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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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#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.

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27mJames Walker

Tannehill regrets dissing Dolphins practice squad

Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill admitted Wednesday that he made disparaging remarks to his scout-team defense during last weekend's practice in London.

Rousey: 'I am motivated like I am blonde' (1:28)
Trevor Booker punches Roy Hibbert (0:21)
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7mJim 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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45mNick Wagoner

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.

Matt Bowen and Louis Riddick

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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3hElizabeth 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)
Will Blackhawks be affected by Kane investigation? (0:49)
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6mScott 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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12hMechelle Voepel

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!


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
College Football 

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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Marchand: 2 offseason priorities for N.Y.

Andrew Marchand said the Yankees can improve in a couple of ways: "No. 1, starting pitching. They're going to have to get better there. ... Also, they've got to improve against left-handed pitching."


Melrose makes his Stanley Cup pick

Los Angeles didn't even make the playoffs last year -- but that's not stopping ESPN's Barry Melrose from predicting big things from the Kings this season.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson said he's "trying to be" optimistic about playing Sunday against the Falcons. Jackson was limited in practice but said he felt good and said he'll have a much better idea about Sunday after the next two days of practice.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins tells me he'll test his calf injury tomorrow and the Bills will make a decision from there. But nothing set right now on his status for Sunday vs. Titans.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Percy Harvin says Bills coaches started having players doing push-ups today at practice if they committed a penalty. Bills are the NFL's most-penalized team.

Barry Melrose ready for the NHL season

The newest SportsCenter commercial gets us in the mood for some hockey -- Canadian style.


Chris Mack, Wedding Crasher
Men's College Basketball 

The Xavier basketball coach and his family surprised a superfan on his wedding day by attending the reception. Bride was 'psyched'

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Men's College Basketball 

TrueHoop TV: Kobe the 93rd best player?

If a player's most important ability is availability, Baxter Holmes says no one can reasonably rank Kobe Bryant too highly after three consecutive season-ending injuries.


Kobe comes in at No. 93 in NBA Rank

The project asks, "Which player will be better in 2015-16?" from both a quality and quantity standpoint. Kobe ranked 260th in Wins Above Replacement last season. Players ranked 91-100


Week 5 fantasy football RB ranks

Devonta Freeman is a near-universal pick as a top-5 RB to start this week. RB ranks

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Five questions for Rangers-Jays series

Tim Kurkjian leads with the most daunting task for Texas' pitching staff: "Can anyone slow down the Toronto offense?" Four more Q's