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Tantalizing TCU has a chance to surprise

The Horned Frogs were overlooked by our Mark Schlabach once, but that's not a mistake he plans on making again. With home dates against both Oklahoma teams, he thinks TCU is primed to make those who underrated the squad eat their words. Most pressing questions (Insider)

Lineup: Rangers (73-53) at Reds (54-71)

  • 1. Ian Desmond, CF (R)
  • 2. Carlos Beltran, RF (S)
  • 3. Adrian Beltre, 3B (R)
  • 4. Rougned Odor, 2B (L)
  • 5. Jonathan Lucroy, C (R)
  • 6. Mitch Moreland, 1B (L)
  • 7. Nomar Mazara, LF (L)
  • 8. Elvis Andrus, SS (R)
  • 9. Yu Darvish, RHP
  • Daily lineups

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor DB Travon Blanchard is expected to miss the Bears' Sept. 2 opener against Northwestern State after undergoing minor knee surgery today. Blanchard is one of the team's best players and leaders on defense. Expect senior Patrick Levels to fill in for Blanchard in the hybrid "Bear" safety/linebacker role.

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Longhorns nominated for Herbie Awards

Kirk Herbstreit picks Texas as his Big 12 sleeper. He also selects OC Sterlin Gilbert as one of the top five impact coordinator hires. Malik Jefferson is named among the top "enforcers" on defense. 2016 Herbies

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Is Lucroy MLB's top defensive catcher?

Jonathan Lucroy doesn't have a cannon for an arm, but he's above average when it comes to pitch-framing and game-calling. Does Keith Law rank him No. 1 with the glove? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Official visit schedule for five-star PG Trae Young: Oklahoma: Sept. 16 Texas Tech: Sept. 29 Kentucky: Oct. 14 Kansas: Oct. 21 Washington & OK State: TBD Young is No. 15 in the ESPN 100 and the No. 2 point guard.

Longhorns still looking for answer at QB

You'd think it would be easy for Texas of all teams to recruit and develop good quarterback play, but recent history says otherwise. Charlie Strong's job might hinge on getting this QB decision right. Most pressing questions (Insider)

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Hamilton's future in Texas is a mystery

Even if the Rangers re-sign him, Josh Hamilton will be 36 years old and coming off missing an entire season and most of another. That's a lottery ticket at best, David Schoenfield writes. Five things we learned Tuesday

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Could bottom fall from Mavericks?

Dallas hasn't had a losing season since 1999-2000, the year that Mark Cuban bought the team midseason. Kevin Pelton, using ESPN's real plus-minus, isn't sure that Rick Carlisle can keep that streak going this season. Projected W-L records for 2016-17 (Insider)

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Tyron Smith lands in top 25 of #NFLRank

Capping off the Cowboys' six selections -- all offensive players, by the way -- is Smith, the uber-gifted left tackle. He climbed nine spots from last year's edition and finished second among all O-linemen. #NFLRank: 25-1

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Handing out the 2016 Herbie Awards

Kirk Herbstreit reveals the candidates and winners of his 2016 Herbie Awards and makes his playoff picks. Check out "The Herbies Preseason Special" tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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