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Sequoia Gateway director Marvin Lopez talks with his soccer team.
Bountiful harvests
California's Central Valley is home to some of the most fertile fields in the world. Thanks to benefactors such as Amalia and Marvin Lopez, it's also home to a scholastic soccer program that supports and encourages fertile minds. Story

Crasnick: There's more to Piniella than meets the eye
Manager Lou Piniella is ascending to higher ground as the Cubs try to outlast Milwaukee in the quest for their first postseason appearance since 2003.

Nelson: Pedro's Labor Day payoff
Pedro Martinez's 11-month journey back from shoulder surgery produced a victorious comeback and an immediate boost for the pennant-chasing Mets.

Crasnick: The best of "Big Z" on display
Carlos Zambrano is prone to severe highs and lows, but all that matters to the Cubs is that he's pitching like an ace in September.

Mets' El Duque to miss next start with foot injury
The New York Mets are hoping a little more rest will be enough to heal Orlando Hernandez's sore right foot.

Agent: Cuban slugger Ramirez coming to MLB
Baseball agent Jaime Torres told ESPN that Alexei Ramirez, who led the Cuban league in home runs this season as an infielder/outfielder for Pinar del Rio, has left Cuba and intends to file for residency in the Dominican Republic.

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Perfect marketing storm
The endorsement world is in hot pursuit of the NFL's next marketing star, and why not? He has the looks, the talent and crossover Latino appeal. All Tony Romo needs now is a Super Bowl. Story
Growing the game
Chargers' defensive end Luis Castillo and other Hispanic players didn't grow up with football. So how did they find their way to it? Some, like Castillo, had to go through mom to get there. Story
Postive impact player
Hall of Fame tackle Anthony Munoz, who has been a positive role model for years, crows about today's Hispanic NFL players such as Jeff Garcia and Roberto Garza because "they get it." Story
Latina influence
The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month gives us a chance to reflect on how much we can learn about Latina athletes, such as golfer Lorena Ochoa and softball players Lisa Fernandez. Story
Clemente Award
Roberto Clemente represented the very best of baseball's spirit, and six current Hispanic players are finalists to represent his legacy when this year's Roberto Clemente Award winner is named. Story
Ferocious Fernando
Boxer Fernando Vargas, who was born in California after his parents left Mexico, has a story similar to those of other kids who had to prove their courage, character and audacity in the streets. Story
Stephanie Lopez is the first woman of Hispanic descent to play a major role for the U.S. women's national soccer team, but as's Graham Hays writes, that's just the start. Story
Language class
In Kansas City, Royals' catcher Mike Sweeney brushed up on his high-school Spanish to help his teammates feel comfortable and keep up with his pitchers, writes Elizabeth Merrill. Story
Playoff pacing
October is looming, and Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero knows what he has to do. That, though, doesn't mean he likes it, writes ESPN The Magazine's Jorge Arangure Jr. Story
Speed thrills
Mets' speedster Jose Reyes is likely to finish the regular season with more than 80 stolen bases. But his coach, record-holder Rickey Henderson, believes that's just a start. Story
New ring leader
He's won titles in six weight classes and shared the ring with some of the best fighters of his generation. Oscar De La Hoya is also the proud owner of Ring magazine, which he promises not to influence editorially, writes Dan Rafael. Story
Watching Escobar
Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar isn't a household name, but with the Cy Young-caliber season he's having, opponents are taking notice. They'll get a closer look in October. Amy K. Nelson video piece ESPN Video
Impact player
Carlos Delgado has been one of baseball's most productive hitters for more than a decade. The Mets' first baseman might be one of the most underestimated stars of his generation, writes Enrique Rojas of Story
KO High
A troubled bunch of kids in an L.A. high school are replacing fighting in the hallways with fighting in the ring. The result? A new lease on life and hope for a future, writes Kieran Mulvaney. Story