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Everything you need to know about the College Football Playoff

How does the College Football Playoff work again? Here's everything you need to know, from who's making the decisions to which bowl games will be involved.

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Follow live: Nadal cruises to victory

Two-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal defeated Denis Istomin in straight sets to advance. First-round coverage continues live on ESPN/WatchESPN/ESPN app.

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Nadal rips ferocious forehand, breaks Istomin (0:34)
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Kaepernick's protest reminiscent of Ali (2:18)
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Why Bosa's holdout won't affect his play

Joey Bosa and the Chargers were finally able to agree to a contract, but how will his holdout affect his production? Football Outsiders analyzes the true impact of top talents sitting out camp.

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The Dak Prescott Experience: Can Dallas still compete?

Does Dak Prescott's big preseason mean anything? Is this Tony Romo's last year? Are the Cowboys still favorites in the NFC East? You have questions, Bill Barnwell has answers -- and predictions.

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Monfils goes for ridiculous shot, destroys clock (0:20)
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College football's most incredible interceptions (1:17)
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Carlos Beltran did what to his hair? (1:41)
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Little Big Men

During the Little League World Series, 11-and 12-year-old boys become superstars. So we asked them to flash their favorite superhero pose and explain what it was really like to play on the big stage.

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Stephen A.: Kaepernick has every right not to stand (1:53)
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Bomani Jones: Kaepernick's 'statement in his words, not actions' (2:12)

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles said its "too early to tell" if David Harris (shoulder) will be ready for Wk 1.

NFL 

Bradley gets an early exit in Knockout
NBA 

Celtics G Avery Bradley plays a game of Knockout with a couple of young fans and immediately gets eliminated.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Depending on what happens in bullpen sessions Wednesday and Saturday, Koji Uehara could be reinstated from the disabled list by early next week, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Uehara hasn't pitched since July 19 because of a strained right pectoral muscle.

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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said the team will take it one day at a time in getting Joey Bosa ready, but would not say if he will play Week 1 vs Kansas City.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers CF Cameron Maybin, who replaces Ian Kinsler as the leadoff man tonight vs CHI, said his approach will not change batting first. Said he is open to hitting wherever he is penciled into the lineup and will try to give Ian Kinsler a "breather."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The skies over Wrigley Field have darkened and the grounds crew has brought out the tarp with rain in the area. You may also be to spot the wear and tear out in center field from the concerts held at the ballpark while the Cubs were on the road.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

A first look at the field for newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium. All four television screens are up and ready for Thursday's game against the Titans.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he hasn't discussed Colin Kaepernick's stance on the National Anthem with his players. But there's a chance it will be addressed and Gruden made it clear he views the anthem as a chance to show respect for the military. "We take very much pride in our relationship with the military. We went to Andrews Air Force base the other day and everybody that was there stayed after, signed some autographs. [We have a] ton of respect for what goes on for our country with those people. For three minutes for us to take our helmet off and stand up and give respect is how we treat it here with the Redskins."

Howard Bryant ESPN Senior Writer 

Slight hiccup in the second set, but the two-time champ Rafa Nadal comes through, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 over Istomin...

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The most outlandish tennis tantrums
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The U.S. Open is now in full swing, so let's check out some of our favorite tantrums in tennis history.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Todd Bowles said he may play three QBs on Thursday -- Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg and perhaps Geno Smith.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

Siemian said being named the starter "hasn't changed my mindset." He had reached out to Jake Plummer during June to talk about Gary Kubiak's offense.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was asked about the Colin Kaepernick situation from this weekend, his reaction. He said he understood that the QB was trying to bring light to an issue he cared about, but wasn't sure he'd opt for the same format. Said if it were one of his players, he wouldn't have a problem about that but would prefer a heads-up beforehand.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The expectation is Robert Gsellman will move to the bullpen once he recovers from Sunday's start. Assuming Steven Matz starts without difficulty on Thursday, it would seem Seth Lugo would remain in the rotation to join Matz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Bartolo Colon.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

Trevor Siemian on his teammates -- "they've been awesome" -- and called Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch friends and said "we made each other better."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said the presumption was all three banged up position players would be ready on Monday, so that's why the Mets were comfortable demoting T.J. Rivera. Collins only learned about 10 minutes ago that Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker would not be ready.

Kaepernick: Sitting to take a stand
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Domonique Foxworth and ESPN contributor Will Cain join Bob Ley to discuss the topic of personal protest.

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Mularkey said Kendall Wright re-strained hamstring today. Unlikely to make first appearance of preseason Thursday in Miami

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacob deGrom will return to the rotation on Friday with four extra days of rest. Noah Syndergaard will pitch after deGrom, on Saturday against the Nationals.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Yoenis Cespedes returns to the lineup on Monday, but Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) and Neil Walker (back) remain sidelined.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"His baptism was outstanding." – Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on rookie DT Robert Nkemdiche's NFL debut Sunday night in Houston. Arians thought Nkemdiche looked physical, fast and overall "very good." He was impressed a couple plays Nkemdiche made near the goal line.

Chicago violence a disease of hopelessness
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In the wake of Dwyane Wade's cousin -- Nykea Aldridge -- recently being shot and killed in Chicago, Scoop Jackson weighs in on the epidemic of violence in the city.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Two points away from an upset win against John Isner, Frances Tiafo committed a couple of costly mistakes late in the third-set tiebreaker. But the 18-year-old still leads 2 sets to 1.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (ankle) will return to the practice field either Wednesday or Monday in preparation for Tampa Bay in the opener.