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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.

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2hPeter 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).

Sport Science: Leonard Fournette's elite agility (1:55)
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Saxon: Can Kershaw keep Dodgers alive?

The Dodgers -- and Clayton Kershaw -- have been here before. Facing a must win in Game 4 of the NLDS, Kershaw takes the mound on three days' rest. Mark Saxon wonders how will this outing play out.

This is what happens when a rugby star tries to golf (0:27)
Kaminsky breaks it down in China (0:15)
Coaching departures (6:59)
4hJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: Happy hockey new year

The hockey new year is upon us, so let's dive into predictions for standout rookies, how some intriguing teams look so far, early playoff projections and the top 10 college teams in the land.

4hKevin 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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1mEthan Sherwood Strauss

Green, Curry rip teams criticizing Warriors' title

Draymond Green and Stephen Curry responded to critics of the Warriors' title, with Green calling those teams bitter and Curry issuing a mock apology for Golden State's success.

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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.

4hDan 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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4hRyan McGee

Power Rankings: Joey Logano claims top spot

When the dust cleared after a hectic weekend at Charlotte, Joey Logano was holding the trophy -- and a legit claim as a contender for the Sprint Cup title. He's No. 1 in Ryan McGee's Power Rankings.


Richt reflects on Spurrier's impact

Georgia football head coach Mark Richt on Steve Spurrier's legacy: "I think he showed you can win and win a different way. He did it his way. You have to give him a lot of credit for that."


Baez breaks up Lackey's streak

Prior to allowing a HR to Javier Baez, John Lackey had not allowed a homer in his last 74 2/3 postseason innings. It's the longest homerless streak in postseason play by a pitcher who was primarily a starter since Whitey Ford (82 1/3) from 1956 to 1962. (via Elias)


Stunning goal clinches Turkey Euro spot

Istanbul erupted as Inan Selcuk's late goal secured an unlikely spot for Turkey at Euro 2016.


Rose's status for opener in doubt

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose "most likely" will not play in the preseason and his status for the team's season opener is in doubt. Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone on Sept. 30.

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Youth bringing big bats for Cubs

With Javier Baez's dinger, Chicago is the first team in postseason history to have four different players, age 23 or younger, homer in a single postseason.


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J.P. Howell said the dodgers aren't thinking about anything but the first pitch and getting the series back to L.A.


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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Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch played it coy today when asked if staff ace Dallas Keuchel could pitch in relief in Game 5 of the ALDS. "I'm going to have all hands on deck," Hinch said. "We know it's a win-or-go-home game. Whether or not Keuchel is available or what the plan is, we'll have to tune in tomorrow night to find out.'' Keuchel threw 124 pitches in a 4-2 win over the Royals Sunday.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' Drew Brees when asked if it can be a good thing to harness anger, frustration: "Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I’m not really happy with the way that things have gone thus far. So you can say I’m a little bit angry, disappointed, frustrated, chip on the shoulder. I’m harnessing that into something positive."

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Starting SS can't start cause of an injury and back-up hits a 3 run shot in first AB of the day. Depth upon depth here

Cubs storm into lead in second inning

After allowing two runs in the first, Jason Hammel helped himself out with an RBI single. Then Javier Baez put Chicago in the lead with a three-run homer -- his first postseason HR. The Cubs lead 4-2. Follow live

Cassel to start over Weeden after bye

Brandon Weeden has been informed by Cowboys coaches that the team will start Matt Cassel after the bye week vs. the Giants, according to ESPN and media reports.

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Frank Kaminsky. Dancing. In China.

The Hornets rookie used every trick in his arsenal to impress the crowd in Shanghai with his dance moves.


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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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."


Charles Tillman really likes peanuts

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


Piscotty makes early splash for Cards

Stephen Piscotty became the first Cardinal with three HRs in his first four postseason games and soaked some Cubs fans in the process. St. Louis leads 2-0 in the second inning. Follow live


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Saints DC Rob Ryan: "Hell, we're probably last in the league in every single category. ... We plan on getting better, we know who we're playing this week (the 5-0 Falcons). And it's gonna be a hell of a challenge and our guys will be up for it."

Steve Spurrier has a way with words

The Former Head Ball Coach was known for giving great quotes. Here are some of the best media interactions from his historic coaching career.


Netherlands fail to qualify for Euro 2016

Despite a late rally, the Netherlands fell to 10-man Czech Republic, missing out on next summer's tournament after finishing fourth in its group.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter Jason Hammel gives up a 2 run HR in the first inning. It's by far his worst inning as he had a 5.23 regular season ERA in first innings this year. Cubs trail early.