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Everybody gets involved as Lonzo Ball, Lakers blow out Pistons

1:28 AM ET 1:26 After the Pistons topped the Warriors and Clippers earlier in their West Coast trip, they fall to the Lakers who have seven players score in double digits. LOS ANGELES — Lonzo Ball sat the entire fourth quarter Tuesday. But this time, Ball got to rest as the Lakers enjoyed a 113-93 blowout win over the Detroit Pistons. Ball and the starters were benched in the final 3:42 of a loss to Toronto last Friday as coach Luke Walton wanted better transition defense. On this night, Walton got to do something he rarely gets to do — rest his young starters in a Lakers’ blowout. Even though he didn’t play the fourth, Ball made his impact felt in the game. After taking the blame for the Lakers’ loss Saturday and even the team’s lack of offense and pace...

Dodgers make good on Puig’s promise by beating Astros’ best, force Game 7

12:16 AM ET LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers beat Houston’s best and in doing so, L.A. made good on Yasiel Puig’s promise that there will be a Game 7 at Dodger Stadium. After managing just one baserunner in five innings against the Astros’ Justin Verlander, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored twice on the Houston Astros‘ ace in the sixth and held on for a 3-1 win on Tuesday to force a seventh game to decide the World Series. Keep up with the latest as baseball’s top teams contend for the title. • Ultimate playoff guide » | WS Picks »• Dodgers beat Astros’ best, force Game 7 »• Your moment-by-moment WS MVP »• Game 5 shows up Game 2 craziness »• Can L.A. rebound? Puig guarantees it »• Is the World Series baseball too slick? »• Insider: Projections » | Player ranking »• Schedule »...

Ambition’s and Faker’s legacies intertwine once again

2:27 AM ET The careers and fates of two of the most prolific League of Legends players in history have been intertwined since Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok debuted five years ago. But before Faker’s rise on SK Telecom T1 in the spring of 2013, Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong was the best mid laner in all of South Korea. The moment Faker appeared — solo killing Ambition in his first ever pro game to the awe of the crowd — their lives have never been the same. When Royal Never Give Up won Game 1 of its League of Legends World Championship semifinal series against SK Telecom T1, fans in Shanghai seemed to shake the venue with their cheers. By the end, though, it was a somber affair; SKT’s dynasty was intact. SK Telecom T1 was pushed to the brink by Royal Nev...

Ambition and Faker’s legacies intertwine once again

10:34 PM ET The careers and fates of two of the most prolific League of Legends players in history have been intertwined since Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok debuted five years ago. But before Faker’s rise on SK Telecom T1 in the spring of 2013, Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong was the best mid laner in all of South Korea. The moment Faker appeared — solo killing Ambition in his first ever pro game to the awe of the crowd — their lives have never been the same. When Royal Never Give Up won Game 1 of its League of Legends World Championship semifinal series against SK Telecom T1, fans in Shanghai seemed to shake the venue with their cheers. By the end, though, it was a somber affair; SKT’s dynasty was intact. SK Telecom T1 was pushed to the brink by Royal Ne...

Bills making serious push for playoffs by acquiring Kelvin Benjamin

8:40 PM ET ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Almost three months ago, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane shocked the NFL world by trading one of his team’s top talents, receiver Sammy Watkins, to the Los Angeles Rams. Sooner than many expected, Beane has filled the void by acquiring Kelvin Benjamin in a deadline-day deal Tuesday with the Carolina Panthers. In stark contrast to shipping out Watkins for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick, which signaled the Bills were more about tomorrow than today, acquiring the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Benjamin is a salvo to the rest of the NFL that the Bills mean business in 2017. Kelvin Benjamin should give Buffalo the big-play receiving threat that it has been lacking all season. AP Photo/Jason Behnken “If you’re 0-7, I&#...

Organizers: NYC Marathon to go on as planned

9:42 PM ET New York City Marathon officials are postponing some media events following Tuesday’s apparent terrorist attack in lower Manhattan, but said that, at this point, all other race week activities will continue as planned. “With respect to the victims, their families, and our city agency partners, we will be postponing our ceremonial Blue Line Painting and Faces of the Marathon media events originally scheduled for Wednesday,” the New York Road Runners organization said in a statement. The race organization earlier had released a more general statement: “New York Road Runners extends our deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and all who have been affected by the tragedy in Lower Manhattan. We are monitoring the situation closely with our city, st...

CFP committee hands Nick Saban the motivation he has been looking for

8:51 PM ET Nick Saban told reporters this week he could care less about the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings. But nobody will blame him if he gives a sideways glance at the Top 4. For motivational purposes, of course. Georgia took the No. 1 spot in the rankings released Tuesday night, ahead of SEC stalwart Alabama. The Bulldogs have the better overall resume, and the better win – over No. 3 Notre Dame. So the ranking is justifiable based on the criteria the committee uses when evaluating teams. But Saban loves to find different ways to get his players’ attention – remember what happened to Vanderbilt when the Commodores players thought they might have a chance earlier this season? Alabama won 59-0. How about Ole Miss, the team that had given the...

Garoppolo ‘thrilled’ to be member of 49ers

9:00 PM ET SANTA CLARA, Calif. — As San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch sat down to offer opening comments at quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s introductory news conference on Tuesday, he stopped in his tracks. Before Lynch was even settled in his seat, Garoppolo already was speaking, asking local media members how they were doing, thanking the Niners for bringing him to the Bay Area and offering gratitude to the New England Patriots for giving him his first chance in the NFL. When Garoppolo’s remarks were done, Lynch smiled and tossed in his two cents. “I think [coach] Kyle [Shanahan] will tell you a great quality in a quarterback is taking charge,” Lynch said, a smile creeping across his face. “I thought I was starting.” The Niners sent a ...

Kidd says Westbrook is the Mike Tyson of hoops

8:33 PM ET MILWAUKEE — Future Basketball Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd believes Russell Westbrook‘s aggressiveness with the ball is comparable to a Hall of Famer in a different sport. “He is the [Mike] Tyson of basketball,” Kidd said of Westbrook, prior to Tuesday’s game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. “When the jump ball [goes up], he is coming as Tyson did [in getting] off the stool. When the bell rings, he’s coming for you. Whenever he’s on the floor, he plays at one speed and that’s fast and hard. He’s a little different in that case that he’s probably the only [No.] 1, and then I would put [at] 1B in that same category John Wall. Just that speed of coming at you every time you’re o...

What the CFP and New Year’s Six would look like if they were played today

11:00 PM ET Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield can plant that flag again: The Sooners’ win over Ohio State still counts. The College Football Playoff selection committee ranked No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson but also put No. 5 Oklahoma ahead of No. 6 Ohio State, acknowledging the head-to-head result and sending a message that the Buckeyes still have some work to do, despite their impressive win over No. 7 Penn State. While Alabama fans might be flabbergasted they’re not No. 1, Georgia’s win at Notre Dame, along with four wins against teams over .500, helped push the Bulldogs to the top spot. Alabama’s best win is against a 5-3 Texas A&M team that isn’t ranked by the committee. No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 10 Miami, while both ...

UGA tops Tide in 1st CFP; Irish, Clemson follow

7:55 PM ET The SEC rules the top of this season’s first College Football Playoff rankings, but not perhaps in the way most would think. Though Alabama is ranked ahead of Georgia in the AP poll, the CFP committee sees the unbeaten Bulldogs as the No. 1 team ahead of the also unbeaten Crimson Tide, who sit at No. 2. With both teams currently on a collision course for the SEC title game, the Dec. 2 game in Atlanta could serve as a playoff game for the CFP. Following the SEC titans are six teams sitting at 7-1, led by Notre Dame at No. 3. The Irish’s lone loss came in a home defeat to newly minted No. 1 Georgia. Should the standings hold as they are, Notre Dame could potentially leapfrog Georgia, were the Bulldogs to lose to the Crimson Tide in the SEC title game. The fourth-ranked...

Lue: Cavs ‘not having fun,’ hold team meeting

6:49 PM ET INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Off to a 3-4 start and struggling to live up to the standard set en route to three straight Eastern Conference titles, the Cleveland Cavaliers held an air-it-out meeting with the entire team prior to practice Tuesday. “Off the court we’ve got great chemistry, great bond,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. “Just, on the court we just got to be better. Like, talking, communicating, enjoying the game together. Having fun. … Right now guys are not having fun.” There’s not much to enjoy about ranking 25th in opponents points allowed (110.1), 21st in opponents field goal percentage (45.9 percent), 27th in opponents 3-point percentage (39.9 percent) and dead last in opponents 3-pointers made per game (13.7). The talk didn&#...