1w ago
       

Chicago legends Baines, Lee Smith picked for Hall

In a vote sure to spark renewed cries of cronyism at Cooperstown, Baines surprisingly was picked for the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday after never coming close in any previous election. Editor's Picks While Lee Smith is third on the all-time saves list, Harold Baines' Hall nod is a head-scratcher, considering that he never finished higher than ninth in MVP voting. Six-time All-Star Harold Baines on being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame: "I wasn't expecting this day to come. "
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2w ago
       

Sources: QB Smith fights infection after surgeries

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is dealing with an infection caused by complications from multiple surgeries on his broken leg, sources confirmed to ESPN. Sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini that there is concern that Smith, 34, is dealing with a career-ending injury after breaking the tibia and fibula in his right leg during a Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans. Redskins QB Alex Smith is fighting infections after complications from multiple surgeries on his leg, which he broke Nov. 18 against the Texans.
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1m ago
       

Big Ben texted Bell before deadline; no answer

PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger left the window open for Le'Veon Bell, just in case. Roethlisberger isn't judging Bell for his decision to leave behind his salary and a potential Super Bowl run by the Steelers (6-2-1). Bell and Roethlisberger shared a backfield for five seasons, with Bell averaging 128. 9 yards from scrimmage per game since 2013.
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1m ago
       

Sources: Door closing for Le'Veon Bell return

3:49 PM ETJeremy Fowler CloseJeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer ESPN staff writer Previously a college football reporter for CBSSports. com University of Florida graduate Adam Schefter CloseAdam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer ESPN NFL Insider Joined ESPN in 2009 Former president of the Pro Football Writers of America and the author of four books Le'Veon Bell has not had contact with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, sources tell ESPN, and barring an unforeseen development in the next few days, is not expected to report to the team in time for Thursday night's game against the Panthers, increasing the possibility that the star running back will not play at all this season. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Bell must report to the Steelers by 4 p. m. ET next Tuesday or he will be ineligible for the remainder of the season, a source confirmed to ESPN. Bell does not have to report to the Steelers by a certain date to get an accrued season to become eligible for free agency, contrary to what ESPN and others previously reported.
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2m ago
       

Dodgers letting series get away with their best on the bench

Enrique Hernandez, who began the World Series with three hits and 12 strikeouts in 30 postseason at-bats, got six plate appearances in the first two games. When Muncy, Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal all were out of the starting lineup Tuesday, the Dodgers became the first team in history to begin a World Series game with their four regular-season home-run leaders on the bench, according to research from the Elias Sports Bureau. And very few of those teams were as good as the Red Sox, who won 108 games during the regular season, then cruised past the 100-win New York Yankees and the defending champion Houston Astros in the first two rounds.
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2m ago
       

Pac-12 commish: Errors made in replay review

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the wake of a report that Pac-12 leadership has influenced decision-making during the replay process of football games, commissioner Larry Scott announced an immediate change that will prevent any real-time involvement from conference leadership moving forward. "Both the replay booth and the Command Center agreed this was a targeting foul but unfortunately a third party did not agree so the targeting was removed and we went with the ruling on the field of RPS [roughing the passer] with no targeting," said the internal report, which was written by replay official Gary McNanna and obtained by Yahoo Sports. Another head-to-head hit in that same game between USC linebacker Porter Gustin and Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew resulted in a non-penalty that did not reach the review stage for replay officials.
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2m ago
       

Sources: UFC books Jon Jones-Alexander Gustafsson rematch

A rematch of arguably the best fight in UFC history is set. The fight is slated to be for the UFC light heavyweight title. Current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who is also the heavyweight champion, is expected to be stripped of the title once the fight happens, sources say.
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2m ago
       

Week 5 fantasy inactives watch

To help you set your lineups and avoid starting a player who won't take the field, we will post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their inactive lists, typically about 90 minutes before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks. Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 11:30 a. m. ET for the early games and 2:30 p. m. ET for the late games.
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2m ago
       

Jags' Ramsey: Chiefs' Hill more KR than WR

Ramsey said that in response to Hill's comments on Wednesday, when Hill said he was looking forward to the matchup with Ramsey at Arrowhead Stadium. Hill also called Ramsey a great player and the top dog among corners in the NFL and said he can't wait to play against Ramsey. Jalen Ramsey, on Tyreek Hill Ramsey, who was a Pro Bowler and All-Pro last season, has 13 tackles and one pass breakup this season.
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3m ago
       

Everything you need to know entering Rockies-Cubs wild-card game

Derek Carty breaks down the NL wild-card game between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs offers his pick in the winner-take-all playoff opener. NL wild-card game: Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs Kyle Freeland (17-7, 2. 85 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (18-6, 3. 32 ERA), 8 ET (ESPN) The stakes: The winner plays the Brewers in the NL Division Series beginning Thursday in Milwaukee. If the Rockies win: Colorado, which lost last year's wild-card game to the Diamondbacks, will move to the division series for the first time since 2009, and the Cubs' run of three years in the NL Championship Series will come to an end.
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