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A hero's story: The life and tragic murder of prep star Rajaan Bennett

Rajaan Bennett had an SEC scholarship and a bright future when he died in a murder-suicide while protecting his family. His impact on his Georgia hometown is felt to this day.

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43mTodd Archer and Adam Schefter

Sources: Cowboys' Gregory faces longer ban

The Cowboys' Randy Gregory has entered a treatment facility and is facing a longer suspension due to another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, sources told ESPN.

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Odell Beckham Jr. shows no mercy at his camp (0:22)
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1hBill Barnwell

Barnwell's bounce-back teams for 2016

After experiencing a bunch of bad luck in 2015, the Cowboys and Tony Romo look primed to improve this season. Bill Barnwell predicts which NFL teams will rise and decline in 2016.

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13mRob Demovsky

Packers' Nelson on PUP due to new knee injury

One day after Jordy Nelson was placed on the PUP list, he clarified that he has an issue with the left knee -- not the torn ACL in his right knee that forced him to miss all of last season.

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Should Jordan have said something sooner? (0:54)
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4hJ.A. Adande

Carmelo Anthony is bringing discourse back

Carmelo Anthony can't pinpoint what pressed him into action, but the NBA star is now front and center of a national crisis, J.A. Adande writes. We're all better for it.

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2mZach Lowe

Will the Magic's latest reset work?

Orlando's first attempt at rebuilding didn't go as planned, and now the Magic are hoping their latest plan has them on the rocky road to becoming an Eastern Conference contender.

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Bench-clearing brawl leads police to come on field (0:24)
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Top dunks from the free throw line (1:24)
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Golic astounded CFL allows coach to be in QBs ear during play (2:21)
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Smith: Critics of MJ should look to white athletes too (1:09)
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Officials: Cowboys bus not at fault in fatal crash

Investigators have determined that the van in Sunday's fatal crash involving a Cowboys bus failed to yield the right-of-way from a stop sign and was struck by the motor coach.

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Viral Vault: The epic pizza throw in Boston (0:54)
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Virginia freshman dunks from free throw line (0:22)
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ICC: Juventus 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (1:17)
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15hRyan McGee

Power Rankings: Looking good!

Kyle Busch didn't just win at the Brickyard, he dominated like no one ever. And that's enough "ever" to put him back atop Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Arizona Cardinals placed S Tyrann Mathieu (knee), DT Frostee Rucker (foot), CB Justin Bethel (foot) and LB Zack Wagenmann (foot) on the active/PUP list. The Cardinals report to training camp Thursday.

NFL 

Gregory seeks treatment after violation
NFL 

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory has entered an undisclosed treatment facility and faces a longer ban from play after violating the NFL's drug-abuse policy.

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NFL 

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bears, Bucs coach Lovie Smith on whether Devin Hester is a Hall of Famer: "Yes. Absolutely. When you are the best to ever play that position in the NFL, you should end up in the Hall of Fame. He changed the way the game was played." Hester, 33, was released by the Falcons Tuesday, and his immediate plans remain unclear.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After the Rose Bowl loss to Stanford, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz asked his staff regarding Christian McCaffrey: Who in the last 17 years have we played who's better than him? [Antwaan] Randle El is the closest thing in my mind," Ferentz said of the former Indiana star. "I still think if Randle El had played at Florida State, he would have won two Heismans. He was such a dynamic player."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State's captains grab a quick break before heading to their individual podiums and an hour of questions from writers at Big Ten media days. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, quarterback J.T. Barrett and center Pat Elflein will be highly in demand.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Josh Gordon is set and scheduled to report to the Browns today. The process of getting him ready to practice begins.

Heather Dinich ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Nick Saban if he thought he had a top four team this year and he said he doesn't know yet. "There's so many things you don't know until you start going through the season and you see how people respond." He said "it's not something you can visually see." He knows his team is talented, but said there's also more to it.

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Phil Mickelson on the final round of The Open at Troon: "I have no regrets, other than not going over to Henrik Stenson's bag and bending his putter." And yes, he was smiling when he said that.

Golf 

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Odell Beckham sends strong message to kids that they should chase their dreams. Then adds: "Most importantly this season, Go Giants! Super Bowl 51 in Houston. We will be there."

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Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

There was no Open hangover for Phil Mickelson but he admitted that his close call at Royal Troon will "over time be more disappointing," given how well he played in finishing second to Henrik Stenson. Mickelson said he didn't want to let it linger and hurt his chances at this week's PGA.

Golf 

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are still in the bullpen market, but balking at including Lucas Giolito, Trey Turner, Reynaldo Lopez in any deals, rival clubs report.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Long has to pass a physical before the Ravens officially sign him. He's dealt with multiple knee injuries over his career, but he declared himself healthy last month in an interview with ESPN.

Dino: Everyone deserves a second chance
NCAAF 

Syracuse coach Dino Babers tells Mike & Mike that Josh Gordon is one of the smartest football players he has been around and that he was even a babysitter for his children.

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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Count Jordan Spieth among those who likes Baltusrol, site of this week's PGA Championship: "I consider it one of the top American golf courses there is."

Golf 

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett did not want to comment about the domestic violence allegations against Ezekiel Elliott but said it would not keep the rookie running back off the field to start training camp. Saturday. "We believe we know all about Ezekiel Elliott and what he's all about as a person and it would be premature to make any comment beyond that," Garrett said.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't think anything is imminent but I believe the Falcons would re-sign OLB O'Brien Schofield before considering signing DE Dwight Freeney. They know what they could get out of each player. Schofield's vocal locker room presence an added bonus.

OTD: Ruth hits two HRs at Yankee Stadium
MLB 

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 32nd and 33rd home runs of the season in a 15-1 Yankees romp over the the St. Louis Browns. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The "loser" in the Melvin Upton trade may be Justin Smoak, if today's lineup is a sign. Upton is in left field, Michael Saunders in right, Edwin Encarnacion at first and Jose Bautista is the DH. Makes sense, as Upton should be a defensive upgrade over Bautista.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals put ex-closer Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation in his rotator cuff. Dean Kiekhefer has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take Rosenthal's spot.

Bench-clearing brawl bring police on field
MLB 

Double-A affiliates Frisco RoughRiders (Astros) and Corpus Christi Hooks (Rangers) needed some police intervention when things got heated.

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MLB 

Federer won't play Rio, US Open
Tennis 

Roger Federer announced today that he will not play for the remainder of the season: "I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year."

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Tennis 

Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

Sources: Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory has checked into treatment facility, won't report to training camp. Already suspended

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Rory McIlroy on this week's PGA Championship: "I feel like I can really do well this week. Every aspect of my game, I'm very comfortable with."

Golf 

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Bubba Watson spent his short break between major championships. . . opening a candy store. That's right, Watson opened Bubba's Sweet Spot in his home town of Pensacola, Fla. on Friday. The concept has been brewing for years and became serious in the last six months. "Who doesn't like candy and fudge and ice cream,'' Watson said. "I'm spending the most money in there.''

Golf