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Kershaw, Dodgers force Game 5 with Mets

Pitching on three days' rest, Clayton Kershaw gave up one run in seven innings, and a three-run third inning held up as the Dodgers pulled even with the Mets in the NLDS.

Justin Turner with the big hit for Dodgers (2:10)
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Cubs win! Cubs win! Beat Cards on way to NLCS

The Cubs belted three more home runs Tuesday to beat the Cardinals and clinch their first postseason series at Wrigley Field. Chicago will face either the Dodgers or Mets in the NLCS.

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6hPeter 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.

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50mBrett Okamoto

Rousey's mom rips coach: He's a 'bad person'

Ronda Rousey's mother, Dr. AnnMaria DeMars, spoke out publicly against her daughter's head coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, calling him a "bad person" and "terrible coach."

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Sport Science: Leonard Fournette's elite agility (1:55)
Spurrier says it was time to resign (3:07)
This is what happens when a rugby star tries to golf (0:27)
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10hJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: Happy hockey new year

The hockey new year is upon us, so let's dive into predictions for standout rookies, how some intriguing teams look so far, early playoff projections and the top 10 college teams in the land.

Klinsmann: We've fallen and have to get back up (1:30)
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6hKevin Gemmell

What does #LastTimeUWBeatUO mean to you?

The hashtag #LastTimeUWBeatUO will rankle Huskies fans as a reminder of Washington's losing streak to Oregon, which dates back to 2003.

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6hEthan Sherwood Strauss

Green, Curry rip teams criticizing Warriors' title

Draymond Green and Stephen Curry responded to critics of the Warriors' title, with Green calling those teams bitter and Curry issuing a mock apology for Golden State's success.

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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.

9hKevin 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.

9hDan 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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10hRyan McGee

Power Rankings: Joey Logano claims top spot

When the dust cleared after a hectic weekend at Charlotte, Joey Logano was holding the trophy -- and a legit claim as a contender for the Sprint Cup title. He's No. 1 in Ryan McGee's Power Rankings.


Justin Turner with big hit for Dodgers

Dodgers 3B Justin Turner took us through his decisive 2-RBI double down the left-field line in the third to help L.A. avoid elimination: "[Steven Matz] flipped a breaking ball up high over the plate and I put a good swing on it, and luckily enough kept it fair down the line.


Arkansas State pick-6 caps 29-point rally

Arkansas State entered the fourth quarter down 31-20 to South Alabama on ESPN2, but the Red Wolves have scored 29 straight points to take a 49-31 lead with the latest points coming from Justin Clifton's pick-6 of Cody Clements.


Kershaw comes up big, L.A. forces Game 5

On three days' rest, Clayton Kershaw fanned eight over 7 innings to lead the Dodgers past the Mets in a 3-1 win and send the NLDS back to Los Angeles for a winner-takes-all Game 5.


Kershaw clutch when team needs him most

Clayton Kershaw is the first pitcher to go at least 7 innings on 3 days rest and win in a game in which his team could have been eliminated from the postseason since the Pirates' Tim Wakefield did it 23 years ago today against the Braves.


Top pick McDavid scores first NHL goal

The Oilers' Connor McDavid, the first pick in this year's NHL draft, got his first NHL goal by redirecting Andrej Sekera's shot past the Stars' Kari Lehtonen


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs celebrate their division series win by jumping on the dugout. Hector Rondon sprays fans while Fernando Rodney gives his patented bow and arrow salute.

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Dodgers force Game 5! Clayton Kershaw's dominant performance & Justin Turner's double lead LAD to 3-1 win over Mets.

Adnan Virk, ESPN @adnanESPN

Kershaw after 7 playoff starts had the 2nd worst win pct of any pitcher with that many starts. Charlie Leibrandt (1-7). Huge W on short rest

Jurgen Klinsmann: Criticism reasonable

“I understand if some people are really critical," U.S. coach Klinsmann said after his squad's third straight loss. "But at the same time with everything that goes not my way I get even hungrier to turn it around.”


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Steve Sarkisian was fired by USC for cause and the school believes it won’t have to pay the remaining 3+ years of his five-year deal

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets and Dodgers are headed back to Dodger Stadium for a winner-take-all Game 5. In his first major league game in 19 days, rookie left-hander Steven Matz surrendered three runs in five innings. Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw snapped a five-start postseason losing streak as the Dodgers avoided elimination with a 3-1 win against the Mets in Game 4 on Tuesday at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom will oppose Zack Greinke in L.A. on Thursday to determine which team will host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday.

Kershaw, Dodgers force Game 5 in NLDS

Clayton Kershaw tossed 7 innings of one-run ball and struck out eight, and the Dodgers posted a three-run third to hold off the Mets 3-1 at Citi Field. The series shifts back to L.A. for a decisive Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, where Zack Greinke will square off vs. Jacob deGrom Box score


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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Jansen, Dodgers get out of the jam

The Mets had runners on first and second with two outs, but Kenley Jansen got Daniel Murphy to fly out to end the eighth inning and quiet the Citi Field crowd. The Dodgers still lead 3-1 heading to the 9th. Follow live

Zetterberg leads Wings past Lightning

Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist as Detroit beat Tampa Bay 3-1 for its third straight win to open the season.


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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Baseball Tonight @BBTN

With the tying run at the plate in David Wright and 2 outs in the 8th, Don Mattingly turns to Kenley Jansen for a 4-out save.

Klinsmann: U.S. has to get up, start over

Jurgen Klinsmann says the short break wasn’t enough for the squad to shake off Saturday’s loss: “The clash with Mexico was heavy in the air.”


Frank Kaminsky. Dancing. In China.

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


Cubs moving on to the NLCS

The Cubs clinched a postseason series win at Wrigley Field for the first time ever behind HRs to hold off the Cardinals 6-4 and advance to the NLCS for the first time since 2003.