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3hLee Singer, ESPN Stats & Information

Setting up the final weekend of the season

3hLee Singer, ESPN Stats & Information

Setting up the final weekend of the season

Ten games on Friday have playoff implications -- for making the field or for seeding. Check out how things stand.

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2hDan Rafael

World champ Fury tests positive for cocaine

Tyson Fury submitted to a random urine test Sept. 22, the results of which tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the central compound found in cocaine. He likely will be stripped of his titles.

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2hIan Begley

Noah skips military dinner, cites anti-war stance

Knicks center Joakim Noah says he skipped a team dinner at the West Point Military Academy that featured cadets and a speech by a former colonel because he is against war.

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54mDave McMenamin

LeBron wants Cavs, Smith to resolve dispute

LeBron James, saying he hates not having one of his "big guns" in training camp, wants the Cavs and J.R. Smith to resolve their contract dispute.

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Ryder Cup heckler thankful to have sunk putt (1:45)
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Affleck, Damon fight over who's better friends with Brady (4:05)
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Stephen A. doesn't think Gordon will see an NFL field again (1:53)
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1hChris Jones

World Cup ticket upgrade creates hockey magic

It was pure hockey heaven at the World Cup finals for a Canadian grammy and her grandkids -- real fans -- who scored three golden tickets to move down from the rafters to the glamour seats.

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47mCraig Custance

Players poised for post-World Cup boost

Auston Matthews will use his World Cup experience as a springboard for his rookie campaign, and a handful of other players will see a similar boost.

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3hDavid Schoenfield

Awards watch: Betts and Ortiz battling for AL MVP

Could David Ortiz take the AL MVP from teammate Mookie Betts? Who is the favorite in a tight NL Cy Young race? We look at the awards races with ahead of the weekend's final season.

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The NFL's relationship with its players (2:29)
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4hNFL Vegas Experts

Best bets for every Week 4 NFL game

What is the best bet for all 13 of Sunday's Week 4 NFL games? Chalk's Vegas experts give their take on all of the action, including ATS picks and projections for all the matchups.

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David Ortiz's farewell to Yankee Stadium (1:30)

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots officially list QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (right thumb) as questionable. Both were limited in practice all week. In addition, OT Marcus Cannon (calf), G Jonathan Cooper (foot), LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and CB Eric Rowe (ankle) are questionable, as all were limited in practice throughout the week.

NFL 

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Coghlan is in the lineup for the Cubs on Friday after suffering a mild ankle sprain two nights ago. Joe Maddon has all his regulars starting in their series finale opener.

MLB 

Chris Fallica ESPN Staff Writer 

Week 5 has been interesting for USC lately. Last year, SC lost to UW as a big home favorite and Steve Sarkisian was fired. Two years ago, ASU beat SC at the Coliseum on a Hail Mary and three years ago Lane Kiffin was fired after a blowout loss at ASU.

NCAAF 

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Sprint Cup qualifying has been canceled at Dover because of rain. That puts Brad Keselowski, the series points leader, on the pole and Martin Truex Jr. joining him on the front row for the race Sunday. The field is set by owner points and with 40 cars entered, all 40 make the field and the 16 Chase drivers will start from the first 16 spots.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Patriots officially list QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett as questionable.

NFL 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores again will attempt to swing a bat today. It's been 20 days since Flores injured his right wrist in a plate collision in Atlanta.

MLB 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he thought Reds manager Bryan Price got out there in time to challenge -- even if it was 15 seconds instead of 10 seconds or whatever is stipulated -- on the game-ending play in St. Louis on Thursday. He said he came away from that debacle believing his outfielders definitely need to know the ground rules for visiting ballparks "so we don't have to get ourselves in those situations."

MLB 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he kept Bartolo Colon on Saturday on standard rest to avoid getting "too cute." Collins said he cannot answer whether Colon would be available for the wild-card game if Noah Syndergaard has to pitch a full game Sunday.

MLB 

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

It's not necessarily a day off of work for both Chris Wood and Matthew Fitzpatrick just because they didn't play in the matches today. Both are out working on their games hoping to be brought off the bench Saturday..

Golf 

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers OLB Nick Perry was fined $12,154 for his throat-slash gesture (unsportsmanlike conduct) in last Sunday's game against the Lions.

NFL 

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game at San Francisco. He did not practice during the week after being diagnosed with a tibial plateau fracture in his right knee. Last week cornerback Orlando Scandrick was listed as questionable after not practicing during the week with hamstring strains on both legs and did not play vs. Chicago. Bryant said he and the team will "play it safe," with the injury.

NFL 

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Some terrific golf being played in the opening fourballs match this afternoon. The American team of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed have posted five birdies in their first eight holes -- and find themselves 2-down against Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, the latter of whom nearly aced the eight hole minutes ago.

Golf 

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah told Kevin Garnett he was his favorite player the first time they played. Garnett greeted him with a phrase unfit for print. "For my whole career he's kind of been motivation to get in the gym in the summer," Noah said. "Playing against the Celtics, those were always games you circled on the calendar."

NBA 

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts batting sixth for Red Sox. John Farrell often talks about importance of No. 6 spot to maximize offense's production, must want to see how Bogaerts looks there. Brock Holt batting second, playing third base.

MLB 

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Europe now leads three of the four afternoon fourballs matches at the Ryder Cup, just in case you were wondering where all that morning momentum has gone.

Golf 

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

For all his struggles in Ryder Cups, Phil Mickelson on Friday tied Lee Trevino for the fourth-most points won in U.S. history with 20. Billy Casper holds the record with 23 1/2, followed by Arnold Palmer with 23 and Lanny Wadkins with 21 1/2. Mickelson's overall record is now 17-19-6.

Golf 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Mets lineup for Friday's 7:05 p.m. ET series opener against the Phillies. The magic number is 2. Reyes 3B, Cabrera SS, Cespedes LF, Granderson CF, Bruce RF, TJ Rivera 2B, Duda 1B, R Rivera C, Gsellman RHP

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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Spoke to former winner of the PGA Championship Shaun Micheel. He said he was playing an event nearby and had "never played well enough to be on a Ryder Cup team" so he wanted to see what it was like. He couldn't believe the electric atmosphere and the sheer amount of people.

Golf 

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Finally heard someone heckle Danny Willett as he readied to tee off at the par 3 4th hole. The heckler was dealt with quickly and severely... by a member of Team USA who didn't want to be named. I asked why he went over and to the heckler. He replied, "Because that ain't right."

Golf 

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers DE Joey Bosa (hamstring), S Jahleel Addae (clavicle) and CB Brandon Flowers (concussion) are out vs. Saints. Bosa getting closer, but Chargers want to make sure he's fully healthy and in game shape.

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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

American golf fans are proving Danny Willett's brother Pete to be uninformed. No heckling of the Englishman at all as he walks the fairways for the first time this Ryder Cup. Also don't need to heckle a guy who's twosome is 2 down thru 3 holes.

Golf 

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Phil Mickelson admitted he felt a good bit of pressure Friday at the Ryder Cup. "Given the buildup over the last couple years, the criticism, the comments, what have you; the pressure was certainly as great or greater than I've ever felt,'' he said after he and Rickie Fowler won 1-up over Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan. "I could have copped out and asked to sit, that would have been a total weak move, and I wanted to get out there.'' Mickelson apologized on Thursday for comments he made earlier about former U.S. captain Hal Sutton.

Golf 

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson AD Dan Radakovich on the ACC's rise the past few seasons: "If there's three teams in that one tier, there's a couple that are really knocking on the door. Certainly Miami and North Carolina are having outstanding years, as is Virginia Tech. ... We had to ramp up the football piece of it. It was discussed, it was, 'How are we going to do this? Let's continue to challenge ourselves with an out-of-conference schedule that's been really, really good. And once you're in that, you've gotta win those games. That's when a little bit of the credibility will come forward.' We've remained in the conversation, which is I think the most important piece."

NCAAF 

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said "nothing has changed" about the offensive play-calling because he has always been in charge of overseeing every play that goes into the game. "As a head football coach, that's what you're paid to do, is to be making sure that the calls that go into the game, are basically approved by you as the head football coach," O'Brien said. "So none of that matters. I don't even know why that's a story. It's not a story. Nothing has changed."

NFL 

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Among the sporting luminaries at the Ryder Cup today: Michael Phelps, Adrian Peterson and this guy -- Michael Jordan, who has served as a de facto vice captain for the U.S. team in previous years.