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#NFLrank 25-1: J.J. Watt tops list of NFL's best players -- again

Our panel of 50-plus NFL experts picks the greatest 100 players in the NFL headed into the 2016 season. The top spot goes to Texans DE J.J. Watt, but there are a few surprises among the rest.

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Harrison, NFL to talk Thursday about PED report

James Harrison will meet with NFL investigators on Thursday instead of Aug. 30 over the Al-Jazeera report in which he was one of five players linked to performance-enhancing drug use.

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Betts' power arm shocks Kiermaier at third (0:37)
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Golic unfazed by Norman's warning to OBJ (1:58)
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Relive the Michigan-Michigan State finale with Legos (0:26)
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That Place Is Gonna Rock And Roll

You had to see it to believe it. Jimmy Connors had no business playing the 1991 US Open -- never mind going on one of the most improbable runs this game has ever seen.

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Josh Norman sounds off on OBJ, Goodell and more

The self-described "best cornerback on Earth" hasn't forgotten his feud with Odell Beckham Jr.: "They're going to have to put a bubble of protection around him, because it's going to be bad."

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High schooler jukes teammate out of his shorts (0:25)
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Dinosaurs running amok in Oakland (0:17)
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Syracuse soccer team puts on otherworldly locker room show (0:35)
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SportsCenter celebrates 'Kobe Bryant Day' (2:27)
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Rob Gronkowski's unprecedented TD dominance

Rob Gronkowski has spent the better part of his six NFL seasons celebrating touchdowns. With plenty of material to choose from, Matt Bowen ranks Gronk's best TDs.

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Wednesday training camp preview for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation assesses what to watch across the league on Wednesday, including updates on the health of wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Josh Doctson, who are both trying to play in Week 1.

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ESPN reacts to Tebow's baseball transition (1:48)
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    Hardy, Vincent bring women's boxing back to national stage

    On Aug. 21, undefeated rivals Shelly Vincent and Heather Hardy entered the ring for a 10-round title bout in Coney Island. But beyond a belt, both fighters wanted to show that women's boxing could be prime-time entertainment.

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15hCFB Vegas Experts

Title bets, over/under projections for Top 25

Which teams can win the College Football Playoff? Which are worth betting on? Phil Steele, Chris Fallica and Stanford Steve examine in a comprehensive betting preview of the top 25 teams.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nine Ravens not at Wednesday's practice including two starters (NT Brandon Williams and G John Urschel) as well as TE Dennis Pitta (finger), TE Maxx Williams (undisclosed) and CB Jerraud Powers (undisclosed)

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Flacco ready to play Friday after strong camp
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Adam Schefter examines Joe Flacco's training camp with the Ravens and Flacco announcing that he will play in Baltimore's third preseason game.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton stopped to pick up backup QB Joe Webb and others on his golf cart ride to practice. Center Ryan Kalil seemed quite happy about it.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Charles "Peanut" Tillman back for a third straight day to work with the Panthers' secondary. If he keeps this up Ron Rivera will have to put him on the payroll.

Feigen apologizes for drawing attention away from Olympics
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Mike & Mike react to the apology U.S. swimmer Jimmy Feigen issued through his lawyers' website for his involvement in the international fiasco Feigen and his fellow teammates caused in Rio.

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Handing out the 2016 Herbies
NCAAF 

LSU's Leonard Fournette is among the winners in Kirk Herbstreit's college football awards. See his conference and playoff picks as well, and tune in to the "Herbies Preseason Special" tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Check it out

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Celebrating 'Kobe Bryant Day'
NBA 

In honor of the city of Los Angeles declaring Aug. 24, 2016 'Kobe Bryant Day,' SportsCenter looks back at some of Kobe's top career moments.

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NFL players turn to deep freeze recovery
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Michael Rothstein examines the increased use of cryospas and cryosaunas in the NFL as the technology becomes more popular.

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Ranking Gronk's top 10 touchdowns
NFL 

Rob Gronkowski has spent the better part of his six seasons in the NFL celebrating touchdowns. Matt Bowen ranks Gronk's best TDs. See the list (Insider)

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Watt tops list of the NFL's best players
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Our experts have spoken, and their consensus pick for the best player in the NFL heading into the 2016 season is Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. #NFLrank 25-1

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Hamilton amazingly tracks down gapper
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If any other center fielder had been patrolling Great American Ball Park, Adrian Beltre probably would have had extra bases. But Billy Hamilton isn't most center fielders.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harrison will meet with NFL on Thursday at 11 a.m., Harrison's agent Bill Parise confirms. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported. Harrison had originally proposed Aug. 30. Moves up five days.

Football player shows no mercy to teammate
High School 

During one-on-one drills in practice, a football player jukes out his teammate, causing him to fall to the ground, and his team goes crazy over the play.

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Cubs fans thrilled to catch KB homer
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Kris Bryant took a pitch over the wall in left for a solo home run -- and straight into a pack of excited Cubs fans in San Diego.

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Relive the crazy ending ... with Legos
NCAAF 

Watch the thrilling ending to last season's Michigan-Michigan State game, reenacted in Legos.

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UNC freshman phenom dunks on student
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North Carolina freshman Seventh Woods puts down a windmill dunk over a UNC student.

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Dinosaurs run amok in Oakland
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Athletics fans are known to be a rowdy bunch, and that includes some fans dating back 65 million years.

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Nebraska unveils new uniforms
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The Cornhuskers players were pumped when they saw their new gear for this season.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta doesn't just excel at pitching. He's a pretty good hitter too. His triple on Tuesday night was the third of his career. That's the most among active pitchers. Arrieta also has four home runs since the start of last season. Only Madison Bumgarner of the Giants has more (8).

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the best developments for the Cardinals this month has been the emergence of 21-year old Alex Reyes, the team's top pitching prospect, who has worked 9 2/3 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts. He discussed his recent success.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Robert Gsellman reacts after earning the win in relief in his major league debut after Jon Niese abruptly departed with a knee injury.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he is unaware of any new discomfort with Yoenis Cespedes' right leg despite the appearance on TV of Cespedes having some difficulty.

Ellsbury's homer gives Yankees the lead
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Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury launches a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to give New York a 3-1 lead over Seattle. (Live on ESPN)

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says Robert Gsellman would be the logical choice to start Sunday against the Phillies, especially if Jon Niese lands on the disabled list because of his left knee discomfort.