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Barnwell's bounce-back teams for 2016

After experiencing a bunch of bad luck in 2015, the Cowboys and Tony Romo look primed to improve this season. Bill Barnwell predicts which NFL teams will rise and decline in 2016.

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Carmelo Anthony is bringing discourse back

Carmelo Anthony can't pinpoint what pressed him into action, but the NBA star is now front and center of a national crisis, J.A. Adande writes. And we're all better for it.

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10hRyan McGee

Power Rankings: Looking good!

Kyle Busch didn't just win at the Brickyard, he dominated like no one ever. And that's enough "ever" to put him back atop Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

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David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Clawson said Cam Serigne was one of the offseason standouts in the weight room. Serigne had largely served as a receiver his first two seasons at Wake Forest, but Clawson thinks he'll take a lot more reps as an in-line, blocking tight end this year.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Thomas Dimitroff said the Falcons are still looking at Dwight Freeney.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"We want to make sure every year we have a contending team," Dan Quinn said of the roster

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The cold tubs are ready if needed but it's relatively comfortable for the first day of Packers training camp.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Falcons coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff thanked released Devin Hester for his contribution to the team.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite returning only six starters, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he "sees that potential" for a playoff run for the Buckeyes. Says this is the most talented team, top to bottom, that he's had, though there is pressure on coaches to get young roster ready.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

With Devin Hester released, the Falcons could turn to rookie Devin Fuller in the return game. Fuller told me yesterday he is fully recovered from a preseason hamstring injury.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer lays out the mission this season right off the top: "Have to find a way to replace arguably one of the best groups to ever come through college football." Buckeyes have their work cut out with just six returning starters, but few programs have recruited any better.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Philly, Brooklyn, Denver, Minnesota, Phoenix and Utah have at least $10 million in cap space. Waiters wound up settling for Miami's $2.9 mil

NBA 

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Rough July for Dion Waiters. Until OKC's deal with Alex Abrines, its $6.9M qualifying offer to Waiters was on the table for two-plus weeks.

NBA 

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman vs Cubs potential Oct opponents: Washington - 12 APP since 2012, 1 run, 26 K, 15.1 IP SF - 5 APP last 2 years, 10 K, 6.2 IP, 2 R & BS last Sept LA - 9 APP in career, 0 runs, 17 K, 5 hits, 9 IP

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz acknowledges how tough it is to finish a regular season undefeated and says it comes down to winning the close games. The Hawkeyes won six games by single digits last season and are the Big Ten West favorite for 2016.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

First round of the punting competition is too close to call. On four kicks into the wind against a rush from the 20-yard line, incumbentTim Masthay averaged 35.25 yards and 4.29 seconds of hang time. Rookie Peter Mortell averaged 35.75 and 4.30. Neither one was outstanding.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons announce they have released Devin Hester, the most accomplished return man in NFL history. Hester slowly recovered from toe surgery.

Eric Lundsten ESPN Producer 

Dustin Johnson lets loose off the par-4 11th at Baltusrol GC for PGA Championship practice. DJ has top-10s in his last four major starts - including his June win at Oakmont.

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Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Gordon is back and officially on the Cleveland Browns roster. The team made room for Gordon on the 90-man by waiving DB A.J. Stamps.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

A lot of individual position group and fundamental drills early in the first training camp practice.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Detroit Red Wings avoid arbitration with Danny DeKeyser and sign the 26-year-old defenseman to a six-year deal worth $30 million.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst addresses the quarterback situation: "Those two will get a ton of reps in fall camp. Certainly I don't know when, but we'll name a starting quarterback." The two-man race between Bart Houston and Alex Hornibrook could go deep into camp.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Blue Jays need pitching more than another outfielder. But Melvin Upton gives them some OF insurance with Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders headed to free agency in November. He's also tied for 3rd among MLB left fielders with 9 Defensive Runs Saved, and he has 20 stolen bases this season. The Blue Jays have only 32 steals as a team, so Upton provides some speed they've been lacking on the roster.

Eric Lundsten ESPN Producer 

Jordan Spieth out on Baltusrol's front nine with Phil Mickelson this morning. Spieth has finished T-30 and T-37 in his last two major starts.

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Kevin Maguire Golf 

The early leader in the clubhouse Tuesday morning at the PGA Championship long drive competition? Rory McIlroy. Plenty of big hitters left, though.

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Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Luck said he doesn't feel any pressure with his new $140 million contract.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio on defensive lineman Malik McDowell: "Malik is a playmaker. He's big, he's very athletic, physical. With all that being said, he's going to be a true junior. I think this is the year that sort of catapults him."