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4hSam Khan Jr.

Greg Ward Jr.'s Heisman campaign goes prime time vs. UConn

Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. will get to make his Heisman Trophy case to a national audience Thursday night against UConn (8 p.m. ET on ESPN).

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3hRich Cimini

Revis on Sherman feud: 'We're not going there'

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis interrupted a reporter in mid-question when Richard Sherman's name was mentioned in relation to their acrimonious history. "We're not going there," Revis said.

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4hMatthew 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.

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6hJayson 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.

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5hESPN.com

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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2hSean Hurd

Team USA honored by President Obama

Despite the awe-inspiring athleticism of the Rio Olympians, there is one person who can turn them into regular gushing fans: President Obama.

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12hMatt 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.

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Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Vontaze Burfict is the last Bengal out of the tunnel for warmups. He's back from his three-game suspension tonight.

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Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Drew Doughty is in the zone during warmups.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada and Team Europe take the ice for Game 2 warmups at the World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. If Canada wins the tournament is over. Europe will attempt to force a Game 3 on Saturday.

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Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals color rush jersey tonight...and the Dolphins. Dolphins are a tad brighter.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Standing ovation and chants of "Papi! Papi" as David Ortiz comes to the plate in the second inning. Also, cheers after Ortiz strikes out against CC Sabathia.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

David Ortiz got mostly a standing O in his first at-bat, then a K. CC Sabathia just struck him out after a lot of fans -- many with Red Sox jerseys on -- cheered him at Yankee Stadium.

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

With Branden Albert (ankle) unable to play, rookie first-round pick Laremy Tunsil also will get his first start at left tackle. Tunsil played the position well in college.

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Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Draft tap. Because Canada.

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Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

UConn in the house, looking to see if it can repeat the feat it achieved last year, being the only team to beat Houston. Huskies (2-2) will give it a shot in less than an hour.

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Here's your first look at the Dolphins' color rush uniforms. I'll let you be the judge...

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Russell Wilson (knee) was a full practice participant again today. Same with rookie right guard Germain Ifedi (ankle). The following players were limited: WR Tyler Lockett (knee), DT Jarran Reed (hip), TE Nick Vannett (ankle) and LB Mike Morgan (hip). Jimmy Graham (knee/back) did not practice.

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Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Doc Rivers on Kevin Garnett's presence at Clippers training camp: "KG was phenomenal today. This morning, before practice, he had a teaching clinic that you would pay a lot of money to see. It was great. It was great for Blake [Griffin] and [DeAndre Jordan] and the young guys as well. It's great to have him around. He's a great teacher. We know him as a great player. I knew him as a great teacher. He'll be really good for us."

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami Dolphins inactives: LT Branden Albert, C Mike Pouncey, C Anthony Steen, RB Arian Foster, LB Koa Misi, LB Jelani Jenkins, TE Jordan Cameron.

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Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Greetings from TDECU Stadium in Houston, TX where we have a little Thursday night football between No. 6 Houston and UConn. Kickoff in about an hour. UConn is the only team to defeat Houston since Tom Herman took over as the Cougars' head coach last season (they're 17-0 against everyone else).

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mariano Rivera presents David Ortiz with a painting of himself at home plate at Yankee Stadium.

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Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Eifert and Dre Kirkpatrick are inactive. Vontaze Burfict is active vs. the Dolphins.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

PA announcer Paul Olden just said, "The Yankees would like to put the rivalry" aside to honor Big Papi. When Ortiz was introduced with his family, there were mostly cheers.

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

I've confirmed the Bengals' plan for tonight has not changed. LB Vontaze Burfict and LB Vinny Rey will each have radio transmitters in their helmets, 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.

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Beautiful night in Cincinnati. There may be a few scattered showers during the game, but no wind and a kick off temperature around 60 degrees.

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Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Judging by the sheer number of David Ortiz jerseys outside Yankee Stadium tonight -- including fans wearing both Yankees AND Red Sox apparel, Big Papi probably can expect a warm reception on the occasion of his final game in the Bronx. We asked a few fans -- those wearing Yankees gear only for this exercise -- whether they plan to cheer or boo him and why. Believe it or not, despite the bitter rivalry, almost all the answers we got were family friendly.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

One of the bases that will be used today for David Ortiz's last game with the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Finally! The opening foursomes (alternate shot) session for the Ryder Cup has been announced. Here are the first four matches for Friday morning: Match 1: Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed vs. Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson Match 2: Phil Mickelson/Rickie Fowler vs. Rory McIlroy/Andy Sullivan Match 3: Zach Johnson/Jimmy Walker vs. Sergio Garcia/Martin Kaymer Match 4: Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar vs. Lee Westwood/Thomas Pieters

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Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos receivers like what they've seen from quarterback Trevor Siemian this week as he is coming off a 312-yard, four-touchdown day last Sunday in the win over the Bengals. Here's what Emmanuel Sanders had to say after today's practice: "Tell you what, today was one of the best practices I've seen him have, you know, in terms of the ball when it was coming how it was spinning, how accurate he was and the height of the ball. He's getting better and better … Maybe he's sitting at home watching SportsCenter, seeing his name and his jersey sales going up. And that's all right.''

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his plans for this weekend. Relievers will be "choreographed" while his regulars will play but bench guys are still going to get some at bats.

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Just talked to Dolphins WR DeVante Parker who said he will play tonight. He's listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

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