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Reports: Nationals dismiss manager Williams

The Washington Nationals, who failed to make the playoffs after being saddled with high expectations, have fired manager Matt Williams, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

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Clayton: The golden age of Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is over 30, but he could just be entering his prime, with weapons to throw to, a running game to fall back on, and a coaching staff eager to maximize his talent..

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Schoenfield: Ultimate blueprint in October

Congrats, your team is headed to the MLB postseason. But does the style of play that got it there work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.

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Rex praises Bills' 'fight', defends 17 penalties

A defiant Rex Ryan defended the Bills after their 24-10 loss to the Giants, pounding the podium as he commended his players for their "fight" despite the flurry of penalties against Buffalo.

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Blake is back, brings down shot clock with dunk (0:39)
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Triplett: Brees-to-Spiller TD lifts Saints in OT

Two plays and 13 seconds into overtime Sunday night, Drew Brees and C.J. Spiller hooked up on an 80-yard TD that sparked the Saints to their first win of the season, Mike Triplett writes.

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Wild-card games set to start postseason drama (1:54)
Highlights: FC Dallas 4-1 Houston Dynamo (1:45)
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Keim: Pierre Garcon's toughness leads Redskins to comeback win

A big reason why receiver Pierre Garcon is so valuable was evident on the game-winning drive. He plays with violence and with a hunger that few possess. And when the Redskins needed him most, Garcon came through with two critical catches in the 23-20 victory over Philadelphia.

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Vinatieri becomes Colts' all-time leading scorer (0:14)
WATCH: Maradona dances with Pumas (0:40)
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Oreovicz: Harvick as good as he needs to be

Kevin Harvick and his team have consistently been the best in the Sprint Cup Series all season, and they had to be Sunday to advance to the next round of the Chase. Mission accomplished.

18hSheil Kapadia

Seahawks RB Lynch (hamstring) out for MNF

The Seahawks have ruled Marshawn Lynch out for Monday's game against the Lions with a hamstring injury. Undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls is expected to get the bulk of the carries against Detroit.


Schefter: Miami preparing to fire Philbin

The Dolphins were preparing to fire head coach Joe Philbin as of Sunday night, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. If Philbin is fired, Dolphins tight ends coach Dan Campbell would be the leading candidate to become the interim head coach.

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Matt Williams dismissed as Nats manager

After a disappointing 83-79 season and missing the playoffs, the Nationals have parted ways with their manager, according to the Washington Post. Williams was the NL Manager of the Year in 2014.

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American League playoff picture

  • The Yankees will host the AL wild-card game vs. the Astros on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN), with the winner facing the Royals
  • The Rangers, who clinched the AL West on Sunday, will take on the Blue Jays in the ALDS.


LBJ on Tristan: Unfortunate 'distraction'

LeBron James on the contract drama between the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson: "His value to us is extreme, as we saw last year ... The last thing you need is a distraction when you are trying to make a championship run, and we have that right now."


Kris Bryant has top selling MLB jersey

Nope, not Mike Trout, Bryce Harper or Clayton Kershaw. The Cubs rookie 3B had the best selling jersey in MLB during the regular season. Giants' Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey were No. 2 and 3 with Kershaw, Trout and Harper following.


ICYMI: Brees' 400th TD pass is game-winner

On the second play of overtime against the Cowboys, Drew Brees caught the defense sleeping and connected with C.J. Spiller for a game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass.


Chip Kelly responds to DeMarco Murray

Responding to Murray's comments Sunday that he's not getting enough touches, Kelly told 94-WIP Philadelphia: "Everyone needs the ball more. I've got no issue with that. We need to play more on offense. That's the bottom line. We're getting off the field on third down and most of the time when we're off the field on third down it's our fault. ... We're doing it to ourselves."

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Tom Brady on youth sports: Let kids be kids

Brady, father of 3, was asked about youth sports on WEEI today: "I’ve made a comment for a while now: ‘I hope my kids are late bloomers in whatever they do.’ ... [T]he competition feels like it starts so early for these kids – whether it’s to get into college or getting into the right HS or the right elementary school. I don’t know how it’s taken that turn, but you know, sometimes it’s nice for kids to just be kids." 'It's just different now'

Pacquiao: I'm running for Philippine Senate

Boxer Manny Pacquiao is stepping back into the political ring. The former Philippine congressman announced Monday that he will run for a Senate seat in the May 2016 election.


Miami owner + coach Joe Philbin meet

ESPN's Adam Schefter: "Everybody is waiting to see what Stephen Ross, the Dolphins owner, decides to do because clearly this team is one of the most, if not the most, disappointing teams in all of football."


ICYMI: Ichiro makes pitching debut

In the final game of the season, Ichiro Suzuki took the mound for the first time in his 15-year MLB career. He allowed one run on two hits against the Phillies.


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Kevin Durant on why he built the court at N Highland in OKC. "I wanted to teach the kids how I grew up and the values I learned being outdoors."

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There are just some jobs I wouldn't want to do. Cleaning the roof of the Toyota Center where the Rockets play is one of them. Much respect.

Bosh on return: Like a fish to water

Chris Bosh made his return in Heat preseason action Sunday after recovering from career-threatening blood clots and said postgame: "It was normal -- back doing my job. I understand everybody's [wondering], 'How did it feel like? What was it really like to finally play?' If you put a fish back in the water, it's going to swim."

Rory McIlory: Apology saved me big bucks

McIlroy made headlines in March for throwing his 3-iron into a lake during the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. The PGA Tour does not disclose how much players are fined for such incidents, but McIlroy said: "The fine was reduced from $25,000 (£16,500) to $5,000 (£3,300) because I said I was sorry in the TV interview afterwards." Rory's season in numbers

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Cora: Credit GM for Rangers' revival

Jon Daniels made three key moves that helped turn a last place team into AL West champions. ESPN's Alex Cora dissects those moves.


The magic of James Jones

ESPN's Matt Bowen examines what's behind the hot start for Jones, who went from not making the Giants' 53-man roster to tearing up the league with Green Bay. Closer look (Insider)


Week 4 fantasy leaders

Top scorers in ESPN standard fantasy leagues through Sunday's games:

  • ATL RB Devonta Freeman: 32 points
  • KC K Cairo Santos: 27 points
  • SD QB Philip Rivers: 26 points
  • CIN RB Jeremy Hill: 24 points
  • PHI QB Sam Bradford: 23 points
Winners and losers

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Catch clarification hasn't cleared it up

Week 4 brought two instances where receivers lost the ball while going to the ground but were still credited with receptions. Kevin Seifert sees both calls as correct but that it makes it clear that the NFL's attempt to clarify the process rule hasn't gone through. Vexing rule

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