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6hRyan McGee

McGee: Biggest surprise of the 2015 college football season?

Ryan McGee polls those in the know to find out which teams and players will come out of nowhere in 2015. For starters, don't sleep on the Pac-12. Or Oklahoma. Or LSU. Or an upset in Blacksburg.

Rutgers players dance off for ice cream prize (1:30)
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CourtCast: Follow Day 1 at the US Open

The US Open is underway. Mardy Fish and Venus Williams are in action early, while Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal take center stage under the lights (live on ESPN & WatchESPN).

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

2hJim 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?

9-year-old flies by defense for TD (0:25)
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7mScott 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)
Cobb injury putting a strain on Packers' receiving corps (0:30)
1hPat Yasinskas

Bucs OC: Ankle injury affecting QB Winston

Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has a sprained ankle but is expected to be "full speed" by the opener, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter revealed Monday.

4hJason Sobel

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)
Arena football player makes acrobatic grab (0:19)


Morris solid if unspectacular option

QBs Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins have been all the talk today, but RB Alfred Morris is a Redskin you shouldn't forget about on draft day. Weekly, he's one of the most consistent backs, which makes him a top commodity. Play for free

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Good luck catching this kid

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


Kei Nishikori ousted at the US Open

No. 4 seed Nishikori, last year's runner-up, fell to Benoit Paire in five sets. It's the first time since Patrick Rafter in 1999 that a man has lost in the 1st round after reaching the final the previous year. Coverage on ESPN/WatchESPN

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We all dance for ice cream
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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.

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Serve the ball, not the racket

Benoit Paire put a lot on his serve during this point at the US Open -- maybe too much.


100+ NFL players surveyed on Deflategate

  • 72%: The Patriots deflated the footballs
  • 16%: "Upset" by it
  • 68%: Other teams tamper with footballs
And should Brady have been suspended?

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In surprising move, Bills cut jackson

RB Fred Jackson was released by Buffalo today. His time in the Bills' backfield dates back to 2007, but his last 1,000-yard rushing season was 2009. At 34, he was the oldest running back in the NFL.

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Little kid is in 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.


Russell responds to angry Lakers fans

D'Angelo Russell sent out a Tracy McGrady-related tweet that angered part of the Lakers fan base. This weekend he responded to them, and he didn't exactly mince words. 'There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans'

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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.


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota said of course he wants to play Thursday night in preseason finale against the Vikings. "If they allow me to play, I'll do my best."

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First attempt? Not so good. Second attempt? Much better. Courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg redeemed herself with this strikingly accurate portrayal of Tom Brady. Note: She had no time constraints while creating the image on the right.

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.


Jay Gruden names Kirk Cousins starting QB

The Redskins coach explains his decision to start Cousins over Robert Griffin III: "It's not so much what somebody didn't do; it's just what Kirk has done. What he's done at practice and OTAs has really opened our eyes and he's proven to the best quarterback on our roster."


Serena Williams shames body shamers

"It's me, and I love me. I've learned to love me. I've been like this my whole life and I embrace me. I love how I look. I am a full woman and I'm strong, and I'm powerful, and I'm beautiful at the same time." Watch

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No settlement in Deflategate hearing

Judge Richard M. Berman said his ruling would definitely come by Friday and possibly as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday after the NFL and NFLPA were unable to reach a settlement today.

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Andrew Brandt @adbrandt

Asked someone in Brady camp if settlement negotiations ever got close to an agreement. Answer: "No."

SEC football is right around the corner
College Football 

With days remaining until the start of the college football season, it's time to dust off your LSU cowboy boots, break out your Texas A&M belt, and iron your Vols flag.

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McGee: Surprises in college football
College Football 

In 2013, no one saw Jameis Winston coming. In 2014, no one saw Ohio State or its title-winning quarterback(s). So what out-of-left-field storyline does Ryan McGee predict for this season? Don't sleep on the Pac-12

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