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Scott rallies to win Australian Masters

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Scott rallies to win Australian Masters

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Australian Masters in his native country for his first victory of the year.

Scott had five birdies on the front nine and another on No. 18. He trailed Ian Poulter by one after three rounds.

``This has been a long time coming,'' Scott said. ``This is pretty sweet to be in the gold jacket and hold this trophy that I've been admiring since I was a little kid.

``Winning the Australian Open was like getting the monkey off my back a couple of years ago, but this is certainly something I've wanted to achieve for a long time.''

Poulter, who played with Scott, bogeyed two par-5s in three holes on the back nine in the final round and missed a short par putt on 17. He shot a 72 and finished second, four strokes behind the winner.

Scott finished with a 72-hole total of 17-under 271 at Kingston Heath.

New Zealanders Gareth Paddison (68) and Mark Brown (69) tied for third, eight strokes behind.

Poulter said his bogey on No. 12 was costly.

``It wasn't a mistake in club selection, it was a poor swing,'' Poulter said. ``So, if you're going to make a poor swing in that situation then you're going to get punished, and I did. I made a good 6 in the end, but a bogey there's costly and obviously a bogey on the next par 5 was also very costly.

``It was good to try and defend. I'm obviously just a little disappointed that I wasn't slipping another jacket on.''

Scott tapped in for birdie on the par-5 first to quickly join Poulter at the top, and the lead changed six times in seven holes.

After trailing by three strokes, Poulter made it interesting with an eight-foot birdie putt on 16 to pull within two, and the margin could have been closer. Scott was short of the green, but pitched to within four feet and made his par putt to make the swing just one shot.

Poulter gave away any chance of catching Scott when he lipped out on 17, increasing the margin back to three before Scott's birdie on 18.

Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, finished in a tie for eighth after a 71 in the final round.

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Redskins vs. 49ers Week 7 Inactives: Norman inactive for first time this season

Redskins vs. 49ers Week 7 Inactives: Norman inactive for first time this season

Coming out victorious against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers is already a tall task for the 1-5 Redskins, but it'll be even more difficult on Sunday, as the Burgundy and Gold are down two of the best offensive weapons.

After suffering a toe injury against the Dolphins a week ago, running back Chris Thompson will be unable to play vs. San Francisco. Additionally, tight end Vernon Davis will also be in street clothes, as the 35-year-old continues to recover from a concussion.

In wake of Thompson's injury, running back Craig Reynolds was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday. He is active.

Dealing with both a hand and thigh injury, cornerback Josh Norman will be sidelined for Week 7. This doesn't come as a surprise, as No. 24 did not practice all week.

Also on the defensive side of the ball, both linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons and safety Deshazor Everett will miss their second consecutive game, nursing a hamstring and ankle injury, respectively.

Here are the Week 7 inactives.

Redskins vs. 49ers Week 7 Inactives:

Redskins Inactives:

QB Colt McCoy
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons
S Deshazor Everett
G Wes Martin
RB Chris Thompson
TE Vernon Davis
CB Josh Norman

49ers Inactives:

QB C.J. Beathard
WR Deebo Samuel
CB Ahkello Witherspoon
FB Kyle Juszczyk
OT Mike McGlinchey
OT Joe Staley
DL D.J. Jones

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Nationals will face juggernaut Houston Astros in the World Series

Nationals will face juggernaut Houston Astros in the World Series

Finally, an opponent.

The Washington Nationals will travel to Houston on Monday morning to open the 115th World Series on Tuesday against the American League champion Astros in Minute Maid Park.

The Nationals swept St. Louis to send themselves to the organization’s first World Series and a six-day break between games. 

Houston beat the New York Yankees, 6-4, Saturday night to capture its second American League title in three years thanks to a walk-off homer by Jose Altuve. The Astros won the 2017 World Series and lost in the ALCS to eventual World Series champion Boston last season. 

The Astros are deep, versatile and targeted. They won the American League title via a Game 6 bullpen showdown. Outside of starting Brad Peacock in the reliever-laden clincher, Houston also dispatches Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke, a trio which rivals -- if not bests -- the Nationals’ top three. As a group, Houston commanded the strike zone like no other team during the regular season. It led the league in strikeouts from its pitchers and its hitters struck out the least. 

If there is a ding against Houston, which won a franchise-record 107 games this season, it would be the ALCS work with runners in scoring position. It entered Game 6 just 4-for-27 with runners in scoring position. Yuli Gurriel’s three-run, first-inning homer helped counter that slog Saturday night and push Houston into another shot at a title. 

Winning behind a bullpen game is a huge benefit for Houston, It can now pitch ace Cole in Game 1 on extra rest and Verlander in Game 2 on regular rest, if it chooses. 

The Nationals are yet to announce their rotation plans. They have options. Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg could pitch the first two games. Or, Washington could throw Aníbal Sánchez in the opener to push Scherzer to Games 2 and 6 and Strasburg to Games 3 and 7. 

Scherzer and Sánchez dealt with a few of the keys to the Astros’ lineup in the past. Michael Brantley, who joined the Astros following a strong career in Cleveland, is 15-for-44 career against Scherzer (a 1.004 OPS). Jose Altuve is 2 for 11 in a much smaller sample. Josh Reddick is 5 for 11. Many of the major names in the Houston lineup have not faced Scherzer previously. 

Altuve (4 for 11) is more successful against Sánchez. Brantley less so (.667 OPS in 30 at-bats).

They will all face each other again starting Tuesday night at 8:08.

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