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33mNick Friedell

For Wade, Chicago homecoming a 'special' moment

Dwyane Wade didn't just score 22 points Thursday night. He also took time to soak in his Chicago debut, which had fans cheering from start to finish.

56mJohn Clayton

Projecting top 2017 NFL free agents

In what could be one of the weakest free-agent classes ever, the Patriots have big decisions to make on defenders Jabaal Sheard and Dont'a Hightower.

California School for the Deaf rolls over Woodland Christian (2:31)
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What makes Stephen Curry gritty? (1:40)
Griffin shows off all the skills in Portland (0:53)
Kellerman outraged at Sixers over national anthem statement (1:56)
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Seattle snatches victory with Valdez's late winner (1:57)
13hBill 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.

21hVincent 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?


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Good morning, beautiful. Ready for your first World Series game in 25,950 days.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills GM Doug Whaley calls Tom Brady the best quarterback he's ever seen in his time. Whaley jokes Bills fans need to fly banners around New Era Field this Sunday urging Brady to retire.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals are practicing at Allianz Park this morning--a rugby pitch in North London.

You don't see that every day

When the rest of the Pitt offensive line blocked left, tackle Ryan O'Neil snuck out to the right and took the end-around handoff into the end zone for the score. It was the second touchdown of the season for the 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman.


Howard posts double-double in Hawks' win

Dwight Howard had a stellar debut with the Hawks, scoring 11 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in Atlanta's 114-99 win over the Wizards.


New team, newfound 3-point range

Dwyane Wade made just seven 3-pointers last season, but he had four Thursday night in his Bulls debut, including a clinching dagger late in the game against the Celtics.


Wade gets warm welcome in Bulls debut

Dwyane Wade received a nice ovation from the United Center crowd after being introduced before his first game as a member of the Bulls.


Mariota connects with Wright for TD

Speedy Titans WR Kendall Wright ran by the Jaguars safeties, and Marcus Mariota floated a pass nicely to him in stride for the score.


Blake Griffin rises up for huge block

The Clippers forward sent this Maurice Harkless shot into the third row.


Murray gets help from Mariota on TD run

DeMarco Murray's 14-yard TD run in the second quarter was a thing of beauty. He reversed field, then followed a block from QB Marcus Mariota for the score.


Crowder-Butler collision leads to scuffle

Tempers flared in the Celtics-Bulls game after Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler collided. After the pushing and shoving ended, Butler, Crowder, Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Thomas all received technical fouls.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC had 451 yards of offense in the first half against Cal. That's the most yards a Pac-12 team has registered in a half this season. The last time a Pac-12 team went for more: Cal vs Arizona State last year (458).

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota stopped for a picture between his press conference and the locker room.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

When USC's Ronald Jones has 8 carries for 149 yards (18.6 per carry), Cal's hope lies in forcing turnovers.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans QB Marcus Mariota put together another very efficient night throwing the football. Mariota finished 18-of-22 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. But fantasy owners of the QB need to see more designed runs. Think zone-read here and RPOs (run-pass options) that create opportunities for Mariota to produce numbers on the ground. For his value to rise, the rushing numbers (and red zone carries off QB designed runs), need to be in play.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Gus Bradley said he believes it's still a high-character locker room.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

I can understand the frustration for fantasy owners of Allen Robinson. The Jaguars WR saw 15 targets tonight. That's a big number. But Robinson finished with just six receptions for 70 yards (11.7 yards per reception). On the season, Robinson has yet to produce a game with over 100-yards receiving and QB Blake Bortles has really struggled with his accuracy and technique in the pocket. That has impacted the overall execution in the Jaguars passing game and has limited the opportunities for Robinson.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Bradley's response when asked if he expected to be the Jaguars coach when the team plays next Sunday: "Yes."

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he doesn't know what the answer is. Said players had some anxiety but that's not an excuse for way they played.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota finished with an 81.8 completion percentage (18-22). That is the second-highest by a Titans QB with a minimum of 20 attempts since the franchise moved to Tennessee for the 1997 season. The highest was Steve McNair at 82.6 (19-23) on Dec. 8, 2002 vs the Colts. (ESPN Stats and Info.)

Derrick Henry rushes for first career TD

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner found an opening on the right for a 6-yard TD, his first in the NFL.


Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans beat Jaguars 36-22 to kick off NFL Week 8. The ViewFromVegas is they covered as 3-point home favorites and the game went over the total of 43.5. Season to date; home/away teams are 50-50-6 ATS (50 percent each side); underdogs lead faves 54-46-6 ATS (54 percent after pushes removed); overs lead 57-50-1 ATS (53.3 percent).

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Titans are 4-4 after a resounding 36-22 win over the Jaguars in their lone primetime game. Tennessee never let the Jags come up for air and pulled starting QB Marcus Mariota and running back DeMarco Murray early in the fourth quarter. If the Texans lose to the Lions Sunday, the Titans will share first place in the AFC South (maybe with a Indy too), though the Texans head-to-head win would give them the tie-breaker.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

USC 21, Cal 0 with 12:07 left in the 2nd quarter. Sam Darnold is 8/12 for 87 yards and 3 TDs. Ronald Jones II has 107 yards on 7 carries.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The quarterback switch is just part of the way Clay Helton is restoring USC's offense. Sam Darnold's mobility gives Helton flexibility and what he calls against what defenses. Cal can't stop the run, which is nothing new, but Helton is exploiting it with Ronald Jones II. It's all Trojans so far and USC is looking more like a team that will challenge Washington on Nov. 12.