CLEVELAND -- Any other year, against any other team, the Cleveland Indians would be the sentimental choice in this years World Series.You know, because of that long championship drought and all.But not against the Chicago Cubs.The lovable Cubbies, who captured the nations heart by exorcising curses and winning their first NL pennant since 1945 on Saturday night and are aiming for their first Series title since 1908, are a popular pick.The oddsmakers in Las Vegas have pegged the Cubs as heavy favorites going into Game 1 on Tuesday night.Heck, even First Fan Barack Obama, a die-hard White Sox supporter, said he was happy to see the North Side of Chicago rocking.Well, all the love toward the NL champions has left the Indians as underdogs -- a role theyve embraced this October.We believe in each other, first baseman Mike Napoli said Sunday before the Indians held a workout and simulated game at Progressive Field. We believe that if we go out there and play the game the right way, play as a team like weve done, we can win a game on any night. Weve shown in the past two series we cant be taken lightly. We play as a team.Were a confident group.And that assuredness has only grown. Cleveland wasnt supposed to beat Boston, but the Indians swept Big Papi into retirement and the Red Sox into their offseason sooner than expected. Clevelands pitching staff followed that by whittling Torontos big bats down to toothpicks in the AL Championship Series.Now on deck are the Cubs, who won 103 games during the regular season, have three aces at the top of the rotation and a flame-throwing closer and seem to have a date with destiny.The Indians, though, know they can match up with anyone.Theyre a good team from top to bottom, said supreme setup man Adam Miller, who has spent the postseason toying with hitters. They have three guys that might be Cy Young (winners). Were going to be going against a good team, thats not a surprise. If you want to count us out, that works for us.Many of the Indians watched Chicagos historic win, which was followed by a street party outside Wrigley Field that nearly lasted until dawn.As it unfolded, Napoli found himself pulling for former Red Sox teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and the Cubs. The more he thought about a Cleveland-Chicago series, the more he liked it.I was rooting for them, Napoli said, wearing one of his popular Post Party At Napolis T-shirts. I thought it would be one of the coolest World Series to be a part of.The Indians are looking to end their own 68-year title drought, and they spent the past few days resting while the Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers finished their series. The down time has allowed Cleveland to get healthier, but manager Terry Francona revealed a new injury for his team, which has spent much of the season dealing with sprains, strains and even a few stitches.Second baseman Jason Kipnis hurt his left ankle following Game 5 in Toronto.Some of the guys had a tough time getting through the celebration, said Francona, who added Corey Kluber would start Game 1 at home. He went over to embrace (shortstop) Frankie (Lindor) and he rolled his foot on Frankies foot. So hes got a low ankle sprain. The good part is its not a high ankle sprain. You hear that all the time and I never know what it means, but it doesnt sound good. Hes going to be OK.Thankfully we had some time off, which is good. Hes not moving yet like he can, but Im guessing with another 48 hours and 37,000 screaming fans, I bet hell be OK.Kipnis took grounders as head athletic trainer James Quinlan watched. Later, Kipnis didnt appear to favor his ankle while hitting against several Cleveland pitchers during the simulated game, which included crowd noise being pumped into the ballpark.Nothing could replicate Tuesdays anticipated ambience when fans in both cities will hang on every pitch, knowing that each win moves their club closer to a coveted championship.Before the first batter even steps to the plate, this World Series already has the potential to be a classic.Two Midwestern cities separated by roughly 300 miles. Two teams with heartbreak in their pasts.One team will end its lengthy title quest, while the others will linger.Napoli cant wait for it to get started.The Cubs have a lot of history. We have a lot of history, he said. The big things are the droughts. Thats why I wanted it to be us versus them because I think it will probably be the coolest thing ever to be a part of that -- going to Wrigley on the road to see that atmosphere.Thats something I live for. 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Six games during Round 6, and surprisingly the two matches decided by single-figure margins having gone the distance involved the New Zealand Breakers.Corey Webster was listed in the piece last week as MIA. Fair to say he showed up in Round 6, scoring 37 points during his two outings and hitting the game-winning shot against Perth Wildcats.Melbourne United, meanwhile, continued their slide with a fifth consecutive loss. They parted ways with former MVP point guard Cedric Jackson through the week, and United fans are eagerly awaiting the return of Chris Goulding and debut of new signing Casper Ware.We have become accustomed to having at least one high-scoring game during each round, but we had a different story in Round 6. The highest score was 87, while each winning team posted between 84 and 87 points.So who and what stood out the most during round six?Dynamic DuosEvery side needs a go-to player they can rely upon, but teams become increasingly easy to defend against if they have only the one option. The presence of a one-two punch can make life miserable for defending teams, and we saw two instances during round six.Brisbanes Torrey Craig and Jermaine Beal took over against Sydney Kings in the round-opening game, compiling 34 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The Kings had no answers as the Bullets waltzed away with the win.Then it was the Kings turn in their second match of the round, against Melbourne United, with backcourt buddies Kevin Lisch and Jason Cadee shooting the lights out to post a combined 56 points on 70 percent shooting that included a remarkable 10 three-pointers.Speaking of lights out ...Black OutBrisbane and Cairns Taipans are locked in a tense battle, both seeking their second win of the round; the Bullets lead by eight points with 1:37 to play in the fourth quarter and, BAM, the lights go out.The Bullets had controlled the tempo of the game, but the Taipans were still in with a shot when the conteest was abandoned because the power could not be restored.ddddddddddddVictory was awarded to the Bullets, but the Taipans have lodged a formal protest and the outcome of the game is yet to be confirmed.Running Out of LegsFour of the six victors also led at halftime and three-quartertime.Adelaide and New Zealand went against that trend, leading at the end of every quarter apart from when it really counted.New Zealand led the Taipans by three at the final change before they surrendered the lead with around nine minutes to play, and they were never able to make it back.Adelaide led Illawarra Hawks by two heading into the fourth, before scoring a measly 11 points down the stretch to lose by double-figures.No I in HawksThe Hawks have one of the top-three scoring averages in the league, and they do so with an incredible balance.The Hawks have only three players averaging double-figure points per game (every other team in the league has four, with Melbourne having five) but theyre currently riding a two-game winning streak.The unselfishness within the group, and the willingness to find the open man, is beginning to pay dividends as they have assisted on 65 percent of made baskets in their past two games.We might be seeing the Hawks finding their wings and getting ready for take off.Gazey CamAndrew Gaze is an iconic figure in the NBL. He is one of, if not, the greatest players ever to grace the Australian hardwood, and his star continues to shine.The passion he used to exude on the floor has now shifted to the sidelines, and his antics have not gone unnoticed. The league needs to consider a Gazey Cam as watching him during the game can be just as exciting as following the play that is unfolding.This little clip is just one snippet from the weekend action; bear in mind the Kings won this game comfortably.? ' ' '