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21mJames Walker

Dolphins fire coach Philbin after 1-3 start

The Dolphins fired coach Joe Philbin on Monday after a 1-3 start. Philbin, 24-28 in Miami since taking over in 2012, is the first head coach in the NFL to lose his job this season.

Firing Philbin won't solve all Dolphins' problems (1:47)
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Nats dismiss manager Williams, coaching staff

The Nationals fired manager Matt Williams and his coaching staff after a season in which the team went from World Series favorite to failing to make the playoffs, GM Mike Rizzo announced.

Jaworski: Eagles use of Murray inexcusable (1:30)
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2hJohn Clayton

Clayton: The golden age of Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is now 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.

Skip, Stephen A. disagree on Matthews' comments (1:49)
Green heats up with a windmill dunk (0:20)
Hardy, McClain returning for Cowboys (0:46)
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1hJohn Keim

Trump: NFL's Redskins shouldn't change name

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came out in favor of the Washington Redskins keeping their nickname in an interview with the New York Times.

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58mTristan H. Cockcroft

Fantasy Fallout: Freeman's encore, Gurley's rise

Tristan H. Cockcroft provides historical context to the top fantasy storylines from Week 4, including Devonta Freeman's encore, Todd Gurley's big second half and Cairo Santos' surprising day.


MLB Power Rankings: Final week

Will Cardinals-Blue Jays be this year's World Series matchup? If our final rankings of the season are any indication, that's what you could see come late October.

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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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53mMike Sando

Sando: Jameis Winston's INT issues alarming?

Jameis Winston's INT troubles have followed him to the pros, and while part of the reason has been simple desperation, Mike Sando says that Winston has work to do.

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1hNeil Paine and Matt Coller

NHL: Is your team projected to win it all?

Kings, Blackhawks, Kings, Blackhawks. That's so last four years. We're all about the here and now, so we turned to Hockey Prospectus to illuminate the new season that starts on Wednesday.

Kobe returns to the court (0:15)
Blake is back, brings down shot clock with dunk (0:39)
Highlights: FC Dallas 4-1 Houston Dynamo (1:45)
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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.


#NBArank Nos. 111-120

The #NBArank countdown continues as we cover Nos. 111-120. Which players join Jamal Crawford and Steven Adams on today's list?

12mBrett Okamoto

Report Card: Youth is served at UFC 192

While Daniel Cormier's victory over Alexander Gustafsson certainly lived up to expectations in the main event, the real theme to follow at UFC 192 had to do with MMA's new blood.

Ichiro takes the mound for Marlins (0:16)
Wild-card games set to start postseason drama (1:54)


Gomez: CC Sabathia news is a surprise

On the Yankees pitcher checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center Pedro Gomez said, "I don't know that any of us saw this coming." Tim Kurkjian adds: "Taking care of this is way more important than a postseason game."


Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive end Derek Wolfe officially returns to Broncos today after four-gave suspension for violating league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Coach Gary Kubiak said last night team gets three-day roster exemption before the team has to make a move and be at 53 players for Sunday's game in Oakland.

Durant, Nike renovate OKC blacktop

Thunder forward Kevin Durant dedicated a refurbished court through his foundation's "Build It And They Will Ball" initiative. "I felt that being outdoors molded me into the person I am, the player I am and I wanted everyone feel the same thing I did," Durant said. Story

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Campbell is the Dolphins' second interim head coach in four years. The last one was Todd Bowles for three games in 2011. Bowles went 2-1.

Sabthia to enter alcohol rehab; will miss playoffs

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the postseason, he announced Monday. Sabathia, who thanked the Yankees for their "encouragement and understanding," said he intends to be back with the Yankees next season. Story

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan: "A stat that might be interesting is the most penalized team was [the] Seattle Seahawks a couple years in a row. I remember looking at that, and they won a Super Bowl and went to an [NFC] championship. So sometimes penalties don't tell the story, but sometimes they do."

Did Dallas and Murray need each other?

The His & Hers crew says each side seems to have underestimated just how much they relied on each other. Said Michael Smith: "[DeMarco Murray] was fantastic for what [Dallas] did."


Blake brings shot clock down with dunk

During warm-ups before the Clippers' preseason loss to the Raptors, Blake Griffin sent the shot clock crashing down with an alley-oop.


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'

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

This is 5th time since 1989 an NFL HC has been fired 4 games or earlier into a season. None of previous 4 teams rebounded to make playoffs.

Schefter: Dolphins 'looking for some fire'

Adam Schefter discusses why Miami fired Joe Philbin and why it will reportedly replace him on an interim basis with tight ends coach Dan Campbell.


Phil Sheridan ESPN Staff Writer 

Chip Kelly says he will not change kickers after Caleb Sturgis missed two kicks in a 3-point loss at Washington. Reason: There just aren't any worthwhile kickers available.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Sabathia: "I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine… to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Sabathia's statement: "Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you."

Another Dolphins coach fired midseason

Joe Philbin is the third Dolphins head coach to be fired midseason since 2004.

CC Sabathia checking into alcohol rehab

The Yankees pitcher released a statement saying in part, "I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series. It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player." Story

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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.


Ian Begley @IanBegley

Carmelo Anthony says "hell no" when asked if he thinks he'd get to a point where he'd ask for a trade this year. "I already came this far."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban said he's proud of the "statement" Alabama made beating Georgia. But he warned "you can look at teams all over the country that have big wins" and then have a letdown. No. 8 Tide get Arkansas on Sat., followed by Texas A&M.

Stephen A. Smith responds to Kevin Durant

"I sit here today incredibly offended by the personal attack that this man has put against me."


Brook Lopez to take more 3s this season

Lopez even joked that he's going to take 600 3-pointers in 2015-16. Lopez, who is 1-for-17 from downtown in his career, worked a lot on his 3-point shooting over the summer. "I'm confident in that situation to put one up if Coach (Hollins) calls my number in that regard," he said.

Williams goes from Manager of the Year to fired

Matt Williams is the first manager in MLB history to win Manager of the Year in his first season with a team and be fired after his second (Manager of the Year first awarded in 1983).

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Jaws: Eagles use of Murray 'inexcusable'

ESPN's Ron Jaworski can't understand why Eagles RB DeMarco Murray was on the field for less than half of the team's offensive plays in their loss to the Redskins.