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4hIvan Maisel

Can Christian McCaffrey survive nation's heaviest workload?

Heading into the No. 7 Cardinal's showdown with No. 10 Washington (9 p.m. ET, ESPN), star running back Christian McCaffrey has nearly 60 percent of Stanford's carries and catches.

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25mIan Begley

Noah skips military dinner, cites anti-war stance

Knicks center Joakim Noah says he skipped a team dinner at the West Point Military Academy that featured cadets and a speech by a former colonel because he is against war.

1mDan Rafael

World champ Fury tests positive for cocaine

Tyson Fury submitted to a random urine test Sept. 22, the results of which tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the central compound found in cocaine. He likely will be stripped of his titles.

Ryder Cup heckler thankful to have sunk putt (1:45)
Affleck, Damon fight over who's better friends with Brady (4:05)
Stephen A. doesn't think Gordon will see an NFL field again (1:53)
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1hDavid Schoenfield

Awards watch: Betts and Ortiz battling for AL MVP

Could David Ortiz take the AL MVP from teammate Mookie Betts? Who is the favorite in a tight NL Cy Young race? We look at the awards races with ahead of the weekend's final season.

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6hScott Spratt

The year of the shift in Major League Baseball

The league is on pace to have more than 28,000 shifts in 2016, leading us to wonder: Have they become counter-productive at this point? See the full breakdown, plus players most affected by it.

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3hNFL Vegas Experts

Best bets for every Week 4 NFL game

What is the best bet for all 13 of Sunday's Week 4 NFL games? Chalk's Vegas experts give their take on all of the action, including ATS picks and projections for all the matchups.

David Ortiz's farewell to Yankee Stadium (1:30)


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson AD Dan Radakovich on the ACC's rise the past few seasons: "If there's three teams in that one tier, there's a couple that are really knocking on the door. Certainly Miami and North Carolina are having outstanding years, as is Virginia Tech. ... We had to ramp up the football piece of it. It was discussed, it was, 'How are we going to do this? Let's continue to challenge ourselves with an out-of-conference schedule that's been really, really good. And once you're in that, you've gotta win those games. That's when a little bit of the credibility will come forward.' We've remained in the conversation, which is I think the most important piece."


Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said "nothing has changed" about the offensive play-calling because he has always been in charge of overseeing every play that goes into the game. "As a head football coach, that's what you're paid to do, is to be making sure that the calls that go into the game, are basically approved by you as the head football coach," O'Brien said. "So none of that matters. I don't even know why that's a story. It's not a story. Nothing has changed."

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Among the sporting luminaries at the Ryder Cup today: Michael Phelps, Adrian Peterson and this guy -- Michael Jordan, who has served as a de facto vice captain for the U.S. team in previous years.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said Drew Brees is probably spending the most of anyone on tickets this week with the return to San Diego -- but other than that, he doesn't think Brees' routine and preparation will change just because the game is so meaningful. It's not like he's going to come in earlier each morning.

Kevin Maguire Golf 

"Confidence breeds momentum ... but we weren't shocked" by a 4-0 start in the Friday morning foursomes at the 41st Ryder Cup -- Zach Johnson, Team USA


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant expressed regret as to how he handled his two-day absence from the team earlier in the week. He said he is day to day with his tibial plateau fracture in his right leg but he would play it safe in determining when he would play again.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamaal Charles will be listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on the Chiefs' final injury report of the week. While it doesn't guarantee Charles will play in Pittsburgh, it does represent progress. He was listed as doubtful on the final injury report in each of the past three games and he didn't play.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Danny Willett misses birdie chance on the second hole but Brandt Snedeker doesn't miss. That's two in a row for Sneds but this one gives he and Koepka a 1 up lead over Willett and Kaymer


Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

For the Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Friday tight end Virgil Green and right tackle Donald Stephenson have been ruled out of Sunday's game in Tampa. Both have calf injuries. Ty Sambrailo is expected to start at right tackle and John Phillips will start at tight end.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

NERVES THAT!! Says Danny Willett on the first hole draining a LONG birdie putt making everyone in the crowd erupt. This game face stayed on going to the second hole.


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets guard James Harden said Friday the team hasn't talked about any potential protest during the national anthem for Sunday's scheduled preseason opener against the Shanghai Sharks. Players in the NFL, WNBA, women's soccer, college and high school football games have either taken a knee, raised their fist or worn T-shirts protesting police brutality against African-Americans. "Each and every guy has their own voice and own opinion on that subject," Harden said. "They will act accordingly." The league has a rule that every player must stand during the national anthem.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Cushing (knee) said no decision has been made on whether he will play on Sunday. He said he always wants to play, but it's not his decision to make.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman doesn't want to look too far ahead to Tom Brady's return Monday. "We have a game before that. When he comes back, we'll obviously be happy, but we have a job ahead of us with the Buffalo Bills."

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Bill O'Brien makes it official, rules out JJ Watt for rest of season after Thursday's back surgery.


Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

HUGE ovation for Danny Willett by both the American and European as he's announced on the first tee. If he's got a ton of nerves, they don't show as he hits his first drive in the Ryder Cup.


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins HC Adam Gase said pocket presence can be taught and that's an area where QB Ryan Tannehill must improve.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin officials confirmed an ESPN report that linebacker Vince Biegel will miss several weeks after having foot surgery Thursday night. "I really hate any time a player has to miss time due to an injury, especially a senior like Vince," Badgers coach Paul Chryst said in a release. "Vince has such a passion for football and loves playing the game. ... What you appreciate is that you know he will do everything in his power to get back on the field as soon as possible." Biegel, who has started 32 games, is considered one of the top outside linebackers in the Big Ten.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis' minutes will be "very limited" in Saturday's preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks in Shreveport, Louisiana. The plan, per Gentry, is to gradually increase Davis' minutes throughout the preseason. Davis underwent an ultrasonic debridement of his left knee in March,

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Because of all the new players (11 of the 19 on the roster), Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the team is bringing along everybody at a slower pace than years past. Popovich anticipates the whole team will travel to the preseason opener because he thinks it'll help to develop camaraderie and chemistry. In the past, Pop would leave some of the vets back at home.

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Eric Decker says he first suffered shoulder injury when he fell on it during Week 2 game vs. Bills. Echoed what Todd Bowles said, he is "week to week." Shoulder feels better than it did at start of week, we'll see how it progresses.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State freshman Joe Hampton is leaving the program. Former four-star prospect.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Ryan Shazier is OUT for Steelers-Chiefs. OG Ramon Foster and WR Eli Rogers also out.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Any Clemson fans out there looking for a vintage tailgating vehicle? You won't find one better than this. One of the other RV owners tells me it used to belong to a Clemson player.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Antonio Brown donning Arnold Palmer's face on his cleats this week - black and yellow, to accommodate NFL uniform policy. Brown was inspired by past interaction with Palmer, who's from Latrobe.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he has not been interviewed on the league or NFLPA investigation into the concussion protocol questions that arose in Week 1 involving Cam Newton.