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5hMark Schlabach

Schlabach: A farewell to offseason, hello to our final picks

A list-a-palooza of the best of college football's long layoff, along with predictions for each FBS conference and what to watch across the country.

Bob Ryan: Patriots will be scrutinized more than ever (0:54)
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Berry: My bold fantasy football predictions

John Brown will catch at least 10 TDs this season. Yes, you heard me ... 10 TDs! With this and other predictions, Matthew Berry goes way out on a limb with a bold statement for each NFL team.

Ridiculous behind-the-back conversion (0:28)
31mAdam Rubin

Sources: Mets stick to Harvey plan, spurn agent

The Mets intend to proceed with an innings plan for Matt Harvey that will allow him to pitch into the postseason, ignoring a stricter cap that agent Scott Boras advocated, team sources told ESPN.

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CourtCast: Follow US Open action live

US Open defending champion Marin Cilic won a fifth set battle at Flushing Meadows, while Venus Williams finally won a match in two sets. Novak Djokovic is on court with Andreas Seppi (live coverage on ESPN/WatchESPN).

Brady's back and so are the Pats (0:52)
Not Top Plays (1:39)
Who prevails this weekend in college football? (1:56)
College heavyweights preparing to square off this weekend (2:43)
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6hJim Bowden

Possible playoff race X factors

Jim Bowden identifies a player on each contender's team who could make an impact in the final weeks, including a few big-names starting pitchers.

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2hCraig Custance

Custance: Paying tribute to a lost teammate

When it came to spending his day with the Stanley Cup, former Blackhawks grinder Daniel Carcillo chose to use it to pay tribute to his friend and lost teammate, Steve Montador.

Jen Welter: 'It was very natural with the guys' (1:43)
4hReed Kuhn

Kuhn: Betting UFC 191: Johnson-Dodson

ESPN Chalk's Reed Kuhn takes a look at where the betting value lies for UFC 191, including the Demetrious Johnson-John Dodson bout.

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1hMechelle Voepel

Voepel: Wright right at home playing for Liberty

After 10 seasons in Seattle, Tanisha Wright took her talents to New York. And in returning home and teaming with Bill Laimbeer, the guard and defensive stalwart is again making a big impact.

Venus thankful to reach second week (2:06)
Nike BMX in Spain (1:30)
Cold Hard Facts: What we learned about Michigan (1:03)
Ruling a major rebuke of Goodell's power (1:17)
Kiper: Adoree' Jackson 'could be spectacular this season' (0:40)
3hMike Wise

Sports and racial identity

Mike Wise writes that Serena Williams has embraced her blackness and found a spiritual home while Tiger Woods has been proudly biracial and found a perhaps unintended kind of isolation.


Scout's Take: Elijah Holyfield
College Football 

Holyfield should fit well within a Georgia offensive system that is not afraid to ride running backs -- like Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb, writes Tom Luginbill. Well-rounded (Insider)

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College Football 

49ers in control at halftime vs. Panthers
College Football 

Charlotte took a commanding 20-3 lead into halftime against Georgia State, thanks in part to this rainbow touchdown from Matt Johnson to Austin Duke for a 63-yard touchdown.

College Football 

49ers cut free agent pickup Dockett

San Francisco signed DT Darnell Dockett to a two-year, $7.25M contract this offseason, but the team cut him today, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports. Dockett had 40.5 sacks and made three Pro Browls in 10 years with the Cardinals.

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A bobbling football? No problem
College Football 

Lenoir-Rhyne University DB Cliff Barrett intercepted a pass ... while falling down ... while the ball was twirling end over end. Someone check his gloves for duct tape.

College Football 

Charlotte explodes for long touchdown
College Football 

Charlotte officially busted this one open when QB Matt Johnson found Austin Duke for a 63-yard bomb and a touchdown to extend their lead, making it 20-3 before half.

College Football 

Watch: Novak Djokovic takes second set

After claiming the first set 6-3 over Italy's Andreas Seppi, the top seed also took the second set 7-5 to get within one set of the US Open's round of 16. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Pettine: Manziel's recovery 'on schedule'

The Browns QB has been throwing tennis and weighted balls as he recovers from a sore right elbow. He has been dealing with tendonitis and hasn't thrown a football since Aug. 11. Coach Mike Pettine said Manziel could begin throwing again as early as Friday.

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Captain Keane stays in top form for ireland

LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane continued his fine run of form against Gibraltar, notching a brace as the Republic of Ireland comfortably defeated Gibraltar.


Andy Levitre trade benefits both teams

NFL Insiders explain: The Falcons got a new starter, and the Titans got value for a player who might have been cut.


Georgia State gets on the board with FG
College Football 

Georgia State's drive came up short, but it did manage to cut into Charlotte's lead and make it 13-3 with just a little time left before half.

College Football 

Jane McManus Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com 

Venus Williams, who defeated Belinda Bencic in the third round, is one step closer to a potential quarterfinal meeting with sister Serena. Asked if there is a difference between their recent matches and the earlier ones in her career. "I used to always win in the early days," Venus said.


Are NBA stars overplaying in the summer?

In a league beset by overuse injuries, David Thorpe questions the wisdom and safety of NBA players playing in summer pro-am games: "It just seems to me that, No. 1: Guys play too many games anyway."


Cubs take commanding lead in 5th

With the bases loaded once again vs. the D-backs, new Cub Austin Jackson hit an RBI single through the infield and Chris Coghlan became the eighth Cub to draw a walk as he put the Cubs up 8-2 -- and then Anthony Rizzo's second career grand slam happened to make it 12-2. Follow live

Jen Welter Reflects On Internship

"I took every chance I could just to really get to know them for the men that they were," said the former Cardinals coaching intern.


Does Barkley trade mean Tebow time?

ESPN's Adam Schefter says with Matt Barkley going to Arizona, it could mean Tim Tebow will make the roster: "If the Eagles are going to carry three quarterbacks, then Tim Tebow would stand to figure to make that roster in Philadelphia."


Who says you can't surf in heels?

Who cares if it's because she lost a bet -- pro surfer Maud Le Car classes up the water and makes it look easy.


FAMU band member sentenced in hazing death

Caleb Jackson, a former Florida A&M band member who had been waiting for an official ruling on his punishment, was sentenced to four years in prison. Jackson was sentenced Friday after being postponed twice in the past month. He pleaded no contest to manslaughter and hazing in 2013.

Diamondbacks cut into deficit

Phil Gosselin's double to left scored RF Ender Inciarte, who had earlier stolen second and third. The Diamondbacks now trail the Cubs 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Follow live