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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Don Mattingly discusses what to expect from Yasiel Puig tonight:

Miller on USC: Sarkisian owes Haden an apology (1:24)
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Kershaw looks to shake playoff woes

Down 2-1 in the NLDS, the Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound on three days' rest. Kershaw has a 1-6 record in nine postseason starts. The Mets will counter with rookie lefty Steven Matz.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Rob Manfred says at Wrigley that protecting infielders is "high on our radar screen" but a rule will be challenging to word. "I think the way we had to work through the home-plate situation gives you a feel for how difficult it is to write that kind of rule."

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Pass on Paul? You're missing the point

In Joe Kaiser's preseason proclamation, he emphasizes this is a great year for drafting a point guard early. The Clippers' Chris Paul would be among the top options. Fantasy draft tips

Coaching departures (6:59)
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Trojans still haven't bounced back

Since Pete Carroll left USC for the Seattle Seahawks, the coaches who have followed Carroll have combined for only a 47-23 record.

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Cubs favored to win NL pennant

Entering Tuesday, Chicago, up 2-1 on St. Louis in the NLDS, has the best odds of making it to the World Series out of the NL, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Mets, up 2-1 on the Dodgers, are close behind.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig, who has not looked particularly sharp since hurrying back from a hamstring injury, returns to the lineup vs. lefty Steven Matz, along with several other righty hitters: Hernandez CF Kendrick 2B Gonzalez 1B Turner 3B Seager SS Puig RF Ellis C Ruggiano LF Kershaw P

Haden: I haven't spoken to Sarkisian (1:17)
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Utley's appeal hearing set

Chase Utley's appeal of his two-game suspension is scheduled to be heard on Oct. 19, according to the Los Angeles Times. He'll remain active for the remainder of the NLDS.

Clay Helton: I want this job (1:29)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC athletic director Pat Haden has not spoken with Steve Sarkisian since deciding to terminate him as the Trojans football coach. He called/texted Sarkisian and his agent Monday, but was unable to make contact.

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Buccigross: Happy hockey new year

The hockey new year is upon us, so let's dive into predictions for standout rookies, how some intriguing teams look so far, early playoff projections and the top 10 college teams in the land.

Watch: USC news conference

USC AD Pat Haden, who fired football coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday, hasn't talked to Sarkisian yet about his decision. "As we sit here today, the decision to hire Steve didn't work out, and I own it," he said. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

USC AD: I gave Sark a second chance

Pat Haden explains why he didn't fire Steve Sarkisian in August: "I felt at that time it was in the best interest of our players ... and of Steve, not to suspend or fire him. At that time, based on the input of trusted medical and staff, it was determined that he could continue coaching." Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN