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GameDay Kickoff: Getting off to a strong start

The college football season kicks off Thursday night. And as we learned last season, strength of schedule matters to the College Football Playoff selection committee. So, 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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Saxon: Another special K delivery by Clayton

Clayton Kershaw's complete-game, 15-strikeout performance Wednesday night led the Dodgers to a sweep of the Giants and kept the NL Cy Young debate going in Los Angeles, Mark Saxon writes.

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Report: Record $750M price tag put on Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are seeking $750 million for the team and development rights to the 28-acre Civic Arena site, according to a report.

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NBA impersonator back at it, this time with Ginobili (0:30)
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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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6hAaron Schatz

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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13-year-old's wild 70-yard punt return (0:31)
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The dizzy golf challenge (0:30)
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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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22hHoward 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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19hMel 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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Still time to sign up for Fantasy Football
NFL 

The last set of preseason games kick off tonight, and the actual NFL season begins in one week. That means there's still time to sign up for fantasy football and draft a winning squad. Play for free

NFL 

ICYMI: The Hawks surprise Mutombo
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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Armstrong impersonates Manu Ginobili ...
NBA 

... and the Spurs guard loved it! Yes, the NBA's foremost impressionist impressed the Argentine by mimicking him in all his Euro-stepping, foul-drawing glory. Ginobili: 'Great job man!'

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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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Kershaw's most dominant start yet?
MLB 

Clayton Kershaw induced 35 swings-and-misses, the most by any pitcher in a game in the past 10 seasons. Eleven of his 15 strikeouts were swinging, and his career-high 251 strikeouts on the season are the most by a Dodgers pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1966.

MLB 

Glen 'Big Baby' Davis has ankle surgery

The free agent, who spent the last two seasons with the Clippers, will be sidelined two to three months, a source told the LA Times. Davis had ligaments repaired and a cyst and bone spurs removed.

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Twins closer may miss start of road trip
MLB 

Glen Perkins is dealing with stiffness in his back, though an MRI came back clean. Said manager Paul Molitor: "There's no serious issue that we have to look at, other than we gotta figure out how to keep this from continuing to flare up." Perkins is 2-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 32 saves this season.

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MLB 

Nothing but cup
Golf 

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

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Kershaw strikes out 15, goes the distance
MLB 

Clayton Kershaw fanned 15, notching a season career high with 251 K's, in a complete game to lead the Dodgers to a sweep of the Giants.

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MLB 

TBT: The hit that put Clowney on the map
College Football 

Forgot about this helmet-popper from the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day 2013? Allow former Gamecock Jadeveon Clowney to remind you.

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College Football 

Mineiro posterizes Ayon at FIBA Americas
FIBA 

Brazil's Rafael Mineiro reaches way up to throw down a monster jam over Mexico's Gustavo Ayon at the FIBA Americas tournament.

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FIBA 

Homer goes way over Pollock's head
MLB 

Diamondbacks CF A.J. Pollock sets up to catch a fly ball in the outfield, only for it to go way past him for a home run. Hey, at least he tried, right?

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MLB 

TBT: Roger Federer's Wimbledon tweener
Tennis 

Federer hit an incredible between-the-legs lob in his second-round match against Sam Querrey earlier this year. Maybe he'll pull that from his bag of tricks in today's match at the US Open. Steve Darcis better watch out.

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Tennis 

Record asking price for Penguins

The ownership group, which includes Mario Lemieux and billionaire Ron Burke, is seeking $750M for the franchise. The sale price could be lower if a buyer agrees to forgo development rights on the old Civic Arena site. The current record for a U.S.-based NHL franchise is the $320M paid for the Devils in 2013. (via Trib Total Media)

Urban Meyer gets QB clue from practice
College Football 

The Ohio State coach has yet to name a starter for Monday's opener, but got a good gauge from Wednesday's practice: "I have an idea who's gonna take the first snap. The favorite? I'm not sure I like that word, but I have a feeling on who's gonna take the first snap."

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College Football 

Field Yates @FieldYates

As part of the deal for Bray, the Chiefs agreed to pay his full salary of $510,000 for 2015 while he is on NFI list.

Field Yates @FieldYates

Source: Chiefs signed reserve QB Tyler Bray to a 2-year extension through 2017. Base value of $1.925M, no guarantees.

Harbaugh in for long haul at Michigan?
College Football 

Mike & Mike didn't expect Jim Harbaugh to eschew the NFL for Michigan, but since he did, they expect him to stick around.

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College Football 

Dancing with Djokovic
Tennis 

Novak Djokovic was able to goof off a little with US Open super fan Cameron Hughes at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Djokovic's win Wednesday night.

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Tennis 

Serena's spectacular set point
Tennis 

Serena Williams' quest for the Grand Slam stayed alive, thanks in part to the net, which helped her take the first set against Kiki Bertens.

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