Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets have made a trade. They have sold Triple-A catcher Nevin Ashley to the Texas Rangers. Kevin Plawecki is being called up to the Mets as the third catcher, so Ashley's season was nearly complete.

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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.

Here's why week 1 matters (1:32)
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Not buying the Cowboys hype

Three of our five NFL experts identified Dallas as the league's most overrated team. While they predictably cite starting a rookie quarterback, they also mention a questionable defense. Most overrated and underrated teams, players (Insider)

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Baylor hasn't gone far enough

Baylor can't move forward with old pieces in place, Jane McManus writes. Any employee who participated in the actions detailed in the report -- or knew about them -- must go.


TCU's path makes it attractive pick

TCU's schedule features Oklahoma as the lone landmine. Our Phil Steele thinks the team has the best defense in the Big 12 and is an attractive pick to win the national title at 30-1 odds. Ultimate 2016 CFB betting guide (Insiders)

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Gomez's grand slam was a moonshot

Carlos Gomez delivered the big blow against Felix Hernandez on Wednesday, launching a bases-loaded blast that reached an apex of 140 feet in its flight. That's the highest homer by a Ranger this season, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.

Gomez's grand slam gives the Rangers a big lead (0:34)

Can Texas take down Notre Dame?

Our Phil Steele sees Texas as his most improved team. ND enters the game as a four-point favorite, but with QB issues, Steele thinks the game will have a tight result. Week 1 CFB best bets (Insider)

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Texas with good odds to make playoffs?

In the aftermath of the trade deadline, the Rangers had the second-best chance to make the postseason of any AL team. Is that still the case, or are the current league leaders now No. 1? Updated ZiPS playoff odds (Insider)

Boyer resolves anger, supports Kaepernick's decision (6:28)
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McMurphy predicts Charlie Strong bowl

Brett McMurphy projects an intriguing bowl matchup featuring Charlie Strong and his former team. Mark Schlabach, however, sees things playing out differently. Bowl projections

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Baylor could get shot at in-state foe

Brett McMurphy projects Baylor to face an old Big 12 foe in Houston this winter. Mark Schlabach sees the Bears playing in the Cactus Bowl. Bowl projections

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys and Sean Lee have agreed to reworked deal in which the linebacker can earn up to $2 million in a roster bonus after he missed out on an escalator last season by sitting out the final game with a hamstring injury. Lee will earn an extra $125,000 per game, according to sources.

How can Baylor's culture problem be fixed? (1:58)
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Rangers in midst of special season

Texas leads the majors with 40 comeback wins, is on pace to set a modern era record for win percentage in one-run games and has more walk-offs this year than 2014 and '15 combined. Not too shabby.

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No comparison between Cubs, Rangers

Although the Rangers have the AL's best record, their plus-9 run differential is nowhere close to that of the NL-leading Cubs.