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Follow live: Cubs jump out to lead in first inning

Anthony Rizzo doubled home Kris Bryant with the Cubs' first run of the World Series after Chicago was blanked by Cleveland 6-0 in Game 1.

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2hRob Demovsky

Rodgers denies 'Grandpa' introduction to Favre

Aaron Rodgers didn't deny calling Brett Favre "Grandpa" during their Green Bay days, but he was adamant that a tale in a book saying those were his first words to the Hall of Famer is false.

Don't tell Brady's mom that he isn't fast (0:25)
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4hChris 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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What a legalized U.S. sports betting market could look like

Experts almost unanimously agree that legalized sports betting in the U.S. is "inevitable." In Part 1 of Chalk's series, we examine how we might get there and what the market could look like.

Popovich already in midseason form with reporters (0:19)
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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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Ware SB ring found; cops arrest burglary suspects

DeMarcus Ware's Super Bowl ring and other items taken in a weekend burglary of his home have been found, and the suspects in the robbery have been arrested, Denver police said.

Lightning goalie loses two teeth making save with mask (0:25)
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Divisional Rankings: Heavyweight division wide open

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    9hMarly Rivera, ESPN Digital

    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.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The 2 starting pitchers have combined to throw 74 pitches in an inning and a half. Didn't Greg Maddux once throw a CG in 74 pitches?

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Tons of Cubs #17 jerseys in the crowd tonight. Most say BRYANT on the back. Much respect to this fan for his sense of the past


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Candidate for best food item in Cleveland at World Series: Wisconsin Bratwurst Burger w/Swiss cheese & spicy kraut on pretzel bun ($11.75)

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Well, if they want to get this game in before the rain comes, a 32-minute first inning that featured 52 pitches didn't help. Unless Trevor Bauer and Jake Arrieta settle down, this one could end up being decided by the middle relievers -- which may include Andrew Miller, at least for an inning, according to Terry Francona.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Walton taking a break next to Chick Hearn statue outside Staples Center.

Teague sets up Turner for the dunk

The Pacers get off to a fast start when Jeff Teague sets up Myles Turner for the slam.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Neat little 23-pitch, 10-strike inning (in short sleeves) for Jake Arrieta. But still better than his 1st inning last October at Citi Field

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans are wearing black shooting shirts and coaches are wearing these pins with "BDJ 31" written on them to honor Bryce Dejean-Jones, who was killed by gunshot this past offseason. "It's just unfortunate what happened and the fact that he's not with us any longer," coach Alvin Gentry said, "but he was a part of our family and we just wanted to do something to pay tribute to him." The Pelicans will also hold a short remembrance before their season opener tonight.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs talked a lot last night about the importance of scoring 1st tonight. Didn't sound like they're looking forward to more Andrew Miller/Cody Allen. For some reason!

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Trevor Bauer's pinkie does not have blood flowing out of it, which is an improvement from his last time out. He just gave up an RBI double to Anthony Rizzo, which isn't so good for him.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo drives in Kris Bryant for first run of the game. Last Cubs World Series run, in Game 7 of 1945, Bill Nicholson drove in Peanuts Lowrey.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Game 2 first pitch thrown at 19:08 military time. The Cubs last won it all in 1908.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen is likely to miss a week. The swelling in his knee is gone, but he's working to regain full strength and explosiveness.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Embiid working on back-to-basket moves during warmups before he makes season debut tonight.


ESPN Stats and Information  

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight's Cubs lineup is the first in postseason history with 6 players who are 24 or younger (Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Javier Báez and Addison Russell).

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

World Series Game 2 coming up at 7:05 p.m. ET. The ViewFromVegas is the Cubs (Jake Arrieta) are -155 road favorites over the Indians (Trevor Bauer) with the over/under being bet up from 7 to 7.5 runs. Despite the Indians leading the series 1-0, the Cubs are up to -145 series faves at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook after being posted last night at pick 'em.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA with the Cubs when the game-time temperature is less than 50 degrees.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Median ticket price for World Series tickets purchased on StubHub: Game 1 ($1,000) & Game 2 ($999).

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin watched TE Ladarius Green's sled work carefully today - "You've been looking at this (sled) for six months," Tomlin said. This week, Green made his first practice appearances of the season.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

When will Chandler Parsons make his Memphis debut? "God, I hope soon because when he does practice, it looks pretty good," coach Davd Fizdale said. "I'm thinking in the next week or two that he'll be ready to go, but there's no definite timeline."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown on Joel Embiid finally making his long-anticipated Sixers debut: "There are times I get emotional watching him walk out here... and it's opening night and Joel Embiid is here... to see him arrive, I'm so proud of him."

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

They are taking the tarp off again. Game is expected to start on time


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Hank Aaron: "The Cubs are my fave, and that's because of my friend Ernie Banks." He says he knows that wherever Mr. Cub is now, he's pulling for his old team.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

There's a lot of offensive talent in this room. Hall of Famer Hank Aaron joined by 2016 Hank Aaron Award recipients Kris Bryant and David Ortiz.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook arriving for the season opener in Philadelphia. Talked to a coach who said last night: "Westbrook is going to try to destroy everyone like Kobe (this season)."