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NEW YORK -- When the New York Mets stumbled home Wednesday after losing three straight games to the Washington Nationals, there seemed to be a better chance the Mets would be worried about falling below . Torey Krug Jersey .500 by the end of a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs than talking about a potential sweep of the presumptive World Series favorites.Yet the Mets have a chance to break out the brooms Sunday afternoon in the finale of a National League Championship Series rematch at Citi Field. New York posted its third straight win with a 4-3 victory over the Cubs on Saturday night.The Mets have outscored the Cubs, who have the lowest ERA in the majors at 2.97, by a margin of 18-8. Not bad for a team that scored 17 runs in the six games preceding the Cubs arrival.Youve got to believe you can compete, Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday night. But then when you go out and do it, it means a lot. The confidence that it sends throughout the clubhouse -- theres no other way to do it except to go out there and beat one of the real, real good teams three times.The three straight losses to the Mets (43-37) have continued a monthlong skid of sorts for the Cubs (51-29), who have gone 12-14 since June 5. Chicago is 2-11 against teams with a winning record -- the Mets, Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals -- during that stretch.Every team were playing is gunning for us, Cubs utilityman Ben Zobrist told reporters Saturday afternoon. They know weve got the best record in the league. And theyre showing up to play against us. Theyre not showing up like this to play against other teams.The Cubs will try to avoid the sweep behind left-hander Jon Lester, who will oppose Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard in a matchup of aces and potential All-Star Game starters.Lester was named the National Leagues Pitcher of the Month for June on Saturday after a stretch in which he went 4-0 with a 1.41 ERA. Overall this season, Lester has a 2.03 ERA, second best in the NL behind injured Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.We want to finish it off (Sunday), Collins said. Lesters pitching great, but we certainly are right now playing pretty good. So we need to hopefully go out and get some pitches to hit and do some damage with them.Syndergaard absorbed his most damage of the season in his most recent start last Tuesday, when he gave up five runs in three innings and took the loss as the Mets fell 11-4 to the Washington Nationals. The next day, multiple media outlets reported Syndergaard is pitching with a bone spur in his right elbow, accounts corroborated by Syndergaard on Thursday.Lester is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three career regular-season starts against the Mets. He took the loss in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series last Oct. 17, when he gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings in the Cubs 4-2 loss at Citi Field.Syndergaard lost his lone regular-season start against the Cubs in his major league debut on May 12, 2015, when he gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets fell 6-1. He picked up the win in Game 2 of the NLCS last Oct. 18, when he allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings in the Mets 4-1 victory. David Pastrnak Jersey . Laudrup revealed Thursday he was notified of his dismissal in "the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary. Anton Khudobin Jersey . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. . After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91. GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A full week of practice could help newly acquired running back Knile Davis get up to speed in the Green Bay Packers injury-depleted backfield.And a swelling-reducing glove may help rookie Don Jackson contribute, too.Davis had a long weekend to study the Packers offensive playbook after arriving in an Oct. 18 trade from Kansas City -- less than 72 hours before the Packers victory over the Chicago Bears last Thursday night. Coach Mike McCarthy was reluctant to play Davis with so little time to learn the schemes, so Davis didnt see action on offense until late in the fourth quarter, carrying twice for 1 yard.Theres definitely some similarities (to Kansas Citys playbook). Ive just got to get the terminology and verbiage together, Davis said. Im definitely excited.McCarthy said Davis spent the weekend working with running backs coach Ben Sirmans to get a better feel for the offense entering Sundays game at Atlanta.Hes part of the game plan, McCarthy said of Davis. I like what he brings to the table. Hes a natural football player, someone thats played a lot of football, was successful obviously in college, and hes been in the league. I think this is just more of a language and communication gap that you have to fill. Hes very bright. Hes making progress.Jackson, meanwhile, took part in Wednesdays practice after X-rays did not show a fracture in his left hand, which he injured against Chicago. In an effort to reduce swelling, Jackson wore a special therapeutic glove throughout practice and was able to carry the ball with both hands -- something he couldnt do after the injury occurred.Its already looking better, Jackson said. The trainers, theyre pretty optimistic about it. Weve still got (four) days, so weve still got some time. And its already taken, I think, a dramatic leap from Sunday till now. I couldnt even like have anybody touch it, and now its to the point where I can move it a little bit, I have a little bit of grip.Still, McCarthy said Jackson must take part in Thursdays contact-filled, in-pads practice to gauge how realistic it is for him to play against the Falcons.Its important for him to go through team work, especially (Thursday). He needs to go through the half-line drill and the full physical team, McCarthy said. Milt Schmidt Jersey. That will obviously give us direction on how we proceed Sunday.If the Packers have both Davis and Jackson at their disposal against the Falcons, they wont have to rely as heavily on Aaron Rodgers. He threw 56 passes -- five fewer than his single-game career high -- and finished with a career-best 39 completions against the Bears.It would also allow McCarthy to pick and choose how he uses receiver-turned-halfback Ty Montgomery, who carried nine times for 60 yards and caught 10 passes for another 66 yards against the Bears.The Packers are in such dire straits at running back because they lost starter Eddie Lacy for at least eight weeks (ankle/foot). Green Bay has been without No. 2 running back James Starks because of a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 16. Its unclear how soon hell return.(Montgomery) and Don spent some extra time with me the night before (the Bears game) talking about different things, and Im sure that will happen this week. Maybe well get Knile in on it as well this time to make sure hes ready to go, Rodgers said. Weve got to go with the guys weve got and make sure theyre ready to play.Game notes Despite their mini-bye after their Thursday night victory, the Packers had a whopping nine players on their injury report. In addition to the players not expected to play against Atlanta -- Starks, tight end Jared Cook (ankle) and cornerbacks Damarious Randall (groin) and Quinten Rollins (groin) -- three other players were slight surprises: linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), wide receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring) and Montgomery (illness). . Matthews did not practice Wednesday and apparently injured his hamstring against the Bears. Montgomery spoke with reporters after practice and is expected to play, while Cobb was a limited participant. . The Packers added rookie center Jacob Flores to the practice squad. 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