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Golden slumber: Warriors open with a resounding thud

After losing just nine regular-season games in 2015-16, the Warriors with newcomer Kevin Durant were denied by the Spurs on opening night.

3hKevin Van Valkenburg

The night Cleveland ruled the sports world

What happens when a city finally tastes success after a lifetime of sports heartbreak? If Tuesday night in Cleveland is any indication, it throws one great party.

Two big wins cap an epic night in Cleveland (1:42)
Barkley claims Thompson is better than Durant and Curry (1:04)
LeBron puts on a show against the Knicks (0:48)
Stugotz says WSOP trash talk is 'better product' than NFL (1:16)
Has the NFL lost its 'cool' factor? (2:04)
Popovich already in midseason form with reporters (0:19)
Lofton arrives to World Series after fan gives up plane seat (1:48)
Tebow defends pursuit of dreams to Stephen A. (1:31)
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10hChris Low and Adam Rittenberg

Which coach has the hottest seat?

Charlie Strong continues to have the hottest seat in college football, but Mark Helfrich might not be far behind in Oregon. We update the top 10 jobs in jeopardy after Week 8.

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1hMark Schlabach and Sharon Katz

Perfect Tide: Is Alabama unbeatable?

How good can Alabama be? Could it be the best yet under Nick Saban? And does freshman QB Jalen Hurts belong in the Heisman Trophy discussion? Let's see what analytics and the eye test say.

Gronk goes undercover to give passengers surprise of a lifetime (2:50)
Crosby, Fehr score to lead Penguins over Panthers (0:23)
John Daly admits to drinking during a PGA tour event (0:51)
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1dDan 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.


Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Indians outfielder Rajai Davis wasn't very pleased when he caught a shallow fly ball in the seventh inning Tuesday, threw home and missed an opportunity to double up Kyle Schwarber, who had strayed about 50 feet off the second base bag. "I just wanted to crawl under a rug," Davis said. "I was like, 'Man, that could have been a triple play -- or at least a double play. All I had to do was run it to second for an easy out." Fortunately for Davis, Andrew Miller struck out Addison Russell and David Ross to escape a bases-loaded jam.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick on if the pre-game scrap with the Bills on Oct. 2 is reflective of a Buffalo team that wants to have a bully mentality with the opponent and if that is something the Patriots need to be aware of Sunday: I think what we need to do this week is go up there and play a good football game in all three phases of the game. That's what we're focused on." Translation: I'm not going to address that topic.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said it's hard to keep a close relationship with Jimmy Graham since the trade to Seattle, maybe a couple text messages. "But I think the world of him and always follow how he's doing," Payton said.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Theo Pinson will have surgery today in Charlotte to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. There's no timetable for his return.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

On Oct. 26, 1993 in Chicago the NFL awarded Jerry Richardson and the Carolina Panthers the league's 29th franchise. "This is a dream come true for me and my partners and for the 10 million people in the Carolinas," Richardson said at the time.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

NASCAR will limit the number of races Cup drivers can do in the Xfinity and truck series next year. Drivers with more than five years full-time in Cup can do a maximum 10 Xfinity races and seven truck races but none in the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash events and none starting with the regular-season finale in both series and through those series Chase events. Also no Cup driver can compete in the season finale in those series.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs haven't ruled out the possibility of Kyle Schwarber playing LF at Wrigley. But when asked if that was possible, he replied, simply: "No"

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his command problems. He felt the game was lost in the first inning.


ESPN Stats and Information  

Spurs come away with a 29-point win over the Warriors. According to Elias, only one team has ever lost a season opener by 20 or more points and then bounced back to win the NBA title. That was the St. Louis Hawks who were blown out by Bill Russell's Celtics on opening night in 1957 before then beating the Celtics later that year in the NBA Finals.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Blazers guard Damian Lillard earned MVP chants from Portland fans as he scored 39 points to help the Blazers come back from a fourth-quarter deficit and beat the Jazz 113-104, Portland's NBA-record 16th consecutive win in a home opener.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Per @ESPNStatsinfo: Warriors' Big 4 have 67 of the team's 77 points on 27-of-57 shooting (47.4%). The rest of the team has 10 points on a 4-of-14 shooting (28.6%).

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

After catching a shutout and hitting two home runs in his first World Series game, Roberto Perez says he's "playing with a lot of confidence right now."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Terry Francona said after Game 1 that having a hot Andrew Miller is what allowed him to let Corey Kluber leave with something left in the tank. A factor that could help if the Indians decide to bring Kluber back in Game 4 at Wrigley.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Indians take 1-0 World Series lead on the Cubs, but the ViewFromVegas is the series price re-opened pick 'em at the Westgate SuperBook. Early money came in on the Cubs and the Westgate moved to Chicago -120 and Cleveland +100 (even money).

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jazz exploded for 37 points on 15-of-20 shooting in the third -- as many as in any quarter in 2015-16 -- to take a six-point lead in Portland.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Corey Kluber overpowered the Cubs for six innings and Cleveland's airtight bullpen finished up as the Indians beat Chicago 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series. On a historic night featuring franchises that have gone a combined 176 years without winning a title, Cleveland jumped on Jon Lester for two early runs and added a third tally in the fourth inning on Roberto Perez's solo homer. Perez added a 3-run shot late to ice it. The Indians improved to 70-1 this season when they grab a lead of at least three runs. Kyle Schwarber doubled in his return for the Cubs, but that was the lone bright spot for Chicago. Game 2 is Wednesday.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

For those watching World Series Game 1, the Spurs lead the Warriors 64-46 at halftime of their NBA season opener. The Warriors closed as 8-point home favorites and the Spurs were +525 on the money line at the Westgate. The second-half line is Warriors -10.5. Earlier, the defending champion Cavaliers beat the Knicks 117-88 to easily cover as 9.5-point home faves.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

This just in from ESPN Stats & Info: Roberto Perez is the first catcher to hit 2 HR in a WS game since Gary Carter did it in Game 4, 1986

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

64-46 Spurs at the half after a Jonathan Simmons 3. The Warriors look disorganized and sluggish on defense

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

And now a stat that could throw Cubs nation into instant depression: The winner of Game 1 has won the last 6 World Series - & 24 of the last 28!

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs didn't score against Andrew Miller, but they made him throw 46 pitches - his most in any relief outing since 8/4/11 (71 vs the Indians)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Portland Trail Blazers finally missed a 3-pointer late in the first half but are 7-of-8 at the break to the Utah Jazz's 3-of-13. That 12-point advantage has helped the host Blazers to an eight-point halftime lead.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

With Andrew Miller at 40-plus pitches, you have to wonder how many innings he will be available for Game 2.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs lead 31-20 at the end of the first quarter. Bench play is making the difference in this one, and should be a Spurs strength this season. San Antonio's bench is out scoring Golden State's bench 17-2.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose says he's still getting used to the triangle portion of the offense at this point and is used to running more pick and roll. Sounds like it will take some time for Rose to adjust to the triangle aspects that are used in the Knicks half-court sets.