San Francisco pitcher Tim Hudson takes the mound on Friday as the Giants host Kansas City in game three of the World Series, a chance on baseball's biggest stage he once feared might never come. The 39-year-old right-hander has 16 seasons in Major League Baseball -- making 457 career starts for Oakland, Atlanta and San Francisco. In the early years, when playoff appearances were plentiful, he never doubted that he would one day pitch in a World Series.
By Andy Bruce and David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's rapid economic recovery eased in the three months to September, as services output growth slowed and manufacturing expanded at the weakest pace in 18 months, official data showed on Friday. Gross domestic product expanded by 0.7 percent in the third quarter, compared with 0.9 percent the quarter before, in line with forecasts in a Reuters poll and above its long-run average. Output grew 3.0 percent from the third quarter of last year, the Office for National Statistics said, down from an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the second quarter. Total economic output is now 3.4 percent higher than its pre-crisis peak in early 2008.