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9hNFL Nation Reporters

NFL Nation: Answering key NFC fantasy questions

After nearly a month of training camps, NFL Nation reporters have the intel and answers to all the pressing fantasy questions coming out of the NFC.

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Doctor: RG III not cleared to return for Redskins

Robert Griffin III will not play in the Redskins' preseason game Saturday night against the Ravens after an independent neurologist determined that the quarterback should be retested.

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1hBob Pockrass

Stewart: Ward Jr. tried to make contact with car

Tony Stewart claims he didn't see Kevin Ward Jr. until just before hitting the 20-year-old in the accident that resulted in his death, according to Stewart's response to the wrongful death suit.

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Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
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Golfer's incredible effort to hit out of a water hazard (1:15)
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Kid's priceless reaction to snagging foul ball (0:26)
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10hSheil Kapadia

Wilson says water comments 'perceived wrong'

Russell Wilson clarified Thursday that he didn't suffer a concussion in the NFC title game, expanding on comments about how he believes recovery water helped him last postseason.

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Stephen A. on Mayweather, Rousey beef (1:35)
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Spieth misses cut , Watson leads at Barclays (2:03)
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Little girl helps Rousey (2:17)
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5hBrando Simeo Starkey, The Undefeated staff writer

Hurricane Katrina: Better black lives

Brando Simeo Starkey writes that Hurricane Katrina showed him that if black people want better lives, that is what they should pursue, rather than racial equality.

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Cassel talks Bills QB competition, Rex Ryan (2:08)
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9hJayson Stark

Stark: Why protecting fans is complicated

MLB is investigating how it might safeguard fans from flying balls and bats, but the solution is more difficult than just extending a net in every ballpark.

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11hTodd McShay

McShay: Top offensive line prospects for 2016

Which offensive linemen are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley.

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11hDan Szymborski

Szymborski: Four teams that can learn from disappointment

If baseball's four most disappointing teams -- Nationals, Padres, Mariners, Tigers -- were to take away one lesson from this season, what would it be? Dan Szymborski provides an answer for each.

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Tigers get out of jam, but surrender a run

The Blue Jays had the bases full with no outs, but only managed to get one more run before the Tigers ended the inning. After four innings, Toronto leads 4-1. Follow live

Brady picked off again

If this is a regular-season dress rehearsal, Tom Brady may want to re-write the script. The Pats QB is 2-for-6 passing and just threw his second interception of the first quarter. The Panthers lead the Patriots 3-0. Follow live

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Tom Brady picked off! Charles Tillman with an incredible play to take the ball away from Aaron Dobson for the interception.

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Martin Prado: 2-2 with a HR vs Max Scherzer tonight His .533 career BA vs Scherzer is 2nd highest of any player (Shin-Soo Choo, .571)

A surprise man on the run

Your leading rusher so far in this Panthers-Patriots game is not a running back, nor is it Cam Newton but it is Tom Brady with 18 yards. That's the preseason for you. Follow live

Slow start for Brady
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Tom Brady is just 1-for-3 passing for 7 yards on New England's first two possessions of the game. The Pats and Panthers are scoreless in the first quarter of the third preseason game for each team. Follow live

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'Miami Vice'-themed unis for Heat?
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Heat owner Micky Arison offered fans a chance to sound off on a Crockett & Tubbs-inspired uniform design. Could these be in the Heat's future? Check it out

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Second snap of the game and Reggie Wayne makes his debut, lining up at outside position to left side.

Dodgers put Puig (hamstring) on DL

The last time Yasiel Puig went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, he missed 5 1/2 weeks. If that happens this time, he would return for the start of the playoffs.

How should you approach drafting Brady?
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ESPN's Matthew Berry says if you draft Patriots QB Tom Brady -- who is taking the field tonight against the Panthers -- you should grab a second quarterback to bridge the gap between Brady's potential suspension.

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Livin' La Vida Gronk
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When your 4 older brothers are or have been professional athletes and your dad calls you "probably the best pure athlete to come out of our house," that's a Gronk-sized honor. That's Glenn Gronkowski. The youngest Gronk

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#VoteBlueJays @BlueJays

Encarnacion extends his hit streak to a career high 23 straight games...5th longest in club history...longest by any player in ML this year.

Toronto ties it up immediately

While the Tigers jumped out to an early lead thanks to an Ian Kinsler HR, the Blue Jays answered right away with Edwin Encarnacion driving in Jose Bautista. Follow live

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamaal Charles running a route during warmups. Kickoff at Arrowhead in less than an hour between Chiefs and Titans

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota heads out to warm up at Arrowhead Stadium.

Beckman vows to fight back

Fired Illinois football coach Tim Beckman released a statement that read in part: "First and foremost, I firmly deny the implications in Mike [Thomas]'s statements that I took any action that was not in the best interests of the health, safety and well-being of my players. The health and well-being of our student athletes is of paramount importance to me, and any statement made to the contrary is utterly false."

The next Jimmy Graham?

The Saints signed Chris Manhertz, who hasn't played football at any level, but played power forward for Canisius. The 6-foot-6 255-pounder will try to catch on with New Orleans as a tight end. Coach Sean Payton said: "When you see his size and stature -- obviously he has a lot of things he has to learn, but the workout was pretty impressive."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

After further tests, an independent neurologist reversed his decision and said Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will not be cleared for Saturday's game at Baltimore. Griffin suffered concussion-like symptoms in the second preseason game vs. Detroit. He practiced all week but followed the concussion protocol all week. On Thursday it was announced that he had been cleared.

Tigers jump out early with Kinsler HR

Well, it didn't take long for the Tigers to get the bats going against R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays. Second baseman Ian Kinsler went yard on the first pitch he saw. Detroit leads 1-0. Follow live

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Calvin Johnson is inactive for the Detroit Lions tonight and Corey Fuller is starting for him. DeAndre Levy and Ezekiel Ansah among other Lions inactives. Rookie first round pick Laken Tomlinson is making first-ever start at LG.

Messi (accidentally?) photobombs Ronaldo
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Someone snapped a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo -- and also got Lionel Messi joking around in the background.

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RG III has to get confidence back
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Adam Caplan says playing time is key for QB Robert Griffin III after being cleared to play following a concussion: "He needs to get reps in back of that new offensive line."

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