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Russell Westbrook revenge tour begins now

There's an air of ownership for Russell Westbrook as he prepares to lead the Thunder into a post-Durant world (Thunder-Sixers, 8 ET on ESPN).

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1hJamison Hensley

QB Flacco: 'I got to be better' for 3-4 Ravens

QB Joe Flacco said he's not playing good enough for the Ravens, who rank 25th in the NFL in scoring and who are mired in a four-game losing streak.


Indians fan gives plane seat to stranded Lofton

A longtime Indians fan says he didn't think twice about giving up his plane seat to make sure former outfielder Kenny Lofton arrived in time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday.

Don't tell Brady's mom that he isn't fast (0:25)
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14hChris Low and Adam Rittenberg

Which coach has the hottest seat?

Charlie Strong continues to have the hottest seat in college football, but Mark Helfrich might not be far behind in Oregon. We update the top 10 jobs in jeopardy after Week 8.

Popovich already in midseason form with reporters (0:19)
7hKevin Van Valkenburg

The night Cleveland ruled the sports world

What happens when a city finally tastes success after a lifetime of sports heartbreak? If Tuesday night in Cleveland is any indication, it throws one great party.

Two big wins cap an epic night in Cleveland (1:42)
Barkley claims Thompson is better than Durant and Curry (1:04)
Stugotz says WSOP trash talk is 'better product' than NFL (1:16)
Lightning goalie loses two teeth making save with mask (0:25)
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1dDan 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.

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    4hMarly Rivera, ESPN Digital

    Vuelven los problemas ofensivos de los Cachorros

    Las penurias ofensivas de los Cachorros de Chicago esta postemporada parecían ya haber quedado en el pasado, pero volvieron a la carga en el peor de los momentos, en su primer partido de Serie Mundial en 71 años.


Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about recent mechanical issues, Eagles QB Carson Wentz says that it's related mostly to his footwork. "I don't think it's anything we really need to over-analyze or freak out about," he said. Wentz has completed just 54 percent of his passes over last two games.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, "what makes every quarterback uncomfortable is pressure. ... if the (Bengals) have a weakness it's their third down conversion rate."


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

If Matt Jones can't start for the Redskins vs. the Bengals then Rob Kelley would be the lead back. The Redskins love Chris Thompson in their third down back role and don't want to overload him for durability concerns.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Matt Jones has soreness in his knee. He had some pain cutting so he did not practice. Coach Jay Gruden said he's hopeful that injured linemen Trent Williams (knee) and guard Brandon Scherff (shoulder) will play.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills CB Stephon Gilmore says Bills players will retaliate again if Patriots players run through their drills. "Of course," he says. "We're not gonna let nobody push us around. We gotta play smart. We know their guys like to try to get under your skin and make you react a certain way."


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spoke for approximately 23 1/2 minutes, or 22 minutes longer than his press conference after the New Orleans loss.


Charles Moynihan ESPN 

Inside the Cubs dugout, both monitors are tuned to the local weather. The rain has temporarily subsided.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Cold and dreary day in Cleveland. First pitch moved up to 7:08 ET with heavy rain expected later; weather already threatening to cancel batting practice.


Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Jorge Soler starts in RF and Jason Heyward and his 184m contract sits for the third straight game and second against RHH. Cubs won 103 regular season games with Heyward hitting .230 with 7 home runs. They won division series with him hitting .083. They won LCS with him .063. Can't they win WS with him batting .000. Gold Glove right fielder, shut down arm. Run prevention matters.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on concussions after suffering his first this season: "It's a problem that needs to have more light on it."


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills CB Nickell Robey-Coleman says if the Patriots run through the Bills' pregame drills again, Bills players will retaliate again. Robey-Coleman said he is comfortable with getting fined again, as he was in Week 4.


Liam Twomey ESPN FC 

Antonio Conte makes seven changes to the Chelsea team that routed Manchester United. Nathaniel Chalobah is handed his first start, while captain John Terry also returns after a five-week injury absence. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are on the bench.

Charles Moynihan ESPN 

As of 2:15P EST, a light rain is falling here at Progressive Field.


Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware is participating in practice today for the Broncos. It's the first time he's been in drills during the open period of practice since he suffered a fractured forearm in Broncos' Week 2 win over the Colts.


Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Chiefs QB Alex Smith and Colts RB Frank Gore joined the 49ers as rookie teammates in 2005. The two will be opponents for the first time on Sunday in Indianapolis. Smith said he's not surprised Gore is still going strong. "Not at all," Smith said. "A tremendous football player, a great, great teammate. Hopefully we get the best of him on Sunday but he's a guy I'm still close with and root for from afar."


Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome to the IMG Academy...and the Raiders' Florida practice.


Liam Twomey ESPN FC 

There is a heavy police presence at the London Stadium tonight as West Ham prepare to stage the first London derby at their new home, and 1,000 stewards are in attendance. Chelsea have pledged to ban any away supporters who cause trouble.

Jonathan Smith ESPN FC 

90 minutes until kickoff at Old Trafford and the atmosphere is starting to build...


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger throws a rugby ball, kicks a rugby ball with his injured right knee, then throws a football.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly acquired Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy was still adjusting to his surroundings at practice. He wasn't sure whether to stay with the LBs or go to a special-team's drill. After running to special teams, he was told to turn around and re-join the LBs.


Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

A mistrial was declared in the trial of three men charged in a alleged assault of former NASCAR driver Mike Wallace, his daughter and son-in-law. Two potential witnesses were in the courtroom for part of the first day of trial Tuesday -- violating the sequestration order in the case -- and North Carolina District Court Judge Ronald Chapman determined their testimony could be influenced by what they saw. No new trial date was set.

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State coach James Franklin said he received 348 text messages after his team's upset win against No. 2 Ohio State. He said he basically texted back, "Thanks" or "Thanks, brother. Appreciate it" and copied-and-pasted that in every message. It's been an interesting week for the head coach, but he swore his Nittany Lions moved on from the win after Sunday.


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is on the practice field for the first time since training camp but not in uniform Wednesday as he continues his comeback from a compression fracture in his back. He threw passes during the pat-and-go warmup, took some turns in individual drills and threw passes in routes in air during the open portion of practice to the media. Jason Garrett said Romo will not practice today but he has had some good rehab work over the last few days.


Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook enlightens us with what he did last night. It didn't include watching the Warriors.


Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Louisville coach Rick Pitino told me he is not worried about any future NCAA penalties levied at him because "for the last 40 odd years, I've followed the letter of the NCAA law. I will leave it to them to decide." He added that he understands the coaches' control rule but that "some things we just cannot control."