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Isaacson: Serena fine with 'bizarre' beginning at US Open

While Serena Williams' US Open journey got off to an odd start when Vitalia Diatchenko retired with an injury, Williams was just happy to get it started.

Serena happy to finish first match at US Open (2:15)
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Red Sox use power to get past rival Yankees

Homers by Mookie Betts and David Ortiz propelled the Red Sox past the Yankees, who missed a chance to gain ground on the Blue Jays in the AL East race.

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Report: Clippers' Jordan parts ways with agents

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has split with his representatives at Relativity Media, Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Who caught it better: Kiermaier or Trout? (1:00)
Fognini flips out at chair ump (1:43)
Rutgers players dance off for ice cream prize (1:30)
Top runner-up: Soccer scissor kick (0:18)
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14hJane McManus

McManus: NFL fine system harsh on defenders

In a game geared toward offense, NFL defenders often feel helpless as they bear the brunt of the league's fine system, writes Jane McManus.

Athletes on Serena's greatness (1:21)
Reds rough up Cubs (0:49)
Luck was 'salty' watching Super Bowl (2:51)
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Seifert: Rules changes and points of emphasis for 2015

Offsetting penalties for in-game fighting? Not anymore. Expect to see scuffles -- mild or otherwise -- result in ejections this season. That's not the only rules/procedural change in store.

How will the judge rule in Deflategate? (2:00)
14hJim Caple

How MLB walk-up music became a designated hit

The batter's box has become a jukebox, as each player strides to the plate accompanied by his own anthem. How did walk-up tunes become baseball's soundtrack? And does the music make a difference?

Like a good neighbor, someone will fix the State Farm wall (0:33)
She just landed a "triple-revolution" soccer trick (0:26)
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12hScott Burnside

Burnside: League at crucial crossroads

What the NHL ultimately decides to do about the Patrick Kane and Slava Voynov situations will have a wide-ranging effect on its recently revived image.

9-year-old flies by defense for TD (0:25)
ESPN Sport Science - Serena's serve (3:01)
Japan beats Pennsylvania in record-setting LLWS title game (1:53)
Great white shark jaws surfer's board (0:54)
Dixon wins title, remembers Wilson (1:10)
Dog runs wild on baseball field (0:42)


'Triple revolution' no problem for Cowie

Professional soccer freestyler Indi Cowie juggled and became the first female in history to land a three-revolution soccer trick. Those are some fast feet.


Tom Brady approves of new sketch

Her first attempt wasn't as accurate, so courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg was back at it today during the QB's court appearance, and she succeeded. She said she got a wave and a “thank you” from Brady.


Athletes on Serena's greatness

Former and current athletes, including JJ Watt and James Harden, laud Serena Williams as she aims for the Grand Slam. Said Harden: "She's a warrior."


Who let the dogs out?

The El Paso Chihuahuas hosted the Wiener Schnitzel weenie dog race, and one dog had a little too much fun on the field.


Tony Romo has second bout with eye stye

The Cowboys QB practiced Monday with a healing stye in his left eye. The first one kept him out of practice for a day in training camp a month ago. "I guess the quirky nature of it is it keeps coming back," coach Jason Garrett said. "But he'll be fine."

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Like a good neighbor, someone will fix wall

Angels OF Shane Victorino backed in to the State Farm sign on the outfield wall and knocked it loose, causing a slight delay at O.co Coliseum.


We all dance for ice cream
College Football 

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood planned an offense vs. defense dance-off, complete with an ice cream prize. Players went all out: The worm -- and a belly -- made an appearance.

College Football 

With or without Irving, Cavs top East

There's some concern that Kyrie Irving could miss a good portion of next season due to his injured knee -- but that's not stopping ESPN's Kevin Pelton from declaring Cleveland the East's best team again. Elite without Irving (Insider)

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Luck was 'salty' watching Super Bowl

Colts QB Andrew Luck describes what it was like to see the Patriots win the Super Bowl: "What a thrilling finish as a fan of football...but there's a big part of you that's still salty."


Giants tie it up

RF Marlon Byrd doubled to right to score Matt Duffy and give him 15 RBIs in 10 games with the Giants. The late rally put the Giants in a position to compete neck-to-neck with the Dodgers. The two are tied 4-4 at the bottom of the ninth. Follow live

Nadal blames poor play on dehydration

That's why his level of play dropped for about a set. "I had some problems. I was sweating a lot," Nadal said after beating 18-year-old Borna Coric in four sets in the US Open's first round. "I recovered [a] little bit. I played, again, more aggressive,"


Wedding Bells For Russell Westbrook

The Thunder star tied the knot with college sweetheart Nina Earl this weekend ... and wore a surprisingly subdued outfit, as well. Check it out

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Bartolo Colon makes Mets history

With the 3-1 win over the Phillies, Colon is now the oldest pitcher in Mets history to have an outing of 8-plus IP and 0 runs allowed. 40-year-old Miguel Batista threw a two-hit shutout vs. the Reds in the last game of 2011.


Fognini flips out at chair ump

Fabio Fognini was fired up after what he perceived as a late call in the seventh game of the fourth set and made the chair ump call his supervisor about it as opponent Steve Johnson watched from the sideline.


DeAndre Jordan leaves agents

The Clippers' center's saga continues as he has parted ways with Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana of Relativity Sports, according to The Los Angeles Times. Jordan still had to pay the agency the 4 percent it earned when he re-signed with the Clippers for $88M over four years.

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Rockies score four in ninth to walk it off

Ben Paulsen hit a two-run, pinch-hit single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Rockies past the Diamondbacks 5-4 in the series opener.


Giants grab OF De Aza from Red Sox

The Giants acquired OF Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from the Red Sox in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Luis Ysla. De Aza is batting .261 with seven homers and 32 RBIs.

Dodgers aquire OF Ruggiano from M's

The Dodgers trade to get OF Justin Ruggiano from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations. Ruggiano played 36 games for the Mariners this season and 49 games for AAA Tacoma.

The good and ugly slides of the Rockies

The Rockies experienced the highs and lows of stealing second base in their walk-off win vs. the D-backs. Charlie Blackmon collected the style points on his tricky steal, while teammate Brandon Barnes collected a face full of dirt on his attempt. Hey, at least Blackmon was safe.


Who caught it better: Kiermaier or Trout?

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier made a leaping grab at the wall, reminiscent of Angels CF Mike Trout's catch from the same area at Camden Yards in 2012.