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Over 13,000 Nationals fans attend Game 7 watch party at Nationals Park

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals fans showed up in less-than-ideal weather conditions for a Game 7 watch party at Nationals Park.

While Game 7 was being played at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Nationals fans showed up by the thousands to the team’s home stadium to watch the deciding game of this year’s World Series. Rain didn’t keep more than 13,000 fans from attending, according to the ball club.

Here are a few videos of the scene at Nationals Park.

If the Nationals go on to win the World Series, there will surely be many more than that who will claim to have been there to watch the franchise’s first championship.

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Watch: Yuli Gurriel gives Astros early lead in Game 7 with rocket home run

Yuli Gurriel

Yuli Gurriel put the Houston Astros on the scoreboard first in Game 7 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals.

The Astros first baseman was the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the second inning. On the fourth pitch he saw, Gurriel hit a rocket home run to left field to put Houston up 1-0.

The home run was Gurriel’s second this postseason to go along with the strong defense he’s played at first base.

Houston hit Nats starter Max Scherzer hard in the second inning and stranded runners on second and third with a lineout to left.

Myles Turner leaves Pacers game with sprained right ankle

Myles Turner

Myles Turner was forced to leave the Indiana Pacers’ game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a sprained right ankle.

Late in the first quarter of Wednesday’s game, Turner planted his right foot and rolled his ankle after setting a screen. After laying on the floor in obvious discomfort, Turner was helped back to the locker room.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Turner has a sprained ankle and was out for the remainder of the game.

Turner entered play on Wednesday averaging 17.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks through the first three games of the season. The 23-year-old former first-round pick has emerged as one of the cornerstones of the Pacers.

Jimmy Butler has funny remark about life after having a baby

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler offered a funny remark about life at home with a newborn at home following his season debut on Tuesday night.

Butler made his first regular season appearance for the Miami Heat in the team’s 112-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. He missed the Heat’s first three games of the season following the birth of his daughter.

Following the Heat’s win, Butler was asked if he will be heading home to “bottles and diapers.” Butler’s response was neither — he said he would be having wine instead.

Butler scored 21 points in his debut to go along with five rebounds and three steals.

During the playoffs earlier this year, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet went on a roll following the birth of his son. Maybe Butler will ride the wave of newborn to a big season.

Look: Hong Kong protest supporters appear at Rockets’ home opener with signs, shirts

The Houston Rockets’ home opener included fans who showed up to Toyota Center with shirts and signs supporting Hong Kong.

While the Rockets were in Tokyo, Japan for exhibition games prior to the season, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet with the words “fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” Protests have taken place in Hong Kong in response to an extradition bill that has resulted in many being concerned about the role of the Chinese government.

The backlash from Morey’s tweet came swiftly, which led to him deleting the social media post. On Thursday, the Rockets opened their season at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. In attendance were fans with pro Hong-Kong signs and shirts.

The Rockets reportedly discussed firing Morey over the tweet. Morey has been labeled as uneducated on the subject by a prominent NBA player and backed by one of the league’s top coaches.

This will likely be something that will follow the Rockets throughout the season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see similar scenes at arenas throughout the league as Houston makes its way to all of its away games.

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Umpire Jeff Nelson released from hospital after suffering concussion in Game 3

Jeff Nelson umpire

Veteran umpire Jeff Nelson was released from a New York hospital after suffering a concussion during Game 3 of this year’s ALCS.

On Tuesday, Nelson was hit in the facemask and on the left shoulder by foul balls. He later left the game and was replaced behind home plate by Kerwin Danley.

Two days later, Nelson is out of the hospital and on his way home to Minnesota according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Nelson was ruled out for the remainder of the ALCS and has been replaced by Mike Everitt. Although Nelson’s postseason is over, the good news is he will soon be home resting comfortably.

Eagles player upset team missed out on Jalen Ramsey

Jalen Ramsey

At least one member of the Philadelphia Eagles was not pleased the team missed out on acquiring Jalen Ramsey.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams made news by trading Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens. Later in the day it was announced the Rams had acquired Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a collection of draft picks.

There were surely several suitors for Ramsey, who is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. However, it was the Rams who ended up the big winners in the Ramsey sweepstakes. That didn’t sit well with an Eagles player, who told ESPN’s Josina Anderson the team “dropped the ball” in not trading for Ramsey.

Ramsey was always going to command a steep price. It was the Rams who stepped up with an offer the Jaguars couldn’t refuse. That leaves other teams around the NFL wondering what could have been.

Ex-Nats manager Matt Williams reportedly agrees to manage Korean team

Matt Williams Nats

Matt Williams has reportedly agreed to manage a team in Korea.

Williams, who last managed the Washington Nationals in 2015, will take on the same role for a club in the Korean Baseball Organization next season, according to a report from Jon Heyman. Williams’ contract will reportedly tie him to the team for three years.

Williams went 179-145 as manager of the Nationals over two seasons. In his first year with Washington, he was named National League Manager of the Year.

As a player, Williams was a five-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner, and won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.