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Broncos leap Patriots for No. 1 in Power Rankings

The Broncos, one of five unbeaten teams, regain leaguewide bragging rights by taking over as the No. 1 team in this week's NFL Power Rankings.

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53mBob Pockrass

Dale Jr. increases activity, continues to improve

Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to put himself in situations to help him rehabilitate from a concussion that will keep him out of a race car for at least the remainder of the 2016 season.

Gordon honors Fernandez, then homers (1:33)
3hDan Szymborski

Which team has a brighter future: Cubs or Red Sox?

There is all this talk about how bright the North Siders' five-year window is ... but things in Boston could be even brighter. Some next-level projections will determine which team is better.

Yankees and Blue Jays clear the benches twice (0:59)
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2hAdam 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.

Kellerman: OBJ needs to get temper tantrums under control (1:51)
First look at UFC superfight: Alvarez vs. McGregor (1:22)
LeBron admits fearing for his son's life (2:25)
Draymond: I don't want to win 74 games (0:52)
20hBill 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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29mMatt 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.

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


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Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has hinted he may play Thursday vs Miami, but I'm told he is not expected to return this week. A team source says a week 5 return is possible. Eifert has not participated in a full practice yet and has not done any 11-on-11 work.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics huddle up after their first training camp practice of the year.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

There are still remnants of burnt toilet paper on one of the oak trees at Toomer's Corner more than two days after somebody lit it on fire following Auburn's 18-13 win over LSU.

Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Logan Couture of Team Canada discusses keeping the focus on the World Cup of Hockey final against Team Europe while keeping up with training camp happenings in San Jose.


Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Good morning Sidney Crosby.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

There has been a rush to judgment to blame Yadier Molina for his inability to throw out runners this season, but Cardinals pitchers haven't given him much of a chance. Here is Jaime Garcia discussing his problems with the running game.


Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Colts placed outside linebacker Trent Cole on injured reserve.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Brent Burns said it's good to play a couple of "playoff games" before the season starts. "It's been a great tournament," he said.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada ready for its morning skate as it prepares for Team Europe in the first game of best-of-three World Cup of Hockey championship series at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

It remains to be seen if Celtics can live to to lofty expectations this season, but their hair game should rank near top of the league.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

NHL to unveil Centennial Anniversary plans today.


David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Is Deshaun Watson running less this year? Through 4 games in 2015, Watson had 35 rushes, not counting sacks. Through 4 games this season, he has 33. Doesn't seem like much of a change, but here's why that's actually a huge difference… In 2015, Clemson's offense had run 289 plays through four games. This year, that number is 323. In addition, just six of Watson's rushes last season were a scramble (as opposed to a designed run), while nine have been this year. When accounting for those differences, Watson ran by design once every 10 offensive plays last year. This year, he's doing so every 14 plays, or approximately 40 percent less. And while Watson is running less often, he's also running less effectively. Last year, he averaged 5.94 yards per run through four games. This year, just 4.03 — a 32 percent drop. That can almost entirely be explained by the offensive line. Watson's yards-per-rush (not counting sacks) average before contact has been cut nearly in half, from 4.09 per carry to 2.24. Taken together, Watson's overall rushing production — fewer attempts, less yards-per-rush — is down about 43 percent from the first four games of last season.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

BREAKING: Warriors co-owner Peter Guber & Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis have purchased esports franchise Team Liquid.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

ACC making its CFP case

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.


Mike & Mike applaud thoughtful tribute

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


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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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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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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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.