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Campbell won't go to Europe unless season is lost

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Campbell won't go to Europe unless season is lost

Gregory Campbell had a few offers to play in Europe, and there were some in-depth discussions between his agent and a few teams.

But the Bs fourth-line center isnt headed overseas anytime soon, and probably wont be going to the Czech Republic or Germany unless the entire NHL 2012-13 season gets called due to the lockout.

It was previously thought Campbell might join Ceske Budejovice HC and play with Andrew Ference in the Czech Republic, but that opportunity wasnt the right fit. There was also a chance for Campbell to play in Germany, but life at home has come into play this offseason.

"Its just not the right time for me to be playing in Europe at this point," said Campbell.

Campbell is newly married and was in Boston this week attending to a few errands after buying a residence in the Back Bay. But Campbell indicated hell be headed back to Ontario this weekend until something breaks for better or worse.

He has been skating with Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman and their former junior team, the Kitchener Rangers, in recent weeks, and that will be the plan until the season is saved or cancelled.

Its a good practice with some good intensity and a nice group of kids, and it gives you that good feeling going to the rink every day thats missing a little bit with the lockout, said Campbell, who skated with Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille at a Monday morning informal practice at a local arena.

"So Ill head back up to Ontario until something happens," he added. "You never know. I guess things might change a little later down the line and it would be beneficial to play in some games if things start to happen around here quickly. But as of right now Im staying in North America, and Ill just keep myself ready to play.

Campbell is starting the first year of a three-year, 4.8 million contract extension in Boston, and had 16 points in 77 games last year while averaging nearly 13 minutes of ice time per game. The 28-year-old Campbell also finished second on the Bruins behind Thornton with fighting majors last season.

With Campbell leaving Boston and the number of skaters at the involuntary workouts dwindling, its becoming more and more of a challenge for the players to keep themselves in the ready position.

Astros beat Yankees in Game 7 to advance to World Series, 4-0

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Astros beat Yankees in Game 7 to advance to World Series, 4-0

HOUSTON - Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.

Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Now, manager A.J. Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games.

Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.

Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.

CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.

Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.

The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.