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World Series roundtable: Which player could be the difference?

How confident are you in your pick? Which manager has the edge? We asked our experts for five predictions heading into the World Series and they answered.

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1hScott Burnside

Power Rankings: Habs are riding high

The Canadiens are cruising, and Connor McDavid and the Oilers and Steven Stamkos and the Lightning are hot on their heels. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs seem destined to blow big leads every game.

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5hDavid Schoenfield

The Indians' fixer-upper defense shines

Move a college outfield tweener to second? A third baseman to right field? The Indians' makeover on defense changed them from also-rans to AL champs.

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7hPaul Lukas

The Fall Uni Classic

Here are a few things you should pay attention to when you tune in to the World Series this week.

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30mDan Arritt

Blind former Navy seaman conquers Alcatraz swim

The open-water swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco can be treacherous, but it was more like a day at the beach for Brad Snyder, a Paralympian who lost his sight serving his country.

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38mAdam Rittenberg

What is wrong with UCLA?

UCLA might have the most-talented roster in the Pac-12 but the Bruins are in danger of missing a bowl for the first time since 2010. What gives?


Field Yates ESPN Insider 

A heads up for for @ESPNFantasy players: Ty Montgomery has been granted RB eligibility, effective this week. He can now be used at WR or RB.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles confirmed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL and is done for the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sunday against the Browns. Bowles was non-committal on his No. 2 QB, Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg. He said he won't dress three for this game. C Nick Mangold (normal ankle sprain) will be evaluated throughout the week.


Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders punter Marquette King makes himself at home and tickles the ivory at the team's swank resort for the week in Sarasota.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills center Eric Wood tells WGR 550 that Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry's hit on Aaron Williams "crossed the line," adding that Landry "tried to take his head off." Wood says he's interested to see what the NFL will fine Landry.


Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Jets announce Ryan Fitzpatrick as back to being their new/old starting QB.


Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Steve Kerr said he's rooting for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series because his son is a die-hard Cubs fan. He understands Cleveland fans may think it's a jab.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he still fully supports K Chandler Catanzaro.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said there's a chance they'll give a little more work to Rob Kelley in lieu of Matt Jones fumble issues. Gruden said he liked how many touches Chris Thompson had yesterday. But Gruden said, "we're not giving up on Matt Jones. We just have to make sure he protects the dang ball."


Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

"I cut practice shorter (Sunday), but I see he got a great workout last night," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Kevin Durant's involvement at the Kanye West concert last night.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says that his ring with the Cavs as a coach means more to him than the two rings he earned as a player with the Lakers: "It meant more because of everything I had to go through. I think the Lakers, when I won two championships, we were favored to win so being the underdogs going into the Finals, being down 3-1, going through all the things I had to go through in the second half of the season and our team had to go through, this meant a lot more to me than the first two."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about Ryan Shazier calling the defense 'garbage,' Steelers DE Cam Heyward said Shazier is being kind, cited 'piss-poor technique' in tackling the Patriots. "You have to have some pride when you're out there," he added.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been cleared to practice Wednesday. But he still has to be cleared to play by an independent doctor before he can play.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

We can break this World Series down a hundred different ways, but it's likely to come down to dingers. Home runs have accounted for 42 percent of the runs this postseason and the team that hit more home runs won won each of the six playoff series plus both wild-card games.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs made it official Jon Lester is starting Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. The Cubs have not announced the rest of the rotation but based on pitching schedules there's a good chance Jake Arrieta starts Game 2 with Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey going in Games 3 and 4.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

With his third child arriving soon, Dirk Nowitzki jokes at Mavs' tipoff luncheon: "At this rate, we're going for eight or nine. I've got to slow my roll."

Dan Rafael ESPN Senior Writer 

BREAKING NEWS: Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko suffered an injury and will not fight on Dec. 10, be it against IBF titleholder Anthony Joshua in England or somebody else on that date in Germany for the vacant WBA title, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN on Monday. The specific nature of the injury is unclear, but one source said it was a calf injury. However, the Klitschko and Joshua camps remain in talks to put together the fight for the first part of 2017. Klitschko was awaiting notification from the WBA on whether it would sanction a fight with Joshua on Dec. 10 -- most thought it wouldn't -- but now it doesn't matter what the organization decides. The decision has been delayed for several days.


David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon ranks no. 126 nationally in scoring defense. Stanford ranks no. 126 nationally in scoring offense. There are 128 total teams. There's some impressive symmetry in the fall of the Pac-12's two former kings.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Progressive Field being prepped for Game 1. Both teams will workout here today.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Another tough break for Jets QB Geno Smith, whose 2015 season was ruined by the IK Enemkpali punch. Smith probably has played his last game as a Jet. He will be a free agent and the recovery from ACL surgery probably will go through May/June.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

J.T. Barrett has first-hand experience bouncing back from a defeat on an Ohio State team which would go on to win the national championship. "We're going to find out what we are made of," Barrett said. "A loss shows your true colors."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the Carrie Underwood concert on Sunday night was real good with one exception: "It was loud, though. I'm a little bit if a fuddy duddy."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

More from last night: Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson said after the 6-6 tie that his back was being wrapped and had a heating pad on it throughout the game. "My back is killing me," Peterson said after the game. "I'll be alright." His back injury affected his ability to cut, he said. "At times I was able to run forward but it was all about breaking when I had the opportunity to break left and right, when I had to extend my arm and things like that. But I'll be OK. I'll be ready to go next week."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said WR Devin Funchess missed practice to take care of personal business. Not injury related.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

It's official: Metta World Peace has made the Lakers' 15-man roster. Ditto for Thomas Robinson. L.A. makes room by releasing Anthony Brown.


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers OLB Bud Dupree, who's on injured reserve, says he's targeting a Week 10 return to practices. Fully plans to play this season.