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3hRyan McGee

McGee: Ranking the 20 undefeated teams in college football

While the AP voters still aren't giving teams like Florida, Oklahoma and Northwestern the love they truly deserve, Ryan McGee rights that wrong, sizing up the top unblemished squads after Week 5.

Campbell says Dolphins have enough to win (0:43)

Nats dismiss manager Williams, coaching staff

The Nationals fired manager Matt Williams and his coaching staff after a season in which the team went from World Series favorite to failing to make the playoffs, GM Mike Rizzo announced.

Skip, Stephen A. disagree on Matthews' comments (1:49)
Rewind: Bonds belts record-breaking home run (0:45)
Tannehill struggles part of Dolphins mess (0:57)
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4hJohn Clayton

Clayton: The golden age of Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is now 30, but he could just be entering his prime, with weapons to throw to, a running game to fall back on, and a coaching staff eager to maximize his talent.

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Matt Bowen

Bowen: The magic of James Jones

Even when the Packers' 31-year-old receiver is covered, he's open, thanks to an unstoppable route and a quarterback who can put the ball in the tightest of windows.

Green heats up with a windmill dunk (0:20)
Jaworski: Eagles use of Murray inexcusable (1:30)
Hardy, McClain returning for Cowboys (0:46)
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3hTristan H. Cockcroft

Fantasy Fallout: Freeman's encore, Gurley's rise

Tristan H. Cockcroft provides historical context to the top fantasy storylines from Week 4, including Devonta Freeman's encore, Todd Gurley's big second half and Cairo Santos' surprising day.


MLB Power Rankings: Final week

Will Cardinals-Blue Jays be this year's World Series matchup? If our final rankings of the season are any indication, that's what you could see come late October.

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48mMike Sando

Sando: Jameis Winston's INT issues alarming?

Jameis Winston's INT troubles have followed him to the pros, and while part of the reason has been simple desperation, Mike Sando says that Winston has work to do.

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3hNeil Paine and Matt Coller

NHL: Is your team projected to win it all?

Kings, Blackhawks, Kings, Blackhawks. That's so last four years. We're all about the here and now, so we turned to Hockey Prospectus to illuminate the new season that starts on Wednesday.

Kobe returns to the court (0:15)
Blake is back, brings down shot clock with dunk (0:39)

#NBArank Nos. 111-120

The #NBArank countdown continues as we cover Nos. 111-120. Which players join new acquisitions Deron Williams and David West on today's list?

2hBrett Okamoto

Report Card: Youth is served at UFC 192

While Daniel Cormier's victory over Alexander Gustafsson certainly lived up to expectations in the main event, the real theme to follow at UFC 192 had to do with MMA's new blood.

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Schoenfield: Ultimate blueprint in October

Congrats, your team is headed to the MLB postseason. But does the style of play that got it there work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.


Pitino denies knowing of escort service
Men's College Basketball 

Louisville coach Rick Pitino, despite an author's claim otherwise, again denied any knowledge Monday that former director of basketball operations Andre McGee allegedly paid an escort service to provide sex for recruits. "Not myself, not one player, not one trainer, not one assistant, not one person knew anything about any of this," the Hall of Fame coach told ESPN. "If anyone did, it would have been stopped on a dime."

Men's College Basketball 

SportsCenter @sportscenter

"You're not Bob Ley, bro!" - Robert Flores channels his inner Clay Matthews on SportsCenter Snapchat today.

OTD: Bonds breaks McGwire's record

On Oct. 5, 2001, Barry Bonds broke Mark McGwire’s all-time home run record for a single season when he crushed No. 71 of the season well over the right-center field wall.


Altidore: Past two years hardest of my life

Jozy Altidore says the past two years "have been the hardest couple of years of my life" as he dealt with injuries and a move back to Major League Soccer on top of personal issues, he told ESPN FC. "I've had to grow a lot off the field as a man, as a person, and on the field," Altidore said.

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Stephen A. Smith responds to Kevin Durant

"I sit here today incredibly offended by the personal attack that this man has put against me."


Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans are sticking with Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback. Coach Bill O'Brien said given the short week it was especially important to have consistency at the position. "He knows he has to play better," O'Brien said. "He's gotta do a better job of throwing the ball more accurately, he's gotta be more controlled in the pocket. Don't turn it over. Get us into the right play."

Did Dallas and Murray need each other?

The His & Hers crew says each side seems to have underestimated just how much they relied on each other. Said Michael Smith: "[DeMarco Murray] was fantastic for what [Dallas] did."


Murray: I'm not touching the ball enough

Eagles RB DeMarco Murray discussed his lack of touches after his team lost 23-20 to Washington, Sunday.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton coached new Dolphins coach Dan Campbell with Giants, Cowboys and Saints. Said: "He’s a fantastic guy, great worker, great teammate. He’s someone that is tough, strong, I can’t say enough good things." Said it's difficult for assistants to replace their head coach in-season. "But Dan’s someone I know well and know that he’ll handle that as best he can."

Campbell: 'We have enough to win'

Interim coach Dan Campbell promises the Dolphins won't just play out the string. Said Campbell: "This is the most talented roster we have had."


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting quote from new Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell: "I don't want guys to just do their job. I want guys to dominate."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he was "surprised" when he was put on a conference call Sunday informing him that CC Sabathia would need alcohol dependency treatment. He said the organization is fully behind Sabathia. Cashman said Sabathia had "great courage."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota watched college games Saturday. Saw his commercials "too many times." Turns away from Subway and Nissan Heisman House ads while parents and girlfriend "give me a bad time."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

If the Yankees advance in the wild card, CC Sabathia probably would have started one of the ALDS games. Sabathia, who announced today is going for alcohol dependency treatment, had pitched much better of late. In his last four starts, he had a 2.22 ERA. With Masahiro Tanaka starting the wild card game, the Yankees' rotation for the ALDS if they were to advance would likely be rookie Luis Severino, Michael Pineda, Adam Warren and Tanaka. Nathan Eovaldi is rehabbing his forearm, but, if he comes back, he would only return as a reliever because he is not stretched out.

Zimmermann thanks Nationals fans

SP Jordan Zimmermann, a free agent this offseason, released a statement via his agent today that read, in part: "Although I may no longer wear the curly W on my head or on my chest, Nationals fans always will be in my heart. Thank you again for everything!"

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Report: Tannehill feuded with defense

Dissension bubbled over at Dolphins practices in London, according to multiple reports. QB Ryan Tannehill ripped a practice squad player who had just intercepted one of his passes, saying "enjoy your practice squad paychecks," angering the defensive unit and causing a stop in Saturday's walk-through.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams has yet to practice during training camp due to a strained calf but significantly increased his activity Monday. "He's on a very good path," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.

Green nails windmill dunk

Heat guard Gerald Green got a breakaway off a steal and finished the preseason play with a windmill dunk.


Trump: Redskins don't need name change

Donald Trump tells the New York Times he agrees with rival Jeb Bush's support for the Redskins' embattled nickname. "Honestly, I don't think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to," adding "I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name."

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Saban lashes out to the media
College Football 

"If it was up to you, we're six-feet under already. We're dead and buried and gone! Gone!" said Alabama coach Nick Saban in an emotional outburst about the media's outlook on his team prior to Saturday's win at Georgia. 'Y'all buried us'

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College Football 

An all-time comeback for Texas

The Rangers overcame an eight-game deficit in the AL West in early August to win the division. Only four teams in the last 40 years have come back from a bigger hole in that same time frame (Elias).

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Behold the new Elvis Jabberdog Brownie

The Rangers are playoff bound and have some aggressive food items for the postseason. This is a two-foot long brownie rolled in Rice Krispies crust, dipped in funnel cake batter and fried and costs $26, it is presumably named after SS Elvis Andrus and not Presley, although the singer might have approved.

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