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1mMatthew 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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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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Jose Fernandez a loss for baseball as a whole (1:29)
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McCaffrey: Football takes 'Insane preparation' (2:57)
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Durant and Thompson drain jumpers for 75 seconds without missing (1:15)
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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.

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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.

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

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

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said receiver Jamison Crowder is a mature player. "He looks like he's 35 or 40. He's all about business."

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Delanie Walker on his hamstring: "I think everything is in the right direction. ...We're just being smart. Going to come down to how I feel Saturday." He's listed as limited Thursday.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

John Fox said Jay Cutler could take snaps now but throwing balls into tight spaces is another story. If they see it, he could play.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

John Fox said Jay Cutler tossed it around a bit yesterday. Didn't know what his status would be for Sunday against the Lions.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said corner Josh Norman did not practice because he was sick. Gruden expects him to play Sunday.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For those interested, here's a look at the shoes Derrick Rose wore during practice today:

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

DeAndre Levy and Ezekiel Ansah only Lions not practicing. Antwione Williams, Eric Ebron and Wallace Gilberry all returned.

NFL 

Leo Spall Deputy Editor 

Danny Willett says his Ryder Cup has been tarnished by his brother Pete's insulting rant about Team USA fans - and he has been heckled already. "It's not been too bad with the fans," Danny said. "There's a few shouts out there but you can expect that. It's been pretty tricky for me to get back on and fully focus. I was disappointed in what he wrote and it put a bit of a downer on my first Ryder Cup."

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

I expect Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker to play tonight, but the Dolphins still have major injury issues. They will likely be without both of their starting outside linebackers (Jelani Jenkins and Koa Misi). The offensive line is a concern, too. Miami is expected to start a third string center, and Adam Gase told me he's not sure whether LT Branden Albert can play.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Only Arizona Cardinals player who wasn't practicing today during open portion was DT Frostee Rucker. He was going through rehab drills on another field with a trainer.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears QB Jay Cutler did not practice on Thursday, increasing the likelihood Brian Hoyer remains Chicago's starting quarterback on Sunday vs. Detroit. Cutler had been limited on Wednesday, but coach John Fox said the team, "did not want to aggravate" Cutler's right thumb injury.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Love working out with Cavs player development coach Phil Handy and Canton Charge assistant Melvin Ely.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets CB Darrelle Revis didn't mince words when asked about the importance of Sunday's game against the Seahawks: "It's a must-win for us."

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets CB Darrelle Revis got snippy when asked about Seahawks CB Richard Sherman. Years ago, they got into a Twitter war. "We're not going there," he said. Pressed, he refused to talk about Sherman. "Seahawks offense (only)," he said, bristling.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says Sammy Watkins (foot) is unlikely to practice Friday after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday. However, team is "hopeful" he travels to New England. Status for Sunday's game is still up in the air.

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Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

No great surprise, but Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is not expected to play Sunday vs 49ers, per source.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan responds to New England reporters on conference call Wednesday who questioned his self-applied label of being an "above average" coach. "Let's face it. We're here in Buffalo. Nobody likes anything in Boston."

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue says he has invited Kevin Garnett, a good friend of his, to join the Cavs coaching staff. KG will be a guest of his at ring night.

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Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Boone, Zach Line, David Morgan and Sharrif Floyd aren't practicing for the Vikings as they begin their work week before Monday night's game against the Giants.

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Here's the plan tonight for Vontaze Burfict: I'm told both Burfict and LB Vinny Rey will have helmets outfitted with radio transmitters. Burfict will play mostly on early downs. Rey will replace him in nickel. My understanding is only one headset is allowed on the field at a time so Burfict and Rey will not be allowed to be on the field together.

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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Heckling at the Ryder Cup could earn you $100!! Careful which smack talker you grab from the crowd Henrik Stenson!!

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

New addition Pau Gasol getting in some work. GM R.C. Buford said this about Gasol: "You have to try to find the right fits and this isn't the first time we have approached Pau with an opportunity in our organization. With the respect we've had competing against him and with the exposure that our group has had against him in international competition, as well, our group knew the potential. We'll find out how we all come together."

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