the lights went out at the stadium and play had to be suspended. Ace pitcher Max Scherzer jokingly placed the blame on Taylor Swift. Little did he know the worst was yet to come.

Following that fateful night, the team went 32-39 on their way to missing the playoffs. Trade deadline addition Jonathan Papelbon got into a shouting match with Bryce Harper that escalated into a fight with Papelbon choking Harper at one point before the two could be separated. The team fired manager Matt Williams on Monday and faces a long winter of soul searching and rebuilding if they want to compete in an improving NL East next season.

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