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FOR OCT. 9, 2017


The MLB playoffs are underway. Three clubs crossed the 100-win mark this season—the Dodgers, the Indians and the Astros—but they're not locks for the World Series. Even the wild card teams have a fighting chance. So who's in the best position to win it all? SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S baseball crew will lay out a case for each team, make its picks and tell you who could be October x-factors (the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber? the Astros' George Springer?). For predictions, analysis and coverage throughout the playoffs, go to



After a wild offseason of drama and trades—and dramatic trades—the 2017--18 NBA season is upon us. To make sure you're ready, The Crossover is launching its comprehensive preview this week. We'll have division-by-division breakdowns and a look at which teams (like Karl Anthony Towns's Timberwolves or Joel Embiid's Sixers) will surprise in a good way and which will flop, along with our predictions for the season's most compelling stories. For all that and much more, head to


In its second season under coach Mark Richt, Miami is 3--0 as it heads to Tallahassee to take on rival Florida State. Led by junior running back Mark Walton and a strong defense, the Canes are eyeing their first trip to the ACC championship game and a return to their glory days (four national titles from 1983 to '91). Is The U back? This week Chris Johnson examines how far the program has come—and how much further it has to go—at