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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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Aldo, upset over McGregor, wants out of UFC

Interim UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo publicly asked UFC for his release after he did not get the rematch with Conor McGregor that he wanted.

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Stephen A. calls Rex Ryan 'mentally weak' (1:46)
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Jose Fernandez a loss for baseball as a whole (1:29)
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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben McAdoo says Giants cross-trained players, used some offensive guys on defense just in case. Said 'never say never' about Odell Beckham Jr. at safety.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB LeGarrette Blount draws a large media crowd and discusses, among other things, how he feels he has a strong relationship with Bill Belichick.

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Drawing of Packers-owned Titletown park by Lambeau Field, includes sledding hill that starts at a height of 45 feet

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Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Key matchup to watch in the Wisconsin-Michigan showdown: the Badgers' secondary vs. the Wolverines' receivers. None of Wisconsin's starters in the secondary is over 5-foot-11, while Michigan can throw to Amara Darboh (6-2) and Jehu Chesson (6-3), not to mention 6-6 TE Jake Butt. Wisconsin's defense has been impossible to run against, so the passing game will be crucial for Michigan.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets PG Jeremy Lin also told team website in Facebook live interview that he had "lost the joy for the game" after struggling in L.A. with the Lakers and hit a low point -- albeit not as low as when he was first trying to stick on an NBA roster -- but found new life in his career when he went to Charlotte last season. A "breath of fresh air," Lin called it.

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Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Braxton Miller did not practice today, but was rehabbing on the side of the field. He injured his hamstring against the Chiefs in Week 2. ILB Brian Cushing (knee) and LT Duane Brown (torn quadriceps) were out of the field again. Cushing said there is a "possibility" that he will play on Sunday against the Titans.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For those wondering if Jeff Hornacek pays attention to analytics: he said today that a 'big key' for the Knicks this season is their effective field-goal percentage. Last year, New York ranked 28th in effective field goal percentage, which is a field goal percentage that adjusts for the value of 3-point shots.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is wearing his helmet and looks like he'll participate in individual drills though he has yet to do so.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil confirms he will make his 2016 debut Sunday against Raiders after Terrell Suggs announced the day before. "I'm excited to get in front of our fans," said Dumervil, who has been sidelined by a foot injury.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

With rainy weather again today the Redskins are practicing in their bubble today. It's the first time we've been inside the bubble since the other one was deflated in the winter and rebuilt in the spring.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell was asked how much consideration he's given to placing DeAndre Levy or Ezekiel Ansah on injured reserve. Caldwell: "Check the report." Unfortunately, the report doesn't tell us that.

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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is missing his second straight day of practice with back tightness. He is doing resistance training off to the side. He did not play last week vs. Chicago but the team has hope he can play Sunday at San Francisco.

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Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

OL Alvin Bailey was granted a continuance in his OVI case. Bailey's court date for the OVI and other misdemeanor drug charges was moved to Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said calling Golden Tate a No. 2 WR is "not accurate." Said he doesn't define his receivers.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Spoke with a couple Lions players with NY/NJ ties today. They said they didn't believe they had any family or friends affected by the Hoboken train crash, but they were still checking on all of their people.

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Michigan expecting that every seat in its basketball arena will be filled tomorrow for Jordan uniform reveal with a performance from DJ Khaled

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Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU is rolling out a new black helmet on Saturday for its game against Oklahoma and is asking fans to "Blackout The Carter." That oversized purple Frog outline is a pretty sharp look.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby discusses Game 2 against Europe and gives his thoughts on the overall World Cup of Hockey.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada forward Brad Marchand believes the team is focused and prepared to close out the World Cup of Hockey with a win over Team Europe Thursday night at Air Canada Centre. He also discusses what it's like playing with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby.

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Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals activated Vontaze Burfict to the 53-man roster. LB Trevor Roach was waived to free up a roster spot.

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Kevin Maguire Golf 

Yes, this putt went in. American Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller get in a little early-morning work on the putting green at the Ryder Cup. Spieth will be playing in his second Ryder Cup, but first on American soil. The matches begin Friday in Minnesota at 8:35 a.m. ET.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach John Fox is back at practice on Thursday. Fox stayed home on Wednesday because of a bad stomach bug. He will probably be listed as questionable on tomorrow's final injury report.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

On a cool, autumn New England day, Bill Belichick arrives to the team's walkthrough practice in his own unique style.

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Nat Berhe complained of headaches and was placed in concussion protocol. Giants really short on safeties. Only Landon Collins and Andrew Adams healthy.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a photo from one of the Knicks' scrimmages. Several personnel combos used today, including Rose, Porzingis and Anthony on the same side.

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