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19hDon Van Natta Jr.

The inside story of the quick rise and quicker fall of DraftKings and FanDuel

The implosion of the daily fantasy industry is a bro-classic tale of hubris, recklessness, political naïveté and a kill-or-be-killed culture.

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Non-QB MVPs for all 32 teams

NFL Nation reporters go beyond the QB position to pick out each team's MVP heading into the season, including Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith and Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

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2mBy Luke Knox

Infographic: Serena's Grand Slam History

Serena Williams has done nearly everything possible in Grand Slams. Hundreds of match wins, dozens of finals and a record-tying 22 titles. A look at her body of work.

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16hTommy Tomlinson

How to define Charlie Weis

What words best describe the former Notre Dame and Kansas football coach? Through the ups and downs of his career, there are many options.

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His & Hers rips Harden's new shoes (1:40)
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15hVaughn McClure

Devin Hester to teams: Call my agent now

Devin Hester, released by the Falcons in July, posted a video on social media to show potential suitors that he's ready for one more season.

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Cam Newton can get even better in 2016
NFL 

Panthers QB Cam Newton already won an MVP award for his play in 2015, but Bill Barnwell considers what Superman can still do to improve even more. Unlimited potential

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High expectations for Elliott in NFL debut
NFL 

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will take the first step toward trying to fulfill Dallas' needs when he makes his debut Thursday. Running game

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen not only recorded his 37th save, he notched his 604th strikeout, tied with Jim Brewer for most from a Dodgers reliever.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 1, Giants 0, Final. Dodgers now lead the NL West over the Giants by a season-high three games.

Cardinals rough up deGrom in 8-1 win
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St. Louis slugged three homers off New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom en route to their seventh win in nine games.

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Rays rally to beat Red Sox in 11
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Luke Maile scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning on an error from Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree to lift Tampa Bay to a 4-3 victory.

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Orioles hold off Nationals in ninth
MLB 

Washington scored five runs in the final inning, but it was not enough as Baltimore hung on for a 10-8 victory.

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Cueto ditches his gum after homer
MLB 

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner knocked a solo home run over the wall to give L.A. a 1-0 lead over San Francisco in the fourth inning, which caused Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto to throw his gum in frustration.

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A posterizing dunk of epic proportions

Jordyn Adams throws down a ferocious, one-handed dunk that draws a huge reaction from the crowd on hand.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Rich Hill went six scoreless innings in his Dodgers debut. He did it in just 81 pitches after not taking the mound in over a month because of a blister on the middle finger of his left hand.

Benintendi injures knee, leaves game
MLB 

Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi sprained his left knee returning to second in the top of the seventh inning against the Rays and had to be helped off the field.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Coming into tonight, Johnny Cueto had posted a 1.63 ERA (5 ER / 27.2 IP) and a .190 opponents average in his last four starts at Dodger Stadium. He has given up 1 ER over 5 IP (Justin Turner's 24th home run of the season).

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacob deGrom said he's at a loss for why his pitches are too frequently going down the middle and hittable. He insisted he does not have fatigue and would not benefit from getting skipped.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols both had four-hit games tonight. They're second and third in the majors in four-hit games since Pujols debuted in 2001. The leader? No surprise, it's Ichiro with 53. Cabrera has 44 and Pujols 42. Pujols' 584th home run also means he broke a tie with Mark McGwire for 10th on the all-time list.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said Jay Bruce's calf "knotted up" when he took right field in the first inning. The leg tightened after his double and was swollen. Meanwhile, Yoenis Cespedes twisted his right ankle during the game. As for Jacob deGrom's recent struggles, Collins said: "At this stage of the season the first thing you look at is fatigue."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 17 games with a fourth-inning single. He entered Wednesday in the top 10 in the NL in a number of offensive categories for August, including batting average, slugging percentage, hits, home runs and RBI.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Turner's 24th home run for the Dodgers was also his 20th in his last 61 games, going back to June 10. The blast gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning against the Giants.

Britton allowed first earned run since April

Orioles closer Zach Britton allowed his first earned run since April 30 in the ninth inning of Baltimore's 10-8 win over the Nationals Wednesday. It was the longest streak of appearances without an earned run since 1920.

Ortiz hits 30th home run of the season
MLB 

With a two-run homer in the top of the first, David Ortiz reached 30 home runs and 100 RBIs for the 10th time in his career. He now has the most HR in a single season in MLB history for a player 40 years old or older.

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Herbie predicting national championship rematch
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Kirk Herbstreit believes Clemson and Alabama will play for the national championship again, but sees a different result this time around.

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Here Bryce, hold these
MLB 

Before U.S. swimming star Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch at Wednesday's Orioles-Nationals game, she handed Bryce Harper the five medals she won in Rio to hold.

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Pujols passes McGwire on all-time HR list
MLB 

Albert Pujols hit the 584th home run of his career, which pushes him past Mark McGwire into 10th place on the all-time home runs list.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals have finally found their identity. They will try to mash their way to the World Series. Randal Grichuk seems to be the embodiment of the new philosophy, one that is not typically associated with the Cardinals. Since he came back from a minor-league demotion, Grichuk has 13 hits, 12 of them for extra bases. The Cardinals have hit 177 home runs, easily the most in the National League.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Daniel Murphy must not like being second-best. On the first day since May 8th that he wasn't leading the NL in hitting (D.J. LeMahieu was), the Nats slugger has gone 3-for-5, including a ninth inning grand slam. Murphy's first career salami, it cuts the O's lead to 10-7.

Foudy: Sweden comments Solo's last straw
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USWNT goalie Hope Solo's "recurring incidents" factored into her 6-month suspension, says ESPN's Julie Foudy.

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