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On This Day in Sports History

FAITH REWARDED. On this day in 2004, the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918.

Abby Faber

$30,480. Abby's YouCaring crowd fund is nearing $31,000, which would be $6,000 over the initial goal.

WRNL College Football Pick'em

PLEASE STAND UP. Props to user cyclonestateofmind for sitting atop the pick'em leaderboard for quite sometime with a 104-67 (.608) record against the spread. We'd like to use you as a guest picker in this week's "Best Bets" section of Betting the Big 12, if you're interested. Shoot us an email or direct message on Twitter.

Iowa State Football

JUST A MATTER OF TIME. Uncle Randy expounds on the inevitable Rhoads-Mangino divorce.

STURDY AS THEY COME. Fortunately, the players are behind new offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy.

OTHER THINGS HAPPENED TOO. Allen Lazard is good to go for Saturday... Kamari Cotton-Moya is done for the year... Kenneth Lynn has been suspended... and Cole Netten will be demoted in favor of walk-on Chris Francis.

PROVE IT. Joel Lanning's opportunity has finally come, and he knows he has to prove his worth.

NOW OR NEVER. That's the situation Paul Rhoads now finds himself in, writes Brent Blum in an outstanding column.

KICKOFF IN NORMAN. Scheduling and televising this thing probably isn't necessary, right?

BIG 12 RECRUITING SCORECARD. Week 9 update from ESPN's Max Olson.

Iowa State Basketball

DON'T SCREW IT UP. You guys have 17 days to remember it's "Nazareth Mitrou-Long."

MONTE'S ASCENT. Awesome write-up from Today's U on how Monte Morris became a college basketball star.

AND THAT'S A SELLOUT!

KENPOM IS BACK, Y'ALL. Ken Pomeroy released his 2015-16 college basketball ratings this week, and Iowa State comes in at 19th.

Dreamy and the NBA

THE ASSOCIATION. I'm as surprised as you are — the 2015-16 NBA season tips off TONIGHT!

And here's a list of previews you're going to want:

SB Nation's 2015-16 NBA Preview

FiveThirtyEight's 2015-16 NBA Preview (these guys predicted Golden State over Cleveland in last year's preview)

Bleacher Report's Ultimate 2015-16 NBA Preview and Predictions

ESPN's 2015-16 NBA Preview

And hey, why not: Sports Illustrated's 70 reasons to watch the NBA this year.

BENEATH A CALM EXTERIOR... a fire burns inside Fred Hoiberg. Under pressure? "You're never going to see him sweat."

FRED'S NEW STARTING FIVE. Hoiberg's got his guys for tonight's season opener against Cleveland (7:00 PM, TNT), which reportedly will include Derrick Rose.

And he's got himself a bench.

Around the Country

WORLD SERIES. It all starts tonight from Kauffman Stadium between the Kansas City Royals (Volquez) and New York Mets (Harvey). Get everything you need to know here.

OOPS. We are quite sorry, Baylor.

LET'S GET POLITICAL. Not really. But this is a great piece about how the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn for Los Angeles in 1957 helped inspire Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' political ideologies.

THAT'S PROBABLY THE RIGHT CHOICE. Cubs 3B Kris Bryant is your National League Rookie of the Year.

HUSTLE AT ALL TIMES. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh gives the best trick-or-treating advice.

C'MON AND TAKE A FREE RIDE. Uber drivers (most likely in close proximity to campus) are offering free rides until Central Florida (0-7) wins a game.

YOU KNOW HIM, YOU HATE HIM. Former Michigan State and NBA star Mateen Cleaves is being investigated for a possible sexual assault.