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Stafford's star turn a reminder: Don't write off QBs too soon

Matthew Stafford's past 16 games haven't just been the best of his career; they have vaulted him into the conversation of elite NFL quarterbacks. Others can follow.

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Sources: Rockets execs tried to cut Howard's role

Former Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff resisted the wishes of GM Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander regarding a drastic reduction in Dwight Howard's playing time, sources told ESPN.

Greenberg gives Fitzpatrick the 'just shut up' award (1:27)
Indians looking to match Cavaliers' title with one of their own (1:00)
Cardinals, Seahawks each miss game-winning field goals (0:57)
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Kaepernick not sure why ratings would go down because of protest (0:39)
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Maddon's tactics have not changed since beginning of season (2:41)
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The Fall Uni Classic

Here are a few things you should pay attention to when you tune in to the World Series this week.

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    Dodgers vuelven a fallar al final

    Los Angeles lleva cuatro años ganando la División Oeste de la Liga Nacional y superando los $200 millones de dólares en nómina salarial de jugadores, pero no ha podido cumplir las enormes expectativas de su gran legión de seguidores.


Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

As Niners head coach Chip Kelly said, the Bucs played a lot more man-coverage than they expected yesterday, which allowed Colin Kaepernick to use his legs. It also meant he had to be tighter on his throws. "You're not throwing into windows. You're throwing into one man."

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson's Wayne Gallman said "I wanted someone to hurt him" after NC State's Dravious Wright delivered a hit that knocked Gallman unconscious. Gallman said he thought the hit was targeting, but he was told the ACC reviewed the play and said otherwise.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson RB Wayne Gallman says he'll be ready to play vs Florida State. "I'm fine, I'm ready to go," he said. Gallman says he went through the concussion protocol last week and expects to be full-go in pads for Thursday's practice.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Wayne Gallman says Dravious Wright's hit on him that resulted in a concussion was, in his mind, intentionally dirty. "He led with his helmet," Gallman said. The play did not result in a penalty. Gallman said he was knocked unconscious and does not remember anything until he got back to the training room.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Can Ohio State bounce back quickly? Historically, Urban Meyer's teams have proven pretty resilient, losing consecutive games just four times during his 15-year career. The Buckeyes have done that just once since he arrived, losing to Michigan State and Clemson at the end of the 2013 season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs arrived in Cleveland last night and will workout this afternoon at Progressive Field at approximately 4 EST. Rosters aren't due until Tuesday morning but their Game 1 starter, presumably Jon Lester, along with Joe Maddon will hold press conferences before the Cubs take the field today.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton returns from bye week ready to go.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (toe) is back after missing the past two games.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans have waived Alonzo Gee, meaning Lance Stephenson has made the final roster.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at the site of their new practice facility in Brighton, Massachusetts. The new facility will be called The Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters. If you zoom in on the banners in the design you'll notice a 2017 world championship banner hanging to the far right.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

With 344 rushing yards and 245 receiving yards through four games, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is pacing for 2,356 total offensive yards over a full season's work. That would be 73 short of Marshall Faulk's total yards record of 2,429.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon running back Royce Freeman said he was fine after the Ducks' loss to Cal, but he certainly didn't look fine. He rushed the ball 15 times for 10 yards. The junior hasn't really looked like himself since the Nebraska loss (with the exception of the Wazzu game when he rushed for three TDs and 138 yards on 19 carries).

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Get-in for WS Game 1 is hovering around $730, the cheapest since Cubs clinched. With volume selling, don't expect it to go much lower.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

The NBA has sold the official hat designation to New Era, which already has similar deals with MLB & the NFL.


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Mountain Dew signs Kyrie Irving as a national spokesman, joining Russell Westbrook. Brand is owned by Pepsi and Kyrie already has "Uncle Drew" deal.


Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Houston's Kelvin Sampson said the Big 12 expansion chatter turned into an "avalanche" after Cougars beat Oklahoma, and a constant question on the recruiting trail. He added that while no one can tell a league how to run their business, he wishes it had been handled differently.


Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

At American media day. Cincinnati picked to win the league, with Bearcats Troy Caupain and Memphis' Dedric Lawson named preseason co-players of year.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks managed just two field goals on 13 offensive possessions during their 6-6 tie to the Cardinals. Both teams missed chip shot field goals in overtime, seemingly trying to hand the game to each other. This week must be about finding answers on offense. Russell Wilson is clearly still not 100 percent, and the offensive line was shaky. The Seahawks will look to come up with fixes before next week's game against the Saints.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

While he doesn't offer it, Wynn sports book director Johnny Avello says he makes the true odds of an NFL game ending in a tie at 275 to 1.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

The tie is more of a win for Seattle than it is for Arizona. The Cardinals were a 24-yard field goal away from a third straight win that would have put them a half-game behind the first-place Seahawks and put their season squarely back on track after a 1-3 start. Seattle has to feel like it got away with playing a lousy game and not losing it, and they're still a game and a half up without having played their best. No one feels good, I'm sure, but this is tougher for Arizona.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals and Seahawks play to a 6-6 tie on Sunday Night Football. The ViewFromVegas is the Seahawks cover the spread as 2-point road underdogs (money-line bets are a push and subject to refunds). The easiest winning bet in NFL Week 7 was under 43 points in this game.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Worst Bet Of The Season (So Far): 61% of the money at the 108 William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada was on the OVER of 43.5 on the SNF game.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Russell Wilson has put together 20 game-winning drives in his career, No. 13 in the NFL since 1960. We'll see if he can either tie or win here on this possession.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Today's first game kicked off 14 hours ago. Yes, Rams-Giants happened earlier today. So by all means, let's have (more) bonus football! Overtime in Arizona, here we come!

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Faced with a 1st and 30 from their own 28, the Seattle Seahawks decided it was time to play for overtime. The offense's only scoring drive in regulation went four plays for zero yards. The two teams ended regulation in a 3-3 tie.