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The exceptional promise of Leonard Fournette

The LSU running back is the best kind of different, like LeBron James, Jordan Spieth and Bryce Harper, fulfilling outsized expectations.

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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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DraftKings: No unfair advantage for prizewinner

DraftKings and FanDuel continued to defend their integrity after the disclosure that a DraftKings employee won $350,000 with information used in a way that some have likened to inside trading.

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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.

Carter on Sabathia: Every day will be a fight (3:25)
Jeff Daniels on being a Lions fan: 'You feel cursed' (1:39)
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2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

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.

Curry's confidence is at 1,000 percent (0:41)

Kurkjian: Five AL wild-card questions

Two teams that most thought had little (Yankees) or no (Astros) chance to make the playoffs when the season began meet Tuesday night in the Bronx. Time to break down the AL wild-card game.

Is Alabama a playoff team if they lose again? (1:27)
Wondolowski: So much history vs. Mexico (1:02)
Skip never loved Tannehill (1:45)

#NBArank Nos. 101-110

The #NBArank countdown is closing in on the league's top 100 players. See who barely missed out on the century mark, including L.A. newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Paul Pierce.

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NHL ABCs - 26 lines about 30 teams

To help you get up to speed on what's new before the first faceoff, we've got the ABCs of the biggest storylines you need to know about this season.

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Seattle high schooler dies after football injuries

Evergreen High's Kenney Bui, who died late Monday morning, was injured in the fourth quarter Friday and taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery and had been in critical condition.

Torres suspended 41 games for hit on Silfverberg (1:34)
Laken Tomlinson: The inspirational journey of a Lions OL (4:10)
J.R. Smith sends military member home happy (0:15)
Howard: 'I feel great, training camp was awesome' (1:50)


Donovan: If U.S. loses, fire Klinsmann

Landon Donovan says in the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room that a loss to Mexico Saturday should earn USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann a pink slip: "Anywhere else in the world if this coach had had [such poor] results and they lose this game against Mexico, they’d be fired.”


25 years ago: The Fifth Down Game
College Football 

The famous Colorado and Missouri game on this date 25 years ago ended with fans chasing officials into an equipment room and with one spectator suffering a heart attack. Five things to know

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College Football 

Alfred Morris still the Redskins RB to own

He may be off to a disappointing start as he faces increased competition in the Redskins backfield but Eric Karabell says Morris is still the one to play in fantasy.


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Giants TE Daniel Fells is being treated for MRSA, and the team's locker room, other facilities have been scrubbed as a precaution.

Burke: Bad call was dramatic in many ways

It wasn’t the Fail Mary, but in terms of blown calls, it’s hard to shift a game result more than what happened last night, writes Brian Burke. Dramatic win probability shift

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Chris Bosh's journey back

The Heat star is back to work after facing a life-threatening illness. "I take it as though I got rest. I've had all this time to really build back up," Bosh said. "I'm back playing basketball, so my mental health is back where it is supposed to be." Back to normalcy

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Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

How about this Jake Arrieta nugget: Since the start of August 269 pitchers have given up 4+ ER in an inning. And Arrieta has given up 4 ER in 2 months!

South Carolina may move LSU game

AD Ray Tanner said there's been discussions about moving Saturday's game to LSU due to flooding: "Our intentions are to stay on schedule and play here in Columbia but it's not a definite." Williams-Brice Stadium is fine but there's concern for the fans. A decision will be made in 24-36 hours.

Fantasy free-agents for Week 5

Field Yates scours the waivers so you can target the best players for your teams. RB Boobie Dixon could be a fascinating fill-in starter for Buffalo in Week 5. Free-agent finds

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NFL Week 4 in emojis

Sarina Morales breaks down the struggles of the NFL kicker in Week 4.


Phil Steele @philsteele042

In the last 12 yrs Rutgers has played two top 5 teams at home. They upset #2 USF in '07 and upset #3 Louisville in '06. This week #5 Mich St

Bennett: Chancellor needs to get paid

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett videobombed teammate Kam Chancellor's interview by yelling "Pay him!"


Myles Jack to enter 2016 NFL draft
College Football 

The UCLA LB injured for the season is withdrawing from school, Bruins coach Jim Mora said Tuesday. "He's taking his chips and shoving them into the middle, and we hope he draws a good hand," Mora said, according to the Orange County Register.

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Caldwell: 'We're not going to cry about it'

Lions coach Jim Caldwell on the ref's missed call after Seahawks LB K.J. Wright's batted ball was incorrectly ruled a touchback and possession for Seattle: "I mean what can you do? You know what I mean? We're not going to cry about it."


Claws out: How a Hawks regime fell

ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst provide the low down on how a tangle inside the Hawks' front office led to a racially-charged scandal and the sale of the franchise. Story

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NFL Power Rankings

The Packers are up to No. 2 behind the idle Patriots as the AFC has three of the top five teams. All 32 teams

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Time for the Cubs to end the curse?

Two of our 23 baseball analysts surveyed think so. Chicago is favored to win Wednesday's wild-card matchup against Pittsburgh, however, it loses a good amount of supporters in the NLDS. Playoff picks

Report: Ichiro to re-sign with Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki will re-sign with the Marlins for 2016, MLB's website reports. Ichiro is coming off a miserable season, as he hit .229 and scored just 45 runs. However, he has a shot to reach 3,000 hits, sitting 65 away.

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The Big Ten’s student manager Super Bowl
College Football 

In a league known for trophy games, there are none as intense as the battle for the Rusty Toolbox. Winners get unique tattoos

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College Football 

Fournette's path to SEC best season

Assuming LSU plays a 12-game schedule, Leonard Fournette would have to average 128.4 yards per game over the remaining eight games to top Herschel Walker’s SEC season record (1,891 rush yards). He’d need 220.5 yards/game to tie Barry Sanders’ FBS record (2,628 in 1988). Can he do it?

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'Get yourself right, big man, and be well'

Scott Van Pelt applauds CC Sabathia's decision to enter alcohol rehabilitation.