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From The Mag: Inside Bart Starr's drive to honor Brett Favre

The once mighty, seemingly invincible Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr is now 81 years old, and he doesn't quite know how to piece together his life. But he has a helpful team to guide him.

She just landed a 'triple-revolution' soccer trick (0:26)
9-year-old flies by defense for TD (0:25)
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CourtCast: Follow US Open action live

Roger Federer, Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki highlight today's early matches at Flushing Meadows (live coverage on WatchESPN).

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)
Reds rough up Cubs (0:49)
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.

How will the judge rule in Deflategate? (2:00)
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How MLB walk-up music became a designated hit

The batter's box has become a jukebox, as each player strides to the plate accompanied by his own anthem. How did walk-up tunes become baseball's soundtrack? And does the music make a difference?

Like a good neighbor, someone will fix the State Farm wall (0:33)
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Burnside: League at crucial crossroads

What the NHL ultimately decides to do about the Patrick Kane and Slava Voynov situations will have a wide-ranging effect on its recently revived image.

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Dog runs wild on baseball field (0:42)


World No. 2 Halep takes first set

Simona Halep, who's on a small list of players who could deny Serena Williams the calendar-year Grand Slam, claimed the first set of her first match 6-2 over Marina Erakovic. The second set just started. Live on WatchESPN


ICYMI: We all dance for ice cream
College Football 

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood planned an offense vs. defense dance-off, complete with an ice cream prize. Players went all out: The worm -- and a belly -- made an appearance.

College Football 

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?


Heat are most intriguing team in 2015-16

Some exciting pieces exist, however, Grantland's Zach Lowe cautions: "There is a real chance Miami has mortgaged its future to build a 45-win team that will fade with [President] Pat Riley, leaving his successor to cobble together a new team from the rubble." Heat check

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The NHL's Great One on tennis' Great One

Wayne Gretzky, one of hockey's most decorated players, says of Serena Williams: "She deserves all the accolades she's getting. She's fun to watch."


Beast of the East?

See what the Summer Forecast panel had to say about the Celtics' chances in the East this upcoming season. Can they build on a surprise playoff appearance and a summer full of free-agent signings? 2015 Summer Forecast

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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.


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.


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

MadBum-Greinke matchup huge for Giants

The Cubs and Pirates running away with the NL wild cards leaves a "level of desperation in tonight's [Giants-Dodgers] game" writes ESPN's Buster Olney. SF needs it more (Insider)

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Jeff Saturday: Redskins should cut RG III

The former Colt thinks QB Robert Griffin III needs a fresh start: "If you're RG III, and you're sitting on this football team, all it's going to be is a distraction."


Watch: Day 2 of US Open on ESPN

Monday's Day 1 saw Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all cruise to the second round, and today's play sees Andy Murray and Roger Federer taking the court. Live on WatchESPN

Herbie analyzes ACC's best QB situations

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit says that although Clemson has the best quarterback in the ACC, you can never look past the near-perfect consistency Jimbo Fisher has established at Florida State.

Who's got it best? (Insider)

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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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Carter: Kobe's a different guy

Cris Carter says he doesn't see the next Kobe Bryant coming up. "The world is a lot closer so I think it's impossible to have the environment that these other athletes grew up in."


There's no place like ... Road games?
College Football 

We sat down with some of the best players the Big Ten has to offer and listened to their favorite tales of playing on the road, whether it was in Happy Valley or at the Horse Shoe.

College Football 

US announces 2015 Rugby World Cup team

Saracens' Chris Wyles will captain the US Eagles, leading a team that includes 20 players who will be playing in their first World Cup and 13 who are contracted overseas. Says coach Mike Tolkin: "In terms of Rugby World Cup experience, yes, this is a relatively inexperienced group. However... many of these players do have a fair bit of international play under their belts since 2011." Roster

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Tim Jennings visiting Buccaneers

The former Bears CB is visiting the Buccaneers and his former head coach Lovie Smith today, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports. The Bears cut the two-time Pro Bowl player this weekend.

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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.


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.