Led by Jose Altuve, Astros' journey to World Series shows the heart of a champion

4:19 AM ET HOUSTON — Manager A.J. Hinch loves to poke fun at the perception of his Houston Astros as an “analytical” organization. He’s a Stanford graduate, general manager Jeff Luhnow is an Ivy Leaguer with roots in the managerial consulting world and their reputation as the smartest guys in the room occasionally rankles some old-school types in the baseball community. “We’re pretty book smart, but that’s not a bad thing,” Hinch said Saturday. “We still have instincts. We still rely on the chemistry that’s built in the clubhouse. We’ll ...

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Archbishop calls for cut to universal credit delays

The six-week waiting time for universal credit must be cut as the idea that people have a nest egg to fall back on is “grotesquely ignorant”, the Archbishop of York has said. Writing in The Sunday Times, Dr John Sentamu said ministers must take a “courageous” look at the benefit. Addressing the delay must be a priority, he said. The government said it was determined to ensure people would not face hardship. Changes recently announced to the system of advanced payments meant people could access these as soon as they ...

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Ex-Yankee Brian McCann comes back to bite Bombers in ALCS

2:57 AM ET HOUSTON — Brian McCann had no interest in gloating. McCann was standing in the middle of the field at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night, his 5-year-old son at his side and the Houston Astros‘ pennant-winning celebration raging all around them. For the second game in a row, the veteran catcher delivered a big hit. And now, after a 4-0 victory in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, he’s headed to the World Series for the first time in his 13-year career. But if you ...

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2's Campaign Length Estimate Revealed

One of the most notable new additions for the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront II is its single-player campaign. After the 2015 reboot didn’t have one, EA heard the feedback and tasked its new studio, Motive, to create an all-new story starring an Empire soldier named Iden Versio. Now, another detail about the campaign has come to light: its estimated length. Producer David Robillard told Press-Start that the campaign will clock in at between 5 and 8 hours. Of course, this will depend on how you play, but that’s the estimate ...

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Home-buying to be 'faster and less stressful' following review

Home-buying and selling in England could be “faster and less stressful” under new plans aimed at tackling gazumping and speeding up the process. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid launched an eight-week review, saying he wanted to “hear from the industry” on how to streamline home-buying. Ways of locking in deals and stopping sellers accepting higher offers at the last minute will be considered. But Labour said proposals were “feeble” and “smack of political diversion”. “This is a government out of touch and out of ideas,” said Shadow housing secretary John Healey. ...

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Houston is headed to Hollywood! Altuve's Astros blank Yanks in Game 7

11:55 PM ET HOUSTON — If being the best hitter in baseball wasn’t enough for Jose Altuve, he can now add another title to his MVP-worthy résumé : Closer. With the Houston Astros needing to win both Game 6 and 7 to move on to the World Series for only the second time in franchise history, their All-Star second baseman made sure they sealed the deal. Altuve notched three hits, including two home runs, in the final two games, with his solo shot in the fifth inning of Game 7 ...

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Labour demands changes to Brexit repeal bill

Labour will back Conservative rebels over Brexit unless the prime minister accepts changes to its repeal bill, the party’s shadow Brexit secretary says. Sir Keir Starmer wants six changes to the bill, which aims to transfer EU legislation into British law. If these are not accepted Labour will back Tory rebels in an attempt to force a vote on the final EU deal, he said. The government said it would listen to MPs about possible improvements to the bill but would not let it be “wrecked”. Reality Check: Why Brexit ...

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New Xbox One X Spot Invites You To “Feel True Power”

The Xbox One X is almost here. Microsoft’s new console launches on November 7, and as part of the launch, Microsoft is of course rolling out a marketing campaign. This kicks off this weekend with a campaign in the United States called “Feel True Power.” A TV commercial will air on Sunday, October 22, at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET on the Xbox YouTube channel. The video will also be shown during the Season 8 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead later that night and also during the ...

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Project Loon partners with AT&T in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico one month after Hurricane Maria AT&T and a Google-born moonshot project have teamed up to beam cell service to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico from giant floating balloons. It’s called Project Loon, and it was developed by X, a former branch of Google that became part of Alphabet(GOOG) when the company restructured. The idea is to broaden coverage using balloons that function like mobile cell towers. To bring the service to Puerto Rico, X needed a telecommunications partner in the area. That’s where AT&T came in. The companies said Friday ...

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Follow live: Yankees turn to Sabathia in winner-take-all Game 7

In reviewing Charlie Morton’s rough Game 3 starts vs. both Red Sox and Yankees, Astros manager A.J. Hinch concluded he was “one of the unluckiest pitchers in postseason,” giving up runs despite not being hit hard. Morton has been terrific here so far, allowing one hit through four scoreless innings. Most importantly, he has kept the relievers in the Astros’ shaky bullpen from moving a muscle. Scott Lauber, ESPN Staff Writer Let’s block ads! (Why?) www.espn.com – TOP

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