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Half of adults have high blood pressure in new standard

Anaheim, Calif. – New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.

High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by a dozen medical groups.

The change means an additional 14 percent of U.S. adults have the problem, but only 2 percent of these newly added people need medication right away; the rest should try healthier lifestyles, which get much stronger emphasis in the new advice. Poor diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits cause 90 percent of high blood pressure.

“I have no doubt there will be controversy. I’m sure there will be people saying ‘We have a hard enough time getting to 140,’ ” said Dr. Paul Whelton, a Tulane University physician who led the guidelines panel.

But the risk for heart disease, stroke and other problems drops as blood pressure improves, and the new advice “is more honest” about how many people have a problem, he said.

Currently, only half of Americans with high blood pressure have it under control.

The upper threshold for high blood pressure has been 140 since 1993, but a major study two years ago found heart risks were much lower in people who aimed for 120. Canada and Australia lowered their cutoff to that; Europe is still at 140 but is due to revise its guidance next year.

The guidelines were announced Monday at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim.

The guidelines set new categories and get rid of “prehypertension”:

Normal: Under 120 over 80

Elevated: Top number 120-129 and bottom less than 80

Stage 1: Top of 130-139 or bottom of 80-89

Stage 2: Top at least 140 or bottom at least 90

That means 46 percent of U.S. adults have high pressure (stages 1 or 2) versus 32 percent under the old levels.

How common it is will roughly triple in men under 45, to 30 percent, and double in women of that age, to 19 percent.

For people over 65, the guidelines undo a controversial tweak made three years ago to relax standards and not start medicines unless the top number was over 150. Now, everyone that old should be treated if the top number is over 130 unless they’re too frail or have conditions that make it unwise.

“The evidence with this is so solid, so convincing, that it’s hard to argue with the targets,” said Dr. Jackson Wright, a guidelines panel member from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Older people “have a 35-to-50-fold higher risk of dying of a heart attack or stroke compared to younger people.”

But the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Steven Nissen said he’s worried.

“Some more vulnerable patients who get treated very aggressively may have trouble with falls” because too-low pressure can make them faint, he said.

Certain groups, such as those with diabetes, should be treated if their top number is over 130, the guidelines say. For the rest, whether to start medication will no longer be based just on the blood pressure numbers. The decision also should consider the overall risk of having a heart problem or stroke in the next 10 years, including factors such as age, gender and cholesterol, using a simple formula to estimate those odds.

Those without a high risk will be advised to improve their lifestyles — lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more, limit alcohol, avoid smoking.

“It’s not just throwing meds at something,” said one primary care doctor who praised the new approach, the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Robert Stroebel. If people continue bad habits, “They can kind of eat and blow through the medicines,” he said.

The guidelines warn about some popular approaches, though. There’s not enough proof that consuming garlic, dark chocolate, tea or coffee helps, or that yoga, meditation or other behavior therapies lower blood pressure long-term, they say.

The government no longer writes heart guidelines, leaving it to medical groups.

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Best Buy Vs Target: Best ‘Black Friday’ 2017 Deals

 

 

Black Friday 2017 is racing towards us as the holiday sales season picks up pace. But where are the best deals and how do deals compare between the biggest retailers? Having sorting through masses of sales data it is time to put them to the test, starting with Best Buy BBY +1.34% Vs TargetTGT +2.5% where there are significant product and delivery pros and cons… 

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Where Best Buy Black Friday Beats Target Black Friday 2017

Thanksgiving Opening Time: Best Buy doorbusters will start on Thanksgiving at 5pm while Target’s Thanksgiving sales begin at 6pm.

Live Sales: Best Buy is still running some of the Black Friday sales it released with its ad scan right now (see live deals) while Target only had deals the day it posted its ad scan.

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Premier HDTV Deal: Best Buy is offering a Sharp 50-inch LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD Roku TV for $179.99 (save $320) – product link. As I previously noted, this very well may be the best deal during the entirety of Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017.

Samsung Smartphones Deal: Best Buy is offering a sale where you can Save $300 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus with qualified activation – product link. Target is offering a similar deal, but its $300 savings are via a $300 Target gift card. For the shopper who might not want to spend their $300 savings at Target, I give the nod to Best Buy.

GoPro HERO5 Black 4K: Both Target and Best Buy are offering the GoPro HERO5 Black 4K (product link) for $349.99 with a free $50 gift card to each respective store. However, Best Buy’s Black Friday ad states a Wi-Fi remote is included.

 

Where Target Black Friday Beats Best Buy Black Friday 2017

Black Friday Opening Time: Both Best Buy and Target will close the night of Thanksgiving or early Black Friday morning before reopening on Black Friday. Best Buy will open up at 8am while Target will open up at 6am, giving you more time to arrange Target into your Black Friday shopping spree.

Store Credit/Debit Card: Target’s REDCard very well may be the best store credit or debit card of any merchant. Unlike Best Buy’s store card, which gives cash back, Target will give REDCard holders 5% off every purchase immediately including those made on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Target also is promising REDCard holders will receive early access to Black Friday deals at Target.com starting on November 22. (sign-up link)

Xbox One S 500GB Console: Both Target and Best Buy are offering the popular Xbox One S 500GB Console (product link) for $189.99. However, Target is also giving shoppers who make this purchase a $25 Target gift card.

Google Home Mini Smart Speaker – Chalk: Target is offering the Google Home Mini Speaker for $29 with a $10 Target gift card (product link). Best Buy is offering it for $29.99 with a $10 Best Buy gift card. While the difference is only $0.99 I am still giving Target the win here – a saving is a saving.

Apple Watch Series 1: Target has Apple Watch Series 1 prices (product link) starting at $179.99 in their Black Friday ad while Best Buy has the same item starting at $199.99

Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Target is offering a $250 Target gift card with the activation of an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus (product link) while Best Buy is only offering $200 in savings.

Where Target Black Friday Ties Best Buy Black Friday 2017

Shipping: Best Buy and Target will both offer free shipping with no minimum this holiday season, including orders during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Amazon Echo (2nd generation) – Both Target (product link) and Best Buy (product link) are offering the 2nd generation Amazon Echo for $79.99 on Black Friday.

Sony Playstation 4 1TB Console Black – Both Target (product link) and Best Buy (product link) are offering the Sony Playstation 4 1TB Console Black for $199.99.

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‘We weren’t ready’ to close deal: Trudeau defends Canada’s actions on TPP

Trudeau says he didn’t snub other Pacific leaders, Japanese PM cancelled leaders’ meeting amid disagreement

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says more work needS to be done to reach a final agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says more work needS to be done to reach a final agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending Canada’s actions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, asserting the country simply was not ready to put pen to paper on a final agreement because of lingering concerns around culture and the automotive sector.

“We weren’t ready to close it yesterday,” Trudeau told reporters at the closing news conference for the APEC summit in Vietnam.

Trudeau said he didn’t snub other TPP leaders when he skipped a planned meeting to discuss the deal, as there would have been little point in having such talks when there was still so much distance between the countries on certain chapters.

Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had bilateral talks immediately before that planned meeting. After some disagreements between the two during the tête-à-tête, Abe told the other waiting leaders that the meeting was off, and Trudeau went on to meet with Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg.

‘Sabotage’

“The scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Abe … went long, we obviously had a lot to talk about, and at the end of the meeting it became clear it was in everyone’s interest to postpone the meeting on TPP11,” Trudeau said as an explanation.

While some countries might be eager for a deal, notably Australia, New Zealand and Japan — their respective national news outlets quoted government sources expressing disappointment at Trudeau supposedly “screwing” and “sabotaging” a final agreement by being a no-show — Trudeau said they should never have expected to leave Vietnam with an agreement in hand.

“I wasn’t going to be rushed into a deal that was not yet in the best interest of Canadians. That is what I’ve been saying at least for a week, and I’ve been saying it around TPP12 for years now and that position continues to hold,” he said of the original trade pact that was negotiated under the former Conservative government.

Indeed, since his arrival in Vietnam, Trudeau has said he wouldn’t cave to “pressure” from others, telegraphing that Canada did not have its pen in hand heading into Danang, the site of the APEC conference.

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Trudeau is greeted by well-wishers as he arrives at the International Media Center for a press conference held on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Danang, Vietnam. (Na-Son Nguyen/AP Photo)

The original agreement — the so-called TPP12 — is being renegotiated now after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew America in January.

Still ‘important work to be done’: Trudeau

The 11 countries still party to the deal reached an agreement late Friday on a series of “core principles,” importantly a pledge that each member would uphold strict environmental and labour standards, and that they would dump intellectual property provisions initially demanded by the former Obama administration.

International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne made an 11th hour visit to the hotel of Canadian reporters in Vietnam late Friday to tout the progress made on TPP despite the cancelled leaders meeting.

But Trudeau said there is still much “important work to be done,” namely on the creation of a gender rights chapter, changes around rules of origin — a part of the deal with particular salience to the auto parts sector — and issues surrounding Canada’s protection and promotion of culture.

On the issue of autos, Canada faces a particular challenge. Under the original TPP, in order for a car to enter Canada tariff-free, 45 per cent of it must have originated in a TPP member nation (auto parts themselves must have a regional content value of 35 to 45 per cent).

These numbers are a reduction from the 62.5 per cent regional value content called for in NAFTA.

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International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne speaks with the media in Danang, Vietnam. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

It would be hard to resist Trump’s demands for greater American content in autos when Canada (and Mexico, which was also a signatory of TPP12) has allowed Asia to maintain a lower bar.

Japan, a major exporter of autos, has sought to keep the terms of the original deal despite Canada’s opposition.

Flavio Volpe, the president of the Auto Parts Manufacturing Association, said, “We can’t be in two boats at once.”

Volpe said Canada’s insistence on changing rules around autos is in the country’s best interest.

“TPP terms as they now exist are not positive to Canadian-based auto parts manufacturing — 100,000 people that work for hundreds of Canadian firms will be happy to read today that their government has chosen to do the difficult work of negotiating in their interests instead of against them,” he said.

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Hillary Clinton Gave 20 Percent of United States’ Uranium to Russia in Exchange for Clinton Foundation Donations?

They say “Allegations of a ‘quid pro quo’ deal giving Russia ownership of one-fifth of U.S. uranium deposits in exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation are unsubstantiated.”

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Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s approval of a deal to transfer control of 20% of U.S. uranium deposits to a Russian company was a quid pro quo exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation.See Example( s )


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In the months leading up to the 2016 United States presidential election, stories abounded about the relationships between the Clinton Foundation and various foreign entities.

May 2015 saw the publication of a book called Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, an exposé of alleged Clinton Foundation corruption written by Peter Schweizer, a former Hoover Institution fellow and editor-at-large at the right-wing media company Breitbart.

A chapter in the book suggests that the Clinton family and Russia each may have benefited from a “pay-for-play” scheme while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, involving the transfer of U.S. uranium reserves to the new Russian owners of an international mining operation in exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation.

The mining company, Uranium One, was originally based in South Africa, but merged in 2007 with Canada-based UrAsia Energy. Shareholders there retained a controlling interest until 2010, when Russia’s nuclear agency, Rosatom, completed purchase of a 51% stake. Hillary Clinton played a part in the transaction insofar as it involved the transfer of ownership of a material deemed important to national security — uranium, amounting to one-fifth of U.S. reserves (a fraction re-estimated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at closer to one-tenth of the United States’ uranium production capacity in 2017) — thus requiring the approval of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), on which the U.S. Secretary of State sits.

During the same time frame that the acquisition took place, the Clinton Foundation accepted contributions from nine individuals associated with Uranium One totaling more than $100 million, Schweizer claimed in Clinton Cash. Among those who followed Schweizer in citing the transaction as an instance of alleged Clinton corruption was GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who said during a June 2016 speech in New York City:

Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium holdings to Russia, while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Trump’s campaign repeated the allegation in a September 2016 press release, and again in an October 2016 television ad stating that Clinton “gave American uranium rights to the Russians”:

An image circulating via social media during the final months of the presidential campaign asked the question, “So Hillary, if Russia is such a threat, why did you sell them 20% of our uranium? Are you a liar, or a traitor, or both?”

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The Uranium One deal was not Clinton’s to veto or approve

Among the ways these accusations stray from the facts is in attributing a power of veto or approval to Secretary Clinton that she simply did not have. Clinton was one of nine cabinet members and department heads that sit on the CFIUS, and the secretary of the treasury is its chairperson. CFIUS members are collectively charged with evaluating proposed foreign acquisitions for potential national security issues, then turning their findings over to the president. By law, the committee can’t veto a transaction; only the president can.

All nine federal agencies and the Utah Division of Radiation Control were required to approve the Uranium One transaction before it could go forward. According to The New York Times, Clinton may not have even directly participated in the decision. Then-Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez, whose job it was to represent the State Dept. on CFIUS, said Clinton “never intervened” in committee matters. Clinton herself has said she wasn’t personally involved.

Despite transfer of ownership, the uranium remained in the U.S.

A key fact ignored in criticisms of Clinton’s supposed involvement in the deal is that the uranium was not — nor could it be — exported, and remained under the control of U.S.-based subsidiaries of Uranium One, according to a statement by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

NRC’s review of the transfer of control request determined that the U.S. subsidiaries will
remain the licensees, will remain qualified to conduct the uranium recovery operations, and will continue to have the equipment, facilities, and procedures necessary to protect public health and safety and to minimize danger to life or property. The review also determined that the licensees will maintain adequate financial surety for eventual decommissioning of the sites. Neither Uranium One nor ARMZ holds an NRC export license, so no uranium produced at either facility may be exported.

The timing of most of the donations does not match

Of the $145 million allegedly contributed to the Clinton Foundation by Uranium One investors, the lion’s share — $131.3 million — came from a single donor, Frank Giustra, the company’s Canadian founder. But Giustra sold off his entire stake in the company in 2007, three years before the Russia deal and at least 18 months before Clinton became secretary of state.

Of the remaining individuals connected with Uranium One who donated to the Clinton Foundation, only one was found to have contributed during the same time frame that the deal was taking place, according to The New York Times — Ian Telfer (also a Canadian), the company’s chairman:

His donations through the Fernwood Foundation included $1 million reported in 2009, the year his company appealed to the American Embassy to help it keep its mines in Kazakhstan; $250,000 in 2010, the year the Russians sought majority control; as well as $600,000 in 2011 and $500,000 in 2012. Mr. Telfer said that his donations had nothing to do with his business dealings, and that he had never discussed Uranium One with Mr. or Mrs. Clinton. He said he had given the money because he wanted to support Mr. Giustra’s charitable endeavors with Mr. Clinton. “Frank and I have been friends and business partners for almost 20 years,” he said.

In addition to the Clinton Foundation donations, the New York Times also cited a $500,000 speaking fee paid to former president Bill Clinton by a Russian investment bank in June 2010, before the Uranium One deal was approved:

The $500,000 fee — among Mr. Clinton’s highest — was paid by Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank with ties to the Kremlin that has invited world leaders, including Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, to speak at its investor conferences.

Renaissance Capital analysts talked up Uranium One’s stock, assigning it a “buy” rating and saying in a July 2010 research report that it was “the best play” in the uranium markets.

The timing of Telfer’s Clinton Foundation donations and Bill Clinton’s Renaissance Capital speaking fee might be questionable if there was reason to believe that Hillary Clinton was instrumental in the approval of the deal with Russia, but all the evidence points to the contrary — that Clinton did not play a pivotal role, and, in fact, may not have played any role at all. Moreover, neither Clinton nor her department possessed sole power of approval over said transaction.

Foundation has admittted disclosure mistakes

One fault investigations into the Clinton Foundation’s practices did find was that not all of the donations were properly disclosed — specifically, those of Uranium One Chairman Ian Telfer between 2009 and 2012. The foundation admitted this shortcoming and pledged to correct it, but as the Guardian pointed out in its May 2015 discussion of Clinton Cash, the fact that it happened is reason enough to sound alarm bells:

It is also true that large donations to the foundation from the chairman of Uranium One, Ian Telfer, at around the time of the Russian purchase of the company and while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, were never disclosed to the public. The multimillion sums were channeled through a subsidiary of the Clinton Foundation, CGSCI, which did not reveal its individual donors.

Such awkward collisions between Bill’s fundraising activities and Hillary’s public service have raised concerns not just among those who might be dismissed as part of a vast right-wing conspiracy.

An enormous volume of interest and speculation surrounds the workings of the Clinton Foundation, which is to be expected. Given the enormous sums of money it controls and the fact that it is run by a former U.S. president who is married to a former U.S. secretary of state and presidential candidate, the foundation deserves all the scrutiny it gets, and more.

At the same time, for the sake of accuracy it’s crucial to differentiate between partisan accusations and what we actually know about it — however little that may be.

Update

On 17 October 2017, The Hill reported obtaining evidence that Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official who oversaw the American operations of the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom, was being investigated for corruption by multiple U.S. agencies while the Uranium One deal was up for approval — information that apparently was not shared with U.S. officials involved in approving the transaction. The Hill also reported receiving documents and eyewitness testimony “indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow,” although no specifics about who those Russian nuclear officials were or how the money was allegedly routed to the Clinton Foundation were given. In any case, none of these revelations prove that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated in a quid pro quo agreement to accept payment for approval of the Uranium One deal.

On 24 October 2017, the U.S. House intelligence and oversight committees announced the launch of a joint investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Russian purchase of Uranium One.

 

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Justin Verlander and Kate Upton reportedly getting married this weekend in Italy.

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Kate Upton and Justin Verlander celebrate the Astros’ World Series triumph. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Astros have just won the first World Series in franchise history, and love is very much in the air. First Houston shortstop Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend immediately after Wednesday’s Game 7 triumph, and now Thursday has brought reports that pitcher Justin Verlander and Kate Upton are about to get married.

In fact, the nuptials are set for this very weekend, according to WXYZ and other media outlets. That begs the question: Even if the wedding date was set a long time ago, was Verlander not considering any possibility that he might be involved in a World Series victory parade?

Of course, Verlander was traded late in the season from the Tigers to the Astros, but it’s not like Detroit, which posted an 86-75 record in 2016, was given no chance of winning it all this year. Perhaps the 34-year-old right-hander, who won his first championship after 12-plus seasons with the Tigers, simply thought that a potential schedule conflict would be a problem he’d love to have.

Being dealt to Houston on Aug. 30 certainly increased Verlander’s chances of being involved in a World Series, but it would have been a little late at that point to change plans for an early November wedding. Particularly as it is being held in Tuscany, Italy, according to reports.

Verlander and Upton, 25, have been dating since early 2014, and they got engaged shortly before the 2016 season began. The three-time Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model has been a noticeable presence in this year’s playoffs, and she caused a run on a throwback Mitchell & Ness Astros sweater after wearing one during the ALCS and again during the Series.


Kate Upton is sharply attired as Justin Verlander holds his ALCS MVP trophy. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Upton has also been an off-field presence for Verlander, at one point profanely calling out baseball writers who failed to put the pitcher on their AL Cy Young ballots last year. Verlander wound up losing the award to Rick Porcello of the Red Sox by just five points, 137-132, even though Verlander had a major edge (14-8) in first-place votes.

In May, Upton told People that her dream wedding gown was “something that’s classic, with a sexy twist.” She added that Verlander would be fine with whatever look she went with, saying, “Justin is so supportive and I don’t think that he would honestly have a strong opinion in that way.”

He’s a lover, not a judger,” Upton said.

 

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A look at World Series Game 7s

A look at World Series Game 7s

A Game 7 is one of the rarest treats in sports, and now we get another one. Not since the 1980s has the World Series gone to a winner-take-all-game three times in a four-year span, but that’s what will happen Wednesday, after the Dodgers extended this Fall Classic with a 3-1 win over the Astros on Tuesday night.

• World Series Gm 7: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. ET air time | 8 ET game time on FOX

Wednesday’s showdown will be the 39th Game 7 in Major League history. The Dodgers have played in five of them, going 2-3 in such games in franchise history, and this will be the first one played at Dodger Stadium. The last Game 7 the Dodgers played was in 1965, when they went on the road to beat the Twins, 2-0, at Metropolitan Stadium thanks to a three-hitter from Sandy Koufax.

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4 Oct. 28 LAD 6, HOU 2 Watch
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If the rest of this Series has been any indication, Game 7 should be packed to the brim with drama, intrigue and memorable moments. But first, let’s take a look back and relive every Game 7 in World Series history.

Nov. 2, 2016 — Cubs 8, Indians 7 (10)
Chicago led by scores of 5-1 and 6-3, but Cleveland kept battling back. Rajai Davis‘ game-tying two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Tribe will go down in World Series lore, but it was Ben Zobrist who made himself a Cubs legend, hitting a go-ahead double in the 10th inning to help put their 108-year title drought to rest.

Oct. 29, 2014 — Giants 3, Royals 2
Madison Bumgarner delivered a pitching performance for the ages, throwing five shutout innings in relief, on two days’ rest, to clinch the Giants’ third championship in five seasons. He protected a one-run lead the entire time, the longest save in postseason history, en route to winning Series MVP.

Oct. 28, 2011 — Cardinals 6, Rangers 2
St. Louis backed up its wild comeback win in Game 6 to secure its second championship in six years. Allen Craig hit the go-ahead homer in the third inning, and Chris Carpenter threw six solid innings.

Oct. 27, 2002 — Angels 4, Giants 1
Garret Anderson’s three-run double in the third inning broke a 1-1 tie, and three Angels relievers backed John Lackey as Anaheim won its second straight game at home to claim the series.

Nov. 4, 2001 — D-backs 3, Yankees 2
A battle between starters Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling was decided when Yankees closer Mariano Rivera made a rare postseason stumble. Tony Womack tied the score with an RBI double, and Luis Gonzalez’s bloop single won it.

Gonzalez beats Mo

Oct. 26, 1997 — Marlins 3, Indians 2 (11)
The Marlins locked up their first championship in their fifth season. Craig Counsell hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to tie the score, then scored the winning run on Edgar Renteria’s 11th-inning walk-off single.

Oct. 27, 1991 — Twins 1, Braves 0 (10)
It was a pitchers’ duel for the ages as the game remained scoreless into extras. The Twins’ Jack Morris would prevail to earn his fourth win of the postseason. Gene Larkin delivered a pinch-hit RBI single to seal the win in the 10th.

Oct. 25, 1987 — Twins 4, Cardinals 2
Frank Viola had already started Game 4 of the Twins’ World Series run. It didn’t go well as he gave up five runs in just 3 1/3 innings. Viola came back strong in eight innings during Game 7, allowing just two runs on six hits to lead the Twins to their first World Series.

Oct. 27, 1986 — Mets 8, Red Sox 5
Keith Hernandez and the Mets wouldn’t let the Red Sox repeat their Game 7 ALCS magic. Hernandez racked up three RBIs as teammates Darryl Strawberry and Ray Knight each had solo shots to help the Mets win their second and latest championship.

Mets win World Series

Oct. 27, 1985 — Royals 11, Cardinals 0
After topping the Blue Jays in an American League Championship Series Game 7, Bret Saberhagen led the Royals in a rout over the Cardinals with a shutout. Saberhagen allowed five hits as a scorching Darryl Motley went 3-for-4 to seal the championship.

Oct. 20, 1982 — Cardinals 6, Brewers 3
Joaquin Andujar grabbed his third straight postseason win to earn the Cardinals their ninth set of World Series rings. Andujar gave up seven hits and three runs, as the Redbirds had a solid outing from the plate with 15 hits.

Oct. 17, 1979 — Pirates 4, Orioles 1
It was a defensive standoff between the Orioles and Pirates as Jim Bibby and Scott McGregor took the mound. Despite an eight-inning gem from McGregor, the Bucs would win their fifth and latest championship, following a three-RBI outing by Willie Stargell.

Oct. 22, 1975 — Reds 4, Red Sox 3
The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead in third inning, but the Reds fought back and took the lead in the ninth to secure Cincinnati’s first World Series title since 1940.

Reds win 1975 World Series

Oct. 21, 1973 — Athletics 5, Mets 2
The A’s went up, 4-0, in the third inning when Bert Campaneris and Reggie Jackson belted two-run home runs off Jon Matlack to secure the victory and give Oakland its second consecutive title.

Oct. 22, 1972 — Athletics 3, Reds 2
A pair of runs in the sixth inning handed the A’s a 3-1 lead before Rollie Fingers shut the door in the ninth to hand the city of Oakland its first world championship in any sport.

Oct. 17, 1971 — Pirates 2, Orioles 1
Pittsburgh starter Steve Blass carried a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning before Baltimore managed a run. However, he retired the O’s in order in the ninth to clinch the title.

Oct. 10, 1968 — Tigers 4, Cardinals 1
A year removed from his amazing World Series performance, Bob Gibson was outpitched by Mickey Lolich, who worked on just two days’ rest to secure a Tigers championship.

Oct. 12, 1967 — Cardinals 7, Red Sox 2
Bob Gibson dazzled in the deciding game, allowing only three hits. He was backed by a St. Louis offense that scored seven runs off of Boston’s Jim Lonborg.

Oct. 14, 1965 — Dodgers 2, Twins 0
Sandy Koufax was close to untouchable in the Dodgers’ win over the Twins. Koufax retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced, finishing the game with a three-hit shutout.

Koufax's Game 7 gem

Oct. 15, 1964 — Cardinals 7, Yankees 5
With Bob Gibson and Mel Stottlemyre both working on two days’ rest, Stottlemyre was lifted after four innings, while Gibson went the distance to claim the World Series for St. Louis.

Oct. 16, 1962 — Yankees 1, Giants 0
The Yankees scored a run in the fifth inning when Tony Kubek hit into a double play. It proved to be the difference in a tight 1-0 World Series win for New York.

Oct. 13, 1960 — Pirates 10, Yankees 9
Possibly the greatest Game 7 in World Series history, Bill Mazeroski came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied at 9-9 and hit a home run to give the Pirates their first World Series title since 1925.

Mazeroski wins it

Oct. 9, 1958 — Yankees 6, Braves 2
The two teams were locked in a 2-2 tie through seven innings before the Yankees scored four runs in the eighth inning behind a three-run home run from Moose Skowron to secure a World Series win.

Oct. 10, 1957 — Braves 5, Yankees 0
Lew Burdette, who had already won two games in the series, got the ball for Milwaukee in Game 7. He tossed a seven-hit shutout, as the Braves knocked out Don Larsen in the third inning, cruising to a 5-0 victory.

Oct. 10, 1956 — Yankees 9, Dodgers 0
Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 wasn’t the only Yankees shutout in the series. After the Yanks took the lead with two first-inning runs, Johnny Kucks tossed a three-hitter to defeat the Dodgers and starter Don Newcombe.

Oct. 4, 1955 — Dodgers 2, Yankees 0
“Wait ’til next year” was the Dodgers’ motto when they famously lost their first seven World Series. Brooklyn starter Johnny Podres made sure “next year” was 1955 by tossing a shutout against the vaunted Yankees lineup in Game 7.

Dodgers win their first Series

Oct. 7, 1952 — Yankees 4, Dodgers 2
The Yankees carried a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning, where reliever Bob Kuzava retired Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson with the bases loaded to end the threat. He pitched another two scoreless frames and earned his second Series-clinching save in as many years.

Oct. 6, 1947 — Yankees 5, Dodgers 2
The Dodgers took an early 2-0 lead to knock out Yankees starter Spec Shea. But it was all Yanks after that as they scored five runs in four different innings. New York’s Joe Page tossed five innings of one-hit relief work.

Oct. 15, 1946 — Cardinals 4, Red Sox 3
Dom DiMaggio’s two-run double tied the game in the top of the eighth inning for Boston. But the Cardinals famously took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Enos Slaughter scored all the way from first on a Harry Walker single to center field.

Oct. 10, 1945 — Tigers 9, Cubs 3
The series best known for the Curse of the Billy Goat came down to a decisive Game 7 at Wrigley Field. The Tigers scored five runs in the first inning, and starter Hal Newhouser went the distance to clinch the series for Detroit in what was the Cubs’ last trip to the Fall Classic.

The Tigers’ Eddie Mayo is safe at home in the eighth inning of Detroit’s 9-3 win in Game 7 of the 1945 World Series.AP

Oct. 8, 1940 — Reds 2, Tigers 1
Bobo Newsom, whose father had suffered a fatal heart attack earlier in the series, pitched six solid innings for Detroit on just one day’s rest. But he tired in the seventh, surrendering a game-tying double and a game-winning sac fly, and the Reds held on for the victory.

Oct. 9, 1934 — Cardinals 11, Tigers 0
Dizzy Dean, pitching on just one day of rest, was brilliant in tossing a six-hit shutout. The game was delayed after St. Louis’ Joe Medwick and Detroit’s Marv Owen fought after Medwick’s hard slide into third, which prompted fans to throw soda bottles and fruit onto the field.

Oct. 10, 1931 — Cardinals 4, A’s 2
The Cardinals jumped out in front early with two runs in the first inning and put the game essentially on ice with two more in the third. Philadelphia wouldn’t score until the ninth inning, but its two runs weren’t enough.

Oct. 10, 1926 — Cardinals 3, Yankees 2
Grover Cleveland Alexander held the Yankees scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings after he had picked up the victory in Game 6. With Lou Gehrig at the plate and the Yanks trailing by one, Babe Ruth was caught stealing second base to end the series.

Oct. 15, 1925 — Pirates 9, Senators 7
The Senators blew a 6-3 lead when Hall of Famer Walter Johnson, who won Games 1 and 4 in the series, ran out of gas. Pittsburgh scored three times in the eighth and won, 9-7. Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, the AL MVP Award winner, committed eight errors in the series.

Oct. 10, 1924 — Senators 4, Giants 3 (12)
Many baseball historians argue this was the greatest Game 7. Washington fell behind, 3-1, but tied it with two runs in the eighth. The Senators went on to win the game in the 12th on a bad-hop grounder that scored Muddy Ruel, giving the city of Washington its only title.

Oct. 16, 1912 — Red Sox 3, Giants 2 (10)
In what was technically Game 8, after Game 2 resulted in a tie because of darkness, New York went ahead, 2-1, in the top of the 10th on Fred Merkle’s single. But in the bottom of the frame, center fielder Fred Snodgrass dropped a lazy popup, which proved to be very costly in Boston’s 3-2 win.

Oct. 16, 1909 — Pirates 8, Tigers 0
On just one day of rest, Babe Adams tossed a six-hit shutout for the Pirates, who easily won baseball’s first winner-take-all Game 7. It marked Ty Cobb’s last appearance in a World Series and the third consecutive year the Tigers lost in the Fall Classic.

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5 questions that will decide Game 7 (8 ET, FOX)

5 questions that will decide Game 7 (8 ET, FOX)

For the second World Series in a row — and for the first time in Dodger Stadium history — we’re fortunate enough to be treated to a Fall Classic that will head to a Game 7. Given how competitive and entertaining the Series has been so far, and that it’s the first time since 1970 that two 100-plus-win teams are facing off in the Fall Classic, this feels like a fitting resolution. This Series always had to go the distance.

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World Series Game 7: In Real Life

World Series Game 7: In Real Life

It all comes down to tonight. The Dodgers prevailed over the Astros, 3-1, in Game 6 on Tuesday, bringing the World Series presented by YouTube TV to its thrilling conclusion in Game 7 tonight (8 p.m. ET on FOX). The best-of-seven series is tied, 3-3. Houston will start Lance McCullers Jr. opposite Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish in the winner-take-all Series finale.

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Ace in the hole: Kershaw ready for G7 relief

Left-hander says he’s prepared for whatever Dodgers need from him

Ace in the hole: Kershaw ready for G7 relief

LOS ANGELES — The frustration of leads lost under his watch on Sunday was still fresh for Clayton Kershaw when he hit send on the text message to his manager Dave Roberts during Monday’s off-day.

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All 38 World Series Game 7s, ranked

All 38 World Series Game 7s, ranked

It’s only fitting that a series this wild — this filled with unforgettable moments — will be decided with the four greatest words in baseball: World Series Game 7. And with so many exciting players — from Altuve to Bellinger to Springer to Darvish to Available Reliever Dallas Keuchel to Available Reliever Clayton Kershaw — it’s bound to be one of the best of all-time.

But that got us thinking: Just what is the best World Series Game 7 of all-time? There are almost too many iconic moments to choose from, so we’re going to have to solve this the old-fashioned way: by ranking all 38 of them.

 

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White House Says Charges Against Campaign Advisers Do Not Touch Trump

President Trump outside the White House last week. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his representatives on Monday dismissed the charges leveled against three former campaign advisers, saying none of them proved that he had colluded with Russia last year to influence the presidential election.

The White House said that the indictment of Paul J. Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, and Rick Gates, his deputy, as well as the guilty plea of George Papadopoulous, a former campaign adviser, had nothing to do with Mr. Trump or his election operation. Instead, it sought to refocus attention on Democrats and their actions during the campaign.

“Today’s announcement has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president’s campaign or campaign activity,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary. Responding to questions at her daily briefing, she said, “We’ve been saying from day one there’s been no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all.”

Jay Sekulow, a private attorney for Mr. Trump, said the president and his legal team were not worried about the indictments, which could be used by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to seek testimony that could implicate other targets.

“No, not concerned,” Mr. Sekulow said on CNN. “I’m completely convinced as I was from the outset that not only was there no Russian collusion, there was no obstruction.” He added: “I’m not concerned about this at all and no one else is either.”

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On Twitter, Mr. Trump reacted only to the indictment of Mr. Manafort on tax fraud, money laundering and foreign lobbying violations, arguing that it was not relevant to the campaign since it dealt with prior private business.

In the first of two tweets, Mr. Trump wrote: “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????”

In a second tweet minutes later, Mr. Trump added: “….Also, there is NO COLLUSION!” 

He made no comment on the guilty plea by Mr. Papadopoulous, who admitted lying to the F.B.I. about his efforts to connect Mr. Trump’s campaign with Russian government officials.

At her briefing, Ms. Sanders repeatedly insisted that Mr. Papadopolous was just “a volunteer” in the president’s campaign, and she downplayed his role by saying that he was “a volunteer member of an advisory council that literally met one time.”

Ms. Sanders insisted that Trump campaign officials rebuffed all of his efforts to put them in touch with Russians. “You mean the outreach that was repeatedly denied, and pushed away?” she said. “He reached out and nothing happened beyond that.”

His guilty plea, she said, was unrelated to his campaign efforts. “It has nothing to do with the activities of the campaign,” Ms. Sanders said. “It has to do with his failure to tell the truth that doesn’t have anything to do with the campaign or the campaign’s activities.”

Democrats jumped on the indictments, showing no hesitation to link the allegations against Trump campaign aides to Mr. Trump himself.

“We know today that the Trump presidential campaign was run by a Russian foreign agent now charged with conspiring against the United States,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut. “This indictment is a sober, shattering moment and a major step toward answers and accountability for the American people. The President now owes the American people a serious explanation of his decision to hire Manafort and his own knowledge of this conspiracy.”

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said at a news briefing on Monday that Mr. Trump had not spoken to Paul J. Manafort, his former campaign chairman, in several months. CreditTom Brenner/The New York Times

Senator Tom Udall, Democrat of New Mexico, keyed in Mr. Papadopoulis, who “pleaded guilty to lying to F.B.I. investigators about his contacts with a Russian individual with ‘substantial connections’ with Russian government officials who discussed possessing ‘dirt’ on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails.”

“These indictments and guilty plea demonstrate beyond any doubt that this is a consequential investigation, and it must be allowed to move forward without political interference,” he said in a statement.

Ms. Sanders said that Mr. Manafort and the president have not spoken in months. She said that Mr. Gates had been at the White House several times since the inauguration, but she declined to say for certain whether Mr. Trump had spoken to Mr. Gates.

“I know that there was some initial contact after the president was sworn in,” she said, but said that she was not certain there was anything “directly with the president.”

Both Ms. Sanders and Mr. Sekulow disputed suggestions that Mr. Trump might seek to fire Mr. Mueller. “There’s no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel,” Ms. Sanders said.

The two also played down the possibility that Mr. Trump might pardon Mr. Manafort or others caught in the special counsel’s investigation. “I haven’t had a conversation with the president about pardons or pardoning individuals,” said Mr. Sekulow. Ms. Sanders likewise said that she had not spoken with the president about the possibility of pardons.

The president’s team again pointed to the Democrats to argue that they were the ones who were collaborating with Russia because of a salacious dossier of allegations against Mr. Trump produced by a firm called Fusion GPS that was paid in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“The real collusion scandal as we’ve said several times before has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS and Russia,” Ms. Sanders said. “There’s clear evidence of the Clinton campaign colluding with Russian intelligence to spread disinformation and smear the president to influence the election.”

 

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