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2hPablo 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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1mDarren Rovell

Median ticket price for Game 3 at Wrigley $3,000

The median ticket price to see World Series games at Wrigley Field starts at $3,000 for Game 3 and goes up from there, about $2,000 more than the tickets were in Cleveland.

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21mJohn Barr

Ex-U.S. gymnast claims abuse by doc, Karolyis

A former U.S. women's gymnastics team member says a team doctor sexually assaulted her, and former coaches, Bela and Marta Karolyi, engaged in their own pattern of physical and emotional abuse.


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.


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.

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3hBill 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.

1hVincent 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?

Is Cam Newton the Shaq of the NFL? (1:50)
Things get heated when Max defends Sixers for tanking (2:12)
Westbrook doing it all without KD (0:53)
Greeny thinks college coaches are underpaid (1:14)
NFL 60-second preview for Week 8 (1:06)
Jalen & Jacoby: Young Jeezy on Cam Newton's struggles (2:43)
10hRob 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.

Did the Chip Kelly era soften Eagles fans? (1:29)
David Purdum
2hDavid 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.

Soccer-style gum juggling act (0:22)


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets OC Chan Gailey on Ryan Fitzpatrick's claim that he will be playing "pissed off" for the rest of the year: "I feel like every year he's played like that. ... He always plays with a chip on his shoulder."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Three key players are going through stretching exercises today: corner Josh Norman, tight end Jordan Reed and tackle Trent Williams. Norman and Reed must be cleared by an independent doctor today as part of the concussion protocol. Williams has a sprained knee.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Matt Jones is not practicing today. He hurt his knee Sunday vs. Detroit and did not practice Wednesday.

Jacob Wolf Reporter 

Riot Games has begun construction for the League Festival, which will take place tomorrow and Saturday in the LA Live plaza here in Los Angeles. The festival will run beside the League of Legends World Championship, which will feature SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy on Saturday evening at the Staples Center.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB Dion Lewis (33) is present at practice, as the clock officially starts on his return from the PUP list.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

New addition to the Cavs' practice facility.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says there's a "great chance" that Iman Shumpert plays Friday in TOR after his concussion-like symptoms from the NYK. Here is him shooting after practice.


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was back on the practice field for the second straight day as he continues his return from a compression fracture in his back. He did not go through the pre-practice stretching but he is in his practice jersey and helmet. Like Wednesday, he threw passes in pat and go and ball security drills.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade believes he'll play around 30-32 minutes a games to start. Sounds pleased about communication he's had with Fred Hoiberg in regard to minutes.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy says he was "shocked" to go from starter to traded. He said he had quite a bit of interaction with the Patriots before the 2014 draft.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard's appearance on "Kevin Can Wait" with Kevin James will be Halloween night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade describing the specifics of his World Series bet with LeBron. Says he isn't worried about what the loss would be because he's confident Cubs will win.

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.