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2hKirk Herbstreit

Handing out the 2016 Herbie Awards

Kirk Herbstreit reveals the candidates and winners of his 2016 Herbie Awards and makes his College Football Playoff picks.

2hJeremy Fowler

Harrison: NFL 'will come up empty' in PED probe

Steelers linebacker James Harrison will meet with NFL investigators on Thursday over the Al-Jazeera report in which he was one of five players linked to performance-enhancing drug use.

Desmond Howard still bitter over Michigan's loss to Michigan State (1:20)
Chris Archer vs. Chris Archer's hoodie (0:16)
Usher: You can play sports, you can't play boxing! (2:15)
ESPN anchors channel their inner Kobe (0:49)
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20mBrett Okamoto

Five Rounds: Who should McGregor fight next?

Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis joins Brett Okamoto to discuss a possible Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz trilogy, Jose Aldo, UFC Fight Night and more.

Billy Hamilton has blazing game-changing speed (1:23)
High schooler jukes teammate out of his shorts (0:25)
Lonnie Ali's new passion (4:16)
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7hPhotography by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz and Cassandra Giraldo

Hardy, Vincent bring women's boxing back to national stage

On Aug. 21, undefeated rivals Shelly Vincent and Heather Hardy entered the ring for a 10-round title bout in Coney Island. But beyond a belt, both fighters wanted to show that women's boxing could be prime-time entertainment.

His & Hers rips Harden's new shoes (1:40)


Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski returns to practice for the first time since pulling up Aug. 15. Gronkowski hasn't played in the preseason since 2012 and this isn't likely to change that.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

As a lymphoma survivor, I have to say this is pretty cool: Nats star Bryce Harper talking about the New Era cap he designed to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll on Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls: "I have no hesitation in telling you he's going to play in the opener. I have no hesitation in saying that. We'll see what happens next week. He won't play in this game." It's possible that the team will get Rawls some touches in the final preseason game next week. Barring an unforeseen setback, he'll be the starter Week 1.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was asked today about the report that he and Ciara moved their wedding out of North Carolina because of the transgender bathroom law. "I'm just going to simply talk about, I just believe Jesus loves all people," Wilson said. "That's honestly what I believe, and I just always constantly pray for world peace. I pray for peace in the world. I pray for joy. But my focus right now is just on the Cowboys and scoring in the red zone."

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien gave rookie nose tackle D.J Reader the chance to end practice 20 minutes early if he could catch a punt. Reader came through and the whole team cheered loudly after he made the catch. O'Brien said picked someone he has confidence in to catch the punt, but knew there was chance he may drop it. "He did a good job," O'Brien said. "He's had a good camp. He's a young player, so that's usually what I try to do there."

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft chats with Bon Jovi at practice Wednesday.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers GM Ted Thompson wouldn't say whether he feels today's meetings between Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and NFL investigators is a significant step toward resolving the PED situation. "I'm not going to be one of the people adding my voice to this," he said.

Falcons’ Alford eager to help Baton Rouge flood victims

Falcons CB Robert Alford -- a Louisiana native -- is working with his agent to determine how to best help the flood victims and recovery efforts. Helping hand

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA D-League expansion draft was held today and here's whose rights the Long Island Nets acquired by round: 1 Gary Forbes, 2 Carrick Felix, 3 Jamaal Franklin, 4 Akil Mitchell, 5 Peyton Siva, 6 Alex Kirk, 7 Austin Freeman, 8 Kendall Gray, 9 Lazar Heyward, 10 Dwyane Poole Jr., 11 Matt Bouldin, 12 Lewis Jackson.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Cowher visited with Mike Mularkey and Titans Tuesday. Mularkey worked for Cowher for eight years.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN has obtained a copy of this letter, dated July 25, that UConn president Susan Herbst sent Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby expressing the school's "strong interest" in joining the Big 12.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Happy Kobe Bryant Day from LA City Hall.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The secret to baseball's best bullpen? Bonding. Here's Nationals relievers Mark Melancon, Shawn Kelley, Yusmeiro Petit, and Oliver Perez (along with catcher Jose Lobaton) getting their soccer sweat on five hours before tonight's Nats/Orioles game in DC. Washington's pen has a 3.19 ERA this season, lowest in the majors.


Marysol Castro ESPN Reporter 

Mexico beats Australia 10-0. They advance to play the loser of S.Korea/Panama game tomorrow.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Could this be the order of the Jets' QB depth chart? From front to back: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. In case you're wondering, Geno Smith never stretches with the QB group. Odd.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

An injury update from practice: Braxton Miller sat out if practice with what Bill O'Brien called "a little rest day. J.J. Watt (back) was out rehabbing on a separate field today, as he has all week. O'Brien did not have an update on center Nick Martin (ankle).

Kobe receives warm welcome at City Hall

Kobe Bryant and his family arrive at Los Angeles' City Hall Council meeting to a crowd full of supporters on 'Kobe Bryant Day.'


Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Kobe posing with his family, City Council members and his Kobe Bryant Day plaque.


Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Clipper Darrell just popped up from the crowd and yelled, "I love you, Kobe!" Then he proceeded to start a "Kobe Bryant" chant.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he hasn't "definitely said yes" to being on the NFL's competition committee. He later added an announcement hasn't been made.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Council member says the lasting lesson from Kobe is "Keep shooting." #KobeDay