The Cowboys' offseason plans will surely center around what to do with Tony Romo, who will count $24.7 million against the salary cap.
As the world champion Cubs and a group of playoff contenders in this tier prove, you can win without sacrificing your farm system.
Looking ahead to the future? Here are the best drafted players currently outside the NHL, led by Clayton Keller and Mathew Barzal. Ranking the top 50 NHL prospects
Safety Landon Collins did it all for the Giants, making him the unanimous choice as the NFC East's defensive MVP.
Keenan Evans scored 20 points, including two free throws with 15 seconds left, in Texas Tech's 75-69 victory over TCU on Wednesday night.
Cooperstown opened its doors to a trio of stars while another hopeful just missed the cut. Here's what we learned from the 2017 Hall ballots.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Pudge Rodriguez on Yadier Molina: "If he stays healthy, he's going to be the next Puerto Rican catcher in the Hall."
Rodriguez ranks as one of the greatest catchers of all time; he hit for average and power and had a tremendous throwing arm.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
The Hall of Fame class of 2017: Jeff Bagwell (86.2 pct), Tim Raines (86.0 pct), Pudge Rodriguez (76.0). Biggest surprises: Vlad Guerrero misses being a first-ballot Hall of Famer by 15 votes. And Trevor Hoffman still falls 5 votes short after getting 67.3 pct last year. No eligible player has come that close & not made it the next year since Tony Perez in 1999.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Pudge Rodriguez is the first Hall of Fame electee whose primary team was the expansion Texas Rangers/Washington Senators (Nolan Ryan's plaque has a Rangers cap, but he pitched more games for the Angels & Astros). Jeff Bagwell is the second Hall of Fame player from the Astros and Tim Raines the third from the Expos.
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, the third time in four years the Hall has welcomed a class of three members or more.
Texas' 2017 class leaps 19 spots in ranks
The Longhorns just landed Matt Coleman, a top-five point guard in the 2017 class. With Coleman's commitment, Texas takes a huge jump in the class rankings from No. 27 to No. 8. Class ranks (Insider)
Pats or Steelers set to pull ahead
Whoever wins Sunday's AFC Championship Game will break a tie with three others for a record ninth Super Bowl appearance. The Steelers have taken the most advantage of such trips, going 6-2 in the big game. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Scott Drew for coach of the year?
Baylor was No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll in Week 10. Now they're No. 6. But ESPN's Eamonn Brennan notes that Drew's squad didn't even receive a single vote during the preseason, making Drew's case for COY a strong one. CBB Roundtable (Insider)
What would Rangers say off the record?
If you gave truth serum to the executives of all 30 MLB teams, what might you hear? Buster Olney believes the Rangers would admit they aren't sure what to expect from new additions Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner. Front-office truths (Insider)
Foreman reps Texas in the top 10
The lone Longhorn to make the list, D'Onta Foreman, comes in at No. 7 for the final #CFBrank top 50. The junior RB entered the preseason as an unranked player. Final #CFBrank
Release, not trade, ahead for Tony Romo?
The Cowboys will certainly explore a trade, Todd Archer writes, but there are many hoops to jump through. Plus, releasing Romo could provide more cap relief this season. Predicting big changes
If their teams don't go on a run, St. Louis' Kevin Shattenkirk, Detroit's Thomas Vanek and Dallas' Patrick Sharp could be on the block before March 1.
Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Plugging Seth Curry into a small starting lineup has helped spark the Mavs' season-best three-game win streak. Curry has averaged 12.3 points in 28.3 minutes per game, shooting 54.2 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from 3-point range. That lineup, featuring Dirk Nowitzki at center with a three-guard look, has lit it up over the last three games. That five has scored 94 points in 37 minutes, shooting 54.7 percent from the floor and a sizzling 62.5 percent from 3-point range.
Don't expect much spending in Dallas
Tony Romo's situation could provide some relief, but the Cowboys are nearly $20 million over the 2017 cap right now. Keeping key pieces around won't be easy, John Clayton writes. Penny pinchers (Insider)