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The exceptional promise of Leonard Fournette

The LSU running back is the best kind of different, like LeBron James, Jordan Spieth and Bryce Harper, fulfilling outsized expectations.

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Stark: My World Series prediction

Our guy, Jayson Stark, doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!


DraftKings: No unfair advantage for prizewinner

DraftKings and FanDuel continued to defend their integrity after the disclosure that a DraftKings employee won $350,000 with information used in a way that some have likened to insider trading.

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How the stars (and stripes) saved Seattle

Three years after the Fail Mary, a ref's mistake on Monday Night Football overshadowed a game with big implications and storylines. Bill Barnwell explores Seattle's latest escape.

Carter on Sabathia: Every day will be a fight (3:25)
Jeff Daniels on being a Lions fan: 'You feel cursed' (1:39)
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2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

The Green Bay Packers jumped to No. 2 in the power rankings, while the St. Louis Rams rose eight spots after an upset win in Arizona. The pair meet this week at Lambeau Field.

Curry's confidence is at 1,000 percent (0:41)
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Jack leaves UCLA, eyes draft; Mora: Move 'risky'

UCLA junior linebacker Myles Jack has withdrawn from school and will enter the NFL draft, making the decision just weeks after suffering a season-ending knee injury.


Kurkjian: Five AL wild-card questions

Two teams that most thought had little (Yankees) or no (Astros) chance to make the playoffs when the season began meet Tuesday night in the Bronx. Time to break down the AL wild-card game.

Is Alabama a playoff team if it loses again? (1:27)
Wondolowski: So much history vs. Mexico (1:02)
Skip never loved Tannehill (1:45)

#NBArank Nos. 101-110

The #NBArank countdown is closing in on the league's top 100 players. See who barely missed out on the century mark, including L.A. newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Paul Pierce.

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NHL ABCs - 26 lines about 30 teams

To help you get up to speed on what's new before the first faceoff, we've got the ABCs of the biggest storylines you need to know about this season.

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Seattle high schooler dies after football injuries

Evergreen High's Kenney Bui, who died late Monday morning, was injured in the fourth quarter Friday and taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery and had been in critical condition.

Torres suspended 41 games for hit on Silfverberg (1:34)
Laken Tomlinson: The inspirational journey of a Lions OL (4:10)
J.R. Smith sends military member home happy (0:15)


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge was held out of today's workout because of tightness in his IT band, according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Apparently the muscle runs along the thigh bone, according to Popovich's demonstration on an unsuspecting reporter.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge didn't want to be held out of Tuesday's workout. Gregg Popovich joked: "Welcome to the Spurs."


Lionel Messi cleared of tax fraud

But Barcelona prosecutors are calling for the arrest and an 18-month prison sentence for his father. Jorge Horacio Messi allegedly defrauded Spain's tax office of 4 million euros ($4.5 million). Story

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Fournette: The best kind of different
College Football 

The LSU running back is the best kind of different, writes ESPN's Ivan Maisel. Like LeBron James, Jordan Spieth and Bryce Harper, Fulfilling expectations

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Heisman Watch: Fournette unanimous No. 1
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It shouldn't be a surprise since the LSU running back became the first player in SEC history to rush for 200-plus yards in three straight games. List is RB-heavy

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Can this Miami Heat's starting 5 jell?

“One of the biggest concerns could be spacing and 3-point shooting,” said ESPN's Israel Gutierrez on the high expectations this year's deeper Heat team will face.


Free-agent finds for Week 5

Four teams are on bye this week which means you may need some helps off the waivers. Field Yates says WR Leonard Hankerson is an under-the-radar player to target because he's surpassed Roddy White's production in Atlanta. Players to target

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Luck has partial shoulder subluxation

Colts QB Andrew Luck, who missed Sunday's OT win over Jacksonville, suffered a partial shoulder subluxation, according to multiple reports. The injury was discovered during an MRI, according to reports, and is not considered serious enough to keep Luck from playing Thursday night in Houston.

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Time for the Cubs to end the curse?

Two of our 23 baseball analysts surveyed think so. Chicago is favored to win Wednesday's wild-card matchup against Pittsburgh, however, it loses a good amount of supporters in the NLDS. Playoff picks

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA coach Jim Mora said he will continue to support Myles Jack as he pursues the NFL, but called it "risky" to leave after playing in just three games as a junior. Here is a more of what the former NFL coach told reporters Tuesday: "Having been on that side, there’s going to be a lot of speculation as to what he is and where he fits. And as I told Myles on Sunday, NFL teams are very, very conservative and if there’s any question whatsoever, they’ll pass on you in heartbeat. They’re going to take the sure thing and I explained that to him, but I feel like they already made their decision and so, like I said, I hope it works out the best for him, but I, as a guy that spent half of my life in the NFL, I would move with great caution."

Swinney: Watson is our heart and soul
College Football 

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says QB Deshaun Watson is the key to Clemson's success going forward. "I can't say enough good things about him."

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Power Rankings: Matty Nice on the rise

There's a lot of noise and confusion after three races in the race to the Sprint Cup championship but Ryan McGee says don't be fooled. Kenseth the driver to beat

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Today, Jim Mora said Myles Jack is pushing his chips in middle and he hopes he draws a good hand. I think Myles Jack is a sure winner.

Myles Jack to enter 2016 NFL draft
College Football 

The UCLA LB injured for the season is withdrawing from school, Bruins coach Jim Mora said Tuesday. "He's taking his chips and shoving them into the middle, and we hope he draws a good hand," Mora said, according to the Orange County Register.

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Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois coach Bill Cubit says this is the first year the Illini have had a defensive line that looked big enough to be a good line. Will face a big test this Saturday against Iowa. "I don't know that we've faced as physical a group as this one."

Carter on Sabathia: Every day will be a fight

Cris Carter relates to what CC Sabathia is going through based on his own battle with alcohol.


ICYMI: Controversial MNF ending

Kam Chancellor saved the game for the Seahawks when he stripped Calvin Johnson just inches from the goal line with less than two minutes left. However, K.J. Wright batted the ball out of the back of the end zone for a touchback that should've been a penalty.


Giants put Fells on IR with staph infection

The Giants have scrubbed their locker room and training room following news of TE Daniel Fells' season-ending staph infection. A Giants' spokesman said: "We are working with infectious disease specialists, and we have defined protocols that we are following in consultation with the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and local infectious disease specialists. Those protocols are being followed carefully."

Cox: Young, vibrant Klopp a great hire

ESPN FC's Michael Cox writes that Jurgen Klopp is the best imaginable hire for Liverpool and doesn't put too much stock in his struggles last season. Best possible hire

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So is Michigan good or what?
College Football 

Adam Rittenberg asked opposing coaches to assess the Wolverines' progress in Year 1 of the Jim Harbaugh era. The short answer: Yes. There's a but (Insider)

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College Football 

Curry knows his 3-pointer is all that

When you know your shot is money, you just high five your teammate in the midst of the swish. That's exactly what Warriors guard Stephen Curry did.


FSU DB back 2 years after stomach rupture
College Football 

Jared Shanker writes: "Trey Marshall was pleading with doctors to sedate him. Minutes earlier he had been wildly swinging at trainers and biting his coach’s collar as he laid on a HS football field in Tallahassee. Now, he just wanted relief from the intense pain in his stomach. Doctors told Marshall’s mother the stomach 'literally burst like a balloon.'" Long road back

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A World Series prediction sure to go wrong

Jayson Stark doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting World Series winners. But this year has to be different. Doesn't it? Sorry, Toronto

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