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1hKevin Seifert

J.J. Watt injury means it's time for Bill O'Brien to do work

Pressure shifts off of the defense and onto Bill O'Brien. Can he be the offensive guru the Texans thought they were getting when they hired him?

Kellerman: The J.J. Watt era is over (2:01)
How a ring catastrophe turned into a happy ending in New York (1:23)
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25mJohn Clayton

NFL executives predict Jay Cutler's future

The clock is ticking on Jay Cutler's time in Chicago. The Bears can release the QB this offseason with minimal impact on their future cap. They don't, however, have a ready-made replacement.

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49mBill Barnwell

Breakout picks from small-sample-size studs

Lions RB Theo Riddick and Broncos pass-rusher Shane Ray have shined in limited snaps. Which other part-time standouts could grow into larger roles? Bill Barnwell breaks it down.

Belichick indifferent to Rex Ryan's antics (0:38)
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10hJoe McDonald

Stamkos says Canada's win 'wasn't our best'

Don't be fooled by the 3-1 score. Canada needs to make better decisions with the puck, limit its turnovers and win more puck battles in Game 2 against Europe at the World Cup.

Mike Golic tackles the ghost pepper challenge (1:39)
LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
Jim Mora goes on another epic rant (1:45)
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1dAdam Rittenberg

What in the world is going on at USC?

Clay Helton billed himself as the no-Hollywood coach, but his first year at USC has had more drama and plot twists than expected, leaving many to wonder about his future with the Trojans.

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Co-Anchorman: The Legend of His & Hers (7:34)
34mIain Macintosh

Allardyce saga with England is sad

After waiting so long for the job he felt he deserved, Sam Allardyce's world unravelled. And that, writes Iain Macintosh, is sad for several reasons.

18hBrett Okamoto

Ronda Rousey wants superfight with 'Cyborg'

Ronda Rousey has not fought since her loss to Holly Holm last November but wants to make a superfight happen between her and Cris "Cyborg" Justino.


Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama head coach Nick Saban on Les Miles firing. Evaluating the landscape of college football right now "I don't think things like this surprise me." Saban said that doesn't mean he agrees with it. He thinks that firing a head coach during the season "probably isn't the best way to go about it." Saban has had a lot of respect for Miles for a long time and thinks that there's a better way to handle that situation. Saban mentioned Miles' impressive winning percentage (77 percent) and added that "College football doesn't need to do these kinds of things, but what I think doesn't really matter."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida coach Jim McElwain on Les Miles getting fired at LSU. "This guy's done so much for this league. He's done so much on a national stage." McElwain said he feels for the families inside the organization. He complimented how Miles touched the lives of the players he worked with and the differences he's made for those people. "He's a guy we're gonna miss."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will not practice today as the team continues to evaluate his injured right knee. Jason Garrett would not say whether Bryant has had an MRI yet, which is curious since it is three days since the injury.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on whether opposing quarterbacks might start avoiding Chiefs CB Marcus Peters: "That's easier said than done. If you have a guy that eliminates one side of the field, as an offense you're kind of stuck. You have to pick and choose your battles."

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on Chiefs CB Marcus Peters: "He catches every ball that's thrown his way. Offensive guys always make fun of defensive players, that they play defense for a reason, because they can't catch. Well, he can catch everything. If it hits him in the hands, he catches it. If it bounces up in the air, he catches it. What a tremendous talent."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Patriots not making injured QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett available for the regular Wednesday news conference for the starting quarterback, TE Rob Gronkowski will take their place (11:45 a.m. ET).

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Georgia coach Kirby Smart says that they still plan to be as balanced as possible against Tennessee even if RB Nick Chubb (ankle) can't play this weekend. Said that even with younger, less experienced backs to help Sony Michel (106 yards on 23 attempts this season), he thinks that he has "capable backs" to put in to help the running game go. Right now freshmen Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield have combined for just 211 yards, but Herrien is second on the team with 184 yards and is averaging 7.1 yards per carry.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't ask Syracuse coach Dino Babers how to stop Louisville's Lamar Jackson. Against the Orange, the Heisman front runner was one rushing yard from becoming the first FBS quarterback to rush for 200 yards and pass for 400 in a game. "Based on our defensive performance," he said, "I don't have the right to have an opinion on [stopping Jackson]."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino was asked on the ACC call about plays Lamar Jackson has made that wowed him. He brought up the hurdle over a Syracuse defender in Week 2. "The first thing I was thinking was, 'What the heck are you doing?'" Petrino said. "The next thing I was thinking was, 'Wow, great play.'"

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Orgeron says that defensive lineman Davon Godchaux will return to the team today, after chargers were dropped following his arrest and being initially cited on misdemeanor charges of domestic abuse/child endangerment. Godchaux also faced an additional change of false imprisonment. Orgeron said he will wait for all of the information to come out before making any other decision on his playing status. Orgeron also said that running back Leonard Fournette is a "game-time decision" with his ankle injury.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said it was tough saying goodbye to Les Miles but he can feel new energy from this team. When it comes to the offense, Orgeron said, "You can't put a lot in in one week, but we're doing to do the best that we can." Thinks this team will be fired up against Missouri. "I expect our people to come out and play with a lot of emotion." Says this isn't about offense, defense or special teams, "it's about one team."

Kellerman: The J.J. Watt era is over

Max Kellerman believes the production J.J. Watt will provide when he returns to action won't be the same as a result of his back injury, although Kellerman believes Watt will still come back to play.


Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans have announced they placed DE J.J. Watt on injured reserve and signed free agent DE Antonio Smith to the active roster. Watt will have to miss at least eight games before he is eligible to return to the field.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher as rumors about the LSU opening swirl: "I love this university and I plan on being here for a long time." On Monday he said he was unwilling to talk about the LSU opening but that he had not been contacted.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Miami Marlins people say Marcell Ozuna has been amazing throughout the mourning period since Jose Fernandez's death. During a gathering Sunday, Ozuna spent much of his time with his arms around Fernandez's mother and grandmother, trying to comfort and console them. It's just one of many displays of strength shown by Miami players this week.

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said he "might mix it up" with pods today. Zach Johnson and Brooks Koepka swapped spots. Other than that, same foursomes practicing at Hazeltine as yesterday. They are: Group 1: Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker Group 2: Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth Group 3: J.B. Holmes, Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, Brandt Snedeker


Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Phil Mickelson cleared the air today on a 12-year-old issue that has continued to fester: his pairing with Tiger Woods at the 2004 Ryder Cup. They played together twice on the opening day, the only time the two have done so. They lost both matches and captain Hal Sutton was heavily criticized. Mickelson said it was an example of a captain "putting us in a position to fail, and we failed monumentally, absolutely.'' That led to the worst U.S. Ryder Cup defeat. Mickelson is playing in his 11th Ryder Cup this week.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is a stickler for keeping the grounds at Bank Of America Stadium filled with fresh flowers. The grounds crew plants between 15,000 and 20,000 a year. Maybe more. It's not a stat that will help protect quarterback Cam Newton, but if you are into landscaping ....

Westbrook, KD don't have a relationship

Mike & Mike share their thoughts on Russell Westbrook's comments saying he hasn't spoken with Kevin Durant recently.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots punter Ryan Allen was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Allen punted seven times for 333 yards (47.6 average) and placed six of his punts inside the opponent 20-yard line in a 27-0 win over Houston.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Since joining the Big 12, West Virginia has defeated every member of the Big 12, with the exception of Oklahoma and Kansas State. The Wildcats are 4-0 against the Mountaineers in Big 12 play.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Saturday's matchup between Oklahoma State and Texas figures to be a massive swing game for both teams. Oklahoma State has never started out 2-3 under Mike Gundy. Texas is currently an FPI in three of its next four games, not including its trip to Stillwater.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Increasingly, you hear references to the "Nick Saban effect" and the way his four national championships in the past seven years has ratcheted up pressure on coaches like never before. Well, with Les Miles' firing at LSU, that means there have been a staggering 24 head coaching changes in the SEC since Saban arrived at Alabama in 2007. And seven of the coaches leaving or being fired had won either a national title or SEC title during their career.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

In four meetings as Big 12 opponents, the average margin of victory between Oklahoma and TCU is 3.8 points. No team has won by more than a touchdown, either.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills have signed offensive lineman Michael Ola from the Giants' practice squad to fill their vacant 53-man roster spot.