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The ESPN Daily: It's on to the World Series, a catch of the year contender and are the Chiefs doomed?

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WORLD SERIES IS SET

For all the marbles ... The only possible seasons that could have ended in an Astros-Nationals World Series matchup have been the past seven. This season marked just the second time in those seven seasons that both teams made the playoffs, and yet here we are. Houston is gearing up for its second World Series in three seasons, and Washington is making its Fall Classic debut. In fact, when the Nats host Game 3 on Friday, it will be the first World Series game in the nation's capital since Oct. 7, 1933 (when the Senators lost to the New York Giants). Yeah, it's been a minute, but that's a moot point. We've got five reasons this 2019 rivalry is a fascinating one: Read More

All that Altuve ... Nobody defines the Astros quite like Jose Altuve. He endured three consecutive 100-plus-loss seasons, now bookended by three straight 100-plus-win campaigns. His ability to embrace the big moments is unparalleled, as he so aptly reminded us by casually delivering the fifth walk-off home run in LCS history on Saturday night. At this point, Altuve's stepping onto the October stage and doing magical things is nothing new, it's more a question of: How will he one-up himself next? Read More


THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

Doom for KC? Few players are more difficult to replace than Patrick Mahomes is for the Chiefs, but it looks like Kansas City is going to have to replace the QB for at least three games after his injury on Thursday Night Football. Bill Barnwell goes over the options for quarterbacks who could potentially keep the team afloat in the meantime ... and makes the case that Colin Kaepernick could be one of them. Read More

No hard feelings for Harper ... On Tuesday, the Washington Nationals will play in the organization's first ever World Series game. Oddly enough, the man whose name was synonymous with the franchise for seven seasons won't be a part of it. Nope, Bryce Harper will be watching from afar -- likely from his new home of Philly. But the former MVP swears that rather than harboring jealousy, he's got nothing but love for his former team. Read More

Let's roll the dice ... Happy NBA regular-season eve to all! Before we bid farewell to one of the most eventful offseasons the Association has ever seen, Zach Lowe's got one more preseason column for you. From Giannis Antetokounmpo repeating as MVP to Aaron Gordon making his All-Star debut, Lowe is going out on a limb with 35 random predictions about the season. Read More


THINGS TO WATCH

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Ramsey: Jaguars' front office portrayed me as a 'bum'

Jalen Ramsey explains how part of his frustration with the Jaguars was being portrayed "as a bum" because he missed voluntary workouts.


OVERHEARD

"Even after me signing with the Clippers, Canadians came up to me when I was in America. ... They said thank you for everything I've done. They're very nice people."

-- Kawhi Leonard, after his preseason game in Vancouver Read more


REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 2006, Marshawn Lynch took the injury cart for a ride around the field. To this date, it remains the greatest thing anyone has ever done in the history of football. Watch


WHAT'S ON TONIGHT?

Baseball Tonight: World Series Preview (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2):It all comes down to this. We're getting you ready for the Fall Classic before the Astros and Nationals square up in Houston on Tuesday.

Monday Night Football: Patriots at Jets (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): The Patriots took care of business in their first meeting against the Jets this season, but that was against backup QB Lucas Falk. Now that Sam Darnold is back, the stingy Patriots defense will face a much greater challenge.