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Indians trying to achieve what 1990s juggernaut teams couldn't

The '90s Indians squads won six division titles in a seven-year span and two pennants with an arrogant swagger. This year's group is more unassuming, but hoping for a better result.

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16mScott 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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4hDavid 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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6hPaul 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.


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.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Geno Smith tore the ACL in his right knee, a source confirmed. He will have a second opinion tomorrow, but his season appears over. It's back to Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers officially announce that they have waived forward Yi Jianlian. "Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a release. "However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he'd be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that he'd be better off in a different situation. We appreciate his efforts and wish him great success as he goes forward with his career." The Lakers will have to decide by 5 p.m. whether their final roster spot will go to Thomas Robinson or Metta World Peace.

Field Yates ESPN Insider 

Amongst the players working out for the Chiefs today was WR Cayleb Jones, who spent training camp with the Eagles. 6-3, 205 pounder.


Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Houston is at least one more week away from being ready to play in a game for the Chiefs. Unlikely to go on Sunday vs. Colts.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DT Kawann Short said he isn't worried about how his play thus far will impact contract negotiations after the season. Says the contract isn't something he has thought about since the season began.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze must be ready for the World Series. He used a baseball analogy today when referencing his team's recent struggles. "We can't afford to throw 75 miles per hour on the corner of the plate and get by. We have to throw 96 miles per hour on every single play to be able to compete and have a chance to win some of the games that we're in."

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

James Franklin's weekly Tuesday news conference will be moved to Wednesday this week because the Penn State coach is attending a family funeral. (His brother-in-law died of cancer last week.) Obviously been a very emotional week for the Nittany Lions' coach.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says that Kay Felder (concussion) is out for the Cavs opener. He named Iman Shumpert as the primary backup point guard against New York.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets waived forward PJ Hairston, forward Le'Bryan Nash and guard Gary Payton II. The Rockets took a cap hit of $543,471 with the release of Payton.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy is out for the season with a left shoulder injury. It's a terrible blow for the Badgers, who host No. 7 Nebraska on Saturday. Cichy was the Big Ten defensive player of the week two weeks ago.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh isn't going to go off script when talking about history with Michigan State this week.


Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas coach Charlie Strong is 3-4 for the third straight season. An honest assessment from him on Monday: "We've worn that cliche out that we're so close."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

New signs have been added to the locker-room doors at Ohio State as it tries to turn the page after the upset loss to Penn State.