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Fantasy football: Dig into our latest mock draft projections

ESPN analysts completed their eighth mock draft of 2015, a 10-team PPR setup, during which our drafters waited a while on quarterbacks once again.

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CourtCast: Follow Day 1 at the US Open

The US Open is underway. There is plenty of action early, and Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal take center stage under the lights (live on ESPN & WatchESPN).

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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.

How will the judge rule in Deflategate? (2:00)
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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.

5hJim 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?

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ESPN Sport Science - Serena's serve (3:01)
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3hScott 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.

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)
Cards take down Giants (0:32)
Yankees, Braves observe moment of silence for deceased fan (0:43)
Palmer struggles in Cards' win (0:53)
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Rory overtakes Spieth for No. 1; Day lurking

Rory McIlroy has reclaimed the world's No. 1 ranking from Jordan Spieth, but Jason Day could overtake both golfers and grab the top spot with a win this weekend in the Deutsche Bank.Championship.

Matthews on fan falling: 'Horrible scene' (2:52)


Braves fan's death ruled accident

Gregory Murrey fell during the 7th inning of Saturday's game. The medical examiner ruled the death was caused by blunt force injuries to Murrey's head and torso. Murrey's family released a statement today, which read in part: "The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things -- watching the Braves."


Good luck catching this kid

His name is Lil' Sam Semi. His age is 9. His specialty is avoiding defender after defender after defender ...


Jay Gruden: Kirk Cousins starter for 2015

The Redskins coach announced this morning that Cousins will be the team's starting QB for the season. Cousins got the job over Robert Griffin III, who's been dealing with injuries on and off since 2012.

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Sport Science: Serena's serve

Serena Williams' serve is one of the most dangerous weapons in sports. By the time an opponent's brain catches up, the ball is already over the net and they're left with .4 seconds to react.


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Vandeweghe, Bouchard both claim opening sets in their matches; Djokovic cruises to two sets to love lead over Souza. Watch live ESPN/@ESPN3

Watch: Djokovic cruising in first round

The top seed has won the first two sets 6-1, 6-1 vs. Brazil's João Souza in the first round of the US Open. Souza made 11 unforced errors in the second set vs. Djoker's four. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


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.


Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Surgery on Jaguars TE Julius Thomas would be to tighten ligaments at finger joint that were stretched at injury. They tighten naturally but haven't done so as quickly as hoped and won't be fully healed by opener. Surgery now gets him back sooner.

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Edwin Encarnacion named AL Player of the Week. His stats would make for a decent month for most players: .391 BA, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 1.722 OPS

Watch: Novak Djokovic takes first set

The top seed took the first set over João Souza 6-1 in the first round at the US Open. Djoker is the top seed here for the fourth time in the last five years. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Kid is in total awe of Wayne Rooney

If you ever get the chance to stand within feet of the Manchester United star, please react like this youngster did.


Bills name Tyrod Taylor Week 1 starter

Ryan Clark says Rex Ryan's decision to start Taylor is about potential: “You know what you have with those other guys. … Here’s the guy with the most upside.”


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain has been activated off the physically unable to perform list and can begin practicing this week. He will miss the first four games of the regular season due to violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. McClain has been recovering from offseason knee surgery.

UCLA CB Ishmael Adams arrested

Adams was arrested for robbery and is in jail on $100,000 bail. He allegedly used force to take a cell phone from an Uber driver early Sunday morning. Adams started all 13 games in his last two seasons, and recorded a pair of pick-six's and a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD in 2014.

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RG III can't catch a break

Last season, Robert Griffin III struggled with his footwork. Now he's struggling with his health. His future in Washington is uncertain, but one thing is clear. "The RG III experiment is running out of time," John Clayton says.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets No. 1 pick Leonard Williams (knee) is confident he'll face the Browns: "Yeah, I'll definitely be ready by Week 1." He expects to miss 5-7 days. Because of injuries, the Jets may have to play "some" starters on Thursday night, per Todd Bowles. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick won't play. Bowles hasn't decided whether Bryce Petty or Matt Flynn will start at QB.

Ted Ginn Jr. is not happy ... with Madden

The speedy Panthers WR was given an 88 rating for speed in Madden NFL 16, and it's not sitting well with him. “I’m very pissed,’’ Ginn said when asked about the rating. “An 88?’’ Vowing to prove Madden wrong

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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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Mardy Fish: This US Open is different

"It's different for me right now because I realize this is my last event. ... So I want to sort of take in everything and enjoy all aspects of this tournament, because it is so great, but sometimes it's hard." Fish beat Marco Cecchinato in four sets in the first round.


No settlement reached in Brady appeal

Sal Paolantonio and Andrew Brandt explain why the two sides were unable to come to a settlement. Judge Richard M. Berman will rule by Sept. 4.


Mark Teixeira out for Red Sox series

Teixeira will head back to New York for more tests on a bone bruise on his right shin while the Yankees continue their road trip in Boston. Teixeira has started just one game since Aug. 17, when he fouled a ball off his leg. He leads the Yanks in homers (31), RBIs (79) and OPS (.905).


Jaguars' Julius Thomas to miss 4-5 weeks

The tight end needs surgery on a tendon in his finger, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Thomas will get a second opinion on Tuesday. Jacksonville signed the former Bronco to a 5-year, $46M contract this offseason.

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