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Why Cavs and Warriors won't meet in the Finals

It looks like the most predictable NBA title matchup ever, but a Warriors-Cavaliers Finals isn't close to a sure thing. Seriously.

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Fan falls 30-50 feet while leaving Broncos game

A fan was transported to the hospital after falling from 30 to 50 feet while leaving Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High after the Broncos-Texans game on Monday night.

Silver won't threaten players who plan to protest (1:08)
Kellerman picks the Knicks as the worst franchise in sports (1:54)
Will Ferrell channels Harry Caray ahead of World Series (1:01)
Tebow defends pursuit of dreams to Stephen A. (1:31)
Broncos back up smack talk of Osweiler after MNF showdown (1:36)
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The Undefeated: Kaepernick answers what's next

Colin Kaepernick's pregame protests have made waves. Now he is looking to bring his message to the next level, into the boardrooms and executive suites, writes William C. Rhoden.

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2hDan Rafael

Divisional Rankings: Heavyweight division wide open

With Tyson Fury away for the near future and Wladimir Klitschko sidelined with a calf injury, Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker have a chance to make a move -- if they win their respective fights.


Glenn Price ESPN FC 

Anfield sees Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. It is expected that both managers will make changes, with many young players set to be given the opportunity to show what they've got.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks will go back to the locker room during the Cavs' ring ceremony tonight. It didn't seem like there was any larger meaning behind the move. Hornacek said that's what the schedule called for.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Eight days after knee surgery, Ben Roethlisberger is throwing on the Steelers' practice field.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James sounded encouraged by NBA commissioner Adam Silver's recent comments on how the CBA negotiations are going: "Figuring out a way we can continue to build this great game that so many people love to watch, and aspire to be (is our goal). The fact that the commish came out and said that is good for both sides."

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Bob Huggins, in fine form, on his team's No. 2 spot in the Big 12 preseason coaches' poll: "Those guys all lied," Huggins said. "There isn't a guy [who voted in the poll] that doesn't think they're not going to beat us this year. Why would they vote us No. 2 if they think they're going to beat us? I don't believe them."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James was asked about bringing Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs today. Here is the exchange: Q: Have you had a conversation with Carmelo about coming to the Cavs? A: "We have a lot of conversations." Q: Was him coming to Cleveland one of them? A: "Maybe. Maybe not."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James says he didn't have any input in the design of the Cavs championship rings. "I'm just fortunate enough to be a part of three championship teams so far in my career," James said at shootaround Tuesday. "It's not like I'm going to be wearing it like a wedding band or things of that nature, so I'm just happy to be able to be a part of another ring ceremony, be able to have a ring for my archives. But as far as aesthetics and things of that nature, it doesn't matter."

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald signs off on the Big Ten coaches call by saying, "Go Cubs! Go 'Cats!" Fitzgerald has been known as a rabid White Sox fan but is cheering on Chicago's other team in the World Series.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets legend Joe Namath, realizing he made a mistake by questioning the severity of Geno Smith's knee injury, offered a mea culpa. "My bad Geno," Namath tweeted. "In the dark ages we players had the say. I hope you heal and play as long as you choose! Joe." Smith has an ACL tear that will sideline him for the rest of the season.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about the possibility of having PUP players Dion Lewis and Tre' Jackson practice this week, Bill Belichick didn't rule it out as he did last Tuesday. "We'll have to talk with our medical and conditioning staff and get a sense of where everybody is and figure that out for when practice starts Wednesday," Belichick said. "We'll take a look at that information and see where we are and then make a decision on it prior to Wednesday's practice."

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

League officials coordinator Curtis Shaw's rules seminar/film session: A Big 12 media day basketball-nerd tradition unlike any other.


Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Will the Warriors break their own regular-season wins record with 74 or more wins? The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the "yes" at +600 and "no" at -900.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Indians have officially announced their World Series roster, and as expected, Danny Salazar is part of the team's 25-man contingent and Cody Anderson has been removed. The Tribe is carrying 12 pitchers, two catchers (Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes), six infielders and five outfielders.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Background: Kansas State coach Bruce Weber tipping off Big 12 media day at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Foreground: Baylor's latest mesmerizing uniform.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nike opted not to match adidas' multi-year offer to Kristaps Porzingis worth $3-$6 million annually. He is officially signed to adidas. His sneaker deal is believed to be the largest ever for a European player.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Schwarber has made the Cubs 25 man roster and is likely to DH in Cleveland when the World Series gets underway on Tuesday night. He's six months removed from surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee. He has not been cleared to play the field. It's a stunning development for the Cubs as they had ruled him out for the season as recently as mid September.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Monday night's game in Denver was the NFL's 11th primetime game (of 22) to be decided by at least 14 points, per ESPN Stats & Information. Context: In 2015, there were 11 games decided by at least 14 points all season. There have been a lot of opinions thrown around about the NFL's TV ratings slide, but this represents some actual data to help explain it: Demonstrably less competitive games in the most high-profile broadcast slots.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

As Cleveland seeks its first World Series title since 1948, my thoughts go back to firsthand interviews decades later with that team's Larry Doby, Ken Keltner and Bob Feller about their careers. Doby emotionally recounted the role fellow Hall of Famer Joe Gordon played in making him feel welcome in July 1947 when he broke the American League color line three months after Jackie Robinson's National League debut. Keltner was the culprit at third base whose 1941 defense stopped Joe DiMaggio's record hitting streak at 56 games. And less than five months later, the all-time great Feller famously enlisted in the navy when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Doby, Gordon, Keltner and several other teammates had also served during World War II, including Eddie Robinson, the last living member of the '48 champions.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Adidas confirms it has signed Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis to an endorsement deal. Was previously with Nike.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

"Cleveland Against The World," Indians version, from Cleveland-based T-shirt maker Fresh Brewed Tees

Patrick Abrahams ESPN Producer 

It's all about championships in the city of Cleveland today!

Broncos stifle Osweiler, Texans in win

C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker combine for 190 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' 27-9 victory over Houston on Monday Night Football.


Osweiler booed in return to Denver

Fans in Denver greet Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler with boos when the former Bronco jogs onto the field for the first drive of the game.


Can they kick it?

The NFL Countdown crew took turns kicking field goals before Monday night's Texans-Broncos game, and it was apparent that Randy Moss was much better than the rest of the group.


Versteeg's shootout goal gives Flames win

Kris Versteeg scores in the seventh round of the shootout to give Calgary a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks.