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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!

15mAdam Rubin

Harvey misses mandatory workout prior to NLDS

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey missed a mandatory team workout Tuesday at Citi Field. The scheduled Game 3 starter later addressed the media, saying, "Unfortunately, today I screwed up."

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NFL landscape taking shape for 2015

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.

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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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2hMike Rodak

Bills say 'prima donna' Beckham threw punches

Several Buffalo Bills players accused star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of throwing punches after plays late in the New York Giants' 24-10 win in Buffalo.

Curry's confidence is at 1,000 percent (0:41)
Carlos Gomez expects to play wild-card game (0:51)

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.

Arrieta confident in game plan (0:56)
Jeff Daniels on being a Lions fan: 'You feel cursed' (1:39)
Between-The-Legs, Behind-The-Back Dunk (0:37)
Carter on Sabathia: Every day will be a fight (3:25)
Is Alabama a playoff team if it loses again? (1:27)
Wondolowski: So much history vs. Mexico (1:02)

Why each undefeated team is a Super Bowl contender

NFL Nation reporters take a closer look at the six unbeaten teams across the league and examine reasons to be excited and reasons to be concerned about their potential Super Bowl runs.

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6hRyan McGee

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. Ryan McGee says forget all that in this week's Power Rankings, Matt Kenseth is the driver to beat.

Skip never loved Tannehill (1:45)
Rewind: Michael Jordan announces (first) retirement (0:51)

#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.

High expectations for deep Heat (2:35)
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4hPaul Grant

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.

Richt: 'We didn't get the job done' (0:27)


Kanell: Coaches need to take a stand
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Danny Kanell says Auburn coach Guz Malzahn had to take a stand early in the season, which is why he believes D'haquille 'Duke' Williams was dismissed.

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Becht: Not on the Gators bandwagon
College Football 

ESPN's Anthony Becht isn't sold on Florida being a national title contender, but does believe they are good to win the SEC East.

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Astros fans representing in the Bronx. These guys said they flew in from Houston for the game. "It's been 10 years," one said. "We had to come."

Ellsbury benched for wild-card game

Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Astros. Brett Gardner will start in CF for the Yankees, with Chris Young playing LF and hitting second. Young has a .972 OPS against lefties this year and is 6-for-20 lifetime against tonight's starter Dallas Keuchel.


Nothing but dunks

6-foot-1 professional dunker Jordan Kilganon shows off some of his best dunks, including between-the-legs, behind-the-back jam


The NHL season by the letters

The season starts Wednesday so time to mind your P's (for Carey Price) and Q's (for Quebec City). 26 lines about 30 teams

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Betts to enter World Series of Bowling

Red Sox OF Mookie Betts accepted an invite from the PBA to play in the World Series of Bowling VII in Reno, Nev., in December. Betts has two 300 games and was third in the Tennessee HS championships in 2010. He hit .291 with 18 HRs and 21 SBs this season.


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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Harvey apologizes for missing workout

ESPNNewYork.com reporter Adam Rubin explains why Mets ace Matt Harvey was absent from a mandatory team practice on Tuesday and what happens next.


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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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.


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Joe Girardi benches his $153 million center fielder for tonight's one-game season against the Houston Astros tonight

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Jacoby Ellsbury. the $153 million man, is not starting tonight. Brett Gardner and Brian McCann are both in the lineup against Dallas Keuchel

Austin, Gurley make dynamic duo

ESPN's John Clayton believes with Todd Gurley in the backfield and Tavon Austin on the outside, the St. Louis Rams may have the offense they've been waiting for.


Toughest tests yet to come for Cowboys
College Football 

Oklahoma State is still unbeaten but has yet to face the big names in the Big 12 and could prove themselves a legitimate threat with a win over West Virginia on Saturday.

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Vikings trade LB to 49ers

The Vikings traded LB Gerald Hodges to the 49ers for a 6th-round draft pick and center Nick Easton, GM Rick Spielman announced Tuesday. With the move, rookie 2nd-round pick Eric Kendricks will likely start at MLB.

Which A-Rod will the Yankees get?

Will Alex Rodriguez carry New York to a memorable postseason run like he did in 2009 or struggle mightily at the plate like he did from 2010-12?

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NFL Week 4 in emojis

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


Le'Veon Bell's greatest hurdle

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell shares his story about the day that threatened his NFL dream and the mom who showed him how to overcome obstacles


Could an unranked team make the playoff?
College Football 

With five teams in the top-20 that were unranked to start the season, Edward Aschoff makes his pick for which team makes the College Football Playoff.

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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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Grantland: Splitting hairs for Cy Young

Jonah Keri is going with Clayton Kershaw in the NL because he struck out 301 batters in 232.2 innings -- the highest single-season strikeout rate for any qualified starter ever not named Pedro Martinez or Randy Johnson. Other award picks

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Rangers set top of their rotation

Yovani Gallardo will start for Texas in its ALDS opener Thursday against Toronto, while lefty Cole Hamels will pitch for the AL West champs in the second game. ALDS coverage