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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)
Highlights: Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic (2:17)
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)
The best of Coach Spurrier (0:58)
3hJohn 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.

3hKevin 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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44mEthan 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.

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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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Stark: Cubs rock Wrigley in historic Game 3 win

Cubs fans came to see Jake Arrieta dominate. He didn't. But what Chicago saw instead was its team hit a record six home runs and take a 2-1 NLDS lead over the Cardinals, writes Jayson Stark.

3hDan 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.


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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.

Croatia reaches fourth straight Euros

A goal from Ivan Perisic, paired with Norway's loss to Italy, was enough to send Croatia to Euro 2016.


Cardinals strike early in Game 4

With its back against the wall, St. Louis jumped on Chicago starter Jason Hammel when Stephen Piscotty launched his third home run of the postseason, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Follow live

Cardinals at Cubs in Game 4 of NLDS

Chicago sends Jason Hammel to the mound in search of its first NLCS appearance since 2003. St. Louis counters with John Lackey, who tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the Cardinals' Game 1 win, their only win of the series. Follow live

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cardinals are getting max ROI from John Lackey. Thanks to a leftover contract quirk from his time in Boston, the 14-year vet - who led St. Louis in starts and innings and will pitch on 3 days rest today - has a base salary of just 507K. The clause called for Lackey, who earned $15.3 million last year, to revert to league minimum in 2015 because he missed all of 2012 after Tommy John surgery.

Netherlands crashes out in qualifying

After finishing third at last year’s World Cup, the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2016 Euros after a 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic. The Netherlands had made seven straight Euro tournaments. Qualifying scores


Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Rob Manfred says at Wrigley that protecting infielders is "high on our radar screen" but a rule will be challenging to word. "I think the way we had to work through the home-plate situation gives you a feel for how difficult it is to write that kind of rule."

Chipper: Utley's slide was 'out of bounds'

Former Braves 3B Chipper Jones said of Chase Utley's controversial slide in Game 2 of the NLDS: "Quite frankly it was a little unnecessary to be honest with you. ... When you go airborne to get a guy, to me that's out of bounds."


Netherlands rallying late on ESPN2

After falling down 3-0, the Netherlands has scored two straight to keep some hope alive at reaching the Euros. Turkey also has to lose to Iceland for the Netherlands to qualify.