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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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Aldo and McGregor head-butt during news conference (0:49)
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Ridiculous behind-the-back conversion (0:28)
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Pac-12 vs. SEC on display in Houston (1:51)
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Bob Ryan: Patriots will be scrutinized more than ever (0:54)
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Brady's back and so are the Pats (0:52)
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Not Top Plays (1:39)
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Who prevails this weekend in college football? (1:56)
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College heavyweights preparing to square off this weekend (2:43)
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49mJim Bowden

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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4hCraig Custance

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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Jen Welter: 'It was very natural with the guys' (1:43)
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6hReed Kuhn

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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Venus thankful to reach second week (2:06)
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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.

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

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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Soccer 

Watch: Serena continues quest for Slam
Tennis 

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

Tennis 

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.

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College Football 

Russell smacks two homers in Cubs' win
MLB 

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.

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

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 

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.

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College Football 

Kendall Marshall close to deal with 76ers
NBA 

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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NBA 

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.

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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.

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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.

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College Football 

Jones could put up best ever season by WR
NFL 

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

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NFL 

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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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

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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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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NFL 

Matt Harvey approaching innings limit
MLB 

The Mets ace is near the 180-innings limit put in place following his Tommy John surgery. Pedro Gomez explains how the team plans to handle him -- and keep agent Scott Boras out of the decision.

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