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17mChris Low

Low: Legacy of Steve Spurrier will live on long after his exit

Steve Spurrier's most enduring legacy will be that he changed college football, particularly the SEC, with his Fun 'n' Gun offense and the way he pitched the ball around the ballpark.

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42mPeter 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).

11hDavid 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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20mDan Graziano

Sources: Doctors optimistic Fells won't lose foot

Doctors treating Giants tight end Daniel Fells for MRSA are more optimistic than they were a few days ago that Fells won't lose his foot, sources close to the situation said.

6mKevin 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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12hDave 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.

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37mMichael DiRocco

Jags unaware Pierce had concussion symptoms

The Jaguars have been unable to determine when Bernard Pierce suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay, and the running back told the team he's also unsure when it happened.

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22hMike 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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19hJohn 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. Coming off lottery trips, both Carmelo's Knicks and Kobe's Lakers aren't projected to fare much better in 2015-16.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Addison Russell not in the starting lineup (hamstring) for Game 4 of the division series between the Cubs and Cardinals. Javier Baez plays SS in his place and bats ninth.

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UF AD Jeremy Foley on Steve Spurrier: "He changed the culture of this place. He changed it. He made this place a winner"

Spurrier: 'I'm resigning, I'm not retiring'

Steve Spurrier said of his decision to step down as South Carolina's coach: "We've slipped and it's my fault. I'm responsible, I'm the head coach. It's time for me to get out of the way and let somebody else have a go at it."


NFL won't let Williams wear pink all year

The NFL has players wear pink accessories in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but DeAngelo Williams -- who lost his mother to breast cancer -- wanted to wear them all season. However, the league told him no, saying there are no exceptions to the uniform policy. Story

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (hamstring/toe) went through walk through today and he anticipates Jones playing Thursday night vs. Saints.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, asked about the formula in his repeated successful rebuilding efforts, says it has never been a "personal accomplishment." "Those were always team efforts," Harbaugh says.

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Spurrier said he didn't expect to go out like this. "I envisioned being carried off on players' shoulder pads in Ga Dome after winning SEC."

Tanner: Spurrier has been 'an inspiration'

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said of Steve Spurrier, who resigned as the Gamecocks coach on Tuesday: "We are honored and blessed that coach Spurrier has been with us for this length of time and has made such an impact on this school and our athletics department."


Spurrier officially resigns

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier resigned Tuesday, saying: "My answer has always been the same ... If it starts going south, starts going bad, then I need to get out. ... It's time for me to get out of the way and give somebody else a go at it." Story

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Spurrier: "Yesterday, I was a recruiting liability." Suggesting it's impossible to recruit when a coach's immediate future is in doubt.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald opens his segment on the Big Ten teleconference with congratulations for his "good friend" Steve Spurrier on the coach's retirement announcement today.

Spurrier: Don't call this retirement

Steve Spurrier opened his news conference today by saying: "I'm resigning, not retiring. Let's get that straight. I doubt if I'll ever be a head coach again, but maybe coaching a high school team or something." Watch live

Watch: South Carolina news conference

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is expected to announce his retirement. Spurrier is in his 11th season with the Gamecocks, after previously coaching 3 years at Duke and 12 at Florida. Live on ESPN and WatchESPN

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Steve Spurrier: Hall of fame trash talker

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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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have signed QB Josh Johnson, which indicates that the Bills might have some concern about the health of Tyrod Taylor. Rex Ryan said Tuesday that Taylor was "banged up" and "sore." The Bills cut K Billy Cundiff to make room for Johnson.

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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Roger Federer stunned in Shanghai

Federer was ousted in the second round of the Shanghai Masters after falling in three sets to Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Other winners today included No. 9 seed Milos Raonic and American Jack Sock.


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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NFL Power Rankings: Muddle in the middle

Did you see the Seahawks starting 2-3? How about the Cowboys? Or Eagles? Overall, 10 teams stand at 2-3. Do we see potential in anyone among this mediocre tier? Full rankings

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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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Too cold? Don't come to the race

Atlanta Motor Speedway announced a new policy for ticketholders for February's race: if the temperature is below 50 degrees on race day, a fan can skip the race and receive a full credit of the ticket price to purchase a ticket to one of Atlanta's 2017 NASCAR races.

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Field Yates' free-agent finds

OK, so you have to replace injured Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles. Have you considered Charcandrick West, owned in just 0.3 percent of leagues? Other top options

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