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Body clocks, Texas A&M hype and more Week 1 CFP lessons learned

Kickoff Week will be epic, but history shows it's not necessarily the best indicator when it comes to playoff success. Here's what you need to remember when watching this weekend.

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Follow live: Kvitova kicks off another day at the US Open

Two-time Grand Slam champ Petra Kvitova takes on Cagla Buyukakcay in the second round of the US Open. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be in action later this afternoon (live on the ESPN app/WatchESPN).

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LIVE: Chelsea eye David Luiz, £60m Foxes

David Luiz could be set to join Chelsea, while Leicester are ready to spend £60m on two Sporting players. Follow the latest on Transfer Deadline Day.

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See what it takes to create a LEGO David Ortiz masterpiece (0:55)
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Alabama-USC ready to square off in Week 1 (1:00)
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Stephen A. is steaming about Tebow comparisons to Jeter and Harper (2:14)
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Army veteran Boyer respects Kaepernick's decision (2:18)
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Second-year studs for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation reporters pick the second-year players ready to explode onto the scene in 2016, including Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark, who should get more chances to rush the passer in Year 2.

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Stephen A. Smith cannot contain himself

Smith is insulted by the idea of people comparing Tim Tebow's baseball tryouts to greats like Derek Jeter and Bryce Harper.

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Tebow: Workout not about getting publicity
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Tim Tebow joined Scott Van Pelt to make clear that his baseball workout was about pursuing what he's "passionate about."

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Inside Antonio Brown's $6M non-negotiation
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The Steelers' tradition with handling contracts was tested to the max. Middle ground reached

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Doug McIntyre ESPN Staff Writer 

French club Nantes has offered $3 million-plus to MLS's Chicago Fire for Ghana national team striker David Accam, according to multiple sources. Can't see Chicago accepting that transfer fee. Accam, 25, is under contract through 2018. Fire still hoping to extend him beyond that.

Vet respects Kaepernick's decision
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Army veteran and former long snapper Nate Boyer says angry knee-jerk responses aren't helping the conversations around Colin Kaepernick sitting for the national anthem.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

My two favorite expected September call-ups are Yoan Moncada of the Red Sox and Jose DeLeon of the Dodgers. More on Baseball Tonight 7pm et on ESPN.

Man honors Big Papi ... with a corn maze
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Because how else would you honor everyone's favorite DH?

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Dodgers will not be trading Puig after being claimed on trade waivers at least until the off-season. The claiming team had more interest in blocking than making an earnest attempt to trade for him according to source

Why is Rutgers taking credit for Ray Allen?
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Rip Hamilton, Shabazz Napier and Ray Allen didn't go to Rutgers, last time we checked. Here's the deal

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Might we see the $100 million roof in action tonight? Forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of showers this evening.

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Transfer Deadline Day heating up
Soccer 

Reigning Premier League champion Leicester City is splashing the cash as the 6 p.m. ET deadline approaches and David Luiz could be joining an English powerhouse. Follow live

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QB help coming for the Vikings?
NFL 

Stephen A. Smith thinks Geno Smith needs a change of scenery.

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Ultimate college football betting guide
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Washington is the No. 1 surprise team for this season according to one of our experts. Title bets & season win totals (Insider)

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Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

As of Wednesday morning there's no change at QB, according to Nick Saban. Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett are still the two candidates to play against USC. Saban said he's looking for "consistency in performance" as a deciding factor.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Nevada sportsbooks won $11.1 million in July, an all-time high for the month, according to gaming control. With the lucrative football season on the horizon, the bookies have now beaten the bettors in 36 consecutive months.

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Steelers promise Brown long-term deal
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But Adam Schefter says it will come next offseason after reworking Antonio Brown's contract for now.

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International break to feature stars
Soccer 

Transfer Deadline Day isn't the only storyline in soccer right now. World Cup qualifying action will have Neymar, Messi, Pogba and a new Italian goalkeeping sensation. What to watch for

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Jane McManus Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com 

Secrecy is key in doubles. Here Bethanie's Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova game plan before Safarova's serve. The 12th seeded women's doubles team is first up on Court 11 at the US Open.

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David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Nevada sportsbooks won $11.8 million on baseball in July, the largest win on baseball in a single month ever, according to gaming control.

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The most homer-happy month ever
MLB 

Heading into the final day of the month, there have been 1,015 home runs in August. If there are 55 home runs today, it will set a record for the most homers in ANY calendar month in MLB history.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Safe to say John Farrell is VERY bullish on the idea of Yoan Moncada as a September call-up. Decision hasn't been made yet, but Farrell compared possible Moncada addition to the impact made by Ellsbury in '07 and Bogaerts in '13.

Phil Steele's leans for Alabama-USC
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Nick Saban is 4-0 in recent marquee season openers, winning by 20 points per game. Week 1 Best bets (Insider)

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