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    Even your pizza is getting into the Halloween spirit.

    If you remember, Dagwood's -- a New York style pizza shop located in Santa Monica -- debuted an edible glitter pizza over the summer. But now it's October and we're getting spooky!

    Dagwood’s new boo-tiful addition features a pizza with an edible glitter pumpkin face. 

    The limited edition glittery jack-o’-lantern inspired pizza will be offered only until Oct. 31.

    The pizza is made with extra mozzarella cheese, homemade sauce and dough, and edible black and orange glitter. It is available in small (9-inch) for $12, medium (12-inch) for $19, or large (16-inch) for $25.

    So why eat a plain old boring pizza when you can have a not-so-basic, glittery Halloween themed one? Be the envy of foodies on Instagram everywhere. 

    Find the pizza shop at 820 Wilshire Blvd.



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    A spooky jack-o'-lantern pizza has rolled into Santa Monica for the 2018 Halloween season.A spooky jack-o'-lantern pizza has rolled into Santa Monica for the 2018 Halloween season.

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    One of the delights of chili?

    You just don't know what each spoonful will deliver.

    As in, what combination of ingredients each dipped spoon will yield. Maybe you'll get more onions one time, or cheese the next, because, with chili, every bite is a bit changeable.

    But if you'd like to enjoy a vegan bowl of something savory, you want to know that each spoon you sink into the stew is going to yield plant-based goodies and vegetables and nuts and fruits and all of the tasty tidbits you want, and none that you don't.

    Enter Tony's Darts Away, which has, for over a half decade now, staged a notable Vegan Chili Cook Off, one that draws some of the best chefs working in the vegan-yummy field.

    And quintet of cuisine-cool places will show to compete at the Sunday, Oct. 21 showdown in Burbank, including food pros from Avocadamama, Clean South LA, Krimsey's Cajun Kitchen, Taqueria la Venganza, and Word of Mouth Truck.

    Your part in this deeply delicious, no-meat-no-dairy to-do?

    Pay ten bucks and score five three-ounce tastes. Oh yes, and an all-important People's Choice ballot, too.

    There'll be a judging panel, helmed by Chef Tal Ronnen, and part of the proceeds will go to the pup-sweet Freedom + Rescue Project.

    The hours are noon to 4 p.m., with the Judge's Choice winner getting the love at 1 p.m. and the People's Choice rolling out close to the event's end.

    Ready to go on a vegan chili journey, where each spoonful may yield something a bit different, but you can count on it all hailing from the world o' plantdom?

    The 6th annual Vegan Chili Cook Off is the spicy scene to check out, and chow down at, year in, year out, spoon in, spoon out.



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    Pay a tenner and savor a quintet of three-ounce tastes of the good stuff at talented chefs compete on Sunday, Oct. 21.Pay a tenner and savor a quintet of three-ounce tastes of the good stuff at talented chefs compete on Sunday, Oct. 21.

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    A giant balloon depicting President Donald Trump in a diaper, wielding a cellphone, with an angry look on his face was probably the last thing commuters expected to see from the 110 and 10 Freeway interchange, but it actually happened Friday.

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    Activists prepare a Donald Trump baby balloon in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 18, 2018, ahead of a politically-themed convention over the weekend. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)Activists prepare a Donald Trump baby balloon in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 18, 2018, ahead of a politically-themed convention over the weekend. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

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    While fans eat and celebrate, the Dodgers and the Brewers warm up and prepare themselves for the big game.

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    Fans celebrate with food the upcoming game between the Los Angeles Dodger and the Milwaukee Brewers.Fans celebrate with food the upcoming game between the Los Angeles Dodger and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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    Two words: Game Seven.

    Milwaukee had eleven hits and the Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2, to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in the National League Championship Series on Friday night.

    For the second straight game, Wade Miley started, but this time he stayed in the game and didn't depart after facing one batter, although maybe he should have.

    David Freese greeted Miley with a leadoff homer to right-center and the Dodgers darted out to a 1-0 lead before Miley recorded an out.

    Freese's homer had an identical trajectory as his first at-bat in Game 2, when Lorenzo Cain leaped over the wall to rob the St. Louis native of a home run. This time however, Cain was unable to get his glove on it. 

    "Especially after they jumped ahead on David Freese's homer, I thought it was incredibly important for us to answer back as quickly as possible," said Brewers outfielder Ryan Bruan. "Keep the crowd into it, keep the pressure off of us."

    Miley settled in, but the same couldn't be said for his counterpart, as Dodgers' starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was roughed up in the first two innings surrendering four doubles, and five runs before the Boys in Blue knew what hit them. 

    "I was trying to get ahead in the counts by using my off-speed pitches, but I left them hanging and obviously I got punished for it," said Ryu after the game through a translator. "I couldn't do my job and maintain the lead and I feel terrible."

    Ryu recorded the first two outs of the first, but then allowed four consecutive hits as the Brewers hung four on the Dodgers in the inning.

    Jesus Aguilar and Mike Moustakas mashed back-to-back doubles, and Erik Kratz and Orlando Arcia followed with a pair of singles, as Milwaukee leapt out to a 4-1 lead. 

    "One [run] would have been great, two would have been awesome, but to put up four right there just gives us a lot of confidence," said Moustakas. "The ability to go throughout the rest of the game, just to keep adding runs on, and trying to build your lead and then turn it over to that bullpen." 

    Entering the game, Ryu had never surrendered more than three runs in an inning during the 2018 campaign, in fact, in his last five starts overall, Ryu had only allowed three runs total, but in the biggest start of his five-year big league career, the Korean left-hander allowed four runs in the first. 

    "Giving up four runs in the first inning definitely hurt, especially all with two outs," said Ryu. "My job as the starter is to make sure to keep the game close, but I couldn't do that today. I have to learn from this experience and move on."

    The three-run deficit was the third consecutive deficit of three runs or more the Dodgers have faced at Miller Park in the series. 

    "The excitement, the electricity in that stadium once we had that big first inning, it carried us throughout the rest of the game," added Moustakas. "And you can feel that as a player. You feed off of it. And it was an electric atmosphere in there tonight, for sure."

    Despite Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts calling Game 6 a "must-win" with the opportunity to close out the series, and advance to their second consecutive World Series in the process, the third year manager opted to leave Ryu in the game, rather than burn the bullpen early in case of a Game 7.

    "There's the thought of trying to go to your pen in the first inning or the second inning, but there's a significant cost potentially for a potential Game 7," said Roberts of his decision to leave Ryu in. "So I just felt that we needed to get some more innings out of Hyun-Jin to keep our highest leverage guys available for a potential Game 7."

    So Ryu returned to the mound for the second inning where the carnage instantly continued, as he allowed back-to-back doubles to Christian Yelich and Ryan Bruan and the Brewers built a bulky 5-1 lead.

    There's no nice way to put it, Ryu got rocked, allowing five runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts in just three innings in the loss.

    The Dodgers got one back when Freese knocked in a run with an RBI double in the top of the fifth inning. However, with runners at first and second, and representing the tying run at the plate, Milwaukee's favorite villain, Manny Machado, struck out to end the inning.

    "You know what? I'm focused on the game," Machado said when asked if the vociferous boos from the 43,619 in attendance bothered him. "Try to go pitch by pitch, drive in runs. Do what we got to do on the field. We didn't execute today."

    Despite knocking in the Dodgers first two runs of the game, Freese would leave after the inning as Milwaukee brought in right-handed reliever Corey Knebel, and Roberts opted to move left-handed hitting Max Muncy to first base.

    Knebel would later find himself caught in the middle of a monumental chess match that's been played by both managers all series long.

    With runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Knebel on-deck, Roberts opted to intentionally walk Arcia to force Counsell to either send Knebel to the plate, or replace him with his best pinch-hitter off the bench in Domingo Santana.

    Santana initially stepped into the on-deck circle, seemingly insinuating Counsell would go for the knockout blow, but he quickly changed his mind, and sent Knebel to the plate for his first at-bat of the season.

    "I had no intention of taking him out," admitted Counsell of Knebel batting after the game. "You're hoping something crazy happens, you're hoping he walks, really. I thought he took a decent swing. And then a not-so-decent swing."

    The chess moves managed to work for both teams as Alex Wood easily struck out Knebel swinging, but the Brewers second best reliever threw a scoreless frame in the top of the sixth.

    Down the stretch, it was a battle of bullpens, precisely the type of game Milwaukee wanted, and the second-best pen in the National League threw 4 and 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to ensure there would be another game played at Miller Park.

    "That's our motto down ther:  Anybody, anywhere, anytime, We're ready to go," said Knebel of the Milwaukee bullpen. "So starters get as much as they can done, but you go as long as you can for as long as you can, and come in and finish the rest. That's our job and we did it pretty well tonight."

    It's been a while since the Brewers were last in a Game 7, when they found themselves in the American League, facing current division rival, the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1982 World Series. Milwaukee lost that game.

    For the Dodgers, Game 7 is an all-to-familar feeling and a loss on Saturday could remind them of their reoccuring nightmare of dropping Game 7 of the World Series at home to the Houston Astros.

    Up Next:

    The do-or-die Game 7 will feature right-hander Jhoulys Chacin for the Brewers and rookie and Game 3 losing pitcher, Walker Buehler, for the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 5:39PM PT. 

     

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    Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 19, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 19, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    When the words "fall" and "family" and "festival" pop up in the last third of October, you might understandably expect that a pumpkin or a scarecrow will be somehow involved.

    And while such outings have oodles of seasonal charm, there are other happenings created for kids, and their parents, that take a delightfully different direction.

    One of the biggest, in the autumn, flowers at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, and as you might expect by the location, it isn't about apples or eerieness but does put the lively, kid-pleasing focus on art.

    And the specific focus at the 2018 Fall Family Festival? Hooray: It will be "music and movement."

    The moves'll flow and the tunes'll sound on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 1 to 3 in the afternoon, and while there is museum admission for adults, youngsters age 18 and under will be admitted for free.

    Multiple chances to put pencil to paper and make drawings inspired by what kids see around the museum are part of the spirit-growing, idea-enhancing event, while the chance to hear Indian music played live and create windchimes are also on the schedule.

    Are you feeling the fun of fall, but looking for an expression beyond pumpkins and scares? Find your way to the Norton Simon for a sweet day of sound, art, drawing, dance, and wonder at the Fall Family Festival.



    Photo Credit: Capture Imaging

    "Music and movement" are the buoyant themes at the Oct. 21 Norton Simon Museum event. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

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    Warren Buffett's Laguna Beach getaway has sold for $7.5 million, making it another good investment for the "Oracle of Omaha."

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    A Michigan photographer is asking for the collective power of the internet to help him find a couple of whom he took a stunning picture in what he believes was the moment they got engaged at Yosemite National Park. 

    Matthew Dippel tweeted the photo, saying he took it at Taft Point at Yosemite on Oct. 6. "Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them," he wrote. 

    The image is jaw-droppingly incredible, capturing the moment the man gets down on one knee and takes the woman's hand. They're standing on a cliff, nothing around them except the park's majestic mountains. 

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    The tweet has had more than 192,000 likes and 86,000 retweets since it was posted Wednesday afternoon. As of early Friday, Dippel still had not found the couple, according to an updated post below the photo. 

    Dippel, who was on a road trip and hike adventure with his pal at the time he captured the moment, told NBC's Grand Rapids affiliate WOOD-TV that he posted similar messages on Facebook and Instagram to no avail. 

    "Honestly I'd like to give them just a big print of the photo because it's such an incredible moment,” he told WOOD-TV.

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    LeBron James makes his highly anticipated regular season home debut on Saturday night at Staples Center, and the NBA superstar spoke with reporters at the team's morning shootaround in El Segundo.

    "Hi," James waved and smiled at reporters that had a noticeably foreign accent asking him to say hello to the international audience and tell them what to expect this season. "Expect greatness."

    The foreign accent asking a question on Saturday morning provided a window into the international event that Saturday's game at Staples Center has turned into, predominantly due to James' arrival in LA.

    The Lakers shared that 250 credentials had been issued for the game from 15 countries and territories. In addition, Saturday's game is expected to reach fans in 179 countries, according to the NBA's communications department.

    The buzz around Saturday's game has been impossible to miss. It's the hottest ticket in town, and Staples Center promises to be packed to the brim, with celebrities sparkling courtside.

    James, however, says he isn't one to focus on the festive atmosphere.

    "I just never been a guy to kind of take a moment in the present," James said. "I think when I'm done playing the game of basketball, [I can] look back on tonight or some of the nights that I've had in my careers and be like, 'That was an unbelievable night' or 'That night was better than other nights.'"

    James did acknowledge the excitement surrounded the day, especially from fans and the city. The 33-year-old made a point to set expectations for supporters.

    "We're excited to showcase to our fans what we've been working on for the last month." James said. "I can promise to our fans we're not the team tonight we're going to be in January or February, but we will be extremely excited to get out there and play in front of them."

     Asked about what his message is to Lakers' fans everywhere on a day like Saturday, James shrugged his shoulders and smirked, "It's game day."

    The Lakers host the Houston Rockets with a scheduled tip-off time of 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

    Notes: Lakers coach Luke Walton said he would stick with the same starting lineup that featured in the team's season opener in Portland.



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    LeBron James waves to the cameras at Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround ahead of the NBA superstar's regular season home debut on Oct. 20, 2018. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)LeBron James waves to the cameras at Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround ahead of the NBA superstar's regular season home debut on Oct. 20, 2018. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's spokesman has called on Republicans to condemn "reckless and dangerous rhetoric" after Pelosi was confronted by an "angry mob" of far-right protesters in South Florida.

    Pelosi, D-Calif., made an appearance on Wednesday at a Coral Gables campaign event for Donna Shalala, the Democratic candidate who hopes to fill the District 27 U.S. House seat vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

    As Pelosi and her team entered the building through a back walkway for the event, a group of protesters approached and began hurling insults at Pelosi – calling her everything from a "piece of s---" to a "f------ communist."

    "Open up! It’s the Proud Boys in here," one of the protesters is heard saying in a video posted to YouTube.

    The Proud Boys is a men-only, far-right organization founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Proud Boys as an extremist hate group.

    A Proud Boys flag was waved during the demonstration in which some protesters were seen wearing Proud Boys gear.

    In response on Friday, Drew Hammill, Pelosi's spokesman, blamed President Donald Trump and Republican congress members for stoking the "flames of incivility, intolerance and aggression."

    "It is deeply sad but unsurprising that we now see that ugliness rearing its head. It is stunning that Republicans have the gall to call courageous survivors of sexual assault a ‘mob’, at the same time they incite and condone violent actions like this," Hammill said in a statement. "Republicans must condemn this vile and dangerous conduct, and stop the reckless and dangerous rhetoric that encourages it.”

    The Washington Post reports that the protest appears to have been organized by Miami-Dade County Republican Party Chairman Nelson Diaz, citing emails posted online.

    In a statement, Diaz apologized for letting his "emotions get the best of me" during the demonstration and distanced himself from other protesters who "came with a different agenda."

    "I unequivocally denounce their actions. I denounce all hate," Diaz wrote. "I and the Miami-Dade GOP share no affiliation whatsoever with those individuals and believe there is no place in our society for hateful language, or violence against any person or group regardless of their views."

    The Florida Democratic Party on Saturday called for Diaz to resign.

    "The Proud Boys' hate has no place in our nation, and their violent tactics certainly have no place in our politics," FDP chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement. "It is appalling that the Miami Dade GOP Chairman, Nelson Diaz, would campaign alongside a known hate group and welcome its members within his party. He should resign immediately and take anyone who espouses the Proud Boys' ideas out the door with him."

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also denounced the protesters' actions.

    "You are not helping the cause of anti-communism if you behave like the repudiation mobs Castro has long used in Cuba. Not sure who was behind this behavior but you should have protested Pelosi campaign stop without borrowing the tactics of left wing mobs," Rubio wrote on Twitter.

    Hammill replied to Rubio's Twitter post.

    "These weren't anti-communism protestors. These were GOP operatives, including the Chairman of the Republican Party in Miami Dade County, working hand in hand with Proud Boys," Hammill wrote.

    Proud Boys members have been arrested in connection to a New York City street brawl after a speech McInnes gave last weekend.



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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi faced insults as she entered a campaign event for the Democratic party in Coral Gables, Fla., on Wednesday.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi faced insults as she entered a campaign event for the Democratic party in Coral Gables, Fla., on Wednesday.

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    For 18 years, the Kmart in McMurray, Pennsylvania, was like home for Joshua Englert.

    He was 16 years old when he first started helping shoppers at the discount retailer's location near Pittsburgh. But last Sunday, the store's BlueLight went dark and the last sale was made.

    To thank shoppers and the staff, Englert, now a store manager, dialed into the intercom one last time and delivered an emotional goodbye.

    "I wanted to take this opportunity not to sell you 40-cent plaid skirts or 5-cent panties, but to instead thank you for supporting a lifetime of memories," Englert said as he choked up.

    "I am the man I am today because of the people I have met here at Kmart," he added.

    Englert recorded the message on his smartphone and posted the video to facebook. The reaction was huge with the video garnering more than 100,000 views and 1,000 reactions as of Saturday.

    "I did not think I was going to be choked up like that," Englert told NBC News in an interview Saturday.

    "I always use the intercom to announce specials and make sales announcement and I’m sort of known for adding some fun to them, so I thought on the last day the associates would appreciate me saying something sentimental. I didn’t know what I was going to say five minutes before I said it," Englert said.

    Kmart has battled tectonic changes in the retail landscape over the past two decades. Once the second-largest discount retailer, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2002 and merged with Sears in 2004. The tumult resulted in the shedding of stores like Englert's location.

    A second bankruptcy filing this month means even more Kmart and Sears stores are being shuttered.

    Englert said while the community is sad to see their local store close, they "understand the business of it all."

    As for Englert, he's started looking for a new job, but the people he bonded with at Store #4770 will always have a special place in his heart.

    "We were definitely a family," he said. "Those relationships, that’s all what keeps us together is each other."



    Photo Credit: Joshua Englert

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    A thirty year drought. A World Series hangover. The hopes and dreams of millions.

    It now sits shakily in the hands of a 24-year-old rookie.

    Walker Buehler was the hero that clinched the Dodgers sixth consecutive National League West title in a Game 163 at home against the Colorado Rockies.

    One week later, he was to blame for the Boys in Blue not sweeping the Braves in the NL Division Series after he walked the pitcher with the bases loaded, only to allow a back-breaking grand slam to Ronald Acuña Jr.

    He was the man tasked with winning the pivotal Game 3 on his own mound as the NL Championship Series shifted to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, he was humbled in that game also as the Brewers shutout the Dodgers, 4-0.

    Now, in the most monumental game of the 2018 season, a moment that can help exonerate the demons from a Game 7 World Series defeat at Dodger Stadium, the team turns to Buehler once again.

    "Game 7 to go to a World Series, I don't know if it gets more high stakes than that," said a quietly confident Buehler in a gray pea coat and black backpack over his shoulder. "But at the end of the day, it's the same game and the same thing I've go to go do."

    Only it's not the same.

    Buehler has pitched in high-pressure moments before, a winner-take-all Game 3 of the College World Series at Vanderbilt in 2015, the non-elimination Game 163, and two postseason starts, both losses. 

    He admitted after one of those starts he came off the mound in the first inning with his long slender fingers shaking, his heart beating rapidly, the moment and the energy of the crowd too massive to go unnoticed.

    Buehler should have been celebrating in the visitor's locker room with champagne and beer on Friday night as the team celebrated a return trip to the World Series. At least that's how they dreamt it up, calling Game 6 at Miller Park a "must-win."

    Only it didn't unfold that way. After a leadoff home run by David Freese, Dodgers' starter Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed four consecutive two-out hits in the bottom half of the first inning and the Brewers built up a 4-to-1 lead and never looked back.

    That set the table for the do-or-die Game 6, and the biggest moment of the young rookie's career.

    "I think it's pretty normal for me now," Buehler said of the pressure. "This is a big one. But at the end of the day it's the same game and the same thing I've got to go do."

    A year ago, Buehler did not make the Dodgers postseason roster. After a not-so-stellar September out of bullpen, Buehler was relegated to spectator as he watched the World Series from the stands at Dodger Stadium with his sister who attends USC.

    Despite not being on the field with his teammates, he was just as emotionally invested as the rest of them when they watched the Houston Astros celebrate winning a title on their own turf. It was devastating, it was a nightmare that would carry over into the start of the 2018 season.

    The demons of that Game 7 are still fresh in the fans and players minds. Buehler knows them well, but will try to join the likes of Fernando Valenzuela, Andy Pettitte, Livan Hernandez, Josh Beckett, Dontrelle Willis and Madison Bumgarner as pitchers who helped navigate their team to the World Series in their rookie year.

    Now it's Buehler's turn to churn through the Brewers lineup and catapult his team back to the championship.

    "I think Walker is prepared for this moment," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "As far as his rest, he’s ready to go. And as far as his heartbeat, the weapons, all that stuff, we’re in really good shape with him. He understands the magnitude of this moment, this game, and he’s a good person for us to take the baseball."

    Regardless of what happens in the dramatic Game 7 on Saturday night, one thing is for certain, Buehler will be on a short leash. He likely won't get the opportunity to face a Christian Yelich if the bases are loaded, or if he surrenders some early runs or hits, the hook will be quick and swift.

    Clayton Kershaw is on standby out of the bullpen. The rest of the Dodgers high-leverage relievers are ready and rested as well. Dave Roberts learned from his first-ever Game 7 experience last season when he left Yu Darvish in the game one batter too late, calling his decision something that he "regrets" even to this day.

    However, the Brewers are ready and rested as well, with their best starting pitcher in Jhoulys Chacin ready to take the ball and toe the line. After him, Milwaukee has the best reliever in baseball in Josh Hader available to pitch three innings if necessary.

    After the Milwaukee offense sputtered in the final two games at Dodger Stadium, they were unleashed in Game 6 as they scored seven runs on 11 hits. Needless to say, confidence is riding at an all-time high for Craig Counsell's bunch. 

    "He's fresh," Counsell said of Hader. "We'll see how it goes, but you'll see him tomorrow."

    Yes, we'll definitely see it how goes, as the most exciting two words in sports will be on display:

    Game Seven.



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    Pitcher Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after giving up a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game Three of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2018. Buehler will start the winner-take-all Game 7 on Saturday night in Milwaukee.Pitcher Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after giving up a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game Three of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2018. Buehler will start the winner-take-all Game 7 on Saturday night in Milwaukee.

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    The annual political nerdfest known as 'Politicon' takes place this weekend in downtown Los Angeles. Michael Avenatti dodges a heckler, Richard Nixon's limo makes an appearance, a panel discussion remembers 'The West Wing' and baby Trump shows up.

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    A Latina woman was with family visiting from Guatemala when she says they were verbally harassed by a white woman for conversing in Spanish at a Virginia restaurant.

    The family was confronted inside Andy’s restaurant in Lovettsville.

    "She asked for passports; she said that she knew everybody in Loudoun County to get us out of here, and she started saying that we were supposed to speak English, but I'm like 'we’re not talking to you,'" said the victim, who asked to remain anonymous. "They're here visiting and they don’t know English, so how do you want them to speak English when they’re here just visiting?"

    Part of the incident was caught on video.

    “You don’t freeload in this f------ country,” the woman is heard saying on the video. “You get the f--- out, back to your f------ country.” 

    Police were called but no charges were filed.

    The owner of the restaurant said the woman who harassed the family is not welcome back.

    The Spanish-speaking victim said her 7-year-old daughter was present during the profanity-laced attack. She told Telemundo 44 that she is sharing her story because of her daughter and hopes that other victims of bias-motivated harassment also speak out.  

    "It's not fair that they do this to us, and even less acceptable if there are children present. It's not fair for any child to have to go through that. You just don't do that," the woman added.


    Video caught this woman yelling at a family for speaking to each other in Spanish.Video caught this woman yelling at a family for speaking to each other in Spanish.

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    The Dodgers are going back to the World Series.

    Christian Yelich hit a first inning homer to give Milwaukee the lead, but the Dodgers responded with home runs by Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig as they beat the Brewers, 5-1, to win the National League Championship Series four games to three.

    Ahead of the winner-take-all Game 7, I wrote that whichever team took a two-to-three run lead would advance to the World Series. As such, when a precious lead is achieved in these do-or-die games, everything else dissolves and as the world appears to steadily slow on its axis, the arduous counting of outs begins.

    Saturday morning started with the Dodgers waking up from the nightmares of a Game 7 loss at the hands of the Houston Astros in last year's World Series.

    However, the sun would rise, a new day would come, and the opportunity to erase and exorcise some of those demons was at hand.

    27 outs left.

    After a scoreless first inning from Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin, Yelich put the Brewers in front when he turned on a 98.5MPH fastball from rookie Walker Buehler for a solo shot.

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    "Yelich clipped me," said Buehler of the homer. "It's a decent pitch. It's hard to hit that ball there. That's why he's a good player."

    It was the second home run of the postseason from the presumed NL MVP, and it sent the sellout crowd at Miller Park into a frenzy as Milwaukee was seeking just their second ever World Series appearance, and first since moving to the National League in 1998.

    Milwaukee's vaunted bullpen was ready and waiting, so as the Dodgers headed to the plate in the top half of the second inning, they knew they needed to answer the bell and silence the crowd. 

    24 outs left.

    Similar to a WWE wrestling villain, Dodgers' shortstop Manny Machado led off the second inning to a chorus of boos that drowned out any and all thoughts from players, to fans, to writers on deadline in the press box. 

    Just days earlier, when asked why he didn't run out a groundball to first base in Game 2 of the series, Machado told Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal, "I don't hustle. It's not in my personality. I'm not the type of player that's going to be Johnny Hustle."

    Whether or not Machado becomes the second coming of Pete Rose (Charlie Hustle not Johnny), is yet to be seen, but Machado did do his best impression of the Cincinnati Reds legend when he took everyone by surprise by laying down a full count bunt for an infield single.

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    "We're trying to do anything to win," said Machado between champagne showers in the clubhouse following the win. "He quick-pitched me, so I'm going to drop one down. I know it was a little ballsy, but anything to win." 

    "Manny Hustle" went from home to first in 3.96 seconds on the bunt single, the fastest he was clocked making that trip all season long.

    Not only did Machado wisely play small ball to get something going, but also the move paid dividends when Bellinger followed with a 424-foot home run that put the Dodgers in front, 2-1.

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    "I was looking for a pitch up, two strikes, just trying to put a good swing on it, and luckily it went out of there," said Bellinger who was named the MVP of the series. "It felt great. I honestly couldn't do it without the guys around me supporting me the whole year it feels pretty special."

    Machado believed Bellinger was due, and was ectastic to be on base for the big blast.

    "I knew Belly was due. He was due for something. I just needed to get on base for him and pass the baton," he said. "It came out perfect because Belli came up next and hit that big big homer to put us on top."

    Bellinger's blast was his first of the playoffs, and fourth of his career after he hit three home runs during his NL Rookie of the Year campaign during the 2017 regular and postseason. 

    "I know how lucky I am to go back to the World Series two years in a row and how hard it is," said Bellinger. "So to be a part of this team is pretty special. With that said we still have four more to go."

    When Walker Buehler headed back to the mound for the bottom of the second inning, he was clinging to a slim one-run lead and needed to continue to throw zeroes in order to help his team reach the World Series.

    The stress and pressure alone is enough to turn any other 24-year-old into a deer in headlights, but not Buehler, not this rookie.

    Despite entering the game with a record of 0-1 and a 6.75 ERA in the postseason, Walker Buehler became just the third Dodger rookie to start a winner-take-all game in franchise history, joining Joe Black (Game 7, 1952 World Series vs. Yankees) and Fernando Valenzuela (Game 5, 1981 NLCS vs. Montreal Expos). 

    After the home run to Yelich, Buehler was unflappable, surrendering just the one run, on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 4 and 2/3 outstanding innings.

    "I just tried to be myself and be a little more creative than I had been and it worked out for us," said Buehler of his start. "This one worked out a little better than earlier in the series."

    Buehler exited the game with two outs and the tying run on second base in the bottom of the fifth inning. Julio Urias came on in relief to face Yelich who crushed a 94MPH fastball to left field where Chris Taylor (who started the game at second base) made a leaping catch, falling into the warning track to keep the Dodgers in the lead.

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    "You could feel the tension in the fans. The tying run on second...it was all built up, and it was so loud in the outfield that communicating with Bellinger was difficult," said Taylor of his game-changing grab. "I knew it was in the gap and I was just trying to run hard and get to the spot. I had to change my route and go back towards the fence a little bit. I was just happy I made the play."

    So was everyone wearing Dodger blue. 

    "I think the most important part of the game today was CT's catch in left field," said Bellinger. "That definitely changed the whole game for us."

    "That Taylor catch was unbelievable," added Buehler. "I don't know many people who can play shortstop to start the season, second base to start the game, and then go to the outfield and make that catch."

    12 outs left. Remember to breathe.

    As the Dodgers batted in the top of the sixth inning, with the world's best reliever in Josh Hader now out of the game, each pitch seemed to take an eternity. Each runner on base, either a dire threat, or the hope of a city stuck in a 30-year title drought.

    Yasiel Puig stepped to the plate, with the knowledge and understanding of all this. Since joining the Dodgers in 2013, he's appeared in more postseason games than any other player in franchise history with 53. He knows how badly the City of Angels wants a championship; he too yearns to host the Commissioner's Trophy himself.

    Puig himself proclaimed the Dodgers would win the World Series last season. He did it again after they won their sixth consecutive NL West Division at the end of September. Accurately predicting the Dodgers would dispatch of the Atlanta Braves in the Division Series and eliminate the Milwaukee Brewers in the Leage Championship Series before advancing to the World Series and celebrating in the streets of Los Angeles in November.

    So with the weight of that prediction firmly on his strong shoulders, Puig stepped to the plate to stare down Brewers' reliever Jeremy Jeffress, the same pitcher who surrendered the game-winning home run to Justin Turner in Game 2.

    Puig swung out of his shoes on a 95MPH fastball to start the at-bat, looked at another for a ball, and then crushed an 83MPH curveball for a line-drive, three-run homer that put the Dodgers ahead 5-1.

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    "I never expected that ball to be a home run," admitted Puig after the game. "I was so excited because there was two people on base. Thank God that ball kept going and it was a home run."

    It was easily the biggest home run in Puig's six-year career, and it sent the crowd from a rabid Miller Park mob, into a silent study hall, and put the Dodgers on the precipice of their 11th World Series appearance in franchise history.

    Nine, eight, seven… each out felt like a life-or-death proposition. Each reliever out of the Dodgers bullpen that recorded an out felt the collective exhale of Dodger fans across the globe, and the progressive groans of the Brewers fans in the building.

    "We had a hard time getting anything going today, more than one runner on a base in an inning, just couldn't get it going," said Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell. "We weren't able to put together rallies, multiple hits, and get things going. And credit to them for how they pitched tonight."

    The team that scored first in the series lost five of the seven games. The team that hit a leadoff home run in the final two games went on to lose the game. Baseball is random, that much we know, and whatever we thought we knew was turned on its head over the span of seven games.

    Six, five, four…Kenley Jansen, an All-Star closer that had his season in doubt after an irregular heartbeat sent him to a Denver hospital in early August, mowed down Milwaukee hitters like he was a machine.

    "Before the game, Doc had a conversation with me, and told me they might go the same route as they did in 2016 [NLDS Game 5] against Washington [Nationals]," said Jansen. "It doesn't matter if I'm closing or not, just put me in the game when you need me. He brought me in in the seventh, and I got my job done. We just had to play all 27 outs."

    Three outs left.

    The constant reminder of the mantra, "all hands on deck," was apparent throughout the game as the tantalizing possibility that the Dodgers three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw would ride out of the bullpen on his white horse and send the Dodgers back to the World Series as he did in Game of the NLCS in Chicago last year.

    Possibility became a reality when the 2014 MVP ran out of the bullpen to take the mound in the bottom of the ninth with the World Series on the line.

    "I look around and I see Kershaw is out there and Kenley, I don't think I've ever had a better feeling," said reliever Ryan Madson who pitched one and two-thirds of scoreless relief. "When you see Clayton Kershaw in the bullpen with 100 pitches under his belt, and ready to go in to the game, I don't think there's a better feeling.

    Kershaw started the bottom of the ninth with 44,907 in attendance waiting and praying on bated breath. He faced second baseman Travis Shaw to start things off. Shaw grounded out to second base.

    Two outs left.

    Next up was Venezuelan powerhouse, Jesus Aguilar, who the night prior had three hits, two doubles and three RBI in Milwaukee's Game 6 win. Kershaw struck him out on six pitches.

    One out left. 

    Fate inevitably has a way of placing the exact people it wants in the moments that hold the most magnitude. 

    So with the Dodgers so close to advancing to the pinnacle series of their sport, it was fitting that someone who once went to the World Series and lost, only to go back and win it the next year, would face the man on the mound hoping to do the exact same thing that the player he was now facing had done.

    Former Royals third baseman, and 2015 World Series Champion, Mike Moustakas, stepped into the box. He had singled against Kershaw in Game 1 of the series, but was 0-for-3 against him in Game 5.  Kershaw dispatched of him on six pitches as well.

    "I appreciate these moments," said Kershaw after he was mobbed by his teammates on the mound. "It's pretty fun. You might never get to do it again. It's hard to take something like this for granted."

    In victory, the Dodgers became the first team since the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals to win a Game 7 of the LCS on the road, and won their 23rd NL pennant, tied with the Giants for the most in NL history.

    "I can't say enough about our players, our coaches, the front office and most importantly the fans," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "They supported us through thick and thin and we fed off their support."

    The Dodgers were once ten games below .500 on May 16, and last place in the West division, facing the looming possibility that they might not make the postseason, let alone return to the World Series.

    Thankfully, the hangover cleared, and the Dodgers returned to their dominant self, finishing 30 games above .500 from that point on, finishing with 92 wins and their sixth consecutive division title.

    "This is an unbelievable feeling to be standing here right now," said Justin Turner, whose return to the lineup from a broken wrist suffered in spring training helped complete the turnaround. "At one point 10 games under .500, at one point in third place in the division in September. We've played with our backs against the wall all season, here we were again tonight, Game 7, backs against the wall again and we found a way to get it done."

    The role of underdog is unfamiliar for the Boys in Blue, they have always been the Goliath in the proverbial matchup with David. Nonetheless, when they face the Boston Red Sox (108 wins), and the best team in baseball all year long, they will be a substantial longshot.

    "It's an amazing team. The best team in the AL and the best team in baseball with 108 wins," said Puig of the Red Sox. "But now they're going to face us, and the best team is going to win. I've never played in Boston before, it's going to be cold."

    It was 102 years ago the last time the Dodgers and Red Sox met in the World Series when Boston defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers behind a 14-inning outing by pitcher Babe Ruth in 1916.

    "I'm looking forward to going back to Fenway," said Roberts who like Red Sox manager Alex Cora has won both jerseys. "Obviously for me personally I have a lot of fond memories of the Red Sox and Fenway Park. To be wearing another uniform going in there playing for a World Series Championship is going to be special for me. It's great for baseball. Two storied franchises going head-to-head. It's going to be a great series."

    The last time Los Angeles won the World Series was in 1988, where ironically, they were the dark horse against the 104-win Oakland Athletics, who had the bash brothers, the best starting rotation, and the best closer in the game.

    So maybe it's not a coincidence that on this date, October 20th, 30 years ago, today, the Dodgers defeated the A's, 5-2, to win the 1988 World Series, the last championship they won.

    Here's hoping history repeats itself.

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    The World Series begins at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday night 5:09PM PT. 

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    A fight erupted in the fourth quarter of LeBron James' home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Saturday, as Chris Paul, Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo were all ejected in a feisty contest that ultimately saw the Lakers fall 124-115 to the Houston Rockets.

    The Lakers may be 0-2, but they showed some fight--literally.

     

    The fight erupted after Ingram shoved James Harden, with Paul and Rondo getting into a heated discussion that boiled over into punches being thrown by Paul and Rondo. Ingram, who had already received a technical foul, decided to run into the scrum and deliver a punch of his own to guarantee his ejection.

     

    The Rockets led 109-108 when the fight broke out, with a shade over four minutes remaining in the game. The ensuing two technical free throws gave the Rockets a crucial three-point advantage, and Houston relied on Harden to outscore the Lakers 15-7 following the fight.

    The night, though, started far more positive, with celebrities packing the stands and a crowd charged up during introductions. James and company faced the Houston Rockets' two-headed monster of James Harden and Paul, with James making his highly anticipated regular season home debut dressed in LA's iconic gold jersey.

    James scored the Lakers' first two points of the game, but the Lakers had already dug a seven-point hole before the 33-year-old netted his first official basket at Staples Center for the home team.

    The first quarter laid the groundwork for Harden's big night, with the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player tabbing nine points in the opening 12 minutes before pouring in 14 points in the second quarter for a halftime total of 23 points. The Southern California native ended the night with 36 points to lead the pack.

    Thanks in part to contributions from Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, Rondo and, of course, James, the Lakers nullified the eye-popping output provided by Paul and Harden early. Paul went into the break with 19 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

    Still, the Rockets never truly pulled away, and the two teams were tied eight times, with 14 lead changes in the first 24 minutes. The Rockets held a four-point edge at the break.

    James led the Lakers in scoring at the intermission with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Rondo added nine points, four assists and three rebounds before the break.

    The third quarter continued the back-and-forth seesaw of the first half, with six lead changes in the penultimate quarter. Paul took the scoring lead from Harden momentarily, and the former LA Clippers' point guard scored nine points in the period to lead all scorers with 28 points and eight assists with 12 minutes remaining in the contest.

    The Lakers, meanwhile, spread the scoring out and had six different players scoring in double figures before the end of the third quarter--led by James' 18 points at that stage.

    For the second game in a row, an unlikely opponent off the bench caused damage to LA's hopes of getting its first victory of the 2018-19 season. While Nik Stauskas had killed the Lakers off the Blazers' bench of Thursday, Gerald Green assumed that role for the Rockets.

    After three quarters, Green was 5-5 from the field for 13 points in 15 minutes off the Rockets' bench.

    The fourth quarter featured the Rockets building a six-point lead almost immediately, but a flagrant foul on James Ennis III for wrapping his arm around Hart's neck helped the Lakers cut the Rockers' momentum on the scoreboard.

    Lakers coach Luke Walton pointed to that Flagrant 1 foul as possibly leading to the fight minutes later. Hart, after the game, said he thought that Ennis should have been ejected, and Walton said the same. 

    At the five-minute mark, though, the Rockets only led by a single point, but then a basketball game turned into a fight. Paul was ejected from the game with 28 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Ingram hit the showers with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes, while Rondo left the floor with 13 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

    Down the stretch, however, Harden managed to put the ball in the bucket and claim victory for the visitors. The MVP finished with 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the victory, while James ended his Lakers' home debut with 24 points on 9-22 shooting from the field, five assists and five rebounds.

    Notes: Ball finished the night shooting 4-8 from three-point land and 14 points to lead all bench scorers on both teams. With suspensions to Rondo and Ingram likely, Ball should slot into the starting lineup.



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    LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores a basket as James Harden #13, Chris Paul #3, Carmelo Anthony #7 and PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets look on as James makes his Lakers home debut at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores a basket as James Harden #13, Chris Paul #3, Carmelo Anthony #7 and PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets look on as James makes his Lakers home debut at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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    On Friday the Saudi government finally admitted that writer Jamal Khashoggi had died inside its Istanbul consulate, saying he had been killed in a fight.

    From the outset of his presidency, Trump has offered a warm embrace to Saudi Arabia and its ambitious royal heir, Mohammed bin Salman, believing he could help the U.S. confront Iran in the Middle East.

    But the gamble appears to have backfired badly, experts and former officials tell NBC News, with the young prince now implicated in the killing of Khashoggi, who dared to criticize the regime.



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    President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington.President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington.

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed back to the World Series for the second consecutive season after dispatching of the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games.

    After the game, we caught up with many of the team's players and coaches as they reflected back on the season, celebrated their monumental achievement, and looked ahead to the World Series against the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

    Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts:

    Roberts (on advancing to the World Series for the second straight season):

    "I can't say enough about our players, our coaches, the front office and most importantly the fans. They supported us through thick and thin and we fed off their support.

    Roberts (on winning the NL pennant): 

    "Every single person has their finger prints on this season and for us, our goal is to bring a championship back to Los Angeles. Our fans deserve it. We deserve it, and that's our only goal.

    Roberts (on winning Game 7 of the NLCS):

    "Chris Taylor, Yasiel [Puig], Walker [Buehler], everyone has got their fingerprints on this game and this season and my hat's off to everyone over there [Brewers]."

    Roberts (on Yasiel Puig's home run that put the Dodgers ahead by four runs):

    "I was praying like heck it had enough backspin to get out of here. Everyone was pulling for Yasiel."

    Roberts (on pulling Buehler, pitching Kenley Jansen in the 7th and Clayton Kershaw in the 9th):

    "[Ryan] Madson gave us some good innings. I just felt right there, Kenley [Jansen] could bridge that gap and I wanted this moment to be for Clayton [Kershaw]."

    Roberts via ASAP Sports (on getting back to the World Series):

    "I'm just so proud of our guys for enduring this roller coaster of a season. A lot of people had their hand in this. And for us to just continue to lean on each other, depend on one another and stay the course, it says a lot about the focus, the toughness of this team. Coaches, training staff, baseball ops, scouts, and so many people got us to this point. So I'm just really proud of this entire organization and look forward to giving ourselves a chance to bring the championship back to Los Angeles."

    Roberts via ASAP Sports (on Chris Taylor's catch):

    "I think that's probably it. You get the MVP in [Christian] Yelich and he's competing and Julio [Urias] leaves a pitch up with two strikes and Yelich puts a really good swing on it. At that point in time I thought the game was tied. But CT [Chris Taylor] gets a great break on the ball, and really a game-saving play. Once the game is tied anything can happen. The momentum shifts. But that was certainly a signature play at the time."

    Roberts via ASAP Sports (on returning to Boston for the World Series):

    "I'm looking forward to going back to Fenway. Obviously for me personally I have a lot of fond memories of the Red Sox and Fenway Park. To be wearing another uniform going in there playing for a World Series Championship is going to be special for me. But, yeah, I think that the fans -- it's great for baseball. Two storied franchises going head-to-head. It's going to be a great series."

    Dodgers Pitching Coach Rich Honeycutt: 

    Honeycutt (on how the bullpen performed):

    "You can't say enough about these guys all year they battled. Thank goodness we were deep enough to get through some injuries, but now we have some guys healthy and every night they stepped up."

    Honeycutt (on returning to the World Series):

    "Doc [Dave Roberts] set the tone a couple years ago. We saw it when we went to Washington [in 2016 NLDS]. Team comes first. Everybody is about the team doing whatever it takes. From Rich Hill last night. Woody [Alex Wood]. Kenta [Maeda]. All of our starters doing whatever it takes to help us win and you saw it again with Kersh [Clayton Kershaw] tonight."

    Dodgers Utility Player Chris Taylor: 

    Taylor (on his leaping catch in the fifth inning):

    "I knew it was in the gap and I was just trying to run hard and get to the spot. I had to change my route and go back towards the fence a little bit. I'm just glad I caught it."

    Taylor (on returning to the World Series):

    "It feels just as sweet as it did last year. Unbelievable. It's been a long road for us and it feels good to get another opportunity. Hopefully, we'll come out on top this time."

    Dodgers outfielder and NLCS MVP Cody Bellinger:

    Bellinger (on his second inning home run):

    "I was looking for a pitch up, two strikes, just trying to put a good swing on it, and luckily it went out of there." 

    Bellinger (on playing the Red Sox in the World Series):

    "That's going to be a pretty special series."

    Bellinger (on advancing to the World Series in each of his first two season):

    "It's a blessing to be a part of this team. I had a lot of guys tell me it's not this easy, so I'm enjoying this 100 percent." 

    Bellinger (on Chris Taylor's fifth inning catch):

    "I think the most important part of the game today was CT's catch in left field. That definitely changed the whole game for us." 

    Dodgers Outfielder Yasiel Puig: 

    Puig (on his three-run home run in Game 7):

    "I never expected that ball to be a home run I was so excited because there was two people on base. Thank God that ball kept going and it was a home run. 

    Puig (on playing the Boston Red Sox in the World Series):

    "It's an amazing team. The best team in the AL [American League] and the best team in baseball with 108 wins. But now, they're going to face us and the best team is going to win. I still feel that way [about Dodgers winning], but you never know. I've never played in Boston before. It's going to be cold."

    Dodgers Game 7 Starting Pitcher Walker Buehler:

    Buehler (on if he had nerves before his start):

    "There has to be. I think that's the nature of the beast. Third time [third postseason start] is the charm and this being my third time, I think that helped for sure." 

    Buehler (on how he felt he pitched):

    "I feel good with it. This one worked out a little better than earlier in the series." 

    Buehler (on if he was okay coming out of the game in the fifth inning):

    "We're 25-men deep and that's how you win in the World Series."

    Buehler (on what it's like going to the World Series):

    "That's the expectation here every year, obviously it's a little more special for me never being there, but we hope to do this a few more times."

    Buehler (on Chris Taylor's fifth inning catch):

    "The Taylor catch was unbelievable. I don't know many people who can play shortstop to start the season and then go to the outfield and make that catch."

    Dodgers Closer Kenley Jansen:

    Jansen (on the season as a whole and returning to the World Series):

    "We all stick together. We never quit. We had one goal in mind and we fell short last year. We just kept playing. JT [Justin Turner] went down. Kersh [Clayton Kershaw] went done. Me included went down. A lot of guys went down, but everybody had their fingerprints on this and we never quit and here we are celebrating." 

    Jansen (on entering the game in the seventh inning and not pitching the ninth): 

    "Before the game Doc had a conversation with me and told me they might go the same route as they did in 2016 [NLDS] against Washington [Nationals]. It doesn't matter if I'm closing or not, just put me in the game when you need me. He brought me in in the seventh I got my job done, Kersh  [Kershaw] picked me up and here we are celebrating."

    Jansen (on looking ahead to the matchup with the Boston Red Sox): 

    "Play 27 outs. That's the best team in the game right now. We respect that, but we know that we're good. We have to go out there and compete and try and get that championship."

    Dodgers Catcher Austin Barnes:

    Barnes (on how his season went as a whole and getting back to World Series):

    "It's an awesome feeling. This whole year was full of adversity. We were a third place team in September and we never lost faith in us and we want to thank the fans for never losing faith in us either. It was an up and down ride, but we got back and hopefully we're going to win it this year."

    Barnes (on Game 7 and how he was able to take over as starting catcher for most of the NLCS):

    "Personally I didn't feel great at the plate, but to contribute with my defense and help this team try and win and get to the World Series is all you can ask for." 

    Barnes (on how Walker Buehler looked):

    "His stuff is unbelievable. He's been pitching big games for us all year. From 163 to Game 7 tonight. All of our starters pitched big games for us."

    Dodgers Third Baseman Justin Turner:

    Turner (on returning to the World Series):

    "This is an unbelievable feeling to be standing here right now. At one point 10 games under .500, at one point in third place in the division in September. We've played with our backs against the wall all season, here we were again tonight, Game 7 backs against the wall again and we found a way to get it done."

    Turner (on what he and the team learned from being in a Game 7 in the World Series last season):

    "Win every pitch and win every inning. We wanted to get to him [Chacin] early. We knew they were going to run to their bullpen right away. We got behind when [Christian] Yelich hit that solo homer in the first, but we grinded, we saw their bullpen guys in all seven games. We got some big swings by Belli [Bellinger] and by Puig to give us a cushion."

    Dodgers Shortstop Manny Machado: 

    Machado (on going to the World Series for the first time): 

    "This is awesome. There's no better feeling than coming here and winning. We had this goal since I got here and we finally made it here."

    Machado (on what his emotions are after winning Game 7):

    "It feels awesome. There's no better feeling than winning the pennant. We've worked hard for his. We've got four more games left." 

    Machado (on the NLCS series with the Brewers and how the Milwaukee fans treated him):

    "We never took anything for granted. We knew we were playing a very good ball club on the other side and it was going to be a grind. We did everything possible: we played the little game, we hit the longball, like we had all year, and we're just happy we came out on top like always."

    Machado (on his full count bunt in the second inning):

    "You don't really want to know what I really want to say right now. We're trying to do anything to win. He quick pitched me so I'm going to drop one down. I know it was a little ballsy but anything to win. It came out perfect because Belli [Bellinger] came up next and hit that big, big homer to put us on top. I knew Belly was due. He was due for something. I just needed to get on base for him and pass the baton." 

    Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw: 

    Kershaw (on returning to the World Series):

    "I appreciate these moments. It's pretty fun. You might never get to do it again. It's hard to take something like this for granted. 

    Dodgers relief pitcher Alex Wood:

    Wood (on winning the NLCS in seven games):

    "It was a total team effort. It's been a really complete series when you put all the games together it was a lot of fun against a really good Milwaukee Brewers team. Thankfully we won Game 7 and will now get ready for the Red Sox here in a couple days." 

    Wood (on warming up three times, Kenley pitching the 7th and Kershaw closing):

    "You never know what's going to happen in a Game 7. Kenley makes quick work of the inning he threw. Clayton's got the ninth. Then I got up three different times, you never know what's going to happen so you just have to be ready for every minute of the game." 

    Dodgers relief pitcher Ryan Madson: 

    Madson (on going back to the World Series):

    "I'm very lucky to be here and fortunate that they brought me over. I really appreciate it."

    Madson (on pitching 1.2 scoreless innings of relief):

    "I look around and see Kershaw is out there and Kenley, and they picked my name! It's such an honor. I don't take it lightly. I put everything into every pitch. I take it one pitch at a time, I know it's a cliché, but that's what I do."

    Madson (on watching Kershaw pitch the ninth inning):

    "I don't think I've ever had a better feeling. When you see Clayton Kershaw in the bullpen with 100 pitches under his belt and ready to go in to the game, I don't think there's a better feeling."



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    The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Seven to win the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Seven to win the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    Thirty people are injured after a floor collapsed early Sunday inside an apartment clubhouse in Clemson, South Carolina, police said.

    A private party was being held at the clubhouse of The Woodlands Apartments when the first story floor gave way, Clemson City Police said. Authorities were called about 12:30 a.m. to the scene on Old Greenville Highway.

    The floor collapsed and crashed to the next level of the structure. No one became trapped, police said, but 30 people were injured and taken to three local hospitals. 

    Video posted to social media shows the aftermath of the collapse and a gaping hole in the floor. Shouts and screams could be heard in the video.

    Police said there is no knowledge of life-threatening injuries.

    The investigation is ongoing.


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