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58mAlden Gonzalez

Jose Fernandez helped make South Floridians love the Marlins again

Thanks to his talent, his youthful exuberance and a backstory familiar to many Cuban-Americans, Jose Fernandez captured Miami's heart. Watch coverage of his memorial procession on ESPN at 2 ET.

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7mSarah Barshop

Texans' Watt vows he 'will be back' from IR

J.J. Watt, who was put on injured reserve Wednesday, said in a tweet that he will face this adversity with a positive attitude and promised fans, "I will be back."

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Kellerman: The J.J. Watt era is over (2:01)
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Tebow homers on first pitch as a professional baseball player (0:28)
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How a ring catastrophe turned into a happy ending in New York (1:23)
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6hJohn Clayton

NFL executives predict Jay Cutler's future

The clock is ticking on Jay Cutler's time in Chicago. The Bears can release the QB this offseason with minimal impact on their future cap. They don't, however, have a ready-made replacement.

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2hBill Barnwell

Breakout picks from small-sample-size studs

Lions RB Theo Riddick and Broncos pass-rusher Shane Ray have shined in limited snaps. Which other part-time standouts could grow into larger roles? Bill Barnwell breaks it down.

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Belichick indifferent to Rex Ryan's antics (0:38)
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11hJoe McDonald

Stamkos says Canada's win 'wasn't our best'

Don't be fooled by the 3-1 score. Canada needs to make better decisions with the puck, limit its turnovers and win more puck battles in Game 2 against Europe at the World Cup.

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Mike Golic tackles the ghost pepper challenge (1:39)
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LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
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1dAdam Rittenberg

What in the world is going on at USC?

Clay Helton billed himself as the no-Hollywood coach, but his first year at USC has had more drama and plot twists than expected, leaving many to wonder about his future with the Trojans.

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Co-Anchorman: The Legend of His & Hers (7:34)
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32mIain Macintosh

Allardyce saga with England is sad

After waiting so long for the job he felt he deserved, Sam Allardyce's world unravelled. And that, writes Iain Macintosh, is sad for several reasons.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

On the big screen outside Marlins Park.

MLB 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second day in a row, QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Jacoby Brissett (7) take part in the start of practice. Their level of participation will become known later Wednesday when the club releases its injury report.

NFL 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Les Miles firing: "When I heard the news, my stomach was sick. Les has been so genuinely kind to me and my family. I consider him a heck of a football coach and a better man. … He's the type of guy that every time you see him you see what you get. He's a genuine spirit that cares about people. That was difficult to see." Freeze's daughters are close with Miles as well. Freeze sat down and talked to them about Miles' firing.

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Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McGlinchey on Brian Kelly saying everyone's job is up for grabs: "We are a 1-3 football team and things need to change." The Notre Dame captain adds: "Guys are fed up. We've had enough. We've had enough losing."

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

After consulting the wise @LarryCoon, @espn's new latest estimate for the Steph Curry max next summer is a five-year, $165 million deal.

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Tebow homers on first pitch in first game
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On the first pitch he saw in his first game with the Mets' instructional league team, Tim Tebow smacked a home run to left field, sending his teammates into a wild celebration.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett says of his injured thumb: "Whatever it is, you just have to go out and deal with it."

NFL 

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston on Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian: "I think he's an amazing quarterback. I'm no quarterback guru, I've gotta focus on the defensive side of the ball, but he's been doing an amazing job and he's winning."

NFL 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on the firing of LSU's Les Miles: "I think in this world we all kind of bunker down. I have tremendous respect for Les." Bielema said he had a lot respect for Miles before he got to Arkansas and it was reinforced over the years. He had a lot of conversations with Miles but the best he had was about Miles' son and his college recruitment. "That was a pretty cool moment." Said Miles' demeanor, character and personality "just a class act." … "My guess is he won't be on the sideline very long and I'm sure he'll take advantage of it."

NCAAF 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Tebow swings at his first pitch as a professional. And it's a home run to left-center. His teammates go wild.

MLB 

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron with the covered up look at practice. CLE will have its first of three two-a-days of training camp today.

NBA 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said it's tough trying to make up for the loss of All-SEC cornerback Cam Sutton, who is out indefinitely with a fractured ankle, but hopes he can return this year. "You can't replace a Cam Sutton. Right now it's up to the body. We're anticipating that there's a possibility that he can get back for the last couple of games of the year. … It's really on how the body heels." Sutton is one of the league's top cover corners and had started all 41 games he had played in at Tennessee. He also ranks second all time at the school in passes defended.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Favre on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Matt Ryan: "I think Matt is a heck of a quarterback. I think he's proven that. But it's no secret here -- and I'm sure he knows it, too -- he's got to go further in the postseason to get that off his back. But I think he's very capable." Ryan is 1-4 in the playoffs.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Louisville currently has a 55 percent chance to win its conference, best of any Power 5 school. If the Cardinals beat Clemson on Saturday, their chance to win the ACC will rise to approximately 82 percent, but if they lose, that chance will fall to about 23 percent, according to FPI.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, at the podium in place of QBs, says, "No setbacks."

NFL 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama head coach Nick Saban on Les Miles firing. Evaluating the landscape of college football right now "I don't think things like this surprise me." Saban said that doesn't mean he agrees with it. He thinks that firing a head coach during the season "probably isn't the best way to go about it." Saban has had a lot of respect for Miles for a long time and thinks that there's a better way to handle that situation. Saban mentioned Miles' impressive winning percentage (77 percent) and added that "College football doesn't need to do these kinds of things, but what I think doesn't really matter."

NCAAF 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida coach Jim McElwain on Les Miles getting fired at LSU. "This guy's done so much for this league. He's done so much on a national stage." McElwain said he feels for the families inside the organization. He complimented how Miles touched the lives of the players he worked with and the differences he's made for those people. "He's a guy we're gonna miss."

NCAAF 

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will not practice today as the team continues to evaluate his injured right knee. Jason Garrett would not say whether Bryant has had an MRI yet, which is curious since it is three days since the injury.

NFL 

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on whether opposing quarterbacks might start avoiding Chiefs CB Marcus Peters: "That's easier said than done. If you have a guy that eliminates one side of the field, as an offense you're kind of stuck. You have to pick and choose your battles."

NFL 

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on Chiefs CB Marcus Peters: "He catches every ball that's thrown his way. Offensive guys always make fun of defensive players, that they play defense for a reason, because they can't catch. Well, he can catch everything. If it hits him in the hands, he catches it. If it bounces up in the air, he catches it. What a tremendous talent."

NFL 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Patriots not making injured QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett available for the regular Wednesday news conference for the starting quarterback, TE Rob Gronkowski will take their place (11:45 a.m. ET).

NFL 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Georgia coach Kirby Smart says that they still plan to be as balanced as possible against Tennessee even if RB Nick Chubb (ankle) can't play this weekend. Said that even with younger, less experienced backs to help Sony Michel (106 yards on 23 attempts this season), he thinks that he has "capable backs" to put in to help the running game go. Right now freshmen Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield have combined for just 211 yards, but Herrien is second on the team with 184 yards and is averaging 7.1 yards per carry.

NCAAF 

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't ask Syracuse coach Dino Babers how to stop Louisville's Lamar Jackson. Against the Orange, the Heisman front runner was one rushing yard from becoming the first FBS quarterback to rush for 200 yards and pass for 400 in a game. "Based on our defensive performance," he said, "I don't have the right to have an opinion on [stopping Jackson]."

NCAAF 

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino was asked on the ACC call about plays Lamar Jackson has made that wowed him. He brought up the hurdle over a Syracuse defender in Week 2. "The first thing I was thinking was, 'What the heck are you doing?'" Petrino said. "The next thing I was thinking was, 'Wow, great play.'"

NCAAF 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Orgeron says that defensive lineman Davon Godchaux will return to the team today, after chargers were dropped following his arrest and being initially cited on misdemeanor charges of domestic abuse/child endangerment. Godchaux also faced an additional change of false imprisonment. Orgeron said he will wait for all of the information to come out before making any other decision on his playing status. Orgeron also said that running back Leonard Fournette is a "game-time decision" with his ankle injury.

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