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1hKevin Seifert

Why the Vikings must go quarterback shopping next year

With no guarantee that Teddy Bridgewater will be ready for the 2017 season, GM Rick Spielman and the Vikings have no choice but to plan for the worst.

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Doesn't take long for first Kyrgios tantrum (0:45)
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2hESPN.com

Wednesday NFL preview for all 32 teams

NFL Nation assesses what to watch across the league on Wednesday, including the Vikings' plan at quarterback after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL on Wednesday.

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6hESPN.com

Biggest strength, weakness for all 32 NFL teams

Any team that has A.J. Green has potency in its passing attack, but Cincinnati's biggest flaw is the roster depth behind Green. NFL Nation narrows down each team's area of strength and weakness.

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Stephen A. on the Cowboys: 'They puff more than they pass' (1:23)
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Smith tells Kaepernick to 'keep on moving' (0:38)
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Hope Solo lashes out after contract terminated (0:16)
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Should Oklahoma try to rein in Baker Mayfield? (1:21)
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Nasty NBA crossovers (0:47)
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15hKeith Law

Why September call-ups are no longer a big deal

Let's face it: The quality of September call-ups these days just isn't what it used to be. Keith Law explains why -- and how -- times have changed.

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Chris Davis pulls a Bo Jackson on his bat
MLB 

After striking out in the eighth inning, Davis took his frustrations out on his bat by snapping it in half.

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Fan goes nuts after catching foul ball
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An Indians fan catches a foul ball and celebrates as if he caught a home run by running around and giving out high fives.

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Indians pitcher records mind-blowing out
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Zach McAllister managed to snare this liner despite kicking -- yes, kicking -- it first.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Bullpen burns the Red Sox again, ninth-inning rally comes up short in a 4-3 loss to the Rays. Boston misses a chance to gain a game on the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays, who maintain a two-game lead in the AL East. Second-place Sox are one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks departs for a pinch-hitter after seven shutout innings against the Pirates. He's allowed two runs or fewer in six straight starts, three or fewer in 18 straight, and no more than four all season. His 2.09 ERA now leads San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner by 0.40 for the MLB lead.

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The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the Orioles are the fourth team to have three players hit 10 HR in the same month. The other teams to do it: NY Giants (July 1947 - Marshall, Mize, Thomson), Rockies (August 1996 - Castilla, Burks, Galarraga), Blue Jays (August 2015 - Bautista, Encarnación, Donaldson)

Cole Hamels disappoints versus Mariners

The AL Cy Young candidate didn't last five innings and surrendered six runs to wild-card-hunting Seattle. The six runs matched a season-high for Hamels, whose ERA increased to 2.91. Follow live

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Machado crushes 100th career homer
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Manny Machado smacks a two-run homer 445 feet to center field for his 32nd long ball of the season and 100th of his career.

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Vikes get injury news they feared with Bridgewater
NFL 

Adam Schefter assesses the injury suffered by Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (torn ACL, other damage to knee) during practice on Tuesday and lists players that Minnesota could look to acquire via trade.

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Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer now has 12 10-strikeout games this season, most in MLB ahead of Clayton Kershaw (9), and Stephen Strasburg (8). His 12 10-K games are the second-most for a single season in Nationals/Expos history behind Pedro Martínez (18).

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Orioles beat the Blue Jays in a battle of Cy Young contenders - kind of. J.A Happ and Zach Britton were never in the game at the same time, but Happ started for Toronto (6.1 IP, 3 ER, ND) and Britton finished for Baltimore, collecting his 39th save in 39 tries as the Birds won 5-3 to move within three games of the Jays.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Curtis Granderson on Tuesday became the third player in franchise history to homer twice in a game he did not start. The others: Hawk Taylor in 1964 against the Phillies and Scott Hairston against the Nationals in 2011. Granderson pinch hit for Seth Lugo in the sixth and went deep in consecutive innings.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Since joining the Blue Jays three months ago, Jason Grilli hadn't allowed multiple earned runs in an outing - until now. Grilli just served up a mammoth two-run blast Matt Wieters to give the Orioles a 5-3 eighth inning lead.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

First major-league hit for JaCoby Jones turns out to be impactful. An RBI double in the bottom of the sixth gives the Tigers a 4-3 lead and leaves his mom practically in tears as TV cameras pan to her in the stands. Big moment in his MLB debut.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

First, Hanley Ramirez ties the game by wrapping a 324-foot homer around Pesky's Pole. Then, he hits a popup to shallow right field that falls in for an RBI single. Sometimes, being lucky is half the battle. 3-1, Red Sox.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes is 4-for-4 for the Mets on Tuesday night. It's actually his second such performance this month. He also went 4-for-4 against the Giants on Aug. 19. Reyes is hitting .361 in August.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Manny Machado made his 100th career homer count. His two-run shot gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead over the Jays and Cy Young candidate J.A. Happ. Machado's been hitting lasers all series with nothing to show for it. Until now.

Max Scherzer loses no-hitter in the 6th
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Scherzer's bid for a third no-hitter in two years ended when Freddy Galvis, the first batter in the sixth, slugged a double. The Nats still lead 3-0. Follow live

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

For the first time this series, Orioles fans are on their feet after Steve Pearce lines a laser homer to left off Jays starter J.A. Happ to tie the game at 1-1. The bomb was Pearce's 5th in 28 career AB's against Happ.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets are getting by without their primary pitchers. Robert Gsellman limited the Phillies to one run through six innings before things unraveled on Sunday. Rafael Montero then tossed five scoreless innings against the Marlins in the series opener on Monday. And now Seth Lugo keeps wriggling free of minefields. After allowing a two-run homer to Christian Yelich in the first, Lugo has tossed three straight scoreless innings. He has stranded runners in scoring position in each of his last two frames.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman announced Teddy Bridgewater has a dislocated knee and a complete tear of his ACL. "Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury today at practice," Sugarman said in a statement. "The injury was quickly identified as a dislocated knee. The injury was stabilized, and he was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and evaluation. After undergoing an MRI, it was determined that Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage. Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage. Surgical repair will be scheduled within the next few days. Although the recovery time will be significant, we expect Teddy to make a full recovery. I would like to thank all of the medical professionals and our athletic training staff for all of their help today. Teddy has already displayed the attitude needed to overcome this injury and attack his rehab."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said Yasiel Puig has been a good teammate at AAA OKC, but the team has not decided if he will be back when rosters expand Thursday.

Jane McManus Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com 

Night tennis, outer courts edition. With Serena Williams in Ashe, Radek Stapanek and Giles Simon face off on Court 6 at the US Open.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked on the NESN pregame show about the reports he received from his scouts at Tim Tebow's workout today, Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombowski said this: "I don't think we'll be rushing out to make a signing."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

It took nearly a month, but the Yankees finally completed the trade that sent Ivan Nova to the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 1. In return, the Yankees get OF Tito Polo and LHP Stephen Tarpley, both of whom played for the Pirates single-A affiliate in Bradenton. Nova is 4-0 with a 2.87 ERA in five starts for the Pirates.