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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the fifth inning of Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LOVERRO: Tenacity, brilliance now define Strasburg’s legacy

Monday night before a packed and raucous sold-out Nationals Park crowd of 43,675 energized by their team’s first NL Championship Series home game, Stephen Strasburg focused on what he could control — and he controlled the St. Louis Cardinals for seven innings of one-run baseball.

Washington Nationals' Victor Robles celebrates after a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning in Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Nationals have Robles back for Game 3

- The Washington Times

Victor Robles is in the starting lineup Monday night in center field for the Washington Nationals, after he missed several games with a hamstring injury.

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Wales coach Warren Gatland watches during training at the Oita Stadium in Oita, Japan, Tuesday Oct. 8, 2019. Wales will play against Fiji in their Rugby World Cup Pool D game on Oct. 9. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Kiwi coaches to the fore in Rugby World Cup quarterfinals

- Associated Press

Of the eight teams remaining in the Rugby World Cup four are coached by New Zealanders who, from similar beginnings, pursued divergent coaching careers before their paths intersected at this tournament.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the first inning of Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Strasburg Ks 12, Nats top Cards 8-1; 1 win from World Series

- Associated Press

More than 100 pitches in, Stephen Strasburg was adamant he wasn't quite ready to leave the latest superb start by a Nationals pitcher against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series - a win that put Washington on the verge of the city's first World Series in 86 years.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James in action during a match against Brooklyn Nets at the NBA China Games 2019 in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 (Color China Photo via AP)

LeBron: Rockets' Morey 'wasn't educated' on China tweet

- Associated Press

LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation" regarding the potential consequences of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles won five of the six gold medals at last week's world championships and broke the all-time record of 25 medals by any gymnast, male or female. (Associated Press)

Biles now face of 2020 Olympic Games on world medal haul

- Associated Press

With Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps both retired since the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. gymnast will be the face of the games for much of the world. In gymnastics, no one else comes close. Biles won five of the six gold medals at last week's world championships and broke the all-time record of 25 medals by any gymnast, male or female.