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Body clocks, Texas A&M hype and more Week 1 CFP lessons learned

Kickoff Week will be epic, but history shows it's not necessarily the best indicator when it comes to playoff success. Here's what you need to remember when watching this weekend.

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Follow live: Kvitova kicks off another day at the US Open

Two-time Grand Slam champ Petra Kvitova takes on Cagla Buyukakcay in the second round of the US Open. John Isner and Novak Djokovic will be in action later this afternoon (live on the ESPN app/WatchESPN).

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LIVE: Chelsea eye David Luiz, £60m Foxes

David Luiz could be set to join Chelsea, while Leicester are ready to spend £60m on two Sporting players. Follow the latest on Transfer Deadline Day.

See what it takes to create a LEGO David Ortiz masterpiece (0:55)
Alabama-USC ready to square off in Week 1 (1:00)
Rudolph eats lunch with student with autism (0:46)

Wednesday NFL preview for all 32 teams

NFL Nation assesses what to watch across the league on Wednesday, including the Vikings' plan at quarterback after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL on Wednesday.

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NFL players won't appeal concussion settlement

A group of retired NFL players who opposed the $1 billion concussion settlement between the league and thousands of ex-players will not appeal to the Supreme Court, the New York Post reported.

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Biggest strength, weakness for all 32 NFL teams

Any team that has A.J. Green has potency in its passing attack, but Cincinnati's biggest flaw is the roster depth behind Green. NFL Nation narrows down each team's area of strength and weakness.

Relive some of college football's craziest defensive plays (1:18)


Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

As of Wednesday morning there's no change at QB, according to Nick Saban. Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett are still the two candidates to play against USC. Saban said he's looking for "consistency in performance" as a deciding factor.


David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Nevada sportsbooks won $11.1 million in July, an all-time high for the month, according to gaming control. With the lucrative football season on the horizon, the bookies have now beaten the bettors in 36 consecutive months.


Steelers promise Brown long-term deal

But Adam Schefter says it will come next offseason after reworking Antonio Brown's contract for now.


International break to feature stars

Transfer Deadline Day isn't the only storyline in soccer right now. World Cup qualifying action will have Neymar, Messi, Pogba and a new Italian goalkeeping sensation. What to watch for

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Jane McManus Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com 

Secrecy is key in doubles. Here Bethanie's Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova game plan before Safarova's serve. The 12th seeded women's doubles team is first up on Court 11 at the US Open.


David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Nevada sportsbooks won $11.8 million on baseball in July, the largest win on baseball in a single month ever, according to gaming control.


The most homer-happy month ever

Heading into the final day of the month, there have been 1,015 home runs in August. If there are 55 home runs today, it will set a record for the most homers in ANY calendar month in MLB history.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Safe to say John Farrell is VERY bullish on the idea of Yoan Moncada as a September call-up. Decision hasn't been made yet, but Farrell compared possible Moncada addition to the impact made by Ellsbury in '07 and Bogaerts in '13.

Phil Steele's leans for Alabama-USC

Nick Saban is 4-0 in recent marquee season openers, winning by 20 points per game. Week 1 Best bets (Insider)

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois has won over the No. 4 Seminoles with his work ethic and demeanor. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Francois has embraced the grind of camp.

Rougned Odor crushes walk-off homer

Odor erased a 7-6 deficit for the Rangers in the bottom of the 9th inning with a two-run home run ... and oh did he admire it.


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Antonio Brown got no new years added, and Steelers are promising to give him a true extension after this season, per source.

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

The CFP selection committee has every statistic imaginable at its fingertips but it goes beyond that. "You balance what you see on paper, statistically, with the flow of the game," said former committee member Mike Gould. "I often thought momentum shifts, and how one team would respond when the mimetic turned against them. To me, that tells you a lot about teams that have championship caliber and teams that don't."

Stephen A. Smith cannot contain himself

Smith is insulted by the idea of people comparing Tim Tebow's baseball tryouts to elite MLB greats like Derek Jeter and Bryce Harper.


Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Steelers and Antonio Brown on verge of a restructured contract expected to be completed shortly, per league source.

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

Hugh Freeze told me this summer that the early rankings "adds a lot to our job to handle the psyche of our kids, whether you're up there, whether you're not." The committee's official rankings don't come out until Nov. 1. For fans, Freeze said "it's almost like if you're not in a New Year's Six bowl, it's a downer."

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is out today vs. CWS with a flare-up of surgically-repaired ankle. Has been something that has given him trouble since Minnesota. Manager Brad Ausmus said he thinks it will be something he may have to stay on top of rest of career. Apparently issue worsens in bad weather because of air pressure. Tigers hope to have him, and injured CF Cameron Maybin (thumb) back in lineup on Friday vs. KC

A return to normalcy for Les Miles, LSU

After nearly being ousted last season, the LSU coach navigated a turbulent offseason in Baton Rouge during a summer of violence and flooding. 'This is home'

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A barehanded catch you need to see

Toledo Mud Hens shortstop Dixon Machado made a spectacular barehanded catch on a looping fly ball.


David Ortiz in LEGO form

Facing the real Big Papi is daunting. But facing a LEGO version? Even more so.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Brett Favre exhibit at the Packers Hall of Fame opens today. Team president Mark Murphy stands in front of the "Captain Comeback" display.

Indians pitcher records mind-blowing out

Zach McAllister managed to snare this liner despite kicking -- yes, kicking -- it first.