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Ultimate guide for Game 3: Who will take control of the Series?

Can Kyle Hendricks pitch the Cubs a step closer to a title? Will Josh Tomlin be able to keep the ball in the park with the wind blowing out? We preview Game 3 of the World Series.

1hOhm Youngmisuk

76ers want protesting singer to perform anthem

The 76ers apologized for preventing Sevyn Streeter from singing the national anthem Wednesday. She said she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

DePorter inspired by Harry Caray to destroy Bartman ball (1:47)
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5hAdam Schefter

How Dallas almost missed on Dak ... over and over

A missed draft pick. A trade that fell through. Another draft pick. Another trade. It did work out, but time after time, Dallas had plans that did NOT involve starting a kid named Dak Prescott.

5hJean-Jacques Taylor

'He was a nobody': Inside Tony Romo's rise

From undrafted free agent to understudy to starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, this is the oral history of the rise of Tony Romo, 10 years after he won the job.

Bortles is reportedly a 'basket case', loses trust of teammates (1:27)
California School for the Deaf rolls over Woodland Christian (2:31)
Stephen A. thinks Durant should use a championship as motivation, not critics (0:45)
The science behind Week 8 NFL sleepers (2:17)
21hBill Barnwell

Football's dumbest unwritten rules

"You have to take the points here." "Don't go for two until you have to." "Run the ball here because if you don't go anywhere you can just run out the clock." It's time for unwritten rules to go.


Pedro Gomez MLB 

Game 3 in a few hours.


Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The Party at Napoli's shirts have made it to Wrigley, where the Indians relievers may (or may not) be giving directions to join the party.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs Game 4 starter John Lackey can be endearingly irascible, but he's as sentimental as anyone when it comes to pitching in this moment, saying, "This is why you play the game. This is why I'm still playing at this stage of my career at this age. I'm trying to win championships and trying to be a part of something special."

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

In a bit of a surprise, Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints. Safety Kam Chancellor (groin) has been ruled out as well and will miss his third straight game. Bradley Sowell (knee) is also out, and WR Tyler Lockett (thigh) is questionable. Russell Wilson (pec/knee) was taken off the injury report and is expected to start.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The World Series seems like a strange time to start experimenting, but that's essentially what Terry Francona and Joe Maddon are both doing. Carlos Santana will play left field for the first time all season (he played four innings there in 2012) while Jason Heyward continues to sit because of his struggles at the plate. In his place will again be Jorge Soler ... who hasn't had a hit since September 15.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown said Sixers will keep Joel Embiid (20 minutes) and Jahlil Okafor (14 minutes) on their minutes restriction against Hawks on Saturday. Also, the two will likely keep rotating in for each other.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have waived WR Ed Eagan and TE Manasseh Garner. They promoted TE Gerald Christian from their practice squad.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

For a second week in a row a San Diego Chargers player won rookie of the week, with Joey Bosa earning the honor after a two-sack performance against the Atlanta Falcons. LB Jatavis Brown won it two weeks ago for his effort in a win over the Denver Broncos.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

2:50 pm CT: The Sports Corner, across from Wrigley Field, hits capacity. 500 people paid $50 each to watch game there tonight

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Indians lineup with leadoff man Carlos Santana in left field.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

First goat spotting at Wrigley. Owner: "Tips for the goat, folks, it ain't cheap to send a 'kid' to college."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Last time Wrigley Field hosted a World Series game, it was also home to the Chicago Bears. Today, Matt Szczur is running routes on the field prior to Game 3.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

No real surprises for Joe Maddon's lineup for Game 3. Jorge Soler gets another start in right field as righty Josh Tomlin of Cleveland is much tougher on lefties than righties. Willson Contreras bats 5th and is behind the plate.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown on team apology to Sevyn Streeter and how his players made their voices heard in a team meeting on wanting to invite Streeter back: "We made a mistake and we move on. Our players' voices were heard and that was their choice too."


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Cover prices are starting to drop around Wrigleyville. Two bars, John Barleycorn & Old Crow, had hoped to get $200, now asking for $100

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

From the concourse up to that first view of the Wrigley Field grass, this is the moment when the magnitude of a World Series game calling the Friendly Confines home will sink in for many fans tonight.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Freshly painted.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Sketch artist Mark McMahon sitting across from Wrigley sign making a drawing for the 1st World Series game in 71 years

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Emotions high as Will Smith's widow, Racquel, accepts his Saints Hall of Fame induction on his behalf. Said he is here with everyone today, including their three children. "Today I am definitely his voice. I'm nervous. But for him I would do anything."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Six hours until game time and Wrigleyville is already packed for a day Cubs fans have been waiting 71 years to enjoy.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Panic in the World Series ticket market. StubHub closes sales 6 hours before Game 3. 900+ unsold tickets transferred to other sites.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamaal Charles will not play on Sunday against the Colts. The Chiefs will list him as out for the game on their final injury report of the week.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Kevin Durant on what he anticipates from Anthony Davis this season: "He can score from any area on the floor and he's probably going to lead the league in scoring easily."

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook was asked about the 76er fan who apologized for flipping Westbrook off, but also said he said he was provoked. Westbrook's answer: "Uh, yeah man, I'm looking forward to tonight. Definitely will be a good home crowd."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr asked if 81-and-1 is doable. He quips, "I do. Although right now the way we're playing maybe 41-and-41 is more likely."