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2hJim Caple

Back, back, back to the future

Thanks to ''Back To The Future, Part II,'' we know the Cubs will win this year's World Series. But what do the next decades hold for Chicago and baseball in general? We traveled 30 years into the future to peek at the 2045 Baseball Almanac.

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Fantasy Rankings: Gurley on the rise

An eye-opening performance against the Cardinals' defense in Week 4 has Rams rookie Todd Gurley moving up our RB rankings in Week 5.

Reports: FIFA ethics recommends Blatter suspension (2:27)
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Reports: Blatter suspension recommended

FIFA's ethics committee has recommended that Sepp Blatter be suspended during his ongoing criminal investigation, according to multiple reports.

Rousey: 'I am motivated like I am blonde' (1:28)
Trevor Booker punches Roy Hibbert (0:21)
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#NBArank: Kobe checks in at No. 93

Coming off another season-ending injury, Kobe Bryant falls to No. 93 in our countdown of the NBA's best players. Follow along as #NBArank dives into the league's top 100.

Hardy must temper expectation in Cowboys' debut (1:10)
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Bowen & Riddick: 10 toughest players to cover

Which NFL receivers would you least want to cover one-on-one? ESPN Insiders -- and former NFL safeties -- Matt Bowen and Louis Riddick rank the league's 10 biggest matchup nightmares.

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Kurkjian: Five NL wild-card questions

The NL wild-card game features an intriguing matchup: leading Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta vs. the forgotten man, Gerrit Cole.

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Rams WR says NFL fined him for post-TD 'nap'

Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey apparently took a costly nap after a third-quarter touchdown against Arizona last week as he says he was fined for the celebration.

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5hElizabeth Merrill

How do you miss someone you never knew?

Chargers RB Rodney Culver died in a plane crash before his two daughters were old enough to know him. Nineteen years later, they're discovering who he was from the teammates he left behind.

Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown (3:05)
Blackhawks affected by Kane investigation? (0:49)
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2hScott Burnside

Burnside: This is a season for the ages

This game-changing season gets off to a roaring start Wednesday night, with two big-name rookies joining a league readying for expansion, eyeing the World Cup and debuting exciting rule changes.

How long will Ronda Rousey's next fight last? (1:02)
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Edes: Astros silence Yanks in AL wild-card game

Six shutout innings by Dallas Keuchel and home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez set the tone Tuesday night as Houston ended the Yankees' season by winning the AL wild-card game.

Father time catching up with Vince Carter (0:20)
Sage Kotsenburg's "The Other Side": Episode 1 (3:26)
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Fowles fuels Minnesota in Game 2 victory in WNBA Finals

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles ushered in her 30s in style, scoring 21 points on her 30th birthday and giving Minnesota exactly what it needed to beat Indiana and level the WNBA Finals at 1-1.

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Stark: My World Series prediction

Our guy, Jayson Stark, doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Wilson, on conference call with Bengals media, says he's looking forward to coming to Cincinnati. He was born at Christ Hospital here although he moved away at a young age. "Looking forward to having some White Castle and Skyline Chili."

Johnson: Eagles O-line is 'sinking the ship'

OL Lane Johnson identified his own unit as one of the reasons the Eagles are 1-3. WR Jordan Matthews also said: "Every game’s like a playoff game."


'What were you, on SnapFace there?'

Bill Belichick will notice if a reporter is paying a little too much attention to his or her phone. And he did so today using one of his favorite jokes.


Week 5 fantasy football RB ranks

Devonta Freeman is a near-universal pick as a top-5 RB to start this week. RB ranks

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Kobe comes in at No. 93 in NBA Rank

The project asks, "Which player will be better in 2015-16?" from both a quality and quantity standpoint. Kobe ranked 260th in Wins Above Replacement last season. Players ranked 91-100


David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Tonight's lineups are certainly, umm, interesting. The Cubs are playing Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber in the outfield ... in order to get Tommy La Stella's bat at 3B. But La Stella has played just 81 innings at third in his pro career, Bryant has started just 10 games in the outfield and Schwarber has played just 14 innings in RF. The Pirates have benched Pedro Alvarez to get the better glove in Sean Rodriguez at 1B.

These teams have their priorities in order

Some players on these "Mighty Mites" teams stopped what they were doing to dance when "Watch Me Whip" came on -- while the rest of their teammates continued to play. Watch them 'Whip'

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs choosing offense over defense with Tommy La Stella at 3rd and Kris Bryant in LF. Very few starts for either at those positions. La Stella batting 5th. They believe he'll make good contact against Gerrit Cole.

Olney: Cubs, Pirates are best two teams

Buster Olney on the NL wild-card game: "It’s going to be a shame that one of these two team’s season is going to end tonight, but it adds to the drama of this game."


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers when asked if he could go all year without an interception: "It's Week 5. That's a tough one to answer. I don't know if it's possible. I don't think it is, but I enjoy the streak."

Cowboys, Dez still eyeing Week 7 return

Owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that Week 7 vs. the Giants continues to be the Cowboys' target date for WR Dez Bryant's return from a broken foot. Bryant hasn't played since a Week 1 win vs. the Giants.

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Reports: Blatter suspension recommended

FIFA ethics committee recommended Sepp Blatter be suspended for 90 days according to multiple reports. Story


Julius Thomas makes step toward return

The Jaguars' tight end practiced without a cast for the first time since breaking his hand Aug. 14 during Jacksonville's preseason opener. Thomas, who caught 12 TDs last season with Denver, isn't sure of when he will return: "It's going to be a continuous process working with the doctors. It's not going to be just you cross one hurdle off and go play with the rest of the kids."

ICYMI: Khris Middleton jams Jimmy Butler

Middleton poked a pass for the steal and took it all the way to the hole for a poster slam over Jimmy Butler in their preseason matchup.


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price shows up at his pregame media conference with a cartoon of himself and his pup, Astro.

Cubs put Bryant in outfield

Rookie Kris Bryant started only four games in LF in the regular season -- compared to 136 at 3B -- but that's where he'll be playing for tonight's NL wild-card game. Tommy La Stella is taking his spot at 3B.


Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio considers himself a good luck charm for the Chicago Cubs. Fangio tells us he was in San Francisco when the Giants won two of their World Series titles. Fangio even said he was the Texans defensive coordinator in 2005 when the Astros reached the World Series.

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Odell Beckham says he'll appeal his fine. "I get punched every single game. I get hit in my face every single game."

Herbstreit: TCU loss hurts Texas' legacy
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Kirk Herbstreit wonders if Texas will show up for the Oklahoma game after Saturday's embarrassing loss to TCU. "Is there anyone in that locker room that has a shred of pride?"

College Football 

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs QB Jameis Winston on Falcons RB, former Florida State teammate Devonta Freeman leading the league in scoring (42 points), "I'm not surprised at all, man. He's a baller. Anything you ask him to do, he's going to handle it."

Heather Dinich ESPN Staff Writer 

We spend a lot of time talking about how many ranked opponents teams beat. Learned today committee also considers what the opponent was ranked at the time they played - not just in final ranking. Coaches point to importance of that.