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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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5hDan 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.

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4hAdam 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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Jackson, McCaffrey clear Heisman favorites

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey are by far the top two candidates for the Heisman Trophy after four weeks.

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Draymond: I don't want to win 74 games (0:52)
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3hBob 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.

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1dBill 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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Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

If the United States is indeed going to a POD-like system for its Ryder Cup pairings, today's groupings at Hazeltine should give an indication of what is planned. Fowler, Z. Johnson , Mickelson, Walker D. Johnson, Kuchar, Reed, Spieth Holmes, Koepka, Moore, Snedeker In theory, the U.S. would not match anyone together from outside their respective groups.

Golf 

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Reggie Bush was active but did not play in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Rex Ryan downplayed his lack of role, saying Monday that the Bills had a package of plays designed for Bush as a receiver but never used them.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

2.5 hours in and Fred Hoiberg's first official practice of the season is still rolling along.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown on his first practice: "I was over-excited. I didn't get much sleep last night. I think I was here three or four hours early. I'm anxious."

NBA 

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose on Carmelo Anthony: "My job is help him win. This is his team."

NBA 

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State will wear black shoes and socks as well as a 6 on their helmets in memory of former Spartan linebacker Mylan Hicks, who was killed at a bar in Calgary this weekend. Hicks was playing for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL.

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NCAAF 

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose shooting a weighted medicine ball after the Knicks' first training camp practice:

NBA 

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Rutgers coach Chris Ash says redshirt freshman Jawuan Harris will take over some of the duties of two-way standout Janarion Grant(ankle injury) against Ohio State. "He's not Janarion," Ash said. "He's our next best version of Janarion."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Ash has something of a head start scouting Ohio State after spending the last two years there as co-defensive coordinator, but the Rutgers coach isn't expecting that to be a big deal on game day. "Yeah, I know players, I know coaches, I know the offensive and defensive schemes that they're running," Ash said. "But that doesn't mean we have an advantage or anything like that. It comes down to players making plays on Saturday."

NCAAF 

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

To start the first training camp practice, Celtics coach Brad Stevens told his players to operate at 30 percent speed. They, of course, launched in full throttle. "We did like a 5-on-5 kind of not live breakdown before they even stretched and I said, ‘Go 30 percent, it's a walkthrough.' If that was 30 percent we're going to be able to fly around," said Stevens. "I think it was just a misjudging of what 30 percent is but they were flying early on in practice."

NBA 

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Malzahn says that Auburn LB Paul James III will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury he suffered last week in practice. James, a junior-college transfer, had three tackles, one tackle for loss and one QB hurry through the first three games this year.

NCAAF 

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

The last coach to face Les Miles while at LSU? Gus Malzahn. The Auburn coach reflected on the recently fired Miles today. "Les is a legend," Malzahn said. "He has helped make the SEC what it is currently. He's one of those guys. He's a great coach. He's a great person. He's a guy coming into the SEC that I looked up to."

NCAAF 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

QBs Jacoby Brissett (7) and Jimmy Garoppolo (10) go through stretching, light warm-up at the start of practice.

NFL 

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Pugh said he didn't think Odell Beckham's outburst was distracting. He's not even watching what is going on. Coach Ben McAdoo said Monday Beckham needs to become less of a distraction to himself and his teammates.

NFL 

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said the offense did some good things against Cleveland but must play better to beat the Bengals on Thursday.

NFL 

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers reportedly will re-sign veteran defensive tackle Kyle Love, 29, with first-round pick Vernon Butler expected to miss a few weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered on Sunday against Minnesota. Butler was wearing a cast on his right foot on Monday after a visit to the doctor where an MRI revealed the high sprain. Love was among the final roster cuts when the Panthers went to 53 players. Bobby Rosinski of ESPN 710 radio in Charlotte first reported Love was back with the team.

NFL 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Jacoby Brissett seemed amused at the attention placed on his thumb, joking in the locker room that he has never seen that many people looking at it.

NFL 

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin not holding back. Says everyone must improve, including coaches who must put defensive players in better positions to win one-on-ones.

NFL 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo walked through locker room during media access period. He is not wearing any sling to aid his injured right shoulder.

NFL 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett, who injured his right thumb on Thursday, is present in the locker room today during the time reporters are present. He does not have any protective covering over his right thumb.

NFL 

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Kelly on postgame remarks: "I don't know that I was that tough on the roster as much as I was tough on my coaches. I think when you tell your coaches that they're on a job interview for the rest of the season, that seems to be tough, moreso than saying there's a standard of play at a particular position. You guys can interpret it anyway that you want. I don't think I'm too tough on them. … It still falls on me, this team's not playing well. It's my fault. I have to find solutions to it. After a game when you're frustrated with the play, everybody is on notice, I made that pretty clear." Kelly adds that it all starts with him, the head coach.

NCAAF 

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Kelly on defensive changes: "We're going to play with enthusiasm, we're going to play with the passion I said was missing. Made changes accordingly to bring that back. That will begin to show itself. You're going to see a lot more players playing. There's going to be some depth, some camaraderie. We need to get that morale up on defense and we'll do that with a lot more players involved in what we're doing on a day-to-day basis."

NCAAF 

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says QB DeShone Kizer will start against Syracuse but is not meeting the standard of play he set last year. Kelly said all positions would be evaluated after Saturday's loss to Duke.

NCAAF 

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada's Brent Burns discusses the Centennial Anniversary of the NHL and which sweaters are his favorite.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite missing the start of NHL training camps due to the World Cup of Hockey, players said it's easy to keep their focus on the championship round. Sidney Crosby concurs.

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