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GameDay Kickoff: Getting off to a strong start

The college football season kicks off Thursday night. And as we learned last season, strength of schedule matters to the College Football Playoff selection committee. So, which conferences can take advantage of nonconference games in Week 1?

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Who can actually win the College Football Playoff? (1:45)
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Saxon: Another special K delivery by Clayton

Clayton Kershaw's complete-game, 15-strikeout performance Wednesday night led the Dodgers to a sweep of the Giants and kept the NL Cy Young debate going in Los Angeles, Mark Saxon writes.

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Djokovic plays along with fan (0:50)
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Isaacson: Serena not impressed with win

Serena Williams sets impossibly high standards for herself, which explains why her second-round win at the US Open was unsatisfying.

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NBA impersonator back at it, this time with Ginobili (0:30)
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Which teams are on upset alert in Week 1 of college football? (1:23)
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4hAaron Schatz

Schatz: #NFLRANK overrated Vikes' Peterson

Which players did #NFLRANK overrate and underrate? Aaron Schatz provides his annual audit of the list, with Adrian Peterson's No. 11 slot getting the most criticism.

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Harbaugh avoiding buzz before season opener (2:19)
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The dizzy golf challenge (0:30)
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Marine asks Ronda Rousey to Marine ball (0:33)
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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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21hHoward Bryant

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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Nats remove Harper in fourth with tight glutes

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth inning with tight glutes.

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Jerry Jones reminds Romo he hasn't proved anything (1:09)
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17hMel Kiper Jr. and Mike Sando

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

Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack leads Mel Kiper Jr.'s 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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Cam's little bro following in his shoes (0:19)
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Mutombo's priceless reaction to getting his jersey retired (1:26)

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Dancing with Djokovic
Tennis 

Novak Djokovic was able to goof off a little with US Open super fan Cameron Hughes at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Djokovic's win Wednesday night.

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Tennis 

Kershaw's most dominant start yet?
MLB 

Clayton Kershaw induced 35 swings-and-misses, the most by any pitcher in a game in the past 10 seasons. Eleven of his 15 strikeouts were swinging, and his career-high 251 strikeouts on the season are the most by a Dodgers pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1966.

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Serena's spectacular set point
Tennis 

Serena Williams' quest for the Grand Slam stayed alive, thanks in part to the net, which helped her take the first set against Kiki Bertens.

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Mutombo's epic jersey retirement reaction
NBA 

The Hawks announced they will retire Dikembe Mutombo's jersey on Nov. 24. The big man's reaction to the news is priceless.

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Peyton Manning on why he wears a glove
NFL 

Said the Broncos QB: "Due to my neck surgeries and loss of sensation in my fingers, I've had to wear a glove. My grip is not as good as it used to be, so it's just a part of the adjustment."

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NFL 

Still time to sign up for Fantasy Football
NFL 

The last set of preseason games kick off Thursday, and the actual NFL season begins in one week. That means there's still time to sign up for fantasy football and draft a winning squad. Play for free

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Marine asks Ronda Rousey to Marine Ball

U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert posted a video message for his "celebrity crush," Ronda Rousey, asking her to accompany him to the Marine Ball. The MMA fighter accepted.

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Bencic goes on tirade against umpire

Belinda Bencic did her best John McEnroe impression by throwing down her racket and yelling at the umpire over a blown line call on Wednesday. Bencic actually rallied to win after the outburst and plays Venus Williams next.

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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 

Armstrong impersonates Manu Ginobili ...
NBA 

... and the Spurs guard loved it! Yes, the NBA's foremost impressionist impressed the Argentine by mimicking him in all his Euro-stepping, foul-drawing glory. Ginobili: 'Great job man!'

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Brown flips over wall on inside-the-park HR
MLB 

The Mets' Ruben Tejada slapped a ball down the right-field line, leading Domonic Brown to topple over the fence trying to field it. That allowed Tejada to go around the bases for a homer.

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Lin goes undercover at gym
NBA 

Hornets guard Jeremy Lin pretended to be a personal trainer named Wayne to catch fans off guard. "Wayne-sanity" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

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Man wins car prize, goes home with '98 Civic

That's right: The Charleston River Dogs set a season attendance record of 285K, so they gave Cadet Kyle Busbee a 1998 Honda Civic ... with 285K miles on it. Oh, and Bill Murray was involved.

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Make your picks with College Pick 'em
College Football 

Alabama has a tough matchup with Big Ten power Wisconsin to open the 2015 season. How confident are you in the Crimson Tide this week? Play for free

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College Football 

Basketball analytics ... for pickup ball
NBA 

Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry is here to convince you to score your games by 2s and 3s rather than 1s and 2s. Still not convinced? Listen to Rockets GM Daryl Morey: “I always make pickup games 3s and 2s." Fixing pickup

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NBA 

Nothing but cup
Golf 

This golfer hit the perfect chip shot, holing it with ease.

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Watt's acting career started with a burrito

One line sparked J.J. Watt's enterance into show business. The DE told Ray Rice in 2012: "I've eaten burritos bigger than you." Future movie star?

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Mineiro posterizes Ayon at FIBA Americas
FIBA 

Brazil's Rafael Mineiro reaches way up to throw down a monster jam over Mexico's Gustavo Ayon at the FIBA Americas tournament.

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FIBA 

Moreland lifts Rangers past Padres in 10
MLB 

Mitch Moreland drives in Elvis Andrus in the 10th inning, and the Rangers edged the Padres 4-3 to win the rubber match in San Diego.

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Cardale Jones rushed to hospital

The Ohio State QB was taken to the hospital Wednesday night with a severe headache, according to multiple media reports. Jones underwent tests in the ER but wasn't admitted to a hospital. Jones' mother Florence told the Toledo Blade "he's good." Cardale is supposed to split time with J.T. Barrett when Ohio State opens against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. Monday on ESPN.