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5hBrian Windhorst

At long last, LeBron's banner moment in Cleveland is here

As a teenager, LeBron James remembers looking up to the Cleveland rafters and noting its scant offerings. Now he'll help hang the ultimate prize high above the court.

Kellerman picks the Knicks as the worst franchise in sports (1:54)
Silver won't threaten players who plan to protest (1:08)
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Justin Tinsley

The Carefree King of Cleveland

Even with nothing left to prove, there's always something to prove when you're LeBron James.

Will Ferrell channels Harry Caray ahead of World Series (1:01)
World Series a date with history for Cubs (2:22)
Tebow defends pursuit of dreams to Stephen A. (1:31)
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The Undefeated: Kaepernick answers what's next

Colin Kaepernick's pregame protests have made waves. Now he is looking to bring his message to the next level, into the boardrooms and executive suites, writes William C. Rhoden.

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5hDan 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.


Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

It's a baseball and basketball day in Cleveland, but why not mix in a little football? Addison Russell, Jason Hammel and Matt Szczur are getting loose by tossing the pigskin around the Progressive Field outfield before Game 1 of the World Series.


Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Cubs know they have to out score Indians first 5 innings before Miller and Allen time. Therefore, Coughlin starts in RF (better chand than Heyward to hit Kluber) and Schwarber starts at DH, one of few players that can roll out of bed and hit. Expect Heyward to be in RF if they get a lead and watch for Contreras to hit for Schwarber when Miller comes in. Game 1 World Series...Cubs at Indians get ready for many eye opening surprises because it's Maddon vs Francona.


Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Among the monuments outside Progressive Field is one for Cleveland's last World Series title in 1948 -- 40 years after the Cubs last title.


Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The Indians plan to do what the Dodgers failed to do against Jon Lester in game 5 of NLCS and that's run. Dodgers Peterson, Hernandez and Seager all got big leads and didn't run on Lester. If Indians can get on against Lester (which is big if) their plan is big leads and run on first move, as soon as Lester picks up front leg. Indians led AL in stolen bases so unlike Dodgers who only talked about it, expect Indians to actually try to do it. Lester is quick to plate and Ross has quick release and strong arm. This could end up being the key to Game 1.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon has Kyle Schwarber batting fifth in his first game since early April while Chris Coghlan will play right field in place of Jason Heyward who has struggled all season. Coghlan is hitting seventh with Addison Russell eighth and David Ross ninth.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

A rather unique media workroom experience. The Indians turned their Kids Club into an additional media space for the postseason, complete with a slide just beyond the right-field foul pole.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Jackets that Cavaliers will wear tonight for ring ceremony, banner raising & season opener ($110)

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Theo Epstein knew how to break the curse leading Red Sox to World Championships. Now he may have found way to break curse for Cubs. This morning he and his Baseball Operations staff played basketball at Quicken Loans arena.....home of Champion Cavaliers. Why significant? In LA they played at Staples Center called it Showtime (no offense to Dodgers owner Magic Johnson) as Theo's team won 3-1, then Cubs won 3 straight to eliminate Dodgers and win pennant for first time in 71 years. Now they play in Lebron's house the day the Cavs get their rings. Forget the goats and Bartman it just might be Theo's basketball games that leads Cubs to doing something they haven't done since 1908.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Is this a bad omen for the Indians? The block C ice sculpture outside Progressive Field has shattered.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Just ran into Teddy Roosevelt, who said he came to the World Series to represent the spirit of 1908


Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Cleveland's day in the sun is here. Note: actual sun not included -- it's cold and cloudy at Progressive Field!

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

First pitch is more than five hours away, but fans are already lining up outside the gates at Progressive Field to watch the Cubs and Indians try and snap the two longest active World Series droughts.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Bama CB Marlon Humphrey said there will be changes in the secondary given the loss of safety Eddie Jackson for the season. Minkah Fitzpatrick and Tony Brown cross-trained at safety during the spring, Humphrey said.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The Giants' release of PK Josh Brown accomplishes nothing but the deserved rejection of a domestic abuser. The most significant takeaway from this episode is that the NFL is a long way from effectively addressing the issue within its policies and purview. The primary question is unanswered: Can the NFL find a way to demonstrate -- not say it, but show it -- that domestic violence is intolerable?

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Kevin Durant on narrative that this era isn't competitive enough: "I disagree. In between the lines, we're just as competitive. I don't know about that other stuff they're talking about. I don't know what they're trying to say, but if you step on the court with anyone of us, we're going to go at you and that's how it is."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Scene at 4th and Euclid in Cleveland already picking up.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

In the official announcement of Josh Brown's release, Giants owner John Mara said, "We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh. Our beliefs, our judgments were misguided. We accept that responsibility."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

No shortage of Chief Wahoo hats inside the official Indians stadium store

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Ronnie Woo-Woo sighting in Cleveland.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The Cavs have literally rolled out the red carpet for fans tonight.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

World Series programs ($15) ready to go for tonight

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The giant LeBron James banner in Cleveland has a new addition: the gold tab on the back of the neck to signify the Cavs' 2016 NBA championship.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

It's sneaker season around the NBA now. Steph with the Curry 3s in baby blue

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Parking at a church garage two blocks from Progressive Field for tonight's World Series game

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer isn't planning to address the possibility of running the table to get back to the College Football Playoff, but he probably doesn't even need to since Ohio State already has experience doing just that in 2014. "I'm actually trying not to go there," Meyer said. "I hear that, and a lot of players like to say things and talk afterwards, and that's fine. I don't usually bring that up, but I also don't stand in the way of leaders to get people's attention. I think that's out there, but I'm trying to avoid that."