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2hSam Khan Jr.

Greg Ward Jr.'s Heisman campaign goes prime time vs. UConn

Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. will get to make his Heisman Trophy case to a national audience Thursday night against UConn (8 p.m. ET on ESPN).

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2hRich Cimini

Revis on Sherman feud: 'We're not going there'

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis interrupted a reporter in mid-question when Richard Sherman's name was mentioned in relation to their acrimonious history. "We're not going there," Revis said.

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3hMatthew Berry

Love, hate and celebrity

Matthew Berry offers the players he loves and hates for Week 4 and reveals the celebrity he picked to teach fantasy football this season in his quest to get every man, woman and child to play.

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5hJayson Stark

Your guide to baseball's final-week madness

No need to wait for October -- this last stretch of September is going to be a classic. Can't keep all the wild-card excitement straight? Here's what matters most.

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David Ortiz: The Last Walk Off - Chapter Four (5:22)
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McCaffrey: Football takes 'Insane preparation' (2:57)
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4hESPN.com

Was the World Cup of Hockey a success?

As the 2016 World Cup winds down, we wondered: Did the best-on-best tournament deliver? Our writers weigh in on the upshot of Canada's dominance, North America's dazzling run and Team USA's flop.

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50mSean Hurd

Team USA honored by President Obama

Despite the awe-inspiring athleticism of the Rio Olympians, there is one person who can turn them into regular gushing fans: President Obama.

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11hMatt Bowen

Vontaze Burfict is a villain I'd love to play with

NFL defenses thrive off physicality and intimidation. So when Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict returns to the field on Thursday night, he'll have a palpable effect on his teammates, writes Matt Bowen.

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Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Judging by the sheer number of David Ortiz jerseys outside Yankee Stadium tonight -- including fans wearing both Yankees AND Red Sox apparel, Big Papi probably can expect a warm reception on the occasion of his final game in the Bronx. We asked a few fans -- those wearing Yankees gear only for this exercise -- whether they plan to cheer or boo him and why. Believe it or not, despite the bitter rivalry, almost all the answers we got were family friendly.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

One of the bases that will be used today for David Ortiz's last game with the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Finally! The opening foursomes (alternate shot) session for the Ryder Cup has been announced. Here are the first four matches for Friday morning: Match 1: Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed vs. Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson Match 2: Phil Mickelson/Rickie Fowler vs. Rory McIlroy/Andy Sullivan Match 3: Zach Johnson/Jimmy Walker vs. Sergio Garcia/Martin Kaymer Match 4: Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar vs. Lee Westwood/Thomas Pieters

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Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos receivers like what they've seen from quarterback Trevor Siemian this week as he is coming off a 312-yard, four-touchdown day last Sunday in the win over the Bengals. Here's what Emmanuel Sanders had to say after today's practice: "Tell you what, today was one of the best practices I've seen him have, you know, in terms of the ball when it was coming how it was spinning, how accurate he was and the height of the ball. He's getting better and better … Maybe he's sitting at home watching SportsCenter, seeing his name and his jersey sales going up. And that's all right.''

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his plans for this weekend. Relievers will be "choreographed" while his regulars will play but bench guys are still going to get some at bats.

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Just talked to Dolphins WR DeVante Parker who said he will play tonight. He's listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

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Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Statement from Josh Gordon "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility. This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process." Statement from Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown on Josh Gordon "We support Josh in taking this step to seek additional help and treatment. His singular focus must be on his own health. We want nothing more than for Josh to be successful personally and professionally and will not comment on his status with the organization at this time."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon sporting his Lafayette College jersey.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the RVs already parked a few hundred yards west of Clemson's Memorial Stadium. The lot starting is already starting to fill in anticipation for Saturday's game.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Four days after Vin Scully called his last home game for the Dodgers, another broadcasting legend will say farewell to his home fans. The Padres have honored Dick Enberg by painting his famous catchphrase on the outfield grass. Oh my!

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs practiced today without either of their starting cornerbacks, Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines. Peters missed practice for the second straight day because of the flu while Gaines has a sore knee. Also, running back Jamaal Charles was again listed on the injury report as a limited practice participant.

Kevin Maguire Golf 

Ran into these three guys -- Joey Burton, Brad Glogowski and Shea Connolly -- this afternoon at the Ryder Cup. Why did they decide to wear the ugliest shirts in the history of the Ryder Cup? Because they are the uniforms from the 1999 matches where the Americans made their largest comeback in Cup history. A little karma from that epic rally at Brookline couldn't hurt, right?

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Just to be clear, Bengals TE Tyler Eifert will not play tonight. If you optimistically put him into your fantasy line up, get him out.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Chris Coghlan discuss his ankle injury which he says is very mild.

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star prospect Hamidou Diallo is eligible to skip college and go straight to the NBA, but told ESPN, "I'm sticking to going to college." Diallo said he graduated high school last June and is now doing a post-grad year -- the same rule Thon Maker used to enter the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz likely will get two at-bats tonight, per Red Sox manager John Farrell, who said Big Papi felt "obligation" to play in final game at Yankee Stadium . But Ortiz's at-bats aren't expected to be dialed back at all over the weekend at Fenway Park.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs players are wearing football jerseys on getaway day in Pittsburgh. Addison Russell, Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist are wearing Walter Payton while Kris Bryant is sporting a Mike Ditka jersey. Chris Coghlan has Barry Sanders hanging in his locker stall.

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Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Paul Pierce says he isn't planning a farewell tour, but he's willing to accept retirement gifts from opposing teams.

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Keep an eye on Miami's play calling tonight. The Dolphins are among the NFL's worst on third down and Adam Gase told me, "when you're bad on third down, the way to fix that is not to get in third down". To me that sounds like code for more aggressive play calling on early downs.

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Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Kevin Garnett (with the towel wrapped around his head) coaching the Clippers' rookie big men, Brice Johnson and Diamond Stone, at the team's third day of training camp at UC Irvine.

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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL has confirmed Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory will be suspended for the first 14 games of the season for multiple violations of the substance abuse policy. He finishes a four-game suspension Sunday but will miss the next 10 games. He is eligible to return to practice on Dec. 19.

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Arindam Rej ESPN FC 

Wayne Rooney was greeted warmly when he came on - showing Man United's desperation - and his mis-kick promptly led to Zlatan Ibrahimovic putting them ahead. It's been a happy few minutes for the captain after being left out of the starting line-up again.

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Who's ready for a little World Cup of Hockey finals action? Coming soon: Canada vs. Europe, 8 ET, ESPN2.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers have lost two consecutive games and still have the NL's best record in September at 16-9.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had high praise for rookie Alex Reyes, who will try to keep the team in contention tonight vs. the Reds:

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