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10hNFL Nation Reporters

NFL Nation: Answering key NFC fantasy questions

After nearly a month of training camps, NFL Nation reporters have the intel and answers to all the pressing fantasy questions coming out of the NFC.

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2hBob Pockrass

Stewart: Ward Jr. tried to make contact with car

Tony Stewart claims he didn't see Kevin Ward Jr. until just before hitting the 20-year-old in the accident that resulted in his death, according to Stewart's response to the wrongful death suit.

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Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
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Golfer's incredible effort to hit out of a water hazard (1:15)
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Kid's priceless reaction to snagging foul ball (0:26)
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11hSheil 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.

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Stephen A. on Mayweather, Rousey beef (1:35)
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Spieth misses cut , Watson leads at Barclays (2:03)
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Little girl helps Rousey (2:17)
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5hBrando Simeo Starkey, The Undefeated staff writer

Hurricane Katrina: Better black lives

Brando Simeo Starkey writes that Hurricane Katrina showed him that if black people want better lives, that is what they should pursue, rather than racial equality.

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Cassel talks Bills QB competition, Rex Ryan (2:08)
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10hJayson Stark

Stark: Why protecting fans is complicated

MLB is investigating how it might safeguard fans from flying balls and bats, but the solution is more difficult than just extending a net in every ballpark.

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12hTodd McShay

McShay: Top offensive line prospects for 2016

Which offensive linemen are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley.

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11hDan Szymborski

Szymborski: Four teams that can learn from disappointment

If baseball's four most disappointing teams -- Nationals, Padres, Mariners, Tigers -- were to take away one lesson from this season, what would it be? Dan Szymborski provides an answer for each.

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Rick Pitino's summer job
Men's College Basketball 

He's a Hall of Famer who has won two national titles. So why is Rick Pitino coaching Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas tournament? He explains: "Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski] and Brett Brown both told me I'd learn a lot -- and I have." Pitino's Olympic quest

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Alex Smith picking apart Titans
NFL 

The Chiefs' signal-caller is only the No. 22-ranked QB in ESPN Fantasy Football, but he's looking like a star tonight, going 16-for-18 for 171 yards and 2 TDs as the Chiefs lead the Titans 17-0 early in the second quarter. Fantasy QB rankings

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen said Friday night, before news broke about Robert Griffin III not being available Saturday, that coach Jay Gruden could change quarterbacks if he wanted. "That's coach Gruden's decision," Allen said. Griffin missing time could pave the way for that change if Kirk Cousins plays well in his absence.

Mets pounce on Red Sox blunders

Rusney Castillo misplayed a ball in right field, allowing David Wright to come all the way around from first base to double the Mets' lead. Wright would have been out at home, but catcher Blake Swihart dropped the ball on the tag. Follow live

Brady shines in 2-minute drill

Tom Brady had completed as many passes to the Panthers (2) as to his own team before the latest Patriots' drive -- on which he went 5-for-6 and tossed an 18-yard TD to Scott Chandler. Follow live

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Tigers cut the deficit

The Tigers have cut the deficit against the Blue Jays thanks to a two-run HR from CF Anthony Gose, whose bomb took R.A. Dickey out of the game. Gose is hitting .253 on the season with four HRs. Follow live

Mariota struggling vs. Chiefs

No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota is 0-for-3 so far passing the ball tonight, but does have 21 yards rushing, as the Titans trail the Chiefs 9-0 early in the second quarter. Follow live

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RG III not cleared for return
NFL 

After initially being cleared to play, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) will not play Saturday against the Ravens. John Clayton says: "For RG III, the Redskins, this is a big setback that really adds confusion to what's going on in Washington."

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Illinois fires head coach Tim Beckman
College Football 

In a release, Illinois AD Mike Thomas said he learned of "efforts to deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries," adding, "I expect my coaches to protect players and foster their success on and off the field." Story

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College Football 

Gregorius. Yankees cruising early

Didi Gregorius smacked a 3-run homer in the 1st inning and followed with a 2-run single in the 2nd to give the Yanks a 9-2 lead over the Braves. Gregorius is the first Yankees SS not named Derek Jeter to have a 5-RBI game since Roy Smalley in 1982. Follow live

The fireworks continue in Toronto

The Blue Jays continue to lay the lumber as Jose Bautista hit the Jays' third home run of the game to give his club a 5-1 lead after five innings. Bautista is hitting .244 this season. Follow live

Lesson one: Keep helmet on head

Henry Owens doesn't bat much, he's a rookie pitcher for the Red Sox, but playing at Citi Field meant the 23-year-old had to grab a bat and it looks like his helmet choice wasn't ideal. He stuck out looking and the Mets have a 1-0 lead in the 4th. Follow live

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Spieth losing No. 1 ranking to McIlroy
Golf 

Continuous elbowing for the No. 1 ranking between Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy on a weekly basis might stoke the flames a bit, writes Jason Sobel. Positive effect for Spieth?

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Golf 

Maclin puts Chiefs on top

For the second consecutive game, Jeremy Maclin has scored a touchdown, giving the Chiefs a 6-0 lead over the Titans (extra point was no good). Alex Smith -- who didn't complete a TD pass to a wide receiver in the regular season in 2014 -- is 6-for-7 for 71 yards so far. Follow live

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Carolina Panthers continued to start slow offensively. With a field goal on four drives to start Friday night's game against New England the first unit has 10 points on 11 series. Drops continue to be an issue.

Tigers get out of jam, but surrender a run

The Blue Jays had the bases full with no outs, but only managed to get one more run before the Tigers ended the inning. After four innings, Toronto leads 4-1. Follow live

Brady picked off again

If this is a regular-season dress rehearsal, Tom Brady may want to re-write the script. The Pats QB is 2-for-6 passing and just threw his second interception of the first quarter. The Panthers lead the Patriots 3-0. Follow live

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Tom Brady picked off! Charles Tillman with an incredible play to take the ball away from Aaron Dobson for the interception.

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Martin Prado: 2-2 with a HR vs Max Scherzer tonight His .533 career BA vs Scherzer is 2nd highest of any player (Shin-Soo Choo, .571)

A surprise man on the run

Your leading rusher so far in this Panthers-Patriots game is not a running back, nor is it Cam Newton but it is Tom Brady with 18 yards. That's the preseason for you. Follow live