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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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8hGreg Garber

Serena aces first-round test at US Open

After a disappointing trip to Rio de Janeiro, Serena Williams recovered and started the US Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ekaterina Makarova on Tuesday night.

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Watch: First Take live (ESPN2/WatchESPN)

Stephen A. and Max Kellerman have a lot to debate, including Tim Tebow's baseball career and Teddy Bridgewater's season-ending injury.

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Odor's two-run homer lifts Rangers to walk-off win (0:39)
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Relive some of college football's craziest defensive plays (1:18)
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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.

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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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Is your sixth-grader ranked yet?

Recruiting starts early. It comes at a cost, and not just a price tag in the thousands. It takes time. And travel. And financial sacrifice. In the end, you still wonder: Is it worth it?

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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.

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David Ortiz in LEGO form
MLB 

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

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MLB 

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
MLB 

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

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Golic blames Tebow's ego for NFL failures
NFL 

Mike Golic believes Tim Tebow's ego is to blame for his NFL failures since he didn't try to play another position after he didn't cut it as a QB.

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Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

The CFP was structured with the intent to allow more than one team from the same conference, so it's definitely possible. Remember, in 2014 the committee's very first ranking had three teams from the same division (SEC West). The ACC appears to have the best shot at 2 teams because of its odds of having an undefeated champ and 1-loss runner-up, whereas Pac-12, B1G and SEC are more likely to have 2-loss champ.

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Most expensive college football games by resale ticket list price has Ohio State: 1. Buckeyes-Oklahoma ($688), 2. Michigan-Buckeyes ($618)

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Man honors Big Papi ... with a corn maze
MLB 

Because how else would you honor everyone's favorite DH?

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Big 12 has informed East Carolina that it is no longer being considered as an expansion candidate. Here's a statement from ECU chancellor Cecil Staton: "I am proud of the support Pirate Nation provided to our efforts. While I am disappointed by the decision, I remain undaunted in my commitment to ECU athletics and the excellence displayed by our wonderful student-athletes, coaches and staff."

The speech that started Alabama's dynasty
NCAAF 

"This is not the end. This is the beginning." After Alabama won its first title under Nick Saban, those two sentences from the coach at the team's championship celebration set the tone for everything that was to come. Saban's mission statement

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College football's craziest defensive plays
NCAAF 

Not all of college football's crazy moments have come on offense.

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Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Spencer Ware is now my RB46, with signs the Chiefs won't give Jamaal Charles bell cow running back treatment. I've wondered all offseason whether Ware could emerge as the clear goal-line back; optimistically would project 6-8 TDs. With talk he could get some first- or second- down carries, Ware is one of my favorite late round RB stashes.

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Teddy Bridgewater has a 64.9 percent career completion percentage -- the highest of any QB in NFL history under the age of 25, per Elias.

Fan goes nuts after catching foul ball
MLB 

An Indians fan caught a foul ball and celebrated as if he caught a home run by running around and giving out high fives.

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Second-year studs on every NFL team
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There are quite a few second-year players ready to explode onto the scene in 2016, including Seahawks DE Frank Clark, who should get more chances to rush the passer in Year 2. Sterling sophomores

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Liam Twomey ESPN FC 

The latest on Chelsea's defender chase: Talks are ongoing with Paris Saint-Germain over David Luiz, while Marcos Alonso's arrival from Fiorentina will be confirmed today. I'm also told that Kurt Zouma will NOT be heading to Schalke on loan.

Will there ever be another NCAA football video game?
NCAAF 

Despite rumors that NCAA football games are returning, industry insiders and school execs say there is no cheat code to get them back. Details

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Tebow: Workout not about getting publicity
MLB 

Tim Tebow joined Scott Van Pelt to make clear that his baseball workout was about pursuing what he's "passionate about."

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Golic sympathizes with Vikings defense
NFL 

Mike Golic can relate to the devastation the Vikings defense must be feeling since losing QB Teddy Bridgewater to an unfortunate injury.

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Rougned Odor crushes walk-off homer
MLB 

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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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered for the first time since Aug. 14 on Tuesday, then joined the Kyle Hendricks love-fest after the game.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees win a four-hours-plus nail-biter, 5-4, on an infield hit by Jacoby Ellsbury in the 10th inning. Chasen Shreve with the save, getting a strikeout and a fly out with the bases loaded

Machado crushes 100th career homer
MLB 

Manny Machado smacks a two-run homer 445 feet to center field for his 32nd long ball of the season and 100th of his career.

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Chris Davis pulls a Bo Jackson on his bat
MLB 

After striking out in the eighth inning, Davis took his frustrations out on his bat by snapping it in half.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

This has to come as a big relief for the Tigers: MRI results returned revealing no structural damage to Cameron Maybin's left thumb. The 29-year-old CF is unlikely to play Wednesday vs. CWS. With upcoming off day Thursday, team would like him to take a few days to heal.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright said he changed everything in an effort to change his luck, from his between-starts work to how he wore his pants to how he made his pregame peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The most important change was what he called a "more aggressive delivery." He held the Brewers to one run in seven innings.

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