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2015-16 NBA Preview

We're rolling out our Insider forecasts from now until opening night. Coming off lottery trips, Carmelo's Knicks and Kobe's Lakers aren't projected to fare much better in 2015-16.

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2hPeter Keating

All 122 pro sports franchises -- ranked!

For 13 years now, we've asked you to rate your favorite team in the categories that matter most to fans, from championships to cheap seats. Then, based on your feedback, we've ranked every pro franchise, from good (Spurs!) to very, very bad (Maple Leafs).

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Saxon: Can Kershaw keep Dodgers alive?

The Dodgers -- and Clayton Kershaw -- have been here before. Facing a must win in Game 4 of the NLDS, Kershaw takes the mound on three days' rest. Mark Saxon wonders how will this outing play out.

Sport Science: Leonard Fournette's elite agility (1:55)
Spurrier says it was time to resign (3:07)
This is what happens when a rugby star tries to golf (0:27)
Kaminsky breaks it down in China (0:15)
6hJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: Happy hockey new year

The hockey new year is upon us, so let's dive into predictions for standout rookies, how some intriguing teams look so far, early playoff projections and the top 10 college teams in the land.

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2hKevin Gemmell

What does #LastTimeUWBeatUO mean to you?

The hashtag #LastTimeUWBeatUO will rankle Huskies fans as a reminder of Washington's losing streak to Oregon, which dates back to 2003.

6hKevin Seifert

NFL blames clock operator, refs for MNF gaffe

The NFL has blamed an error by a clock operator, and the failure to correct it by on-field officials, for an unusual run-off of 18 seconds near the end of Monday's Steelers-Chargers game.

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2hEthan Sherwood Strauss

Green, Curry rip teams criticizing Warriors' title

Draymond Green and Stephen Curry responded to critics of the Warriors' title, with Green calling those teams bitter and Curry issuing a mock apology for Golden State's success.

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2dArash Markazi

Collector brought Dodgers' N.Y. history to L.A.

The Dodgers are in New York for the NLDS, but much of the team's Brooklyn history resides in a Los Angeles warehouse as part of Gary Cypres' massive memorabilia collection, Arash Markazi writes.

6hDan Rafael

Top 10 most explosive punchers

The middleweight unification fight between Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux on Saturday night matches two of the most explosive punchers in boxing. But who rounds out the top 10?

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6hRyan McGee

Power Rankings: Joey Logano claims top spot

When the dust cleared after a hectic weekend at Charlotte, Joey Logano was holding the trophy -- and a legit claim as a contender for the Sprint Cup title. He's No. 1 in Ryan McGee's Power Rankings.


Fournette still clear No. 1 in Heisman race

LSU running back Leonard Fournette maintained a decisive lead in Heisman Watch balloting after passing the 1,000-yard mark in Saturday’s win over South Carolina. Heisman Watch

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Baseball Tonight @BBTN

OUT AT HOME! Austin Jackson tries the squeeze, but a nice play by Trevor Rosenthal gets Kris Bryant at home to keep the Cards down 2.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

I'm going to do this. Caught up in the moment. Maybe Kris Bryant won't be the defensive third baseman that Mike Schmidt was, but like Schmidt he's a very athletic third baseman who can run. So, yes, I'm dropping a Mike Schmidt comp on Kris Bryant. There, I said it.


Chance for the #USMNT! Great free kick from Brek Shea, but Keylor Navas makes the save to deny Tim Ream!

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

As we saw with that Bryant triple: Every time the Cubs get a big hit, the shots from the TV cameras shake from the fan earthquake at Wrigley

Spurs are best across sports

The Spurs have never won back-to-back NBA titles, but for the second consecutive year they top ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings, which ranks every franchise in the four major North American professional sports. No. 1 to 122 ranked

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Turns out, rugby isn't like golf

With Rory McIlroy on hand, Irish rugby star Luke Fitzgerald tried his hand at golf. It went badly. Like, "club flying out of his hands" badly.


Richt reflects on Spurrier's impact

Georgia football head coach Mark Richt on Steve Spurrier's legacy: "I think he showed you can win and win a different way. He did it his way. You have to give him a lot of credit for that."


Big Man on Campus: Kyle Nassib

Carl Nassib was a walk-on his freshman year. Now the Penn State DE leads the nation in sacks. Jeannine Edwards details his journey.


Cubs keep slugging homers

Kyle Schwarber cleared the right field scoreboard with his 7th-inning blast to give the Cubs a 6-4 lead. The Cubs are first team with 3-plus HRs in consecutive postseason games since the Tigers in 2011. Follow live


Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

The Cardinals pitching staff gave up 63 home runs on the road all season. In 2 days they've given up 1/7 of that total.

Cowboys turn to Matt Cassel

Ed Werder on what was behind Dallas' decision to start Cassel: “They think that Cassel is going to be a guy who has a bigger arm, who is more willing to challenge defenses outside the numbers and down the field."


Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Kevin Siegrist: 0 HR allowed in September. 3 HR allowed in the last 2 games at Wrigley. The Cardinals aren't winning the battle of the 'pens

Stunning goal clinches Turkey Euro spot

Istanbul erupted as Inan Selcuk's late goal secured an unlikely spot for Turkey at Euro 2016.


SportsCenter @SportsCenter

BOOM! Kyle Schwarber hits one OUT OF THE STADIUM to extend Chicago's lead to 6-4. That one might not come down for a while.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Joe Maddon goes to his fifth reliever of the game, meaning it's looking like at least a seven-reliever game for the Cubs. If it goes extra innings, Kyle Hendricks is probably the guy. Maddon is managing this as a bullpen game, which statheads often advocate for but managers rarely attempt.

Steve Spurrier: It was time to resign

"Recruiting is the name of the game. And when it starts going downhill, as soon as it started going that way, I thought it'd be best for our team if I stepped aside and [they] start rebuilding South Carolina football."


Tim Howard back in goal for Team USA

The veteran goalkeeper is in the starting lineup for tonight's friendly against Costa Rica, his first appearance for the U.S. since last year's World Cup. Just 3 starters from Saturday's loss to Mexico are in tonight's lineup: Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones and Jozy Altidore

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo has dominated lefties for two years. No pitcher/manager should think they have the advantage bringing in a lefty to face him. He homers off of Siegrist to give the Cubs the lead 5-4.