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Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama co-starting QBs Cooper Bateman (18) and Blake Barnett (8). Nick Saban still hasn't hinted who will take the first snap Saturday against USC.

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Dodgers with good odds to win NL West?

In the aftermath of the trade deadline, the Dodgers and Giants were projected to finish in a virtual tie for first place in the NL West. Is that still the case, or does Los Angeles have the edge given San Francisco's recent struggles? Updated ZiPS playoff odds (Insider)

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Will UCLA silence the crowd?

If the fans are loud, UCLA might be in for a rude awakening. Texas A&M hosts as a three-point home favorite. Will the maroon and white cover? Week 1 CFB best bets (Insider)

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Signs point to Fisher staying beyond 2016

True, Jeff Fisher hasn't delivered a winning season with the Rams in four tries. But Adam Caplan sees the team's decision to draft a quarterback first overall as an indication that Fisher has been given more time to develop a winner. NFL Hot Seat Index (Insider)

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Will Bama roll over USC?

As an 11-point favorite, Alabama begins its season in Jerry World against fellow CFB power USC (8 p.m. ET, ABC). Can the defending champion cover the number in the highly-anticipated opener? Week 1 CFB best bets (Insider)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

It's been such a trying year for the Dodgers with injuries that manager Dave Roberts was asked if he has been able to write down anything in pen all year. "The date," Roberts said without hesitation.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

After throwing 40 warm-up pitches before Tuesday's game, Rich Hill is only probable for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader. Manager Dave Roberts said Hill will be a game-time decision. Some more Dodgers roster juggling could be ahead. Stay tuned.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Austin Barnes, Louis Coleman, Luis Avilan and Josh Ravin among first Dodgers call-ups when rosters expand.

Lineup: Dodgers (73-58) at Rockies (63-68)

Game 1 of doubleheader:

  • 1. Howie Kendrick, LF (R)
  • 2. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  • 3. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  • 4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  • 5. Rob Segedin, RF (R)
  • 6. Enrique Hernandez, CF (R)
  • 7. Carlos Ruiz, C (R)
  • 8. Charlie Culberson, SS (R)
  • 9. Ross Stripling, RHP
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Keep an eye out for Jose De Leon

De Leon has been one of the best pitchers in the minors over the past month, and he has the high-powered arsenal to back that up. With the Dodgers in the playoff hunt, he could be huge for their pitching staff, Christopher Crawford writes. Prospects to watch in September (Insider)

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Kanell has confidence in Max Browne against Alabama (1:30)
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Gaborik: 'Want to connect with Anze in W.C.'

Kings RW Marian Gaborik chats with Scott Burnside about his offseason, the youth hockey camp he runs in his hometown, World Cup of Hockey preparation with Team Europe, playing in L.A. with teammate Anze Kopitar and more.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Some illustrations of the Lakers' new training facility, set to open in summer of 2017:

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers' new training facility, expected to be completed by the summer of 2017, will be called the UCLA Health Training Center.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

My two favorite expected September call-ups are Yoan Moncada of the Red Sox and Jose DeLeon of the Dodgers. More on Baseball Tonight 7pm et on ESPN.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Dodgers will not be trading Puig after being claimed on trade waivers at least until the off-season. The claiming team had more interest in blocking than making an earnest attempt to trade for him according to source

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

As of Wednesday morning there's no change at QB, according to Nick Saban. Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett are still the two candidates to play against USC. Saban said he's looking for "consistency in performance" as a deciding factor.