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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.

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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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1mDarren Rovell

Cubs' Bryant, young stars top MLB jersey sales

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant had the best-selling jersey in all of Major League Baseball during the regular season, according to sales on the league's official website.

AP: It's possible to have another 2,000-yard season (0:44)
Wild-card games set to start postseason drama (1:54)
Ichiro takes the mound for Marlins (0:16)
Kobe returns to the court (0:15)
Blake is back, brings down shot clock with dunk (0:39)
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Keim: Pierre Garcon's toughness leads Redskins to comeback win

A big reason why receiver Pierre Garcon is so valuable was evident on the game-winning drive. He plays with violence and with a hunger that few possess. And when the Redskins needed him most, Garcon came through with two critical catches in the 23-20 victory over Philadelphia.

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11hSharon Katz

Playoff Predictor: Clemson moves into top 4

Clemson's win over Notre Dame moved the Tigers into the top four of this week's Playoff Predictor. Alabama also took a big jump.

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Panthers TE returns teammate's fumble for a TD (0:30)
Vinatieri becomes Colts' all-time leading scorer (0:14)
WATCH: Maradona dances with Pumas (0:40)
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Oreovicz: Harvick as good as he needs to be

Kevin Harvick and his team have consistently been the best in the Sprint Cup Series all season, and they had to be Sunday to advance to the next round of the Chase. Mission accomplished.

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Seahawks RB Lynch (hamstring) out for MNF

The Seahawks have ruled Marshawn Lynch out for Monday's game against the Lions with a hamstring injury. Undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls is expected to get the bulk of the carries against Detroit.


National League playoff picture

  • The Cubs will visit the Pirates in the wild-card game, with the Cardinals awaiting the winner
  • The Dodgers and Mets will clash in the NLDS; New York leads the season series 4-3

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Dolhpins need fire, leadership from coach

With Miami falling to 1-3 Sunday, ESPN's James Walker writes that coach Joe Philbin must "figure out a way to light a fire under his listless team before it's too late." On the hot seat


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.


Time to bench Colin Kaepernick?

Is it Blaine Gabbert time in San Francisco? Said coach Jim Tomsula: "Won't even go into that discussion. It's not on my mind." But with just two touchdowns and five interceptions on the year (to go along with 15 sacks), ESPN's Paul Gutierrez says it should be. Give Kap a rest

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Red Sox tell Hanley Ramirez to slim down

Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said the team instructed Ramirez to lose 15-20 pounds so he could play 1B next season. Said Lovullo: "It has been discussed. It was outlined in his exit physical that he needs to come in at a certain weight. That's our expectation. To be an infielder you have to be a little more agile." Lovullo added Pablo Sandoval got similar instructions.

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American League playoff picture

  • The Yankees will host the AL wild-card game vs. the Astros on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN), with the winner facing the Royals
  • The Rangers, who clinched the AL West on Sunday, will take on the Blue Jays in the ALDS.


Chip Kelly responds to DeMarco Murray

Responding to Murray's comments Sunday that he's not getting enough touches, Kelly told 94-WIP Philadelphia: "Everyone needs the ball more. I've got no issue with that. We need to play more on offense. That's the bottom line. We're getting off the field on third down and most of the time when we're off the field on third down it's our fault. ... We're doing it to ourselves."

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Brees' 400th TD pass wins game for Saints

On the second play of overtime against the Cowboys, Drew Brees caught the defense sleeping and connected with C.J. Spiller for a game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass.


Kris Bryant has top selling MLB jersey

Nope, not Mike Trout, Bryce Harper or Clayton Kershaw. The Cubs rookie 3B had the best selling jersey in MLB during the regular season. Giants' Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey were No. 2 and 3 with Kershaw, Trout and Harper following.


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.


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Players returning this week from 4-game suspensions include Greg Hardy, Rolando McClain, Sheldon Richardson, Antonio Gates, Martavis Bryant.

The magic of James Jones

ESPN's Matt Bowen examines what's behind the hot start for Jones, who went from not making the Giants' 53-man roster to tearing up the league with Green Bay. Closer look (Insider)


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Jeremy Hill on 4-0 start: "We can understate it all we want, but it's big ... you always want to start fast." Added, he knows it's early.

Week 4 fantasy leaders

Top scorers in ESPN standard fantasy leagues through Sunday's games:

  • ATL RB Devonta Freeman: 32 points
  • KC K Cairo Santos: 27 points
  • SD QB Philip Rivers: 26 points
  • CIN RB Jeremy Hill: 24 points
  • PHI QB Sam Bradford: 23 points
Winners and losers

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Crazy Stat of Day: Dee Gordon is first NL player to lead MLB in BA (.333) & stolen bases (58) in same season since Jackie Robinson in 1949.

LBJ on Tristan: Unfortunate 'distraction'

LeBron James on the contract drama between the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson: "His value to us is extreme, as we saw last year ... The last thing you need is a distraction when you are trying to make a championship run, and we have that right now."


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Julio Jones, who had four catches for 38 yards against the Texans, ended up playing just 55 percent of the snaps with the blowout win. He played 39 of 71 offensive snaps. Leonard Hankerson and Roddy White both played 48. Jones said he didn't care about reaching 100 yards or scoring a TD. Just wanted the win.

ICYMI: Kobe's preseason clunker

Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return to action Sunday night in a preseason game against the Jazz. His first shot wasn't so smooth -- it hit the top of the backboard.


Matthews: 'You ain't Russell Wilson, bro'

TV cameras on the Fox broadcast picked up sound of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews shouting this to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Packers sacked Kap six times Sunday. Story

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Jose Mourinho has 'full support' of team

Chelsea released a statement this morning that read: "The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support. As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team's performances must improve. However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it." Story

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Foster doesn't reward patience

Arian Foster failed to live up to the hype in his much-anticipated season debut. The back ended up with just one fantasy point, disappointing owners who had patiently awaited his return. Fantasy winners and losers

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