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J.J. Watt is football's real-life action hero

Unstoppable on the field, J.J. Watt is now in Hollywood's glare off it -- rarefied air for a defender.

1hMike Rodak

RB Jackson slams Bills general manager Whaley

In thanking fans for their support over his nine-year career, ex-Bills running back Fred Jackson also took a parting shot at general manager Doug Whaley in an interview with The Buffalo News.

Tyler Seguin: next Dallas Cowboys WR? (0:14)
Brady goofs on Deflategate scandal (0:25)
Deflategate more about Goodell's power than Brady's wrongdoing? (2:05)
Cam's little bro following in his shoes (0:19)
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Courtcast: Follow the US Open live

Rising star CoCo Vandeweghe is among those in action Wednesday afternoon in Flushing (live on ESPN3 & WatchESPN). Serena Williams also resumes her quest for the Grand Slam on Day 3 of the US Open.

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3hHoward 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.

LeBron's title hopes fading? (4:55)
Jerry Jones reminds Romo he hasn't proved anything (1:09)
2hMel Kiper Jr. and Mike Sando

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

Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack leads Mel Kiper Jr. 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?

Which teams are on upset alert in Week 1 of college football? (1:23)
Spieth throws out first pitch at Red Sox game (0:15)
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The Whammys, Day 2: What is MLB's best walk-up song?

We've paired off 32 of the top tunes -- from Frank Sinatra to Fetty Wap -- currently used by MLB players. Now you get to choose who has the best walk-up song in our ‪#WalkupVote on Twitter.

Who wins, Texas or Notre Dame? (0:30)
WATCH: Ale's weekly MLS awards (2:34)
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Saxon: Bullpen finishes what Greinke starts

Zack Greinke showed why he'll likely win the NL Cy Young Award. But the Dodgers are only as good as their bullpen, which was at its best in preserving Tuesday's win.

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3hGreg Garber

Garber: Kyrgios own worst enemy in Open exit

We've come to expect antics and outbursts from Nick Kyrgios when he's on the court. But there were flashes of brilliance in his four-set loss against Andy Murray that the Aussie could build on.

11hDavid Schoenfield

Time to worry about Johnny Cueto?

The early returns on Johnny Cueto indicated the Royals had their No. 1 starter, but his last three starts might tell a different story.

Clark: Trent Richardson is the worst RB of all time (3:26)


How to bet on college football this year
College Football 

ESPN Chalk's Will Harris has Michigan State as the best value pick to win the college football playoff. Ultimate betting guide (Insider)

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Three rough games for Fish and he drops the 4th set 7-5 to Lopez. They've played one previous 5-set match w/Lopez winning 8-6 in final set.

Mardy Fish in decisive fifth set

Fish, playing in his final pro tournament, has taken 18-seed Feliciano Lopez five sets at the US Open. Fish had a chance to finish off Lopez in the fourth but dropped it 7-5. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Jessica Pegula works her way up ranks

The WTA player played her way into the US Open, with her 2nd-round match later today. But another challenge awaits for her -- a ping-pong match against Rex Ryan, who happens to coach the football team her parents own. Making a name for herself

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Watt's acting career started with a burrito

One line sparked J.J. Watt's enterance into show business. The DE told Ray Rice in 2012: "I've eaten burritos bigger than you." Future movie star?

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ESPN On Snapchat Discover live

Manchester United dished out £36 million to sign 19-year-old Anthony Martial, marking the richest deal for a teenage soccer star. Catch up on the rest of the major transfer deadline moves in Wednesday's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Hall of Famer Michael Irvin is speaking at the Cowboys' kickoff luncheon to introduce Emmitt Smith but he offered up a message to this year's team relating to Super Bowl 50: "You make sure the golden team in the NFL wins the golden Super Bowl," Irvin said.

Jones: Tennessee searching for identity
College Football 

Tennessee coach Butch Jones talks about how the younger players are buying into the culture of a program that is still "building an identity."

College Football 

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner on the enviable position he's in helping decide between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett at QB: "We're not deciding between average and good. We're deciding between good and good. ... They've executed in big games at a high level, so that's the thing that makes it tough and makes it the most intriguing story going."

Dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge ... and Dwyane

Heat guard Dwyane Wade shows no mercy during this game of dodgeball.


D.R. off to hot start today

The Dominican Republic held Panama to 26 percent shooting in the first quarter, taking a 10-point lead after 1 at the FIBA Americas tournament. The Dominican squad is still looking for its first win in this year's event. Live on ESPN3


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, on a MNF conference call, offered his take on Geno Smith's culpability in the recent altercation and the state of the Jets' QB situation: "I don't know the exactness of his role in what happened, but there's a lot of smoke. Wherever there's smoke, there's fire." Gruden believes Ryan Fitzpatrick is "a good bridge to the future," adding "it's too early to give up on (Smith)."

Novak's New York accent?

While Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray all declined to give the New York accent a shot, Novak Djokovic was game. And let's just say he should stick to tennis.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III receives the team's military service award -- and a standing ovation by fans and teammates. "In the military the one thing you have is your word and I gave my word to my teammates and the military that I will be there for them," Griffin told the crowd.

That's using your foot

This high schooler took the "foot" part of football literally -- and helped his teammate get an interception. Check it out!


Elvis Andrus steals home -- straight up

The Rangers SS pulled off perhaps the riskiest and most exciting play in baseball Tuesday night.


Are LeBron's title hopes fading?

ESPN Forecast asked how many titles LeBron would win in Cleveland, and 97% of the panel said at least one. Ethan Sherwood Strauss says: "I don't have that kind of faith."


FIBA Americas continues today

The action in Mexico City tips off with Rockets F Francisco Garcia leading his Dominican Republic squad against Uruguay. The Dominican squad is still looking for its first win in the tournament. Live on ESPN3

Ty Lawson ready for fresh start

The new Rockets point guard told FOX 26 Houston: “I was like before I even came to the team I was talking to James (Harden). I was like 'Man get me over there.' I'll be that piece to get over the hump. It's definitely a breath of fresh air.”

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WATCH: Serena Williams at US Open

The women's No. 1 seed takes on Kiki Bertens at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the afternoon session's second match. In the first match, starting at 1 p.m. ET, No. 9 Marin Cilic plays Evgeny Donskoy on the men's side. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Basketball analytics ... for pickup ball

Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry is here to convince you to score your games by 2s and 3s rather than 1s and 2s. Still not convinced? Listen to Rockets GM Daryl Morey: “I always make pickup games 3s and 2s." Fixing pickup

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