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J.J. Watt is football's real-life action hero

Unstoppable on the field, J.J. Watt is now in Hollywood's glare off it -- rarefied air for a defender.

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RB Jackson slams Bills general manager Whaley

In thanking fans for their support over his nine-year career, ex-Bills running back Fred Jackson also took a parting shot at general manager Doug Whaley in an interview with The Buffalo News.

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Cam's little bro following in his shoes (0:19)
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Brady goofs on Deflategate scandal (0:25)
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Deflategate more about Goodell's power than Brady's wrongdoing? (2:05)
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Courtcast: Follow the US Open live

Rising star CoCo Vandeweghe is among those in action Wednesday afternoon in Flushing (live on ESPN3 & WatchESPN). Serena Williams also resumes her quest for the Grand Slam on Day 3 of the US Open.

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Bryant: The one place MJ can't touch LeBron

In ESPN The Magazine's New Orleans Issue, Howard Bryant writes that LeBron James is the greatest athlete-activist of his time, putting him in a realm of greatness Michael Jordan can't touch.

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NFL 25 Under 25 Rankings: Khalil Mack is No. 1

Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack leads Mel Kiper Jr. and Mike Sando's annual list of the NFL's top 25 players under the age of 25. Where does second-year stud Odell Beckham Jr. fall on the list?

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Sound off: What is baseball's best walk-up song?

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

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Saxon: Bullpen finishes what Greinke starts

Zack Greinke showed why he'll likely win the NL Cy Young Award. But the Dodgers are only as good as their bullpen, which was at its best in preserving Tuesday's win.

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Garber: Kyrgios own worst enemy in Open exit

We've come to expect antics and outbursts from Nick Kyrgios when he's on the court. But there were flashes of brilliance in his four-set loss against Andy Murray that the Aussie could build on.

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Time to worry about Johnny Cueto?

The early returns on Johnny Cueto indicated the Royals had their No. 1 starter, but his last three starts might tell a different story.

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Clark: Trent Richardson is the worst RB of all time (3:26)
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Tough to be a vegan NFL player? (1:07)
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De La Rosa forgets how to pitch
MLB 

It's really unclear what Diamondbacks SP Rubby De La Rosa was thinking here. But his chucking of the ball at the backstop resulted in a balk.

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Brady: "Such an enjoyable offseason"
NFL 

Tom Brady joked to a crowd during the team's annual fundraiser. It marks his 1st time publicly speaking since an appearance at Salem State College on May 7 and just the 2nd time since the Wells Report's release,

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NFL 

One-armed golfer shows off swing
Golf 

Tommy Morrissey, a four-year-old one-armed golfer, shows off his skills on the course.

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino returns to the Georgia Dome on Saturday, where he coached the Falcons in 2007. Petrino was asked on the ACC coaches call about the way he handled his resignation. "That was such a long time ago, I haven't even thought about it."

Marlins SS Hechavarría injured

Adeiny Hechavarría left today's game vs. the Braves with an unknown leg injury after beating out a bunt single in the second inning. Hechavarría had emerged as one of baseball's top defenders this year. The Marlins lead 2-0. Follow live

Picking MLB's award winners
MLB 

ESPN's Keith Law lays out his choices for all of MLB's awards, highlighted by a surprise AL Cy Young winner and Josh Donaldson over Mike Trout for AL MVP. Hypothetical ballot (Insider)

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MLB 

Tyler Seguin: next Dallas Cowboys WR?
NHL 

We're not sure how this skill translates to the ice, but Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin made the seamless transition to the football field catching passes.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden had an interesting perspective on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during Wednesday's MNF conference call. "He is physically different than any man I've seen play quarterback," Gruden said. "He looks like Charles Oakley or a power forward, He is built to last."

Peterson leads NFL's most overrated
NFL 

Aaron Schatz concedes that, even after taking a year off, Adrian Peterson is a top 10 RB. But is he one of a dozen top players overall, or even the best at his position? "That's really, really unlikely," Schatz writes. Overrated/underrated (Insider)

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NFL 

J.J. Watt named top player in #NFLRank

It was Watt, not MVP Aaron Rodgers, who grabbed the top spot in our #NFLRANK Top 100 players. But this is not an MVP vote; instead players were ranked based on greatness. Where's your favorite player?

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'I kind of blacked out running the bases'
MLB 

Blue Jays 2B Ryan Goins after his first career walk-off home run: "I didn’t even feel the water get dumped on me at home plate."

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MLB 

Keys moving on at US Open
Tennis 

Madison Keys easily took care of Tereza Smitkova, 6-1, 6-2, to advance to the third round of the US Open. This is the first time the 20-year-old Keys has reached the third round in New York.

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Tennis 

Stanton still alive in NL homer race
MLB 

Nolan Arenado holds a one HR lead over Carlos Gonzalez and Bryce Harper. Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton, who's nearing a return from a broken hand, lurks in the background.

MLB 

Fred Jackson takes aim at Bills GM
NFL 

Jackson, now with Seattle, told the Buffalo News: "There's only one person in that organization that I haven't gotten honesty from, and that was [Doug Whaley]." The Bills released the RB Monday after 8 years in Buffalo.

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NFL 

Fish takes early lead over Lopez
Tennis 

Playing in his final pro tournament, Mardy Fish took the first set off 18-seed Feliciano Lopez, 6-2. However, Lopez has battled back and leads in the second set. Live on ESPN3, WatchESPN

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Tennis 

The Royals' biggest threat? Chickenpox
MLB 

All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera and OF Alex Rios will miss a couple weeks after being diagnosed with chickenpox. The diagnosis' raises concerns that other Royals players and opponents may have been exposed. Kansas City leads the AL Central by 12 games.

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MLB 

LeBron > MJ in one area
NBA 

Howard Bryant categorizes James as the leading athlete-activist of his time: "Every day of his career has existed under the shadow of Jordan, but as citizen, LeBron does not look up to Michael. It should be the other way around." How he helps

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NBA 

Michigan with toughest Week 1 test
College Football 

"I've talked to a bunch of coaches. I can't find one who thinks they're going to win at Utah," ESPN's Adam Rittenberg told SportsCenter.

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College Football 

College football: 10 bold predictions
College Football 

With the new season nearly upon us, it's time to break out the predictions. ACC fans will not be happy with No. 1. ACC shut out, SEC beat up

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College Football 

Experts make picks for national champ

College football is just a day away which means there's never a better time to make picks for this year's champion. And while 12 of our experts are picking an Ohio State repeat, even more are picking against the Buckeyes. See the picks

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'Concussion' film sparks controversy
NFL 

Citing studio emails leaked in the hack of Sony Pictures, The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Will Smith film "Concussion" was altered to avoid antagonizing the NFL. The Times quoted one email that discusses a top Sony lawyer taking "most of the bite" out of the film "for legal reasons with the NFL." Director's response

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NFL 

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Still working to confirm the details on NFL Network report that Saints CB Keenan Lewis will miss 4-6 weeks after having hip surgery. A Saints source called the report inaccurate but didn't offer specifics. Losing Lewis for a lengthy stretch would be a severe blow for the Saints. He's a true No. 1 CB and arguably their defensive MVP over the past two years. Saints will count on veteran Brandon Browner getting healthy and CFL transplant Delvin Breaux playing huge role.

Bills 'concerned' McCoy won't be ready
NFL 

A source tells Josina Anderson the team thinks RB LeSean McCoy may not be fully ready for Week 1. McCoy suffered a hamstring injury in practice Aug. 18. According to the source, McCoy is not at full speed in practice, but is doing rehab work, however there is concern he won't be in great "football shape."

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NFL 

The Serena show starts early
Tennis 

At least four hours before her second-round match Wednesday at the US Open, Serena Williams practices before bigger crowds than most early-round matches. (via Melissa Isaacson)

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