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8hHoward Bryant

How did David Ortiz become a hero in Boston? He beat New York

For nearly a century, the Yankees took top billing from the Red Sox. Then David Ortiz showed up. Now, as he plays his final series against the Yanks, we revisit his impact against his rival.

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1hMichael C. Wright

Duncan, his role still unclear, shows up at Spurs

Tim Duncan, who came to the Spurs' training camp workout Wednesday after coach Gregg Popovich joked about fining him, is still figuring out his role with the team.

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How David Ortiz became both hated and adored by Yanks fans (1:06)
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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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Carrasco's goal leads Atletico Madrid past Bayern Munich (1:46)
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Kellerman: The J.J. Watt era is over (2:01)
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Rex Ryan tries to get inside information from Julian Edelman (0:31)
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7hJohn 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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7hBill 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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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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Co-Anchorman: The Legend of His & Hers (7:34)
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7hGabriele Marcotti

Marcotti: England's ineptness highlighted

Sam Allardyce was crass, gossipy and silly in The Telegraph's undercover sting, but did that justify him leaving his post as England manager?

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Michael Fulmer starts for the Tigers against the Indians tonight (7 ET, ESPN). Fulmer leads the AL in ERA (2.95) and leads AL rookies in Wins Above Replacement (5.0). Fulmer and Justin Verlander are a combined 27-15 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. All other Tigers starters are 28-38 with a 5.18 ERA.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets doing yoga. We think.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' 30 victories from rookie pitchers are the franchise's most since 1952, when they had 51. Jose De Leon can make it 31 when he starts Wednesday night against the Padres. Dodgers rookies are 30-23 this season in 67 starts, with an impressive 3.61 ERA.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

In what was essentially a must-win game for both teams, the Mariners beat the Astros 12-4 behind a three-run homer in the first from Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager's late blast to ice it. Now the Mariners turn to the scoreboard, rooting for the Blue Jays and Indians to win tonight, and head home probably needing to sweep all four from the A's.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss more of his extension with the Cubs and what was important to him.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss signing a new 5 year extension with the Cubs.

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John Brewin ESPN FC 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola seemed satisfied with his team's 3-3 draw at Celtic. "Celtic is an amazing environment," he said.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Ray Rice, from the Big 12 forum: "I was so concerned with being THE man. Instead of being A man."

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has been charged with a misdemeanor for failure to obey a traffic device for his part in the crash that included hitting a bicyclist last week. Schiano is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 5 and is facing a $55 fine and $97 in court fees after the collision early last Thursday during Ohio State's bye week. Schiano hasn't missed any work and will be coaching Saturday against his old team, Rutgers.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

The Big 12 forum "Campus Violence – Finding Solutions" is about to begin. Ray Rice one of the panelists.

NCAAF 

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna have been chosen by Jose Fernandez's family to speak at the pitcher's funeral Thursday. They'll each read a Biblical verse and then share memories of their late friend. "I talked to Jose a lot about how to go about business and how to respect the game," Prado said. "He always listened to me."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Why has Marcus Mariota been so much better on the road than at home? "I'm not sure," left tackle Taylor Lewan said. "Because when we play at home it's not really a home game because there are just as many opponents' fans as there are… There's really no difference except for we are not flying somewhere." Went on to say any fan issues at Nissan Stadium are on the team, which must win more.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. and linebacker Bruce Irvin still wonder why Pete Carroll did not run Beast Mode from the 1-yard line..,unless they're talking about something else.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Since Bartolo Colon only threw 47 pitches on Monday in Miami, Terry Collins told reporters Colon may come back on short rest on Friday in Philadelphia. That would put Colon on the proper rest for next Wednesday's wild-card game if Noah Syndergaard is unavailable. Syndergaard is due to pitch the regular-season finale on Sunday in Philadelphia. Syndergaard would be limited to only 25 pitches if the Mets already have clinched and then pitch the wild-card game. But he'll go far longer if the Mets need that game.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs were going to announce Theo Epstein's extension on Sunday after hammering out the details on Saturday but the team waited a couple days due to the death of Jose Fernandez.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

TE Rob Gronkowski joked about not being able to get to his locker because of the media crowds surrounding the nearby lockers of QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, which was a reminder of the big story of the week.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets are concerned about WR Eric Decker, who aggravated a shoulder injury in the game. He's expected to have an MRI. Decker didn't tell the training staff about it until yesterday, according to Todd Bowles. Decker didn't practice today and wasn't seen by the media. This is an injury to watch. Sounds like it could be serious.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles on whether he has any reservations about adding TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was arrested last week for DUI: "I don't have any reservations because I haven't met him yet. As I get to know him, obviously with the situations he's been in, he's going to sink or swim on his own. We brought in a player and he's got a chance to clean his act up. We'll see what happens."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says he has the freedom to tweak the triangle as he sees fit. "We talked a lot about it over the summer. Phil's given us the ability to run it anyway we want, how we set it up. We (have) what we feel is a good working way to run it with different options."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs release on Theo Epstein 5 yr contract extension includes statement from owner Tom Ricketts.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Tebow reacts after homering in the first at-bat of his first game since his junior year of high school. He finished 1-for-6 against Cardinals farmhands.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots injury report: QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb), OT Marcus Cannon (calf), G Jonathan Cooper (foot), LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder), TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring). , LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and CB Eric Rowe (ankle) were all limited in Wednesday's full-pads practice.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are back in West Point for the third straight year. Carmelo Anthony says his new teammates will understand the importance of the setting in the coming days when they interact with cadets. "They'll get a better appreciation of where we're at and why we come here."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo hopes the Cavs re-sign J.R. Smith soon: "I don't even know what's going on over there with that. I just hope they don't prolong the situation. He helped them win that championship. He was a major part of that team and I hope they can get something done."

John Brewin ESPN FC 

What a first half at Celtic Park. Celtic 2-2 Manchester City and it could have been 7-7. Brilliant football, incredible atmosphere.