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Follow live: Mets leading wild-card chase

The Mets own a one-game lead in the NL wild-card race, which features three teams vying for two spots. The Cardinals are a half-game behind the Giants, who host the Rockies (10 p.m. ET on ESPN and streaming in the ESPN App/WatchESPN).

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Carrasco's goal leads Atletico Madrid past Bayern Munich (1:46)
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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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NFL executives predict Jay Cutler's future

The clock is ticking on Jay Cutler's time in Chicago. The Bears can release the QB this offseason with minimal impact on their future cap. They don't, however, have a ready-made replacement.

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Breakout picks from small-sample-size studs

Lions RB Theo Riddick and Broncos pass-rusher Shane Ray have shined in limited snaps. Which other part-time standouts could grow into larger roles? Bill Barnwell breaks it down.

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Mike Golic tackles the ghost pepper challenge (1:39)
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LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
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Marcotti: England's ineptness highlighted

Sam Allardyce was crass, gossipy and silly in The Telegraph's undercover sting, but did that justify him leaving his post as England manager?

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams DT Aaron Donald, on JJ Watt potentially missing the year after re-injuring his back: "It's tough for him. You never want to hear about a guy being injured, missing a season. Definitely not a guy who plays at such a high level as that guy. Health is the most important thing. It's better to be out there a hundred percent than to be putting bad film out there. ... He's a playmaker. Any time a guy is flying around, making plays like that, he's going to be a fun player to watch. Definitely somebody you respect and you tune in to watch."

NFL 

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

The Coke label printer people were quick on the draw. These bottles are on the desk where LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron and host Chris Blair will sit in when Orgeron's first call-in show starts in 20 minutes. Orgeron took over for fired coach Les Miles on Sunday.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda was scratched from the game on Wednesday night. The Mets will provide more information later.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Buddy Hield and the Pelicans warming up ahead of tonight's open practice at the Big Blender.

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Russell Wilson (sprained MCL) was a full practice participant Wednesday, another sign that the team expects him to start Sunday. The following players were limited: WR Tyler Lockett (knee), OL Germain Ifedi (ankle), TE Jimmy Graham (knee), TE Nick Vannett (ankle) and LB Mike Morgan (hip).

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

C.J. Spiller's most obvious fit with the Seahawks is as their third-down back. They initially drafted C.J. Prosise to have him fill that role, but Prosise has been dealing with a hand injury that will take three more weeks to fully heal, according to Pete Carroll. Alex Collins was the team's third-down back Sunday, but that role does not really fit his skill set.

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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers QB Philip Rivers said the biggest thing he learned from former teammate Drew Brees was how to be a pro. Rivers and Brees will meet for the first time at Qualcomm Stadium when the New Orleans Saints take on the Chargers in San Diego.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Michael Fulmer goes for the Tigers tonight and while helping Detroit win the wild card is obviously the top priority, he also has a chance to win the ERA title, but needs 6.1 innings to qualify. With a 2.95 ERA he could become just the fifth qualified rookie starter to finish with a sub-3.00 ERA since 2000 (Jose Fernandez, Brandon Webb, J.A. Happ, Jeremy Hellickson).

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Did Urban Meyer see Tim Tebow's home run? "I did," Meyer said with a big smile. "Don't bet against him."

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Brandon Marshall said improvement in the red zone starts with him and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Marshall noted that he still hasn't scored a TD: "Not a good start to the season if you have me on your fantasy team."

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said he can still close his eyes and visualize playing in San Diego 10 years later. He'll make his first trip there Sunday with the Saints and said he still has a lot of great memories. But he'll try to get all the feelings and emotions out of the way before kickoff.

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Michael Fulmer starts for the Tigers against the Indians tonight (7 ET, ESPN). Fulmer leads the AL in ERA (2.95) and leads AL rookies in Wins Above Replacement (5.0). Fulmer and Justin Verlander are a combined 27-15 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. All other Tigers starters are 28-38 with a 5.18 ERA.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets doing yoga. We think.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' 30 victories from rookie pitchers are the franchise's most since 1952, when they had 51. Jose De Leon can make it 31 when he starts Wednesday night against the Padres. Dodgers rookies are 30-23 this season in 67 starts, with an impressive 3.61 ERA.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

In what was essentially a must-win game for both teams, the Mariners beat the Astros 12-4 behind a three-run homer in the first from Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager's late blast to ice it. Now the Mariners turn to the scoreboard, rooting for the Blue Jays and Indians to win tonight, and head home probably needing to sweep all four from the A's.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss more of his extension with the Cubs and what was important to him.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss signing a new 5 year extension with the Cubs.

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John Brewin ESPN FC 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola seemed satisfied with his team's 3-3 draw at Celtic. "Celtic is an amazing environment," he said.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Ray Rice, from the Big 12 forum: "I was so concerned with being THE man. Instead of being A man."

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has been charged with a misdemeanor for failure to obey a traffic device for his part in the crash that included hitting a bicyclist last week. Schiano is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 5 and is facing a $55 fine and $97 in court fees after the collision early last Thursday during Ohio State's bye week. Schiano hasn't missed any work and will be coaching Saturday against his old team, Rutgers.

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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

The Big 12 forum "Campus Violence – Finding Solutions" is about to begin. Ray Rice one of the panelists.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna have been chosen by Jose Fernandez's family to speak at the pitcher's funeral Thursday. They'll each read a Biblical verse and then share memories of their late friend. "I talked to Jose a lot about how to go about business and how to respect the game," Prado said. "He always listened to me."

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Why has Marcus Mariota been so much better on the road than at home? "I'm not sure," left tackle Taylor Lewan said. "Because when we play at home it's not really a home game because there are just as many opponents' fans as there are… There's really no difference except for we are not flying somewhere." Went on to say any fan issues at Nissan Stadium are on the team, which must win more.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. and linebacker Bruce Irvin still wonder why Pete Carroll did not run Beast Mode from the 1-yard line..,unless they're talking about something else.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Since Bartolo Colon only threw 47 pitches on Monday in Miami, Terry Collins told reporters Colon may come back on short rest on Friday in Philadelphia. That would put Colon on the proper rest for next Wednesday's wild-card game if Noah Syndergaard is unavailable. Syndergaard is due to pitch the regular-season finale on Sunday in Philadelphia. Syndergaard would be limited to only 25 pitches if the Mets already have clinched and then pitch the wild-card game. But he'll go far longer if the Mets need that game.

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