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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).

This is what happens when a rugby star tries to golf (0:27)
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Backs to the wall, Cards hand the ball to John Lackey

After a brilliant showing in Game 1, Cardinals right-hander John Lackey takes the mound on three day's rest for the first time in a decade as St. Louis looks to avoid elimination in Game 4 against the Cubs.

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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.

1hKevin 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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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.

13hDavid 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.

1hDan 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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15hDave 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.

Eichel fires a laser (0:24)
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1dMike 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.

2hMichael 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.

Twellman: Klinsmann can't lose the locker room (2:28)


Netherlands' task gets tougher

In need of a win and a Turkey loss to reach the Euro playoffs, Netherlands went down early when Pavel Kaderabek hammered home the opener for the Czech Republic. (Live on ESPN2)


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig, who has not looked particularly sharp since hurrying back from a hamstring injury, returns to the lineup vs. lefty Steven Matz, along with several other righty hitters: Hernandez CF Kendrick 2B Gonzalez 1B Turner 3B Seager SS Puig RF Ellis C Ruggiano LF Kershaw P

Steelers Super Bowl contenders?

The NFL Insiders crew thinks Pittsburgh will be great once QB Ben Roethlisberger returns from injury. "They’ve got a great passing game with Ben there. They’re a bonafide challenger when he’s back."


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.


Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Hoiberg still isn't sure Rose will be ready for opener, but admits that it's 'most likely' Rose won't play in preseason.

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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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera admitted he thought "what if" when he saw wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the locker room today. Benjamin was lost for the season with a knee injury in training camp. Rivera said nobody is having to remind Benjamin to eat "clean" after concerns with weight during the offseason.

USC interim coach: I want this job

Clay Helton shares his thoughts on Steve Sarkisian and discusses his interim position: “I want to be the head coach ... but I also know the reality of the situation. In college football, at this level, you have to prove yourself.”


Daniel Fells' MRSA recovery good so far

Said ESPN's Dan Graziano: "There are still more surgical procedures that await. Their hope is that he continues to respond well to the mixture of antibiotics they have him on."


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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Haden: Haven't spoken to Sarkisian

AD Pat Haden details what went into the firing of Steve Sarkisian, saying his “conduct did not meet USC standards and expectations of a head coach."


Wayne Drehs ESPN Senior Writer 

Entering Tuesday's Game 4 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals the Chicago Cubs have never clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field. It sets the stage for a day that could be unlike any other at the Chicago corner of Clark and Addison.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says starter Jason Hammel will pitch deep into Game 4 if he "knows where his fastball is going." Hammel has had first inning issues. Watch early for command.

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."


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly obviously is thrilled to be out of the concussion protocol. Here's what he said about when the injury occurred.


Watch: Netherlands vs. Czech Republic

Netherlands needs a win over Czech Republic and a Turkey loss to Iceland just to finish 3rd and make the playoffs. Netherlands has qualified for 7 straight Euros, the second-longest streak behind Germany's 12. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN


The importance of the assist

Kirk Goldsberry writes for Grantland: "[S]hots that immediately follow passes are much more likely to go in the hoop than their unassisted counterparts. The best kinds of shots result from teamwork, and the worst kinds are a result of selfishness." The next shooting revolution

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Monday's homers by the numbers

Stats & Info provides a breakdown of the 21 home runs hit between Monday's four divisional games.

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Molina scratched from Game 4 lineup

After initially being listed as a starter, Yadier Molina was scratched and Tony Cruz will take his place for the Cardinals. Molina was pulled from Monday's game and missed the end of the regular season with a strained ligament in his left thumb.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Mike Matheny says Yadi Molina is able to catch but not swing a bat. So "if something happened in this game and we needed a catcher to come in, it would be Yadi and we'd be all right with that."

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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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."


Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Steven Matz becomes fourth rookie pitcher in #Mets history to start a postseason game, joining Gary Gentry, John Maine and Noah Syndergaard.