Ray Rice: Public opinion impacts my NFL future

Ray Rice remains hopeful that he can return to the NFL but acknowledged that public opinion after his domestic violence incident presents a "unique" obstacle to his comeback attempt.

Dave Dombrowski out as Tigers' GM (2:33)
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LeBron questionable for Team USA (1:44)
Cole talks proposing to Brandon Crawford's sister (1:46)
30 for 30 Shorts: Brave in the Attempt (23:42)
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Fantasy Football: The 'No Respect' Team

What proven performers are not getting the respect they deserve in fantasy football ahead of the 2015 season? KC Joyner identifies five, including New York Giants QB Eli Manning.

Franklin: 'Excited' for season (3:01)
Most overrated, underrated college football teams (1:26)
AL wild-card predictions (1:07)
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Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Watkins Glen

The guy who finished 42nd is No. 1. The driver who finished first at Pocono on Sunday? He's just fifth. How does that work? It's a whole different calculus to put Kevin Harvick on top in Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

Highlights: Bayern Munich 3-0 AC Milan (1:20)
Highlights: Real Madrid 2-0 Tottenham (1:18)
2hGerry Hamilton

Five summer recruiting trends

Here are five trends to watch with national signing day for the Class of 2016 seven months away.

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Pete Rose: 'I'm the best ambassador for baseball' (3:26)
WATCH: CR7 wows crowd disguised as vagabond (4:04)


Kang drills Russell at home to save run

Cubs LF Chris Denorfia doubled to center in the second, and 2B Addison Russell tried to score on the hit -- but Andrew McCutchen slid to stop the ball and threw to SS Jung Ho Kang, who launched a perfect bouncing throw home to end the inning. The Cubs lead 1-0. Follow live

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Yunel Escobar with leadoff bomb to straightaway CF. Crowd: "N-A-T-S...Nats, Nats, Nats...whoo!!!" Nats 1, Dbacks 0

Rollins gets standing ovation in return

Jimmy Rollins led off the game for the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park, but not before the former Phillie was given a lengthy ovation by the fans and his former teammates. Rollins, who struck out, spent the first 15 years of his career in Philadelphia. Follow live


Reds race out to early lead over Cards

Cincinnati got RBI hits from Jay Bruce, Marlon Byrd and Eugenio Suarez off John Lackey to open up a 3-0 edge over St. Louis in the first inning. Lackey hadn't allowed as many as 3 ERs in his previous 9 starts. Follow live

OTD: Watch Ryan pummel Ventura

On Aug. 4, 1993, Nolan Ryan showed why, even at 46 years old, it was never smart to test the flamethrower. Just ask then 26-year-old Robin Ventura.


Baseball's rain delay shenanigans

Human bowling. Giant slip and slides. Bill Murray running across the tarp. If you can dream it, it can be done during a rain delay.


Buckeyes scared silly in prank

A week after someone posed as a mannequin and scared QB Cardale Jones, the team was at it again with another straight-to-YouTube release. And, like all sequels, things get a little more racy. Locker room antics 2.0

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Tom Brady appeal transcript released

Takeaways from 457-page transcript:

  • Brady denies tampering with footballs in the AFC Championship Game.
  • Brady said he wasn't aware of PSI until after a Jets game in 2014
  • Neither he nor his lawyers were told that not providing his cellphone would be deemed as a lack of cooperation with a penalty
  • Brady's attorneys did provide copies of his emails to the league

Texans to bring in Pierre Thomas for visit

Houston will work out the former Saints RB on Wednesday as it looks for ways to replace Arian Foster, who may miss the start of the season with a groin injury.

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Strange but true: In 9 starts after Nats loss, Max Scherzer is 2-5 w/3.90 ERA. In other 12 starts, he's 9-3 with a 1.17. He goes tonight.

Jessica Eye-Julianna Pena added to UFC 192

Eye lost to Miesha Tate in a No. 1 contender's match last month, while Pena beat Milana Dudieva in April in her first match back from a serious knee injury. The women's bantamweight fight will take place on Oct. 3.

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Players impersonating their coaches
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Players for Urban Meyer, James Franklin and Jim Harbaugh had a little fun at their coaches' expense.

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Public won't embrace Mayweather-Berto

ESPN's Dan Rafael says Floyd Mayweather had better options for his Sept. 12 fight: "[Andre Berto] was 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th on the depth chart. Mayweather was going for an easy fight for what he says is his final fight of his career."


Happy 54th birthday, POTUS!

And may the White Sox beat the Rays tonight as a gift.

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Foster's health a fantasy concern again

Arian Foster has been an injury question mark for fantasy owners for a few years, and now he could miss the start of this season with a groin injury. How much of a risk do you want to take on the Texans' star RB? Play for free


Johnson Takes On Fan in 'Fifa'

Chad Johnson was bored on Monday, so he traveled to a fan's house to challenge him in a video game battle. Check it out


Mason Williams to have shoulder surgery

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the rookie OF's surgery is scheduled for Aug. 7. Williams went on the DL on June 21 after hurting his right shoulder diving back into first. He hit .286 in eight games in the big leagues.

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Mayweather huge favorite against Berto

Floyd Mayweather looks to improve his record to 49-0 against Andre Berto, who has lost 3 of his last 6 fights after starting his career 27-0.