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2hMark Schlabach

Schlabach: How defense went defunct in college football

Coaches lament that just getting by is the new normal as defenses can no longer be dominant.

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45mTania Ganguli

Texans owner: Watt wouldn't destroy phone

Texans owner Bob McNair said J.J. Watt would not have destroyed his cell phone if he faced the same situation as the Patriots' Tom Brady had with his dispute with the NFL over deflated footballs.

D-Wade shows no mercy in game of dodgeball (0:14)
32mBrett Okamoto

Rousey plans to retire in next couple of years

Ronda Rousey isn't planning on fighting into her 30s, and she thinks a megafight against Cris "Cyborg" Justino would "definitely" provide a sense of finality to her mixed martial arts career.

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Superfly Snuka charged in girlfriend's '83 death

Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago.

Wiggins' posterizing slam (0:14)
Vika has had enough of umpire (0:25)
Woz crashes Isner's news conference, grills him (1:14)
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CourtCast: Follow US Open action live

Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep advanced easily in today's early matches. Stan Wawrinka is playing now, and Andy Murray takes on Nick Kyrgios later (live coverage on ESPN/WatchESPN).

Clark: Trent Richardson is the worst RB of all time (3:26)
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#NFLRANK: The top 100 players

Who is the best player in the NFL: J.J. Watt or Aaron Rodgers? Our 70-plus voters settled that and plenty of other debates in this year's ranking of the top 100 players.

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Amazing indoor soccer goal (0:13)
9-year-old flies by defense for TD (0:25)
Dantonio's cell phone goes off during news conference (0:20)
Skip finds Luck's 'salty' comment laughable (3:40)
Winners and losers of the transfer window (8:52)
High-flying, behind-the-back pass for Argentina (0:24)
Olynyk's nice alley-oop pass to Bennett (0:12)
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Sound off: What is baseball's best walk-up song?

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

6hGary West

West: Pharoah's, Spieth's careers run parallel

After Jordan Spieth missed the cut last week at the Barclays, retirement wasn't even mentioned. That was one of the few ways in which his week differed from American Pharoah's.


Yanks GM: Teixeira out two more weeks

"His bone bruise has not healed in any way, shape or form," Brian Cashman said of Mark Teixeira. "It's taking a hell of a lot longer than we would have expected." Teixeira suffered a bone bruise on his right shin on August 17. He'll be on crutches for an undetermined period of time, and there is the possibility that he will not play again this season.

The biggest personality in tennis

ESPN's Patrick McEnroe: "It's Serena. Come on. It's gotta be. She's the story of tennis."


Wawrinka cruising in opening round

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka won the first two sets 7-5, 6-4 to take command in the US Open first round against Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The winner will advance to the second round to face the winner of Hyeon Chung (KOR)-James Duckworth (AUS). Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


College kid rips impressive scissor kick

The college soccer season is young, but we may have spotted the goal of the season already. It comes courtesy of South Carolina's Jeffrey Torda.


Transfer deadline day's strangest things

The failed David De Gea deal between Real Madrid and Manchester United was just one of the odd events from the closing hours of the transfer window. Here are the others.


It's never too late for fantasy football

The NFL season may be only nine days away, but it's the right time to sign up for fantasy football and start building your winning team. Play for free

Harbaugh will bring swag back to Michigan
College Football 

Michael Smith explains: "[Jim Harbaugh] spent the summer sliding into Nicki Minaj's mentions ... Harbaugh even got Lil' Wayne to wear a Michigan jersey. For a dude in his 50s, I'd say he's got some swag."

College Football 

Texans owner: Watt wouldn't destroy phone

"What escalated the whole thing is that Brady and the Patriots were going to cooperate fully, and then when it came down to it, they didn't," Bob McNair told Houston's Sports Radio 610. "If it was J.J. Watt, I think he would have been cooperative, and it wouldn't be a question. ... I don't think J.J. would destroy his cellphone."

Anderson tops Rublev in first round

South Africa's Kevin Anderson advanced to the US Open's second round with a win over Russia's Andrey Rublev in four sets (7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 5-3) that took nearly 3 1/2 hours. Anderson will take on American Austin Krajicek in the next round. Coverage continues on ESPN, Watch ESPN


Hanley Ramirez done playing in outfield

"I think with how the young kids have been doing in the outfield, I think we want to give them the time there that they deserve," interim manager Torey Luvullo said of Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo. "The timing of Hanley's injury is pushing him back a little bit. ... Maybe in a week, he might come back and could be ready to play first base."

Cobb says he could play week one

Packers WR Randall Cobb thinks his sprained right shoulder will be healed enough to play in 12 days when the Packers open the regular season against the Bears. "I don't plan on missing a game," Cobb said. "I'm doing everything in my power to get back before then."

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Halep rolls into second round

Simona Halep made quick work of Marina Erakovic, who had to retire due to a knee injury in the second set at the US Open. The first-round match lasted 47 minutes.


Argentina gets fancy in win vs. Canada

Argentina's Nicholas Richotti dished a behind-the-back pass to Tayvek Gallizzi in midair against Canada at the FIBA Americas tournament. It looks even better in super slow motion.


Golic: Ohio State knows who its QB will be
College Football 

The Buckeyes may have said publicly they won't decide who is starting under center until they run onto the field against Virginia Tech, but ESPN's Mike Golic thinks the players already know.

College Football 

Who's making the MLB playoffs?

For the most part, ESPN experts are unified on predicting the postseason field. However, debate remains on the AL's second wild card and the NL West winner. Who's in? Who's out?

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Harbaugh has message for lip readers

Was John Harbaugh dropping F bombs at Jay Gruden on Saturday? Some lip readers think so, but Harbaugh has a message for them: "There's more than one word to the English language that begins with F." Was it 'football?'

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Azarenka to official: 'You ever play tennis?'

Victoria Azarenka was not happy with a call during her match at the US Open. She had plenty of words for the chair official including inquiring if the official ever played the game and then adding "You probably weren't very good."


Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chicago Bears reached the 75-man roster limit on Tuesday by claiming QB Zac Dysert and TE Gannon Sinclair off of waivers, placing RB Senorise Perry on injured reserve and waiving QB Shane Carden and OG Lucas Nix.

Ravens don't expect Pitta back this season

TE Dennis Pitta was moved to reserve-Physically Unable to Perform, meaning he'll miss the first six games of the regular season after two hip surgeries in two years. "As far as I'm concerned, you plan for the worst and you hope for the best," coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday.

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

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


Deflategate: No ruling today

Late Tuesday afternoon U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman said he "anticipates" issuing his decision by the end of the week. Ruling coming soon

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Royals players diagnosed with chickenpox

RHP Kelvin Herrera and RF Alex Rios will likely miss a couple of weeks as the season wraps up after experiencing symptoms over the weekend. This raises concerns that others on the division leading team may have been exposed. Story

Nebraska WR masters the circus catch
College Football 

The tip in the end zone was pretty good, but the behind-the-back sideline snag was our favorite Jordan Westerkamp catch.

College Football 

UCLA suspends Adams following arrest
College Football 

Jim Mora announced that All-Pac-12 cornerback Ishmael Adams has been suspended indefinitely following his robbery arrest early Sunday morning, but the coach wouldn't speculate on what he'd need to do to rejoin the team. Story

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers WR Antonio Brown on the franchise moving $2 million of 2016 money up a year: "They could have told me to stick to the original deal. They showed tremendous faith and gratitude."