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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.

Reports: FIFA ethics recommends Blatter suspension (2:27)
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Reports: Blatter suspension recommended

FIFA's ethics committee has recommended that Sepp Blatter be suspended during his ongoing criminal investigation, according to multiple reports.

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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.

Rousey: 'I am motivated like I am blonde' (1:28)
Trevor Booker punches Roy Hibbert (0:21)
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37mJim Caple

Back, back, back to the future

Thanks to ''Back To The Future, Part II,'' we know the Cubs will win this year's World Series. But what do the next decades hold for Chicago and baseball in general? We traveled 30 years into the future to peek at the 2045 Baseball Almanac.

Hardy must temper expectation in Cowboys' debut (1:10)
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Bowen & Riddick: 10 toughest players to cover

Which NFL receivers would you least want to cover one-on-one? ESPN Insiders -- and former NFL safeties -- Matt Bowen and Louis Riddick rank the league's 10 biggest matchup nightmares.

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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.

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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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4hElizabeth 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)
Blackhawks affected by Kane investigation? (0:49)
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37mScott Burnside

Burnside: This is a season for the ages

This game-changing season gets off to a roaring start Wednesday night, 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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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.

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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!


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price shows up at his pregame media conference with a cartoon of himself and his pup, Astro.


Cubs put Bryant in outfield

Rookie Kris Bryant started only four games in LF in the regular season -- compared to 136 at 3B -- but that's where he'll be playing for tonight's NL wild-card game. Tommy La Stella is taking his spot at 3B.


Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio considers himself a good luck charm for the Chicago Cubs. Fangio tells us he was in San Francisco when the Giants won two of their World Series titles. Fangio even said he was the Texans defensive coordinator in 2005 when the Astros reached the World Series.

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Odell Beckham says he'll appeal his fine. "I get punched every single game. I get hit in my face every single game."

Herbstreit: TCU loss hurts Texas' legacy
College Football 

Kirk Herbstreit wonders if Texas will show up for the Oklahoma game after Saturday's embarrassing loss to TCU. "Is there anyone in that locker room that has a shred of pride?"

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs QB Jameis Winston on Falcons RB, former Florida State teammate Devonta Freeman leading the league in scoring (42 points), "I'm not surprised at all, man. He's a baller. Anything you ask him to do, he's going to handle it."

Heather Dinich ESPN Staff Writer 

We spend a lot of time talking about how many ranked opponents teams beat. Learned today committee also considers what the opponent was ranked at the time they played - not just in final ranking. Coaches point to importance of that.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said he's fine, he's full with his shoulder injury. Made every throw in practice. He told the team to take him off the injury report because he doesn't like being on there.

Stallworth: Brady paid per interception

With the story of Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill expressing his frustration with practice-squad players last week, it sparked chatter on social media among former players. Donte' Stallworth, for example, tweeted that he recalled Pats QB Tom Brady taking a different approach with practice squad players. Giving back?

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"I don't play for job security." - Colin Kaepernick

LeBron: 'I will lead but I won't carry' Cavs

Before a shootaround Wednesday at Xavier University, LeBron James said, "We have enough guys until all our guys get here. Until Kyrie [Irving] and Tristan [Thompson] and [Iman Shumpert] is ready, we have enough guys that will all help. It's not about me carrying the team and that nature. We're all grown men, we're all professionals and they're here to do their job."

One small surprise in Pirates lineup

Sean Rodriguez will start at first base instead of Pedro Alvarez for tonight's NL wild-card game vs. the Cubs (8:08 p.m. ET). Rodriguez has not started a game since Sept. 15, while Alvarez started six of the Pirates' last eight games.

'What were you, on SnapFace there?'

Bill Belichick will notice if a reporter is paying a little too much attention to his or her phone. And he did so today using one of his favorite jokes.


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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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell on the batted ball controversy at the end of Monday night's Lions-Seahawks game: “After a certain point, you’ve just got to stop talking about it. After the game was over with, it was done, and we moved on. Nothing you can do about it. It doesn’t help you to lament or anything of that nature. It may make you feel good for a moment, but it doesn’t make any difference in the grand scheme of things. So it makes sense to move on quickly.”

Berry's Flex rankings for Week 5

Matthew Berry's in an Atlanta state of mind for Week 5. RB Devonta Freeman is No. 9 overall and his teammate, Julio Jones, remains at No. 1 overall. Top 200

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Kelly responds to his running back

Eagles coach Chip Kelly on DeMarco Murray's comments that he's not getting enough touches: "It’s tough to be productive when you’re not on the field."


How to bet Cubs-Pirates

Runs will be at a premium tonight at PNC Park so keep that in mind when considering the odds. Best bets (Insider)

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Is Roddy White being selfish?

His & Hers hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill differ on whether the Falcons WR should be criticized for saying he wants the ball more.


Matich: Alabama looks unbeatable
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Trevor Matich believes after a loss to Ole Miss, Alabama has figured it out and the Crimson Tide are now the most unbeatable team in the country.

College Football 

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees was participating in the early portion of Saints practice that was open to the media Wednesday, but LT Terron Armstead was not. Armstead played through an unspecified leg injury in last Sunday’s game. It’s too early in the week to predict if he is in jeopardy of missing this week’s game at the Philadelphia Eagles. If so, rookie first-round draft pick Andrus Peat would take his place.

#NBArank hits the top 100

And Kobe Bryant comes in at No. 93. Of the 172 players that took at least 500 shots last season, only Trey Burke shot worse than Kobe's 37.3 percent from the field. Players ranked 91-100

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