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Ultimate guide for Game 5: Will lefty Lester stymie L.A.?

The Dodgers can't hit southpaws. With Jon Lester going for the Cubs, can Kenta Maeda & Co. find a way to take a 3-2 series lead? Setting up Game 5 of the NLCS.

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Aldridge denies rumors he's unhappy with Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge is shutting down the rumors that he's unhappy playing second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard and the speculation that he might not finish the season with the Spurs.

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Report: NFL asked to review Suh kick to Big Ben

The Steelers have asked the league to review video showing Ndamukong Suh kicking Ben Roethlisberger in the right leg near the end of last week's game, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Cromartie's wife says Colts cut CB over anthem

Antonio Cromartie's wife, Terricka, took to Instagram after seeing comments from Colts owner Jim Irsay on national anthem protests and accused the team of releasing her husband for kneeling.

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7hAdam Rittenberg

Coaches hand out midseason honors

Which coaches are doing the best job? Which teams are for real? Who is the best player? We asked coaches from across the country their takes, and there are some surprising answers.

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The Derrick Rose verdict: What you need to know

On Wednesday, a California federal jury cleared New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose and two of his friends of committing civil rape. Here's what you need to know about the verdict.

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Ronaldo's Buddha pic enrages social media

Cristiano Ronaldo incurred the wrath of Buddhists on social media after the Real Madrid star posed in an Instagram photo with his foot resting at the base of a Buddha statue.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Clayton Kershaw on Kyle Hendricks: "He's kind of the Greg Maddux of this generation."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Clayton Kershaw: "It'll feel good to have an extra day to rest. I haven't had that in awhile."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Clayton Kershaw: "I'll do whatever they want. I would have pitched today if they wanted me to. It's not my decision. I told them I'll pitch whenever they want me to."


David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech getting into the Halloween spirit for its Thursday night game against Miami...

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon on whether he thought he'd get Clayton Kershaw instead of Kenta Maeda in Game 5: "Not really. . . Just morbid curiosity."


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon on Clayton Kershaw: "He can negate a phone booth but this time of year if you want to get to your ultimate goal you have to beat guys like that."


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

It's another day of Santa Ana-wind conditions in Los Angeles, which means high temperatures pushing 100 degrees and zero humidity. What does that mean for baseball? Dodger Stadium is known for damp evenings that affect ball flight. That will not exist for Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday, meaning the ballpark will play smaller than usual when the sun goes down.


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Kyle Hendricks said he's excited about the opportunity to start Game 6 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field, which could possibly send the Cubs to the World Series.


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Maybe the Dodgers can see if Fernando Valenzuela has anything left today.


Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

One area to watch for the Miami offense against Virginia Tech is explosive pass plays. The Hurricanes have struggled in this category. Brad Kaaya has 21 pass plays that have gone 20 yards or more, ninth in the ACC. Last year, he had 55 pass plays that went 20 or more yards, second in the ACC to Deshaun Watson. The Hokies struggled to contain big pass plays in a loss to Syracuse last week, so perhaps Miami will try to take a few shots downfield to open up the game.


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 



Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said his new-look lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS was a nod to the Dodgers' issues against left-handed pitching. He is confident his rearranged middle of the order will have the ability to drive in runs.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The lineups for Game 5 of the NLCS:

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

K Josh Brown will not travel with the team to London. Team will revisit the situation when they return and Giants say in statement they don't condone domestic violence but will "remain supportive of Josh" and his efforts with issues in his life.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Giants kicker Josh Brown will not travel with the team to London.


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Roberts blames "mechanics" for Kenta Maeda's last couple outings but said he will "rise to the occasion" today.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Brandin Cooks said he is looking forward to Sunday's rematch against the Chiefs' standout young CB Marcus Peters. The two of them went head-to-head in college in 2013, with Cooks at Oregon State and Peters at Washington. Cooks finished with 10 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown, but mostly while playing catch-up in a 69-27 loss to the Huskies. Peters had two interceptions, a forced fumble and three pass defenses. "It was a battle," Cooks said. "One of those battles, I guess you're going back and forth on punches as you would say in boxing terms. But it was a great one. He made some plays, I made some plays. It was one of those, you remember that game and you build off it."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts cornerback Darius Butler (calf/hamstring), receiver Phillip Dorsett (foot/hamstring), offensive lineman Jack Mewhort (tricep) and defensive lineman Zach Kerr (ankle) were the most significant players not to practice Thursday. Receiver T.Y. Hilton (hip) also didn't practice, but he has continued to play despite routinely showing up on the injury report.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Clayton Kershaw just wrapped up a workout on the field. He will address reporters in two hours. No change of plans. Kenta Maeda today, Kershaw in Game 6.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The field is ready for Game 5 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and Cubs. One team will be one win away from the World Series after tonight.

Arindam Rej ESPN FC 

Man United 2-0 ahead after two penalties - the first struck in by Paul Pogba, the second by Anthony Martial. United have been pedestrian but are still cruising with Michael Carrick and Juan Mata showing their worth again.

Charles Moynihan ESPN 

It's another picturesque afternoon at Dodger Stadium with an expected game time temperature of 90 degrees.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano paid Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones his highest compliment, calling him the ultimate game wrecker. "I'm heading to church right after this," Pagano said. "To be able to stop Julio, we're going to have to do some serious praying."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts QB Andrew Luck was limited with ankle and right shoulder injuries today. He was a full participant Wednesday, with only the ankle mentioned.

KC Joyner ESPN Insider 

Running backs with the least favorable matchups in fantasy football in Week 7 (0-100 scale, with 100 being the most favorable): Ryan Mathews (9), David Johnson (11), Matt Forte (15), Jordan Howard (24), Lamar Miller (36), Christine Michael (36)