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World Series roundtable: Which player could be the difference?

How confident are you in your pick? Which manager has the edge? We asked our experts for five predictions heading into the World Series and they answered.

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2hScott Burnside

Power Rankings: Habs are riding high

The Canadiens are cruising, and Connor McDavid and the Oilers and Steven Stamkos and the Lightning are hot on their heels. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs seem destined to blow big leads every game.

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6hDavid Schoenfield

The Indians' fixer-upper defense shines

Move a college outfield tweener to second? A third baseman to right field? The Indians' makeover on defense changed them from also-rans to AL champs.

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8hPaul Lukas

The Fall Uni Classic

Here are a few things you should pay attention to when you tune in to the World Series this week.

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1hDan Arritt

Blind former Navy seaman conquers Alcatraz swim

The open-water swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco can be treacherous, but it was more like a day at the beach for Brad Snyder, a Paralympian who lost his sight serving his country.

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2hAdam Rittenberg

What is wrong with UCLA?

UCLA might have the most-talented roster in the Pac-12 but the Bruins are in danger of missing a bowl for the first time since 2010. What gives?


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Danny Salazar says he was told by Indians pitching coach Mickey Calloway he'll be on the World Series roster but doesn't know if he'll start or relieve. "I don't know if I'm a starter or reliever but I'm ready," he said.


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Here at media day, we have an indication that Trevor Bauer will start Game 2 of the World Series. He is throwing his first bullpen since bleeding off the mound of Game 3 of the ALCS. Why is his bullpen significant? This would be his normal day to throw if he were to start Wednesday's Game 2. If he gets through it OK, it would seem Game 2 would be Bauer's.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

From ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter: After LeSean McCoy aggravated hamstring Sunday, one source said Bills RB "will be same position this week, probably questionable" for Sunday vs. Patriots.


Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Indians pitcher Danny Salazar says he's been told he's on the team's World Series roster. Doesn't know his role.


Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Kris Bryant keeping his ears warm as he gets ready to hit

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Anthony Rizzo in the cage at Progressive Field

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

On the wall outside the Indians clubhouse....quite appropriate for them in this post-season

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta will pitch Game 2 for the Cubs, per Maddon.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon said at his press conference that Kyle Schwarber is going to play tonight at Arizona Fall League and they will make a decision tomorrow if they'll add him to the roster.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Who's ready for World Series work out day?

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

There is no update on a timetable for UCLA QB Josh Rosen's return. Coach Jim Mora said he is dealing with a nerve issue in his right shoulder. He has missed the past two games since being injured against Arizona State.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"I've already talked to the league and it's illegal to comment on officiating." – Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he's already spoken with the league about the circumstances surrounding the blocked field goal in the second quarter of Sunday night's 6-6 tie, when Seattle LB Bobby Wagner leaped over LS Aaron Brewer to block K Chandler Catanzaro's 39-yard field goal attempt. Arians thought Wagner had touched Brewer, which would've been a penalty. After Sunday night's game, Arians said he was expecting to get an explanation from the NFL about the play "that is all bulls---."

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala have once again been appointed captains of the team, ESPN has learned. Steve Kerr made this decision recently. There was not a team vote.

Field Yates ESPN Insider 

A heads up for for @ESPNFantasy players: Ty Montgomery has been granted RB eligibility, effective this week. He can now be used at WR or RB.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles confirmed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL and is done for the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sunday against the Browns. Bowles was non-committal on his No. 2 QB, Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg. He said he won't dress three for this game. C Nick Mangold (normal ankle sprain) will be evaluated throughout the week.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders punter Marquette King makes himself at home and tickles the ivory at the team's swank resort for the week in Sarasota.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills center Eric Wood tells WGR 550 that Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry's hit on Aaron Williams "crossed the line," adding that Landry "tried to take his head off." Wood says he's interested to see what the NFL will fine Landry.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Jets announce Ryan Fitzpatrick as back to being their new/old starting QB.


Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Steve Kerr said he's rooting for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series because his son is a die-hard Cubs fan. He understands Cleveland fans may think it's a jab.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he still fully supports K Chandler Catanzaro.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said there's a chance they'll give a little more work to Rob Kelley in lieu of Matt Jones fumble issues. Gruden said he liked how many touches Chris Thompson had yesterday. But Gruden said, "we're not giving up on Matt Jones. We just have to make sure he protects the dang ball."

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

"I cut practice shorter (Sunday), but I see he got a great workout last night," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Kevin Durant's involvement at the Kanye West concert last night.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says that his ring with the Cavs as a coach means more to him than the two rings he earned as a player with the Lakers: "It meant more because of everything I had to go through. I think the Lakers, when I won two championships, we were favored to win so being the underdogs going into the Finals, being down 3-1, going through all the things I had to go through in the second half of the season and our team had to go through, this meant a lot more to me than the first two."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about Ryan Shazier calling the defense 'garbage,' Steelers DE Cam Heyward said Shazier is being kind, cited 'piss-poor technique' in tackling the Patriots. "You have to have some pride when you're out there," he added.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been cleared to practice Wednesday. But he still has to be cleared to play by an independent doctor before he can play.