KANSAS CITY — Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief as the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with a third victory this Series.After center fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon’s drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out.The Giants ended a Series streak that had seen home teams win the last nine Game 7s. San Francisco also earned the titles in 2012 and 2010.Pitching on two days’ rest after his shutout in Game 5, Bumgarner entered in the fifth with a 3-2 lead. After giving up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, he shut down the Royals until Gordon’s hit.Neither manager wanted to be caught waiting too long to make a move and Bruce Bochy pulled Tim Hudson in the second. Jeremy Affeldt relieved and threw 2 1-3 scoreless innings in his longest stint since 2012.Giants designated hitter Michael Morse drove in two runs, including a go-ahead single in the fourth off Kelvin Herrera. A moment earlier, Royals manager Ned Yost had yanked starter Jeremy Guthrie.After a Series full of lopsided results, this quickly shaped as something much more tight and tense.Bochy spent a lot of time on the field. Along with pulling Hudson, Bochy became the first manager to win a video review challenge under Major League Baseball’s expanded replay format.Eric Hosmer was initially ruled safe by first base umpire Eric Cooper while making a headfirst dive to beat out a double-play relay in the third. But after a review that took 2 minutes, 57 seconds, Hosmer was called out, completing a slick play started by rookie second baseman Joe Panik’s dive and glove flip to shortstop Brandon Crawford.The crowd noise at Kauffman Stadium was constant and loud. The fans cheered when Billy Butler singled and hustled home on a double by Gordon, and booed when Perez was hit in the leg and knocked to the dirt — that all happened in a span of three pitches.Small ball was the story early, with three sacrifice flies in the second inning alone. Morse drove in Sandoval with the bases loaded and no outs, and Crawford drove in Hunter Pence with another fly to make it 2-0.The Royals rallied back fast. After Infante’s sacrifice fly tied it at 2, Alcides Escobar singled with two outs and that was all for Hudson.At 39, Hudson was the oldest pitcher to start Game 7 in the Series. He had signed with the Giants in the offseason as a free agent, hoping to reach the World Series for the first time, and maybe win a championship. This was his chance and instead, he had the shortest start in Game 7 of a Series since Bob Turley of the Yankees lasted only one inning against Pittsburgh in 1960.Before the game, something happened that caught the attention of both teams.As the Royals were taking batting practice and the Giants were stretching beyond their dugout, a person wearing white formal gloves, and accompanied by a security guard, carried the gleaming, gold-and-silver World Series trophy across the grass behind the cage.The prize was probably headed to a safe spot, waiting to be presented to the winner. Players on both sides watched the procession and some pointed, but no one dared jinx themselves by touching it.Royals great George Brett, now a team executive, wandered over to a cluster of Giants and greeted some of them. Pence smiled and seemed to enjoy the moment.Among those watching from near the backstop was Jack Morris. Hard to think about a Game 7 and not remember him.Morris gave one of the greatest pitching performances of all-time, throwing a 10-hit shutout in 1991 to lead Minnesota over Atlanta 1-0 at the Metrodome.“Game 7s don’t come around very often. We’re all hoping for them,” said Morris, now a broadcaster.When his time came, Morris was prepared.“I knew what it meant, and I was ready to pitch,” he said. “I wasn’t nervous. I was confident.”“That’s how it should be. Every fielder should want the ball. Every hitter should want to be at the plate,” he said.BEN WALKER, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Chelsea forward Pedro believes everyone is reaping the benefits of Maurizio Sarri’s attacking philosophyFollowing his summer arrival from Napoli, Sarri has enjoyed a record-breaking start at Chelsea this season.The Blues are currently just four points adrift from Premier League leaders Manchester City and unbeaten after 12 games.And Pedro, who has scored four goals this season, reckons Sarri deserves all the credit for getting the maximum out of Chelsea’s forwards.“The style is very good for attacking players and I’m enjoying it a lot,” Pedro told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We’re moving the ball, pressing very high and when we recover the ball we move very quickly towards goal.“It’s very good for me and the other players.“It’s a different style and a different idea. With Maurizio it’s more attacking.“I prefer this way because for a forward it’s important to be close to the box to try and score.”Chelsea will face Tottenham today at Wembley in the Premier League with kick-off to begin at 18:30 (CET).
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Early last week, the Bihar Assembly passed the stringent Bihar Excise and Prohibition Bill, 2016, to enforce its total prohibition policy. Back on April 1, the state government imposed a ban on country-made liquor. Within days, the ban was expanded to cover Indian-Made Foreign Liquor. But in a bid to answer its critics, who had claimed that such penal laws and administrative measures did not prevent alcohol consumption, the Bihar government has doubled down on its prohibition policy. The Nitish Kumar government has pushed through a Bill so stringent that some have called it draconian. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReports indicate that this piece of legislation will supersede all previous Acts on the subject. The new Bill takes the discourse on prohibition to a whole another level. Some of the provisions of the current Bill are indeed excessive. One provision that stands out is that legal action can be taken against all adult members of a family, if liquor is found on their premises or one of them is suspected to have consumed it. Suffice it to say, such a provision amounts to collective punishment. It presumes that all the family members must be aware of the offence until proven otherwise. Standard norms of criminal jurisprudence state that a person is innocent, until proven guilty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSimilarly, the owner of any piece of property on which liquor is stored or consumed is liable for prosecution. In other words, anyone could land up in jail because one family member, tenant or a visitor decided to have a drink on the premises. Authorities have been given the power to seal or confiscate the property for repeated transgressions. However, there is a notable exception to the new law–toddy. The consumption and sale of this drink is permitted 100 to 200 metres away from the markets and public places. Reports indicate that the move was brokered by Kumar’s alliance partner, the RJD, to protect the livelihood of Scheduled Caste communities, particularly the Passis. Despite the criticism meted out to the Nitish Kumar government, Bihar is not the first state to embrace the idea of prohibition. Many political parties have sought to move their respective states towards liquor bans. The ban on liquor in the apparent interest of protecting public health may seem like a politically prudent move. In Bihar, for example, prohibition was a key promise Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had made to women voters, who were seen to have played an important role in his reelection last year. The massive sale of liquor, especially country-made, and the consequent rise in alcoholism is a major social ill in the state. It is hard to argue against Kumar’s claims that alcoholism particularly affects poor families and women, who often bear the brunt of alcohol-abusing husbands. Reports indicate that many women, especially in the rural areas, are pleased with the prospect of total prohibition. But such a policy is fraught with ill-fated consequences. Experts contend that there is a significant drop in crucial revenue, the formation of mafias with illegal sales and a spike in outright corruption. The only possible consolation of Bihar’s new liquor ban is that officials who misuse it will be punished. But it still does not prevent the possibility of gross misuse. As this column has argued before, prohibition has never succeeded anywhere in the world and at any point in time. Gujarat is the only other “prohibition” state in the country. News reports, however, have claimed that the prohibition lobby in Gujarat is financed by the bootlegger lobby. The ban has clearly not worked with liquor freely available all over Gujarat. Going beyond India, the experience in America, where prohibition was imposed in 1920, and lasted till 1933, was that it gave rise to organised crime. It is hard to see how the Bihar Chief Minister’s decision to double down on his prohibition policy will ever work.There are other ways of preventing drinking such as higher taxes, limiting the construction of outlets and drinking places, and banning the sale of arrack or hooch in plastic pouches. The last state to introduce prohibition was Andhra Pradesh and it was a miserable failure. In fact, what we witnessed, as a result, was the rise of wealthy politicians, who stood to benefit. The road to disaster is paved by the need to implement policies with good intentions. Moreover, with no intervention by the state, there will be no official quality control on the sale of alcohol, making it a free for all. A bottle of whisky, for example, might include a little rum, which is not harmful. But a packet of arrack or hooch sometimes contains poison that can kill people. For example, Gujarat has witnessed repeated hooch-related tragedies.