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The Ryans are back together, and it will be entertaining

Buffalo's Rex and Rob Ryan don't talk about it, or act like it, but this is the most important football season in the history of the Ryan family.

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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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Bryant, Rizzo making their cases for MVP (1:22)
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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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21hVaughn 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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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears rookie 3rd round pick DL Jonathan Bullard returned to practice after being excused the last few days to deal with a family matter at home. Bullard, who is having a strong preseason, expects to be active for Saturday's 3rd preseason game vs. Kansas City.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Among the military personnel who watched Redskins practice at Andrews Air Force Base today: Tech Sergeant Jill Kozub and Master Sergeant Valerie Moore. Kozub is from Buffalo but Moore, on the right, is a longtime Redskins fan from Hampton, Virginia. Both have attended private workouts at Redskins Park, too. "I love it anytime we get a chance to see them practice," Moore said.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears starting tailback Jeremy Langford was cleared for full participation in Thursday's practice. Langford said he suffered a minor foot injury vs. New England last week when he got caught up on a play near the sideline. After the game, Langford experienced soreness and swelling, which kept him out for a couple days. But Langford says he's ready to play in Chicago's third preseason game on Saturday against Kansas City.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens QB Joe Flacco expects to play around a half in his preseason debut Saturday. He hasn't played in a game since a season-ending knee injury last November and doesn't necessarily want to take a hit. "But if I do, it's not a bad thing either," he said.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Colorado Avalanche have named Jared Bednar as head coach, the team announced Thursday. "After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench," said Avalanche GM Joe Sakic. "Jared's track record of success as a head coach in the American Hockey League speaks for itself and he is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business." Bednar, 44, coached the Columbus Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate to the 2016 Calder Cup championship.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

2017 World Baseball Classic: Petco Park will be home to Second-Round games and Dodger Stadium will host the Semi-Finals and Final for the second time.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

This is the 5th time in the 6-season history of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award that the winner has played his club football in Spain

Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe
Soccer 

Cristiano Ronaldo joins Lionel Messi as one of the only players to win the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award twice. High honor

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Soccer 

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens LB Za'Darius Smith missed practice with a sprained ankle. Coach John Harbaugh said Terrell Suggs, who was also absent, is fine.

Gabriele Marcotti ESPN.com 

It's the second time Ronaldo wins the award... He has others at home: 3 Ballons d'Or, 3 Champions Leagues, 4 league titles and, of course, Euro 2016

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Rickie Fowler on his recently grown mustache: "This, by no means, is an attempt to look good. I wanted it to look as bad as possible."

Gabriele Marcotti ESPN.com 

And the UEFA Player of the Year (as voted on by 55 journalists, from Albania to Wales) goes to.... Cristiano Ronaldo

Gabriele Marcotti ESPN.com 

Ada Hegerberg wins UEFA Women's Player of the Year award, beating out Dzenifer Maroszan + the Portland Thorns' Amandine Henry

Gabriele Marcotti ESPN.com 

Men's UEFA Player of the Year award coming up. Your nominees are: Gareth Bale Antoine Griezmann Cristiano Ronaldo

How the Ryan brothers fell in love with football
NFL 

In an E:60 excerpt from 2014, Rex and Rob Ryan reflect on their childhood, the pranks they played as twins and how their father got them to fall in love with football.

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Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said new cornerback Antonio Cromartie will NOT play against the Eagles.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts TE Dwayne Allen was given a rest day from practice. He's expected to play against the Eagles.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said right tackle Joe Reitz is questionable for Saturday's game against Philadelphia with a back issue

A closer look at Bosa's standoff with the Chargers
NFL 

Joey Bosa cannot be traded this year, so check out why there should still be a lot of motivation for both the Chargers and Bosa to get a deal done before Week 1. Decisions, decisions

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harrison left the Steelers complex at 12:36 p.m. NFLPA reps, including attorney Heather McPhee, left at 12:41.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman was a popular player after the walk-through at Andrews Air Force Base. All the players signed autographs after and Norman spent time signing for the kids.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Stakeout. Harrison watch

Gabriele Marcotti ESPN.com 

It's a rematch of last year's semifinal in Group D-- Atletico drawn with Bayern Munich