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What we learned Wednesday: Desperate teams make playoff push

The season has reached the point where some teams show they can handle the pressure, and some new names become household names.

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Harrison's new approach pays off in upset of Raonic

American Ryan Harrison, playing with a newfound sense of stability, took advantage of No. 5 Milos Raonic's cramping to deliver a big-time upset of the Canadian in the second round of the US Open.

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Nadal challenged to hit ball off roof at US Open (0:34)
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Russell lays out making spectacular catch (0:20)
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Stats back up the facts for these Heisman hopefuls (1:57)
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Mike Weber Jr.'s parents are ecstatic he is OSU's starting RB (1:51)
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Thursday NFL preview for all 32 teams

NFL Nation assesses what to watch across the league on Thursday, including a look at Cowboys RB Darren McFadden's future. He could be the odd man out in Dallas' backfield rotation.

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Toles' grand slam completes Dodgers' comeback (0:27)
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14hAdam Caplan

Hot Seat Index: Gauging status of Rex Ryan, more

The Bills underperformed last season in Rex Ryan's first year in charge. Could he be fired with another season of .500 or worse? Adam Caplan examines the other coaches on, and off, the hot seat.

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Mortensen plans on ESPN return this NFL season

ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen says he is past the treatment phase for his Stage IV throat cancer and is focused on recovery, with plans to return to the network on a limited basis.

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High Schooler's Beckham-like catch lands top play (2:53)
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Drake drains half-court shot lying on back (0:21)
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Second-year studs for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation reporters pick the second-year players ready to explode onto the scene in 2016, including Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark, who should get more chances to rush the passer in Year 2.

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Cubs hold off Pirates to sweep series
MLB 

Kris Bryant slugged his 36th home run of the season in Chicago's 6-5 win over Pittsburgh.

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Toles' slam caps Dodgers' comeback
MLB 

Los Angeles scored eight unanswered runs, including Andrew Toles' go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning, for a 10-8 victory over Colorado.

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Fan runs on court to get selfie

After Kateryna Bondarenko won her second-round match at the US Open, a fan jumped on the court to take a picture with her. Security escorted the fan out shortly thereafter.

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Mets rally to stay alive in wild-card race
MLB 

Kelly Johnson broke an eighth-inning tie with a bases-clearing double to give the Mets a 5-2 victory over the Marlins.

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Isaiah Thomas schools Seahawks

The Seahawks held a free throw-shooting contest at practice today. WR Tyler Lockett took home the team title, but there was a ringer who showed him up: Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second night in a row, a big win in extra innings for the Yankees, who battled to stay with the Kansas City Royals for 12 innings, having fallen behind 4-0 after 3 innings and took their first, and only, lead of the night on Brian McCann's sacrifice fly. The 5-4 win moved them to within 2-1/2 games of the second AL wild card spot, behind only the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. Rookie Ben Heller gets his first big-league win, Dellin Betances with the save.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The worm is beginning to turn for Yankees super-rook Gary Sanchez. Last week he was intentionally walked twice by the Mariners so they could pitch to Mark Teixeira. Tonight, with the game tied and runners on second and third in the 12th inning, Royals manager Ned Yost ordered Jacoby Ellsbury walked to load the bases for Sanchez, who was 3-for-14 with 5 Ks in this series. The move paid off when Sanchez lined out to third, followed by Teixeira bouncing into a forceout to end the inning.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs improved to 12-3 against the Pirates this season with a 6-5 win on Wednesday night as they now have a 15 game lead in the division entering September. Their magic number to clinch is just 16.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Fun moment in his postmatch interview: Rafael Nadal, being egged on by the remaining fans on Arthur Ashe Stadium, tried to hit a ball off the roof -- but didn't have enough firepower, missing his target by a few feet.

Tennis 

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Rafael Nadal can lay claim to being the first player to win under the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium. But more significantly, the 14-time Grand Slam winner has a chance to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time this season. Hard to believe.

Tennis 

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 10, Rockies 8, Final, Game 2. Andrew Toles' grand slam capped an improbable five-run ninth inning and the Dodgers avoided a series sweep and a doubleheader sweep to move 1.5 games up on the Giants in the NL West.

Sevastova emotional after upset win
Tennis 

Anastasija Sevastova is thrilled to advance to the third round of the US Open for the first time with an upset win over No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After a couple of rough outings Cubs starter Jason Hammel rebounded with a nice effort on Wednesday holding the Pirates to one run over six innings. His biggest moment came in striking out Andrew McCutchen with the bases loaded in the fifth inning to end a threat. Hammel is in a dogfight to start a playoff game though there's plenty of time left before decisions have to be made. Joe Maddon said as much before the game.

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The Cubs benched Jason Heyward during their series at Colorado (August 19-21) to give him a break. Since then, he has hit .333 with a .851 OPS in 9 games, including 2-of-3 with a walk tonight. He had a .617 OPS through play on August 18, 4th lowest in MLB.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

The roof looks pretty awesome, but since it closed, Rafael Nadal has not played great. He's on serve with Andreas Seppi late in the second set.

Tennis 

Redskins RB races 60 yards for TD
NFL 

Mack Brown, playing for a spot on the Redskins' roster, escapes the Buccaneers' defense and rushes 60 yards before diving into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter of Washington's 20-13 win.

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Russell's spectacular grab keeps Cubs ahead
MLB 

With the bases loaded in the seventh, Addison Russell races into the outfield for a diving catch to end the inning and keep the Cubs ahead of the Pirates.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Thanks to a three-run homer from old friend Kirk Nieuwenhuis, the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Wednesday. That allowed the Mets to move within 1.5 games of the Cardinals for the NL's second wild-card spot. In recent days the Mets have leapfrogged the Marlins and Pirates. So there are no longer any teams between the Mets and the current wild-card-spot occupants.

Sereita Cobbs ESPN.com 

And the roof is closed. This was the first time I have ever heard fans cheer rain at US Open!

Tennis 

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals got shut down by Matt Garza and Milwaukee's suspect bullpen in a 3-1 loss at Miller Park Wednesday night. Rookie pitcher Luke Weaver was masterful, striking out 10 batters, but he had one bad inning, yielding a three-run home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the third inning. The Cardinals lead the New York Mets by 1 1/2 games for the second wild card spot.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Total time to close the roof? About 6 minutes, 40 seconds.

Tennis 

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

The crowd is in a frenzy -- and not because of the action on the court. The roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is closing for the very first time.

Tennis 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores, who delivered a two-run homer Wednesday, reacts to the postgame news that Neil Walker will opt for season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk.

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Daniel Bryan would wrestle again if given the chance
WWE 

The SmackDown Live general manager explains what his life has been like since he retired because of medical concerns and how challenging not wrestling has been.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Orioles fell to the Blue Jays 5-3 in the deciding game of their AL East showdown. The loss drops Baltimore four back of Toronto in the division, and puts them into a tie with Detroit for the second AL wild card spot. Total attendance for the series at Camden Yards was 45,791.