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20mRyan McGee

Kansas State's Glenn Gronkowski is living up to his namesake

Glenn Gronkowski is the youngest of five bros who have all played pro sports, and the Kansas State junior fullback believes he'll be the most talented of the bunch -- he's already the smartest.

56mSheil Kapadia

Wilson says water comments 'perceived wrong'

Russell Wilson clarified Thursday that he didn't suffer a concussion in the NFC title game, expanding on comments about how he believes recovery water helped him last postseason.

Golfer's incredible effort to hit out of a water hazard (1:15)
Texas walks off in extras (2:20)
40mDarren Rovell

Hair apparent: WR Beckham gets shampoo deal

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was named the successor to Troy Polamalu as the new face -- or should we say hair -- of the Head & Shoulders shampoo brand

Lindsay Czarniak's top three - from a Segway (1:01)
Bumgarner strikes out 12 in Giants' win (2:46)
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16hKirk Herbstreit

Herbstreit: 2015 Herbie Awards

Kirk Herbstreit reveals the candidates and winners of his 2015 Herbie Awards and makes his College Football Playoff picks.

Messi beats Ronaldo again (0:30)
High school punter kicks ball off own teammate (0:19)
White Sox go retro in win over Mariners (1:06)
15hJohn Keim

RG III defers concussion questions to Redskins

In his first public comments since leaving the team's Aug. 20 game against Detroit, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was unable to provide any clarity on when, or if, he suffered a concussion.

Top Neighborhood Plays (3:16)
Not your average basketball shot (0:20)
Draw sets up nicely for Serena/Djokovic (2:22)
J.T. Barrett the choice at QB for Ohio State? (0:58)
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1dTodd McShay

McShay: Top TE prospects for 2016

Which tight ends are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes O.J. Howard and Pharaoh Brown.

Middle school QB avoids sack in peculiar way (0:34)


Reds owner: Manager's job safe for now

Despite losing 11 of 12 entering Thursday, Bob Castellini said he wouldn't fire Bryan Price before the season is over: "You look at everything after the season. But that's not something we're going to get into now. Bryan's our manager."

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Speech impediment connects Rousey, girl

Ronda Rousey takes down opponents with ease in the Octagon, but it took the help of a 5-year-old girl for the UFC champion to learn something about herself.


Bob Stitt, your coach's favorite coach
College Football 

Mike Leach, Kevin Sumlin and Dana Holgorsen have studied the elusive Stitt for years, and now the man sometimes referred to as Sasquatch or mad scientist is hitting the mainstream. A football junkie

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College Football 

Stark: Why protecting fans is complicated

Too often are fans at baseball games hit by a foul ball or broken bat. But increasing safety measures is more complicated than simply extending the nets, writes Jayson Stark. An engineering challenge

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Faster than the speed of a Segway

The Segway might have knocked Usain Bolt over from behind, but in a head-to-head race, Bolt would be the victor.


That's the way to use your feet

A line drive ricocheted off Mets RHP Carlos Torres perfectly to 1B Daniel Murphy -- who flipped it back to Torres for the out. The good ol' 1-3-1.


The butt punt?

A Canton McKinley H.S. kicker punted the ball off his teammate, and the opposing team returned the botched kick for a TD. Talk about a lose-lose situation.


Novak Djokovic has history on the line

If not for one day at the French Open when Stan Wawrinka stunned the world No. 1, all conversations about a calendar Slam would include Djokovic as well as Serena Williams. As it is, there's still some history for Djoker to play for at the US Open. Signature moment

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Five keys for Leo Santa Cruz

There's no secret regarding Santa Cruz's first and most important winning strategy against Abner Mares: take advantage of his height and longer reach. What else does the undefeated Mexican star have to do to come out on top tomorrow night (ESPN, 10 p.m.)? Precision, accuracy, listening

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Big weekend ahead for fantasy owners

The third week of the preseason usually means lots of playing time for many top players. So while you're watching the big names on the field, sign up for Fantasy Football and even get into a draft or two. Play for free


Wilmer Flores is a cult hero

Flores wanted to stay a Met so bad he cried on the field when he thought he'd been traded. One month later, fans still adore him for it. Quite a turnaround

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Merritt wins bronze before transplant
Olympic Sports 

Aries Merritt, the defending Olympic champion in the 110-meter hurdles, took third in the event at the world championships today, just four days before he is to have a kidney transplant. His sister is donating the organ.

Olympic Sports 

It's going! It's going! It's -- off a catwalk

The Twins' Miguel Sano slugged a ball that was surely meant for the outfield stands -- but Tropicana Field's catwalk had other plans.


Dawkins' larger than life personality

Former teammate Jim Spanarkel shared a story of the late Darryl Dawkins: “I remember one night, first time he broke a backboard and I remember going back to the locker room because there was a delay. I remember him yelling that he broke a backboard and that he wanted to renegotiate his contract because he could break a backboard." Always had a smile

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Good news for Jordan Spieth

Spieth's opening-round 74 snapped a streak of 8 straight events in which he'd shot par or better in the 1st round. The good news is that he's a cumulative -12 in the 2nd round following his 3 previous over-par opening rounds this year. He tees off at 1:06 p.m. ET. Leaderboard

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Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

With this year's ROY award still up in the air, Tony Finau is your Barclays leader. Theoretically going after a few trophies this week.

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Heat owner Micky Arison posted these "Miami Vice"-style uniform renderings from users and asked fans if they'd like to see the jerseys as actual alternates. What do you think? (via @mickyarison)

What you didn't know about the LLWS
Little League World Series 

Only two players have appeared in the LLWS, College World Series and major league World Series. Ed Vosberg and Jason Varitek, take a bow. More fun facts

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Little League World Series 

Hurricane Katrina upended NBA landscape

J.A. Adande attempts to reduce a complicated history to its purest elements: Because of Katrina, a team from Charlotte that moved to New Orleans that came to Oklahoma City paved the way for the relocation of the team from Seattle. A phenomenon

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Ross Dzuris: Mustache of the Year?
College Football 

The Nebraska junior walk-on's official media guide photo includes a bow tie and a fantastic mustache.

Nebraska Huskers
College Football 

Harbaugh starstruck by MJ's call

Need evidence that Michael Jordan still carries weight in today's sports world? Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was in shock when he got a call from Jordan in July. 'The real Michael Jordan?'

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What's in a fantasy team name?

Not only is DeMarco Murray a popular early pick in fantasy drafts, he's also the inspiration for some of the best fantasy football team names Matthew Berry has seen this summer. 10 lists of 10