Metrics more important than chemistry for Cubs?

Tim Kurkjian and Chris Archer discuss the dynamic of executives having influence over lineups and how metrics can dictate lineups, which is a reason Jorge Soler is starting for the Cubs.

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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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2hDavid Purdum and Ryan Rodenberg

What a legalized U.S. sports betting market could look like

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Man United wins nail-biter over Man City

Juan Mata's second-half strike was the difference in the 173rd Manchester derby, as Jose Mourinho's side got a much-needed win over Pep Guardiola's City squad.

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    Vuelven los problemas ofensivos de los Cachorros

    Las penurias ofensivas de los Cachorros de Chicago esta postemporada parecían ya haber quedado en el pasado, pero volvieron a la carga en el peor de los momentos, en su primer partido de Serie Mundial en 71 años.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

One positive from Game 1, according to Joe Maddon, was the amount of pitches his team saw: "We saw 145 pitches (actuality 151) which to me normally indicates you win....I liked our at-bats."


Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

In our interview with Rob Manfred I got the strong impression that baseball is in talks with the Union to eliminate the connection with the All Star Game and home field advantage for the World Series. This would be a great change in my opinion.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman explains his Halloween costume at his weekly press conference.


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

It's currently raining in Cleveland, but it is quite light at the moment. Still, enough for both teams to cancel on-field batting practice.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Green-out in Boston: Let's Go Celtics T-shirts on each seat at TD Garden.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Tarp on. Rain coming down. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer just went to weather meeting. Game expected to start on time with about a 3-hour window until 10 when weather could get bad.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Awesome pour-your-own local craft beer wall at Progressive Field includes 12 rotating favorites

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady says on a conference call with Buffalo reporters that he wouldn't want to be a coach someday. "Coaching wouldn't be for me. No. Certainly not. I like playing. I wouldn't be a good coach. I don't have the patience to be a coach."

Christopher Wondoloski ESPN FC 

The pitch is set for tonight's MLS knockout playoff game between Toronto FC and Philadelphia Union - on ESPN.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady on Bills feeling "disrespected" by Patriots running through pregame drills Week 4: "Our team has always shown the other team a lot of respect. I don't think our team has ever been built on doing something where we would try to incite something."

Paul Lukas ESPN.com 

Indians sticking with navy jerseys and Chief Wahoo caps — same as last night — for Game 2 of the World Series.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

MLB official just updated media on the status of tonight's World Series Game 2 in rainy Cleveland. The plan is still to play. Hope is the moisture will remain a light drizzle. Right now no delay is planned but final determination will depend on the weather and how long the starting pitchers need to warmup. If the game is stopped after starting, it will pick up from the point of suspension, likely tomorrow. Final call will be made by commissioner Rob Manfred.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Just tried the Fat Head Brewery's Fat Italian ($13.75) at Progressive Field


J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike D'Antoni makes his Rockets coaching debut on ESPN tonight against the Lakers, with whom his star-filled rosters had a 67-87 record in 2 seasons. "There was a lot of reasons that we couldn't get what we wanted in L.A.," D'Antoni said. "Nobody's fault, a lot of good intentions, just injuries, people wanting to play a certain way...Not that I'm mad at them, that's just the reality of it. It just wasn't a good fit, for whatever reason."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Brandon Marshall dresses for the occasion, with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back in the starter's role.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said he doesn't regret his post-game comments about team brass not believing in him. He said the message he wanted to convey is that he believes in himself even when others don't. He said he spoke to owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Maccagnan today at practice. All is well, he said.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills CB Nickell Robey-Coleman: "What gives me motivation is playing against Tom Brady, and beating him. And sweeping him. In 20 years, that ain't happened. That's what I'm trying to do. That's what gets me fired up. That's what motivates me right now: the fact that I got an opportunity to beat Tom Brady twice in one season, and lighten up my chances of getting to the playoffs."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Dennis Schroeder and the Hawks have agreed to a four-year, $70 million extension, according to league sources


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said it's possible that Seattle's defense is the best he's faced in his career -- especially considering how good they've been for a long stretch of time. He said they basically invented the scheme that many other teams are trying to copy -- though he said it's hard to do without their personnel.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Terry Francona on the likelihood of Corey Kluber starting in Games 4 & 7: "He's all set to pitch (Game 4). That was probably Plan A.":

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Cory Kluber will start Game 4 on three days rest. Terry Francona said he took him out after 88 pitches with Game 4 in mind. Kluber threw six scoreless innings In Game 1.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets had 12 players who didn't practice. New injuries: Brandon Marshall (foot) and Bilal Powell (turf toe).

Liam Twomey ESPN FC 

It's half-time at the London Stadium where West Ham deservedly lead Chelsea 1-0, courtesy of Cheikhou Kouyate's bullet header. The home side are fluid and confident, while John Terry has looked rusty at the heart of Antonio Conte's back three.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Ready to take the tarp off

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Told Cavs sold hundreds of rings to fans last night. Price ranges from $299 to $12K. Only season ticket holders can get their name on ring.