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Bennett fined $17K for hit on Alex Smith

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett was fined $17,363 for hitting Chiefs QB Alex Smith in the head/neck area in last week's preseason game, according to ESPN sources. USA Today Sports first reported the fine.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Not exactly chamber of commerce weather little more than two hours before kickoff of Jaguars-Lions.

Evans hopes to build off strong first year

Mike Evans was among the class of highly productive rookie WRs last year. How high should he go in fantasy drafts with Jameis Winston now throwing him the ball? Play for free

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Talented Mr. Roto: Believe in Maclin

Matthew Berry seems to get Jeremy Maclin in many of his fantasy drafts, as it looks like the wide receiver should help pick up the Chiefs offense this season. 10 lists of 10


Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

One more time at Arrowhead Stadium tonight before these games really matter

Livin' La Vida Gronk

When your 4 older brothers are or have been professional athletes and your dad calls you "probably the best pure athlete to come out of our house," that's a Gronk-sized honor. That's Glenn Gronkowski. The youngest Gronk

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What's in a fantasy team name?

Not only is DeMarco Murray a popular early pick in fantasy drafts, he's also the inspiration for some of the best fantasy football team names Matthew Berry has seen this summer. 10 lists of 10


sleepers, busts and breakouts for 2015

ESPN's panel of fantasy football experts give their sleeper, bust and breakout picks for the 2015 season. Many are in agreement on one particular QB. Can Bradford soar?

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Big weekend ahead for fantasy owners

The third week of the preseason usually means lots of playing time for many top players. So while you're watching the big names on the field, sign up for Fantasy Football and even get into a draft or two. Play for free

Watch: Dominating your fantasy draft

Just in time for a big weekend for drafts comes SportsCenter's special featuring the crew from Fantasy Football Now talking about the latest rankings, news, draft strategy and much more. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers still plan on treating Saturday's third exhibition as a dry run for a regular season game despite having had two joint practices with the Broncos this week. "Our (starting) guys will play a little more this week than they have in the last couple of games," Niners coach Jim Tomsula said following Thursday's workouts. For 49ers fans, that means more work for the likes of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and running back Carlos Hyde, seen here in a training camp practice in Santa Clara.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Beautiful night in Charlotte. A view from the press box at Bank of America Stadium -- Patriots at Panthers (7:30 p.m. ET).

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

When Troy Polamalu retired from the NFL, shampoo brand Head & Shoulders needed a new spokesman -- and Odell Beckham Jr.'s two-toned dreads were an obvious answer. "I don't think my hair is as good as Troy's," Beckham told ESPN. "But hopefully I can one day live up to his reputation."

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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Manti Te'o signing autographs after missing practice all week. Asked about shoulder issue. Te'o says he's good, not a long-term concern.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

University of Texas study: General population, males age 20-39, arrested 1.5X-2X more than NFL players over 13 years.

Cassel talks Bills QB competition, Rex Ryan

Bills QB Matt Cassel joins SportsCenter to talk about the team's quarterback competition between himself, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor along with what it's like to play for a player's coach with Ryan.


Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Philip Rivers throwing passes to kids at Chargers' visit to Miramar Air Base.

The Tim Tebow effect in Philly

Tebow is working as hard as anyone to make the most of what is probably his last chance in the NFL, writes Phil Sheridan. And in Chip Kelly, who calls him "Timmy" as if he's discussing his favorite nephew, he has a coach who may believe in his future as an NFL QB. New, improved Tebow?

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Giants lose another safety

With the loss of Nat Berhe, the Giants have lost 4 safeties in the past two weeks. Is there any good news? Says Dan Graziano: "At this point they are hoping that [Landon] Collins can get it done."


Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien was asked specifically about Ryan Mallett's day of practice after he missed yesterday's practice with an unexcused absence. O'Brien replied: "I thought Brian Hoyer had a good practice today. I thought he did some really good things in practice today. I think Tom (Savage) did some decent things, and Ryan, when he got in there, was able to do some things."