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GameDay Kickoff: Conferences with most to gain in Week 1

Strength of schedule matters to the College Football Playoff selection committee. Which conferences can take advantage of nonconference games in Week 1?

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Who can actually win the College Football Playoff? (1:45)
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Djokovic plays along with fan (0:50)
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Isaacson: Serena not impressed with win

Serena Williams sets impossibly high standards for herself, which explains why her second-round win at the US Open was unsatisfying.

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Which teams are on upset alert in Week 1 of college football? (1:23)
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Schatz: #NFLRANK overrated Vikes' Peterson

Which players did #NFLRANK overrate and underrate? Aaron Schatz provides his annual audit of the list, with Adrian Peterson's No. 11 slot getting the most criticism.

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Pearce covers distance to rob a home run (0:29)
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Harbaugh avoiding buzz before season opener (2:19)
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The dizzy golf challenge (0:30)
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Angels get to Sonny Gray in victory (0:56)
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Marine asks Ronda Rousey to Marine ball (0:33)
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Brady goofs on Deflategate scandal (0:25)
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Deflategate more about Goodell's power than Brady's wrongdoing? (2:05)
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14hHoward Bryant

Bryant: The one place MJ can't touch LeBron

In ESPN The Magazine's New Orleans Issue, Howard Bryant writes that LeBron James is the greatest athlete-activist of his time, putting him in a realm of greatness Michael Jordan can't touch.

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Nats remove Harper in fourth with tight glutes

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth inning with tight glutes.

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Jerry Jones reminds Romo he hasn't proved anything (1:09)
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10hMel Kiper Jr. and Mike Sando

NFL 25 Under 25 Rankings: Khalil Mack is No. 1

Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack leads Mel Kiper Jr.'s and Mike Sando's annual list of the NFL's top 25 players under the age of 25. Where does second-year stud Odell Beckham Jr. fall on the list?

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Cam's little bro following in his shoes (0:19)
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Mutombo's priceless reaction to getting his jersey retired (1:26)

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Nothing but cup
Golf 

This golfer hit the perfect chip shot, holing it out with ease.

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CarGo propels Rockies in 9-4 win
MLB 

Carlos Gonzalez blasted two HRs, including a grand slam, and had 7 RBIs to lift the Rockies to a split of the four-game series vs. the D-backs. Box score

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MLB 

Cardale Jones rushed to hospital

The Ohio State QB was taken to the hospital Wednesday night with a severe headache, according to multiple media reports. Jones underwent tests in the ER, but wasn't admitted to a hospital. Jones' mother Florence told the Toledo Blade "he's good." Cardale is supposed to split time with J.T. Barrett when Ohio State opens against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. Monday on ESPN.

Zimmerman powers Nats past Cards
MLB 

Ryan Zimmerman blasted two home runs and drove in three runs as the Nationals held on to beat the Cardinals 4-3 and avoid a sweep.

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MLB 

Final preseason auditions on tap
NFL 

Many top starters won't be playing in Thursday's final preseason games, meaning players on the bubble for roster spots, such as Tim Tebow, will get plenty of chances to stick with their teams. Thursday preview

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Dancing with Djokovic
Tennis 

Right after his second-round win, Novak Djokovic had to dance around with a fan who ran onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Utley rips first homer with Dodgers

Chase Utley snapped his homerless streak with the Dodgers to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth against the Giants. Follow live

Kershaw dealing in tight contest

Clayton Kershaw is up to 11 strikeouts through seven innings, his third straight start with double digit K's. He doesn't have much breathing room though as the Dodgers lead the Giants 2-1. Follow live

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Nats automatic entering 9th with a lead

The Nationals improved to 61-0 this season when entering the 9th inning with a lead after tonight's 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

Brown flips over wall on inside-the-park HR
MLB 

The Mets' Ruben Tejada slapped a ball down the right-field line, leading Domonic Brown to topple over the fence trying to field it. That allowed Tejada to go around the bases for a homer.

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Brewers beat Bucs for fifth straight time
MLB 

Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs and pushed his hitting streak to 10 in the process as the Brewers beat the Pirates 9-4.

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Final: Mariners 8, Astros 3

On Tuesday, Logan Morrison smacked the go-ahead home run in the 8th. He followed that up on Wednesday with a 3-run blast in the 9th to put the game away. Morrison had just one homer in August. Box score

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Zimmerman keys Nats' 4-3 win
MLB 

The Nationals avoided a sweep vs. the Cardinals behind Ryan Zimmerman's 3-for-4, 3-RBI night. The 1B collected a career-high three go-ahead hits, with two coming on home runs. Box score

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MLB 

Mutombo's epic jersey retirement reaction
NBA 

The Hawks announced they will retire Dikembe Mutombo's jersey on Nov. 24. The big man's reaction to the news is priceless.

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Djokovic dominant in second-round win

Serbia's Novak Djokovic cruised past Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer in straight sets (6-4, 6-1, 6-2) to advance to the third round at the US Open. Coverage on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Man wins car prize, goes home with '98 Civic

That's right: The Charleston River Dogs set a season attendance record of 285K so they gave Cadet Kyle Busbee a 1998 Honda Civic... with 285K miles on it. Oh, and Bill Murray was involved.

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Royals crush Tigers, Ventura tosses gem
MLB 

Cheslor Cuthbert launched his first career HR, and Yordano Ventura struck out 11 for his second straight outing as Kansas City cruised 12-1.

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Pearce hops on horse, robs homer
MLB 

Orioles OF Steve Pearce sped his way to far left to deny Brandon Guyer of a potential homer during the top of the first inning vs. the Rays.

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MLB 

Davis' walk-off homer lifts Orioles
MLB 

Chris Davis hit two home runs, including a walk-off solo shot in the 11th inning, as the Orioles beat the Rays 7-6, snapping a six-game losing streak. Both of Davis's walk-off HRs this season were in multi-HR games.

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Final: Brewers 9, Pirates 4

Jonathan Lucroy, Adam Lind and Scooter Gennett combined for seven RBIs as they helped Milwaukee to its third straight win. Box score

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