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2hBill Barnwell

Barnwell's bounce-back teams for 2016

After experiencing a bunch of bad luck in 2015, the Cowboys and Tony Romo look primed to improve this season. Bill Barnwell predicts which NFL teams will rise and decline in 2016.

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3hJohn Clayton

Who's leading every QB battle headed into camp

Robert Griffin III will get the first chance to start for the Browns, while the 49ers' Blaine Gabbert must beat out Colin Kaepernick. John Clayton assesses the six QB battles to watch.

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Odell Beckham Jr. shows no mercy at his camp (0:22)
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Should Jordan have said something sooner? (0:54)
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1hJ.A. Adande

Carmelo Anthony is bringing discourse back

Carmelo Anthony can't pinpoint what pressed him into action, but the NBA star is now front and center of a national crisis, J.A. Adande writes. We're all better for it.

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Risky business for runner who successfully steals home (0:29)
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Virginia freshman dunks from free throw line (0:22)
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Golic astounded CFL allows coach to be in QBs ear during play (2:21)
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Saladino the walk-off hero for White Sox (0:37)
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Viral Vault: The epic pizza throw in Boston (0:54)
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NBA's best poster dunks (1:27)
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ICC: Juventus 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (1:17)
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12hRyan McGee

Power Rankings: Looking good!

Kyle Busch didn't just win at the Brickyard, he dominated like no one ever. And that's enough "ever" to put him back atop Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Eddie Lacy and the running backs got some post-practice work on their hands, catching balls off the Jugs machine.

NFL 

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets report tomorrow to training camp and they still have two ongoing contract disputes -- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and No. 1 pick Darron Lee. Lee is one of only three unsigned first rounders. As for Fitzpatrick, it's hard to predict. You'd think the two sides would be motivated by a sense of urgency.

NFL 

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals owner Mike Brown: "Vontaze Burfict is one hell of a football player. We want him on the football field. We regret that we won't have him for three games, but he'll be back after that. He's a difference maker, and we're lucky to have him."

OKC looks to secure Westbrook long-term
NBA 

With Dion Waiters headed for Miami, the Thunder's salary cap has increased -- giving Russell Westbrook the upper hand in possibly obtaining a maximum-level, $26.5M extension.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat $50 million G Tyler Johnson told reporters of his contract figure and signing the Nets' restricted offer sheet which Miami matched: "I threw up a couple times when I heard the number go out there. I was in shock. I even lost a little bit of weight just because of the anxiety of going through the process, not knowing where I was going to be. I mean, I was almost 100 percent sure I was going to end up in Brooklyn. But it's just an incredible feeling and I'm excited to get back to work."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Fitting that Dom Capers, the first head coach of the Carolina Panthers, will be Kevin Greene's presenter next week when Greene is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Capers,with his 3-4 zone blitz scheme, was instrumental in Greene's career as a player at Pittsburgh and Carolina. He was instrumental in Greene's career as an assistant coach at Green Bay.

Should the NFL follow the CFL's lead?
NFL 

Mike Golic hopes the NFL does not follow the CFL's lead by allowing coaches to be able to speak to their QBs while the play is happening: "I think it's a horrific idea."

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NFL 

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Deanna Favre, Brett's wife, will be his presenter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony. Favre said last week that his father, Irvin, would have done it if he were alive. Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers will present Kevin Greene.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Favre on his wife, Deanna, presenting him for the Hall of Fame: "Deanna is the best teammate I've ever had. She has been by my side throughout this journey and I'm so excited that she gets to play such an important role for me." According to the Hall of Fame, the only other wife to serve as a presenter was Kim Singletary for her husband Mike in 1998. "Serving as Brett's presenter is a great honor," Deanna said. "I am thrilled to be able share this special moment in time with him."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

SMU has announced plans to construct an indoor/outdoor football practice facility. Last week SMU notified the Big 12 of its interest in joining the conference.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Richt on recruiting Deshaun Watson to UGA: "I told (OC) Mike Bobo, this guy is going to take someone to a national championship." Richt said he was convinced as soon as Clemson signed Watson, they'd be great. His take on Watson's TD pass vs Georgia in his first career game: "I was glad they took him out after that."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

The Colts are determined to keep Andrew Luck healthy. He practiced sliding during OTAs, but offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski tells me convincing Luck to slide is still a work in progress. Chudzinski compared Luck to a QB he coached at the U of Miami years ago: Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. Chud said Kelly was a high school linebacker and that Luck plays the same way. Interesting comparison.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says he could see the playoff semifinals moving off of New Year's Eve but that he doesn't foresee the Rose Bowl ever moving from its New Year's Day slot.

NCAAF 

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals owner and president Mike Brown repeats what's become an annual message: "We know we still have to take the next step."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL season has officially arrived to Cincinnati. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is in place for annual pre-training camp media day.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

A two-hour and 18-minute first practice ends with Jared Abbrederis making a deep grab for a touchdown. QBs and receivers had a good first day without pads.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Urlacher on whether Devin Hester is a Hall of Famer: "100 percent."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Andrew Luck may look a little different this season. New QBs coach Brian Schottenheimer said he's been working with Luck on taking quicker steps. It's all about getting set up more quickly in hopes of avoiding hits. Luck looks a little trimmer to me too.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Odell Beckham shows no mercy. This is in 1-on-1s against campers at his inaugural football camp

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NFL 

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

With Dolphins rookie CB Xavien Howard (knee) sidelined, backup Tony Lippett will get an extended look with the starters in training camp.

UVa freshman dunks from free throw line
NCAAM 

Jay Huff channels his inner Michael Jordan and takes off from the free throw line for an impressive dunk.

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