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Watch live: Venus dominates Kozlova in first set

Before sister Serena takes the court tonight, Venus Williams is hoping to follow in Stan Wawrinka and Simona Halep's footsteps and claim a first-round win at the US Open (live on ESPN and the ESPN App/WatchESPN).

Wawrinka's hot drop shot (0:33)
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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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7hJerry Crasnick

How Tim Tebow's MLB plan came into focus

Tim Tebow's day in front of the scouts has arrived. How did we get here, and what chance does he have of making the leap to baseball? Well, that depends on who you ask.

Tebow mashes a homer (0:17)
Stephen A. on the Cowboys: 'They puff more than they pass' (1:23)
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3hEric Williams

Chargers waive QB Mettenberger among cuts

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was waived by the Chargers as part of the team's efforts to get down to 75 players by Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Verrett: I believe in the promise of America (1:02)
Hope Solo lashes out after contract terminated (0:16)
The best one-handed catches in college football (0:55)
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9hKeith Law

Why September call-ups are no longer a big deal

Let's face it: The quality of September call-ups these days just isn't what it used to be. Keith Law explains why -- and how -- times have changed.


Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Tebow told reporters that he's determined to pursue baseball as hard as he can. He's not afraid of failing.


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Vikings backup QB Shaun Hill has 1,190 career pass attempts & 49 TD passes. Both rank 2nd among active undrafted players behind Tony Romo

Improved health has Steelers primed for success

Trey Wingo looks ahead to the Steelers' season, including the return of key offensive starters and the need for a revamped defense to help offset the suspensions of Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant.


Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Reading the tea leaves of Mike Zimmer's comments, there appears little hope that Teddy Bridgewater will play this season for the Vikings. At the moment, he is sedated and undergoing an MRI. The question turns now to his long-term status. Can the Vikings count on him for 2017?

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist and Dexter Fowler draw the rest days in Joe Maddon's lineup for Tuesday's Cubs-Pirates game. Javier Baez starts at second, batting leadoff while Matt Szczur is in center. Miguel Montero is catching Kyle Hendricks tonight.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said he doesn't know the Saints' playing-time plans for Thursday night's preseason finale against the Ravens. "But I know the mindset this whole week has been that we're playing," Brees said. "We had a lot to work on obviously coming off of last week. … The more time we can get together, the better." Earlier Tuesday, coach Sean Payton suggested that the plan right now is for starters to play, including Brees. When someone pointed out to Brees that he hadn't played in a preseason finale in 10 years, he said, "Doesn't matter to me, football is football, a game's a game."

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Mike Zimmer has turned emotional talking about Teddy Bridgewater's. "I love the kid," he said. Zimmer also referenced his wife's death seven years ago. Zimmer said it was a sad day, but the sun came up the next morning.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer: "I've talked to Coach Parcells a couple times today. In spirit, I've talked to my dad. Everybody can count us out if they want. I think that'd be the wrong thing to do."

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Mike Zimmer calls Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury "significant" and says tests are underway. "Possible" that it is season-ending. Zimmer said he talked to the team and is surprisingly upbeat. Still, a wrenching day for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on Teddy Bridgewater playing this season: "It doesn't look good right now." He said he has confidence in Shaun Hill.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon QB Travis Jonsen, who started fall camp as the No. 2 QB and ended as the No. 4 QB said he hasn't thought about transferring (said "No, not yet") and just wants to be as good of a scout team QB as possible. Said he's only worried about this season.


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Artist Bill Frymire took vinyl siding headed for the landfill & did a portrait of Kelly Olynyk in a basketball fence


Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon running back Royce Freeman is not taking UC Davis lightly. He said he's approaching this season opener as a national title game.


Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the biggest surprises of the Oregon depth chart was true freshman CB Brenden Schooler, who didn't get much ink during the first few weeks of fall camp but landed in the two deep. Secondary coach John Neal said his speed and athleticism made the 6-foot-2 freshman stand out.


Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Another inauspicious start to the day for the Americans in New York. Through seven matches, only Nicole Gibbs and Jared Donaldson have won. Nine more Americans are still to play Tuesday.


Tim Tebow’s career timeline

From high school recruit to MLB hopeful, a look back at Tim Tebow's career journey.


Cespedes, Hosmer among players pivotal to playoff races

Buster Olney highlights the players who will play a key role in their team's playoff chances and why they're so crucial. Game changers (Insider)

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The QB Jared Goff is most looking forward to meeting: Tom Brady. Rams play the Patriots Dec. 4.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are practicing in shorts and light shoulder pads this afternoon and on the day the roster needs to be cut to 75, LB Ramon Humber, OT Keavon Milton and TE Steven Scheu were not present.

Best one-handed catches in college football

Take a look at some of the most impressive one-handed catches in college football history.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says the reports are there is no real structural damage with Steven Matz. The concern is about stiffness/tightness in Matz's shoulder, which returned during one toss whole throwing on flat ground Monday. Matz immediately was shut down.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans complete trim to 75 by cutting RB David Cobb and WR Jarrod West.

Tebow faces live pitching

Tim Tebow takes some cuts against former major leaguers Chad Smith and David Aardsma.