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LeBron on fourth straight loss: ‘Our team is kind of depleted’

3:30 AM ET CLEVELAND — LeBron James is in the midst of the most lopsided losing streak of his career. The Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 124-107 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday marked the Cavs’ fourth straight loss by a combined 63 points. Cleveland’s current stretch of futility edges out the four-game losing streak James endured in March 2004 when he lost four games by a combined 61 points as a rookie. While James put the third loss of the streak — a 114-95 rout at the hands of the New York Knicks — in perspective by saying he was “not about to go crazy over it” because it was only October, his nonchalance was gone when he addressed the fourth loss in a row, to Indiana. “It’s a new month,” James said, explaining his dour mood...

Yes! After win, Astros’ Correa proposes on field

12:59 AM ET Nights don’t get much than the one Carlos Correa had on Wednesday. First, the star Houston shortstop became a World Series champion when the Astros toppled the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 in Los Angeles. Keep up with the latest as baseball’s top teams contend for the title. • Astros win first World Series title »• Correa proposes on field after WS win »• L.A. did everything right until Game 7 »• Way-too-early 2018 power rankings »• Your moment-by-moment WS MVP »• Is the World Series baseball too slick? »• Schedule » | Complete coverage » Then, while the Astros were celebrating on the Dodger Stadium field, Correa proposed to his girlfriend, who said yes. “… I was planning if we were World Series champions, I was going to do it right there,” Correa said. &...

Dodgers favorites for ’18; Astros, Indians follow

12:53 AM ET The Houston Astros may be World Series champions, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to win next year’s MLB title, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. George Springer powered Houston’s Game 7 KO of the Dodgers to complete the Astros’ journey from 111 losses in 2013 to world champs in 2017. The Los Angeles Dodgers open as the 5-1 favorites to win the 2018 World Series. Here are the full odds for every MLB team to win the 2018 World Series at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Astros finished 2017 on top with the first World Series title in franchise history. Will they open the offseason in the same place? Where do the Dodgers and Indians check in? 2 Related Westgate opened the Dodgers as 5-1 favorites, with Clayton Kershaw and a strong ...

Dodgers did everything right in 2017 … until Game 7

12:00 AM ET LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers picked the wrong season to sniff a title. The team that planned and plotted its way to 104 regular-season wins and two easy series victories in the National League bracket was simply overshadowed and outplayed by a Houston Astros roster exploding with talent. The Dodgers championship puzzle fell apart around one of the last pieces they added. Yu Darvish, acquired by L.A. at the July 31 trade deadline, was shelled for the second time in the series, giving up five runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Dodgers couldn’t recover, falling 5-1 to the Astros who celebrated their first championship at Dodger Stadium. Keep up with the latest as baseball’s top teams contend for the title. • Ultimate playoff guide » | WS Picks »• Dodgers beat Astros, ...

Houston Strongest! After more than a half century, Astros win first World Series title

12:00 AM ET LOS ANGELES — The Houston Astros are all alone in the baseball stratosphere, coming through just when their city needed them most. Just a little over two months ago, the Houston Astros were displaced, disconsolate and helpless, grieving that they could not do more for a city ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. All the Astros could do then was play baseball, to give their fans common cause and a little distraction. Keep up with the latest as baseball’s top teams contend for the title. • Ultimate playoff guide » | WS Picks »• Dodgers beat Astros, force Game 7 »• The inning that won Game 6 for L.A. »• Verlander falls just short in Game 6 »• Your moment-by-moment WS MVP »• Is the World Series baseball too slick? »• Insider: Projections » | Player ranking »• S...

Springer wins Series MVP; 5 HRs ties WS mark

1:44 AM ET LOS ANGELES — Earlier in the World Series, Houston Astros center fielder George Springer talked about not letting the magnitude of playing in it become overwhelming. “You can’t worry about the result of each at-bat,” he said. “You just have to stay in the moment.” Keep up with the latest as baseball’s top teams contend for the title. • Astros win first World Series title »• Correa proposes on field after WS win »• L.A. did everything right until Game 7 »• Way-too-early 2018 power rankings »• Your moment-by-moment WS MVP »• Is the World Series baseball too slick? »• Schedule » | Complete coverage » In the biggest game of the season, the biggest game in Astros history and certainly the biggest game of his life, Springer remained in the mom...

Blast off: Astros’ Springer ties WS homer mark

9:39 PM ET LOS ANGELES — George Springer has tied the World Series record with his fifth home run, crushing a 3-2 fastball from Los Angeles Dodgers starter Yu Darvish way out to left-center field in the second inning to give the Houston Astros a 5-0 lead and knock Darvish from the game. Springer ties Reggie Jackson (1977) and Chase Utley (2009) for the World Series record of five home runs in one series, although both of them did it in six-game series. Springer, who doubled and scored in the first inning, also has 29 total bases in the World Series, breaking the old record of 25 shared by Willie Stargell (1979) and Jackson. Houston’s George Springer deserves a round of applause after tying the record for most home runs in a single World Series with five. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images ...

Blastoff: Astros’ Springer ties WS homer mark

11:46 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Earlier in the World Series, Houston Astros center fielder George Springer talked about not letting the magnitude of playing in it become overwhelming. “You can’t worry about the result of each at-bat,” he said. “You just have to stay in the moment.” In the biggest game of the season, the biggest game in Astros history and certainly the biggest game of his life, Springer remained in the moment. He tied the World Series record with his fifth home run, crushing a 3-2 fastball from Dodgers starter Yu Darvish way out to left-center field in the second inning at Dodger Stadium during Wednesday night’s Game 7 to give the Astros a 5-0 lead and knocking Darvish from the game. Springer matched Reggie Jackson (1977) and Chase Utley ...

Astros’ Springer ties HR mark, wins Series MVP

12:54 AM ET LOS ANGELES — Earlier in the World Series, Houston Astros center fielder George Springer talked about not letting the magnitude of playing in it become overwhelming. “You can’t worry about the result of each at-bat,” he said. “You just have to stay in the moment.” Keep up with the latest as baseball’s top teams contend for the title. • Astros win first World Series title »• Correa proposes on field after WS win »• L.A. did everything right until Game 7 »• Way-too-early 2018 power rankings »• Your moment-by-moment WS MVP »• Is the World Series baseball too slick? »• Schedule » | Complete coverage » In the biggest game of the season, the biggest game in Astros history and certainly the biggest game of his life, Springer remained in the mo...

Kerr, Curry: We’d vote Popovich for president

9:37 PM ET Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr won two of his five championships as a player under San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and Kerr often has spoken highly of his mentor. So it might not come as a surprise that Kerr believes Popovich would make for a good U.S. president. “I truly would vote for Pop. He would make a great president,” Kerr said Wednesday. “All jokes aside. I would vote for him.” Popovich has been very vocal about political and social issues over the past couple of seasons. The often stoic and reserved Popovich has openly criticized President Donald Trump for his actions and remarks. “Honesty and integrity,” Kerr said of Popovich. “Those would be two really key components for any person that wants to become presiden...

Power Rankings: Most troubling trends for each team

10:54 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN One month into this season-long journey, we’re starting to know which teams are thriving and which teams are troubled. But even the most successful winning machines have a gear or two they’d like to tighten, while the least successful teams are just hoping the wheels don’t completely fall off in the first weeks. For this week’s Power Rankings — voted, as always, by ESPN’s panel of experts — we look at the most troubling trends for all 31 teams, through Wednesday night’s games. How we rank: We use a panel of voters, and these rankings reflect which teams voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams are favored over lower-ranked teams. A run of wins doesn’t guarantee a jump, and a couple...

Neuheisel interested in Oregon State’s open job

8:33 PM ET Throw Rick Neuheisel into the mix as a possible candidate as the next football coach at Oregon State. Neuheisel, who most recently served as the coach at UCLA after stops at Colorado and Washington, confirmed to ESPN he is intrigued by the job. The current CBS Sports analyst and SiriusXM radio host first told Oregon-based radio host John Canzano on Wednesday that he misses coaching and expressed interest in the opening, which was created last month when Gary Andersen and the school parted ways after just 21 games. “I’m not going to pursue it,” Neuheisel told ESPN. “If they reached out to me and thought I might be a fit, I would absolutely entertain a conversation. But those sort of searches, they have guys in mind. They have ideas to where they’re g...