(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.
(AP) - Chris Paul had a new home in Los Angeles and the potential for a $200 million contract with the Clippers. But he wasn't sure he'd ever win there. He eventually accepted a trade to Los Angeles and the process is the subject of a three-part documentary that debuts Thursday on ESPN.
(AP) - Marc Gasol wanted a boat before the Grizzlies center settled for a Tesla. Shaun Livingston has been buying diapers with his new contract from Golden State. NBA teams have doled out billions in new contracts the last two offseasons. Everyone who gets a pay raise wants something nice, and the new contracts have given players a reason to splurge.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Rams' 10-day road trip would have been a whole lot more annoying if they had been forced to spend this week stewing on a loss. Instead, the first-place Rams can thoroughly enjoy their brief stop in Florida on their way to London. The Rams are off to their first 4-2 start since 2006 after beating Jacksonville 27-17.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - Mike Williams only got 10 snaps in his debut with the Los Angeles Chargers, and he only caught one pass. The first-round pick from Clemson still savored his first chance to be on an NFL field. The rookie receiver loved it even more when his 15-yard catch contributed to the Chargers' fourth-quarter touchdown drive in a 17-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals were in fine spirits as they boarded a plane for London. The addition of Adrian Peterson and his impressive debut left plenty of reason for optimism. Peterson had 134 yards rushing and two touchdowns against the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Cardinals next play the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams in London.
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