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Follow live: Kluber in control; Indians lead Game 1

Corey Kluber set a World Series record by striking out eight Cubs in the first three innings of Game 1. Roberto Perez's home run in the fourth inning added to Cleveland's lead.

1mDave McMenamin

'Cleveland against the world': Cavs raise banner

"There's only one thing left to do: Repeat," said Cavaliers principal owner Dan Gilbert as the team raised its first championship banner and distributed rings ahead of Monday's season opener.

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30mAndrew Marchand

Kluber sets record with 8 K's in first 3 innings

Corey Kluber was the first pitcher in a World Series with eight strikeouts in the first three innings of a game as the Indians and Cubs played Game 1 on Tuesday.

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4hJeff Legwold

Home of Broncos' Ware robbed during game

DeMarcus Ware's home was robbed during the Broncos' game against the Texans on Monday night, and the team is trying to gather more information.

City rocks on 'greatest night in Cleveland sports history' (0:50)
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LeBron, Cavs hold off Knicks

The Cavs defeated the Knicks in the first game of their title defense. LeBron James notched a triple-double, adding to Cleveland's celebration.

Cavs receive championship rings, LeBron addresses fans (1:47)
Barkley claims Thompson is better than Durant and Curry (1:04)
Kellerman picks the Knicks as the worst franchise in sports (1:54)
Hasselbeck: NFL wildly inconsistent with discipline (1:27)
Silver won't threaten players who plan to protest (1:08)
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The Carefree King of Cleveland

Even with nothing left to prove, there's always something to prove when you're LeBron James.

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.

Gronk goes undercover to give passengers surprise of a lifetime (2:50)
John Daly admits to drinking during a PGA tour event (0:51)
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12hDan 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.


Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

As during the preseason, both the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers linking together as teams during tonight's national anthem.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The Cavaliers' humongous video board is serving as the best view of the World Series outside of Progressive Field itself.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Craig Sager: "He's somebody who has endured more than I can even imagine, all the treatment he's gone through. It seems to go up and down and up and down. He's high and then he's dejected because of what's going on. He's been through it all, and he still smiles and still jokes and still has a great sense of humor. He's just an iconic and weird and wonderful guy all at the same time."

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The Knicks had 26 plays Tuesday in which a player started and finished the possession without making a pass. On those plays, the Knicks scored 17 points on 33.3% shooting and committed 4 turnovers.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

After putting up 23 points and 12 rebounds in Cleveland's 117-88 win over New York on ring night, Kevin Love tells the crowd in The Q: "It's hard to put into words what tonight meant."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Not the debut that Jeff Hornacek was hoping for: Knicks fall by 29 in the opener and shoot just 37 percent from the floor. The defense was the most alarming issue: New York allowed Cleveland to hit 49 percent from the floor and struggled to defend the arc and pick and roll plays. The club also had no answer for Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, who combined for 48 points.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

With fans leaving as the Cavs' win goes final and the Indians looking to make a Game 1 lead last, a loud night in Downtown Cleveland is about to get even louder.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Klay Thompson told ESPN the team doesn't have a plan to orchestrate a peaceful demonstration during the national anthem. He said it was discussed a little bit in preseason, but not much beyond that.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The Cavs are up by 27 and during the last time out the entire bench -- led by LeBron James -- was singing along to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." So it's safe to say opening night has been as success.

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The Indians were 66-1 (.985) during the regular season when leading by 3 or more runs, the best such record in baseball.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Roberto Pérez homered right as the Cavs-Knicks game went to timeout, meaning the fans still in The Q got to see the Indians catcher round the bases. They're showing the World Series game on the scoreboards during every timeout -- and will show it on the Humungotron when the basketball game ends.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James draws a huge ovation from the crowd as he pulls down his 10th rebound, giving him his 43rd career regular-season triple-double. He checks out shortly after, likely done for the night with 19 points, 11 boards and 14 assists.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Schwarber smashes a double off the right field wall in his second AB after striking out in his first. He was right on the pitch as timing hasn't been an issue so far.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The crowd in Quicken Loans Arena has thinned out considerably, with the Cavs up by 20 and fans leaving presumably to check on the World Series game.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Iman Shumpert (concussion-like symptoms) will not return tonight vs. the Knicks.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Iman Shumpert is displaying concussion-like symptoms after his collision with Kristaps Porzingis' hip. Shumpert was playing out of position tonight as the Cavs' primary backup point guard because rookie PG Kay Felder was also out with a concussion.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After the third inning ended Jon Lester had a short conversation with home plate umpire Larry Vanover as he felt he was getting squeezed on a couple calls. It looked like he had a case on a couple of calls that inning.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Iman Shumpert ran into Kristaps Porzingis hard and had to be helped off the court. The Cavs guard was taken straight back to the locker room.

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Corey Kluber already has 8 strikeouts through 3 innings. The Indians have only had 2 different pitchers with 10+ K in a postseason start: Charles Nagy (12 in 1996 ALDS Game 4 vs BAL), and Bartolo Colón (11 K in 1999 ALDS Game 1 vs BOS and 10 K in 2001 ALDS Game 1 vs SEA).

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Remarkable. Corey Kluber just did something he has never done during any regular-season game: Strike out eight batters in his first three innings' work. And he did it in the World Series. Filthy stuff.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James is up to 12 assists, the most he's ever had on opening night. His previous high in a season opener was 9 in his NBA debut in 2003. He also has 17 points and 8 rebounds, needing two more boards for a triple-double.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Last week, Andrew Miller said he thinks Corey Kluber and Jon Lester are mirror images, from their clean mechanics to mound demeanor/competitiveness. Watching them tonight, you see what Miller means. "I even told my wife this, I can't get past it," he said. "Other than the fact that one is left-handed and the other one is right-handed, I don't think there's a better comp in baseball."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Addison Russell & Francisco Lindor are both 22 years old. According to Elias this is the first WS game ever with 2 shortstops age 22 or younger

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Jon Lester had given up one run in the World Series in his career (3 starts). He gave up 2 in a span of 4 pitches last inning.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

If you look at overall Series strategy, winning Game 1 with Corey Kluber going deep into the game could be huge. It would allow Terry Francona to potentially unleash Andrew Miller for multiple innings in Game 2. An important second for Kluber as he leaves Ben Zobrist stranded after Zobrist led off with a double.