(AP) - The Spurs are chasing history, LeBron James is nearing milestones and defenses are getting shredded. Those are among the 10 things to know going into this NBA season, which has finally arrived so 29 other teams can begin the daunting quest of trying to catch the champion Warriors.
CHICAGO (AP) - Cubs manager Joe Maddon is standing by his decision not to use All-Star closer Wade Davis in Chicago's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series and is questioning the criticism coming his way. Maddon insists Davis was only available for one inning in a save situation.
NEW YORK (AP) - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes great teams are good for business, the way Michael Jordan's Bulls were in the 1990s and the way Stephen Curry's and LeBron James' teams are now. Jordan, the NBA owner, disagrees. With most predictions having Golden State and Cleveland standing above their challengers for a fourth straight season, it's a pattern of dominance that has the Charlotte owner fearing a league where 28 teams are "garbage." Silver says that's just Jordan's competitiveness coming out.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears defensive players hadn't made an interception until making two in Sunday's 27-24 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Safety Adrian Amos and cornerback Bryce Callahan had interceptions and the Bears hope to make it a trend Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
CHICAGO (AP) - The United States has started turning its attention toward the 2022 World Cup, announcing an exhibition at Portugal on Nov. 14. The game was finalized six days after the Americans' stunning 2-1 loss at Trinidad and Tobago eliminated them from the 2018 World Cup field. Coach Bruce Arena quit, and the U.S. Soccer Federation said it will determine an interim replacement "in the coming days."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yasiel Puig has followed up his most consistent regular season with an outstanding playoff performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is also entertaining teammates and fans with endearing antics that showcase his love of baseball and his free-spirited style. Puig's Dodgers are unbeaten in the postseason heading into Game 3 of the NL Championship Series.
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