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For South Florida Cubans, watching Jose Fernandez pitch felt like freedom

He was on his way to a $200 million contract, but the Marlins ace was about so much more than baseball. Jose Fernandez's exile story was our story. And his joy for playing the game was unmatched.

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QB Wilson's status uncertain with MCL sprain

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has a sprained MCL in his left knee, and his status for the team's Week 4 game against the New York Jets is uncertain.

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Skins safety Hall out for season with torn ACL

Washington Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall tore the right ACL in his knee and will miss the remainder of the season. It's the third straight season in which injuries have shortened his year.

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Stacking the NFL's best defenses

Teams that have started Joe Flacco, Trevor Siemian, Carson Wentz, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have a combined ZERO losses. It's a time to praise defenses.

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Biggest NFL injuries of Week 3

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17hJoe McDonald

Pride the root of Europe's success

A complete unknown and a bit of a joke early on, Europe has come together and proved with its win over Sweden and a berth in the finals against Canada that it is the real thing.

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How the World Cup will be won

Team Europe is a big underdog against Canada in the World Cup final. How will the series play out? Who will be the heroes? Craig Custance explores.

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Pitcher Jose Fernandez is still being honored on the scoreboard outside Marlins Park. The team will wear his No. 16 jerseys tonight against the Mets.

MLB 

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving on Ty Lue: "I know he has an incredible game plan for us. I know we're going to be running our a-- off."

NBA 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

A memorial with flowers and remembrances is now growing outside Marlins Park in memory of Jose Fernandez.

MLB 

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama DB Tony Brown and DL Johnny Dwight will return from suspension this week against Kentucky. "They've done all the things that they needed to do," Nick Saban said. "We're very happy to have them back." Brown, a former five-star recruit, had 16 tackles, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble last year.

NCAAF 

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

The ACC has four teams ranked in the Top 14, including two in the Top 5 -- helping boost the league's overall strength. At the end of last season, the league ranked No. 5 in the ESPN Stats & Information conference power rankings. Today, the league is No. 3 through four weeks, with only four points separating the Top 3.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he talked to the league about why wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was called for a block to the back to negate a 56-yard touchdown catch by Fozzy Whittaker in the first half of Sunday's loss to Minnesota. "It's one of those things where Kelvin has his hands on the guy on the inside portion [of his body], the guy turns to run by Kelvin and he pushes him,'' Rivera said. "It's one of those things you'd like to say, ‘At that point, you need to let him go and let Fozzy do his thing.' It's hard because he was engaged. I talked to the league about it just to make sure on why it was called.''

NFL 

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Against Oakland, the Titans ran 10 plays with three tight ends and even one play with three running backs. They ran fewer plays with three wide receivers than any team in the NFL, 18. Doesn't help that they don't have three good wide receivers.

NFL 

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

A steady stream of fans kept a vigil at the Jose Fernandez tribute outside Marlins Park six hours before tonight's game against the Mets.

MLB 

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says it would be selfish of him to think of himself and his job situation instead of trying to help players get better. Says GM Dave Caldwell and owner Shad Khan have given him a lot of support.

NFL 

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on Brad Marchand: "What I like about Brad, and I'm being very honest about that, is that he's such a professional. He's not done trying to get better. He's not going to sit on his contract and say, ‘I've got it done now, I can relax.' He's got visions of greater things and I know that because I've had him for a long time. I've said all along, for all the things people have heard or seen from him, the things they don't see is a guy that comes to every game extremely prepared and professional on how he gets ready to play. He's so serious when he comes to the rink at night, as far as getting ready. He can have fun and clown around with the guys in practices, but when it comes to games it's all business and he's got it figured out. You've got to enjoy the game and you also have to know when it's time to put your head into your job and he's got that figured out real well."

NHL 

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

LSU athletics director Joe Alleva declined to answer a reporter's question about paying Les Miles a buyout of more than $10 million at a time when the university's budget is being drastically reduced by the state legislature. An LSU spokesman said Monday was "Orgeron's news conference."

NCAAF 

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nerlens Noel does say he loves the city of Philadelphia and the fans. Not anything personal with Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, who he's friendly with. "I think the perfect future is for me to be utilized on the court."

NBA 

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Orgeron promises to "flip the script" at LSU, making a series of small changes from the Les Miles era that he hopes will make a difference. Tweaking the offense is probably the biggest change. Another: "Less time on the practice field, more time in the meeting room," Orgeron said.

NCAAF 

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Orgeron said he's learned a lot since he went 10-25 as Ole Miss' head coach from 2005-07. "I was full speed ahead," Orgeron said. "I was coaching the defensive line. I was coaching the receivers and quarterbacks, and I don't know anything about it. I wanted to do it my way." Orgeron said he will delegate a lot more responsibilities as LSU's interim coach. "There are some things I know how to do and some things I don't know how to do."

NCAAF 

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' center logjam: "I don't see it working. Obviously things need to be moved around (as far as the roster)."

NBA 

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Bobby Petrino was asked about his name coming up as a possible candidate at LSU and said, "I'm not interested in going anywhere. ... We feel like we have everything going in the right direction."

NCAAF 

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says Telvin Smith playing at a high level. Has really grown as a player. Comfort level increases.

NFL 

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron promises to run a more creative offense with Steve Ensminger replacing Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator. "We're going to spread the ball out a little bit," Orgeron said, adding that he plans to have "short, easy throws for the quarterback and move the ball downfield."

NCAAF 

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Marlins players will wear No. 16 jerseys tonight against the Mets to pay their respects to pitcher Jose Fernandez.

MLB 

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Orgeron said he'll make changes to LSU's offense, which ranks 119th in passing among 128 FBS teams. Orgeron said the Tigers will still run the ball a lot, but will use quick, short passes to move the ball down the field. "I want to see our players win again," he said. "I want to see them happy."

NCAAF 

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben McAdoo says about CBs Eli Apple (hamstring) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin): "We're not going to rule anybody out right now." Giants have a long week. They don't play until Monday night in Minnesota.

NFL 

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says team has to learn how to win games in crunch time, to develop attitude of killer instinct.

NFL 

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst's praise for Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was effusive. "He's got to be the best player in college football right now," Chryst said. Chryst noted Peppers' ability to impact the game in three phases and said he is a natural at all three.

NCAAF 

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on Brad Marchand's new contract: "Well, I think it's great for everybody. To me, that contract was a win-win situation for both sides. It's a well-deserved contract for Brad. The way he's grown as a player, as a person and everything else, he's become an elite player, so he's been rewarded for it. At the same time, I really feel it's a friendly cap hit for our hockey club for the type of player he is, so I think both sides won on this, I really do. You hope that's a great example of more of those to come."

NHL 

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

"Coach O" takes the podium as LSU's interim coach. "What's up fellas?" Orgeron said. "It's a great day at LSU." Orgeron said tweaks will be made to the staff. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is associate head coach; Steve Ensminger is OC and QBs coach and Pete Jenkins is returning as DL coach. "We spent all morning trying to figure out how to turn this thing around," Orgeron said.

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