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4hJayson 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.

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32mMarc Stein and Ramona Shelburne

Sources: Lakers eye World Peace as assistant

The Lakers have interest in keeping Metta World Peace on as an assistant coach if they have to cut him as an active player.

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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.

Kellerman doesn't think Kershaw can handle the pressure (1:04)
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4hPaul 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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12hBrett 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.

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4hJake 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.

Stephen A. mashup: 'Cowboys are an accident waiting to happen' (1:06)
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2hBill 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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7mSteve 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.

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2hPaul Carr, ESPN Stats & Information

MLS Forecaster: 2016 Playoff projections

Sunday is Decision Day in Major League Soccer, with the Supporters' Shield and Western Conference playoff race coming down to the final weekend.

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    3hMarly 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.


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.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (shoulder) looked fine throwing short and intermediate passes in his first practice back. During media viewing portion, Flacco started by tossing 10-yard passes with some velocity and then threw to Dennis Pitta on 10- to 15-yard routes.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (shoulder) returned to practice after missing the past two days

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Pac-12 media picked defending champion Oregon as the preseason favorite to win the league for the first time in the 28-year history of the conference's preseason poll. The Ducks received 23 of 27 first place votes with Arizona claiming the remaining four.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy went through positional drills while reporters were present at Friday's practice. Unclear what his participation will be beyond that.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy is dressed and present for Bills practice Friday.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants rocking the old-school Starter jacket. Definitely a different look.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is taking a break from the customized cleats this week. Back on for Week 9. The last three weeks featured art of Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and Jose Fernandez.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Odell Beckham Jr. says hip "feels good. I feel better." Any chance he doesn't play? "Not so much."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

$11,600: Price a fan paid for on StubHub for two front row seats next to Dodgers dugout for Game 6 at Wrigley on Saturday.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben McAdoo stuck to his line involving Josh Brown. Continuously said "we're looking to get as much information as we can to make an informed decision." He did add that "everything's concerning."

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Eli Manning said coach Ben McAdoo went around Thursday and told players Josh Brown wouldn't make trip. Manning said he's not a good guy to ask about Brown's admissions. He didn't read them.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Under Armour unveils the Curry 3, available Tuesday for $140. Price is up $5 from 2.5 shoe, $10 from Curry 2 & $20 from Curry 1


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Jon Lester: "I play this game with emotion and if it rubs people the wrong way, oh well."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon on the Cubs being one win from the World Series: "It feels good. Our guys will be ready for the moment. I'm sure Chicago is buzzing at the moment."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The W flags are out and a loud 'Let's Go Cubs' chant can be heard from behind the first-base dugout as Dodgers fans quietly exit following NLCS Game 5.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

And the Chicago Cubs are one win away from their first World Series trip since 1945.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs 8, Dodgers 4, Final. Cubs lead 3-2 in the NLCS. A tie game in the sixth inning turns the Cubs' way on a two-run home run from Addison Russell. The Dodgers will start Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 at Chicago on Saturday.