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6hJerry Crasnick

Stanton's grace in face of grief lifts Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton didn't plan his emotional speech prior to Monday night's game. But his words made all the difference as the Marlins played a day after Jose Fernandez's death.

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Gordon honors Fernandez, then homers (1:33)
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Yankees and Blue Jays clear the benches twice (0:59)
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44mAdam 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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First look at UFC superfight: Alvarez vs. McGregor (1:22)
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LeBron admits fearing for his son's life (2:25)
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Draymond: I don't want to win 74 games (0:52)
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2hMatt Bowen

Trevor Siemian can be upgrade at QB for Broncos

Denver opened up its offense, and Trevor Siemian delivered in Week 3. The Broncos might actually be better at QB in 2016 than they were during their Super Bowl run, writes Matt Bowen.

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18hBill Barnwell

Stacking the NFL's best defenses

Teams that have started Joe Flacco, Trevor Siemian, Carson Wentz, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have a combined ZERO losses. It's a time to praise defenses.

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Marty Smith goes inside the program with Clemson (2:53)

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Against FBS teams, no program is worse defending the pass statistically than Pitt, which ranks 128th in yards per game (441.7). Oklahoma State and North Carolina can really sling the ball around, but Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi blames details in the secondary, too. "When you face a good football team, the attention to detail and fundamentals have to be perfect," Narduzzi said. He added Pitt will simplify defensively.

Leo Spall Deputy Editor 

Rory McIlroy says he wants to win this Ryder Cup more than his previous three because of his close relationship with Darren Clarke. He met Europe's captain when celebrating his 10th birthday at Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Golf 

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

This seems appropriate for Rory McIlroy after his big haul on Sunday in Atlanta where he won the FedEx Cup. The photo is courtesy of Ian Poulter who is A vice captain for Europe.

Golf 

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones had no update on the status of wide receiver Dez Bryant while speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. Jones said he was not sure if Bryant had an MRI on his knee but he could have one today. Jones said left guard La'el Collins is "less likely" to have surgery on his big toe but did not have a timetable for a return. Jones said it will be a pain tolerance issue.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Devonta Freeman played 38 of 64 offensive snaps while Tevin Coleman played 27 snaps in the Falcons' 45-32 win over the Saints. Freeman with 207 total yards and a TD reception on 19 touches; Coleman with 89 total yards and three rushing TDs on 15 touches.

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Things are about to get real for the Giants. Their next five opponents have a combined 13-2 record. Their next two games are in primetime in Minnesota and Green Bay.

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ACC making its CFP case
NCAAF 

This week's Clemson vs. Louisville matchup could have playoff implications for the ACC, and Heather Dinich explains why the winner will be in the driver's seat.

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Mike & Mike applaud thoughtful tribute
MLB 

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic were very moved by the Marlins' tribute to the late Jose Fernandez during Monday's matchup with the Mets.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots players return to practice today for the first time since Thursday's win. It will be a good chance to assess the status of injured QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (right rhumb).

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ESPN Stats and Information  

With their win, the Indians clinched the AL Central, their first division title since 2007. The Indians are 14-2 against the Tigers this season, the first time they've won that many games against the Tigers since 1959.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Falcons running back Tevin Coleman became the 3rd Falcons player in the last 10 season to have at least 3 rushing touchdowns in a game. The other two are Michael Turner and Devonta Freeman.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

The Atlanta Falcons snapped a 12-game road losing streak on Monday Night Football, the longest road losing streak in the 47-year history of the series. The Falcons got their first road divisional win of the season after going winless in those games in 2015.

NFL 

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford: "I'm not sure about [being the missing piece], but I know that I'm gonna help our team be better."

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Gordon honors Fernandez, then homers
MLB 

Miami's leadoff hitter, Dee Gordon, starts his at-bat by stepping into the right side of the batter's box to honor Jose Fernandez. Then Gordon switches sides of the box before hitting his first home run of the season to right field.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk will participate in non-contact drills to start training camp and his surgically-repaired shoulder will be reevaluated in mid-October to judge the next step in his recovery. Said Olynyk: "It's day-to-day, week-to-week, see you how you feel, testing the strength, testing the limits and go from there."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant discuss reaching 100 RBIs for the first time in his career. He said he was thinking about it after landing on 99 last year.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints rank 1st in the NFL in total offensive yards since the start of 2012, with 398 more yards than the Broncos, according to ESPN Stats and Information. They rank last in defensive yards allowed, with 831 more yards allowed than the Giants.

NFL 

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"Most of the credit goes to the offensive line," Devonta Freeman said of the holes being opened.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Unfortunately the Saints have become way too familiar with starts like this year's 0-3. Drew Brees said it's not easy to overcome, but he said that's why they want out and got the kind of guys they got. Guys who won't cash it in at the first sign of adversity.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"I thought our running backs were awesome tonight," Matt Ryan said of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

P Ryan Quigley to be among the 9 players that GM Steve Keim said the Cardinals will bring in for a tryout Tuesday. They're expected to sign Quigley to replace P Drew Butler, who's out "some time" with a sprained Achilles and foot injury.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees: It's accountability. Young guys need to have it, veteran guys need to have it. Everyone needs to figure out what they can do better. And can't beat themselves. Said they won almost every category besides the turnover ratio, 2-0 -- and they were two huge ones.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Mariners blow a lead in the ninth, but win in the 11th on Robinson Cano's long home run to right off Luke Gregerson. The Mariners are now tied with the Tigers as both teams become big Blue Jays fans when they start a series with the Orioles on Tuesday. The Astros? Now 3.5 back but with three teams ahead of them, they're just about cooked.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn said Mohamed Sanu has a shoulder injury. Tried to come back in but couldn't

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Deion Jones on if he could have scripted a better return to his hometown of New Orleans: "Probably not." Jones had a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown and spotted his family in the crowd afterward.

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