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Watch live: Atletico grabs lead on Carrasco's strike

Tune in to ESPN2 and the ESPN App to watch Bayern Munich face Atletico Madrid in Champions League group play.

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2hSarah Barshop

Texans' Watt put on IR but vows, 'I will be back'

J.J. Watt, who was put on injured reserve Wednesday, said in a tweet that he will face this injury with a positive attitude and promised fans, "I will be back."

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8hJohn 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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5hBill 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.

Mike Golic tackles the ghost pepper challenge (1:39)
Marlins players see Jose Fernandez off one final time (2:05)
LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
Co-Anchorman: The Legend of His & Hers (7:34)
4hGabriele 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?

22hBrett Okamoto

Ronda Rousey wants superfight with 'Cyborg'

Ronda Rousey has not fought since her loss to Holly Holm last November but wants to make a superfight happen between her and Cris "Cyborg" Justino.


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.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll: "I would be surprised" if Russell Wilson didn't play Sunday. Says Wilson is "pretty determined" and will practice today.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on conference call with Patriots reporters: "The one thing I do know for sure is Tom Brady is not the quarterback and I feel good about that."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Tebow's day is complete in his first professional baseball game. Tebow, who homered on the first pitch he saw, finished 1-for-6 in the instructional league game. He logged five innings in left field. On his lone fielding play, Tebow cut off a grounder toward the line and held the Cardinals batter to a single.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hue Jackson said he was not pleased to hear about Alvin Bailey's arrest for suspected OVI early Monday morning. He added that the team has to follow league protocols with Bailey, and the team "will do what is right." Will Bailey start at guard on Sunday. "We'll find that out on Sunday," Jackson said.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture of his right tibia but will not require surgery. It's not clear how much time he will miss but the Cowboys don't expect it to be long. Bryant suffered the injury in Sunday's win against the Chicago Bears. Brice Butler will likely move into the starting lineup. "I'm ready," Butler said.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

How does DC Vance Bedford adjust expectations for playing defense when Texas has an offense averaging 47 points? Bedford says it's all about two key stats: points per drive and turnovers. The Longhorns rank 9th in the Big 12 and 92nd nationally in points/drive (2.3) and have yet to grab an interception.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas DC Vance Bedford says he takes full responsibly for his defense's problems against Cal. He believes he and Charlie Strong are on the same page about their defense. "There's a trust factor. We've been together now 8 years, I believe. We know we need to get things cleaned up and get some things done, it's just that simple."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

The Bengals have yet to move Vontaze Burfict to the active roster, and Marvin Lewis has been non-committal about playing Burfict tomorrow night, but Burfict absolutely will play vs Miami and likely will play quite a bit.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

With the forecast of 90 degrees, with a 60 percent chance of an afternoon storm in Tampa Sunday, the Broncos wide receivers were using footballs sprayed with water in drills during practice today.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

On conference call with 49ers reporters, Dallas coach Jason Garrett says WR Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in his knee: "Dez got his knee evaluated here the last few days," Garrett said. "He did not practice today and we're hopeful that he'll be able to play. We're taking the situation day by day, hopefully he can do something tomorrow. He has a slight hairline fracture in one of the bones of his knees. We don't think it's something that's going to keep him out for an extended period of time but again it's going to be a day by day, week by week situation."

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Quick hook for Doug Fister today but it's a must-win for the Astros so A.J. Hinch had to go to the pen after Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the first (his ninth against the Astros) and the Mariners have two on in the second. But Nori Aoki greets Kevin Chapman with an RBI single and it's 4-0.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron on his role this year: "I'm going to do a little bit of everything. That's my job description. It says, 'LeBron James: Do Everything - Akron - St. Vincent-St. Mary.' It hasn't changed."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rondo on KG retiring: "He's one of the best that's ever played the game. He's hanging his hat up and he's had a hell of a career and I wish him the best in whatever he's doing next."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The crowd chants "Jose" as Jose Fernandez's hearse passes by Marlins Park. Teammates and club personnel walk beside and behind it


David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Richt is no stranger to playing Georgia Tech, but he says he's not sure his familiarity with the Yellow Jackets will be much help to the rest of his staff when Miami plays in Atlanta this week.


Mattias Karén ESPN FC 

Granit Xhaka goes up against his brother Taulant in the Champions League tonight as Arsenal host Basel at the Emirates.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Mohamed Sanu just an observer today coming off shoulder injury but expected to play vs. Panthers Sunday.

Kevin Maguire Golf 

Guess they had to do a quick paint job to add Bubba Watson's name to the cart as a new Ryder Cup vice-captain. And he had his caddie, Ted Scott, driving on the 18th hole.


Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis was asked about criticisms that he didn't give enough effort at times on the defensive end. His response: "I looked at it a little bit. I think I could have played harder. But like I said, that's last year. I don't even want to talk about last year. All of that's irrelevant right now. I'm focused on this year. … When you have guys out there pushing, who want to win with you, it changes your whole mindset for the game, especially during games. Like I said, we have guys who play hard. Coach hasn't had to stop anyone about playing hard, or come to anyone and talk to them about playing hard. It's all ‘Let's figure out the offensive end, let's figure out the defensive scheme.' That was last year. People say I could have did this, that and the other thing. Do I agree? Sometimes. Maybe. I'm just focused on what I can do this year to make us better."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he has to do a better job of getting the ball out of his hands. That will reduce the sacks.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert was so unhappy with the recent service he got from Motion Lab Tuning that he paid the $3,900 bill in coins and waged a war against the company on social media. Now he is getting calls to do interviews with TMZ.


Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (elbow), DE Dante Fowler (shoulder), DE Jared Odrick (triceps) among players not practicing Wednesday. C Brandon Linder (knee), RB Chris Ivory (knee/ankle), CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) are working.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Jose Fernandez tribute began at 2 p.m. At 2:01, it started raining.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Rick Gerena, a Marlins fan from Coral Springs, Fla., talks about why Jose Fernandez's death is so devastating for the franchise and its fan base.