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5mDoug Padilla

Ross Stripling's bright Dodgers future has legs now

DENVER – Remember when Ross Stripling nearly fired a no-hitter in his major league debut at San Francisco in April? Who does not?Well, Stripling does not pitch like that anymore … and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

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.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

One area to watch when Alabama kicks off against USC on Saturday is how Calvin Ridley fares as the Tide's punt returner. He could be a significant weapon there. Nick Saban called him "explosive" and you saw that as a Freshman All-American receiver last year.bSaid Saban: "We're excited to see how he does in that role."

Will Crimson Tide crush first-time starting QB Max Browne? (0:36)
Alabama-USC ready to square off in Week 1 (1:00)

NFL: Devastating preseason injuries

Doctor Robert Klapper talks about the latest NFL preseason injuries, analyzes Teddy Bridgewater's ACL injury and explains the importance of cross training.

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More elite company for Mike Trout

Trout is the fourth player in major league history with four seasons with 100 runs scored, 30 doubles and 25 home runs at age 25 or younger, per the Elias Sports Bureau. The others are Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron and Albert Pujols.

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Tuesday's longest home runs

Career homer No. 100 for Manny Machado was an absolute blast, registering at 444 feet. Curtis Granderson and C.J. Cron also hit deep blasts in multi-homer efforts, while Adrian Beltre and Michael Saunders round out the list.

USC excited to seize opportunity against Alabama (1:53)
USC needs precision passing attack vs. Bama (1:36)
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'Hard Knocks' details Rams' recent fight

Rams coach Jeff Fisher laid into the Rams after a fight broke out in practice, and the 'Hard Knocks' cameras captured it.

Stark: We've been down this road before with Kershaw (1:27)
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Rams OT Robert Havenstein 'still a little rusty'

Robert Havenstein was a revelation at left tackle as a rookie for the Los Angeles Rams last season but has struggled with a foot injury this preseason.

Cron parks a pair against the Reds (0:43)
What happens to Puig if Dodgers don't make a trade? (1:58)