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2hDon Van Natta Jr.

The inside story of the quick rise and quicker fall of DraftKings and FanDuel

The implosion of the daily fantasy industry is a bro-classic tale of hubris, recklessness, political naïveté and a kill-or-be-killed culture.

The summer of Jim Harbaugh (0:45)
How the training camp blues taught McCaffrey a new instrument (0:35)
Usher: You can play sports, you can't play boxing! (2:15)
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3hHoward Bryant

That Place Is Gonna Rock And Roll

You had to see it to believe it. Jimmy Connors had no business playing the 1991 US Open -- never mind going on one of the most improbable runs this game has ever seen.

The best Kobe death stares (0:53)
When was the day the Lakers fell apart? (2:08)
Is there too much pressure for Rousey to return against world-class fighter? (2:17)
Betts' power arm shocks Kiermaier at third (0:37)
High schooler jukes teammate out of his shorts (0:25)
Dinosaurs running amok in Oakland (0:17)
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4hMatt Buschmann

Matt Buschmann: The day I got 'the call'

Longtime minor league pitcher Matt Buschmann, Buster Olney's latest guest columnist, describes the buildup and his reaction to getting the news that he's getting called up to the big leagues.

Norman is now in a division where he needs to back it up (1:34)
1hCFB Vegas Experts

Title bets, over/under projections for Top 25

Phil Steele, Chris Fallica and Stanford Steve are giving comprehensive betting previews of the top 25 college football teams. Today, Oregon and Oklahoma State lead the way.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints doing scout-team work today to prepare for Steelers on Friday night. The last two preseason games, they got to practice against their actual opponents for two days in New England and Houston. This game should most closely resemble a real game, which is typical for Week 3 of the preseason. And it's a great opponent to truly test their defense. Steelers offense is about as diverse and potent as any in the NFL.


Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Chip Kelly says team hasn't yet discussed how quarterback reps will be divvied up on Friday night against Green Bay. But he also said Colin Kaepernick has been full go in practice the past two days and splitting reps evenly with Blaine Gabbert as he did before he began dealing with shoulder tightness. Kelly said Kaepernick "has been sharp on all things mentally" this week and is on track to play on Friday.

Arrieta a serious threat to win Cy Young

Tim Kurkjian breaks down how Cubs P Jake Arrieta has managed to put himself back in the Cy Young conversation.


Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Asked how much he will play Friday at Carolina, and if he will start, QB Jimmy Garoppolo says, "Your guess is as good as mine." He adds that he is preparing as if he is the starter.

Jay Crawford ESPN 

A gorgeous day for baseball at the LLWS. Australia and Mexico at 1PM on ESPN for a berth in the Int'l Finals. Join me and Kyle Peterson.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins were taking a practice approach similar to Fridays in the regular season. They practiced without pads and likely will be on the field for perhaps 75 minutes. They play their third preseason game Friday vs. Buffalo.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins receiver Josh Doctson was again working off to the side during practice. He was running routes again, but at a faster speed than Tuesday when he was around half-speed. Doctson wasn't full go yet but was more than half-speed. Doctson is recovering from Achilles tendonitis.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and backup quarterback Mike Glennon spent several minutes after practice chatting with former teammate Josh McCown, now with the Browns.

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Prior to the Olympics, Rory McIlroy not only withdrew himself from the golf competition, but said he wouldn't watch, because he only watches "the events that matter." As it turns out, he did watch the very end of Justin Rose's gold medal victory over Henrik Stenson -- and liked what he saw. "It was nice to be proven wrong," he said today.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Also new at MetLife Stadium for Jets games: There will be a larger-than-life Joe Namath bobble head on display at one of the plazas outside the stadium. It will depict the iconic image of Namath jogging off the field at Super Bowl III, waving the No. 1 sign.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Teddy Bridgewater said he expects he'll play on Sunday. "I feel good. I feel very good," he said. Bridgewater sat out Thursday in Seattle with what sources told ESPN was a sore shoulder.

SportsCenter celebrates ‘Kobe Bryant Day’

SportsCenter looks back at some of Kobe Bryant's top career moments as Los Angeles declares August 24, 2016, ‘Kobe Bryant Day.'


Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars DT Roy Miller (quad), S James Sample (shoulder) are among the players that sit out practice again on Wednesday.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints C Max Unger and DE Kasim Edebali both back in practice today after leaving early Tuesday. Reportedly both just had cramping issues.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets unveiled new food items today at MetLife Stadium. Check this out: A seafood tower with oysters, shrimp, lobster salad, crab claws and oyster crackers.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Hartford has released Pancake Thomas, allowing the scoring guard to transfer wherever he wants for his fifth season. Hartford coach John Gallagher released a statement saying: "Our biggest priority for Cleveland was that he graduate from the University of Hartford with a valuable degree. That happened. Beyond wishing him the very best, we don't comment on other program's players. We are very excited about our group and the upcoming season."

Patriots feel Stork is not dependable

Mark Dominik and Herm Edwards explain why the Patriots have decided to release C Bryan Stork.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton just pulled two fans onto the field to somehow get them involved with a challenge involving the Saints' kickers. They're in the middle of the team scrum -- and at one point a coin was flipped. Looking forward to hearing the explanation.

J.J. Watt poised for dominant return

J.J. Watt tops the list of the NFL's best players and the Texans' DE looks like he is ready to dominate the league, yet again.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the late arrival of DE Kony Ealy and early departure of DE Charles Johnson were to handle personal issues. Regarding Johnson specifically leaving early on a golf cart Rivera indicated it wasn't "a bad thing."

What led to the Lakers’ decline?

The First Take crew look back at Dr. Jerry Buss' passing and analyze whether they blame Jim Buss taking over basketball operations or Kobe Bryant's contract extension that caused the Lakers to eventually fall apart.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Sweden's overall defense of Niklas Hjalmarsson, Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Mattias Ekholm, Oliver Ekman Larsson, Erik Karlsson and Hampus Lindholm should boast the best blue line at the World Cup.


Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts DC Ted Monachino on LB Robert Mathis: "He looks healthy to me. He's bouncing around like he's 26 years old." The 35-year-old Mathis likely won't play in the preseason

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is picked off by Browns cornerback Joe Haden during 11-on-11 work.