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Top 100: Ranking college football's best players

If 2014 taught us anything, it's that predicting who will be the best players at season's end is a tough business, but we're going to try.

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Bills suspend O-line coach Kromer for 6 games

The Bills announced the suspension of offensive line coach Aaron Kromer for the first six games of the season, the penalty for a July incident that led to assault charges for Kromer and his son.

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1hDarren Rovell

Sources: Adidas makes $200M bid for Harden

Adidas has submitted a bid of $200 million over 13 years to sign Rockets forward James Harden, whose deal with Nike recently expired, sources told ESPN.com.

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Mel Kiper Jr.'s tire woes (2:23)
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Rousey KO's Correia in claymation (0:29)
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Yasiel Puig: This Is SportsCenter (Walk-up Music) (0:30)
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Grading all 30 GMs at the deadline

How well did each major league team's GM do at the trade deadline? Former GM Jim Bowden assesses their performance.

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Manning throws football routes to kids (1:10)
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Blue Jays win after Gibbons gets ejected (2:34)
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Overseas Elite wins TBT (1:03)
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Merritt gets first PGA Tour win (2:06)
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Rousey sounds off on Cyborg (0:30)
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Granderson and Murphy go back to back (0:31)
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Correa's behind-the-back spin-and-throw (0:13)
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Chiefs' Charles feels like 'LeBron of football'

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is usually the focus of attention from opposing defenses. The attention gets so much that he said he can feel at times like LeBron James.

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Dez Bryant involved in fight at training camp (1:46)
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Aaron Rodgers' perfect throw (0:25)
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Ride along with American Pharoah (0:35)
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Hometown Heroes: USA volleyball (1:41)
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Pipe Dream -- Robbie "Maddo" Maddison (3:56)
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Girls Youth Football: Is it Safe? (6:44)
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Elena Delle Donne's game-winning basket (0:29)
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Mariota calm, consistent in the pocket (0:25)

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Harden, an expensive shoe salesman
NBA 

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, adidas has made a 13-year, $200M offer to James Harden, whose Nike deal recently expired. Nike has until the end of next week to match the deal. Adidas needs a splash

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NBA 

Fire emoji guide to job security
College Football 

"The hot seat" is so 20th century. The only way to measure college coaches' job security in 2015 is with fire emojis. Al Golden might rate 8, but that's not even the most fire. Who's seat is hottest?

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College Football 

Haren's retirement fear? Pulling a Favre
MLB 

Cubs SP Dan Haren is considering making his 13th season his last: "I would say right now the chances are this probably would be it. But I don't want to say this is it and then pull a Brett Favre."

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Edwards: Right call on Bills' Kromer
NFL 

Herm Edwards on Bills OL coach Aaron Kromer's 6-game suspension: "You send a powerful message to your locker room, that things of this nature will not be tolerated."

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Bills suspend O-line coach first 6 games

Aaron Kromer has been suspended without pay. Battery charges against him -- stemming from a July 11 incident in which he allegedly punched a boy in the face and threatened to kill his family in a dispute over beach chairs -- were dropped earlier this week. Story

Tom Brady celebrates 38th birthday
NFL 

Thirty-seven was a year of ups-and-downs for the Super Bowl winning-QB, but he can spend his 38th birthday relaxing if he wants -- the Patriots don't practice today.

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NFL 

Status of Muhammad Wilkerson
NFL 

Coach Todd Bowles isn't concerned with the Jets DL's tweaked hamstring. Rich Cimini's take: "For him to walk off in front of 2,000 people in the middle of a practice, you know there had to be some significant level of discomfort."

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Sonnen: UFC 190 didn't live up to hype

Chael Sonnen said on Mike & Mike this morning: "First and foremost I'm a fan, and as a fan Saturday I was disappointed. ... It's not Ronda's fault, but there's no depth in the division." Listen

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Jordan has ice water in his veins
NBA 

Michael Jordan, the king in the clutch during his NBA career, drained another buzzer-beater to beat Jimmy Butler in a shooting contest at Jordan's camp. Yes, he's still got it.

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Rousey, Cyborg trade barbs
MMA 

After Ronda Rousey called out Cris "Cyborg" Justino for alleged steroid use following her UFC 190 title defense, the Invicta champ fired back on Instagram, saying "I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge." War of words continues

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MMA 

rondarousey @rondarousey

That moment when you realize life is great and you can eat all the hotdogs you want!!! Had a blast at my first ever soccer game with my family yesterday!! ?????????? so cool getting a chance to watch Flamengo and Santos play live!! Thank you team Flamengo for taking such good care of us??we are absolutely loving our vacation in Rio, it was an unforgettable day!!

How the Panthers can replace Hardy
NFL 

ESPN's David Newton suggests some players -- namely Frank Alexander and Kony Ealy-- that could make up for the loss of Greg Hardy.

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Price good when making debut

David Price is making his first start with the Blue Jays this afternoon. His first starts with each of his previous two teams went pretty well:

  • 2008 with Rays: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K's
  • 2014 with Tigers: 8.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 10 K's

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Mel Kiper Jr. -- man, myth or legend?

Perhaps all three? Consider this: The 55-year-old NFL draft guru said on Mike & Mike that he has never changed a tire, never written a check and never had an ATM card.

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Ranking college football's top players
College Football 

ESPN's annual list is back -- let the debate begin! Forty-three writers and editors rated players based on their performances last season. The first batch includes a pair of QBs, dynamic RB and ST extraordinaire . #CFBRank Nos. 91-100

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College Football 

Jackson maintaining Knicks optimism

In the midst of the worst Knicks season ever, Phil Jackson remained optimistic about the future: "There are many examples of a team that went from sh-- to Shinola in a short few years. Like the Celtics when they added Larry Bird, or the Magic when Shaq and Penny Hardaway got there. So there are plenty of reasons for Knick fans to keep the faith." The Phil Files

The ultimate trust fall?

Bulgaria's Todor Spasov attempts a 27m high dive during a preliminary round at the 16th FINA World Championships.

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Jerry Jones on fight: 'That's good stuff'

Said the Cowboys owner: “That [training camp] atmosphere breeds that kind of passion, that kind of excitement, and sure enough here comes some little after-the-whistle action. … That’s good stuff. That’s training camp. Now that’s not new. That’s been happening in our training camp for years and years and years."

Archer: Bryant, Patmon fight no big deal
NFL 

Said Cowboys reporter Todd Archer: "The strange part was Dez Bryant kept going after Tyler Patmon after many people tried to break it up. ... After practice, they got together, they shook hands, they hugged, they said they squashed it, and they're moving on."

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NFL 

Meaningful summer baseball in NYC

The Yankees (59-45) are 6 games up in the AL East. The Mets (55-50) are tied with the Nationals for the NL East lead. The last time both New York teams were in 1st place in August was 2006.

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High stakes lead to high stress

When $1 million is on the line, things are bound to get chippy. That's exactly what happened late in Overseas Elite's win over Team 23 at The Basketball Tournament.

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Bills take firm stance on Kromer
NFL 

Field Yates on the O-line coach's suspension: "The charges were dropped against Aaron Kromer during that incident that took place in Florida earlier this summer, but the team has decided to nonetheless punish Kromer."

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Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Source close to the situation: "No change" in the JPP/Giants situation from last week. Still no timetable or plan for return to team.