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27mMatthew Berry

Love, hate and celebrity

27mMatthew Berry

Love, hate and celebrity

Matthew Berry offers the players he loves and hates for Week 4 and reveals the celebrity he picked to teach fantasy football this season in his quest to get every man, woman and child to play.

Stephen A. calls Rex Ryan 'mentally weak' (1:46)
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3hJayson Stark

Your guide to baseball's final-week madness

No need to wait for October -- this last stretch of September is going to be a classic. Can't keep all the wild-card excitement straight? Here's what matters most.

Jose Fernandez a loss for baseball as a whole (1:29)
McCaffrey: Football takes 'Insane preparation' (2:57)
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Was the World Cup of Hockey a success?

As the 2016 World Cup winds down, we wondered: Did the best-on-best tournament deliver? Our writers weigh in on the upshot of Canada's dominance, North America's dazzling run and Team USA's flop.

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9hMatt Bowen

Vontaze Burfict is a villain I'd love to play with

NFL defenses thrive off physicality and intimidation. So when Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict returns to the field on Thursday night, he'll have a palpable effect on his teammates, writes Matt Bowen.

Durant and Thompson drain jumpers for 75 seconds without missing (1:15)
The legend of Tebow grows with first-pitch homer (0:53)


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka came through a bullpen session fine and could start Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. Tanaka missed his previous start with a slight forearm strain.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons WR Julio Jones today on his health coming off calf injury and short week: "I feel really good. I feel good about the way I played in the game. I didn't have any setbacks. I'm not injured or anything like that."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Hammel will miss his final start on Friday as his elbow has been bothering him a bit for the past couple weeks. He stressed that he's fine and it's just a precautionary measure. The Cubs will use a combo of relievers in his place. Hammel believes he'll be fine for the postseason if he's needed.


Bob Holtzman ESPN 

I'm told LB Vontaze Burfict and LB Vinny Rey will each have radio transmitters in their helmets tonight, which means they can't be on the field together. Burfict will play primarily on early downs. Burfict hasn't played in a game since January and told me he asked the coaches if he could wait a week before wearing the radio because he's worried about catching his breath while trying to make a play call. The coaches apparently said no.

Arindam Rej ESPN FC 

Man United should be frustrated with their first half showing. Although Marcus Rashford hit the bar with a fierce strike, they've not been incisive enough with all their possession so it's 0-0 at half-time.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Former U.S. Ryder Cup captains Curtis Strange and Paul Azinger chat with potential future Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker about course set and how it's changed over the years.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins second-year receiver Jamison Crowder, who is tied for the team lead with 16 receptions, says his improved play stems from feeling more comfortable. It's boosted his confidence.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu said he hopes to stop wearing the brace on his right knee by Week 8 "if everything goes well." "A knee brace is a knee brace," Mathieu said. "It's going to restrict you. I really just have to get comfortable with it in the meantime."

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Russell Wilson (sprained MCL) says he has "no doubt" about playing Sunday. He said he did everything at practice yesterday and was listed as a full participant. Wilson will wear a brace on his left knee. He said he had to do that at N.C. State and it won't hinder him at all.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

There are no changes with the Patriots' injury report, as QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett remain limited in practice.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Witten had an interesting way to breakdown the fallout of the Dez Bryant situation from inside the Cowboys locker room, channeling his inner Jerry Jones: "Look, we all go through different things," Witten said. "That's handled within teams. Guys address it and move forward. It happens every week in the NFL from that standpoint. So, yeah, you always work together and talking and that's what teammates are, they're brothers. There's a great saying inside this building by somebody I tremendously respect – let's not circumcise a mosquito here, you know? I think that has great value in this. As things go on, move forward and we all understand that. This game means so much to Dez Bryant and that's a relationship that I've really enjoyed over the years in seeing that and the brotherhood that you have with that. Dez will be back out there in no time."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

In his second instructional league game in Port St. Lucie, Tim Tebow went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, one RBI, one walk and one strikeout on Thursday against Marlins farmhands. He again logged five innings in left field. Tebow went 1-for-6, with a homer on the first pitch, Wednesday against the Cardinals in his first formal game since his junior year of high school.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Here's a potential hidden advantage for the Dolphins tonight: four days ago they faced the Browns. Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson is Cincinnati's former offensive coordinator. The Browns and Bengals run very similar schemes. Adam Gase told me "it's helpful". Seems especially helpful on a short week.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine said he's been playing mostly on the wings in practice, a little at point. About "70/30" he said.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Koetter's sick of answering questions about the Bucs' culture. "That's something that, for any progress to be made, that's going to be over a much longer period of time than three days." They have to focus on doing all the little things right and build it over time. "Like anything else, it starts with awareness."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

After hitting his walk-off grand slam on Wednesday, Mark Teixeira is on the bench for the Yankees. Tyler Austin will start at first base.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Red Sox will wear these David Ortiz patches on their hats for final series at Fenway starting tomorrow

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Vontaze Burfict is in great shape. He told me he took boxing, wrestling, yoga and UFC classes during the offseason and lost 5 or 6 pounds while also adding muscle. But he isn't sure he's in "football shape". Burfict didn't play during the preseason, hasn't been in pads since a joint practice seven weeks ago and told me "you never know until you're out there with pads on".

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Besides Cutler, the Bears had five additional players miss practice on Thursday -- NT Eddie Goldman, RB Jeremy Langford, RB Ka'Deem Carey, ILB Danny Trevathan and CB Jacoby Glenn (personal reasons). Also, WR Alshon Jeffery was limited with knee and hamstring issues.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hue Jackson on Joe Haden's physical condition with a groin strain, after Thursday's practice: "He was out there running around today, so we'll see where he is this weekend. I feel good about it."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Food truck Thursday is back again and so is Cam Newton's food truck. The truck is headed to Atlanta for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Harry Douglas is all about his Louisville Cardinals heading into Clemson game.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite coming off a torn ACL, NC State coach Mark Gottfried declared freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr., "the best in the country. Period." Gottfried added Smith has the potential to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said on the 1-2 start "it's not like we played a bunch of slappies." He noted Minnesota and Denver are 3-0 with tough defenses.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarco Murray calls Brian Cushing "a big-time player" who leads the Texans defense. Murray expects Cushing to play.