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25mPablo S. Torre

How an NBA guard you've never heard of scored $50M

When Tyler Johnson signed a $50 million deal, the world lost its mind. Here's the crazy thing: He might be worth it.

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Singer: 76ers pulled me from anthem over jersey

Sevyn Streeter, who was scheduled to sing the national anthem before Wednesday's Sixers season opener, said she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

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Raiders LB Smith applies for reinstatement

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told the San Francisco Chronicle that linebacker Aldon Smith has put in his reinstatement application and is working toward his return to the team.

9hRob Demovsky

Rodgers denies 'Grandpa' introduction to Favre

Aaron Rodgers didn't deny calling Brett Favre "Grandpa" during their Green Bay days, but he was adamant that a tale in a book saying those were his first words to the Hall of Famer is false.

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2hBill Barnwell

Time to toss out football's unwritten rules

"You have to take the points here." "Don't go for two until you have to." "Run the ball here because if you don't go anywhere you can just run out the clock." It's time for unwritten rules to go.

7mVincent Verhei

Will Ezekiel Elliott maintain his torrid pace?

Only one other rookie in the past 30 years has rushed for more yards than Ezekiel Elliott in his first six games. What does it mean for his short-term and long-term future?

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Joel Embiid flashes star potential in his delayed NBA debut (1:15)
Westbrook doing it all without KD (0:53)
Greeny thinks college coaches are underpaid (1:14)
Schlereth wants to see a shirtless Randy Scott race Tom Brady (0:32)
Jalen & Jacoby: Young Jeezy on Cam Newton's struggles (2:43)
Did the Chip Kelly era soften Eagles fans? (1:29)
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59mDavid Purdum and Ryan Rodenberg

Why Microsoft, Google could be bookmakers of the future

Experts almost unanimously agree that legalized sports betting in the U.S. is "inevitable." In Part 1 of Chalk's series, we examine how we might get there and what the market could look like.

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Chivas defeats arch-rival Club America to advance to final (1:45)
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    1dMarly Rivera, ESPN Digital

    Vuelven los problemas ofensivos de los Cachorros

    Las penurias ofensivas de los Cachorros de Chicago esta postemporada parecían ya haber quedado en el pasado, pero volvieron a la carga en el peor de los momentos, en su primer partido de Serie Mundial en 71 años.


Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"It's huge. I'm not gonna sugarcoat it...they did let me go." Donald Penn, on the size of the chip on his shoulder going into a "homecoming" game at Tampa Bay.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowski says breaking the Patriots' TD record, which he will do with his next score, is the last thing on his mind.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Matthews has a hamstring injury again, but coach Mike McCarthy said he hopes it's not as severe as it was in Week 3, when Matthews missed the game against Detroit. "The plan for him is to [practice] more in a limited fashion today," McCarthy said.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Mario Edwards, Jr. has joined the Raiders here in Sarasota. The defensive end has been an Injured Reserve with a hurt hip since the start of the season but was eligible to start practicing last week should the Raiders choose to bring him back from IR.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah and BYU announced they have extended their football series two additional years through the 2022 season. The game will be in Provo in 2021 and Salt Lake City the next year.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

After Tuesday's game, LeBron James took what seemed to be a subtle dig at Phil Jackson, who traded JR Smith & Iman Shumpert to Cleveland in 2015: "There's a few guys who feel like teams gave up on them in their careers,'' James said. "For them to come here and to prove not only to those people, but to prove to themselves that they are championship-worthy, means a lot to them."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess arrived at practice with his face entirely covered. Not sure what was up with that look.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton jogged from the stadium to practice today. It doesn't happen often. He usually rides a golf cart.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

LT Michael Oher (concussion) not at practice again. Safe to say he will miss his fourth straight game.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell said Houston QB Brock Osweiler has a "quick release for a big guy." He also said he believes he learned things sitting behind Peyton Manning.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions QB Matthew Stafford was named the team's Ed Block Courage Award winner. He played in every game last season but was sacked 44 times last season. Typically, though, the award has gone to a player coming back from a big injury. Stafford did not have that.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has agreed to a four-year contract extension, sources told ESPN. Turgeon had three years remaining on his current deal. The new deal runs through 2023.

Mike Couzens ESPN College Football 

Ever wondered if penalties correlate to success? Not necessarily. ECU and UConn are tied for 4th fewest (28 flags) in FBS and have a combined one conference win. Ohio State, Utah, and UNC are all in the Top 25 and rank 103rd or worse in total penalties.

Paul Lukas ESPN.com 

Most NFL teams' throwback and alternate uniforms feature a colored jersey. But since 2012, the Bills' wardrobe has included a white 1960s throwback. They'll wear it again this Sunday against the Patriots.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

That decision to move up the start time of World Series Game 2 is looking awfully smart as the rain pours down at Progressive Field following tonight's Cubs win.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Conley on scoring seven of his 24 points in the final few minutes of Memphis' comeback win: "I was frustrated that I let my team down by getting in foul trouble in the first place. I had to get in the game and make up as much as I could."


Charles Moynihan ESPN 

A week ago he was taking swings in the Arizona Fall League. Now, he is a ballast in the middle of the Cubs line-up as the World Series shifts to Chicago.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau after Timberwolves blow an early 17-point lead and a late 4-point lead in a loss to the Grizzlies: "We need more discipline."


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

In honor of Andrew Miller, Greenhouse Tavern in downtown Cleveland sold Miller High Life for 1 cent today. They sold 389 cans.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

James Harden is doing an outstanding job of finding his teammates while mixing in scoring chances for himself. 16 points and 14 assists in the first half as the Rockets lead the Lakers, 71-63.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden tied the franchise record for first half assists with 14 with John Lucas, the Rockets player development director.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Denzel Washington is in the house for the Lakers season opener.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Napoli on the length of the game: "They had good time of possession."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Terry Francona on Kyle Schwarber: "I can see why Theo (Epstein) sent a plane for him. I would too."


With Memphis up by three points late, Mike Conley sinks a deep jumper and seals the victory for the Grizzlies over the Timberwolves. Conley finished with a team-high 24 points.