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2016 offseason grades for all 32 NFL teams

Which NFL teams actually made themselves better this offseason? Our crew of NFL Insiders dissects all the relevant draft picks and deals, grading each franchise's performance.

On this date: Ali KO's Liston in first minute (1:17)
Was Draymond's trip of Kanter a dirty play? (1:52)
Stephen A.: 'Westbrook is putting the world on notice. Steph, who?' (2:01)
Duke walk-on shocked with scholarship (1:52)
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34mCalvin Watkins

Rougned Odor fights back against his bad reputation

Some opponents think he's immature, disrespectful or worse. But Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, a young player with an old-school style, has his teammates in his corner.

Minor league manager's history of colossal meltdowns (1:28)
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WATCH: Spelling Bee preliminaries

The prelims for the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee are underway, and you can catch the action on ESPN3.

If I wasn't an Olympian I would be ... (1:28)
1hDan Arritt

Dodgers' Puig gets benched for lack of hustle

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was apologetic after he was benched for failing to run hard out of the batter's box on a deep fly ball to right that caromed off the wall in Tuesday's 8-2 win.

4hBrett Okamoto

Five Rounds with Urijah Faber

Will Conor McGregor face Nate Diaz? How about Floyd Mayweather? Does BJ Penn's potential doping violation prevent his comeback? Urijah Faber joins ESPN's Brett Okamoto to discuss.


Stephen A.: 'Steph, who?'

Stephen A. Smith says Russell Westbrook is the most "ruthless and vicious" player on the court and is "putting the world on notice."


How do SC anchors fare in Spelling Bee?



Odor fights against his bad reputation

Some opponents think he's immature, disrespectful or worse. But Rangers 2B Rougned Odor, a young player with an old-school style, has his teammates in his corner. 'I'm not a dirty player'

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Play along with the Spelling Bee

Think you can spell better than the kids participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee? Time to prove it. Get in the game

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron's mindset for Game 5? "Just a sense of calmness. That's all. Just a very calm moment for myself, personally. I relish this opportunity to be a part of the postseason once again, to be 2-2 on my home floor, so, a sense of calmness. I think they'll follow that."

Stephen A: Black head coaches are endangered species

Stephen A. Smith examines Michael Wilbon's Undefeated article on how a failure to "speak analytics" is pushing black head coaches out of the league.


Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer on approach to Game 6 of Western Conference finals: "Every game has been the most important game for us. That's nothing new."

Foul ball finds a deep fryer

If anybody ordered the fried baseball at Minute Maid Park Tuesday, then George Springer had you covered. Take a look

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If I wasn't an Olympian I would be ...
Olympic Sports 

There were almost some more Broadway actors, NASCAR drivers and test pilots in the world.

Olympic Sports 

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

A first for many of us grizzled hacks: Robert Griffin III threw a ball away and it soared over a 15-foot fence. Hit halfway up a pine tree in a neighboring yard.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Dusty Baker on the Matt Harvey situation: "It's his prerogative to do what he wants to do. If he don't wanna talk, he doesn't have to talk. But he's making it harder on himself. New York'll eat you up."

Walk-on shocked with full scholarship

A surprise phone call to Duke's Danny Doyle set the surprise in motion.


Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentucky's Marcus Lee is withdrawing from the NBA draft -- but will transfer elsewhere, per the school.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Robert Griffin III continues to perfect his craft at OTAs


Warriors' culture faces biggest test

The Warriors won a title last season thanks to their organization's positive, open-minded approach. Now down 3-1 to the Thunder, that culture is up against its toughest challenge yet. Not all fun and games

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How to beat the Cavaliers

Goran Dragic averaged 15.3 PPG while winning two of three vs. the Cavaliers this season so he would have some ideas.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

One of many Game 5 storylines will be how the Raptors utilize center Jonas Valanciunas, who has missed the last eight games with a sprained right ankle (despite being active for Game 4). Toronto coach Dwane Casey said it would depend on matchups as he doesn't want Valanciunas chasing Channing Frye around the perimeter. Cleveland will go small in spurts with Frye at center.

Now that's a good pitch

Miguel Cabrera was so impressed with this pitch from Jeremy Hellickson, he gave it the ultimate seal of approval.


10 games with the highest stakes in 2016

Some games this upcoming college football season have a little extra meaning. Maybe it's playoff implications. Maybe it's a team that needs to finally shut up its rival, or one that could save a coach's job. Big games

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Miami's Richt pledges $1M for practice facility

Miami coach Mark Richt has pledged $1M of his own money toward construction of a proposed indoor practice facility, a source confirmed to ESPN's Andrea Adelson. Richt told boosters during a meeting in Chicago last week that he had pledged his own money, the Palm Beach Post first reported.

Minor league manager no stranger to meltdowns

And it doesn't matter if it's stealing a base, chucking a rosin bag or disrobing at home plate.


OTD: Ali knocks out Liston

"It was lightning and thunder," Muhammad Ali said of the 1965 fight against Sonny Liston. "Fast as lightning and booming as thunder from the heavens."