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7hMike Triplett

When a blocked punt symbolized 'Rebirth' of New Orleans

The Saints and Falcons meet in a reunion on MNF (8:30 ET, ESPN), and we gathered the memories of those who will never forget the Superdome homecoming after Hurricane Katrina.

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1hJeff Dickerson

Fox won't guarantee Cutler gets QB job back

There is no guarantee that Jay Cutler will be the team's starting quarterback once he is medically cleared to return from a right thumb sprain.

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LeBron admits fearing for his son's life (2:25)
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Curry opens up about Charlotte protests (2:03)
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8hBill Barnwell

Stacking the NFL's best defenses

Teams that have started Joe Flacco, Trevor Siemian, Carson Wentz, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have a combined ZERO losses. It's a time to praise defenses.

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Kurkjian: Scully is a storyteller (1:26)
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The Nationals are no strangers to brawls (1:07)
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22hJoe McDonald

Pride the root of Europe's success

A complete unknown and a bit of a joke early on, Europe has come together and proved with its win over Sweden and a berth in the finals against Canada that it is the real thing.

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6hCraig Custance

How the World Cup will be won

Team Europe is a big underdog against Canada in the World Cup final. How will the series play out? Who will be the heroes? Craig Custance explores.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan getting warmed up. The Falcons QB has the highest passing yards per game average at the Superdome of anyone, including Drew Brees, at 317.1, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose missed the playoffs last season for the first time in his career, which could be a blessing in disguise for the Knicks. Rose said today that he's had more time to workout and relax this summer and feels refreshed coming into the season.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons 1st round pick Keanu Neal will make his debut tonight following a preseason knee scope. Dan Quinn said if Neal starts at strong safety, it will depend on what package the defense starts in. "But he'll play a lot," Quinn said. Neal should help with some of the tackling issues.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson: "What he has, a lot of guys play with." Carroll says the training staff knows how to manage the MCL sprain. Sounds more optimistic than this morning about Wilson's chances for playing.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons secondary coach Marquand Manuel trying to get one up on the players in terms of style points.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Asked if he expects Russell Wilson to play Sunday, Pete Carroll said, "Yes." He expects Wilson to practice Wednesday, and they'll monitor him throughout the week.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Two former 49ers in ESPN's Steve Young and Falcons linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich. By the way, Young said he wants to see the Falcons use Matt Ryan in the shotgun and up-tempo rather than the rollouts, bootlegs.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the view inside Marlins Park as the team prepares to play its first game following the passing of pitcher Jose Fernandez. The first pitch against the Mets is at 7:10pm ET.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter admitted that he did second-guess himself on the decision not to call a timeout after Charles Sims' catch on the right sideline. He also said that clock management assistant Andrew Weidinger told him to take a timeout. Koetter said he wanted to call a particular play out of no-huddle that he thought could win the game.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

New Orleans native Deion Jones of the Falcons playing in the Superdome for the first time ever tonight. Jones and his family were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and his late grandmother took shelter inside the Dome.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

What's the best measure of a running back's production? "What are you doing on your own," Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett, who said he saw a lot of broken tackles on Sunday against the Lions. "Those are the types of runs that you really love to see because it's about finishing, and that was exciting to see."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon indicated he would use his top relievers this week mainly when Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta pitch as they have personal milestones like the Cy Young award at stake. Hendricks starts tonight vs. Pittsburgh.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan anticipates the Patriots to take advantage of their uncertain quarterback situation. "I expect [the Patriots] immediately to tell us [who the starting quarterback will be]," Ryan joked Monday. "And as soon as they tell us, we're all gonna be like, 'Yeah, OK.' Nobody would believe it anyway. Nah, I don't know. We're not gonna find out until kickoff."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Even though Rex Ryan impersonated Bill Belichick to start his news conference Monday, he wanted to make it clear he respects the Patriots' coach. "I think my admiration is really for Belichick more than anything," he said. "As a coach, that's the guy. He'll go down as probably the best in the history of the game. I like poking fun at him and all that stuff, but there's no coach I respect more than him."

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Walt Anderson will be the referee for Thursday night's game between the Dolphins and Bengals.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Dom Capers on Damarious Randall's up-and-down performance the last two weeks: "That's life for a corner in the NFL."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers last finished first in the NFL in run defense in 2009. After three games, they lead the league in run defense again. "We led the league [in 2009], but we struggled early that year," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. "We're off to a good start there. We've limited the long runs, which was as much of an emphasis as anything, because if we would've eliminated that last year we would've been one of the top run defenses."

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Jimmy Butler is still convinced he could be an NFL wide receiver, as good as anyone out there. Even Antonio Brown? "He's not better than me," Butler insists.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hue Jackson said the team has no plans to change kickers -- i.e. release Cody Parkey -- before the Browns play in Washington on Sunday. "I think it's unfair just to dump it all on him," Jackson said of the loss in Miami. Parkey was signed Friday and made field goals of 46, 48 and 38 yards, but missed kicks of 41, 42 (off the upright) and 46 to win the game on the last play of regulation.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan was in vintage form today, opening his news conference with an impression of Bill Belichick. "We're gonna start with the injury report," Ryan mumbled. "You'll get it on Wednesday."

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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Players at the Ryder Cup will likely wear a pin this week featuring Arnold Palmer logo. Not just the U.S, either. Captains say both teams will do this together.

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria if he's put thought into retiring Jose Fernandez's No. 16. "Yes, I've put thought into it," Loria responded. "Nobody else is wearing that number. I can tell you that."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

To make room for TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Jets waived LB Julian Stanford.