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8hScott Lauber

David Ortiz testimonials paint picture of a mentor, friend and respected foe

With the Red Sox planning to honor David Ortiz over the next three days, here's what those who know him best will remember about Big Papi.

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3hDan 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.

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3hIan 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.

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2hDave McMenamin

LeBron wants Cavs, Smith to resolve dispute

LeBron James, saying he hates not having one of his "big guns" in training camp, wants the Cavs and J.R. Smith to resolve their contract dispute.

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Ryder Cup heckler thankful to have sunk putt (1:45)
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Crystal Palace battle back to get a point at Everton (1:25)
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Affleck, Damon fight over who's better friends with Brady (4:05)
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Stephen A. doesn't think Gordon will see an NFL field again (1:53)
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2hCraig Custance

Players poised for post-World Cup boost

Auston Matthews will use his World Cup experience as a springboard for his rookie campaign, and a handful of other players will see a similar boost.

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Mike Corey ESPN Commentator 

Wyoming @ Colorado State tomorrow in the 107th meeting of the Border War! Winner gets the Bronze Boot, which has been held by CSU the last three straight years. William Bakemeyer and Nathan Anderson from the CSU ROTC guard the boot that was once worn in Vietnam. Saturday night showdown from Fort Collins at 10:15pm EST on ESPNU.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets-Seahawks injury report: Now that we know WR Eric Decker (rotator cuff) is out indefinitely, there are no major questions for the Jets. LT Ryan Clady will play, per Todd Bowles.

NFL 

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills' decision to shut down Sammy Watkins for at least the next eight weeks doesn't come as a huge surprise after Rex Ryan's comment Friday that Watkins' foot has become a "major concern." Bills, however, are now without arguably their best offensive player as new OC Anthony Lynn tries to find his way as play caller.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With rain falling at Fenway 90 minutes before Red Sox-Blue Jays, AccuWeather calling for light, but steady rain throughout the night, "chilly, raw and wet" conditions, with temps in mid-50s. Delays likely, so bring your rain gear -- and your patience.

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Sharon Katz ESPN Analytics 

Stanford heads to Washington tonight in a game that could very well decide the Pac-12 North. Entering this game, the Cardinal and Huskies have a combined 94 percent chance to win the division, according to ESPN's Football Power Index. It doesn't take an advanced statistical projection to figure out that whoever wins this game will be in a great position going forward. FPI favors the Huskies (61 percent chance to win) at home.

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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

It took exactly 10 hours and 1 minute from this morning's start, but Europe finally has its first point on the board, as Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson beat Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, making nine birdies in a 5 and 4 win.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had a positive review of rookie DT Robert Nkemdiche's week of practice, after he missed the last two games with a sprained ankle: "Great week. Probably his best week of practice. Ankle looked good. Had a really strong week of practice."

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Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

How the at-large picks are faring as it stands now at the Ryder Cup. Europe's three: Kaymer, Pieters, Westwood combined to play in 5 matches. .. and will win 1 point. U.S. four: Fowler, Holmes, Kuchar, Moore combined to play 5 matches ... and will win 2 points.

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Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Bills WR Sammy Watkins to IR.

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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Every other year for three days, like clockwork, Sergio Garcia inexplicably looks like the world's best putter. His flatstick has been hit again this afternoon, as he and countryman Rafa Cabrera-Bello are 4-up on J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore with six holes to play.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

You always hear about the Yankees doing things first-class. Here's an example: In the visitors' clubhouse, there are four black leather couches, and the middle back pillow on each one has an authentic, embroidered Orioles logo on it. Turns out each middle pillow has a zip-out swatch that allows them to swap out the logos depending on which team is in town. Because of that (and because it's a really swanky room), you'd never know it was the visitors' clubhouse.

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas was already bringing three five-star 2017 prospects on official visits this weekend -- and the Jayhawks also added one late in the week. Elite guard Trevon Duval -- the No. 1 guard in 2017 -- told ESPN he's heading to Lawrence this weekend for Late Night in the Phog. Duval hasn't progressed much in his recruitment, but Kansas is certainly involved.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's currently misty (and tarpy) at Yankee Stadium. Accuweather forecast for Orioles/Yanks calls for a 65% chance of showers at game time, with the threat lingering throughout the evening. The O's have won five of their last six and are now tied with Toronto for the top wild card spot.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Tavon Austin (shoulder) and Kenny Britt (thigh) are officially listed as questionable, though I'd be surprised if either sits. Will Hayes (ankle) is doubtful. Pharoh Cooper, EJ Gaines and Nelson Spruce have no designation because the "probable" classification no longer applies. They'll play. Dominque Easley (illness) also questionable, but he was a full participant today.

NFL 

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Nine holes down and Martin Kaymer has registered a score on exactly zero holes. Danny Willett's back must be hurting from carrying him.

Golf 

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"I think this team is trying a little too hard. We cut it loose one game, played pretty good. The rest, we pressed it a little bit." – Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on if his team is relying on their success in 2015 too much. Arizona has struggled offensively to start games. The Cardinals haven't scored in in the first quarter in their last five regular-season games dating back to last season. And since Arians arrived in Arizona, the Cards haven't scored in the first quarter in 25 of 51 games.

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Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

Can Mariners make wild card? They are 2 back with 3 games left. Only the 1962 Giants, 1999 Mets and 2007 Rockies reached the postseason when 2 back with 3 or fewer games remaining.

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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Track how much Washington brings the blitz tonight -- that'll be a gauge of just how much they've been holding back through four games. So far, the Huskies have blitzed on only 3.3 percent of downs -- the lowest CFB rate of the past five years. (ESPN Stats and Info)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots officially list QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (right thumb) as questionable. Both were limited in practice all week. In addition, OT Marcus Cannon (calf), G Jonathan Cooper (foot), LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and CB Eric Rowe (ankle) are questionable, as all were limited in practice throughout the week.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Coghlan is in the lineup for the Cubs on Friday after suffering a mild ankle sprain two nights ago. Joe Maddon has all his regulars starting in their series finale opener.

MLB 

Chris Fallica ESPN Staff Writer 

Week 5 has been interesting for USC lately. Last year, SC lost to UW as a big home favorite and Steve Sarkisian was fired. Two years ago, ASU beat SC at the Coliseum on a Hail Mary and three years ago Lane Kiffin was fired after a blowout loss at ASU.

NCAAF 

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Sprint Cup qualifying has been canceled at Dover because of rain. That puts Brad Keselowski, the series points leader, on the pole and Martin Truex Jr. joining him on the front row for the race Sunday. The field is set by owner points and with 40 cars entered, all 40 make the field and the 16 Chase drivers will start from the first 16 spots.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Patriots officially list QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett as questionable.

NFL 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores again will attempt to swing a bat today. It's been 20 days since Flores injured his right wrist in a plate collision in Atlanta.

MLB 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he thought Reds manager Bryan Price got out there in time to challenge -- even if it was 15 seconds instead of 10 seconds or whatever is stipulated -- on the game-ending play in St. Louis on Thursday. He said he came away from that debacle believing his outfielders definitely need to know the ground rules for visiting ballparks "so we don't have to get ourselves in those situations."

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