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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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8mAdam Rubin

Sources: Mets stick to Harvey plan, spurn agent

The Mets intend to proceed with an innings plan for Matt Harvey that will allow him to pitch into the postseason, ignoring a stricter cap that agent Scott Boras advocated, team sources told ESPN.

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CourtCast: Follow US Open action live

US Open defending champion Marin Cilic is in a fifth set battle to survive at Flushing Meadows. Venus Williams rallied to win in two sets. 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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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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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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Roger Federer surprised by forfeits
Tennis 

Federer says there's no excuse for all of the heat-related retirements happening at the US Open, especially since players have been in North America for the most recent stretch of events: "It's not like all of a sudden hot."

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Tennis 

OSU has too much fire power for V-Tech
College Football 

ESPN's Jason Sehorn and Phil Steele say although Virginia Tech has a talented defense, it won't be able to match Ohio State's offensive fire power.

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College Football 

Behind-the-back to the drawing board

A botched extra point try didn't deter this high school kicker, as he employed a blind, twirling pass to a wide-open teammate for the two-point conversion. Just like they drew it up.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees CC Sabathia is throwing a simulated game at the Stadium right now. Sabathia has been on the disabled list since Aug. 24 with a bad right knee. There was some thought Sabathia may not return this season, but Sabathia is giving it a try.

OTD: LHP with no right hand tosses no-no
MLB 

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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MLB 

Andy Levitre trade benefits both teams
NFL 

NFL Insiders explain: The Falcons got a new starter, and the Titans got value for a player who might have been cut.

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NFL 

Melissa Isaacson @mkisaacson

Venus and Serena on possible collision course in Open quarters after Venus closes out 6-3, 6-4 win v. 18-yr-old Belinda Bencic

Venus advances to US Open fourth round
Tennis 

Venus Williams, a 23-seed, sealed the match with an ace, taking down 18-year-old Belinda Bencic in straight sets. She'll face the winner of Anett Kontaveit-Madison Brengle. Coverage continues on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Tennis 

Are NBA stars overplaying in the summer?
NBA 

In a league beset by overuse injuries, David Thorpe questions the wisdom and safety of NBA players playing in summer pro-am games: "It just seems to me that, No. 1: Guys play too many games anyway."

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Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Jordan Spieth, first 76 rounds this season: 68.96 scoring average. Jordan Spieth, last three rounds: 74.00 scoring average.

Jen Welter Reflects On Internship
NFL 

"I took every chance I could just to really get to know them for the men that they were," said the former Cardinals coaching intern.

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NFL 

Rookies show patience to put Cubs up

The Cubs found themselves with the bases loaded vs. D-backs RHP Zack Godley, and back-to-back walks from Kris Bryant and Javier Baez put the Cubs up 2-0 in the bottom of the first. David Ross' sac fly made it 3-0 before the inning was done. Follow live

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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College Football 

Gronk's latest project: hot sauce
NFL 

ESPN's Darren Rovell says Rob Gronkowski decided to put his name and image on a hot sauce called Gronk's Hot Sauce: "His father and his brothers ... figured hot sauce was natural because Rob thinks he's hot."

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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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