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1hAlden Gonzalez

Jose Fernandez helped make South Floridians love the Marlins again

Thanks to his talent, his youthful exuberance and a backstory familiar to many Cuban-Americans, Jose Fernandez captured Miami's heart. Watch coverage of his memorial procession on ESPN at 2 ET.

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19mSarah Barshop

Texans' Watt vows he 'will be back' from IR

J.J. Watt, who was put on injured reserve Wednesday, said in a tweet that he will face this adversity with a positive attitude and promised fans, "I will be back."

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Kellerman: The J.J. Watt era is over (2:01)
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Tebow homers on first pitch as a professional baseball player (0:28)
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How a ring catastrophe turned into a happy ending in New York (1:23)
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2hJohn Clayton

NFL executives predict Jay Cutler's future

The clock is ticking on Jay Cutler's time in Chicago. The Bears can release the QB this offseason with minimal impact on their future cap. They don't, however, have a ready-made replacement.

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2hBill Barnwell

Breakout picks from small-sample-size studs

Lions RB Theo Riddick and Broncos pass-rusher Shane Ray have shined in limited snaps. Which other part-time standouts could grow into larger roles? Bill Barnwell breaks it down.

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12hJoe McDonald

Stamkos says Canada's win 'wasn't our best'

Don't be fooled by the 3-1 score. Canada needs to make better decisions with the puck, limit its turnovers and win more puck battles in Game 2 against Europe at the World Cup.

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Mike Golic tackles the ghost pepper challenge (1:39)
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LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
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Curry schools teammate in practice (0:15)
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Co-Anchorman: The Legend of His & Hers (7:34)
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44mIain Macintosh

Allardyce saga with England is sad

After waiting so long for the job he felt he deserved, Sam Allardyce's world unravelled. And that, writes Iain Macintosh, is sad for several reasons.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Fans are waiting in line to write personal messages on the pillar.

MLB 

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

About 150 people are on the West Plaza at Marlins Park for Jose Fernandez. Crowd is quickly growing.

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Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Kyle Busch, the 2015 Sprint Cup champion, was honored by President Barack Obama today at The White House. Obama: "There were some people who thought we were going to see a Bush back here in The White House this year, but they didn't know it was going to be Kyle (Busch) – especially after he broke his leg and his foot at Daytona and missed the first three months of the season. But he hunkered down, displaying the same determination in rehab that he is known for on the track."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Just like his days at the University of Florida, Tim Tebow is still beating up on Vanderbilt athletes. This moment was storybook, too. On the first pitch of his first organized game since his junior year of high school, Tebow sent a 91 mph fastball over the left-center wall for a home run. After circling the bases, Tebow was greeted at the plate by his teammates, who had poured out of the dugout. Tebow had quietly taken those teenagers out to dinner Monday and to a movie on Tuesday after intrasquad games. The crowd, announced by the Mets at 269 for the instructional league game, also erupted as Tebow connected and circled the bases. The long ball came off 6-foot-5 left-hander John Kilichowski, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round out of Vanderbilt University in June.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

On the big screen outside Marlins Park.

MLB 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second day in a row, QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Jacoby Brissett (7) take part in the start of practice. Their level of participation will become known later Wednesday when the club releases its injury report.

NFL 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Les Miles firing: "When I heard the news, my stomach was sick. Les has been so genuinely kind to me and my family. I consider him a heck of a football coach and a better man. … He's the type of guy that every time you see him you see what you get. He's a genuine spirit that cares about people. That was difficult to see." Freeze's daughters are close with Miles as well. Freeze sat down and talked to them about Miles' firing.

NCAAF 

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McGlinchey on Brian Kelly saying everyone's job is up for grabs: "We are a 1-3 football team and things need to change." The Notre Dame captain adds: "Guys are fed up. We've had enough. We've had enough losing."

NCAAF 

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

After consulting the wise @LarryCoon, @espn's new latest estimate for the Steph Curry max next summer is a five-year, $165 million deal.

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Tebow homers on first pitch in first game
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On the first pitch he saw in his first game with the Mets' instructional league team, Tim Tebow smacked a home run to left field, sending his teammates into a wild celebration.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett says of his injured thumb: "Whatever it is, you just have to go out and deal with it."

NFL 

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston on Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian: "I think he's an amazing quarterback. I'm no quarterback guru, I've gotta focus on the defensive side of the ball, but he's been doing an amazing job and he's winning."

NFL 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on the firing of LSU's Les Miles: "I think in this world we all kind of bunker down. I have tremendous respect for Les." Bielema said he had a lot respect for Miles before he got to Arkansas and it was reinforced over the years. He had a lot of conversations with Miles but the best he had was about Miles' son and his college recruitment. "That was a pretty cool moment." Said Miles' demeanor, character and personality "just a class act." … "My guess is he won't be on the sideline very long and I'm sure he'll take advantage of it."

NCAAF 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Tebow swings at his first pitch as a professional. And it's a home run to left-center. His teammates go wild.

MLB 

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron with the covered up look at practice. CLE will have its first of three two-a-days of training camp today.

NBA 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said it's tough trying to make up for the loss of All-SEC cornerback Cam Sutton, who is out indefinitely with a fractured ankle, but hopes he can return this year. "You can't replace a Cam Sutton. Right now it's up to the body. We're anticipating that there's a possibility that he can get back for the last couple of games of the year. … It's really on how the body heels." Sutton is one of the league's top cover corners and had started all 41 games he had played in at Tennessee. He also ranks second all time at the school in passes defended.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Favre on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Matt Ryan: "I think Matt is a heck of a quarterback. I think he's proven that. But it's no secret here -- and I'm sure he knows it, too -- he's got to go further in the postseason to get that off his back. But I think he's very capable." Ryan is 1-4 in the playoffs.

NFL 

ESPN Stats and Information  

Louisville currently has a 55 percent chance to win its conference, best of any Power 5 school. If the Cardinals beat Clemson on Saturday, their chance to win the ACC will rise to approximately 82 percent, but if they lose, that chance will fall to about 23 percent, according to FPI.

NCAAF 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, at the podium in place of QBs, says, "No setbacks."

NFL 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama head coach Nick Saban on Les Miles firing. Evaluating the landscape of college football right now "I don't think things like this surprise me." Saban said that doesn't mean he agrees with it. He thinks that firing a head coach during the season "probably isn't the best way to go about it." Saban has had a lot of respect for Miles for a long time and thinks that there's a better way to handle that situation. Saban mentioned Miles' impressive winning percentage (77 percent) and added that "College football doesn't need to do these kinds of things, but what I think doesn't really matter."

NCAAF 

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida coach Jim McElwain on Les Miles getting fired at LSU. "This guy's done so much for this league. He's done so much on a national stage." McElwain said he feels for the families inside the organization. He complimented how Miles touched the lives of the players he worked with and the differences he's made for those people. "He's a guy we're gonna miss."

NCAAF 

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will not practice today as the team continues to evaluate his injured right knee. Jason Garrett would not say whether Bryant has had an MRI yet, which is curious since it is three days since the injury.

NFL 

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on whether opposing quarterbacks might start avoiding Chiefs CB Marcus Peters: "That's easier said than done. If you have a guy that eliminates one side of the field, as an offense you're kind of stuck. You have to pick and choose your battles."

NFL 

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on Chiefs CB Marcus Peters: "He catches every ball that's thrown his way. Offensive guys always make fun of defensive players, that they play defense for a reason, because they can't catch. Well, he can catch everything. If it hits him in the hands, he catches it. If it bounces up in the air, he catches it. What a tremendous talent."

NFL 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Patriots not making injured QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett available for the regular Wednesday news conference for the starting quarterback, TE Rob Gronkowski will take their place (11:45 a.m. ET).

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