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Playoff push begins in Pittsburgh

The Cubs and Pirates are looking up at the Cardinals, but both have wild-card hopes as they send Jon Lester and Francisco Liriano to the mound (on ESPN/WatchESPN, in rain delay).

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Redskins WR Jackson: 'No one can stop me'

When DeSean Jackson was asked Monday how one teammate, cornerback Chris Culliver, challenged him in practice, the wide receiver made one point clear: "I don't think no one can guard me."

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Rousey KO's Correia in claymation (0:29)
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7hDarren Rovell

Sources: Adidas makes $200M bid for Harden

Adidas has submitted a bid of $200 million over 13 years to sign Rockets forward James Harden, whose deal with Nike recently expired, sources told ESPN.com.

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Romo, Witten Conversation (5:07)
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Goalkeeper eats burger thrown by fan (0:35)
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Price, Blue Jays roll Twins (1:07)
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Butler's one-handed grab (0:15)
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Use of bat boys stopped after 9-year-old's death

The National Baseball Congress is suspending the use of bat boys and girls during its World Series in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was hit by a bat.

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Face to Face: Missy Franklin (4:11)
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7hBuster Olney

Mets fans deserve standing ovation

It was largely the passion of Mets fans -- their declared frustration, their anger -- that drove their team's front office to make changes in Queens.

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21hSteve Wulf

How MLB deflated potential equipment scandal

Remember The Great Glove Grapple of 1990? Probably not, because unlike the NFL with Deflategate, MLB took the air out of rampant mitt growth without creating controversy, Steve Wulf writes.

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Yasiel Puig: This Is SportsCenter (Walk-up Music) (0:30)
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Fitzgerald: Need to finish games (2:04)
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Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers work out, part 2 (0:13)
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3hJohn Clayton

Clayton: 49ers run game still a focus

In San Francisco, an efficient running game was a constant during the Jim Harbaugh years. Everything has changed, but the focus on the run game shouldn't, as John Clayton explains.

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Bills suspend O-line coach Kromer for 6 games

The Bills announced the suspension of offensive line coach Aaron Kromer for the first six games of the season, the penalty for a July incident that led to assault charges for Kromer and his son.

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Star Lotulelei carted off with injured foot (0:39)
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How will they line up: Premier League season preview 2015-16 (2:52)
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Mel Kiper Jr.'s tire woes (2:23)
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Green-Beckham feeling healthy, focused (1:42)

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D-backs go back-to-back in the 4th
MLB 

Welington Castillo followed David Peralta's 2-run homer with a solo shot to give Arizona a 4-0 advantage over the Nationals. Nick Ahmed homered earlier, giving Washington starter Doug Fister a career-high-tying three HRs allowed in the contest. Follow live

MLB 

Buster Posey doubles lead for Giants
MLB 

The catcher hit a 2-run shot to center -- his 16th of the season -- to make it 4-0 vs. the Braves in the third inning. The Giants are currently tied for the second NL wild card spot. Follow live

MLB 

Tony Romo, Jason Witten talk Loyalty
NFL 

ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden sat down with the Cowboys QB and tight end. Said Witten: "My job is to support [Romo] until we can't play anymore." Said Romo: "We're lucky to be on a team with some really good players."

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Rain delay in Pittsburgh

The skies really opened up in the bottom of the second and play has been suspended. The Pirates and Cubs are scoreless.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Agree with what Dallas Braden and Aaron Boone are saying: The Pirates' runners seem uncomfortable/uncertain taking their leads at first.

Someone get this kangaroo a putter
Golf 

This kangaroo has a real fascination with the flagsticks on an Australian golf course. An adorable, relentless fascination.

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Golf 

Conforto's 1st career homer puts Mets up

LF Michael Conforto hit a 3-run homer to right to open the scoring in Miami. That's good news for New York starter Bartolo Colon, who is 0-6 with a 6.16 ERA in his last 7 starts. Follow live

Belt, Crawford hit back-to-back homers

Both long balls were opposite-field, and both were solo shots with two outs to give the Giants a 2-0 lead against the Braves in the second. Brandon Belt now has 13 homers this season, and Brandon Crawford upped his total to 17. Follow live

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Wonder why Andrew McCutchen didn't get a bigger lead against Lester. Thrown out stealing. 0-0, Cubs-Pirates, on ESPN.

Not this time, Cutch

Entering the game, 30 of 36 baserunners have stolen successfully off Jon Lester. But Cubs C David Ross threw out Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen at second to end the first and keep it scoreless heading into the second inning. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

The 'Taylor Swift of boxing' returns
Boxing 

USA boxer Cam Awesome discusses if he has a violent streak and his fighting style: “I’d like to quote the great Kenny Powers and say ‘fundamentals are crutches for the untalented,’ so I made up everything I did on my own.”

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Boxing 

Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Jon Lester starts Aug. like he ended July. He had 50 k's last month, most in majors and most for a Cub in July since F. Jenkins in 1970

Mel Kiper Jr. -- man, myth or legend?
NFL 

Perhaps all three? Consider this: The 55-year-old NFL draft guru said on Mike & Mike that he has never changed a tire, never written a check and never had an ATM card.

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Mets playing in unfamiliar territory
NFL 

New York takes the field tonight vs. the Marlins with at least a share of first place for the first time this late in a season since Sept. 19, 2008. Tonight's pitching matchup: Bartolo Colon (Mets) vs. Tom Koehler (Marlins). Follow live

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NFL 

Pittsburgh suspends 2 for season opener

Panthers WR Tyler Boyd and DE Rori Blair were suspended for the game against Youngstown State for separate DUI incidents this offseason. "In addition to their game suspensions, Tyler and Rori have been, and will continue to be, subject to internal discipline and accountability," coach Pat Narduzzi said. Boyd has posted consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, while Blair led the team with 5.5 sacks last season.

First place at stake for sliding Nationals

After getting swept by the Mets, Washington is at risk of falling out of the top NL East spot for the first time since June 19. SP Doug Fister can make ensure that that doesn't happen with a win vs. the Diamondbacks tonight. Follow live

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Watch: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
MLB 

Get a glimpse of two teams battling for postseason positioning as Pittsburgh (leads first wild card) hosts Chicago (tied for second wild card) tonight. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Kromer on recent arrest
NFL 

Bills OL coach Aaron Kromer issued a brief statement to reporters Monday, "I'm sure everybody wants to hear what happened over the last couple of weeks. I'm not at liberty to talk about it," according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. Story

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NFL 

Tough love: RB's mom won't wear jersey

“You’ve got to show me a little something, but it won’t be this year,” said Carmen Gordon, mother of Chargers rookie Melvin Gordon. “He's got to earn it. ... So you might see me in the stands, but I won’t have the jersey on. I did the same thing in college because I just want to hear what people are saying.”

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ICYMI: Jordan has ice water in his veins
NBA 

Michael Jordan, the king in the clutch during his NBA career, drained another buzzer-beater to beat Jimmy Butler in a shooting contest at Jordan's camp. Yes, he's still got it.

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Jason Kipnis headed to disabled list
MLB 

The Indians 2B has been placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation, and Cleveland recalled IF Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus.

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MLB 

Giants' DE options without Pierre-Paul

Robert Ayers and Damontre Moore will be counted on, but Field Yates says replacing Jason Pierre-Paul's on-field production will be difficult to do. "He's one of the preeminent edge rushers in the game."

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