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2hAdam Schefter

How Dallas almost missed on Dak ... over and over

A missed draft pick. A trade that fell through. Another draft pick. Another trade. It did work out, but time after time, Dallas had plans that did NOT involve starting a kid named Dak Prescott.


76ers want protesting singer to perform anthem

The 76ers apologized for preventing Sevyn Streeter from singing the national anthem Wednesday. She said she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

2hJean-Jacques Taylor

'He was a nobody': Inside Tony Romo's rise

From undrafted free agent to understudy to starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, this is the oral history of the rise of Tony Romo, 10 years after he won the job.

DePorter inspired by Harry Caray to destroy Bartman ball (1:47)
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Stephen A. thinks Durant should use a championship as motivation, not critics (0:45)
18hBill Barnwell

Football's dumbest 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.


Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Six hours until game time and Wrigleyville is already packed for a day Cubs fans have been waiting 71 years to enjoy.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Panic in the World Series ticket market. StubHub closes sales 6 hours before Game 3. 900+ unsold tickets transferred to other sites.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamaal Charles will not play on Sunday against the Colts. The Chiefs will list him as out for the game on their final injury report of the week.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Kevin Durant on what he anticipates from Anthony Davis this season: "He can score from any area on the floor and he's probably going to lead the league in scoring easily."

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook was asked about the 76er fan who apologized for flipping Westbrook off, but also said he said he was provoked. Westbrook's answer: "Uh, yeah man, I'm looking forward to tonight. Definitely will be a good home crowd."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr asked if 81-and-1 is doable. He quips, "I do. Although right now the way we're playing maybe 41-and-41 is more likely."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on playing PG: "Coach said I'm going to have the ball in my hands 80, 90 percent of the game. It's up to me to make the right play."


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan announces LeSean McCoy is doubtful to play Sunday vs. New England. "Obviously he never practiced this week, so you guys can figure that one out."


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Will Smith's widow, Racquel, and Hokie Gajan's longtime broadcast partner, Jim Henderson, take their seats before a very emotional Saints Hall of Fame induction luncheon for the two late, great Saints.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Wrigley rooftops ready for tonight, having sold tickets for as much as $1,000. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts now owns 10 of them.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Falcons officially ruled out RB Tevin Coleman for Sunday's game vs GB.


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Wrigleyville bar Moran's (capacity: 300) is charging a $100 per person cover for tonight. $500 for a table + tax + required 18% gratuity.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubby Bear across from Wrigley has opened with about 150 people on line. $100 cover to get in door. Can't get back in if you walk out


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Wrigley announces that it will offer a 30 cent off coupon so that its 5 sticks of gum will cost 5 cents, the price in 1908

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue says that Iman Shumpert has been cleared from the concussion protocol. He'll be in the lineup Friday against Toronto. "He's ready to play," Lue said before shootaround. "That's a good thing for us."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Jim Mowery, 83, was at the last Cubs World Series game. Here with his $6 ticket from Game 6 in 1945, he'll be inside Wrigley Field tonight

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are heavy favorites tonight in Game 3, according to the Westgate. Cleveland +180 (J. Tomlin) Chicago -200 (K. Hendricks) Over/under on runs is 8.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman also said he expects to play Sunday but they will know a lot more after their walk-through Saturday.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said he still feels normal and expects to play Sunday after missing the last two games with a concussion.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Confused: Troy and Kristina Alapit from Los Angeles just showed up at Wrigley Field. They're on their honeymoon. "We just wanted to check out the scene" in their Dodgers jerseys

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

The original "Marlins Man" is Jim Anixter. A season ticket holder since 1967, he has worn a pink hat in his front row seat at Wrigley since 2000. Born in 1944, his father didn't bring him to the 1945 series. Tonight, he is taking his grandson Tyler, 5 months, to right that wrong.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Vienna Beef, the official hot dog of Wrigley, has provided the Cubs with 20,000 hot dogs for tonight's game

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Ryan Mueksch and Jake Placzek, both 25, drove seven hours from Nebraska yesterday. They got to Murphy's Bleachers at 8:18 am this morning and plan to stay until the last out. "As Cubs fans, this is what you live for," Mueksch said. "If you can't be at the stadium, it's a bar in Wrigleyville." The two plan to drive to Madison, WI early tomorrow to see the Huskers take on the Badgers.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

8:28 AM CT: Murphy's Bleachers bar in Wrigleyville. Beer is already flowing

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Highest cover charge in Wrigleyville tonight is this bar. For $300, fan gets either an app or an entree & unlimited drinks