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3hPablo S. Torre

From The Mag: The man behind James Harden's beard

James Harden's brand? Deeply off-kilter. His on-court game? Ugly and aggressively weird. And in no way is any of that an accident.

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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.

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16mPeter 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).

This is what happens when a rugby star tries to golf (0:27)
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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 days' rest for the first time in a decade as St. Louis looks to avoid elimination in Game 4 against the Cubs.

The best of coach Spurrier (0:58)
2hKevin 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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2dArash Markazi

Collector brought Dodgers' N.Y. history to L.A.

The Dodgers are in New York for the NLDS, but much of the team's Brooklyn history resides in a Los Angeles warehouse as part of Gary Cypres' massive memorabilia collection, Arash Markazi writes.

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Saxon: Can Kershaw keep Dodgers alive?

The Dodgers -- and Clayton Kershaw -- have been here before. Facing a "must win" in Game 4 of the NLDS, Kershaw takes the mound on three-days' rest. Mark Saxon wonders how will this outing play out.

14hDavid 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.

2hDan Rafael

Top 10 most explosive punchers

The middleweight unification fight between Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux on Saturday night matches two of the most explosive punchers in boxing. But who rounds out the top 10?

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15hDave 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.

Eichel fires a laser (0:24)
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1dMike 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.

2hMichael 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.

Twellman: Klinsmann can't lose the locker room (2:28)


NFL won't let Williams wear pink all year

The NFL has players wear pink accessories in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but DeAngelo Williams -- who lost his mother to breast cancer -- wanted to wear them all season. However, the league told him no, saying there are no exceptions to the uniform policy. Story

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Netherlands' Euro hopes take another hit

Josef Sural took advantage of some poor defending to double the Czech Republic's lead and potentially put an end to the Netherlands' chances at the Euro playoffs.


Frank Kaminsky. Dancing. In China.

The Hornets rookie used every trick in his arsenal to impress the crowd in Shanghai with his dance moves.


Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney

The Dutch performance set to be worst follow-up by a World Cup semi-finalist since Croatia 1998-2000 - though they finished third not fourth

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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Netherlands' task gets tougher

In need of a win and a Turkey loss to reach the Euro playoffs, Netherlands went down early when Pavel Kaderabek hammered home the opener for the Czech Republic. (Live on ESPN2)


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig, who has not looked particularly sharp since hurrying back from a hamstring injury, returns to the lineup vs. lefty Steven Matz, along with several other righty hitters: Hernandez CF Kendrick 2B Gonzalez 1B Turner 3B Seager SS Puig RF Ellis C Ruggiano LF Kershaw P

Steelers Super Bowl contenders?

The NFL Insiders crew thinks Pittsburgh will be great once QB Ben Roethlisberger returns from injury. "They’ve got a great passing game with Ben there. They’re a bonafide challenger when he’s back."


Turns out, rugby isn't like golf

With Rory McIlroy on hand, Irish rugby star Luke Fitzgerald tried his hand at golf. It went badly. Like, "club flying out of his hands" badly.


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Hoiberg still isn't sure Rose will be ready for opener, but admits that it's 'most likely' Rose won't play in preseason.

NL pennant odds have Chicago as favorite

From Westgate Las Vegas:

  • Chicago: 3-2
  • New York: 2-1
  • Los Angeles: 4-1
  • St. Louis: 9-2

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera admitted he thought "what if" when he saw wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the locker room today. Benjamin was lost for the season with a knee injury in training camp. Rivera said nobody is having to remind Benjamin to eat "clean" after concerns with weight during the offseason.

USC interim coach: I want this job

Clay Helton shares his thoughts on Steve Sarkisian and discusses his interim position: “I want to be the head coach ... but I also know the reality of the situation. In college football, at this level, you have to prove yourself.”


Daniel Fells' MRSA recovery good so far

Said ESPN's Dan Graziano: "There are still more surgical procedures that await. Their hope is that he continues to respond well to the mixture of antibiotics they have him on."


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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Haden: Haven't spoken to Sarkisian

AD Pat Haden details what went into the firing of Steve Sarkisian, saying his “conduct did not meet USC standards and expectations of a head coach."


Wayne Drehs ESPN Senior Writer 

Entering Tuesday's Game 4 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals the Chicago Cubs have never clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field. It sets the stage for a day that could be unlike any other at the Chicago corner of Clark and Addison.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says starter Jason Hammel will pitch deep into Game 4 if he "knows where his fastball is going." Hammel has had first inning issues. Watch early for command.