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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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27mPeter 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.

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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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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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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.


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The Royals' Eric Hosmer send out condolences to the KC Fire Department and to the families and friends of the two firefighters killed while fighting a blaze Monday night. Hosmer's father was a firefighter for 29 years in the Miami area. "I was fortunate to never have a phone call from the fire department saying something crazy happened, so I can only imagine what the families are going through," Hosmer said.


keithlaw @keithlaw

Had a moment there where I saw the back of the uniform and thought "Kerry Wood is pitching?"

Salvador Perez likely will start Game 5

The Royals catcher left Monday's game early after taking a foul ball to the mask and later was hit by a pitch in his left side. He passed concussion tests after the game.


Coaches react to Spurrier's resignation

Steve Spurrier meant so much to so many, including the SEC's top coaches. Living legend, honest and "what I always wanted to be" were just a few of the words they used to describe the Head Ball Coach.


Harvey unavailable for rest of NLDS

Mets manager Terry Collins said Matt Harvey won't be available out of the bullpen if there is a Game 5, but should be available for multiple starts if they make the NLCS. Harvey pitched 5 innings, getting the win, in Game 3 in his only NLDS appearance.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Adam Wainwright retires the side 1-2-3 in the 4th. If you're wondering how long Wainwright can go, here's what he said after throwing 1.2 innings in game 2: "I’m cleared for 2 or 3 innings now. That number could change as we go further into playoffs, so we’ll wait and see how my role evolves...I feel great. I could certainly have gone three tonight no problem."

Lackey done after three innings

The Cardinals used Tommy Phan as a pinch hitter for John Lackey in the 4th inning. Lackey finishes the game allowing 4 runs to the Cubs and striking out 5 over 3 innings, down 4-2. Adam Wainwright is now in for his third appearance in this series. Follow live


Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

What an inning for Grimm. Strikes out the side after a walk by Hammel and error by Bryant. 4-2 Bot 4

We should be estactic for Eichel

The Around the Horn panel says the NHL needs more players like Sabres rookie Jack Eichel. Why? He's young. He's exciting. He's the future.


Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Great note from the Elias Sports Bureau. That Javier Baez HR was the first postseason HR allowed by John Lackey in 8 years & 74 2/3 IP. Longest postseason streak by a starter since Whitey Forc's 82 1/3-IP streak from 1956-62!

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon pulled Jason Hammel after a leadoff walk in the 3rd while leading 4-2. Least surprised might be Hammel. Maddon has done this to him several times in the 2nd half w early hooks.

Texas mascot retires after cancer diagnosis

Bevo XIV, which has been Texas' mascot since 2004, has been diagnosed with Bovine Leukemia Virus and will be retired immediately. His last game was Saturday's upset win over Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown.

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UW expecting to face Vernon Adams

The Oregon QB's status is uncertain (finger), but Washington coach Chris Petersen is preparing for him to start. That's not a bad idea, according to Ted Miller, who says, "He is the difference-maker for this Oregon team ... He transforms this offense."


Cubs give Hammel early hook

Cubs starter Jason Hammel is out of the game in the 4th inning after allowing a leadoff walk to Jhonny Peralta. Justin Grimm is now in, looking to preserve Chicago's 4-2 lead over St. Louis. Follow live

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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