Louisville-NC State kicks off day of high-stakes matchups

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The art of an inspiring locker room speech (4:15)
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3hJayson Stark

Why super teams don't win the World Series

The Cubs were baseball's best team with 103 regular-season wins, but just two teams with the outright best record in MLB's wild-card era have won it all. Why does record mean nothing in October?

Bill Murray acts as POTUS to talk beloved Cubs (0:29)
Cavs keep up championship pace in busy offseason (1:33)
19mDan Kilpatrick

Spurs miss chance at Bournemouth

Three points on Tottenham's 0-0 draw at Bournemouth as Spurs failed to take the advantage in the Premier League.

Did Sissoko deserve a red card? (0:36)
Interception in 2OT wins wild game for Cal (2:01)
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1dBill 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.

Why is Brown being treated differently than Hardy, Rice? (1:31)
Bobby Lashley beats Josh Appelt by submission (0:40)
Michigan alum Mike Legg still scoring mind-blowing goals (0:44)
Towns is ready for the season (0:50)
Stephen A. mashup: 'Cowboys are an accident waiting to happen' (1:06)
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21hPaul Lukas

The 2016 Uni Watch NBA preview

This season, the NBA will be full of zeros, patches, court designs, retro looks and more.

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    1dMarly 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.


Watch: No. 10 Wisconsin at Iowa

Wisconsin tries to take back the Heartland Trophy after a 10-6 loss last season. Entering the 90th game between the schools, the Badgers hold a 44-43-2 edge in the series. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Watch: NC State at No. 7 Louisville

Louisville is favored by 20 points at home, but the Wolfpack took No. 4 Clemson to overtime last week. The Pack are 0-7 against AP ranked opponents under head coach Dave Doeren. Live on ABC/WatchESPN


Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (shoulder) will be active Sunday against Jets after team didn't promote QB David Fales off practice squad. Baltimore will go with Flacco and Ryan Mallett.

Fuchs' first club goal is a brilliant one

Christian Fuchs had not scored a goal in two seasons with Leicester City before he booted in a shot for a 3-0 lead.


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

D'Onta Foreman, the Big 12's leading rusher, faces a challenge today against the top rushing defense in the league. Foreman has run for 130 yards or more in every game has has played this season

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville's Lamar Jackson looks to add to his FBS-best 30 total touchdowns today as the No. 7 Cardinals host N.C. State. Jackson also needs 168 rushing yards to become the first quarterback in school history to rush for 1,000 in a season.

Bolasie scores after swiping ball from teammate

Everton's Romelu Lukaku was running free with the ball in Burnley's defensive zone ... and then Yannick Bolasie decided to take over.


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Longhorns getting loose for kickoff at Kansas State.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly will have his jersey retired today at Boston College, where he set a school record with 532 tackles and became known as a "tackling machine." "Luke is a very deserving person and a very deserving student-athlete for Boston College," former BC quarterback Doug Flutie told reporters at Kuechly's press conference. "He's playing in the NFL and doing these great things that make you proud. He makes you proud that he went to Boston College, and it's a great moment for the program to honor one of the all-time greats."

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

The bases are now in place at Wrigley some 9 hours before first pitch.

Mattias Karén ESPN FC 

It remains 0-0 at HT at the Emirates but Arsenal are lucky not to be behind. Boro had the better chances and Cech bailed the Gunners out with two good saves.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 10 Wisconsin and Iowa meet at Kinnick Stadium today in a matchup that could serve as an elimination game from Big Ten West title contention. Wisconsin, 1-2 in the league, likely must win its final six regular season games and hope undefeated Nebraska loses a second game. Iowa, meanwhile, can't afford another conference loss after suffering a 38-31 setback against Northwestern. As usual, a lot will be at stake in the seemingly wide open West.

Shaqiri showcases his magic

Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri placed this long, left-footed shot in the perfect spot, putting Stoke ahead over Hull.


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Great hospitality and a lot of breakfast served outside of Bill Snyder Family Stadium this morning ahead of the Longhorns' visit.

Brett McMurphy College football reporter 

Mike Leach was the runaway choice in ESPN's weekly coaches poll: which coach would you want to take on a road trip?


Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Some early laps: Kevin Harvick walks to a pace car as he and Kasey Kahne are giving rides to breast cancer survivors this morning at Talladega Superspeedway as part of a program through Chevrolet.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Much colder than it looks at Wrigley Field. Probably a 40 degree drop in temperature from game 5 to game 6 of NLCS

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Good morning from the corner of Addison and Clark in Chicago. People are already at the ballpark hours before tonight's Game 6 of the NLCS.

Mattias Karén ESPN FC 

Santi Cazorla misses Arsenal's game vs Middlesbrough after picking up a knock in midweek. With Xhaka suspended, that means Elneny starts next to Coquelin in midfield.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon RB Tony Brooks-James shot down rumors that the Ducks eased up on effort in their loss to Cal: "Everyone who says we quit are just liars. We gave it all. We gave it everything we had."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Brooks-James also credited Mark Helfrich's message to the team for keeping this game close: "Without coach, a lot of players would have lost it. He is one of the coaches that cares. He cares for the little things and when anything goes wrong he puts it on himself... he takes the pressure off us players."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Some have called Ed Reed the "G.O.A.T." -- the Greatest of All-Time -- and apparently his coworkers have taken notice. The Bills pranked Reed, their assistant defensive backs coach, with live goats in his office Friday.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Kicker Robbie Gould officially added to Giants roster this AM in place of Josh Brown (exempt list). Also don't be surprised if LS Tyler Ott added as well later today, with Zak DeOssie's ankle hurting. Kicking operation likely to have two of three new parts. New pieces had chance to practice together on Saturday morning.

Dan Kilpatrick ESPN FC 

Tottenham are warming up at the Vitality Stadium. Today feels like a big game for Spurs. Beat Bournemouth and they go top. Don't beat Bournemouth and the post-Man City feel-good factor will be gone.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

G Bryn Forbes on his preseason experience with the Spurs: "It's been amazing to be a part of this organization. It's probably known as the best organization in basketball, maybe all of sports. Just to be a part of it has been an amazing experience. To be with the players, the staff, I've just been blessed to be here."