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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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Watch live: Ronda Rousey co-hosts SportsCenter

Ronda Rousey becomes the first female athlete to co-host SportsCenter, as the MMA superstar joins Lindsay Czarniak to anchor the 6 p.m. edition live on ESPN/WatchESPN.

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4hScott 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.

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1mBrian Windhorst and Ian Begley

Fisher, Barnes scuffle at L.A. party, sources say

Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes were involved in a physical altercation Saturday night in Los Angeles at the home of Barnes' ex-wife, sources say.

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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.

Arm wrestler Devon Larratt manhandles Marcellus Wiley (1:23)
Rousey: 'I am motivated like I am blonde' (1:28)
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4hJim 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.

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44mBrian Windhorst

Butler: Arenas gun incident like 'Old West' scene

In his new book, Caron Butler details a Wizards locker room gun incident before a practice in December 2009 that involved Javaris Crittenton pointing a loaded gun at teammate Gilbert Arenas.

Trevor Booker punches Roy Hibbert (0:21)
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#NBArank: Kobe 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.

Hardy must temper expectation in Cowboys' debut (1:10)
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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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Reports: Blatter suspension recommended

FIFA's ethics committee has recommended that Sepp Blatter be suspended during his ongoing criminal investigation, according to multiple reports.

52mNick 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.

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29mElizabeth 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)
Blackhawks affected by Kane investigation? (0:49)
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)


Buctober in full form once again

For the third straight year, PNC Park is packed with Bucs fans for a wild-card game. In 2013, the Pirates beat the Reds. Last season, Madison Bumgarner shut Pittsburgh down. How will it all shake out vs. the Cubs tonight?


ICYMI: Khris Middleton jams Jimmy Butler

Middleton poked a pass for the steal and took it all the way to the hole for a poster slam over Jimmy Butler in their preseason matchup.


Watch: Ronda Rousey hosts SportsCenter

Rousey, who's already conquered the UFC world, now takes a shot at broadcasting as she co-hosts the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter alongside Lindsay Czarniak. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Arrieta-Cole an all-time great ace clash

Not only we do get the Cubs and all their history in the NL wild-card game tonight -- we get the 97-win Cubs vs. the 98-win Pirates, and we get Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77) vs. Gerrit Cole (19-8, 2.60). Best one-game playoff matchup ever?

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Fisher, Barnes in scuffle at L.A. party

Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes were involved in a physical altercation Saturday night in Los Angeles at the home of Barnes' ex-wife, sources confirmed to ESPN. The New York Post first reported the story. The NBA, Knicks and Grizzlies are gathering information at this time. Story

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Back, Back, Back to the Future

If "Back to The Future II," is any indication, the Cubs will win this year's World Series. But what do the next decades hold for Chicago and baseball in general? We took a lighthearted look at the future. 2045 Baseball Almanac

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Puig says he's included on NLDS roster

Yasiel Puig missed the final month of the regular season while sidelined with a hamstring injury, but the outfielder says he feels good. Manager Don Mattingly said players have been informed of their status for the series against the Mets, but the 25-man roster has not been revealed.

Butler details Arenas-Crittenton gun incident

In Caron Butler's new memoir, the former Wizard described the locker room gunplay incident like 'Old West': "Other players who had been casually arriving, laughing and joking with each other, came to a sudden halt, their eyes bugging out. It took them only a few seconds to realize this was for real." 'I didn't panic'

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Rodgers: Rams 'one of the top defenses'

Aaron Rodgers believes the Rams' defense is one of the best in the league, but the QB says his team's balance gives them the opportunity to win games from both sides of the ball.


Arm wrestler manhandles Marcellus Wiley

Wiley tried using both arms and his entire body weight, but that wasn't enough to beat World Champion arm wrestler Devon Larratt.


Herbstreit: TCU loss hurts Texas' legacy
College Football 

Kirk Herbstreit wonders if Texas will show up for the Oklahoma game after Saturday's embarrassing loss to TCU. "Is there anyone in that locker room that has a shred of pride?"

College Football 

LeBron: 'I will lead but I won't carry' Cavs

Before a shootaround Wednesday at Xavier University, LeBron James said, "We have enough guys until all our guys get here. Until Kyrie [Irving] and Tristan [Thompson] and [Iman Shumpert] is ready, we have enough guys that will all help. It's not about me carrying the team and that nature. We're all grown men, we're all professionals and they're here to do their job."

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All ticket sale proceeds for LSU-South Carolina game, minus expenses for hosting game, will be given to South Carolina

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees is no longer on the Saints' injury report (as he requested) after practicing fully Wednesday. ... Four players did not participate in team drills: LT Terron Armstead (knee), P Thomas Morstead (quad), WR Marques Colston (non-injury) and DT Kevin Williams (non-injury). Colston and Williams attended practice, so probably routine veteran rest. ... G Jahri Evans (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Clint Hurdle on why Sean Rodriguez starts at 1st for the Pirates for the first time since July 21: "We're putting our best pitcher on the mound. Want to put our best defensive team behind him."

McBride: I don't see Klinsmann leaving

Although there is a mountain of pressure surrounding Saturday's USA-Mexico match for USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Brian McBride doesn't see him getting fired even if they lose.


Joyner: Go get Bradford in fantasy
Fantasy NFL 

ESPN's KC Joyner says despite Sam Bradford's slow start with the Eagles this season, he's in a position to blow up down the stretch.

Fantasy NFL 

This Is SportsCenter: Matt Harvey

When the Dark Knight eats ice cream, it's go big or go home.


Rodgers enjoying interception free streak

But that doesn't mean he thinks he can keep the streak going all season, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Aaron Rodgers hasn't thrown an INT at home in almost 3 years.


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.

College Football 

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers TE Antonio Gates said teammates welcomed him back with open arms. Gates said he slipped on some routes, but was focused on practicing at full speed: "It's a fresh start for me. I have to reestablish myself as a player."