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Follow live: 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 (live on ESPN/WatchESPN).

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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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6hDarren 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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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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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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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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Fitzgerald: Need to finish games (2:04)
Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers work out, part 2 (0:13)
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2hJohn 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.


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

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.


Mets playing in unfamiliar territory

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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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

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


Kromer on recent arrest

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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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

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.


Jason Kipnis headed to disabled list

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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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."


In pursuit of the wild card

With Chicago tied with San Francisco for the second NL wild card, the next seven games are huge for the Cubs; they play three in Pittsburgh starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, then they go back home for a four-game series vs. the Giants.


The Butler did it ...

... with one hand, on the practice field. That's Raiders WR Brice Butler, and he looks in mid-season form with this one-handed gem.


Cristiano Ronaldo buys friend an island

If you're Jorge Mendes, being Ronaldo's friend and agent has a lot of perks. Mendes got married Sunday and Ronaldo was the best man in the truest sense of the word: He bought Mendes a Greek island. How much?

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Rousey-Correia beatdown in claymation

Bethe Correia was a lot of talk before her UFC 190 fight against Ronda Rousey. But once she got in the ring it was lights out.


Up close with NFL training camps

Want to know what to watch out for -- besides Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey -- at all 32 NFL camps? Our NFL Nation reporters have you covered. QB auditions highlight storylines


Burnett hoping to pitch again this season

After an MRI on his pitching elbow showed a strain flexor tendon rather than a torn ligament, Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett said: "I'm going to do everything I can to make it back." He was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday and reiterated he's retiring at the end of the season.

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Jeremy Lin: Dota 2 'just like basketball'

The Hornets guard stopped by the International Dota 2 Championships today in Seattle and explained why he loves the game: "It's 5-on-5, you have 3 types of positions ... the higher level you go, it's all about teamwork."


Do you want fries with that?

When opposing fans threw a cheeseburger at goalie Juan Carlos Olave during a match, he did the only thing he could: He took a bite. Now if only they'd throw a soda so he could wash it down.


Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

New York Giants' Rashad Jennings? The running back was repping SpongeBob at training camp today.

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'Kobe' goes 1-on-4

Yep, Brandon Armstrong is at it again. The NBA player impersonator debuted Kobe Bryant today on SportsNation. It's classic Mamba.


Aaron Rodgers kicks it with Munn

While Olivia Munn has been preparing to play Psylocke in the next X-Men movie, the Packers QB has been crashing her workout videos, this time showing off some serious boxing skills.


From 'Beast Mode' to 'Bane'?

Marshawn Lynch was all business at Seahawks' camp today, working out in a mask.