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45mMatthew Berry

Breakouts, sleepers and best team names

Matthew Berry offers key fantasy football stats, facts and draft advice in 10 mostly short lists of 10, including top fantasy football team names submitted by fans.

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4mAdam Schefter

Source: Coughlin joins competition committee

Former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin joins Denver Broncos exec John Elway and Arizona Cardinals coach Brue Arians as the newest members of the NFL's competition committee, per a source.

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39mJason Sobel

Ryder Cup subplot on Fowler's mind

Even though Bethpage Black won't host the Ryder Cup until 2024, the biennial matches this year at Hazeltine are at the forefront of Rickie Fowler's efforts this week at the Barclays.

Ledecky throws first pitch as Harper holds her medals (0:43)
A Ping-Pong serve you have to see to believe (0:15)
Little League pitcher: 1, Camera: 0 (0:40)
Stephen A. rejects J.J. Watt's No. 1 NFL ranking (1:28)
6hDan Arritt

Going back for thirds: Great sports trilogies

When it comes to great rivalries, good things can happen in threes. While talk about a third Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor fight gets louder, here are 10 classic sports trilogies worth revisiting.

'Dr. Pepper guy' makes his CFP picks (1:20)
Bryant, Rizzo making their cases for MVP (1:22)
A posterizing dunk of epic proportions! (0:20)
Treatment of Douglas vs. Lochte at Rio exemplifies white privilege (2:26)


Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers HC Mike McCoy on the message to his players so Joe Bosa contract situation does not become a distraction: "We all want him here. He knows that. He's a very talented player and we saw that from the very first day that he was here. He is just going to makes us that much better when he gets here."


Canada picks Crosby as World Cup captain

Sidney Crosby is chosen as team captain for Canada and will lead the team in the World Cup of Hockey in September. Details

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Spoke to Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson -- who told ESPN that Bola Olaniyan, who will head to Alabama as a grad transfer, has been released with official transcript and cleared from registrar and bursar. Olaniyan averaged 7.8 points and 8.8 boards last season for Salukis.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Gomez makes his Texas Rangers debut playing left field and hitting seventh.

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Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon WR Devon Allen said people didn't really recognize him too much in Rio, but when he did, it was "Hey! You're the guy that runs track and plays football."

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

According to ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates, the Patriots have reinstated DT Alan Branch, who had been suspended by the team Aug. 18. The reason for Branch's suspension was not known.

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

The CFP summer meetings have ended and the biggest news is the announcement of the recusals for the season, which are the same as last year for the old committee members but now factor in three new members. Herb Deromedi (Central Michigan), Oregon AD Rob Mullens (can't vote for his Ducks), and Jeff Bower is recused from Southern Miss.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles said he's not sure if RT Breno Giacomini (back) will be ready for the opener. Considering adding a RT.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Early on in fall camp Oregon coach Mark Helfrich thought QB Dakota Prukop was being a bit careless with the ball, turning it over too much. But, in the last three weeks, that has improved as Prukop has settled in more.


Little League pitcher: 1, Camera: 0

Mexico's catcher lets the pitch get by him and it shatters the ESPN camera behind home plate!


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce has some tightness with his right calf while pushing off, but suggested he has made progress since departing Wednesday's game. He aims to return to the lineup Friday.


Cruz appreciative of support from LeBron

Giants WR Victor Cruz shares his thoughts on LeBron James giving Cruz a shout out on Instagram and what a message from LeBron means to him.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Cardinals lineup for Thursday's 7:15 p.m. ET series finale against the Mets at Busch Stadium:

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon running back Royce Freeman was letting the fall camp beard go through most of August. He said that he really hadn't had any time to take care of it, and even if he did, there was no reason since he only saw his teammates. He told me last week that he would shave once he couldn't "look at [himself] in the mirror anymore." Looks like that day finally came.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Peterson said he won't play in the preseason. The Vikings running back last played an exhibition game in 2013, and last carried the ball in the preseason in 2011.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon DC Brady Hoke wasn't thrilled with how the defense performed in its final scrimmage today. When asked if he wishes the group was further along, he said that's you always want. But the fact that he really wasn't happy with this scrimmage a week out from their season opener isn't a good sign for the Ducks.

Gruden eager to see what Stork can do

Jay Gruden explains why the Redskins traded for C Bryan Stork and if there is any extra pressure on QB Kirk Cousins to perform.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Mets lineup for Thursday's 7:15 p.m. ET rubber game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Jay Bruce (calf) is out of the lineup.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie DT Robert Nkemdiche had a "good day" of practice on Wednesday after thinking he couldn't practice because of a sore ankle, coach Bruce Arians said. Arians said he "kind of" urged Nkemdiche to practice and was pleased with what he saw out of the first-round pick. "I thought the 1-on-1s were good. I thought the team periods, he was still a little bit high at times. He's obviously got pass-rush ability."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said in addition to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, outside linebackers Shaq Riddick and Alex Okafor will not practice today, nor will cornerback Eli Bouka. DT Ed Stinson will go through individual drills where the Cardinals will see how much he can do.

Is Doug Baldwin a hypocrite?

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman go head-to-head over Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's retort to his teammate DE Michael Bennett's salary complaints.


Raiders filing Las Vegas trademark 'necessary step'

Dan Graziano says the Raiders filing for the “Las Vegas Raiders” trademark is a step the franchise has to take if they want to end up in Las Vegas.


Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Browns acquired New England's fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft for Barkevious Mingo. So for the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, the Browns got what figures to be a low fifth-round choice. And it's a good deal for the Browns.