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#NFLRANK: The top 100 players

Who is the best player in the NFL: J.J. Watt or Aaron Rodgers? Our 70-plus voters settled that and plenty of other debates in this year's ranking of the top 100 players.

D-Wade takes no mercy in game of dodgeball (0:14)
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Rousey not planning on fighting into her 30s

Ronda Rousey isn't planning on fighting into her 30s, and she thinks a megafight against Cris "Cyborg" Justino would "definitely" provide a sense of finality to her mixed martial arts career.

Amazing indoor soccer goal (0:13)
Gretzky, more celebs talk Serena (0:52)
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CourtCast: Follow US Open action live

Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep won in today's early matches at Flushing Meadows. Roger Federer is playing now on Arthur Ashe (live coverage on WatchESPN).

She just landed a 'triple-revolution' soccer trick (0:26)
Clark: Trent Richardson is the worst RB of all time (3:26)
9-year-old flies by defense for TD (0:25)
Orioles to honor Cal Ripken Jr. on Tuesday (1:50)
Swinney: Clemson not elite (1:39)
Skip finds Luck's 'salty' comment laughable (3:40)
Winners and losers of the transfer window (8:52)
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Sound off: What is baseball's best walk-up song?

We've paired off 32 of the top tunes currently used by MLB players -- from Taylor Swift to Ted Nugent. Now you get to choose who has the best walk-up song in our ‪#WalkupVote on Twitter.

Who caught it better: Kiermaier or Trout? (1:00)
Top runner-up: Soccer scissor kick (0:18)
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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.

Athletes on Serena's greatness (1:21)
Luck was 'salty' watching Super Bowl (2:51)
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Seifert: Rules changes and points of emphasis for 2015

Offsetting penalties for in-game fighting? Not anymore. Expect to see scuffles -- mild or otherwise -- result in ejections this season. That's not the only rules/procedural change in store.


Ronda Rousey: I'll retire in my 30s

The MMA champ said on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast: "I don't want to be fighting in my 30s. By 30s, I mean 31, 32." Rousey is 28 years old. More shots at Cyborg

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Braxton Miller hasn't won the job outright, but the former Ohio State QB and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year is bracketed with Curtis Samuel as a starter at H-back on the depth chart. Urban Meyer said Monday that Miller's last couple practices were "outstanding," and the release of the two-deep roster suggests he's ready to play a significant role against Virginia Tech.

Wait, she did what?

Watch how this girl scores a goal playing indoor soccer by flipping the ball over the goalkeeper with two feet.


Transfer day wrap up

It was a relatively mellow day in the world of soccer moves, with the deal that fell through (David De Gea to Real Madrid) as the headline. Notable moves:

  • DeAndre Yedlin loaned to Sunderland
  • Anthony Martial signs with Man United
  • Papy Djilobodji joins Chelsea

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Nebraska WR masters the circus catch
College Football 

The tip in the end zone was pretty good, but the behind-the-back sideline snag was our favorite Jordan Westerkamp catch.

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Who caught it better: Kiermaier or Trout?

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier made a leaping grab at the wall, reminiscent of Angels CF Mike Trout's catch from the same area at Camden Yards in 2012.


Dantonio's cell goes off during presser
College Football 

Who called Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio that made him sheepishly crack a smile?

College Football 

Watch: Roger Federer's first round

The 2-seed will face Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in the first round of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The two have met just once before, when Fed beat Mayer in straight sets at the Shanghai Masters in 2014. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

College kid rips impressive scissor kick

The college soccer season is young, but we may have spotted the goal of the season already. It comes courtesy of South Carolina's Jeffrey Torda.


ICYMI: Kid is in total 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.


Panama takes over in third quarter

After trailing by 5 at halftime, Panama outscored Uruguay 21-12 in the third quarter to take a 4-point lead into the fourth at the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament. Live on ESPN3

Manziel was flagged during draft prep

One NFL team flagged Manziel with tendinitis in his throwing elbow -- commonly known as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow -- during the 2014 NFL draft, a source with direct knowledge of that team's draft evaluations tells ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Story

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It's never too late for fantasy football

The NFL season may be only 10 days away, but it's the right time to sign up for fantasy football and start building your winning team. Play for free

Who's making the MLB playoffs?

For the most part, ESPN experts are unified on predicting the postseason field. However, debate remains on the AL's second wild card and the NL West winner. Who's in? Who's out?

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Wozniacki cruises into second round

Caroline Wozniacki dropped just two games in her first round match against Jamie Loeb, winning 6-2, 6-0. Wozniacki had just 10 unforced errors in the match. US Open live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Another Orioles player is the new Iron Man

Baltimore's Manny Machado has a long, long way to go to catch Cal Ripken Jr.'s record of 2,632 straight games played. But his 131 games played in a row is the current MLB record (via Elias). Machado, who can't break Ripken's record until 2031, is the only MLBer to play every game this season.

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Will the Tide get rolled in 2015?
College Football 

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Sharon Katz break down why the Football Power Index (FPI) is only giving Alabama a 5% chance to win the SEC. One simple answer: a brutal strength of schedule.

College Football 

21 major titles in 19 seconds

Gatorade commissioned artists from around the world to create 21 pieces of art celebrating each of Serena Williams' major wins. Titled "Serena 21," watch it all come together in 19 seconds.


Starr's wife, son recall Ice Bowl

Ian O'Connor: "As Starr took his team down the field, Cherry said, “I was scared to death. I really didn’t think we could do it.” Bart Jr., 10 years old and wrapped in a blanket, was sitting with friends near the opposite end zone and feeling a much different vibe." 'He’s going to find a way’

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Donald Young has never come back from 0-2 down in Majors (0-15). But he has the chance now! The American pushes No.11 seed Simon to 5th set.

Golic: Ohio State knows who its QB will be
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The Buckeyes may have said publicly they won't decide who is starting under center until they run onto the field against Virginia Tech, but ESPN's Mike Golic thinks the players already know.

College Football 

Steele's best CFB win total bets in 2015
College Football 

ESPN Chalk's Phil Steele lays out three teams he believes can surpass their over/under win totals for the 2015 season. Which team is his best bet? Here's a hint: They look good in orange.

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Iron Man: 'Hard to believe' it's been 20 years

The Orioles will honor the 20-year anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record tonight. Ripken Jr. discussed what it means on SportsCenter.