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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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10hBill 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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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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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Baseball is ONE Family

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Seeing all those Marlins players wearing FERNANDEZ 16 jerseys ... seeing Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich with tears in their eyes ... seeing the fans leaving flowers outside the ballpark ... hearing the slowed down trumpet solo of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" ... the high school kids singing the national anthem ... Bonds crying ... Oh, man ...

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

A moment of silence for Jose Fernandez at Marlins Park in Miami with no dry eyes

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

A lot of emotion at Marlins Park from players on the field. Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich, for example, fought back tears as they embrace. All the players are wearing Jose Fernandez jerseys.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

10 minutes before game time. Incredibly subdued. No music. Almost eerily quiet.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Marlins president David Samson said the Majestic Athletic Apparel company opened its factory in Philadelphia on Sunday to produce all the No. 16 Jose Fernandez jerseys the players will be wearing tonight. Company employees flew to Miami on Monday to hand-deliver them. A nice gesture.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones good to go tonight coming off calf injury. Jones not overlooking the Saints' depleted secondary. "If you go into a fight just expecting, 'Oh, I'm going to whip this guy,' you're going to get beat," Jones said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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."

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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."

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