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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.

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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!

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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 inside trading.

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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Bills RB Williams has concussion, iffy vs. Titans

Bills running back Karlos Williams sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Giants and is considered day to day heading into Week 5 against the Titans, GM Doug Whaley said.

Is Alabama a playoff team if they lose again? (1:27)
Keuchel keeps the ball down (0:58)
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Matthews: A-Rod, Yanks are in this together

In leading his team's return to the playoffs, Alex Rodriguez has won back the fans, his teammates, his manager -- and even the Yankees' front office.

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

In order to help you get up to speed before the first faceoff on what's new, 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)
Howard: 'I feel great, training camp was awesome' (1:50)


Burke: Bad call was dramatic in many ways

It wasn’t the Fail Mary, but in terms of blown calls, it’s hard to shift a game result more than what happened last night, writes Brian Burke. Dramatic win probability shift

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Chris Bosh's journey back

The Heat star is back to work after facing a life-threatening illness. "I take it as though I got rest. I've had all this time to really build back up," Bosh said. "I'm back playing basketball, so my mental health is back where it is supposed to be." Back to normalcy

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How about this Jake Arrieta nugget: Since the start of August 269 pitchers have given up 4+ ER in an inning. And Arrieta has given up 4 ER in 2 months!

South Carolina may move LSU game

AD Ray Tanner said there's been discussions about moving Saturday's game to LSU due to flooding: "Our intentions are to stay on schedule and play here in Columbia but it's not a definite." Williams-Brice Stadium is fine but there's concern for the fans. A decision will be made in 24-36 hours.

Fantasy free-agents for Week 5

Field Yates scours the waivers so you can target the best players for your teams. RB Boobie Dixon could be a fascinating fill-in starter for Buffalo in Week 5. Free-agent finds

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NFL Week 4 in emojis

Sarina Morales breaks down the struggles of the NFL kicker in Week 4.


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In the last 12 yrs Rutgers has played two top 5 teams at home. They upset #2 USF in '07 and upset #3 Louisville in '06. This week #5 Mich St

Bennett: Chancellor needs to get paid

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett videobombed teammate Kam Chancellor's interview by yelling "Pay him!"


Myles Jack to enter 2016 NFL draft
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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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Caldwell: 'We're not going to cry about it'

Lions coach Jim Caldwell on the ref's missed call after Seahawks LB K.J. Wright's batted ball was incorrectly ruled a touchback and possession for Seattle: "I mean what can you do? You know what I mean? We're not going to cry about it."


Claws out: How a Hawks regime fell

ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst provide the low down on how a tangle inside the Hawks' front office led to a racially-charged scandal and the sale of the franchise. Story

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NFL Power Rankings

The Packers are up to No. 2 behind the idle Patriots as the AFC has three of the top five teams. All 32 teams

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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

Report: Ichiro to re-sign with Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki will re-sign with the Marlins for 2016, MLB's website reports. Ichiro is coming off a miserable season, as he hit .229 and scored just 45 runs. However, he has a shot to reach 3,000 hits, sitting 65 away.

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The Big Ten’s student manager Super Bowl
College Football 

In a league known for trophy games, there are none as intense as the battle for the Rusty Toolbox. Winners get unique tattoos

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College Football 

Fournette's path to SEC best season

Assuming LSU plays a 12-game schedule, Leonard Fournette would have to average 128.4 yards per game over the remaining eight games to top Herschel Walker’s SEC season record (1,891 rush yards). He’d need 220.5 yards/game to tie Barry Sanders’ FBS record (2,628 in 1988). Can he do it?

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'Get yourself right, big man, and be well'

Scott Van Pelt applauds CC Sabathia's decision to enter alcohol rehabilitation.


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Hoiberg says he went to Rose's home Monday to go over sets with him. Says Rose's eye is still swollen shut as he continues to heal.

No quick fix for Huskers

Mike Riley was supposed to calm things in Nebraska. Instead, after five bizarre games, things are wilder than ever for the Huskers. The coach said, "We’ve had a string of games like I’ve never seen." No relief coming

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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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.


Trail Blazers honor UCC shooting victims

The Portland team held a touching moment of silence in remembrance and support of those affected by the UCC shootings.