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52mChris 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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1hPeter 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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55mDan 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.

22mKevin 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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13hDave 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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1hMichael 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.

Eichel fires a laser (0:24)
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23hMike 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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20hJohn 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.


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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USC backs Pat Haden in statement

Said school president C. L. Max Nikias: "He is a man of true character and integrity, he cares deeply for our student athletes, and he always makes their well-being his highest priority. Pat Haden has been doing an outstanding job in leading Trojan Athletics in the past five years and I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my unwavering support for him. I look forward to working with Pat Haden as our USC AD for many years to come."

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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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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James Harden: More than a beard

You want to go from obscure to unforgettable? Grow the most famous beard in sports history. When Rockets star goes out, "it's just, like, There's The Beard! There's that guy with The Beard! Mom, Dad, there's The Beard!" The Harden brand

Bella Howard

Utley's appeal hearing set

Chase Utley's appeal of his two-game suspension is scheduled to be heard on Oct. 19, according to the Los Angeles Times. He'll remain active for the remainder of the NLDS.

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Hey Cubs fans: How do you feel?

Reese Waters was in Chicago recently, where he made sure to order the 'Cubs heartbreak', or pancakes covered in tears. But surprisingly, there's also optimism in the Windy City.


NFL Week 5 in emojis

Sarina Morales recaps the week with the help of her trusty emojis and says it's a really bad idea to make Tom Brady angry.


Carter: Will Grier's suspension too harsh

Cris Carter compares the Florida QB's suspension to that of pro TE Antonio Gates. Said Carter: "I think that rule is a little severe for a college kid."


Charles Tillman really likes peanuts

The Panthers CB, who stopped by ESPN on his bye week, probably knows more about peanuts than you do.


DeMarcus Ware out Sunday vs. Browns

ESPN's Bill Polian said Wade Phillips and the Broncos will need to fill that void: "They are going to have to be able to create some blitzes that create pressure that Ware would otherwise get.”


Cubs looking to take two at Wrigley

Only twice since 1907 has Chicago won consecutive home games in a single postseason. The last time it did, Ronald Reagan was in office.

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FTC asked to probe Daily Fantasy Sports

United States Sen. Robert Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate daily fantasy sports operators that allowed employees with access to nonpublic information to compete on rival sites. Story

Alex Ovechkin a game-time call

The Capitals star missed today's morning skate for personal reasons and is a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Sharks, according to coach Barry Trotz. Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in Washington's opener on Saturday.

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Can Mets, Cubs close out series?

Said Jemele Hill on His & Hers: "The momentum has completely shifted in the favor of both the Cubs and the Mets respectively."


Chipper: Utley's slide was 'out of bounds'

Former Braves 3B Chipper Jones said of Chase Utley's controversial slide in Game 2 of the NLDS: "Quite frankly it was a little unnecessary to be honest with you. ... When you go airborne to get a guy, to me that's out of bounds."


AL pennant odds have Toronto as favorite

From Westgate Las Vegas:

  • Toronto: 13-10
  • Kansas City: 2-1
  • Texas: 9-2
  • Houston: 5-1

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NL pennant odds have Chicago as favorite

From Westgate Las Vegas:

  • Chicago: 3-2
  • New York: 2-1
  • Los Angeles: 4-1
  • St. Louis: 9-2

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Today's MLB playoff schedule

  • Cardinals at Cubs, 4:37 p.m. ET (CHC 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
Postseason coverage, schedules


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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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

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