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7mAdam Rittenberg

How to stop Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson has been putting up video game numbers this season. Now, it's Clemson's turn to try to stop the Heisman front-runner (Saturday, 8 ET, ABC & WatchESPN).

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Clayton believes loss of Watt is devastating for Texans (1:53)
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5mPierre LeBrun

Canada's top line shines in Game 1 win over Europe

Team Canada fought off its poorest performance of the World Cup of Hockey and relied on Sidney Crosby's unit to edge Europe 3-1 in Game 1 of the best-of-three final on Tuesday night.

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Unbelievably dramatic wedding proposal at Yankees-Red Sox game (1:22)
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McGregor's war of words with Alvarez begins (1:56)
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Ronaldo scores off Bale's amazing backheel pass (0:30)
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6hAdam Rubin

Matz to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz has elected to undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow and will not return this season, the team announced Tuesday.

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14hDan Szymborski

Which team has a brighter future: Cubs or Red Sox?

There is all this talk about how bright the North Siders' five-year window is ... but things in Boston could be even brighter. Some next-level projections will determine which team is better.

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LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
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13hAdam Rittenberg

What in the world is going on at USC?

Clay Helton billed himself as the no-Hollywood coach, but his first year at USC has had more drama and plot twists than expected, leaving many to wonder about his future with the Trojans.

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Co-Anchorman: The Legend of His & Hers (7:34)
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Gordon honors Fernandez, then homers (1:33)
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3hIain Macintosh

Allardyce saga with England is sad

After waiting so long for the job he felt he deserved, Sam Allardyce's world unravelled. And that, writes Iain Macintosh, is sad for several reasons.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard reacts to allowing one run in six innings Tuesday in his return from strep throat. His next start will be either the wild-card game or, if the Mets need it, the final day of the regular season.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz: "I went 0-for-5 today, so I don't got s--- to talk about." How about going 0-for-5 in opener of his final series at Yankee Stadium? "That ain't fun."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

When David Ortiz strolled to the plate, representing the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth, Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought, "I was like, 'What are the chances he is coming up in this situation. It is kind of the way fate had it tonight." Ortiz struck out against Tyler Clippard to end the game, preventing the Red Sox from clinching the AL East.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Carey Price's record remains perfect for Team Canada in best-on-best international play following the World Cup win over Europe in game one of the final. He's been the final piece to the puzzle for an incredible generation of Canadian hockey players.

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Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Not the road to victory Canada was expecting in Game 1 vs. Europe.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins drop a 12-1 decision to the Mets. They'll be eliminated from postseason play if the Giants win tonight. But they still have a chance to finish above .500 for the first time since 2009 if they can win three or their last four games.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes each produced early two-run homers and Syndergaard logged six innings in his first start in eight days as the Mets beat the Marlins, 12-1, Tuesday. The Mets (84-74) opened a one-game lead over the Giants and a 1½-game lead over the Cardinals in the wild-card standings pending the outcome of their games later in the evening.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Hold the celebration. No champagne tonight. Red Sox's winning streak ends at 11 games, as David Price gives up three homers and David Ortiz strikes out with two runners on base to end a 6-4 Yankees victory. Boston's magic number to clinch AL East remains frozen at 1.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

No Wilson Ramos, no problem. So far, anyway. In their first game without their All-Star catcher (torn ACL), the Nats beat the Diamondbcks 4-2. The win increases Washington's lead over the Dodgers for 2nd seed in the NL (and homefield advantage in the NLDS) to 1.5 games.

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Before J.J. Watt's arrival in Houston, the Texans never made the playoffs and had the 5th-worst record in the NFL. Since he's come to Houston, the Texans have won three division titles and two playoff games. Their record of 44-39 since 2011 is tied with the Colts for the best in the AFC South.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

During the Yankees-Red Sox game, the biggest error of the game nearly occurred in the middle of the fifth inning in the left field stands. Andrew Fox of New Castle, PA tried to propose to his girlfriend, Heather Terwilliger of Fredonia, New York, but he dropped the ring. with the whole crowd watching, it took five minutes to locate it, but it felt like an hour to the couple. She said yes.

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Yankee Stadium proposal nearly goes wrong
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Fans at the Red Sox-Yankees game frantically looked for, and eventually found, the engagement ring that was dropped and momentarily lost by a man proposing to his girlfriend.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Good news for the Tigers and Mariners as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 5-1 behind six strong innings from Aaron Sanchez, who recorded 10 K's -- eight of those coming on his fastball, a season best. Sanchez is slated to next go on Sunday, but the Jays hope to have a spot clinched by then so he'll be ready for the wild-card game.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Justin Verlander is chewing up an Indians lineup of mostly reserve players, as Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall all got the night off. He has 11 K's with one out in the eighth, matching his season high.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

With J.J. Watt's injury, it will be interesting to see how the Texans use Jadeveon Clowney. Houston has moved him around the front seven in the first three games, including at defensive end.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada with a 2-1 lead over Europe after two periods. Expect Canada to come out buzzing to start the third period.

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Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Texans are placing JJ Watt on injured on Wednesday and resigning DE Antonio Smith, per league sources.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Miami's 3-4-5 hitters -- Martin Prado, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton -- went 0-for-9 with four strikeouts and a GIDP against Noah Syndergaard tonight.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price has allowed career-high 29 homers, three tonight, including Tyler Austin's go-ahead two-run shot to right field on a 94-mph fastball in bottom of seventh inning. 6-4, Yankees leading Red Sox.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Understandably, Marlins Park doesn't have nearly the intensity or emotion that it did for Monday's Jose Fernandez tribute. That's largely the result of the pitching of Noah Syndergaard, who has struck out eight hitters through six innings and helped the Mets go up 4-1. Syndergaard just exchanged handshakes in the dugout, so he appears to be done for the evening.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard allowed one run in six innings and logged 93 pitches on Tuesday against the Marlins, He originally had been scheduled to start on Saturday, but strep throat prompted the Mets to delay the outing by three days. With the adjusted schedule, he now is lined up to pitch the final day of the regular season, on Sunday at Philadelphia. In an ideal scenario, the Mets will have clinched a postseason berth before the finale, allowing manager Terry Collins to instead be held back for next Wednesday's wild-card game.

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Tatar leaps on a golden rebound and it's a one-goal game.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Tomas Tatar scores his third goal in the last two games to cut Europe's deficit to one goal.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Anthony Rendon, batting cleanup for the Nats in place of, well...pretty much everyone (Harper, Murphy, Ramos), just hit a three-run bomb to give Washington a 4-2 lead over the D-backs in the sixth. Big moment for a banged-up squad that's struggling to stay ahead of the Dodgers for the number two seed in the NL.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Yoenis Cespedes' homer registered 440 feet and struck the artwork in left-center at Marlins Park. It was his fourth homer this season of at least that distance. The other Mets have combined for three homers of 440 feet or more.