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Steelers wild about Bell; beats S.D. on final play

Le'Veon Bell scored a touchdown out of the Wildcat formation as time expired Monday night, lifting the Steelers past the Chargers.

7hDavid Schoenfield

Monday's Top 5: A day of big bats

Oh, just another day with four playoff games, hours upon hours of hours of baseball excitement, and plenty of offense.

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Stark: Cubs rock Wrigley in historic Game 3 win

Cubs fans came to see Jake Arrieta dominate. He didn't. But what Chicago saw instead was its team hit a record six home runs and take a 2-1 NLDS lead over the Cardinals, writes Jayson Stark.

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8hDave McMenamin

J.R. Smith buys cotton candy from Cavs bench

One of five Cavs sitting out a preseason game, J.R. Smith flagged down a cotton candy vendor and apparently treated the son of golfer Jason Day.

Eichel fires a laser (0:24)
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18hMike Sando

Sando: Ranking the NFL's six unbeaten teams

Through five weeks, nearly 20 percent of the league remains unbeaten. Mike Sando ranks the unblemished, starting with a close call at the top between the Patriots and Packers.

Twellman: Klinsmann can't lose the locker room (2:28)
Could Ray Rice fill RB void in Kansas City? (0:38)
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15hJohn Clayton

Clayton: Andy Dalton playing faster than ever

Andy Dalton is playing faster than ever -- releasing the ball earlier and reading defenses faster -- and it's made the Bengals a more dangerous team offensively.

Donovan tips NYRB, LA Galaxy for MLS Cup final (5:23)
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2015-16 NBA Preview

We're rolling out our Insider forecasts from now until opening night. We begin with two franchises -- the 76ers and Timberwolves -- that hope some young stars can break them out of the basement.


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#PhotoOfTheNight: In the words of Cubs fans, "It is happening." With a 'W' last night, Chicago has chance to clinch NLCS berth at home today.

Porter breaks ankles, nutmegs defender

Wizards forward Otto Porter put not just one, but two silly moves on defenders in a preseason game.


Marshawn Lynch expected back Sunday

The Seahawks RB has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury but is likely to play Sunday against Carolina. Said coach Pete Carroll: "[Lynch] had a good workout [Monday] and he should be on track [to return to practice on] Thursday."

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The Cubs have NEVER clinched a postseason series at home... Today could be a special day on the north side at Wrigley Field

Today's MLB playoff schedule

  • Cardinals at Cubs, 4:37 p.m. ET (CHI leads series 2-1) -- J. Lackey vs. J. Hammel
  • Dodgers at Mets, 8:07 p.m. ET (NYM leads series 2-1) -- C. Kershaw vs. S. Matz


Ronaldo honored with Golden Boot

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo accepted the Golden Boot award today for scoring the most goals in Europe's domestic leagues last season. This is Ronaldo's fourth Golden Boot and his third since joining Real Madrid, where he scored 48 goals last season.


Ravens coach: No coaching changes

Baltimore is 1-4 this season, and gave up over 500 yards of offense to the Browns on Sunday, but John Harbaugh won't switch up his staff: "Our coaches are doing a great job. We've just got to collectively find a way to finish games and get the job done. We've got tough challenges that we're facing, but we've got just the men for the job right here."

Elliott named interim head coach
College Football 

Shawn Elliott will coach the rest of the season at South Carolina as the Gamecocks' interim head coach, sources told ESPN's Chris Lowe. Former coach Steve Spurrier retired Monday, effective immediately.

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College Football 

Steve Spurrier, quotation machine
College Football 

In light of the news about Spurrier retiring, it was time to look back on his greatest quotes. For instance, when a fire at the Auburn library destroyed 20 books: "The real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored yet." Head Ball Coach's best

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College Football 

For J.R. Smith, game time = cotton candy time

The guard sat out for his 2nd straight preseason game because of a sore hamstring but didn't stay out of the spotlight. Smith flagged down a cotton candy vendor and, unbeknownst to his coach, obtained the snack and munched on it during the game. May have gifted treat

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Bell scores TD, wins game as time expires

With 5 seconds left on the clock, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell took the direct snap, seemed stopped, but with a second effort, he extended the ball over the goal line for the game-winning TD with the clock at 0s.


David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Well, that was fun. With all the offense today it was like watching 1999 baseball again. Remember that 23-7 game between the Red Sox and Indians? So now the spotlight will return to Clayton Kershaw, pitching on three days' rest, just like last season when he lost 3-2 to the Cardinals. He's lost five straight postseason starts. No pressure.

Cubs' record-setting night at Wrigley

Chicago launched six home runs -- from six different players -- to become the first team to hit that many dingers in a playoff game.


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Mets set a franchise record for runs scored in a game by beating Dodgers, 13-7. New York takes 2-1 series lead.

Vick on winning drive: 'It's how you finish'

Steelers QB Michael Vick tells us what was going through his mind before Le'Veon Bell's game-winning, 1-yard TD to give his team the 24-20 win vs. the Chargers.


Ranking the NFL's six unbeaten teams

The biggest decision comes at No. 1, where there's a close call between the Packers and Patriots. The superb 6 (Insider)

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Sarkisian's priority: Getting himself well
College Football 

Steve Sarkisian is aware he's been terminated, but right now his top priority is getting himself well, a source close to Sarkisian told SB Nation. USC AD Pat Haden announced the firing today in a statement. Story

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College Football 

USC needs to look forward with new hire
College Football 

“They have to cut ties with this notion that they somehow can recapture the Pete Carroll magic,” Rece Davis said. “They need something fresh.”

College Football 

Eichel fires simmering shot into net

Rookie Jack Eichel is already showing his skills. The Sabres forward scored his second goal of the season, and his NHL career, against the Blue Jackets.


Rousey confirms relationship with Browne

Undefeated UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey confirmed that she has been dating UFC heavyweight Travis Browne. "I don't talk about my personal life much, that's why it's called 'personal life,'" Rousey told ESPN in a statement Monday. "It's true that Travis and I are in a relationship." Story

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Grier choked up over suspension
College Football 

Florida QB Will Grier was emotional as he spoke to the media about his one-year suspension for taking PEDs: "I really hope that the people can learn from this, learn from my mistakes. And I'm really sorry to everyone. I'm just really sorry."

College Football 

Make your Week 7 College Pick 'em picks
College Football 

The annual Michigan-Michigan State battle has plenty on the line, and it's also one of the most notable games on this week's schedule. Will the Wolverines or the Spartans prevail? Play for free

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College Football 

Pele: Messi is best player in past decade

World Cup legend Pele endorses Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi as the best player of this generation.