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GameDay Kickoff: Conferences with most to gain in Week 1

Strength of schedule matters to the College Football Playoff selection committee. 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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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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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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Harbaugh avoiding buzz before season opener (2:19)
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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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15hHoward 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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11hMel 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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Kershaw joins Chris Sale for rare feat
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Clayton Kershaw is the 2nd pitcher this season with 14 or more strikeouts in consecutive starts.

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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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Kershaw's pitch count ties high
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Clayton Kershaw matched his career-high with 132 pitches on Wednesday night (threw 132 against Nationals in 2013). 15 K's, one walk

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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 last 10 seasons. 11 of his 15 strikeouts were swinging, giving him a career-high 251 strikeouts on the season -- the most by a Dodgers pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1966.

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Clayton Kershaw got 35 swings-and-misses that game, most in MLB this year. No. 2: Kershaw (7/18) and Carlos Carrasco (7/1) had 30.

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 his win Wednesday night.

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Djokovic rolls in second-round match
Tennis 

Novak Djokovic cruises past Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the third round at the US Open.

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Kershaw a K-machine in Dodgers' 2-1 win
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Clayton Kershaw upped his season strikeout total to 251, a career high, during his complete-game, 15-K, 132-pitch performance vs. the Giants. Chase Utley's first homer as a Dodger was the difference in L.A's sweep. Box score

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Nothing but cup
Golf 

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

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CarGo propels Rockies in 9-4 win
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Carlos Gonzalez blasted two HRs, including a grand slam, and had 7 RBIs to lift the Rockies to a split of the four-game series vs. the D-backs. Box score

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Cardale Jones rushed to hospital

The Ohio State QB was taken to the hospital Wednesday night with a severe headache, according to multiple media reports. Jones underwent tests in the ER, but wasn't admitted to a hospital. Jones' mother Florence told the Toledo Blade "he's good." Cardale is supposed to split time with J.T. Barrett when Ohio State opens against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. Monday on ESPN.

Zimmerman powers Nats past Cards
MLB 

Ryan Zimmerman blasted two home runs and drove in three runs as the Nationals held on to beat the Cardinals 4-3 and avoid a sweep.

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Final preseason auditions on tap
NFL 

Many top starters won't be playing in Thursday's final preseason games, meaning players on the bubble for roster spots, such as Tim Tebow, will get plenty of chances to stick with their teams. Thursday preview

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Utley rips first homer with Dodgers
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Chase Utley snapped his homerless streak with the Dodgers to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth against the Giants. Follow live

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Kershaw dealing in tight contest

Clayton Kershaw is up to 11 strikeouts through seven innings, his third straight start with double digit K's. He doesn't have much breathing room though as the Dodgers lead the Giants 2-1. Follow live

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Nats automatic entering 9th with a lead

The Nationals improved to 61-0 this season when entering the 9th inning with a lead after tonight's 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

Brown flips over wall on inside-the-park HR
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The Mets' Ruben Tejada slapped a ball down the right-field line, leading Domonic Brown to topple over the fence trying to field it. That allowed Tejada to go around the bases for a homer.

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Brewers beat Bucs for fifth straight time
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Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs and pushed his hitting streak to 10 in the process as the Brewers beat the Pirates 9-4.

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Final: Mariners 8, Astros 3

On Tuesday, Logan Morrison smacked the go-ahead home run in the 8th. He followed that up on Wednesday with a 3-run blast in the 9th to put the game away. Morrison had just one homer in August. Box score

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