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4hIan O'Connor

The force that drove the lion inside Palmer

The King was much more complex than his neighborly image. The inner rage of a nice man named Arnold Palmer pushed the seven-time major champion to unprecedented heights.

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Pierce to return for 19th season, then retire

Paul Pierce announced Monday in The Players' Tribune that he will return for his 19th NBA season and then retire, finishing out his career with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.

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14hMike Rodak

Ryan riffs on Belichick, Pats about QB situation

Rex Ryan said the Buffalo Bills will be ready for whomever the New Engand Patriots start at quarterback, even adding "If [Bill] Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him."

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When a blocked punt symbolized 'Rebirth' of New Orleans

The Saints and Falcons match up for a reunion on Monday Night Football, and ESPN gathered the memories of those who will never forget that Superdome homecoming after Hurricane Katrina.

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The Nationals are no strangers to brawls (1:07)
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Biggest NFL injuries of Week 3

Bears running back Jeremy Langford left Sunday night's game against the Cowboys with an ankle injury. Here are the other big names who went down with injuries in Week 3.

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13hJoe McDonald

Pride the root of Europe's success

A complete unknown and a bit of a joke early on, Europe has come together and proved with its win over Sweden and a berth in the finals against Canada that it is the real thing.

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Ross powers Cubs past Cardinals

In his final regular-season home game, C David Ross smacks a solo home run to help the Cubs win 3-1 over the Cardinals.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a "Victory Monday" for the 1-2 Bills. Rex Ryan gave his players today off after their win yesterday over Arizona.

Elliott hurdles his way over 100 yards rushing

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott showcases his athleticism by hurdling over Bears S Chris Prosinski, which gives him over 100 yards rushing for the first time in his career.

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Myers smacks go-ahead RBI single

Wil Myers hits a single to right field, bringing in the go-ahead run as the Padres take a 4-3 lead over the Giants.

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Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

An Arnold Palmer memory among many: after Tiger Woods won the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational, he was in the Bay Hill locker room celebrating with caddie Joe LaCava. Palmer was on the other side of the room, bellowing with glee with an off-color mocking of Woods' decision to lay up on the 18th hole. It didn't matter to Arnie that it was the smart play, he was letting Woods have it. And Tiger loved it. A classic photo from that day.

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Ortiz gets emotional during tribute for Jose Fernandez
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Before the Red Sox-Rays game, David Ortiz gets a little choked up while observing a moment of silence held for the death of Marlins P Jose Fernandez.

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants running back snaps: Shane Vereen 36, Orleans Darkwa 21, Bobby Rainey 8. Vereen's usage spiked slightly with Rashad Jennings sidelined. So did his touches (16). Would've probably been more if not for fumble.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Paul Pierce just announced via The Players Tribune that the 2016-17 season will be his last.

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Marty Smith ESPN 

I love it when a star isn't "too cool" to still be a fan! Dabo Swinney told me a hilarious story about meeting Pitt/Dallas Cowboys legend Tony Dorsett: He was at the ACC awards dinner and sees Dorsett. Freaks. "That's TONY DORSETT. I ain't leavin' here til I meet him! "Here I'm about to accept ACC Coach of the Year and I'm all super fan over here." Suddenly, here comes Dorsett, says... "I HAVE to get a picture with you. My agent will die!" Dorsett's agent? A Clemson grad. And then this showed up in the mail.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

If New Orleans beats Atlanta tonight there would be a four-way tie in the NFC South at 1-2. The Panthers and Bucs already are 1-2. Feel like 2014?

Marty Smith ESPN 

Just asked Dabo Swinney what he sees when he studies Louisville QB Lamar Jackson: "He's Michael Vick, right-handed." Strong.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Redskins fear veteran S DeAngelo Hall tore his ACL, per source; MRI today will tell full story.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Some historic lows for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets: The first QB with six INTs and no TD passes since 1989 (Tom Tupa, Cards). Three red-zone INTs in a span of five attempts; had three in previous 192 attempts, dating to 2012. Eight turnovers tied for the second-most in team history, the most since 1976. (Source: ESPN Stats & Info).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was asked Monday morning on sports radio WEEI if he knows which QB will be starting Sunday against the Bills. "I don't know that," he responded. "I haven't seen them in a few days. Hopefully all those guys are continuing to get better. We'll see them [Tuesday] and hopefully they're all ready to go."

Ross powers Cubs past Cardinals
MLB 

In his final regular-season home game, David Ross smacks a solo home run to help the Cubs win 3-1 over the Cardinals.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch David Ross discuss his home run and standing ovations from fans in his final regular season home game of his career.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears running back Jeremy Langford (ankle) was wearing a walking boot in the postgame locker room.

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Andrew Luck had his 14th career game-winning drive, tied for the 4th-most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2012. Luck had his 2nd game with at least 300 passing yards this season, matching his total from last season.

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Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 140 yards in the Cowboys' win over the Bears on Sunday night. Elliott totaled 134 rushing yards in his first 2 games combined. His 274 rushing yards through the first 3 games are second-most by a Cowboys player. Calvin Hill's 299 are the most.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott played like a Top 5 pick tonight. Power, vision and speed through the hole. Elliott finished with 140 yards rushing on 30 carries and he also added 20 yards receiving. I thought Elliott hit the hole with much more acceleration than I saw on film in the first two weeks of the season. He showcased the ability to bounce the ball outside and find cutback lanes. He's a great fit for the Cowboys zone running schemes. Impressive night for the rookie in the Cowboys 31-17 win over the Bears.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dallas Cowboys have their first home win in more than a year. Thanks to three rushing touchdowns, a cool Dak Prescott and an impressive Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears, 31-17, to end an eight-losing streak at AT&T Stadium. Prescott has gone 99 passes without an interception and Elliott picked up the first 100-yard game of his career. The Cowboys are staring at 3-1 start with trip to San Francisco next week.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Arnold Palmer's first deal with Wilson had a clause in it: If he quit golf, he would have to return the clubs they gave him.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs set a franchise record with their 57th home win in their final home game of the regular season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs win their 99th game with a 3-1 victory over St. Louis giving them 7 tries to win No. 100 for the first time since 1935. Jon Lester improved to 19-4 pitching his league leading 24th game giving up fewer than 3 runs. He gave up zero in 6.2 innings.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals lost a hard-fought 3-1 game to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Sunday night to slip further back in the wild-card race. They trail the New York Mets by 1 1/2 games and the San Francisco Giants by a half-game with seven games remaining, all at home. Many of the Cardinals key hitters have slumped all month.