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23hTed Miller

From Mobile to Los Angeles, USC's Tee Martin has charted his own course

The Trojans' OC has been coached, recruited, mentored and hired by a veritable who's who in football. But it is those who raised him in Mobile, Alabama, whom he credits most for his success.

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Watch live: Arena Bowl XXIX

Tune in to Arena Bowl XXIX as the Philadelphia Soul take on the Arizona Rattlers live on ESPN and streaming live on the ESPN App and WatchESPN.

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12mKevin Seifert and John Keim

Gruden vs. Warner: Remembering an Arena Bowl classic

Feast your eyes on this jewel of an ESPN telecast (in SD quality no less) between Jay Gruden and Kurt Warner, and read what they recall of each other, the AFL and that 1996 title game.

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5hBy Sharon Katz

The Heisman Class of 2016

This year's Heisman race features four returning superstars: Christian McCaffrey, Deshaun Watson, Baker Mayfield and Leonard Fournette. Let's see how they compare using advanced stats.

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Spieth sets himself up for eagle (0:23)
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Kipnis prefers to keep his distance from Odor (0:17)
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Will Cowboys lean on Prescott after Romo injury scare? (2:10)
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Serena first felt shoulder pain after Wimbledon title (0:44)
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46mMichael Rothstein

$18K fine for Lions DT more than preseason pay

Detroit Lions lineman Kerry Hyder was fined $18,231 for his roughing penalty on Cincinnati quarterback A.J. McCarron -- a sum larger than his likely pay during training camp, a source says.

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Weekend Premier League predictions

Will Mauricio Pochettino or Jurgen Klopp be smiling after Saturday's Spurs vs. Liverpool? Meanwhile, something's gotta give between Hull and Man United, two teams with perfect records, and Chelsea will expect to beat Burnley.

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Carmelo goes shopping in custom robe (0:19)
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1dMatthew Berry

Breakouts, sleepers and best team names

Matthew Berry offers key fantasy football stats, facts and draft advice in 10 mostly short lists of 10, including top fantasy football team names submitted by fans.

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Sheep ... or goat? disrupts minor league game (1:02)
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2hArash Markazi

Daigo and JWong: the legacy of Street Fighter's Moment 37

Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong are two of the most accomplished fighting game players alive. Together, they created Moment 37, a highlight from Evo 2004 that bonded them and inspired many.

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Serena looks to make history at U.S. Open
WTA 

Jane McManus breaks down Serena Williams' chances at the U.S. Open, where she is looking to break Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22 major titles.

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WTA 

Spieth, Day in hunt after 2nd round at The Barclays

Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are each 4-under-par, two shots behind leader Patrick Reed after the second round of The Barclays.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (back) is not in uniform so he will not play. No need to risk him at this point.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins didn't play last week vs. the Jets but he is expected to play one half tonight vs. Buffalo. But that could change if he has a strong first quarter. The Redskins goal is to get a rhythm and then leave healthy.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Joey Logano is on the pole for the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Teams are using the proposed 2017 aerodynamic package this weekend, the same package they had at the 2-mile track in June. Logano won that race.

Are UCL changes good for soccer?
Soccer 

The ESPN FC crew discuss the new changes made to the UEFA Champions League format that will go into effect in 2018.

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Soccer 

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Based on large numbers of starters not playing tonight for Bills, looks like Rex Ryan is almost treating this as a fourth preseason game, not third. Bills will plenty of younger and less experienced players in action tonight. EJ Manuel figures to play bulk of game at quarterback with Cardale Jones (shoulder) sidelined.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills announce that QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Sammy Watkins, C Eric Wood and G Richie Incognito will all start tonight vs. Washington but are "expected to make early exits."

Bell eager for game action
NFL 

Steelers tailback Le'Veon Bell is expected to get some touches vs. the Saints, another hurdle to clear in his recovery from knee surgery. Ready to play

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB James White stops to sign autographs on his way off the field at Bank of America Stadium.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright seemed more visibly frustrated than usual in a 10-6 loss to the New York Mets Thursday night. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny discussed Wainwright's demeanor and what he expects from his erstwhile ace going into the big games to come. Wainwright has a 4.67 ERA, the highest on the staff.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is warming up for tonight s preseason game against the Patriots. How much or if he will play after missing all of last week with back spasms remains to be seen. If he plays it should be minimal.

Can Condit stop Maia's takedowns at UFC Fight Night?
MMA 

Brett Okamoto makes his predictions for Saturday's UFC Fight Night card in Vancouver, featuring a welterweight main event between Carlos Condit and Demian Maia. Fight breakdown

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MMA 

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

The 49ers haven't announced a starting quarterback for tonight, but based on everything Chip Kelly has said recently I would except it to be Colin Kaepernick. It doesn't mean he will win the job, but Kelly has said repeatedly the only way to accurately evaluate is to get Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert reps with the starters. We'll see.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Barring a last-minute change, the Patriots plan to have Jimmy Garoppolo start tonight vs. Carolina. Tom Brady will also play.

Dr. Dyson: ‘Athletes must have enough courage to speak up’

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson urges athletes to use their voice to lift the people in their respective communities who helped put them in the position of power they've found themselves in.

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Luck flashes back to high school with new flip phone

After agreeing to a six-year, $140M deal with the Colts, QB Andrew Luck decided to buy himself a new flip phone.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

In his pre-US Open news conference today, Andy Murray spoke of the state of the Big Four, which has been beset by injuries this season: "Roger obviously is having some physical issues just now, which he's never had before. I think it's normal. All of us are getting towards the end of our career, latter stages of our careers. We have all been kind of up at the top 10 in the world, You know, 15 years for Roger, 16 years, and probably 13 years for Rafa who played loads of matches. So it's normal there would be wear and tear on the body and pick up a few more injuries as you go on in your career."

Tennis 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome to Bank of America Stadium, where the Patriots visit the Panthers (7:30 p.m. ET). Some hot, humid conditions will be a nice challenge for the Patriots from a conditioning perspective.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Mets lineup for Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener against the Phillies at Citi Field. Jay Bruce returns from calf tightness. Jose Reyes - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Yoenis Cespedes - LF Neil Walker - 2B Wilmer Flores - 1B Jay Bruce - RF Justin Ruggiano - CF Travis d'Arnaud - C Bartolo Colon - RHP

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Buchholz will return to a bullpen role for the Red Sox, but manager John Farrell said it will be an enhanced responsibility, likely involving an opportunity to pitch the eighth inning. Sox are still seeking a primary setup man, with Farrell preferring to use Brad Ziegler mostly against right-handed hitters.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Seen in Tigers clubhouse: Boxes upon boxes of Hostess snacks delivered to Tigers CF Cameron Maybin today. Asked him if he's ever expressed an interest in the multitude of Twinkies, Donettes and Sno Balls he received. He seemed as perplexed as everyone else about their arrival. He is planning on donating to a local homeless shelter.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Phillies lineup for Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener against the Mets at Citi Field. Hernandez, 2B Altherr, LF Franco, 3B Howard, 1B Rupp, C Herrera, CF Galvis, SS Bourjos, RF Morgan, LHP

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Update on Tigers SS Jose Iglesias: he will be activated off the disabled list (hamstring) and in the Tigers lineup tomorrow vs. the Angels. Spoke to him today and he said he is good to go, ready to play whenever he gets the green light from manager