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4hDan Le Batard

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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6mJohn Keim

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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Pierce to return for 19th season, then retire

Paul Pierce announced Monday in The Players' Tribune that he will return for his 19th NBA season and then retire, finishing out his career with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.

2hBill Barnwell

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.

OBJ hauls in his 200th reception (0:20)
Kurkjian: Scully is a storyteller (1:26)
The Nationals are no strangers to brawls (1:07)
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Biggest NFL injuries of Week 3

Bears running back Jeremy Langford left Sunday night's game against the Cowboys with an ankle injury. Here are the other big names who went down with injuries in Week 3.

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16hJoe 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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47mCraig Custance

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.


Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Shane Vereen's loss is a significant one for the Giants' offense. Ben McAdoo has a clearly defined role in the offense for him as the running back in the two-minute drill and on third downs. No other back on the roster offers what he does in terms of receiving and pass-protection ability. Orleans Darkwa likely gets a larger role, but not an equivalent one. Scheme changes likely will be necessary.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"There's a chance he'll be out there this week." -- Andy Reid on whether Jamaal Charles will play on Sunday night against the Steelers.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

A day after LSU fires Les Miles, Nick Saban calls Miles one of his more respected colleagues. "I kind of hate it that a man wins a national championships, wins two SEC titles and doesn't make it through the season. It is what it is, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for Les Miles and what he was able to accomplish there."

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Giants announced RB Shane Vereen tore his tricep and is out for the season.


Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon landed a commitment from the nation's No. 217 overall prospect, athlete Jaylon Redd. Redd has the ability to play cornerback or receiver in college and gives the Ducks another speedy athlete on that roster. He is the fourth ESPN 300 prospect to commit to Oregon in this class, joining cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, tight end Tre' McKitty and defensive end Langi Tuifua. It's also another recruiting victory in Southern California, as the Ducks now have five commitments from that area.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers' Joel Embiid: "If you look at tape from me two years ago, I'm a much better player." He expects to play in the team's preseason opener.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Shane Vereen has a triceps injury. He will be sidelined for the season.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Canada coach Mike Babcock on Team Europe: "Everyone doubts them and they keep winning."


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers' Joel Embiid on his excitement about finally playing: "I've gone through a lot. It's been two years. The fact that I'm healthy and getting back on the court, I can't wait."

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Babcock on Joe Thornton: "Joe is an elite player. He's a big man... His energy is contagious. He loves life. He doesn't have many bad days."


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers No. 1 pick Ben Simmons deflects questions about the future and Rookie of the Year, saying he just wants to get better.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State LB Chris Worley is feeling a different level of intensity with conference play opening Saturday for the nation's No. 2 team "Big Ten, that's the real deal," Worley said. "There's a lot of good teams coming up. This is one of the best conferences in the country, if not the best right now."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said "missed opportunities" jumped out on film review.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford said they've had internal discussions about how they might react to protests here in Charlotte, and moving forward, any potential silent protests of the national anthem. Clifford said our democracy was built on the rights of its citizens.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers No. 1 pick Ben Simmons on his jump shot: "I've been working on it a lot. I'm not worried about that."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Getting ready for LSU's news conference in Baton Rouge, where Tigers athletics director Joe Alleva will introduce interim coach Ed Orgeron. An LSU official told me Sunday's firing of former coach Les Miles might end up "being the best thing for him and us." He said Miles looked relieved on Sunday after he was told of his dismissal, ending his 12-year tenure at the school. "He looked like the weight of the world had been lifted from his shoulders," the official said. "He looked like he'd slept."

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans defensive end J.J Watt did not appear to practice today. The Texans don't usually practice on Monday, so he could just be getting the day off.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers No. 1 pick Ben Simmons says he's a lot stronger after offseason workouts. He's gained 33 pounds and is up to 250.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs tight end Cameron Brate showing Harvard some love today after that two-touchdown performance

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers No. 1 pick Ben Simmons on Eagles No. 1 pick Carson Wentz: "I can learn a lot from him. They're having a great year so far, and they're doing well."

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

On 710 ESPN Seattle, Pete Carroll stops short of saying Russell Wilson will play in Week 4. "We're going to do the right thing," Carroll said. "We're going to be very careful." The Seahawks play the Jets Sunday and then have a bye in Week 5.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron on Brad Marchand's contract extension: "I'm really happy. He's an amazing player I really enjoy to play with and we've created a lot of chemistry over the years. I was getting a little worried now with him playing with Sid," Bergeron said with a laugh. "I'm really happy it's done and we can move forward for himself and also for us as a team. I can't say enough about him. It's well deserved and he's an amazing player."


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers' Jahlil Okafor on his off-court troubles last season: "I knew what I was doing was wrong. It won't happen again."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Some good news on Packers TE Jared Cook's ankle injury. Despite being on crutches and in a boot after Sunday's game, it's not a season-ender, according to multiple sources, but it's still to be determined whether he'll miss just a week or multiple weeks following the Packers' bye.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

On 710 ESPN Seattle, Pete Carroll said Russell Wilson has an MCL sprain. Says Wilson "feels great" and is recovering well.