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6hNFL Nation Reporters

NFL Nation: Answering key AFC fantasy questions

After nearly a month of training camps, NFL Nation reporters have the intel and answers to all the pressing fantasy questions coming out of the AFC.

6hSheil Kapadia

Wilson says water comments 'perceived wrong'

Russell Wilson clarified Thursday that he didn't suffer a concussion in the NFC title game, expanding on comments about how he believes recovery water helped him last postseason.

Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
Golfer's incredible effort to hit out of a water hazard (1:15)
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Follow live: The Barclays

Can Jordan Spieth get back on track against a star-studded field at The Barclays?

Kid's priceless reaction to snagging foul ball (0:26)
Stephen A. on Mayweather, Rousey beef (1:35)
33mBrando Simeo Starkey, The Undefeated staff writer

Hurricane Katrina: Better black lives

Brando Simeo Starkey writes that Hurricane Katrina showed him that if black people want better lives, that is what they should pursue, rather than racial equality.

Cassel talks Bills QB competition, Rex Ryan (2:08)
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5hJayson Stark

Stark: Why protecting fans is complicated

MLB is investigating how it might safeguard fans from flying balls and bats, but the solution is more difficult than just extending a net in every ballpark.

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7hTodd McShay

McShay: Top offensive line prospects for 2016

Which offensive linemen are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley.

Mercury visit the White House (1:24)
Texas walks off in extras (2:20)
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7hDan Szymborski

Szymborski: Four teams that can learn from disappointment

If baseball's four most disappointing teams -- Nationals, Padres, Mariners, Tigers -- were to take away one lesson from this season, what would it be? Dan Szymborski provides an answer for each.

Lindsay Czarniak's top three - from a Segway (1:01)


Harbaugh starstruck by MJ's call

Need evidence that Michael Jordan still carries weight in today's sports world? Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was in shock when he got a call from Jordan in July. 'The real Michael Jordan?'

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Max Scherzer will start for the Nationals tonight Scherzer thru June 30: 9-5, 1.79 ERA, .495 Opp OPS Since: 2-5, 4.60 ERA, .761 Opp OPS

Ivan Maisel ESPN Senior Writer 

Want to know if rights of football student-athletes are progressing? In last 24 hours, two coaches shouted down for suggestion of withholding cost-of-attendance finds as disciplinary measure. One coach fired for ignoring player safety. The rules have changed.


'Miami Vice'-themed unis for Heat?

Heat owner Micky Arison offered fans a chance to sound off on a Crockett & Tubbs-inspired uniform design. Could these be in the Heat's future? Check it out

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Illinois fire head coach Tim Beckman
College Football 

In a release, Illinois AD Mike Thomas said he learned of "efforts to deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries," adding, "I expect my coaches to protect players and foster their success on and off the field." Story

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Jason Day in striking distance at Barclays

Day is two shots back of current leader Spencer Levin (-7). Trending in the wrong direction though is Jordan Spieth, who's +2 through 9 and sits at +6 overall. Leaderboard


Stan Verrett returns to New Orleans

The ESPN anchor walked down memory lane and showed the house he used to live in, which was flooded by Hurricane Katrina ten years ago.


Mayweather is good at more than boxing

Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas doesn't ease up on Floyd Mayweather when the two square off in hoops. In fact, Thomas turns it up a notch just to match the pound-for-pound champ,


sleepers, busts and breakouts for 2015

ESPN's panel of fantasy football experts give their sleeper, bust and breakout picks for the 2015 season. Many are in agreement on one particular QB. Can Bradford soar?

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Big weekend ahead for fantasy owners

The third week of the preseason usually means lots of playing time for many top players. So while you're watching the big names on the field, sign up for Fantasy Football and even get into a draft or two. Play for free


Head, shoulders, knees and toes

When Troy Polamalu retired from the NFL, shampoo brand Head & Shoulders needed a new spokesman -- and Odell Beckham Jr.'s two-toned dreads were an obvious answer. "I don't think my hair is as good as Troy's," Beckham told ESPN. "But hopefully I can one day live up to his reputation."

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Usain Bolt: Future to be decided after Rio

The track and field superstar, who said the sport is "not as fun as it used to be," will use the 2016 Olympics as a gauge if he is ready to retire or not, telling the BBC: "It's all about how I feel after Rio -- if I want one more season and if I am going to be focused enough to return."

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Nice catch, kid

A young Rangers fan can't help but jump around in celebration after snagging a foul ball.


Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

University of Texas study: General population, males age 20-39, arrested 1.5X-2X more than NFL players over 13 years.

Watch: Andre Berto media workout

Watch as former two-time welterweight titlist Andre Berto prepares for his fight against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas. Live on ESPN3

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VanHaaren: Recruiting battle for Illini
College Football 

Tim Beckman wasn't long for Illinois, but his firing is likely going to hinder recruiting efforts. Says RB Kentrail Moran: "A lot of players were scared to commit because they were scared this was going to happen. I think this is going to hurt recruiting." Uphill fight (Insider)

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College Football 

Speech impediment connects Rousey, girl

Ronda Rousey takes down opponents with ease in the Octagon, but it took the help of a 5-year-old girl for the UFC champion to learn something about herself.


Remembering Arbour's legacy

Al Arbour, who was part of four Stanley Cup winners as a player and coached the Islanders to four more (in a row), left indelible images on the NHL during his long career. Photos

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Mitchell cleared off DL from concussion

Yankees Bryan Mitchell was reinstated from the seven-day DL. Mitchell suffered a concussion and broken nose after being struck by a line drive against Minnesota on Aug. 17 in his third major league start. He's 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 games this season.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

How good is Illinois job? Location is a plus near so many major cities. In weaker Big Ten division. Facilities updated recently. Like North Carolina, Illinois always has had potential to be much more than it has been. Right coach could get Illini on track, but history of inconsistency and dysfunction concerning.

Enes Kanter meets world's tallest man

At 6-foot-11, Enes Kanter is much, much taller than most people. But even he looked small standing next to Sultan Kosen. Turkish towers


Mariners fire GM Jack Zduriencik

The Mariners are 59-69 this season, fourth in the AL West. Zduriencik had been the team's GM since 2008. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will handle GM responsibilities for rest of the 2015 season. Story

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Talented Mr. Roto: Believe in Maclin

Matthew Berry seems to get Jeremy Maclin in many of his fantasy drafts, as it looks like the wide receiver should help pick up the Chiefs offense this season. 10 lists of 10