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Follow live: Ronaldo's quick strike has Madrid ahead

Dortmund held sway early, but Cristiano Ronaldo took advantage of a counter attack, knocking home a heel pass from Gareth Bale.

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6hDan 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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6hAdam 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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Jackson, McCaffrey clear Heisman favorites

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey are by far the top two candidates for the Heisman Trophy after four weeks.

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Co-Anchorman: The Legend of His & Hers (7:34)
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Gordon honors Fernandez, then homers (1:33)
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Buster believes Fernandez will win Cy Young (1:02)
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Kellerman: OBJ needs to get temper tantrums under control (1:51)
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Draymond: I don't want to win 74 games (0:52)
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5hBob Pockrass

Dale Jr. increases activity, continues to improve

Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to put himself in situations to help him rehabilitate from a concussion that will keep him out of a race car for at least the remainder of the 2016 season.

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins HC Adam Gase said LT Branden Albert could be a game-time decision Thursday.

NFL 

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon continues to rotate his starters in and out of the lineup as Kris Bryant won't start one day after collecting his 100th RBI. Addison Russell is also off as Munenori Kawasaki, Tommy La Stella, Javier Baez, Chris Coghlan and Miguel Montero are all starting against the Pirates on Tuesday.

MLB 

Kevin Maguire Golf 

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps jumps back into "competitive" play when he tees it up in this afternoon's celebrity matches at the 41st Ryder Cup. Needless to say, the 28-time Olympic medalist is in great demand for autographs at Hazeltine.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Delanie Walker on The Midday 180 on JJ Watt: "JJ is back but he's not JJ yet. I'm pretty sure he's going to get to that level."

NFL 

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon running back coach Gary Campbell said that running back Royce Freeman is full go in practice this week. The junior was injured in the Nebraska game and sat out versus Colorado. In full, Freeman has probably played about two games worth of snaps this season, accounting for 325 yards and four touchdowns. Will be huge to have him back against Washington State.

NCAAF 

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Wayne Gretzky, official ambassador for the NHL's centennial: Crosby is a bit better than Ovechkin because centers have more responsibility.

NHL 

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

A source says the Redskins are putting center Kory Lichtensteiger on injured reserve after he suffered a calf injury Sunday. It was initially described as a moderate injury, but the Redskins are signing veteran center John Sullivan today for depth. They also have Spencer Long, who can start at center until, or if, Sullivan is needed to take over.

NFL 

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

A few of the Oregon upperclassmen called a player's only meeting following the Ducks' loss to Colorado. Running back Kani Benoit said it's necessary for the veterans to lead the underclassmen.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Dez Bryant has caught 11-of-23 targets this season, continuing a trend from last year. Bryant's reception percentage of 44 percent is lowest in the NFL since the start of the 2015 season (minimum 75 targets). Besides Romo's absence being a factor, he has the 15th-longest average target depth in the league at 13.2 air yards per attempt.

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Wayne Gretzky watching Wayne Gretzky highlights.

NHL 

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Tiger Woods is said to be having a strong impact as a vice captain for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. But apparently he was not aware of protocol. The players gathered Tuesday morning for the official team photo, and Woods took his place on the back row before being alerted he had to leave. Woods thought that meant he had to go to the other side, before learning the harsh truth -- vice captains are not in the photo. Woods took it all in stride as he was chided about it and seen laughing.

Golf 

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Gary Bettman: We're planning a big party to celebrate our centennial.

NHL 

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg addresses the media after the Bulls' first practice of the year. Says Rondo has "best voice on the team," and has helped set the tone for everybody else.

NBA 

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer shoots down any contact from LSU about potentially replacing Les Miles. "No, I have not been contacted," Meyer said. "I'm going to be the coach at Ohio State."

NCAAF 

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

If the United States is indeed going to a POD-like system for its Ryder Cup pairings, today's groupings at Hazeltine should give an indication of what is planned. Fowler, Z. Johnson , Mickelson, Walker D. Johnson, Kuchar, Reed, Spieth Holmes, Koepka, Moore, Snedeker In theory, the U.S. would not match anyone together from outside their respective groups.

Golf 

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Reggie Bush was active but did not play in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Rex Ryan downplayed his lack of role, saying Monday that the Bills had a package of plays designed for Bush as a receiver but never used them.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

2.5 hours in and Fred Hoiberg's first official practice of the season is still rolling along.

NBA 

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown on his first practice: "I was over-excited. I didn't get much sleep last night. I think I was here three or four hours early. I'm anxious."

NBA 

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose on Carmelo Anthony: "My job is help him win. This is his team."

NBA 

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State will wear black shoes and socks as well as a 6 on their helmets in memory of former Spartan linebacker Mylan Hicks, who was killed at a bar in Calgary this weekend. Hicks was playing for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose shooting a weighted medicine ball after the Knicks' first training camp practice:

NBA 

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Rutgers coach Chris Ash says redshirt freshman Jawuan Harris will take over some of the duties of two-way standout Janarion Grant(ankle injury) against Ohio State. "He's not Janarion," Ash said. "He's our next best version of Janarion."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Ash has something of a head start scouting Ohio State after spending the last two years there as co-defensive coordinator, but the Rutgers coach isn't expecting that to be a big deal on game day. "Yeah, I know players, I know coaches, I know the offensive and defensive schemes that they're running," Ash said. "But that doesn't mean we have an advantage or anything like that. It comes down to players making plays on Saturday."

NCAAF 

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

To start the first training camp practice, Celtics coach Brad Stevens told his players to operate at 30 percent speed. They, of course, launched in full throttle. "We did like a 5-on-5 kind of not live breakdown before they even stretched and I said, ‘Go 30 percent, it's a walkthrough.' If that was 30 percent we're going to be able to fly around," said Stevens. "I think it was just a misjudging of what 30 percent is but they were flying early on in practice."

NBA 

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Malzahn says that Auburn LB Paul James III will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury he suffered last week in practice. James, a junior-college transfer, had three tackles, one tackle for loss and one QB hurry through the first three games this year.

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