Astros, Dodgers meet in Game 1 ... Flame lit for Pyeongchang Games ... Tokyo promises to keep Olympic waters clean for Summer Games
UNDATED (AP) — Temperatures are expected to hit the triple digits at Dodger Stadium today, where L.A. and the Houston Astros meet for Game One of World Series. Game time is 8:09 p.m. Eastern Time, and it could be the warmest World Series ever. An October heat wave slugged Southern California on Monday, with the temperature reaching 104 degrees shortly after lunchtime. It was still blazing when the Dodgers and Astros showed up at Dodger Stadium for brief late-afternoon workouts.
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — The flame for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games has been lit in the ruined birthplace of the ancient Olympics. An actress playing an ancient pagan priestess lit the torch in front of the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, despite a cloudburst that disrupted today’s ceremony. It launched a long torch relay that will culminate with the winter Games opening on Feb. 9.
TOKYO (AP) — A top Tokyo Olympic Games organizer is pledging to keep water clean and safe at marathon swimming and triathlon venues where E. coli bacterial contamination was detected during the summer. Tokyo organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto tells the Associated Press that officials have tested two layers of underwater screens at the venue, which he says could keep out 90 percent of E. coli inflow. He says that adding a third layer of the screens could prove even more effective.
LONDON (AP) — The British government has decided doping cheats should not face criminal prosecutions. Sports minister Tracey Crouch says sanctions for drug offenses should be left to sports governing bodies to enforce. It follows a government review examining the merits of criminalizing doping. Crouch says “it was right that we looked into the case for criminalizing doping,” adding that “the strong consensus is that it would not necessarily aid the fight against drug cheats.”
ROME (AP) — The Italian soccer federation says a passage from Anne Frank’s diary will be read before matches this week to condemn the acts of anti-Semitism by Lazio fans and to keep alive memories of the Holocaust. The FIGC also says a minute of silence will be observed before Serie A, B and C matches this week, plus amateur and youth games over the weekend. Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico with images of Frank — the young diarist who died in the Holocaust — wearing a jersey of city rival Roma.