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4hBill Barnwell

Time to toss out football's 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.

6mJohn 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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1hDarren Rovell

Median ticket price for Game 3 at Wrigley $3,000

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.

Things get heated when Max defends Sixers for tanking (2:12)

Singer: 76ers pulled me from anthem over jersey

Sevyn Streeter, who was scheduled to sing the national anthem before Wednesday's Sixers season opener, said she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

Is Cam Newton the Shaq of the NFL? (1:50)
Greeny thinks college coaches are underpaid (1:14)
NFL 60-second preview for Week 8 (1:06)
Jalen & Jacoby: Young Jeezy on Cam Newton's struggles (2:43)
11hRob Demovsky

Rodgers denies 'Grandpa' introduction to Favre

Aaron Rodgers didn't deny calling Brett Favre "Grandpa" during their Green Bay days, but he was adamant that a tale in a book saying those were his first words to the Hall of Famer is false.

Did the Chip Kelly era soften Eagles fans? (1:29)
David Purdum
4hDavid Purdum and Ryan Rodenberg

Why Microsoft, Google could be bookmakers of the future

Experts almost unanimously agree that legalized sports betting in the U.S. is "inevitable." In Part 1 of Chalk's series, we examine how we might get there and what the market could look like.

Soccer-style gum juggling act (0:22)


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.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard's appearance on "Kevin Can Wait" with Kevin James will be Halloween night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade describing the specifics of his World Series bet with LeBron. Says he isn't worried about what the loss would be because he's confident Cubs will win.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"It's huge. I'm not gonna sugarcoat it...they did let me go." Donald Penn, on the size of the chip on his shoulder going into a "homecoming" game at Tampa Bay.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowski says breaking the Patriots' TD record, which he will do with his next score, is the last thing on his mind.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Matthews has a hamstring injury again, but coach Mike McCarthy said he hopes it's not as severe as it was in Week 3, when Matthews missed the game against Detroit. "The plan for him is to [practice] more in a limited fashion today," McCarthy said.