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Watch live: Baylor opens at SMU with high hopes

Tune in to watch Baylor vs. SMU (live on ESPN & WatchESPN).

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Follow US Open live: Serena plays at 7 p.m. ET

Serena Williams continues her quest for the Grand Slam, and Rafael Nadal plays later. Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams advanced in straight sets earlier at Flushing Meadows (live coverage on ESPN/WatchESPN).

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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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Possible playoff race X factors

Jim Bowden identifies a player on each contender who could make an impact in the final weeks, including a few big-name starting pitchers.

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Custance: Paying tribute to a lost teammate

When it came to spending his day with the Stanley Cup, former Blackhawks grinder Daniel Carcillo chose to use it to pay tribute to his friend and lost teammate, Steve Montador.

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Kuhn: Betting UFC 191: Johnson-Dodson

ESPN Chalk's Reed Kuhn takes a look at where the betting value lies for UFC 191, including the Demetrious Johnson-John Dodson bout.

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4hMike 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.


Watch: (4) Baylor at SMU on ESPN
College Football 

Baylor has 11 straight wins against SMU. History doesn't favor SMU snapping the Bears' streak. The last time SMU beat a team ranked in the top five of the AP poll was in 1980 when the Mustangs defeated No. 2 Texas. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Watch: (5) MSU vs. W. Michigan
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Michigan State has won nine straight series meetings, and it has won at least 11 games in four of the last five seasons -- will the Spartans get their first of 2015-16 tonight? Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN

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U.S. looks to get back on track in friendly

Following its worst Gold Cup result since 2000, the United States takes on Peru in the first of two tuneups before an Oct. 10 playoff vs. Mexico for a Confederations Cup berth. Follow live

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Watch: Serena continues quest for Slam

Serena Williams takes on fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who's in the third round of the US Open for the third time. Serena won both previous meetings between the two, but they were in 2006 and '08. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Baylor turns to QB Seth Russell

Russell replaced Bryce Petty as Baylor’s quarterback. He saw action in eight games last year, compiling an impressive 81.3 QBR with eight TDs and only one interception. Is he starting the season on the right foot? Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Watch live: UFC 191 official weigh-in

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, and contender John Dodson hit the scales for their rematch at UFC 191. Watch live on WatchESPN

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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.

College Football 

Russell smacks two homers in Cubs' win

Addison Russell's pair of home runs, plus Anthony Rizzo's grand slam, powered the Cubs to a blowout, 14-5 win over the Diamondbacks.



15 minutes until kickoff. The Bears are ready to #SicSMU.

OTD: LHP with no right hand tosses no-no

On Sept. 4, 1993, Yankees LHP Jim Abbott -- who was born without his right hand and played 10 seasons in the majors -- struck out three in a no-hitter vs. the Indians.

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Player delivers Jadeveon Clowney-like hit
College Football 

Montana State LB Mac Bignell decleats a Fort Lewis running back with a vicious hit in the second quarter.

College Football 

Kendall Marshall close to deal with 76ers

The free-agent guard, who tore his ACL in January while with the Bucks, is finalizing a multiyear contract with Philadelphia, according to Yahoo Sports.

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Nick Arbuckle's sweet pass to Bateman
College Football 

Georgia State QB Nick Arbuckle threw it 24 yards to Taz Bateman in the end zone to cut into Charlotte's lead 23-13.

College Football 

Things get feisty between Aldo, McGregor

The war of words between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Conor McGregor became even more intense as the two went nose-to-nose during a new conference.


Bobby Baker recovers another turnover
College Football 

Charlotte QB Matt Johnson fumbled the ball, and Georgia State's Bobby Baker -- who already had two picks -- recovered it late in the third quarter. The 49ers lead 23-13 in the fourth quarter on ESPNU.

College Football 

Jones could put up best ever season by WR

Matthew Berry's bold predictions for 2015 set a high bar for Falcons receiver Julio Jones.


Cassell: Bills likely to keep three QB's

"I don't know if they want to go into depth about what the conversation was about, who's going to be No. 2 or No. 3," Matt Cassell said. "But every indication was made that we're probably gonna keep three quarterbacks, and that's all I can go off of right now."

Freestyle flipping in kayak championships

Canada's Nick Troutman shows off at the ICF world freestyle kayak championships in Beachburg, Ontario.


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Suspended Baylor star defensive end Shawn Oakman dancing and cheering on his teammates during stretching. Oakman out tonight for team rules violation, will make his season debut next week against Lamar.

From The Mag: Eric LeGrand still believes
College Football 

Five years after a hit left him paralyzed, the former Rutgers standout says his lifelong love of football still sustains him: "Football made me who I am. I don't miss practice, I'll tell you that. But playing the game of football -- oh, I'd do anything to go back to it." His daily grind

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