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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.

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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.

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Harvey misses mandatory workout prior to NLDS

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey missed a mandatory team workout Tuesday at Citi Field. The scheduled Game 3 starter later addressed the media, saying, "Unfortunately, today I screwed up."

Rousey: 'I am motivated like I am blonde' (1:28)
Can the USA shock South Africa (2:08)
Trevor Booker punches Roy Hibbert (0:21)
Father time catching up with Vince Carter (0:20)
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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.


#NBArank Nos. 91-100

The #NBArank countdown delves into the top 100 as we cover Nos. 91-100. Which players join Roy Hibbert and Luol Deng on today's list?

Which NHL team will be better than everyone thinks? (1:05)
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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.

Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown (3:05)
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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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NFL landscape taking shape for 2015

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.

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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.

Dunks from mini-Shaq attack (0:30)
Curry's confidence is at 1,000 percent (0:41)
Sport Science: Correa's hitting mechanics (1:53)
Is Cole the key for Pirates in wild-card game? (1:38)
Jeff Daniels on being a Lions fan: 'You feel cursed' (1:39)
Chase's upset pick of the week (1:32)
Between-the-legs, behind-the-back dunk (0:37)
Carter on Sabathia: Every day will be a fight (3:25)


David Ross, the Cubs' difference-maker?

How did a 38-year-old backup catcher who hit .190 the past 3 seasons become the clubhouse leader? Why does manager Joe Maddon refer to Ross as someone who "brings out courage and strength in other people" and is an irreplaceable piece of these Cubs? Intangibles


Barry Melrose ready for the NHL season

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


Is Florida the favorite to win the SEC?
College Football 

The numbers say the Gators' schedule sets up favorably but Mark Schlabach thinks Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M might be better bets to win the SEC title. Man vs. Metric

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College Football 

ICYMI: Father time catching up with Carter

Vince Carter used to be one of the game's top dunkers. Now he gets stuffed by the rim while trying for the slam in the Grizzlies' preseason game vs. the Rockets.


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Jeff Fisher on Todd Gurley: "We drafted him to be the back of the future. We didn't draft him to be the back in the opener."

Venus stepping up for Williams family

She's not just stepping up for the Williams family, she's stepping up for the entire tour -- just as she did when she emerged as one of the leading voices for equal prize money at Grand Slams. Peter Bodo: Impressive

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NHL season opens tonight! Picks, please

Our experts weigh in with their predictions for the 2015-16 NHL season. A lot of love for the Ducks and Capitals. Postseason, award picks

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Mark Dominik @MarkdominikESPN

I don't think Luck will play again on Thurs. night. If Colts sit him he will have 10 more days to rest that shoulder. U must think long term

Can the USA shock South Africa?

The U.S. is back in action at the Rugby World Cup today at 11:45 a.m. ET, hoping to upset South Africa. The Americans will play a crucial part in deciding who advances from their group. Playing spoiler

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Terry Collins affirmed that Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson are starting Game 1 vs. LHP. Only regular LH to sit is Conforto.

Polynesian players provide Utah backbone
College Football 

Said Utah DT Viliseni Fauonuku: "I think -- I know for sure -- we are a warrior race. Our generation is a warrior generation. We're fun loving, but as soon as you step at my brother in any type of way, it's a whole different person." The No. 5 Utes are prepping to host Cal and College GameDay this weekend. Polynesian pipeline

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4-0 Navy with shot to crash a big bowl
College Football 

Dan Hawkins gives Navy a 13% chance of playing in a New Year's day bowl game but its road schedule makes it extra tough.

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Bengals QB Andy Dalton on Seahawks CB Richard Sherman: "He's a player who understands how offenses attack ... We have to be precise with what we do around him." Dalton credits Kam Chancellor with setting Seattle's defensive energy, too.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh on batted ball rule: "My opinion is the rules should be as clear as possible for the officials to officiate. There shouldn't be rules out there that the officials struggle with remembering."

These teams have their priorities in order

Some players on these "Mighty Mites" teams stopped what they were doing to dance when "Watch Me Whip" came on -- while the rest of their teammates continued to play. Watch them 'Whip'

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Odell Beckham Jr. fined

The Giants receiver was fined by the NFL approximately $9K for his actions in Sunday's game in Buffalo, a source told ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano. Several Bills players accused Beckham Jr. of throwing punches after plays late in the Giants' 24-10 win in Buffalo.

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Chase Herbstreit's upset pick of the week
College Football 

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit may have to ask his son for picks advice on Saturdays from now on if he keeps getting them right.

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Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Coughlin: “Odell came to me this morning. I was disappointed, because I think he’s above and beyond that type of stuff.”

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Coughlin says he takes MRSA infection cleanup "very serious." NFL and NFLPA asked Giants to address situation with players this morning. As for Victor Cruz, he will not practice today. Also says Odell Beckham Jr. approached Coughlin this morning and spoke about extra curricular stuff vs Bills. "He's very competitive, very energetic."

What’s next for the Yankees?

Jim Bowden says the Yankees have a solid, young core but should acquire a right-handed, middle-of-the-lineup bat. Three offseason objectives (Insider)

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills safety Aaron Williams (neck) is expected to play Sunday against the Titans, Rex Ryan said Wednesday. Guard John Miller (groin) will also return to practice Wednesday on a limited basis.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Neither LeSean McCoy (hamstring) or Karlos Williams (concussion) will practice today for the Bills. If they can't play Sunday, Boobie Dixon will be the Bills' top running back Sunday in Tennessee, Rex Ryan said Wednesday.