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Why super teams don't win the World Series

The Cubs were baseball's best team with 103 regular-season wins, but just two teams with the outright best record in MLB's wild-card era have won it all. Why does record mean nothing in October?

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers finished preseason with a 2-6 record after a 98-94 loss to the Suns. Lakers coach Luke Walton said he hasn't yet decided who will earn the team's 15th and final roster spot: Metta World Peace, Thomas Robinson or Yi Jianlian. The deadline to decide comes Monday, and the regular season starts Wednesday at home vs. the Rockets.

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Breaking down the postseason so far

Are managers relying on their bullpens too much? Should they expect more from their starters? And who's been the biggest disappointment this postseason? Keith Law, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski discuss. MLB Roundtable (Insider)

Charles Moynihan ESPN 

Game 6 of the NLCS is Saturday night in Chicago. If the Cubs win, the celebration will be 'slightly' more boisterous as they would advance to their first World Series since 1945.

Parker: Summitt's wisdom has been with me (2:03)
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Finally, a Finals appearance for Clips?

Zach Lowe presents his annual preseason tiers of all NBA teams. He sees the Clippers owning the best chance of breaking through the recent Warriors-Cavaliers stronghold on Finals berths. Lowe's NBA tiers

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Unlike the Cubs' bats the past two nights, all is quiet inside Wrigley Field a day before Game 6 of the NLCS.

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Russell goes "back-to-back"

At 22 years, 271 days old, Addison Russell became the 2nd-youngest shortstop in postseason history to homer in consecutive games, with a long ball in Games 4 and 5 of the NLCS. The only one younger is the Dodgers' Corey Seager (22 years, 165 days old), who did it in the NLDS, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams noted that the Giants are "very good run after catch" (tied for fourth best in the NFL, actually). Rams struggled with that in a 31-28 loss to the Lions. "We've got to do a good job tackling," Williams said. "I don't think we tackled well last week as we normally do."

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En octubre: Sin bullpen no hay paraíso

Tener relevistas eficaces ha pasado de ser un lujo a ser una necesidad para los equipos de Grandes Ligas, fundamentalmente para los que juegan en octubre en busca de un anillo de Serie Mundial. Leer

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Manny Mota, una presencia constante en Dodger Stadium

Cientos de jugadores, coaches y directivos han entrado y salido del Dodger Stadium en el último medio siglo, pero por buenas razones algunas cosas, como la permanencia de Manny Mota, siguen iguales en Chávez Ravine. Leer y mirar

ESPN Stats & Info

UCLA has good chances vs. Utah

UCLA is just 3-4, but ESPN's FPI gives the Bruins a 74 percent chance to knock off No. 19 Utah at home. The 6-1 Utes have outscored their opponents by just 8.4 points per game.

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Watch: Pac-12 media day coverage

Oregon enters the season as favorites to repeat as Pac-12 champs. Arizona and UCLA are expected to challenge. What's the latest buzz? Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN