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Follow live: Major return for Rafael Nadal

Two-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal, who missed 2½ months this summer because of a left wrist injury, opens play against Denis Istomin. Watch first-round coverage live on ESPN; catch Day 1 action all day on ESPN app/WatchESPN.

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Why Bosa's holdout won't affect his play

Joey Bosa and the Chargers were finally able to agree to a contract, but how will his holdout affect his production? Football Outsiders analyzes the true impact of top talents sitting out camp.

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The Dak Prescott Experience: Can Dallas still compete?

Does Dak Prescott's big preseason mean anything? Is this Tony Romo's last year? Are the Cowboys still favorites in the NFC East? You have questions, Bill Barnwell has answers -- and predictions.

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2hIan O'Connor

You can call Colin Kaepernick wrong, but don't call him un-American

You can call it plenty of things -- and Colin Kaepernick has already seen an onslaught -- but don't make the mistake of saying that what the 49ers QB did is an affront to our American ideals.

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Little Big Men

During the Little League World Series, 11-and 12-year-old boys become superstars. So we asked them to flash their favorite superhero pose and explain what it was really like to play on the big stage.

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6hCorey Pronman

Ranking every NHL team by prospect pipeline

Which NHL team has the best group of prospects heading into the 2016-17 season? Corey Pronman ranks them 1-30, with the Maple Leafs in the top spot.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Two points away from an upset win against John Isner, Frances Tiafo committed a couple of costly mistakes late in the third-set tiebreaker. But the 18-year-old still leads 2 sets to 1.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (ankle) will return to the practice field either Wednesday or Monday in preparation for Tampa Bay in the opener.

A visual look at Romo’s L1 compression fracture

Stephania Bell explains the damage QB Tony Romo suffered to his back during the Cowboys' preseason game against the Seahawks.


Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

Kubiak said Paxton Lynch is expected to play the whole game Thursday night in Arizona because " he needs every rep."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Marlins lineup for Monday's 7:10 p.m. ET opener against the Mets at Citi Field:

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

On Trevor Siemian Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said "he's earned the right" to be the starter and said "I believe in this team."

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien also said right tackle Derek Newton (hamstring) could return to the practice field this week, and there is "a good chance" he could play in the first game. "I think Derek Newton's doing better," O'Brien said. "I think he's made a lot of progress. I think he'll be able to move around this week. Whether we play him against Dallas, that's to be determined. But I do think he can do some things out on the practice field this week."

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Richard Sherman on Colin Kaepernick: "There is some depth and some truth into what he was doing. I think he could have picked a better platform and a better way to do it. But every day, they say athletes are so robotic and do everything by the book. And then when somebody takes a stand like that, he gets his head chopped off."

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU's Leonard Fournette and Jamal Adams have been talking about winning a championship since playing together at the Under Armour All-America Game in 2014. Entering their junior -- and probably final, since both players are projected first-round picks if they enter the 2017 NFL draft -- college season, they lead what should be the best Tigers team since 2011. Fournette, by the way, says his sprained ankle has fully recovered and he's good to go for Saturday's game against Wisconsin after taking it easy in his return to practice last week.


Bosa needs to get in football shape in a hurry

Tom Waddle and Jerome Bettis believe there is some injury concern with Joey Bosa because of how quickly Bosa will need to get in football game shape before the season starts.


Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas did not release a depth chart and did not name a starting quarterback today. Charlie Strong says he's trying to give Notre Dame as little info as possible. We'll see if that extra secrecy pays off on Sunday night.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter: "I think it's safe to say that we'll probably keep three quarterbacks...we put a lot of time into Ryan Griffin and I think he's proven that he's capable of being a backup in this league. And it's not a big secret that Mike Glennon is going into the last year of his contract."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer has known about Tim Tebow's plans to give baseball a shot for a while, and not surprisingly, he continues to believe his former QB at Florida can accomplish what he sets his mind to doing. "Incredible, incredible baseball player," Meyer said reflecting on watching him in high school. " ... I'm very biased and everybody knows that, but don't count him out."


Is Broncos' Siemian worst Week 1 starter ever for defending champ?

With former seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian being named the Broncos' QB, Aaron Schatz ranks the five worst Week 1 starters for defending Super Bowl champions. Yikes!

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said all the cuts down to 75 have been done already.

Harbaugh on Kaepernick: I don’t respect the action

Colin Kaepernick's former coach Jim Harbaugh does not respect Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem, although Harbaugh acknowledges Kaepernick's right to do so.


Chargers and Bosa make amends with deal

NFL Insiders react to the news that rookie Joey Bosa has signed a four-year deal with the Chargers.


Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien was asked about Colin Kaepernick not standing for the national anthem, and what he requires of his team. "I'm going to just tell you that we encourage our players to stand for the national anthem to honor their country," O'Brien said. "That's the way we handle it. I'm not going to speak about any other team. I know the league issued a statement on it. I know that Mr. McNair, myself, Rick Smith are big believers in standing for the national anthem. "Again, I'm a football coach. I'm in charge of coaching the Houston Texans. I'm not going to comment on any other team."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona Cardinals CB Mike Jenkins has a torn ACL and will be placed on IR, coach Bruce Arians said.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions HC Jim Caldwell said he won't put a mandate on his players to stand during the anthem. If a player chose to do that, he would discuss it with them to find out reasons. Said Colin Kaepernick has right to sit during anthem, but doesn't necessarily agree with it.

Why Bosa's holdout will not affect his play

Joey Bosa and the Chargers were finally able to agree to a contract, but how will his holdout affect his production? Story (Insider)

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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey on Stanford's defense: "I think they're going to shock the world... I think they're going to open a lot of eyes."

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Roger Federer might not be playing this season, but he sure takes up a lot of real estate among the many pictures in the corridor underneath Arthur Ashe Stadium.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

How important is the back-shoulder pass to then Packers' offense? The receivers even practice catching those off the JUGS machine.