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3hJayson Stark

Wait, the Cubs or Indians are actually going to win the World Series

This isn't Hollywood. It's Cleveland. But starting Tuesday, MLB's two longest-suffering franchises are going to write a drought-busting World Series script that's almost impossible to believe.

Kellerman picks the Knicks as the worst franchise in sports (1:54)
Silver won't threaten players who plan to protest (1:08)
Will Ferrell channels Harry Caray ahead of World Series (1:01)
World Series a date with history for Cubs (2:22)
Tebow defends pursuit of dreams to Stephen A. (1:31)
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The Undefeated: Kaepernick answers what's next

Colin Kaepernick's pregame protests have made waves. Now he is looking to bring his message to the next level, into the boardrooms and executive suites, writes William C. Rhoden.

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4hDan Rafael

Divisional Rankings: Heavyweight division wide open

With Tyson Fury away for the near future and Wladimir Klitschko sidelined with a calf injury, Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker have a chance to make a move -- if they win their respective fights.


Scott T. Miller ESPN.com 

Is Cam Newton really off to a worse start than last season? The stats from his first five starts look pretty similar. But he's no longer getting elite-level support from his defense, so his record (and thus the narrative) has shifted.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

You know it's a tough ticket when even the Big Man couldn't come through.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated on his radio show on the Cubs flagship station that Kyle Schwarber would be the DH in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. Schwarber hasn't played since the third game of the season after tearing two ligaments in his left knee in a collision in the outfield. It's a risky move but the Cubs think he's ready.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics are #SagerStrong.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics players like Marcus Smart wearing their Sager Strong t-shirts after practice.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Bob Tewksbury provided one of my favorite behind-scenes anecdotes this season. He was in clubhouse during a May game in Chicago, chatting with David Ortiz when Big Papi "looks up (at TV) and goes, ‘Oh man, I've got to go hit.' He went out and hit a three-run homer off somebody, and he comes back in and goes, ‘So, where were we?'" Proof that Ortiz could do pretty much whatever he wanted at plate.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

When 7-year-old Maddox McCollum dressed as Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware for Halloween, the picture went viral. Boulware saw it and wanted to meet McCollum for himself. So Boulware showed up early last Saturday before McCollum's 8-and-under football team played their game and spent time visiting with all the players, taking pictures and signing autographs. He even gave the team a pep talk. "It made Maddox's day," said dad, Marlin McCollum.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox announce promotion of Eddie Romero to senior VP/assistant GM, making him and fellow AGM Brian O'Halloran the primary deputies to president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski. No GM will be named to replace Mike Hazen.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Now, I've found closer, but more expensive parking for the World Series/ring ceremony.

Dan Rafael ESPN Senior Writer 

BREAKING NEWS: Claressa Shields, the two-time U.S. Olympic middleweight gold medalist and the No. 1 amateur women's boxer in the world, will make her professional debut Nov. 19 on the Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward undercard. She will fight an opponent to be determined in a four-round super middleweight bout. Her fight will be part of the "freeview" telecast prior to the start of the HBO PPV telecast.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Calvin Johnson said on SportsCenter that Julio Jones is "unstoppable" when he's healthy. Jones has come closest to breaking Johnson's single-season receiving yards record.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Calvin Johnson said he misses "the guys in the locker room" from football. But he reiterates on SportsCenter how much his body was beat up and that the recovery wasn't happening like it had in the past. Last night on Dancing with the Stars he said he couldn't stand on tiptoes last year.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on AD Jack Swarbrick giving him a vote of confidence last week: "Well I was disappointed actually. But anytime that your athletic director has to come out and say that, as a head coach you're disappointed that any kind of comments like that have to be made. So I didn't ask him, that was his decision, but I clearly understand what he was doing. He was probably sick and tired of being sick and tired, too. But for me it's disappointing, certainly, that you have to make those comments."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Attendant near stadium told me this is usually $5. That's how a ring ceremony and the potential to win another has impacted Cleveland parking.

Glenn Price ESPN FC 

Anfield sees Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. It is expected that both managers will make changes, with many young players set to be given the opportunity to show what they've got.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks will go back to the locker room during the Cavs' ring ceremony tonight. It didn't seem like there was any larger meaning behind the move. Hornacek said that's what the schedule called for.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Eight days after knee surgery, Ben Roethlisberger is throwing on the Steelers' practice field.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James sounded encouraged by NBA commissioner Adam Silver's recent comments on how the CBA negotiations are going: "Figuring out a way we can continue to build this great game that so many people love to watch, and aspire to be (is our goal). The fact that the commish came out and said that is good for both sides."

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Bob Huggins, in fine form, on his team's No. 2 spot in the Big 12 preseason coaches' poll: "Those guys all lied," Huggins said. "There isn't a guy [who voted in the poll] that doesn't think they're not going to beat us this year. Why would they vote us No. 2 if they think they're going to beat us? I don't believe them."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James was asked about bringing Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs today. Here is the exchange: Q: Have you had a conversation with Carmelo about coming to the Cavs? A: "We have a lot of conversations." Q: Was him coming to Cleveland one of them? A: "Maybe. Maybe not."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James says he didn't have any input in the design of the Cavs championship rings. "I'm just fortunate enough to be a part of three championship teams so far in my career," James said at shootaround Tuesday. "It's not like I'm going to be wearing it like a wedding band or things of that nature, so I'm just happy to be able to be a part of another ring ceremony, be able to have a ring for my archives. But as far as aesthetics and things of that nature, it doesn't matter."

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald signs off on the Big Ten coaches call by saying, "Go Cubs! Go 'Cats!" Fitzgerald has been known as a rabid White Sox fan but is cheering on Chicago's other team in the World Series.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets legend Joe Namath, realizing he made a mistake by questioning the severity of Geno Smith's knee injury, offered a mea culpa. "My bad Geno," Namath tweeted. "In the dark ages we players had the say. I hope you heal and play as long as you choose! Joe." Smith has an ACL tear that will sideline him for the rest of the season.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about the possibility of having PUP players Dion Lewis and Tre' Jackson practice this week, Bill Belichick didn't rule it out as he did last Tuesday. "We'll have to talk with our medical and conditioning staff and get a sense of where everybody is and figure that out for when practice starts Wednesday," Belichick said. "We'll take a look at that information and see where we are and then make a decision on it prior to Wednesday's practice."

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

League officials coordinator Curtis Shaw's rules seminar/film session: A Big 12 media day basketball-nerd tradition unlike any other.