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10hAdam Rubin

Mets stay atop wild-card race with big win against Marlins

The Mets kept their lead over the Cardinals and Giants in the NL wild-card race as they slugged out a win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

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How a ring catastrophe turned into a happy ending in New York (1:23)
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3hJohn 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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2hBill 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.

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9hJoe 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.

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Clayton believes loss of Watt is devastating for Texans (1:53)
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What's better than a grand slam? How about four? (0:49)
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18hAdam Rubin

Matz to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz has elected to undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow and will not return this season, the team announced Tuesday.

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LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
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Is Anthony Davis really an inch taller this season? (1:19)
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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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Curry schools teammate in practice (0:15)
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Co-Anchorman: The Legend of His & Hers (7:34)
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14hIain 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.

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Westbrook, KD don't have a relationship
NBA 

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

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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.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins placekicker Dustin Hopkins was named the NFC's Special Teams player of the week after making all five of his field goals in a 29-27 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. Hopkins has made all 11 of his field goal attempts this season. It's his first such award.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick on Rex Ryan's impression of him Monday: "I'm just focused on getting ready for the Bills. I'm not really in tune to all that. I'm sure it's important to all you guys."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick says Bills' offense under Anthony Lynn "looks pretty much the same," but notes they played "a little faster, a little more aggressively with the same plays."

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. He threw for over 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Steelers Sunday. Has 5 TDs, 0 INTs through three games.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Tech will host two ESPN 100 prospects for visits, beginning tomorrow: Trae Young (No. 15) and Victor Bailey Jr. (No. 90).

Gruden: Playing Watt would be a tough call
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Jon Gruden offers his take on how he would handle J.J. Watt's back injury from a coach's perspective.

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Yankee Stadium proposal nearly goes wrong
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Fans at the Red Sox-Yankees game frantically looked for, and eventually found, the engagement ring that was dropped and momentarily lost by a man proposing to his girlfriend.

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Fan trolls Alvarez; McGregor amused

Conor McGregor was more than happy to see a fan heckle UFC featherweight champion Eddie Alvarez during a news conference to announce their fight at UFC 205 in November.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss John Lackey's final reg season start and his team's 6-4 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Noah Syndergaard beat the Marlins in a different way than he usually does. Syndergaard won with called strikes. He got called strikes on 47 percent of taken pitches, the 2nd-highest called strike rate in his career. Syndergaard repeatedly painted the outside corner (52 percent called strike rate, best in any start in his career). Marlins hitters went 2-for-14 against his fastball (opponents were 13-for-37 in his previous 3 starts)

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Justin Verlander looked sharp on Tuesday. He had a season-high 12 strikeouts, dominating the Indians with a fastball that averaged 94.8 MPH (his 4th-highest average this season). Verlander got 7 swinging strikeouts on fastballs in the upper third of the zone, his most in a game since the 2009 season. His 33% miss rate on pitches in the upper-third of the zone this season ranks 3rd in the majors. His .120 opponents' batting average on those pitches ranks 2nd.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

The power of sport: Andy Hoffman, father of Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old boy battling brain cancer who scored a touchdown in the Nebraska spring game in 2013, started the Team Jack Foundation. He explains the impact of that moment as the foundation has raised $3 million for pediatric brain cancer research. Hoffman was honored Tuesday with the NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Jack just turned 11 this week.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch John Lackey discuss his season with the Cubs.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce had a two-run homer and two-hit game as he makes progress after an ice-cold start with the Mets.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby discusses the 3-1 win over Team Europe.

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The Kentucky-Alabama series is one of the most lopsided in SEC history. The Crimson Tide hold a 36-2-1 all-time record in the series. The Wildcats head to Tuscaloosa this weekend, a place where they've never won. Although the programs don't share much resemblance, they do have one thing in common: Bear Bryant is the winningest coach at each school.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins will be eliminated from postseason play if San Francisco wins tonight. Given the tragic events of this week, manager Don Mattingly is having a hard time finding perspective.

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC RT Zach Banner was disappointed to see former players trashing the program. He got into a lengthy back-and-forth with LenDale White over the weekend and was asked about it on Tuesday. "Don't abandon ship," he said in a message directed at former players.

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