Were Ireland's game against Samoa to be cancelled and Scotland beats Russian Federation and Japan in its final two pool games - picking up a four-try bonus point in one of those games - then Ireland, the world's top-ranked team ahead of the tournament, would go out.
In truth, Thiem showed his class earlier in the week, too, as he despatched old adversary Andy Murray with a series of outstanding rallies ending in the Austrian's favour. "It was my first match here in Shanghai after having a few weeks off, so I was a little bit stressed about how my level would be". I arrived quite early in Shanghai to get used to the conditions, to the jet lag and everything.
The offseason hype machine turned Garoppolo into a mix of Joe Namath, John Elway and Superman. Baker Mayfield was benched late in what was easily the worst game of his young National Football League career on Monday night, and the Cleveland Browns quarterback apparently helped motivate his opponent with the way he carried himself prior to kickoff.
Fury, 31, and Strowman exchanged phrases and the Brit tried to enter the ring exclusively to be restrained by plenty of safety guards. The 6ft 9in Fury rose to his feet with both men appearing close to coming to blows as the Brit shouted " dosser " - a trademark taunt of his.
The staff ace for the Rays had been outstanding all season, but was unable to play in the first two games of the series because he started the Wild Card game against the A's. the Twins since the start of 2018. Houston got two hits each from Jose Altuve (run, RBI), Yordan Alvarez (run) and Yuli Guerriel (two RBI) in the contest.
The two teams split the opening two contests in LA, each won a game in DC, and now the decisive game returns to Hollywood. While the Dodgers have not officially announced their starting pitcher for Game 1, all indications point to Walker Buehler (14-4, 3.26 ERA).