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21mBill Barnwell

Football's dumbest unwritten rules

"You have to take the points here." "Don't go for two until you have to." "Run the ball here because if you don't go anywhere you can just run out the clock." It's time for unwritten rules to go.

50mJohn Barr

Ex-U.S. gymnast claims abuse by doc, Karolyis

A former U.S. women's gymnastics team member says a team doctor sexually assaulted her, and former coaches, Bela and Marta Karolyi, engaged in their own pattern of physical and emotional abuse.

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6mDarren Rovell

Priceless? Median cost of Wrigley ticket hits $3K

The median ticket price to see World Series games at Wrigley Field starts at $3,000 for Game 3 and goes up from there, about $2,000 more than the tickets were in Cleveland.

3hVincent Verhei

Will Ezekiel Elliott maintain his torrid pace?

Only one other rookie in the past 30 years has rushed for more yards than Ezekiel Elliott in his first six games. What does it mean for his short-term and long-term future?

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NFL 60-second preview for Week 8 (1:06)
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Did the Chip Kelly era soften Eagles fans? (1:29)
Soccer-style gum juggling act (0:22)


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

DeAndre Hopkins said its "motivating" when he was briefly on pace to break Calvin Johnson's single-season receiving record last year. He didn't break it, obviously, but he said you can't help but notice when you're getting close to it.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who spent much of his NFL career as a player and coach with the Chicago Bears, flew his W banner after the Cubs won last night. Said he sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field in 2004.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said tight end Jordan Reed and corner Josh Norman have been cleared to make the trip to London. The Redskins will monitor their symptoms. It's now up to the Redskins doctors as to whether or not they'll play. It has not yet been determined.

Paul Lukas ESPN.com 

Tonight's Jaguars-Titans game will feature the same solid-colored uniforms that the teams wore when facing each other in a Thursday-night game last November: light blue for the Titans, mustard for the Jags.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis, when asked if his 50-point performance last night has sunk in: "I don't even care what I did, we lost. That doesn't really matter. We lost."

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Given the knee injury to Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, the fantasy value of rookie Devontae Booker is obviously going to rise. Booker is a good fit for the Broncos zone schemes, he hits the hole with speed and his finishing power really shows up on the tape. Owners should have confidence that Booker can step into the No.1 role and handle the increase in carries. With the very favorable upcoming matchups on the Broncos schedule, expect Booker to produce numbers.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos do not yet know what C.J. Anderson's recovery time will be since today's arthroscopic surgery on his right knee will help determine if Anderson has a full or partial tear of the meniscus in the knee.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Robert McClain just sold this piece of art he painted to quarterback Cam Newton. McClain was asking $140 and the NFL MVP gave him $200. Pays to bring your hobby to the locker room.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

If you thought Panthers cornerback Robert McClain just painted shoes, think again. Here are two of his paintings.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan said Thursday, "I don't think there's any doubt there's long-term concerns" with Aaron Williams' neck injury, the result of the Bills safety taking an illegal hit from Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry. Asked if Williams will miss several weeks, Ryan said, "I think you guys can figure that out. I think we all know the answer to that one."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on LeSean McCoy, who missed practice Thursday: "Not sure. Probably similar to last week. We'll see how he progresses the next couple of days."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose sums the Knicks season opener up: "I think there were times when we looked great. I think there were times when we looked s-----y."

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hue Jackson on Josh McCown starting Sunday vs. the Jets: "All signs are pointing in that direction. ... We're really trending that way now."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB Dion Lewis (33) is practicing for the first time since opening the season on the PUP list.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Little surprising: Bartolo Colon is not one of the three National League pitcher finalists for Gold Glove. The candidates are Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke and Adam Wainwright.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets OC Chan Gailey on Ryan Fitzpatrick's claim that he will be playing "pissed off" for the rest of the year: "I feel like every year he's played like that. ... He always plays with a chip on his shoulder."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Three key players are going through stretching exercises today: corner Josh Norman, tight end Jordan Reed and tackle Trent Williams. Norman and Reed must be cleared by an independent doctor today as part of the concussion protocol. Williams has a sprained knee.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Matt Jones is not practicing today. He hurt his knee Sunday vs. Detroit and did not practice Wednesday.

Jacob Wolf Reporter 

Riot Games has begun construction for the League Festival, which will take place tomorrow and Saturday in the LA Live plaza here in Los Angeles. The festival will run beside the League of Legends World Championship, which will feature SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy on Saturday evening at the Staples Center.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB Dion Lewis (33) is present at practice, as the clock officially starts on his return from the PUP list.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

New addition to the Cavs' practice facility.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says there's a "great chance" that Iman Shumpert plays Friday in TOR after his concussion-like symptoms from the NYK. Here is him shooting after practice.


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was back on the practice field for the second straight day as he continues his return from a compression fracture in his back. He did not go through the pre-practice stretching but he is in his practice jersey and helmet. Like Wednesday, he threw passes in pat and go and ball security drills.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade believes he'll play around 30-32 minutes a games to start. Sounds pleased about communication he's had with Fred Hoiberg in regard to minutes.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy says he was "shocked" to go from starter to traded. He said he had quite a bit of interaction with the Patriots before the 2014 draft.