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7hAdam Rubin

Mets stay atop wild-card race with big win against Marlins

The Mets kept their lead over the Cardinals and Giants in the NL wild-card race as they slugged out a win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

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39mBrett Okamoto

Ronda Rousey wants superfight with 'Cyborg'

Ronda Rousey has not fought since her loss to Holly Holm last November but wants to make a superfight happen between her and Cris "Cyborg" Justino.

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Clayton believes loss of Watt is devastating for Texans (1:53)
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How a ring catastrophe turned into a happy ending in New York (1:23)
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6hJoe McDonald

Stamkos says Canada's win 'wasn't our best'

Don't be fooled by the 3-1 score. Canada needs to make better decisions with the puck, limit its turnovers and win more puck battles in Game 2 against Europe at the World Cup.

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15hAdam Rubin

Matz to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz has elected to undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow and will not return this season, the team announced Tuesday.

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Jim Mora goes on another epic rant (1:45)
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23hDan Szymborski

Which team has a brighter future: Cubs or Red Sox?

There is all this talk about how bright the North Siders' five-year window is ... but things in Boston could be even brighter. Some next-level projections will determine which team is better.

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21hAdam Rittenberg

What in the world is going on at USC?

Clay Helton billed himself as the no-Hollywood coach, but his first year at USC has had more drama and plot twists than expected, leaving many to wonder about his future with the Trojans.

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Curry schools teammate in practice (0:15)
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Co-Anchorman: The Legend of His & Hers (7:34)
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12hIain Macintosh

Allardyce saga with England is sad

After waiting so long for the job he felt he deserved, Sam Allardyce's world unravelled. And that, writes Iain Macintosh, is sad for several reasons.

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Yankee Stadium proposal nearly goes wrong
MLB 

Fans at the Red Sox-Yankees game frantically looked for, and eventually found, the engagement ring that was dropped and momentarily lost by a man proposing to his girlfriend.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss John Lackey's final reg season start and his team's 6-4 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

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Noah Syndergaard beat the Marlins in a different way than he usually does. Syndergaard won with called strikes. He got called strikes on 47 percent of taken pitches, the 2nd-highest called strike rate in his career. Syndergaard repeatedly painted the outside corner (52 percent called strike rate, best in any start in his career). Marlins hitters went 2-for-14 against his fastball (opponents were 13-for-37 in his previous 3 starts)

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Justin Verlander looked sharp on Tuesday. He had a season-high 12 strikeouts, dominating the Indians with a fastball that averaged 94.8 MPH (his 4th-highest average this season). Verlander got 7 swinging strikeouts on fastballs in the upper third of the zone, his most in a game since the 2009 season. His 33% miss rate on pitches in the upper-third of the zone this season ranks 3rd in the majors. His .120 opponents' batting average on those pitches ranks 2nd.

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Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

The power of sport: Andy Hoffman, father of Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old boy battling brain cancer who scored a touchdown in the Nebraska spring game in 2013, started the Team Jack Foundation. He explains the impact of that moment as the foundation has raised $3 million for pediatric brain cancer research. Hoffman was honored Tuesday with the NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Jack just turned 11 this week.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch John Lackey discuss his season with the Cubs.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce had a two-run homer and two-hit game as he makes progress after an ice-cold start with the Mets.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby discusses the 3-1 win over Team Europe.

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The Kentucky-Alabama series is one of the most lopsided in SEC history. The Crimson Tide hold a 36-2-1 all-time record in the series. The Wildcats head to Tuscaloosa this weekend, a place where they've never won. Although the programs don't share much resemblance, they do have one thing in common: Bear Bryant is the winningest coach at each school.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins will be eliminated from postseason play if San Francisco wins tonight. Given the tragic events of this week, manager Don Mattingly is having a hard time finding perspective.

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC RT Zach Banner was disappointed to see former players trashing the program. He got into a lengthy back-and-forth with LenDale White over the weekend and was asked about it on Tuesday. "Don't abandon ship," he said in a message directed at former players.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard reacts to allowing one run in six innings Tuesday in his return from strep throat. His next start will be either the wild-card game or, if the Mets need it, the final day of the regular season.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz: "I went 0-for-5 today, so I don't got s--- to talk about." How about going 0-for-5 in opener of his final series at Yankee Stadium? "That ain't fun."

MLB 

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

When David Ortiz strolled to the plate, representing the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth, Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought, "I was like, 'What are the chances he is coming up in this situation. It is kind of the way fate had it tonight." Ortiz struck out against Tyler Clippard to end the game, preventing the Red Sox from clinching the AL East.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Carey Price's record remains perfect for Team Canada in best-on-best international play following the World Cup win over Europe in game one of the final. He's been the final piece to the puzzle for an incredible generation of Canadian hockey players.

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Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Not the road to victory Canada was expecting in Game 1 vs. Europe.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins drop a 12-1 decision to the Mets. They'll be eliminated from postseason play if the Giants win tonight. But they still have a chance to finish above .500 for the first time since 2009 if they can win three or their last four games.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Hold the celebration. No champagne tonight. Red Sox's winning streak ends at 11 games, as David Price gives up three homers and David Ortiz strikes out with two runners on base to end a 6-4 Yankees victory. Boston's magic number to clinch AL East remains frozen at 1.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

No Wilson Ramos, no problem. So far, anyway. In their first game without their All-Star catcher (torn ACL), the Nats beat the Diamondbcks 4-2. The win increases Washington's lead over the Dodgers for 2nd seed in the NL (and homefield advantage in the NLDS) to 1.5 games.

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Before J.J. Watt's arrival in Houston, the Texans never made the playoffs and had the 5th-worst record in the NFL. Since he's come to Houston, the Texans have won three division titles and two playoff games. Their record of 44-39 since 2011 is tied with the Colts for the best in the AFC South.

NFL 

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

During the Yankees-Red Sox game, the biggest error of the game nearly occurred in the middle of the fifth inning in the left field stands. Andrew Fox of New Castle, PA tried to propose to his girlfriend, Heather Terwilliger of Fredonia, New York, but he dropped the ring. with the whole crowd watching, it took five minutes to locate it, but it felt like an hour to the couple. She said yes.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Good news for the Tigers and Mariners as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 5-1 behind six strong innings from Aaron Sanchez, who recorded 10 K's -- eight of those coming on his fastball, a season best. Sanchez is slated to next go on Sunday, but the Jays hope to have a spot clinched by then so he'll be ready for the wild-card game.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Justin Verlander is chewing up an Indians lineup of mostly reserve players, as Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall all got the night off. He has 11 K's with one out in the eighth, matching his season high.

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Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

With J.J. Watt's injury, it will be interesting to see how the Texans use Jadeveon Clowney. Houston has moved him around the front seven in the first three games, including at defensive end.

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