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Tomlin says Brown disciplined for no-show

4:16 PM ET PITTSBURGH — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Wednesday disciplined All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown for missing work Monday. “He and I met yesterday for an extended period of time,” Tomlin said after Wednesday’s practice, but did not take questions. “I’ll leave the nature of that conversation between us. There was discipline involved for his missed meeting on Monday.” Brown is scheduled to address the media Thursday. Tight end Jesse James said Brown practiced fully Wednesday and is in the game plan for Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Corner Artie Burns said the discipline is “between him and the coach,” but said the team supports Brown and expects him to play. Brown was a no-show to Steelers headq...

Barnwell: Ranking NFL’s 0-2 teams from eliminated to (barely) alive

7:31 AM ET The NFL season is two weeks old, and a minimum of six organizations are already essentially eliminated from postseason contention. It seems crazy to think that a team could go from dreaming about a deep playoff run to thinking about the 2019 offseason in a matter of 14 days, but history tells us that a team can ruin its season quicker than you might think. Catch up on what’s happening heading into Week 3:• Week 3 upsets, fantasy flops, more »• Which NFL surprises will continue? »• The NFL’s most unbalanced teams• Power Rankings: Rams are new No. 1 »• Rank the best backup QB situations• Le’Veon Bell saga 3.0: Where it stands »More NFL coverage » Since the NFL adopted its current divisional format in 2002, just over 11 percent of teams that start the year 0-2 end...

The rise of Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray

9:00 AM ET Jake Trotter Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Big 12 Joined ESPN.com in 2011 Graduate of Washington & Lee University Alex Scarborough Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the SEC. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of Auburn University. They have taken two of the most interesting paths to superstardom in recent memory. One never started a game until this season, yet was already responsible for a national championship. The other was a Texas high school legend who never panned out at Texas A&M before finding himself at Oklahoma, replacing a Heisman Trophy winner. And before he ever got on the field this year, was a top-10 MLB draft pick who signed for $4.66 million on the condition he could play football this season. And now, three weeks into the season, Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma...

Le’Veon Bell saga 3.0: Protecting future money, fantasy fallout, more

11:17 AM ET PITTSBURGH — The juxtaposition couldn’t be more clear. While the Pittsburgh Steelers are putting out fires with Antonio Brown‘s sideline and social media behavior, Le’Veon Bell is coolin’ on jet skis in South Florida. • Darnold’s next challenge: A short week• Geronimo Allison emerges for Packers• Broncos’ first road trip might be a wake-up call• Saints need Lattimore at his best• Larry Fitzgerald calls for backup The gap between star player and team widens by the week. Bell’s situation continues to fascinate the longer he stays away, and his wave-running excursion doesn’t exactly exude confidence for a return for Monday Night Football at Tampa Bay. Unless he surprisingly shows up for a midweek practice, Bell is set to miss a...

Eagles bring back Matthews to help ailing WRs

11:00 AM ET PHILADELPHIA — Depleted at wide receiver, the Eagles turned to a familiar face for help, signing Jordan Matthews on Wednesday while placing starting wideout Mike Wallace on injured reserve. Matthews, a second-round pick by the Eagles in 2014, played in Philadelphia for three years, averaging 75 catches, 891 yards and six touchdowns per season. He was traded to the Buffalo Bills prior to the start of last season along with a third-round pick for cornerback Ronald Darby. Hampered by injury, Matthews bounced from Buffalo to New England and was released by the Patriots with an injury settlement in August. The Eagles are in serious need of depth at the moment, with only three healthy wide receivers on their 53-man roster. Wallace suffered a fractured fibula against the Tampa B...

NBArank 5-on-5 debate: The next top-10 superstars

8:13 AM ET NBA InsidersESPN.com As our annual NBArank list enters the top 30, our panel of experts answers the biggest questions about the list. Who is a future top-10 player in the league? Which Boston Celtics wing will have the best season? 1. What’s your biggest takeaway from the rankings so far? Jackie MacMullan, ESPN: Here’s what initially jumps out at me: Don’t get hurt, or you are dead to ESPN! Look no further than a unicorn (Kristaps Porzingis) ranked 58th, a boogeyman (DeMarcus Cousins) ranked 69th and a conductor (John Wall) slipping to 32nd. All deserve better; only Wall might be healthy enough to prove it this season. Our annual forecast of the best players in the NBA continues at No. 30, with a group of future and current All-Stars. The big surprises in NBAra...

Fans find Red Sox title banner that fell off truck

8:23 AM ET Associated Press SOMERVILLE, Mass. — The Boston Red Sox have not clinched this year’s American League East, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled. Friends Louie Iacuzzi, James Amaral and Randy Baldasarri told WFXT-TV that they were out for coffee in Somerville on Monday morning when they spotted something in the road. As they peeled off the brown paper wrapping, they thought it was jerseys. The men, all Red Sox fans, were stunned to find out it was the AL East division title banner. A Red Sox spokesman told the station the banner apparently fell off a vendor’s delivery truck. The team planned to send a courier to retrieve the banner Wednesday.

New pen problems could hurt Cubs, Braves

2:13 AM ET Let’s talk about National League bullpens. The Chicago Cubs announced that closer Brandon Morrow won’t pitch again this season or in the playoffs, as he has been slow to heal from a bone bruise in his pitching arm. Pedro Strop, who has served as Morrow’s replacement as closer the past two months, is also out for the rest of the regular season and maybe the playoffs after suffering a hamstring strain while batting last week. Jesse Rogers has the story on Morrow being shut down. World Series MVP when the Cubs won in 2016 and now a crucial veteran, Zobrist goes deep on the differences between ’16 and ’18, adjusting to his new role and what his future holds. A quartet of young stars is helping the Red Sox romp through the record books under their rookie...

Koreas plan joint bid to co-host 2032 Olympics

3:25 AM ET Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Wednesday that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. At a major summit, the two leaders gave no details of which cities might host certain events at the games or how advanced the plans were. The International Olympic Committee traditionally does not announce host cities until seven years ahead of the games. That would give the Koreas until 2025 to put together a joint bid. Germany already has announced plans for a multicity bid for the 2032 Olympics, as has Brisbane, Australia. The India Olympic Committee also has indicated its interest in hosting the 2032 Games. A successful bid by the Koreas would mark the secon...

Book: Brady considered ‘divorce’ from Belichick

1:09 AM ET New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady felt trapped this past offseason and was not sure he wanted to play anymore for the only NFL coach he ever has had, Bill Belichick, according to a new book on Belichick’s life. “If you’re married 18 years to a grouchy person who gets under your skin and never compliments you, after a while you want to divorce him,” a source with knowledge of the Brady-Belichick relationship told ESPN’s Ian O’Connor, author of “Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time,” after the 2017 season. “Tom knows Bill is the best coach in the league, but he’s had enough of him. If Tom could, I think he would divorce him.” The concept of Gordon rediscovering his dominant form ...

Bucs’ Winston sued over alleged Uber incident

10:27 PM ET TAMPA, Fla. — The female Uber driver who accused Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston of groping her during a ride in her vehicle, which ultimately led to his three-game suspension by the NFL, has filed a lawsuit against Winston. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the plaintiff, identified as “Kate P.”, states that despite Winston’s three-game suspension, he “issued a hollow apology” in July and “has a history of sexually hostile behavior and appears to be no closer to understanding the impact of his conduct.” Jameis Winston’s suspension will be over after the Buccaneers play the Steelers on Monday night, but wide receiver DeSean Jackson says Tampa Bay needs to keep riding Rya...

Week 3 Power Rankings: Rams are new No. 1 … and chaos below

7:30 AM ET We’re on to Week 3, and a new team reigns supreme in ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings: After blasting the Cardinals 34-0, the Rams take the top spot. But don’t fret, 0-2 teams, everyone still has a reason to be optimistic this early in the season. So where do the other teams fall in behind the Rams? And what is the ray of hope for your team? The ESPN power panel — a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — evaluated how all 32 teams stack up. Enjoy. Record: 2-0Week 2 ranking: 4 The Rams are 2-0 for the first time since 2001, when they played in the Super Bowl. Los Angeles is now the favorite to win it all, by most measures. The Rams have the best odds to win the Super Bowl (5-1), according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, and also ...