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There's a moment, as a manager is doing something that you can't fathom, when you doubt yourself. Sure, the stereotype is that fans think they're smarter than the manager and smarter than the GM, and maybe after a few beers they think they're even b

2017-10-16 08:19:02.853

There's a moment, as a manager is doing something that you can't fathom, when you doubt yourself. Sure, the stereotype is that fans think they're smarter than the manager and smarter than the GM, and maybe after a few beers they think they're even b



LOS ANGELES -- Catching a home run ball at a baseball game is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience -- if you're lucky. For Keith Hupp, a 54-year-old retired police officer and lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan, it has almost become routine.

2017-10-16 07:13:40.060

LOS ANGELES -- Catching a home run ball at a baseball game is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience -- if you're lucky. For Keith Hupp, a 54-year-old retired police officer and lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan, it has almost become routine.



The second half of the 2017 college football season started with an Ed Orgeron-like howl. Seven ranked teams, including four in the top 10, went down. Five previously undefeated teams are unbeaten no more, including defending national champion Clemso

2017-10-15 15:52:50.560

The second half of the 2017 college football season started with an Ed Orgeron-like howl. Seven ranked teams, including four in the top 10, went down. Five previously undefeated teams are unbeaten no more, including defending national champion Clemso



What has been the biggest surprise so far? Greg Wyshynski: "Plan the parade" has, over the years, become a running joke between Toronto Maple Leafs fans and the rest of the hockey universe -- a shared laugh over the delusional hubris that's inherent

2017-10-16 04:12:27.110

What has been the biggest surprise so far? Greg Wyshynski: "Plan the parade" has, over the years, become a running joke between Toronto Maple Leafs fans and the rest of the hockey universe -- a shared laugh over the delusional hubris that's inherent



TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Brad Keselowski hasn't run well enough this season to make one think he belongs in the NASCAR Cup championship conversation. He does have three victories, but two of those came early in the year. He has led fewer than 8 percent of

2017-10-15 11:42:57.953

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Brad Keselowski hasn't run well enough this season to make one think he belongs in the NASCAR Cup championship conversation. He does have three victories, but two of those came early in the year. He has led fewer than 8 percent of



TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. had hoped that he could give his fans a video treat Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. But sometimes the best ideas don't go as planned, and his plan for Talladega has gone much like Earnhardt's final NASCAR Cu

2017-10-14 16:36:14.533

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. had hoped that he could give his fans a video treat Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. But sometimes the best ideas don't go as planned, and his plan for Talladega has gone much like Earnhardt's final NASCAR Cu



We asked ESPN analyst Barry Melrose to go coast-to-coast and name the most important player for each team this season. Who will be on the spot -- and in the spotlight -- for each squad? The former NHL coach and defenseman dished out some surprises --

2017-10-13 08:28:55.830

We asked ESPN analyst Barry Melrose to go coast-to-coast and name the most important player for each team this season. Who will be on the spot -- and in the spotlight -- for each squad? The former NHL coach and defenseman dished out some surprises --



TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't bring the car that won Talladega in May back with him for Sunday's pivotal playoff race. He didn't want anything to happen to that car, which he drove to his first career NASCAR Cup win in 158 career st

2017-10-12 19:38:16.983

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't bring the car that won Talladega in May back with him for Sunday's pivotal playoff race. He didn't want anything to happen to that car, which he drove to his first career NASCAR Cup win in 158 career st



Which goalie would you rather have, regardless of the team in front of them: Corey Crawford or Devan Dubnyk? Emily Kaplan: I was at the Chicago Blackhawks-Minnesota Wild game on Thursday night, although I promise recency bias (or a tiny sample size)

2017-10-13 04:10:01.213

Which goalie would you rather have, regardless of the team in front of them: Corey Crawford or Devan Dubnyk? Emily Kaplan: I was at the Chicago Blackhawks-Minnesota Wild game on Thursday night, although I promise recency bias (or a tiny sample size)



Max Scherzer didn't deserve the loss. This is often true of pitchers who get the loss, but this one goes in the Didn't Deserve The Loss Hall of Fame. I mean, mathematically speaking, he really didn't deserve the loss. Just look at this: After enterin

2017-10-12 23:16:05.707

Max Scherzer didn't deserve the loss. This is often true of pitchers who get the loss, but this one goes in the Didn't Deserve The Loss Hall of Fame. I mean, mathematically speaking, he really didn't deserve the loss. Just look at this: After enterin



Peter Miller was limping through the paddock gardens at Santa Anita, on his way to watch one of his horses run. Blood was leaking through the outside of his blue jeans below the left knee. "Horse in the second race got me," Miller said when asked. "

2017-10-12 21:57:21.763

Peter Miller was limping through the paddock gardens at Santa Anita, on his way to watch one of his horses run. Blood was leaking through the outside of his blue jeans below the left knee. "Horse in the second race got me," Miller said when asked. "



UFC 217, taking place on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, could very well be the most stacked card of the year. The event is headlined by the return of MMA legend Georges St-Pierre, who left in 2013 but prior to that won 12

2017-10-12 11:44:43.567

UFC 217, taking place on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, could very well be the most stacked card of the year. The event is headlined by the return of MMA legend Georges St-Pierre, who left in 2013 but prior to that won 12



LOS ANGELES -- Skating onto the ice for the Calgary Flames Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings, Jaromir Jagr officially began the latest chapter of his remarkable career. Joining a Calgary team with its sights set on a lengthy playoff run,

2017-10-12 04:20:28.720

LOS ANGELES -- Skating onto the ice for the Calgary Flames Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings, Jaromir Jagr officially began the latest chapter of his remarkable career. Joining a Calgary team with its sights set on a lengthy playoff run,



The Yankees' story now keeps going, while Cleveland's is over, and there's one Indians story I'm particularly thinking a lot about today: Dan Otero's. Even if you watched every game of the American League Division Series, you probably didn't hear Ote

2017-10-10 10:06:25.863

The Yankees' story now keeps going, while Cleveland's is over, and there's one Indians story I'm particularly thinking a lot about today: Dan Otero's. Even if you watched every game of the American League Division Series, you probably didn't hear Ote



Which player will ultimately have the better season: Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin? Emily Kaplan: All signs pointed to Alex Ovechkin experiencing a decline this season. His ice time was shaved to a career-low average of 18:22 last season, which led

2017-10-12 03:30:34.007

Which player will ultimately have the better season: Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin? Emily Kaplan: All signs pointed to Alex Ovechkin experiencing a decline this season. His ice time was shaved to a career-low average of 18:22 last season, which led



1. The Asian swing Slowly, the PGA Tour has forged its way into Asia, first giving players another option in addition to the World Golf Championship event in China several years ago, and now adding another choice that allows players to compete in t

2017-10-11 12:12:25.583

1. The Asian swing Slowly, the PGA Tour has forged its way into Asia, first giving players another option in addition to the World Golf Championship event in China several years ago, and now adding another choice that allows players to compete in t