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Sports Report: World Series Starts Tonight

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Game 1 of the World Series is tonight at 8 in Kansas City. Matt Harvey gets the start for the New York Mets, while Edinson Volquez will take the mound for the Royals. 

The Red Sox have named former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. the club's new first base coach and outfield and baserunning instructor. When the Phillies announced last month they would not be renewing Amaro's contract, he says it provided him with the perfect opportunity to take a different path.

Former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has taken a part-time position with Columbia University. Cherington will be an instructor for a leadership in sports class in the spring. Cherington plans to return to baseball full-time at some point, but hasn't decided when that will be.

The Phillies have hired Matt Klentak as their new general manger. He's been the Angels assistant GM since November 2011 and at 35 is the youngest GM in Phillies team history. He replaces Ruben AmaroJr., who was fired in September by new team president Andy MacPhail.

Klentak previously worked for MacPhail in Baltimore as the Orioles director of baseball operations from 2008-11.


In the NFL on Monday Night Football, Arizona beat Baltimore 26-18.

New York Jets center Nick Mangold has a sore neck, but nothing more serious. Multiple tests have come back negative. Mangold left the Jets' 30-23 loss at New England last Sunday late in the fourth quarter when his head was knocked into on a play. His status for this Sunday's game at Oakland against the Raiders is uncertain.

NFL lawyers have told a federal appeals court in New York that a judge made "unfathomable" findings to justify lifting New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" controversy. The appeals court isn't scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case before February, meaning that this season will not be affected by any outcome.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain has a Twitter avatar this week that shows him crushing Tom Brady's head. The Dolphins face Brady and the New England Patriots Thursday night, although McCain might not play. He has been inactive the past two weeks and has yet to make a tackle this season.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett says defensive end Greg Hardy won't be disciplined for a sideline tirade that included a physical confrontation with special teams coach Rich Bisaccia after New York's decisive kickoff return for a touchdown. Garrett said Monday the heated exchange that also involved Dez Bryant and other players was "not a big deal from anybody inside our football team and inside this building."

Hardy, in his second game after a four-game suspension for his role in a domestic violence case, barged into the special teams huddle after Dwayne Harris' 100-yard kickoff return for the winning points in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 27-20 victory. The Cowboys (2-4) face Seattle on Sunday with their first four-game losing streak under Garrett.


In the NHL, the Islanders blanked Calgary 4-0, Arizona edged Toronto 4-3, and it was Chicago over Anaheim in overtime 1-0.

Also in the NHL:

— Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane will be out approximately four to six weeks because of an injury to his left knee sustained in Saturday's loss to the Devils. Without revealing the exact nature of the injury, coach Dan Bylsma said Kane won't require surgery after hurting his medial collateral ligament.

— Flyers forward Michael Raffl says he's fine and ready to play Tuesday after a scary incident on the bench Saturday night. Raffl had to be helped to the locker room in the second period of a 3-2 shootout win over the Rangers after he says he became dizzy and passed out for a couple of seconds on the bench.


The UConn women's basketball team is the overwhelming choice to win the American Athletic Conference this season. Connecticut received all 10 possible first-place votes. The Huskies will be playing for a historic fourth consecutive national title. Connecticut senior forward Breanna Stewart was named the preseason Player of the Year.

The UConn women's basketball team will be trying out some new rules when the Huskies play an exhibition game next month. The Huskies game against Vanguard University on November 8th will feature the larger basketball used in men's games as well as a 24-second shot clock.


The Siena College's men's basketball team has extended their contract with the Times Union Center through 2020. 


The NBA regular season is starts up today. Matchups today feature Cleveland and Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta, and New Orleans and Golden State.

The Brooklyn Nets have waived Dahntay Jones and Justin Harper to get their roster to the 15-man limit. Jones averaged 7.5 points in four preseason games. The veteran swingman has played for seven NBA teams, including 33 games last season for the Los Angeles Clippers. Harper averaged 9.0 points in six preseason games.

LeBron James says he'll be ready for Cleveland's NBA season opener Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls. The four-time league MVP has been sidelined for nearly two weeks after receiving anti-inflammation injections in his back. But he's practiced for two consecutive days and has pronounced himself ready to go.


Baylor quarterback Seth Russell faces season-ending surgery to repair damage to his cervical vertebra. The surgery was recommended after Russell saw a specialist two days after getting hurt late in the second-ranked Bears' victory over Iowa State Saturday. Russell is the top-rated passer in the Bowl Subdivision, throwing for 2,104 yards with 29 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Horse Racing:

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah is the early 6-5 favorite in a field of 10 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, the last race of his career. The colt will break from the No. 4 post on Saturday at Keeneland as he tries to bounce back from a loss in the Travers two months ago. Beholder drew the far outside post and is the 3-1 second choice for the 1 1/4-mile race against male horses.

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