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3hZach Lowe

The entire NBA rated by tiers

How will the season shape up for your favorite squad? We split up the best teams, the bottom-feeders and everything in between.

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19mOhm Youngmisuk

Silver: 'My hope' that players stand for anthem

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he hopes players will continue to stand during the playing of the national anthem, adding that the league is in a position to impact today's social climate.

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30mDave McMenamin

City connection: Lue gets behind Francona's Tribe

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he and Indians manager Terry Francona have exchanged congratulatory texts this year, with the Cavs winning the NBA Finals and the Indians making the World Series.

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'Wild Thing' won't toss 1st pitch in World Series

MLB said that Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the movie "Major League", will not throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games.

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3hPaul Lukas

The 2016 Uni Watch NBA preview

This season, the NBA will be full of zeros, patches, court designs, retro looks and more.

Why is Brown being treated differently than Hardy, Rice? (1:31)
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8hJayson Stark

One win away: Cubs embrace their date with history

Let this sink in: The Cubs are heading home a single victory away from their first World Series trip since 1945. They've planned for this moment all along, so what could go wrong? Plenty.

Kellerman doesn't think Kershaw can handle the pressure (1:04)
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1hJake Trotter

The Baker Mayfield Bowl has arrived

Lubbock could get extra rowdy Saturday. A nasty breakup and a long game of "he said, they said" comes full circle when Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield returns to play Texas Tech, his former team.

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16hBrett McMurphy

The upset-makers who will shake up Week 8

Wisconsin gave everything it had in last week's loss to Ohio State. Expect the Badgers' beleaguered defense to succumb to an Iowa team with a point to prove -- and a hot RB in Akrum Wadley.

Marty Smith attempts pass to water skier (0:49)
Stephen A. mashup: 'Cowboys are an accident waiting to happen' (1:06)
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6hBill Barnwell

Blame Grigson, not Luck, for Colts' mess

"When you pay Andrew what we did, it's going to take some time to build on the other side of the ball," said Colts GM Ryan Grigson, who has had plenty of time and not much to show for it in Indy.

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4hSteve Wulf

Who Was Myles Thomas?

The Diary of Myles Thomas has been a season-long experiment in real-time historical fiction. Nearly 119 years to the day of his birth, we profile the real Myles Thomas.

Tiger: Spieth was in diapers when I won the Masters (1:28)
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    6hMarly Rivera | ESPN Digital

    En octubre: Sin bullpen no hay paraíso

    Contar con un cuerpo de relevistas eficaz ha pasado de ser un lujo a ser una necesidad para todos los equipos de Grandes Ligas, fundamentalmente para esos que juegan béisbol en octubre en busca de un anillo de Serie Mundial.


Eamon McAnaney ESPN 

It will be an emotional day tomorrow at Tulsa when they honor the late Dennis Byrd before the Golden Hurricane's game with Tulane


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs moved up the tip time for opening night because of the World Series.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The over/under in tonight's Cal-Oregon game is up to 89.5 at Westgate (90 at some books). Per ESPN Stats & Info, that's the highest total in the past 15 seasons.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Riddick, Eric Ebron, DeAndre Levy, Haloti Ngata all starters that are OUT for Detroit on Sunday.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals WR John Brown was diagnosed with a "sickle cell trait" from a blood test taken Thursday, coach Bruce Arians said Friday. Brown had been experiencing pain in his legs that was initially diagnosed as sore hamstrings. But after imaging didn't show any issues with Brown's hamstrings, the team gave him a blood test. His status for Sunday night's game is unknown at this point, Arians said.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Odell Beckham was fined $24,309 for unsportsmanlike conduct Sunday vs. Ravens, per source, He took off his helmet during a TD celebration.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ndamukong Suh was not fined for a pass rush late in the Steelers-Dolphins game as he appeared to attempt a kick of Ben Roethlisberger's right knee.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Martin Truex Jr. had a recent planned visit to a Philadelphia Eagles practice canceled because of an unexpected scheduling conflict. He got the jersey today he would have gotten during the visit.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Officially, the NFL has placed Giants kicker Josh Brown on the commissioner's exempt list pending further investigation of his case.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have activated OLB Shaq Lawson, their first-round pick, from the PUP list. He is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Drivers have spent a good portion of opening practice Friday in the draft at Talladega Superspeedway. Because of the limited amount of changes teams can make to the cars, they primarily just want to make sure the car doesn't have any major issues. Several teams have indicated they won't even bother with the final practice later today.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer went through a series of stretches as he prepared to practice for the first time this week. Palmer missed Wednesday and Thursday's practice with a hamstring injury.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was stretching, throwing passes and participated in the bucket challenge during the open portion of practice on Friday. He was dressed to practice. Final injury report comes out later today.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

NFL to place Giants kicker Josh Brown on Commissioner Exempt List, per @mortreport.


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

A source close to Tristan Thompson tells ESPN the story re: his engagement to Khloe Kardashian/reality TV series development plans is false on both counts.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

DeAngelo Williams is OUT for the Patriots game. Knee injury.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Jones has two pairs of custom cleats this year. Here's one of them, with The Flash on the side:

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

North Carolina's Theo Pinson out indefinitely with a fractured foot. Pinson slated to be a key cog for the Tar Heels, but they have other options in meantime that can help on the wing. Kenny Williams can really shoot it and defend -- and could get more time early.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta said he would be surprised if QB Joe Flacco didn't play Sunday. "He looked good out there," Pitta said. "He didn't look like he was in pain. It should be the same old Joe."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

What's the focus for the Packers after Thursday's win? "Our turnover ratio is unacceptable," coach Mike McCarthy said. "That's clearly the outlier for us to improve on."

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it was "encouraging" to see QB Joe Flacco (shoulder) back at practice. But he wouldn't say whether Flacco is a game-time decision. "I'm not going to put any labels on it," Harbaugh said.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy says he was "real limited" in practice Friday, saying, "the biggest thing is just seeing how I feel Sunday."


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is not practicing today. It's his second missed day. He remains in the concussion protocol. If he doesn't play, then Vernon Davis and Niles Paul will handle the tight end duties.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy is officially listed as questionable with a left hamstring injury after being limited in his return to practice Friday.

Marty Smith ESPN 

Live shot with the Alabama Water Ski team! Killer photograph by my guy Sam Hoerdemann.