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Steelers wild about Bell, beat S.D. on final play

Le'Veon Bell scored a touchdown out of the Wildcat formation as time expired Monday night, lifting the Steelers past the Chargers.

8hDavid Schoenfield

Monday's Top 5: A day of big bats

Oh, just another day with four playoff games, hours upon hours of hours of baseball excitement, and plenty of offense.

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Stark: Cubs rock Wrigley in historic Game 3 win

Cubs fans came to see Jake Arrieta dominate. He didn't. But what Chicago saw instead was its team hit a record six home runs and take a 2-1 NLDS lead over the Cardinals, writes Jayson Stark.

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9hDave McMenamin

J.R. Smith buys cotton candy from Cavs bench

One of five Cavs sitting out a preseason game, J.R. Smith flagged down a cotton candy vendor and apparently treated the son of golfer Jason Day.

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19hMike Sando

Sando: Ranking the NFL's six unbeaten teams

Through five weeks, nearly 20 percent of the league remains unbeaten. Mike Sando ranks the unblemished, starting with a close call at the top between the Patriots and Packers.

Twellman: Klinsmann can't lose the locker room (2:28)
Could Ray Rice fill RB void in Kansas City? (0:38)
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16hJohn Clayton

Clayton: Andy Dalton playing faster than ever

Andy Dalton is playing faster than ever -- releasing the ball earlier and reading defenses faster -- and it's made the Bengals a more dangerous team offensively.

Donovan tips NYRB, LA Galaxy for MLS Cup final (5:23)
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2015-16 NBA Preview

We're rolling out our Insider forecasts from now until opening night. We begin with two franchises -- the 76ers and Timberwolves -- that hope some young stars can break them out of the basement.


How Grier loss impacts Florida
College Football 

The numbers show that the play of Florida QB Will Grier was a huge factor in the Gators' 6-0 start. But now he's suspended, and Florida has to figure out how to keep winning without him. Impact (Insider)

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College Football 

Hewitt to be honored at Australian Open

Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, now ranked No. 296, will receive a wild-card entry into January's Australian Open. The 34-year-old Australian, who finished runner-up in 2005, is likely to retire after next season.

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Maisel: Steve Spurrier opened up SEC
College Football 

When Spurrier arrived at Florida, passing was an admission of weakness in the SEC. By 1990, the Fun 'n' Gun had arrived. Florida not only went 9-2, but the Gators did it while throwing for 290.6 yards per game. SEC's football evolution

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College Football 

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Veteran defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux noted how close the games in the Falcons-Saints rivalry have been over the years. Seven of the last 11 matchups between the rivals have been decided by four points or less, including three overtime games. We'll see if that trend continues Thursday night.

Kyrgios fined for obscenity-laced rant

Nick Kyrgios is on the brink of being suspended for 4 weeks after the 20-year-old Australian was fined $1,500 for his antics during a match against Andreas Haider-Maurer at the Shanghai Open on Monday. Kyrgios called the event a "circus" and complained about the "f---ing surface" during the match. Ball kids not spared

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Six @Cubs hit home runs on Monday. That's an MLB postseason record that had the Wrigley faithful on its feet all night (including Eddie Vedder).


'Boys should use bye to say bye-bye to QB

The Cowboys need something better than what QB Brandon Weeden has given them, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor. Which is why Garrett, Jones and virtually everybody else at the club's Valley Ranch training complex understands it's time to give Matt Cassel a chance to play. Time to go

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Bell scores TD, wins game as time expires

With 5 seconds left on the clock, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell took the direct snap, seemed stopped, but with a second effort, he extended the ball over the goal line for the game-winning TD with the clock at 0s.


Today's MLB playoff schedule

  • Cardinals at Cubs, 4:37 p.m. ET (CHC leads series 2-1) -- J. Lackey vs. J. Hammel
  • Dodgers at Mets, 8:07 p.m. ET (NYM leads series 2-1) -- C. Kershaw vs. S. Matz
Postseason coverage, schedules


Steve Spurrier: Hall of fame trash talker
College Football 

In light of the news about Spurrier retiring, it was time to look back on his greatest quotes. For instance, when a fire at the Auburn library destroyed 20 books: "The real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored yet." Head Ball Coach's best

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College Football 

For J.R. Smith, game time = cotton candy time

The guard sat out for his 2nd straight preseason game because of a sore hamstring but didn't stay out of the spotlight. Smith flagged down a cotton candy vendor and, unbeknownst to his coach, obtained the snack and munched on it during the game. May have gifted treat

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From The Mag: How Ray Lewis got his name

Ray Lewis never questioned most things in his life growing up. They just were. But, as he writes in his autobiography, there was one piece he questioned: His name. "Messed up" family tree

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Rousey confirms relationship with Browne

Undefeated UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey confirmed that she has been dating UFC heavyweight Travis Browne. "I don't talk about my personal life much, that's why it's called 'personal life,'" Rousey told ESPN in a statement Monday. "It's true that Travis and I are in a relationship." Story

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Roger Federer stunned in Shanghai

Federer was ousted in the second round of the Shanghai Masters after falling in three sets to Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Other winners today included No. 9 seed Milos Raonic and American Jack Sock.


Pele: Messi is best player in past decade

World Cup legend Pele endorses Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi as the best player of this generation.


Shaq on current state of the Lakers

"When you mean 'turn it around,' do you mean a championship? Because that's done. That's not happening unless they make a miraculous trade and get four new people. Who do they have on the Lakers? I'm not sure. I'm not joking. Do they even have anyone to trade that somebody would want?" Lakers' new reality

5 reasons why Andy Dalton could win MVP

Scoff if you like. But the Cincinnati QB is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for more than 1,500 yards and have a TD-to-INT ratio better than 5-to-1 through their teams' first five games. The other two, Peyton Manning in 2013 and Aaron Rodgers in 2011, went on to win the MVP award. 4 more reasons

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Cubs lift up Arrieta with six homers

Despite Jake Arrieta's shortest outing since June 16, Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the NLDS thanks to a postseason-record six dingers in its 8-6 win.


Elliott named interim head coach
College Football 

Shawn Elliott will coach the rest of the season at South Carolina as the Gamecocks' interim head coach, sources told ESPN's Chris Low. Former coach Steve Spurrier retired Monday, effective immediately.

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College Football 

Yao Ming makes tall people look small

Yao Ming is very large. This week, comedian Kevin Hart proved the point by instagramming a fictional, Photoshopped image of him standing next to Yao and Shaq. Yao makes people look tiny

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#PhotoOfTheNight: In the words of Cubs fans, "It is happening." With a 'W' last night, Chicago has chance to clinch NLCS berth at home today.

Porter breaks ankles, nutmegs defender

Wizards forward Otto Porter put not just one, but two silly moves on defenders in a preseason game.


Marshawn Lynch expected back Sunday

The Seahawks RB has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury but is likely to play Sunday against Carolina. Said coach Pete Carroll: "[Lynch] had a good workout [Monday] and he should be on track [to return to practice on] Thursday."

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