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Triplett: Brees-to-Spiller TD lifts Saints in OT

Two plays and 13 seconds into overtime Sunday night, Drew Brees and C.J. Spiller hooked up on an 80-yard TD that sparked the Saints to their first win of the season, Mike Triplett writes.

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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.

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AP: It's possible to have another 2,000-yard season (0:44)
13hPhil Sheridan

Murray: Eagles not giving me the ball enough

After Sunday's 23-20 loss to Washington dropped the Eagles to 1-3, running back DeMarco Murray was asked if he's getting the ball enough, to which he replied, "I don't think I am."

Wild-card games set to start postseason drama (1:54)
Blake is back, brings down shot clock with dunk (0:39)
Ichiro takes the mound for Marlins (0:16)
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Keim: Pierre Garcon's toughness leads Redskins to comeback win

A big reason why receiver Pierre Garcon is so valuable was evident on the game-winning drive. He plays with violence and with a hunger that few possess. And when the Redskins needed him most, Garcon came through with two critical catches in the 23-20 victory over Philadelphia.

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Vinatieri becomes Colts' all-time leading scorer (0:14)
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11hJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Harvick as good as he needs to be

Kevin Harvick and his team have consistently been the best in the Sprint Cup Series all season, and they had to be Sunday to advance to the next round of the Chase. Mission accomplished.

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10hSharon Katz

Playoff Predictor: Clemson moves into top 4

Clemson's win over Notre Dame moved the Tigers into the top four of this week's Playoff Predictor. Alabama also took a big jump.

15hSheil Kapadia

Seahawks RB Lynch (hamstring) out for MNF

The Seahawks have ruled Marshawn Lynch out for Monday's game against the Lions with a hamstring injury. Undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls is expected to get the bulk of the carries against Detroit.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones, who had four catches for 38 yards against the Texans, ended up playing just 55 percent of the snaps with the blowout win. He played 39 of 71 offensive snaps. Leonard Hankerson and Roddy White both played 48. Jones said he didn't care about reaching 100 yards or scoring a TD. Just wanted the win.


ICYMI: Kobe's preseason clunker

Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return to action Sunday night in a preseason game against the Jazz. His first shot wasn't so smooth -- it hit the top of the backboard.


Matthews: 'You ain't Russell Wilson, bro'

TV cameras on the Fox broadcast picked up sound of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews shouting this to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Packers sacked Kap six times Sunday. Story

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Jose Mourinho has 'full support' of team

Chelsea released a statement this morning that read: "The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support. As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team's performances must improve. However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it." Story

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Foster doesn't reward patience

Arian Foster failed to live up to the hype in his much-anticipated season debut. The back ended up with just one fantasy point, disappointing owners who had patiently awaited his return. Fantasy winners and losers

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National League playoff picture

  • The Cubs will visit the Pirates in the wild-card game, with the Cardinals awaiting the winner
  • The Dodgers and Mets will clash in the NLDS; New York leads the season series 4-3

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Carlos Gomez says he'll be ready for Yanks

The Astros CF (rib muscle) sat out the final series of the season, but plans to play Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Said Gomez: "Yeah, definitely I'll be ready in New York. You know because, that game means a lot for us. No matter what, I'm going to be ready. That's what we planned, the whole last five days made me feel better so I can be more 100 percent to do my best in New York."

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The Bills have a combined 13 unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct or taunting penalties. No other team has more than 6 such flags.

Blake brings shot clock down with dunk

During warm-ups before the Clippers' preseason loss to the Raptors, Blake Griffin sent the shot clock crashing down with an alley-oop.


Red Sox tell Hanley Ramirez to slim down

Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said the team instructed Ramirez to lose 15-20 pounds so he could play 1B next season. Said Lovullo: "It has been discussed. It was outlined in his exit physical that he needs to come in at a certain weight. That's our expectation. To be an infielder you have to be a little more agile." Lovullo added Pablo Sandoval got similar instructions.

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NBA, Swiss watchmaker sign clock deal

The NBA and Swiss watchmaker Tissot announced a comprehensive multi-year partnership on Monday that both hope will lead to the most complex timekeeping in sports history. Terms were not announced but Tissot president Francois Thiebaud told Darren Rovell it was the most expensive deal the brand had done in its 162-year history. As part of the deal, Tissot will get branding on clocks inside the arena -- most prominently the shot clocks above the baskets.


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The only pitcher to 300 K's in a single season with fewer innings than Clayton Kershaw this year? Pedro Martinez in 1999.

Ichiro makes pitching debut

In the final game of the season, Ichiro Suzuki took the mound for the first time in his 15-year MLB career. He allowed one run on two hits against the Phillies.


Rory McIlory: Apology saved me big bucks

McIlroy made headlines in March for throwing his 3-iron into a lake during the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. The PGA Tour does not disclose how much players are fined for such incidents, but McIlroy said: "The fine was reduced from $25,000 (£16,500) to $5,000 (£3,300) because I said I was sorry in the TV interview afterwards." Rory's season in numbers

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American League playoff picture

  • The Yankees will host the AL wild-card game vs. the Astros on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN), with the winner facing the Royals
  • The Rangers, who clinched the AL West on Sunday, will take on the Blue Jays in the ALDS.


Brees' 400th TD pass wins game for Saints

On the second play of overtime against the Cowboys, Drew Brees caught the defense sleeping and connected with C.J. Spiller for a game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Putting the Jets' fast start into perspective: They're 3-1 for the first time since 2010. Yesterday was their third win by at least 13 points; they had two such wins in the previous two seasons. As for Chris Ivory's 166 rushing yards, it was the most by a Jet since Thomas Jones ran for 210 in Week 6 of 2009.

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The undefeated. After the Cardinals' loss to the Rams, only these guys remain unbeaten heading into Week 5 ...

Devonta Freeman is historically great

The Falcons RB is the first player since the 1970 merger to rush for 3 touchdowns in each of his first two career starts. (via Elias)


Major League Baseball October blueprint

Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does the style of play that got it there work under the bright lights of October? Formula for winning

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Watch me win, now watch me nae nae

After beating Notre Dame, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told ESPN's Heather Cox, "We gonna do the Whip and Nae Nae tonight. I can promise you that!" He made good on that promise. Watch dancin' Dabo

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Week 4 fantasy leaders

Top scorers in ESPN standard fantasy leagues through Sunday's games:

  • ATL RB Devonta Freeman: 32 points
  • KC K Cairo Santos: 27 points
  • SD QB Philip Rivers: 26 points
  • CIN RB Jeremy Hill: 24 points
  • PHI QB Sam Bradford: 23 points
Winners and losers

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LBJ on Tristan: Unfortunate 'distraction'

LeBron James on the contract drama between the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson: "His value to us is extreme, as we saw last year ... The last thing you need is a distraction when you are trying to make a championship run, and we have that right now."