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With preseason win vs. Goodell, Brady most compelling, motivated QB in NFL

You have to wonder why the NFL was so hell-bent on tarnishing the legacy of one of its most ardent ambassadors and successful players, Jackie MacMullan writes.

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Bob Ryan: Patriots will be scrutinized more than ever (0:54)
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Berry: My bold fantasy football predictions

John Brown will catch at least 10 TDs this season. Yes, you heard me ... 10 TDs! With this and other predictions, Matthew Berry goes way out on a limb with a bold statement for each NFL team.

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CourtCast: Follow US Open action live

Venus Williams is playing on Arthur Ashe as defending champ Marin Cilic faces a challenge on Louis Armstong Court at the US Open. Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal play later (live coverage on ESPN/WatchESPN).

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Tebow stages another late comeback (1:02)
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Who prevails this weekend in college football? (1:56)
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Boykin, TCU outlast Minnesota (1:48)
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Jeremy Lin goes undercover (0:51)
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Seager shines in major league debut (1:03)
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Cold Hard Facts: What we learned about Michigan (1:03)
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Goal-line stand preserves win for Gamecocks (1:18)
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Ruling a major rebuke of Goodell's power (1:17)
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Kiper: Adoree' Jackson 'could be spectacular this season' (0:40)
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2hMike Wise

Sports and racial identity

Mike Wise writes that Serena Williams has embraced her blackness and found a spiritual home while Tiger Woods has been proudly biracial and found a perhaps unintended kind of isolation.

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Pats fans welcome Brady back with open arms (2:17)
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Who can actually win the College Football Playoff? (1:45)

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Jason Day continues hot stretch
Golf 

Day shot 68 (-3) and is currently tied with four others for the lead at Deutsche Bank. Day has 21 consecutive rounds of par or better, tying Patrick Reed for the longest streak of its kind on the PGA Tour this season, according to Elias. Leaderboard

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Golf 

Can MSU make playoff with a loss to OSU?
College Football 

Mike Greenberg doesn't think the Spartans will make the College Football Playoff if they lose to the Buckeyes in November: "I don't think a one-loss team out of the Big Ten that doesn't get into the conference title game will get in, even if they're one of the four best teams in the country."

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College Football 

A matchup of powerhouse programs
College Football 

ESPN's Jeannine Edwards says Notre Dame will be at a loss for words coming out of the tunnel Saturday night: "We live for moments like this, playing a powerhouse team like Texas in prime time on national television."

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College Football 

Bucs cut Bowers after 'great ride'

Da'Quan Bowers sent a pair of tweets this morning to thank the Buccaneers' coaching staff and fans, indicating that the defensive lineman has been released. What's next?

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber is expected to miss 3-5 days with a rib cage strain. Since Aug. 1st, he leads the team with 10 HR, 26 RBI, 29 R.

Holyfield's son commits to Georgia

ESPN 300 RB Elijah Holyfield, son of former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield, committed to the Bulldogs today over Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina. He rushed for 1,735 yards and scored 28 TDs last season at Woodward Academy in Atlanta.

Melissa Isaacson @mkisaacson

Venus shows the kid, Bencic, who's boss with a strong 6-3 1st set and 118-mph ace on set pt in US Open 3rd rounder.

Watch: Venus takes first set over Bencic
Tennis 

Venus Williams, a 23-seed, took the first set 6-3 over 12-seed Belinda Bencic in their third-round match at the US Open. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Tennis 

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

NFL preseason rushing leader: Lions' Zach Zenner, 183 yards. Receiving leader: Redskins' Rashad Ross, 266 yards. Both should have won jobs.

Day races out to Deutsche Bank lead
Golf 

Jason Day started with three straight birdies and never looked back in Round 1. He's at -4 through 16. Leaderboard

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Golf 

College football stadium oddities
College Football 

A mascot mausoleum, a rehabbed garbage dump and massive telescope mirrors ... there is strange history lurking around, under and inside some of college football's most hallowed stadiums. Mirror, mirror on the wall

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College Football 

A bobbling football? No problem
College Football 

Lenoir-Rhyne University DB Cliff Barrett intercepted a pass ... while falling down ... while the ball was twirling end over end. Someone check his gloves for duct tape.

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College Football 

Likely destinations for Robert Griffin III
NFL 

RG III's standing in Washington is tenuous at best right now, so ESPN's NFL Nation reporters rated which teams would have the most interest in the QB. Wait ... Giants + Eagles?

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NFL 

Watch: Venus Williams vs. Belinda Bencic
Tennis 

Williams, 35, takes on the 18-year-old Bencic in the third round of the US Open. Williams has 46 career titles and seven Grand Slams, while Bencic owns two career titles and zero Slams. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Tennis 

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Just talked Presidents Cup with Phil Mickelson. I could be wrong, but reading between the lines I think he thinks he'll be a captain's pick.

Chris Drury joins Rangers front office

The former team captain, who played 12 years in the NHL, will be the new director of player development and help oversee and evaluate college players. Drury, 39, finished with 255 goals and 360 assists. He won a Stanley Cup with the Avs in 2001.

49ers cut free agent pickup Dockett
NFL 

San Francisco signed DT Darnell Dockett to a two-year, $7.25M contract this offseason, but the team cut him today, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports. Dockett had 40.5 sacks and made three Pro Browls in 10 years with the Cardinals.

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NFL 

Care to try a carrier pigeon?
NFL 

The Bengals have to get down to their 53-man roster limit by 4 p.m. ET Saturday. If they plan to cut LB Chris Carter, well, a call to let him know won't do the trick -- he plans to turn off his phone. "If you're going to cut me, you have to come find me," he says. A life-changing weekend

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NFL 

Usain Bolt's dizzying goal

The track superstar put his feet to use in a different way, taking to the soccer field for an attempt at dizzy goals. Spoiler: The post plays a key role. Watch

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