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7hKevin Pelton

Top 30 NBA free agents: Ranking 2017's best

The summer of 2017 has another loaded class of free agents. Kevin Pelton takes an early look at the top 30 potential free agents next year based on his projections.

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3hMatthew Berry

Breakouts, sleepers and best team names

Matthew Berry offers key fantasy football stats, facts and draft advice in 10 mostly short lists of 10, including top fantasy football team names submitted by fans.

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NBA players putting opponents on a poster (0:59)
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Ledecky throws first pitch as Harper holds her medals (0:43)
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A Ping-Pong serve you have to see to believe (0:15)
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Little League pitcher: 1, Camera: 0 (0:40)
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Stephen A. rejects J.J. Watt's No. 1 NFL ranking (1:28)
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8hDan Arritt

Going back for thirds: Great sports trilogies

When it comes to great rivalries, good things can happen in threes. While talk about a third Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor fight gets louder, here are 10 classic sports trilogies worth revisiting.

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'Dr. Pepper guy' makes his CFP picks (1:20)
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Bryant, Rizzo making their cases for MVP (1:22)
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A posterizing dunk of epic proportions! (0:20)
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2hAdam Schefter

Source: Coughlin joins competition committee

Former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin joins Denver Broncos exec John Elway and Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians as the newest members of the NFL's competition committee, per a source.

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2hESPN esports

Gordon Hayward: 'I'm definitely rooting for Team Liquid'

Gordon Hayward isn't just a small forward for the Utah Jazz -- he's also a League of Legends fan. Here's his podcast interview, plus ESPN's breakdown of Riot's controversial comments.

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Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Malzahn announces that Sean White will be Auburn's starting quarterback Week 1 against Clemson. "All three guys competed at s very high level. I just felt like it was time to name a starter, and Sean won the job."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban said things will change with USC prep beginning tomorrow: "It's time now -- a little bit judgment day -- of who we're going to coach." Still no decision on who starts at QB, though.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers are bringing three-time Pro Bowl free safety Donte Whitner in for a workout on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported. The 31-year-old could be a big addition to a young secondary. Bringing him in also could mean the Panthers aren't convinced Tre Boston is ready to take over the job. Injuries at safety also could be an issue. Trenton Robinson suffered a shoulder injury in last week's preseason game at Tennessee after having a good camp. Whitner was released by Cleveland in April in part of a roster overhaul.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan taking a moment with a fan before game time.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst has announced fifth-year senior Bart Houston will be the team's starting quarterback for the season opener against LSU. He beats out redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook, who will be the backup. "I felt like Bart did everything that he needed to do and earned the right to get the start," Chryst said. Houston has appeared in 15 career games, and this will mark his first career start.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins rookie Laremy Tunsil will start at guard tonight against the Falcons.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins DE Cameron Wake will play tonight and make his 2016 debut against the Falcons.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Close friends A. J. Ellis and Clayton Kershaw shed a tear together after Ellis was traded Thursday from the Dodgers to the Phillies. Said Ellis: "To know that, in almost all likelihood, I will never get to catch (Kershaw) again is definitely the most devastating thing I'm feeling right now."

Expectations high but focus is on first game for Vikings
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Coming off a season winning the NFC North, Harrison Smith says his team knows what it takes to make the playoffs and while expectations are high, it all begins by focusing on the first game.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin on the depth difference with this year's offense as opposed to recent versions: "At times when you're not deep, the defense can see what you're capable of doing in the first drive, like, 'OK, that's it.' Now, when you're rolling in backups and guys are staying fresh, that's the best part I'm feeling. When the [backups] go in, it's like a different speed and different strengths because they're fresh. In the past, we had players that had to get every rep in practice and every rep in games."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh will be a good test for the Falcons offensive line tonight. We will see how long the starters face each other.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets starting RT Breno Giacomini, on the PUP list with a back injury, addressed the media for the first time. He said he suffered a lower-back injury in June minicamp. He claimed to be making progress, but admitted he's at only "80 percent speed" right now. He didn't sound optimistic about opening Day, admitting regular-season PUP is a possibility. That would shelve him a minimum of six games. The original prognosis was six to eight weeks, from what I understand. Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale are rotating at the position, but they're looking outside the organization as well, Todd Bowles said.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, on his trade Thursday to the Phillies: It's a really, really sad day for me and a really sad day for my family. One of the things I was most proud of was being a Dodger for my entire career."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn and Dolphins coach Adam Gase chatting pre game.

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

There's a Mike Pouncey sighting on the field during warmups. He's out for at least the preseason with a left hip injury. The Dolphins need him back sooner than later.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Devon Allen is back with the Ducks and transitioning from track-shape to football-shape. With how deep the Oregon wide receiver corps are this year it's not necessary for the Ducks to rush him back but he'll certainly be a big boost to the unit when he's ready full go. W

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Brandon Marshall reflected on the 2015 offseason, when he practiced with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the first time. "He was terrible, he really was," Marshall said. "He was coming off a broken leg. There was a 5-yard hitch route and he'd throw it in the dirt. Everybody felt that way. We were like, 'What the heck? If Geno (Smith) goes down, we're in trouble.' That's how everybody felt. But he proved us wrong. He's pretty good."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Phoenix Suns players Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Marquese Chriss and Alan Williams took in the Arizona Cardinals' training camp practice on Thursday at University of Phoenix Stadium. They watched warm-ups from the field and then sat in the stands, where they heard from Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, GM Steve Keim and former safety and current scout Adrian Wilson.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Old SEC rivals in Falcons LB Deion Jones (LSU) and Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (Alabama).

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

It's gameday! Dolphins-Falcons coming up here in Orlando tonight.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Fascinating trade involving the Phillies and Dodgers. Carlos Ruiz goes to the Dodgers for C AJ Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later. Wonder if Ruiz becomes Clayton Kershaw's personal catcher when Kershaw returns

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama RB coach Burton Burns leads a drill during Thursday's practice. Only two more days of fall camp and then it's game week and on to USC.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

If you've never seen Glenn Donnellan play his Electric Slugger - an amped violin that he custom-crafted out of a bat - you're missing out. If you've never seen Nats pitching coach Mike Maddux play the Electric Slugger...well, you're probably OK. Here's Maddux fiddling around after Donnellan's national anthem soundcheck at Nats Park.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite coach Bruce Arians saying WR Larry Fitzgerald won't practice today, Fitzgerald is in pads and got his wrists and hands taped.