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Pirates edge Braves to clinch playoff spot
Gerrit Cole retired the final 17 hitters he faced, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the free-falling Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
WR Smith rips Panthers GM: It was personal
Steve Smith blasted Carolina GM David Gettleman during a radio interview Wednesday, criticizing the manner in which he was released by the Panthers earlier this year.
Brady: Offense can't perform at high level
Coming off one of the worst losses of his career, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday morning acknowledged his team's struggles on offense this season, noting, "I don't think we've played well for a long time."
Cops: Phelps blew .14, seemed 'disoriented'
Police documents indicate that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a breathalyzer test after he was stopped on a speeding violation.
Manning 'grateful' to be on verge of 500 TDs
With his next TD pass, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will join Brett Favre in NFL's 500 club.
Carmelo: I'm the most underrated superstar
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony believes he's the "most underrated" star player in the NBA.
Oops: Giants TE benches self, loses matchup
A dream game for New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell in Week 4 quickly turned into a nightmare scenario for at least one fantasy football owner last week: Donnell himself.
Tackled for a loss: Fan loses OSU scholarship
A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach is losing his scholarship amid his court case.
Surly Suh in no mood to discuss his future
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is in no mood to discuss his future with Lions.
U-M's Hoke takes blame as Gardner to start
Devin Gardner will replace injured Shane Morris as the Michigan Wolverines' starting quarterback this week, coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday.
Retiring caddie Williams open to Tiger reunion
New Zealand caddie Steve Williams says he plans to retire but will consider offers of part-time work next year and would team up with former boss Tiger Woods, if asked.
Molitor, Twins meet to talk about manager job
Paul Molitor is expected to meet with the Minnesota Twins about their vacant managerial job, the Star Tribune reported.
Speed this up: MLB to test out pacing tweaks
Teams will be limited to three trips to the mound by managers, coaches and catchers during a game, except for pitching changes, under experimental speedup rules to be used during the Arizona Fall League.
Jeter launches site to connect athletes to fans
Derek Jeter was one of the world's most covered athletes in media during his 20-season career with the New York Yankees. Now, he's joining media with a new website devoted to delivering athletes' "unfiltered" views to the fans.
Smith gives Falcons' DC vote of confidence
Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith gives vote of confidence to defensive coordinator Mike Nolan


Indiana Pacers
Copeland Hopes Transition Brings Stability
Chris Copeland participated in the NBA's Rookie Transition Program in August, an unusual thing for a two-season vet
Exclusive Interview with Paul George
Paul George sat down with broadcasters Chris Denari and Mark Boyle at media day to discuss his injury recovery progress, changing his jer
Notebook: Pacers Open Camp, Stuckey Fitting In, Hill Embracing Opportunity
The Pacers held their first practice of the 2014-15 season on Tuesday morning at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Hibbert: It's a New Year and I have Confidence in Myself
A day after promising not to talk much with the media this season, and only moments after media relations director
Fuson Named President/COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment; Morris To Become Vice Chairman
INDIANAPOLIS Jim Morris, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, will move into the role of vice chairman and Rick Fuson will s
Mark Montieth's Media Day Notebook
The Pacers held their annual Media Day on Monday, Sept.
Altered Expectation Brings Enhanced Opportunities
The Pacers held their annual Media Day on Monday, Sept. 29 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Training camp begins Tuesday, Sept.
Whittington Hoping for Better Break
Pacers.com caught up with Pacers center Shayne Whittington at the
Great Turnout at Pacers' Annual Golf Outing
The annual Pacers Foundation Golf Outing presented by Katz, Sapper, & Miller took place on Thursday at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Cl
Reggie Sits Down With PG
Editor's Note: Pacers legend Reggie Miller interviewed Paul George and Larry Bird about Paul's injury and recovery for NBA TV.

ESPN.com - NFL
Hometown hero Hoyer vs. Johnny Cleveland
The Hoyer-Manziel debate represents more than a starting QB role for Cleveland
ESPN The Magazine: Lunch with Brian Hoyer
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WR Smith rips Panthers GM: It was personal
Steve Smith blasted Carolina GM David Gettleman during a radio interview Wednesday, criticizing the manner in which he was released by the Panthers earlier this year.
Palmer seeks another opinion on shoulder
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Brady: Offense can't perform at high level
Coming off one of the worst losses of his career, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday morning acknowledged his team's struggles on offense this season, noting, "I don't think we've played well for a long time."
NFL re-ups 'Sunday Ticket' deal with DirecTV
The NFL and DirecTV announced Wednesday it had extended its relationship.
Panthers' Alexander suspended 10 games
Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander, scheduled to return Wednesday from a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, has been suspended for 10 more games for a second violation.
Jets' Ryan: Ultimately, lineup decisions mine
After hearing the critics weigh in, Jets coach Rex Ryan wanted another crack Wednesday at the idea of who has the final say on benching a player. Ryan clarified that the committee approach ends when the game starts.
Manning 'grateful' to be on verge of 500 TDs
With his next TD pass, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will join Brett Favre in NFL's 500 club.
Suspended Jags WR Blackmon in treatment
Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has voluntarily checked into a treatment facility and seems to be doing well.
Surly Suh in no mood to discuss his future
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is in no mood to discuss his future with Lions.
Rams' Fisher sticking with Davis as top QB
St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher officially named Austin Davis his starting quarterback on Wednesday afternoon.
Oops: Giants TE benches self, loses matchup
A dream game for New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell in Week 4 quickly turned into a nightmare scenario for at least one fantasy football owner last week: Donnell himself.
Smith gives Falcons' DC vote of confidence
Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith gives vote of confidence to defensive coordinator Mike Nolan
Bridgewater's status still uncertain vs. Pack
The Minnesota Vikings aren't tipping their hand about what they will do with Teddy Bridgewater on Thursday night in Green Bay.
Roethlisberger sees some of self in Bortles
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says Jaguars rookie Blake Bortles is ahead of most at the position.
Sources: Banned salaries on owners' agenda
One of the topics for the NFL owners meeting next week will be to discuss how teams should be financially responsible for players that are banned while being paid full salaries, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

ESPN.com - NBA
Windhorst: Bulls have a lot to prove
Even though the Bulls have a loaded roster, they still have a lot to prove, Brian Windhorst writes.
Elhassan: Which rookie contracts to extend?
Of the 30 first-round picks from 2011, Rubio among select deserving players
Carmelo: I'm the most underrated superstar
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony believes he's the "most underrated" star player in the NBA.
Waiters: Me, Irving better than Wall, Beal
The Cleveland Cavaliers figure to have a target on their backs wherever they go this season, but there could be a little extra rivalry when they travel to the nation's capital.
Remote control: LeBron to launch 2 TV shows
For LeBron James, October will also be all about big reveals off the court as he has produced two television shows that are set to debut.
Kobe after first practice: 'Felt like myself'
Kobe Bryant said he felt like himself after his first team practice in about 10 months as the Los Angeles Lakers opened training camp on Tuesday under new coach Byron Scott.
Vegas sportsbook: Cavs to win 58.5 games
With LeBron James back in uniform, the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to win more games than any other team, according to one Las Vegas sportsbook.
Butler hopeful Bulls extension comes soon
Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler is hopeful he and the team will work out a contract extension.
Scott: Lakers as underdogs adds fuel to fire
No one expects much from the Los Angeles Lakers this season and that's just fine with the Lakers heading into the start of training camp on Tuesday.
Bulls' Rose confident NBA title within grasp
Derrick Rose reaffirmed his belief that a championship is in his future during the Chicago Bulls' media day on Monday.
Guilty plea is expected in Heat fraud case
A man charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself is expected to plead guilty, according to his attorney and court documents filed Wednesday.
KD plans return for 2016; LeBron undecided
While LeBron James is undecided, Kevin Durant told ESPN he intends to return to Team USA for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil after withdrawing from national-team duty shortly before the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Ex-Pacer Miller's niece found after alert issued
Reggie Miller's teenage niece is back home, hours after the former NBA great and TV analyst asked the public for help looking for her when she went missing from her Southern California home.
Rockets GM jabs back at Mavs' Cuban's digs
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey responded to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's latest swipes against him, saying in a published interview that if the money's equal, free agents will always pick Houston over Dallas.
Westbrook agrees with 'best PG in NBA' label
Thunder coach Scott Brooks believes that Russell Westbrook is the "best point guard in basketball" -- and Westbrook couldn't argue with his coach's assessment Monday.
Bulls' Noah hopeful left knee won't limit him
Joakim Noah hopes his surgically repaired knee is ready to go for Chicago Bulls' first practice of 2014-15 season on Tuesday.
Rondo quips on injury: Under investigation?
Wearing an oversized black sling, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo playfully brushed off speculation about the cause of his broken left hand and stressed that he is positive despite the setback that will sideline him for the start of the 2014-15 season.

ESPN.com - NHL
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NHL's Best And Worst Fashion Sense
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Crosby back for preseason finale; Malkin out
Penguins star Sidney Crosby will make preseason debut Wednesday night, though fellow center Evgeni Malkin remains out.
Islanders sale to Ledecky, Malkin approved
The NHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the New York Islanders to a group led by former Washington Capitals owner Jonathan Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin, a team spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.
Blue Jackets' Jenner (hand) out 5 weeks
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner is expected to be sidelined approximately five weeks with a broken left hand.
Cap-challenged Bruins re-sign Krug, Smith
With the 2014-15 season set to open next week, the cap-challenged Boston Bruins finally got their remaining two restricted free agents under contract.
Avs sign Stuart, McLeod to contract extensions
The Colorado Avalanche signed veteran blue-liner Brad Stuart and winger Cody McLeod to extensions Monday.
Stars sign Eakin to two-year, $3.8M deal
The Dallas Stars have signed restricted free agent forward Cody Eakin to a two-year deal, the club announced Monday.
Blues sign LW Schwartz to 2-year contract
Restricted free-agent left wing Jaden Schwartz signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Canes' J. Staal (broken leg) out 3-4 months
Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal is expected to miss 3-4 months after breaking a bone in his right leg during an exhibition game.
Source: Predators, Ellis agree on 5-year deal
The Nashville Predators have agreed to terms on a new deal with defenseman Ryan Ellis.
Flyers' Giroux feels 'better,' but no timetable
Flyers captain Claude Giroux is ahead of schedule in his recovery from an upper-body injury sustained in the opening moments of training camp, although there remains no timetable for his return to game action.
Red Wings' Datsyuk (shoulder) to miss month
The puck hasn't dropped yet and already the Red Wings are facing a key injury: Pavel Datsyuk is out a month with a separated right shoulder.
Rangers C Stepan breaks leg, out 4-6 weeks
New York Rangers top-line center Derek Stepan will miss four to six weeks after fracturing his fibula during a conditioning drill Wednesday.
Lightning's Drouin (hand) to miss 3-4 weeks
Forward Jonathan Drouin, the top prospect for the Tampa Bay Lightning, is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after slightly fracturing his right thumb.
Ovechkin, Caps unveil Winter Classic jerseys
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis' lobbying for a Winter Classic in his NHL team's home city began with an email sent to Commissioner Gary Bettman the moment the league's first New Year's Day game was played in 2008.
Source: Lockout payment to come in October
NHL players who sat through the 2012-13 lockout will receive the first of three annual installments of collectively bargained "transition payments" in October, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.

ESPN.com - NASCAR
McGee: Stewart will never have closure
No relief for Tony Stewart in the wake of Kevin Ward Jr.'s death
Craven On Stewart's Mentality
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Stewart on retiring: Never thought about it
Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart doesn't see himself getting behind the wheel of a sprint car but said Monday that he will continue his racing career.
Gordon wins in Dover; 4 ousted from Chase
Jeff Gordon has won the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and is part of a 12-driver field that advanced to the next round.
Dover installs catch fence for 2015 season
Dover International Speedway started work Monday on a new catch fence that will be installed in time for the 2015 NASCAR season.
Stewart: 'No desire' to get back in sprint car
Tony Stewart found no greater joy than escaping his everyday life and climbing behind the wheel of a sprint car.
Ward Jr.'s series does not drug test drivers
The sprint car series in which Kevin Ward Jr. raced the night he was fatally struck by a car driven by Tony Stewart does not drug test its drivers.
Ky. Busch dominates N'wide race at Dover
Kyle Busch dominated again in the Nationwide Series and won Saturday's race at Dover International Speedway.
Jones holds off Wallace Jr. for Vegas win
Erik Jones raced to his second NASCAR Camping World Truck victory of the year Saturday night, holding off Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Newman retains primary sponsor for 2015
Mortgage lender Quicken Loans will return as Ryan Newman's primary sponsor in 2015.
Logano signs extension with Team Penske
Team Penske has signed Joey Logano to a contract extension after the best season of his career.
Stewart: Crash was '100 percent' accident
Tony Stewart said the weeks after the car he was driving struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt track in New York were the hardest of his life.
NASCAR bans private testing for '15 season
NASCAR announced a new rules package Tuesday that will ban all private testing in 2015, including the annual Daytona 500 test, and levy the stiffest penalty possible on any team caught conducting its own session.
Man dies at Wallace fan event in Kentucky
Rusty Wallace's racing organization is trying to determine what caused the death of an Indiana man at a fan driving event bearing the former NASCAR driver's name.
Logano wins, advances to Chase 2nd round
Joey Logano pulled away on the restart to win a green-white-checkered finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and advance to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Custer, 16, youngest to win in NASCAR series
Cole Custer is the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series race at 16, taking the checkered flag at New Hampshire in just his seventh career Truck Series start.
Gaughan's late-lap pass seals Ky. N'wide win
Brendan Gaughan surged past rookies Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon in a wild three-wide run after a final restart for a hard-earned victory in Saturday night's 300-mile Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway.


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