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1hChris Low

Low: Legacy of Steve Spurrier will live on long after his exit

Steve Spurrier's most enduring legacy will be that he changed college football, particularly the SEC, with his Fun 'n' Gun offense and the way he pitched the ball around the ballpark.

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2hPeter Keating

All 122 pro sports franchises -- ranked!

For 13 years now, we've asked you to rate your favorite team in the categories that matter most to fans, from championships to cheap seats. Then, based on your feedback, we've ranked every pro franchise, from good (Spurs!) to very, very bad (Maple Leafs).

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2015-16 NBA Preview

We're rolling out our Insider forecasts from now until opening night. Coming off lottery trips, Carmelo's Knicks and Kobe's Lakers aren't projected to fare much better in 2015-16.

11mKevin Seifert

NFL blames clock operator, refs for MNF gaffe

The NFL has blamed an error by a clock operator, and the failure to correct it by on-field officials, for an unusual run-off of 18 seconds near the end of Monday's Steelers-Chargers game.

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Backs to the wall, Cards hand the ball to John Lackey

After a brilliant showing in Game 1, Cardinals right-hander John Lackey takes the mound on three day's rest for the first time in a decade as St. Louis looks to avoid elimination in Game 4 against the Cubs.

12hDavid 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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13hDave 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.

14mMichael DiRocco

Jags unaware Pierce had concussion symptoms

The Jaguars have been unable to determine when Bernard Pierce suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay, and the running back told the team he's also unsure when it happened.

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23hMike 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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20hJohn 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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Clay Helton has no doubt read and heard the rumors about Sarkisian's previous incidents but said he refuses to kick a man while he's down.

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Clay Helton said he will never forget the moment Pat Haden introduced him to the team as the head coach and the ovation he received.

Shawn Elliott: 'Our goal is to win'

Said the interim South Carolina coach: "We’re going to do everything we can to make the University of South Carolina proud of this football program. We’re going to work our tails off tirelessly. ... With that being said, beat Vanderbilt.”


Clay Helton: 'Confident' in interim role

Said USC's interim coach: "I've done this job before. I am confident in my ability to do it." Helton cited two things that will help him in his role, including a "tremendous football staff," adding, "We will compete every day like Trojans." Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's the Cardinals' lineup for game 4. Facing elimination, John Lackey pitches on three days rest. C Yadier Molina was lifted early yesterday due to thumb discomfort, but he's back in there. Randal Grichuk goes in CF. He's 2-for-6 off with a HR off Cubs starter Jason Hammel.


Fournette still clear No. 1 in Heisman race

LSU running back Leonard Fournette maintained a decisive lead in Heisman Watch balloting after passing the 1,000-yard mark in Saturday’s win over South Carolina. Heisman Watch

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Watch: USC news conference coverage

USC coach Steve Sarkisian has been fired, and AD Pat Haden and interim head coach Clay Helton are answering questions about the change. Live coverage on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Falcons WR Julio Jones said history shows he's played through a lot of injuries, like a broken foot and numerous hamstring injuries. Jones said his leg would have to be cut off or something for him not to play. Coach Dan Quinn said he anticipates Jones (hamstring/toe) facing the Saints on Thursday night after he participated in Tuesday's walkthrough.

Spurs rank No. 1 in Ultimate Standings

Said ESPN the Mag's Peter Keating: "They win on the court with a group of hardworking likeable players. Off the court they’re just relentless about being in the community."


Steve Spurrier: Hall of fame trash talker

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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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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SportsCenter's Best Spurrier moments

Check out some of his most memorable news conferences, including this gem: "Somebody said, 'Why are you still coaching?' I said, 'Well I forgot to get fired and I’m not going to cheat.'"


Mets in right place to clinch

New York's record in series-clinching games has been much better at home than on the road. The Mets (up 2-1 in the NLDS) host the Dodgers at Citi Field in Game 4.

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NFL Power Rankings: Muddle in the middle

Did you see the Seahawks starting 2-3? How about the Cowboys? Or Eagles? Overall, 10 teams stand at 2-3. Do we see potential in anyone among this mediocre tier? Full rankings

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Too cold? Don't come to the race

Atlanta Motor Speedway announced a new policy for ticketholders for February's race: if the temperature is below 50 degrees on race day, a fan can skip the race and receive a full credit of the ticket price to purchase a ticket to one of Atlanta's 2017 NASCAR races.

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USC backs Pat Haden in statement

Said school president C. L. Max Nikias: "He is a man of true character and integrity, he cares deeply for our student athletes, and he always makes their well-being his highest priority. Pat Haden has been doing an outstanding job in leading Trojan Athletics in the past five years and I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my unwavering support for him. I look forward to working with Pat Haden as our USC AD for many years to come."


Spurs are best across sports

The Spurs have never won back-to-back NBA titles, but for the second consecutive year they top ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings, which ranks every franchise in the four major North American professional sports. No. 1 to 122 ranked

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Field Yates' free-agent finds

OK, so you have to replace injured Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles. Have you considered Charcandrick West, owned in just 0.3 percent of leagues? Other top options

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James Harden: More than a beard

You want to go from obscure to unforgettable? Grow the most famous beard in sports history. When Rockets star goes out, "it's just, like, There's The Beard! There's that guy with The Beard! Mom, Dad, there's The Beard!" The Harden brand

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Utley's appeal hearing set

Chase Utley's appeal of his two-game suspension is scheduled to be heard on Oct. 19, according to the Los Angeles Times. He'll remain active for the remainder of the NLDS.

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Hey Cubs fans: How do you feel?

Reese Waters was in Chicago recently, where he made sure to order the 'Cubs heartbreak', or pancakes covered in tears. But surprisingly, there's also optimism in the Windy City.


NFL Week 5 in emojis

Sarina Morales recaps the week with the help of her trusty emojis and says it's a really bad idea to make Tom Brady angry.


Carter: Will Grier's suspension too harsh

Cris Carter compares the Florida QB's suspension to that of pro TE Antonio Gates. Said Carter: "I think that rule is a little severe for a college kid."