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Your guide to baseball's final-week madness

No need to wait for October -- this last stretch of September is going to be a classic. Can't keep all the wild-card excitement straight? Here's what matters most.

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Aldo, upset over McGregor, wants out of UFC

Interim UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo publicly asked UFC for his release after he did not get the rematch with Conor McGregor that he wanted.

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Vote: Who should be Golden Boy?

Some of the biggest rising stars in world football are in contention for the Golden Boy prize, but who should take the crown?

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Michigan expecting that every seat in its basketball arena will be filled tomorrow for Jordan uniform reveal with a performance from DJ Khaled

NCAAM 

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU is rolling out a new black helmet on Saturday for its game against Oklahoma and is asking fans to "Blackout The Carter." That oversized purple Frog outline is a pretty sharp look.

NCAAF 

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby discusses Game 2 against Europe and gives his thoughts on the overall World Cup of Hockey.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada forward Brad Marchand believes the team is focused and prepared to close out the World Cup of Hockey with a win over Team Europe Thursday night at Air Canada Centre. He also discusses what it's like playing with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby.

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Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals activated Vontaze Burfict to the 53-man roster. LB Trevor Roach was waived to free up a roster spot.

NFL 

Kevin Maguire Golf 

Yes, this putt went in. American Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller get in a little early-morning work on the putting green at the Ryder Cup. Spieth will be playing in his second Ryder Cup, but first on American soil. The matches begin Friday in Minnesota at 8:35 a.m. ET.

Golf 

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach John Fox is back at practice on Thursday. Fox stayed home on Wednesday because of a bad stomach bug. He will probably be listed as questionable on tomorrow's final injury report.

NFL 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

On a cool, autumn New England day, Bill Belichick arrives to the team's walkthrough practice in his own unique style.

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Nat Berhe complained of headaches and was placed in concussion protocol. Giants really short on safeties. Only Landon Collins and Andrew Adams healthy.

NFL 

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a photo from one of the Knicks' scrimmages. Several personnel combos used today, including Rose, Porzingis and Anthony on the same side.

NBA 

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Teryl Austin wants no part of answering how he feels about pass interference calls. Said if he said how he felt, he might get fined. Lions had a 66-yard PI call last week.

NFL 

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and Eli Apple (hamstring) did work on side with trainers. Nat Berhe (n/a), Marshall Newhouse (calf) and Darian Thompson were not at practice. Giants really short on safeties. RB Rashad Jennings tried working with what appeared to be a wrap instead of a cast.

NFL 

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State coach James Franklin is not on the hot seat, according to athletic director Sandy Barbour. She told the Altoona (Pa.) Mirror on Wednesday that, "He's not on the hot seat, and he's not going to be on the hot seat in December." Penn State is currently 2-2 with upcoming games against Minnesota and Maryland.

NCAAF 

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Teryl Austin said his defense needs to play better but doesn't necessarily think they have to play faster. Said it starts with him making sure the play calls are good.

NFL 

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Dez Bryant missed treatments and team meetings on Monday-Wednesday because the receiver feared the knee injury was worse than suspected and did not want to face the decision. "It was the wrong thing to do,"Garrett said. Bryant has a tibial plateau fracture in his right leg. Garrett said Bryant would not practice today but Bryant is moving around better and not ruled out of playing Sunday.

NFL 

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Bob Cooter said he anticipates Golden Tate will get more touches as the year goes on. They are trying to spread it around.

NFL 

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

No sign of WR Sammy Watkins (foot) at Bills practice Thursday. TE Charles Clay (knee) is dressed.

NFL 

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith was asked about Dirk Koetter's comments about needing to overhaul their culture. "An old coach told me, 'You've gotta learn to stop losing before you can win.'"

NFL 

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Early look-in at Jets practice: WR Eric Decker (shoulder) is not practicing for the second straight day. CB Darrelle Revis (ankle), who sat out yesterday, looks like he'll practice. Obviously, WR/KR Jalin Marshall (shoulder) is out. New WR/KR Jeremy Ross is on the field, as is new TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

NFL 

Kevin Maguire Golf 

Matt Kuchar, along with caddie John Wood, getting in a little practice this morning at a chilly Hazeltine National Golf Club prior to Friday's start of the 41st Ryder Cup.

Golf 

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley (foot) and LG Alex Lewis (concussion) both missed second day of practice. DT Timmy Jernigan (knee) and WR Kamar Aiken (thigh) both returned after missing Wednesday.

NFL 

Christine Newby ESPN 

Dennis Seidenberg signed with the New York Islanders on Wednesday, and he has the Islander sticker on his World Cup helmet at practice Thursday morning.

NHL 

ESPN Stats and Information  

Why is ESPN's FPI not totally buying into the Baltimore Ravens (3-0)? One reason: They have played the fifth-easiest schedule in the NFL, according to FPI SOS rankings. Even an average NFL team would be expected to win about two games against that schedule.

NFL 

Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Thomas Vanek of Team Europe on preparing for a must-win game against Canada Thursday night in the World Cup of Hockey finals.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Eric Decker (shoulder) is not practicing. He's at the field, but he didn't even participate in stretching.

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