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Roll Tide: Alabama kicks off 2017 atop AP poll

12:05 PM ET ESPN.com news services For the second straight year, Alabama will start the college football season as the top-ranked team. The selection committee ignores the AP preseason poll. But we don’t. A clear-cut CFP contender will be in an early hole with several early top-10 matchups. Clemson enters the season having to replace a ton of talent, particularly on offense, and a bumpy transition could keep the defending champ from returning to the College Football Playoff. 1 Related The Crimson Tide are the No. 1 team in the ...

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Source: Goodell close to extension through '24

8:51 AM ET ESPN.com news services NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is close to an agreement on a new five-year extension that runs through 2024, as first reported by the Sports Business Journal and confirmed by ESPN. If the agreement is reached, the terms of Goodell’s new deal would be similar to his current contract, which expires in 2019, according to the Sports Business Journal. Roger Goodell’s current deal as NFL commissioner expires after the 2019 season. Bob Levey/Getty Images A deal is likely to be completed, but there are still issues ...

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WR Boldin retires, to focus on advocacy work

9:04 PM ET Jim TrotterNFL Close Former senior NFL writer at Sports Illustrated Covered Chargers, NFL for The San Diego Union-Tribune Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors since 2006 Football has always been a priority for Anquan Boldin. But after 14 seasons, more than 200 games and nearly 14,000 yards receiving, the veteran wide receiver now feels a higher calling, which is why he left the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after only two weeks with the team and plans to retire. “Football has afforded me a ...

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Sources: Magic focus of PG-13 tampering probe

4:13 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Ramona Shelburne Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior writer for ESPN.com Spent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily News The possibility of impermissible contact between Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and four-time All-Star Paul George is at the crux of an NBA probe into possible tampering, league sources tell ESPN. The Indiana Pacers filed tampering charges with the NBA against the Lakers, and the league issued a statement Sunday saying that a probe is underway. The Lakers are denying the allegations filed by ...

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Fantasy football sleepers, busts, breakouts revisited

Aug 18, 2017 Fantasy staff Go to: Sleepers | Busts | Breakouts We took our first look at sleepers, busts and breakouts back in June, but much has changed since then, so we are back with a fresh take as draft season ramps up. You can check out that initial list with detailed explanations from our ESPN Fantasy Football experts here. Below, you will find our updated picks, plus thoughts on players whom our experts added this time around, based on these definitions: Everything you need to have a successful ...

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Sources: Clips offer GM job to OKC's Winger

11:43 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The LA Clippers have offered Oklahoma City Thunder executive Michael Winger its general manager job, league sources told ESPN. A deal is expected soon, league sources said. Winger, an assistant GM/team counsel for the Thunder, would report directly to Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ new president of basketball operations. Winger, 37, has spent the past seven years with Oklahoma City, working closely with executive vice president and GM Sam Presti. He has developed a reputation as one of the league’s most respected young executives. Winger worked ...

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Swing and a miss: Judge sets strikeout record

2:54 AM ET ESPN.com news services New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge struck out in his 36th consecutive game, setting the record for the longest strikeout streak in a single season by any player, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck out Judge in the top of the fifth inning Saturday night at Fenway Park. The Yankees won the game 4-3. Judge had already set the record on Thursday for consecutive games with a strikeout by a position player. Montreal Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman ...

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Kinsler, Ausmus not moved by umps' MLB gripe

1:56 AM ET ESPN.com news services Some umpires across Major League Baseball wore white wristbands Saturday as a show of solidarity after Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined — but not suspended — for harsh criticism of Angel Hernandez earlier this week. “This week, a player publicly and harshly impugned the character and integrity of Angel Hernandez — a veteran umpire who has dedicated his career to baseball and the community,” the World Umpires Association (WUA) said in a statement. “The verbal attack on Angel denigrated the entire ...

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Crawford unifies titles with third-round KO

12:07 AM ET LINCOLN, Neb. — Terence Crawford, with one crushing left hand to the body, became the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world on Saturday night. Crawford, fighting just outside of his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, knocked out Julius Indongo in the third round in a history-making victory at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, electrifying the crowd of 12,121. Crawford also knocked Indongo down in the second round. With the resounding victory, Crawford made his case as boxing’s pound-for-pound No. 1 and became only the second male boxer to ...

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Which NFL teams are most likely to go worst to first?

Aug 18, 2017 Vince Verhei We told you so. Dak Prescott was No. 3 in the NFL in Total QBR in 2016. But after accounting for historical data on draft position, early-career performance and roster status, two other young passers have a better chance of being franchise QBs. They’re young, they need reps … and now they’re about to get them. Here’s the annual ranking of the NFL’s top 25 breakout prospects from Football Outsiders. Which teams have the NFL’s best talent under the age of 25? Football Outsiders ranks ...

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