Ray Rice: Public opinion impacts my NFL future

Ray Rice remains hopeful that he can return to the NFL but acknowledged that public opinion after his domestic violence incident presents a "unique" obstacle to his comeback attempt.

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LeBron questionable for Team USA (1:44)
Sports Matter: Episode 1 presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods (4:00)
Cole talks proposing to Brandon Crawford's sister (1:46)
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Fantasy Football: The 'No Respect' Team

What proven performers are not getting the respect they deserve in fantasy football ahead of the 2015 season? KC Joyner identifies five, including New York Giants QB Eli Manning.

30 for 30 Shorts: Brave in the Attempt (23:42)
Franklin: 'Excited' for season (3:01)
Most overrated, underrated college football teams (1:26)
AL wild-card predictions (1:07)
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Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Watkins Glen

The guy who finished 42nd is No. 1. The driver who finished first at Pocono on Sunday? He's just fifth. How does that work? It's a whole different calculus to put Kevin Harvick on top in Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings.

Highlights: Bayern Munich 3-0 AC Milan (1:20)
Highlights: Real Madrid 2-0 Tottenham (1:18)
House of shoes (0:45)
5mGerry Hamilton

Five summer recruiting trends

Here are five trends to watch with national signing day for the Class of 2016 seven months away.

Kennedy watches wife give birth on FaceTime (1:42)
Face to Face with Hannah Storm (1:19)
Pete Rose: 'I'm the best ambassador for baseball' (3:26)
WATCH: CR7 wows crowd disguised as vagabond (4:04)


Groin surgery 'likely' for Arian Foster

The Texans RB will likely have groin surgery and miss the start of the regular season, according to ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli and media reports. He was injured Monday night at the team's first fully padded practice.


No job? No problem

He might have been laid off, but at least this guy still has mad dunking skills on a 6-foot hoop. That's something, right?


LeBron's Olympic gameplan on hold

After spending five of his summers playing for Team USA, Brian Windhorst expects LeBron James to delay his decision to play in the 2016 Olympics until the very last moment.


Ray Rice: 'I'm a rehabilitated man'

Former Ravens RB Ray Rice discusses the steps he has taken to rewrite his story after being suspended by the NFL and released by the Ravens for domestic violence. Watch the full interview at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.


Panthers CB Chris Houston retiring

Houston's return after sitting out the 2014 season to recover from toe surgery lasted 51 days. The team offered no explanation for the 30-year-old's decision. He's the second Panthers player to retire in a week after OT Jonathan Martin informed the team last week he had given up football.

Stark: Dombrowski-Red Sox 'natural fit'

Jayson Stark wonders if Boston will pursue Dave Dombrowski: "Larry Lucchino just stepped down over the last few days. Dave Dombrowski's worked with [Red Sox owner] John Henry with the Marlins."


OTD: Watch Ryan pummel Ventura

On Aug. 4, 1993, Nolan Ryan showed why, even at 46 years old, it was never smart to test the flamethrower. Just ask then 26-year-old Robin Ventura.


Clowney's dad charged with attempted murder

Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney's father has been arrested and charged with attempted murder for a shooting at a bar in Rock Hill, S.C. Rock Hill Police Department Capt. Mark Bollinger said David Morgan also was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Story

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Kobe: This could be my last season

"I try to strip it down to the simplest form. Either I like playing some more or I don't. But I think that decision needs to be made after the season. It's hard to make a decision like that before the season." (via Yahoo! Sports)

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Baseball's rain delay shenanigans

Human bowling. Giant slip and slides. Bill Murray running across the tarp. If you can dream it, it can be done during a rain delay.


Mayweather confirms fight vs. Berto

Floyd Mayweather took to Instagram to officially announce he will fight Andre Berto on Sept. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It marks Mayweather's first fight since May 2, when he beat Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision. The fight will be shown on Showtime PPV.

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Lions want contracts with Levy, Ngata

GM Martin Mayhew is in the process of negotiating contract extentions with the agents for LB DeAndre Levy and DT Haloti Ngata. "Defensive linemen, offensive linemen play a little bit longer than corners and receivers," Mayhew said. Talks ongoing

Raptors debut northern-themed look

Uni Watch's Paul Lukas says that the Raptors' new uniforms are a small upgrade over the team's previous set, and look better and better if you compare them to what the Clippers and Hawks recently unveiled. See their grade

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Saints going run-heavy? Not so fast

Field Yates, relaying his discussion with an NFL source: "He said, 'No, this is Sean Payton. They're going to throw the ball first.' ... He expects CJ Spiller to have somewhere in the vicinity of 80 catches, or 100 targets."


Players impersonating their coaches
College Football 

Players for Urban Meyer, James Franklin and Jim Harbaugh had a little fun at their coaches' expense.

College Football 

Buckeyes scared silly in prank

A week after someone posed as a mannequin and scared QB Cardale Jones, the team was at it again with another straight-to-YouTube release. And, like all sequels, things get a little more racy. Locker room antics 2.0

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Bayern Munich advances to Audi Cup final

Bayern Munich blanked AC Milan 3-0 at the Allianz Arena, led by goals by Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Juan Bernat. Bayern will face Real Madrid in the final.


Dave Dombrowski out as Tigers' GM

Assistant GM Al Avila was promoted to executive VP of baseball operations and GM today, taking over for the released Dombrowski, who took over in 2002. Under Dombrowski, the Tigers reached the playoffs five times, winning two AL pennants.