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Red Sox don't let loss stop AL East title celebration

Wednesday's late meltdown against the Yankees only briefly dampened the spirits of the Red Sox, who clinched the AL East with help from the Orioles.

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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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Drama increasing in AL wild-card race (0:57)
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McCaffrey: Football takes 'Insane preparation' (2:57)
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Greeny thinks Epstein is 'dramatically underpaid' (1:39)
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Durant and Thompson drain jumpers for 75 seconds without missing (1:15)
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CFB Week 5 all about top 10 matchups (1:13)
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The legend of Tebow grows with first-pitch homer (0:53)
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1dJohn Clayton

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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23hBill Barnwell

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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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

A few minor changes to the U.S. practice round groupings one day before the opening two sessions of the Ryder Cup. The three groups: Group 1: Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, Ryan Moore Group 2: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar Group 3: Brooks Koepka, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was named AFC special teams player of the month for September after converting all nine of his FGs, including three from 50 yards. His three career Player of the Month Awards are tied with Ed Reed and Matt Stover for the most in Ravens history.

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Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles DT Fletcher Cox has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month. He's coming off a two-sack performance against the Steelers and has three sacks, three hurries and a forced fumble through three games.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan's third career player of the month award is the most in Falcons history.

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Jaso hits for cycle in Pirates' win over Cubs
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John Jaso drives in five runs and hits the first cycle in PNC Park history in the Pirates' 8-4 victory over the Cubs.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Joc Pederson hit his 25th home run for the Dodgers on Wednesday, giving the club four players with 25 or more home runs. Yasmani Grandal, Corey Seager and Justin Turner also have hit that mark. It is the fourth time the Dodgers have accomplished that feat, also doing it in 1997, 1977 and 1955.

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Greeny: Epstein is 'dramatically underpaid'
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Based on the value that Theo Epstein has brought to the Cubs' organization, as well as his history with the Red Sox, Mike Greenberg feels he's worth more than $50M.

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Wednesday's Postseason implications
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  • Red Sox clinch AL East title
  • Orioles beat Blue Jays to keep sole possession of second AL wild card
  • Mets' magic number shrinks to 2 after win plus Cardinals loss

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Mets hold on to top wild-card spot
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James Loney and Jay Bruce each hit home runs to help the Mets beat the Marlins and hold on to the top spot in the NL wild-card race.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Padres 6, Dodgers 5, Final. Dodgers fail to gain ground on the Nationals for home field in the NLDS. They remain two back with four to play.

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John Jaso hits for cycle in Pirates' win
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Jaso drives in five runs and hits the first cycle in PNC Park history in the Pirates' 8-4 victory over the Cubs.

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Tigers top Indians in rain-shortened game
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Miguel Cabrera's three-run blast in the fifth inning is the difference in the Tigers' 6-3 win over the Indians.

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Kim hits pinch-hit game-winning homer
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Hyun Soo Kim pinch hits in the top of the ninth and belts a two-run home run to give the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays and make the Red Sox American League East champions.

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Freeman extends hit streak to 30 games
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Freddie Freeman owns the longest hitting streak of the season after a sixth-inning single in the Braves' 12-2 win over the Phillies stretched his streak to 30 games. Freeman passed Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. (29 games).

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Teixeira's grand slam gives Yankees walk-off win
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Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, Mark Teixeira hits a grand slam into the right-field seats to lift the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell: "I told them after the game, don't let one inning take away from what they've done for seven full months. They're AL East champions, we're AL East champions and we've got a lot of work left ahead of us. But one inning should not take away from the fact that we're champions."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scene from a division-clinching party: Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski walking around the clubhouse without his shoes. "It's fantastic, but you also know that this is only one step," he said. "This is great, and you can tell everybody's happy. But we have other goals left to achieve."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Principal owner John Henry on Red Sox's chances to play deep into October: "I feel pretty good. Let's put it this way: Where we are now, I wouldn't want to play us going into the playoffs."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz, as he entered raucous clinching celebration in Red Sox's clubhouse: "I wanted to celebrate on that field so bad, but it is what it is. We end up being the first place team in the American League, and we're going to celebrate anyway. I'm going to drown in this, man."

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Mark Teixeira became the first Yankees player to hit a walk-off grand slam against the Red Sox since Charlie Keller in 1942. It was Teixeira's first career regular season walk-off HR (he hit one in the 2009 ALDS). He had the most of anyone who didn't have a walk-off HR (he entered with 408). The new leader in that stat is ex-Tigers slugger, Norm Cash (377)

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

After 13 years of Petco Park in San Diego, somebody has finally hit a home run on the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co., in a regular-season game anyway. The Padres' Hunter Renfroe, in his seventh career game, crushed one on top of the fourth floor of the brick building down the LF line. Perhaps more of those are coming from Renfroe, who already has four HRs in those seven games.

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado became the 3rd player to record back-to-back 40-homer, 130-RBI seasons before turning 26. The other 2, per the Elias Sports Bureau, are Chuck Klein and Jimmie Foxx.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Nine hours after Jose Fernandez's hearse left Marlins Park, fans are still leaving messages on the wall. Their love knows no bounds.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins praised his team's conduct during a difficult series in Miami. Collins also praised the Marlins.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Teixeira making the most of his final week as a Yankee, just belted a walkoff grand slam homer to beat the Red Sox, 5-3, and keepYankees playoff hopes alive

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