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The Lineup: Friday, October 18

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Pregame Reads

  • A Welsh grandfather made a 2,500:1 bet that his infant grandson would one day play for the national team. The kid grew up and grandpa got a fat payday.
  • What is it in our heads that makes us want to cheat? Julie Beck of The Atlantic investigates.
  • Is Yasiel Puig exciting or infuriating? S.L. Price tries to figure it out.


Starter

L.A. Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 8:30p.m.

There's been an interesting subplot to this year's postseason. It seems the rest of the country has started to tire of the Cardinals and their historically well-respected fan base. I guess people are worn out of hearing about this organization that "just does things the right way." My guess is that the folks in St. Louis couldn't care less. And if the Cardinals win five more games, they'll have all of the debate ammo they need.


Reserves

NHL

St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets, 8:00p.m.

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Anaheim Ducks, 10:00p.m.

MLS

D.C. United vs. Sporting K.C., 8:00p.m. (NBC Sports)

With only two games left before the end of the regular season, not one of the playoff spots in MLS has been solidified. Sporting is just one point behind New York for the #1 spot in the Eastern Conference. They'll hope to get a boost from the return of Graham Zusi, who will never have to pay for a drink in Mexico again.

NBA Preseason

Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls, 8:00p.m. (NBA TV)

Portland Blazers vs. L.A. Clippers, 10:30p.m. (NBA TV)

NCAA Hockey

North Dakota vs. Miami, 7:00p.m. (CBS Sports)

Minnesota Duluth vs. Colorado College, 9:30p.m. (CBS Sports)

NCAA Basketball 

Kentucky: Big Blue Madness, 7:30p.m. (ESPN3)

A lot of the big name college basketball teams run massive start of the year parties that are part vaudeville, part professional wrestling, and part open practice. Students at Kentucky showed their commitment to the team by camping out overnight for tickets in this great time lapse video. Everybody loves time lapse.

Duke: Countdown to Craziness, 8:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Syracuse: Orange Madness, 8:30p.m. (ESPN3)

Oklahoma State: Homecoming and Hoops, 10:00p.m. (ESPN3)

High School Football

Cypress Bay (FL) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (FL), 7:00p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Don Bosco Prep (NJ) vs. Paramus Catholic (NJ), 8:00p.m. (ESPN2)

NCAA Football

Central Florida vs. Louisville, 8:00p.m. (ESPN)

Under-17 World Cup

Croatia vs. Morocco, 8:48a.m. (ESPN3)

Tunisia vs. Venezuela, 8:48a.m. (ESPN3)

Panama vs. Uzbekistan, 11:48a.m. (ESPN3)

Russia vs. Japan, 11:48a.m. (ESPN3)

Soccer

Mexican League: Querétaro vs. Club León, 8:25p.m. (ESPN Deportes)

NCAA Men's: Syracuse vs. North Carolina, 6:30p.m. (ESPN3)

NCAA Women's: Kentucky vs. Florida, 6:30p.m. (ESPN3)

NCAA Volleyball

North Carolina State vs. Virginia Tech, 7:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Western Michigan vs. Akron, 7:00p.m. (ESPN3)

LSU vs. Auburn, 8:30p.m. (ESPN3)

Duke vs. Georgia Tech, 8:30p.m. (ESPN3)

TV

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, 9:00p.m. (CMT)

Bellator MMA, 9:00p.m. (Spike)


Birthdays

Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury Center, 23

Lindsey Vonn, Olympic Skier, 29

Martina Navratilova, FormerTennis Star, 57

Mike Ditka, Former NFL Coach, 74

David Murphy, Texas Rangers Outfielder, 32

Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland A's Outfielder, 28

Tommy Hearns, Former Boxing Champion, 55

Willie Horton, Former MLB Outfielder, 71

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