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Follow live: Nadal blanks Seppi in first set

Rafael Nadal rolled 6-0 in the first set Wednesday at the US Open (live on ESPN2/ESPN app/WatchESPN). Earlier, French Open champion and women's No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza lost in straight sets to Anastasija Sevastova and No. 5 seed Milos Raonic lost in four sets.

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Thursday NFL preview for all 32 teams

NFL Nation assesses what to watch across the league on Thursday, including a look at Cowboys RB Darren McFadden's future. He could be the odd man out in Dallas' backfield rotation.

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Hot Seat Index: Gauging status of Rex Ryan, more

The Bills underperformed last season in Rex Ryan's first year in charge. Could he be fired with another season of .500 or worse? Adam Caplan examines the other coaches on, and off, the hot seat.

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Mortensen plans on ESPN return this NFL season

ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen says he is past the treatment phase for his Stage IV throat cancer and is focused on recovery, with plans to return to the network on a limited basis.

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High Schooler's Beckham-like catch lands top play (2:53)
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Alabama-USC ready to square off in Week 1 (1:00)
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Second-year studs for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation reporters pick the second-year players ready to explode onto the scene in 2016, including Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark, who should get more chances to rush the passer in Year 2.

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Sereita Cobbs ESPN.com 

And the roof is closed. This was the first time I have ever heard fans cheer rain at US Open!

Tennis 

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals got shut down by Matt Garza and Milwaukee's suspect bullpen in a 3-1 loss at Miller Park Wednesday night. Rookie pitcher Luke Weaver was masterful, striking out 10 batters, but he had one bad inning, yielding a three-run home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the third inning. The Cardinals lead the New York Mets by 1 1/2 games for the second wild card spot.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Total time to close the roof? About 6 minutes, 40 seconds.

Tennis 

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

The crowd is in a frenzy -- and not because of the action on the court. The roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is closing for the very first time.

Tennis 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores, who delivered a two-run homer Wednesday, reacts to the postgame news that Neil Walker will opt for season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk.

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Daniel Bryan would wrestle again if given the chance
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SmackDown Live general manager explains what his life has been like since retiring due to medical concerns and how challenging it's been not wrestling.

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Mets rally to stay alive in wild-card race
MLB 

Kelly Johnson broke an eighth inning tie with a bases-clearing double to give the Mets a 5-2 victory over the Marlins.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Orioles fell to the Blue Jays 5-3 in the deciding game of their AL East showdown. The loss drops Baltimore four back of Toronto in the division, and puts them into a tie with Detroit for the second AL wild card spot. Total attendance for the series at Camden Yards was 45,791.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Joey Votto went 1-for-4 against Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday to fall just short of becoming the first Reds player since 1900 to hit .400 in consecutive months of the same season. After hitting .413 in July, Votto batted .394 in August. Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers was the last MLB player to achieve the feat. He hit .454 in June and .418 of July 2010 en route to winning the American League MVP award.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Rafael Nadal just bageled Andreas Seppi in the first set of their US Open clash. But the bigger news is there is a little rain in the air. Will we finally see the much-publicized $100 million dollar roof close? Tournament referee Brian Earley is watching closely.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Neil Walker will opt for surgery, Terry Collins said. He will address the media Thursday. His season is over. Collins said the outcome is unexpected.

Jayson Werth launches tape-measure shot
MLB 

The Nationals left fielder crushed his 20th homer of the season 453 feet to center field against the Phillies.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Ricky Nolasco needed just 94 pitches for his shutout Wednesday. A shutout with fewer than 100 pitches thrown is known as a "Maddux", named after Greg Maddux, who was known for the feat. Nolasco's start is the third Maddux this season. The other two belong to Kendall Graveman and Jered Weaver.

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Ricky Nolasco shut down Reds
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The Angels starter tossed a shutout and struck out seven batters in a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

With his save on Wednesday against the Marlins, Jeurys Familia has set a franchise record for saves in a single season. He now has 44, one ahead of his total last year as well as Armando Benitez in 2001.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo just made a 50-yard field goal, his longest of the preseason. Slick ball and all. Redskins leading 13-3.

Sevastova emotional after upset win
Tennis 

Anastasija Sevastova is thrilled to advance to the third round of the US Open for the first time after an upset win over No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

A potentially hazardous moment on Court 13, when a fan jumped onto the court to take a selfie with Kateryna Bondarenko. The fan was escorted from the grounds by security.

Tennis 

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Mack Brown has more rushing yards (130 yards) than the entire Buccaneers' offense and it's not even close. 22 yards of total offense through the first half for the Bucs. Mike Glennon 1-of-5 for -1 passing yards.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

It's halftime at Raymond James Stadium and we've got some pee-wee football happening. They're having a hard time keeping this red and white team on the field, especially after one of the purple team's kids went all Deacon Jones and knocked their quarterback down about 15 yards back...

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins wanted to see what Cullen Jenkins, 35 and signed Monday, had left. Tonight, he's doing what you'd expect of a 12-year vet: beating up on the backups. Jenkins has showed strength and quickness, even throwing in a spin move, in making plays in the backfield.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Further making his case for league MVP Kris Bryant is 2 for 2 with a HR and 2 runs scored giving him 111 runs scored on the season. He's also made 3 good def plays in the field including a diving catch of a line drive to save a run. The Cubs lead the Pirates 2-0 in the 5th.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

To make her upset of Garbine Muguruza even more astonishing, Anastasija Sevastova was retired for a year and a half not too long ago. Muguruza has never made the third round of the US Open.

Tennis 

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

After a couple of mundane days at the US Open, we've had two major upsets Wednesday. No. 3 Garbine Muguruza became the tournament's biggest casualty, falling to Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets. This happened soon after the No. 5 seed on the men's side, Milos Raonic, went down.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

When Yadier Molina hit Matt Garza's pitch over the left-field wall in the fourth inning in Milwaukee, he established a new team record. The Cardinals have hit at least one home run in 20 straight games. That is a franchise record. They have hit 189 home runs this season, 46 shy of the franchise record set in 2000.