October brings falling leaves, great postseason pitching and hitting, and painfully long baseball games.
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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
The most common phrase I hear from Pac-12 coaches on Washington is, "No weaknesses." But the emergence of two quarterbacks -- Utah's Troy Williams and USC's Sam Darnold -- will test Washington's fast and physical defense. Darnold has the big numbers but both are natural playmakers who won't be intimidated by Washington's line and secondary. Washington visits Utah on Saturday and hosts USC on Nov. 12.
The AP's top 25 poll will be released next week, and Duke is almost guaranteed to be No. 1. What will the rest of the poll look like?
Where does the betting value lie in NFL games this week? Chalk's experts provide comprehensive against-the-spread and over/under advice for each contest in one handy file.
Buster Olney counts down the 12 greatest calls in World Series history.
The latest notes, updates and analysis on the Lakers from around the web.
The latest notes, updates and analysis on the Clippers from around the web.
During the Rams' bye week, Aaron Donald took some time to play in a bracket-style, "Madden NFL 17" tournament for charity.
Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
Sonny Dykes on Cal's scheduling disadvantage vs USC: "We looked like a tired beat up football team and we were. I said it last week. It's a travesty whoever scheduled this game to schedule us back-to-back weekday games on six days rest to play a team on the road on an open day. I hope the Pac-12 doesn't do this again to another school. It's not right for the kids. It's not right for the players. They've had to miss a bunch of class. Everyone talks about student-athlete welfare and didn't put their money where their mouth is on that one."
Sam Darnold threw five more touchdowns, USC rushed for 398 yards and the Trojans rolled past Cal 45-24 for their fourth consecutive victory.
Sam Darnold threw five touchdowns passes, Ronald Jones rushed for a career-high 223 yards and Southern California downed California 45-24 on Thursday night.
Blake Griffin had 27 points and 13 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers opened the season Thursday night with a 114-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Jeff Carter tipped a shot past Pekka Rinne at 4:31 of overtime to lift Los Angeles to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night for the Kings' fourth straight win.
Cal keeps fighting in the fourth quarter
Davis Webb connects with Melquise Stovall in the end zone to cut USC's lead over the Golden Bears to 42-24.
Darnold makes it five touchdown passes
Sam Darnold's massive night continues as he throws his fifth TD, this one to Daniel Imatorbhebhe from 17 yards out to push the USC lead to 42-17 over Cal.
Jones II increases USC's lead with rushing TD
This 37-yard score was the first rushing touchdown of the game for Ronald Jones II. He has 12 carries for 203 yards midway through the third quarter against Cal.
Webb scores Cal's second touchdown
Cal QB Davis Webb runs it in from a yard out to cut into USC's lead over the Golden Bears.