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Who are college football's blue-blood programs?

It's a fun-but-complicated question: Who are college football's blue-blood programs? Our writers ranked all 128 and pinpointed the eight schools the sport wouldn't be the same without.

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1mKevin Pelton

Top 30 NBA free agents: Ranking 2017's best

The summer of 2017 has another loaded class of free agents. Kevin Pelton takes an early look at the top 30 potential free agents next year based on his projections.

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5hMatthew Berry

Breakouts, sleepers and best team names

Matthew Berry offers key fantasy football stats, facts and draft advice in 10 mostly short lists of 10, including top fantasy football team names submitted by fans.

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NBA players putting opponents on a poster (0:59)
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Riley Curry has the best playhouse in the land (0:52)
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A Ping-Pong serve you have to see to believe (0:15)
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Little League pitcher: 1, Camera: 0 (0:40)
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Ledecky throws first pitch as Harper holds her medals (0:43)
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Stephen A. rejects J.J. Watt's No. 1 NFL ranking (1:28)
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11hDan Arritt

Going back for thirds: Great sports trilogies

When it comes to great rivalries, good things can happen in threes. While talk about a third Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor fight gets louder, here are 10 classic sports trilogies worth revisiting.

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'Dr. Pepper guy' makes his CFP picks (1:20)
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Bryant, Rizzo making their cases for MVP (1:22)

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Triple-A Las Vegas beat up Tim Lincecum on Thursday night, tagging the ex-Giant for eight runs (five earned) in four innings. Brandon Nimmo had a two-run single and Kevin Plawecki had a two-run double against Lincecum and Salt Lake.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Everyone is up in arms over why thd Dodgers would trade A.J. Ellis, Clayton Kershaw's personal catcher and best buddy. It's simple though: Ellis ranks 347th out of 351 batters with at least 150 PAs in wOBA. They needed a better option available in case Yasmani Grandal gets injured.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons trailing 7-3 to Dolphins at half. The big story is the injuries to Julio Jones (ankle), Keanu Neal (knee), and Adrian Clayborn (shoulder). Matt Ryan not having the best night with an INT in the red zone and some incompletions under duress. Ryan is 11 of 20 for 106 yards. Defensively, Falcons started strong with Desmond Trufant pick off tip but there's no pressure coming consistently up front. Best rushes have been from Brooks Reed and RaShede Hageman.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is in full uniform and warming up with the team before tonight's game. Graham participated in some team drills during the week, Pete Carroll said. "He will be picking up steam here in the next couple weeks," added Carroll.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones standing and encouraging his teammates on the sideline while out with the ankle injury.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins RB Arian Foster has looked smooth tonight. If he stays healthy, there is no question about his fit in Adam Gase's system. Foster has the versatility to run routes out of the backfield and the one-cut running style to produce in Miami's zone schemes.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones is questionable to return with ankle injury

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones a little banged up after that deep ball. Slightly limped off field after drawing penalty

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins Pro Bowl S Reshad Jones gets his first interception of the preseason near the goal line against Falcons QB Matt Ryan. Good play by Jones, who returned it 17 yards.

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Carlos Gómez made his debut with the Rangers in a big way. In his first at-bat with the team, he hit a 3-run home run to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. The homer was his first in MLB since July 17.

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Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Gomez hits a three-run homer in his first at-bat for the Rangers, giving Texas 3-0 lead against Cleveland. Gomez, released by Houston earlier this month, was called up today after playing three games in Triple-A.

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Alcides Escobar is certainly not known for his power. Tonight, he hit his 2nd HR in August (23 games). He hit just 1 homer in April, May, June and July combined (104 games).

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

You know it's your night when you field a comebacker in between your legs with your back to home plate, like Max Scherzer just did. And when your line looks like this so far: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Pre-game photo before kickoff for the Dolphins and Falcons.

Adam Amin ESPN College Football 

Coach Mack Brown, Molly McGrath, and myself with "Corso" The Bison! In Fargo, preparing for Saturday's FCS Kickoff.

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Christian Yelich hit a deep fly ball to center field in the first inning Thursday that nearly left the playing field. The reason it didn't? Jarrod Dyson, who robbed the possible home run from Yelich. It was the first robbed home run in Marlins Park history.

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Another day, another gold medalist
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Wrestler Helen Maroulis, who captured gold in Rio, was honored before Thursday's Orioles-Nationals game, one day after Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch. However, Gio Gonzalez didn't have to hold Maroulis' medal for her.

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The view from the field between the Dolphins and Falcons in Orlando.

NBA players putting opponents on a poster
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Take a look at some of the most notable posterization dunks in NBA history.

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Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 13 TCU has its starting quarterback: Kenny Hill. Gary Patterson just made the announcement after the Frogs' practice today. The Texas A&M transfer had a good competition with sophomore Foster Sawyer. Hill's SEC experience and ability to make plays in the run game were hard to beat.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Malzahn announces that Sean White will be Auburn's starting quarterback Week 1 against Clemson. "All three guys competed at s very high level. I just felt like it was time to name a starter, and Sean won the job."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban said things will change with USC prep beginning tomorrow: "It's time now -- a little bit judgment day -- of who we're going to coach." Still no decision on who starts at QB, though.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers are bringing three-time Pro Bowl free safety Donte Whitner in for a workout on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported. The 31-year-old could be a big addition to a young secondary. Bringing him in also could mean the Panthers aren't convinced Tre Boston is ready to take over the job. Injuries at safety also could be an issue. Trenton Robinson suffered a shoulder injury in last week's preseason game at Tennessee after having a good camp. Whitner was released by Cleveland in April in part of a roster overhaul.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan taking a moment with a fan before game time.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst has announced fifth-year senior Bart Houston will be the team's starting quarterback for the season opener against LSU. He beats out redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook, who will be the backup. "I felt like Bart did everything that he needed to do and earned the right to get the start," Chryst said. Houston has appeared in 15 career games, and this will mark his first career start.