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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?

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.

NBA impersonator back at it, this time with Ginobili (0:30)
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.

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.

13-year-old's wild 70-yard punt return (0:31)
The dizzy golf challenge (0:30)
Marine asks Ronda Rousey to Marine ball (0:33)
Brady goofs on Deflategate scandal (0:25)
Deflategate more about Goodell's power than Brady's wrongdoing? (2:05)
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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.

Jerry Jones reminds Romo he hasn't proved anything (1:09)
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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?

Cam's little bro following in his shoes (0:19)
Mutombo's priceless reaction to getting his jersey retired (1:26)


Man wins car prize, goes home with '98 Civic

That's right: The Charleston River Dogs set a season attendance record of 285K, so they gave Cadet Kyle Busbee a 1998 Honda Civic ... with 285K miles on it. Oh, and Bill Murray was involved.


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Alabama has a tough matchup with Big Ten power Wisconsin to open the 2015 season. How confident are you in the Crimson Tide this week? Play for free

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Betting preview: TCU
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The No. 2 Horned Frogs, who open their season tonight, are returning 15 starters -- but have to travel outside the state more than twice as much as last year. What sort of expectations do they face for 2015? How to bet (Insider)

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Justin Turner pulls off ninja slide

Turner shouldn't have had a chance of being safe on this steal in Wednesday's game, but he was saved by his unique set of skills.


Debate: top 10 offensive players by position

A tie atop the WR rankings, Brady vs. Rodgers at QB, and a No. 1 RB who missed most of the 2014 season are the highlights of the #NFLRANK positional breakdown. Now we debate (Insider)

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ICYMI: During a trip to Africa, Rams DE Chris Long was appalled by the drinking water. So he did something about it: es.pn/1Vxdv5Y

Watt's acting career started with a burrito

One line sparked J.J. Watt's enterance into show business. The DE told Ray Rice in 2012: "I've eaten burritos bigger than you." Future movie star?

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TBT: The hit that put Clowney on the map
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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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ACC, Big Ten have most to gain
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It may be only Week 1 of college football season, but the CFP selection committee is always watching. With strength of schedule a key factor in their decisions, a few of the Power 5 conferences have some golden opportunities ahead of them this week. Getting the memo

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Djokovic hops on pony with fan

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.


Bencic goes on tirade against umpire

Belinda Bencic did her best John McEnroe impression by throwing down her racket and yelling at the umpire over a blown line call on Wednesday. Bencic actually rallied to win after the outburst and plays Venus Williams next.


Brown flips over wall on inside-the-park HR

A for effort, Domonic Brown. But your flip over the fence allowed the Mets' Ruben Tejada score an inside-the-parker.


ICYMI: T-Pain sings anthem w/o auto-tune

Hear T-Pain's anthem, in all its natural voice glory, from Monday's Dodgers game.


Howard detained for gun in carry-on

Rockets C Dwight Howard was detained at George Bush Intercontinental Airport last Friday for having a handgun in his carry-on bag. He was not charged with a crime, and he boarded a later flight after giving the gun to an associate. Story

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Golic's Pac-12 pick? Stanford
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Mike & Mike co-host Mike Golic picked a bit of a shocker in the Pac-12, where most favor Oregon or USC this season.

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Still time to sign up for Fantasy Football

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


ICYMI: The Hawks surprise Mutombo

The Hawks announced they will retire Dikembe Mutombo's jersey on Nov. 24. The big man's reaction to the news is priceless.


Armstrong impersonates Manu Ginobili ...

... 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!'


Pearce hops on horse, robs homer

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.


Kershaw's most dominant start yet?

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.


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

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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