Stories by Kendall Baker

College hoops are almost here

Cassius Winston.
Cassius Winston. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The 2019-20 college basketball season begins on Nov. 5 with an epic double-header at Madison Square Garden, as No. 4 Duke battles No. 3 Kansas and No. 2 Kentucky takes on No. 1 Michigan State.

All-America team: Cassius Winston, who led Michigan State to the Final Four last season and is the country's preeminent floor general, was this year's only consensus selection.

NBA Recap: Clippers best Lakers while Raptors top Pelicans

Los Angeles' Lebron James and Clipper's Kawhi Leonard
Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard (30 pts) and the Clippers beat LeBron James (18-9-8) and the Lakers, 112-102, in a star-studded season opener at Staples Center.

Details: All 4 Clippers' bench players scored in double-digits, while Leonard was the only starter with more than 8 points.

The Nationals strike first as World Series underdogs

Nationals' team player

The Nationals entered last night's game as the biggest World Series underdog in more than a decade. They'll wake up this morning in full control after handing Astros ace Gerrit Cole his first loss since May.

What's next: The Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the mound in Game 2 tonight, while the Astros will counter with Justin Verlander.