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13hKevin Pelton

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.

Silver won't threaten players who plan to protest (1:08)
Tebow defends pursuit of dreams to Stephen A. (1:31)
Broncos back up smack talk of Osweiler after MNF showdown (1:36)
Did Silver try to block Durant move? (1:42)
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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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8hNicole Noren and Paula Lavigne

UVa confirms police probe into alleged hazing

A spokesman for Virginia confirmed there is an active police investigation into the hazing and harassment allegations made by former football player Aidan Howard in his recently filed lawsuit.

Tempers flare during wild hand at World Series of Poker (1:02)
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59mDan 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.


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!

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.


Gallagher's blast puts Habs ahead for good

Brendan Gallagher uncorks a rocket to beat Steve Mason and put the Canadiens ahead of the Flyers 2-1 in a game Montreal goes on to win 3-1.


Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak had nice things to say about Brock Osweiler after the game. "He's a great kid," Kubiak said. "I talked to him after the game … This team thinks the world of him, these guys were in the same locker room with him for a long time. We won a championship with him, (leaving) is part of football."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

$32,000: Price paid by a fan on StubHub today for 4 seats in the front row by the Cubs visitors dugout for Game 2 in Cleveland.

Ian O'Connor ESPN Senior Writer 

Aqib Talib on Brock Osweiler: "We know he looked up at those passing yards in the fourth quarter. And maybe it wouldn't have looked like that if he had stayed."


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Ajayi's last two games: 418 rushing yards. Arian Foster's last two games: 8 rushing yards. It's clear the Dolphins were going in another direction. Foster, who was playing hurt, decided to retire Monday night.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien was surprised to hear that Arian Foster retired today. He said he has a lot of respect for Foster.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

That's another rough night for DeAndre Hopkins fantasy owners. Hopkins saw 12 targets versus the Broncos, but he produced only 36 yards on five receptions. The lack of consistent play and accuracy from quarterback Brock Osweiler has really impacted the fantasy numbers for the Texans No.1 WR.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans struggled on the road again, losing to the Broncos, 27-9. Quarterback Brock Osweiler struggled in his return to Denver, averaging less than 3.2 yard per attempt, which is the worst in the NFL this season. The Texans have now been outscored 85-22 in three games this year.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Broncos beat Texans 27-9 on ESPN's Monday Night Football to close out NFL Week 7. The ViewFromVegas is they covered as 9-point home favorites and the game stayed under the total of 40. NFL underdogs went 9-6 ATS this weekend and are 54-45-6 ATS (54.5 percent) on the season with two games closing pick 'em. Home and road teams split 7-7 ATS with no home team in London, but road teams lead 50-49-6 ATS with two London games not included. Unders were 9-6, but overs lead 56-50-1 (52.8 percent).

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Broncos CBs Aqib Talib and Chris Harris...Challenged routes tonight versus the Texans. Physical. Played with technique. This will be a good tape for young DBs to study. That's how you compete in the secondary.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos haven't lost two consecutive home games or lost three games in a row since the 2011 season. And the 27-9 win over the Texans Monday night kept those streaks intact.