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#NBArank: Kobe Bryant checks in at No. 93

Coming off another season-ending injury, Kobe Bryant falls to No. 93 in our countdown of the NBA's best players. Follow along as #NBArank dives into the league's top 100.

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Fantasy Rankings: Gurley on the rise

An eye-opening performance against the Cardinals' defense in Week 4 has Rams rookie Todd Gurley moving up our RB rankings in Week 5.

FIFA provisionally suspend Blatter (2:27)
Rousey: 'I am motivated like I am blonde' (1:28)
Hardy must temper expectation in Cowboys' debut (1:10)
Trevor Booker punches Roy Hibbert (0:21)
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Kurkjian: Five NL wild-card questions

The NL wild-card game features an intriguing matchup: leading Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta vs. the forgotten man, Gerrit Cole.

1hNick Wagoner

Rams WR says NFL fined him for post-TD 'nap'

Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey apparently took a costly nap after a third-quarter touchdown against Arizona last week as he says he was fined for the celebration.

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MLB Vegas Experts

Experts: How to bet Cubs-Pirates

ESPN Chalk's Vegas experts give their best bets for the NL wild-card game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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2hElizabeth Merrill

How do you miss someone you never knew?

Chargers RB Rodney Culver died in a plane crash before his two daughters were old enough to know him. Nineteen years later, they're discovering who he was from the teammates he left behind.

Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown (3:05)
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3hScott Burnside

Burnside: Season for the ages approaching

The 2015-16 season is shaping up as one of the most important ever, with two big-name rookies joining a league readying for expansion, eyeing the World Cup and debuting exciting rule changes.

How long will Ronda Rousey's next fight last? (1:02)
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Edes: Astros silence Yanks in AL wild-card game

Six shutout innings by Dallas Keuchel and home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez set the tone Tuesday night as Houston ended the Yankees' season by winning the AL wild-card game.

Father time catching up with Vince Carter (0:20)
Sage Kotsenburg's "The Other Side": Episode 1 (3:26)
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10hMechelle Voepel

Fowles fuels Minnesota in Game 2 victory in WNBA Finals

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles ushered in her 30s in style, scoring 21 points on her 30th birthday and giving Minnesota exactly what it needed to beat Indiana and level the WNBA Finals at 1-1.

Which NHL team will be better than everyone thinks? (1:05)
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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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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.

Dunks from mini-Shaq attack (0:30)


Kobe comes in at No. 93 in NBA Rank

The project asks, "Which player will be better in 2015-16?" from both a quality and quantity standpoint. Kobe ranked 260th in Wins Above Replacement last season. Players ranked 91-100


Blatter provisionally suspended 90 days

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was provisionally suspended by the FIFA Ethics Committee, according to reports from the BBC. Shaka Hislop says, "It doesn't seem impactful enough."


Dayton senior suing school
Men's College Basketball 

Dyshawn Pierre was suspended by the school for the first semester following a sexual assault accusation. In a statement released to ESPN from Pierre's lawyer, he says the ruling was "fundamentally unfair." Story

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Men's College Basketball 

TrueHoop TV: Kobe the 93rd best player?

If a player's most important ability is availability, Baxter Holmes says no one can reasonably rank Kobe Bryant too highly after three consecutive season-ending injuries.


ICYMI: Father time catching up with Carter

Vince Carter used to be one of the game's top dunkers. Now he gets stuffed by the rim while trying for the slam in the Grizzlies' preseason game vs. the Rockets.


Lakers From The Outside: The Kobe issue

Kobe Bryant returning for another season after this one is a fan's dream, but NBA insiders say it would be a nightmare for the Lakers. "They've created a monster there," one executive said. Here's why

Elias Stein

Kobe Bryant: Barely a top-100 player?

In the 41 games Bryant’s played over the last two seasons, he’s averaged 21.1 PPG while shooting under 38 percent. That’s the worst field goal percentage over any two-year stretch in the shot-clock era in which a player averaged at least 20 PPG.

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Barry Melrose ready for the NHL season

The newest SportsCenter commercial gets us in the mood for some hockey -- Canadian style.


Week 5 fantasy football RB ranks

Devonta Freeman is a near-universal pick as a top-5 RB to start this week. RB ranks

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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

According to the Austin American-Statesman, roughly 2,400 tickets on the Texas side of the Cotton Bowl remain unsold for Saturday's Red River Showdown.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he knew the rule that wasn't enforced at the end of the Seattle-Detroit Monday night game. Asked if he thought it should have been called he said, "The rule is the rule."

Arians: Batting call would hospitalize me

Bruce Arians said he’d still be in the hospital with high blood pressure if his team had been victimized by the Monday Night Football batted ball fiasco, which he said he identified as an illegal play immediately. Arians: NFL needs full-time refs

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4-0 Navy with shot to crash a big bowl
College Football 

Dan Hawkins gives Navy a 13% chance of playing in a New Year's Day bowl game but its road schedule makes it extra tough.

College Football 

Scrappy first half for Team USA

South Africa leads the U.S. 14-0 at the half of its Rugby World Cup match. Follow live


Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Pettine said any criticism of CB Joe Haden for his decision not to play Sunday vs. San Diego is unwarranted and unfair. Pettine said much of the criticism falls on the way he explained the situation. Said Haden “wanted to be out there” but felt he’d hurt team to play with injury.

#NBArank hits the top 100

Players ranked 91st through 100 are unveiled today. Which players join Roy Hibbert and Luol Deng on today's list? Follow along

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NHL season opens tonight! Picks, please

Our experts weigh in with their predictions for the 2015-16 NHL season. A lot of love for the Ducks and Capitals. Postseason, award picks

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Chase Herbstreit's upset pick of the week
College Football 

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit may have to ask his son for picks advice on Saturdays from now on if he keeps getting them right.

College Football 

Marchand: Yankees had a good season

Despite losing the AL wild-card game, Andrew Marchand said N.Y.'s season was OK: "It's a pretty good season because this Yankees team was expected to be in the bottom half of the AL East. Instead, they nearly won the division."


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

By the way, the podium that was for former head coach Joe Philbin is too small and too short for new interim head coach Dan Campbell, who has to crouch down to get through his press conference.

US-Mexican soccer oral history

In three days, the latest installment of North America's premier soccer rivalry kicks off with a meaningful match that has both sides on edge. How did we get here? The players explain rivalry

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These teams have their priorities in order

Some players on these "Mighty Mites" teams stopped what they were doing to dance when "Watch Me Whip" came on -- while the rest of their teammates continued to play. Watch them 'Whip'

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