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Chinese Basketball Association All-Star Guo Ailun grew up in the rural, northern Chinese city of Liaoyang, and remembers the first time he encountered NBA star Michael Jordan -- or at least a piece of him -- in the early 2000s.

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By: Mike ClayESPN Writer

"Don't you do it ... don't you dare ... just don't ... I can't even ... please don't ... work with me here, false football gods ... pleaaaaase ..."

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By: Chris LowESPN Senior...

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The sun is just starting to peer over the horizon when Jimbo Fisher wheels his mammoth, black Chevrolet Silverado Z71 truck, complete with a menacing grille in the front and camouflage stripes down each side, into a Dunkin'...

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By: Adam RittenbergESPN...

UCLA's Josh Rosen is the most polarizing player in college football. He's a whiny, entitled kid who should shut up and focus on playing quarterback. He's a brilliant football mind with a shrewd B.S. detector, especially when it comes to big-money...

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Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't a fan of preseason predictions, especially concerning his players, as evidenced by his rant Wednesday when asked about redshirt sophomore linebacker Christian Miller.

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By: Sam MillerESPN.com

The Portsmouth High Patriots, like almost every high school baseball team, kept a trick play in their pocket.

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By: Dan GrazianoESPN Staff...

TAMPA, Florida -- Jameis Winston gets to work at 5:45 a.m., before anyone else is in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' building. He stays until everyone else is gone. Before a game, he personally fist-bumps every one of his teammates and tells them, "I've...

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By: David SchoenfieldESPN...

Joc Pederson stepped to the plate at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night in the eighth inning of a 1-1 game mired in a 1-for-38 slump. The bases were loaded, but there were two outs, and it looked as if it might be one of those rare games that could...

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IT'S 8:00 A.M. on July 1, 2016, and a vibrating iPhone jolts Malcolm Delaney awake. Groggy from the prior night at the Miami nightclub Cameo, he rolls over to see the name of his agent, Andrew Vye, glimmering on the screen. God, would Malcolm love...

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Today's major league stars started as children with dreams. So what have they taken with them from those early days when they were just learning the game? Lessons that carried them from Little League fields to big league parks.

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By: Nick WagonerESPN Staff...

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While every member of the 49ers stood for the national anthem before last week's preseason opener, that didn't prevent other players around the league from continuing the silent protest that originated in the San Francisco Bay ...

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49ers general manager John Lynch says national anthem protests are 'divisive'

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By: Bob HarigESPN Senior...

Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas won the four major championships in 2017. A victory in a major by itself makes it a great year, and any other wins -- Spieth has two others, Thomas three -- turns it into something...

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By: Darren RovellESPN Senior ...

Atlanta Falcons fans won't get their Chick-fil-A fix at the team's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for most of the team's games, as the restaurant's stand will be closed on Sunday.

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By: Brett OkamotoESPN Staff...

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada State Athletic Commission approved Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor's request for smaller boxing gloves Wednesday -- just 10 days before their highly anticipated fight on Aug. 26.

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The previous agreement was 10 ounces, but both fighters lobbied for eight.

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By: Mike TriplettESPN Staff...

Over the past six days, we've seen 30 teams make their preseason debuts, a blockbuster three-team trade and a game-changing suspension for one of the NFL's top running backs.

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By: Jerry CrasnickESPN...

After 2,263 minor league plate appearances and some idle moments fantasizing about his MLB debut, Dominic Smith walked into the New York Mets' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park on Friday and located his locker stall near the entrance to the showers....

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By: Jon GoldSpecial to...

Pita Taufatofua, the shirtless, shiny Tongan who was an instant sensation at the Rio Olympics a year ago, has lofty aspirations that go far beyond being adored for his sculpted torso.

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By: Jesse RogersESPN Staff...

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs reliever Brian Duensing isn’t sure whether he likes the extra down time. And rookie Ian Happ said he felt disoriented on Day 1. You wouldn’t think those would be the thoughts and emotions of employees being asked -- make...

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By: David PurdumESPN Staff...

The Oakland Raiders don't arrive for a couple years, but they're already Las Vegas' team at the betting window.

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By: Mark SchlabachESPN...

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- On Nov. 20, 2014, near the end of Josh Allen's first season at junior college, he sent emails imploring someone -- anyone, really -- to give him a chance to be a Division I quarterback.

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By: Andrew MarchandESPN...

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees are playing in the Subway Series, but that doesn’t mean they've mastered the subway.

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By: Michael RothsteinESPN...

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Zach Zenner spent months in a laboratory in Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit a little over a year ago, spending his downtime doing research with rats instead of doing something more relaxing. That work is about to turn into...

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By: Doug WilliamsSpecial to...

Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand stumbled and fell to the track. American Abbey D'Agostino tumbled over her, landing awkwardly. Just like that, their lives became forever linked and changed.

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Baseball is a game of numbers. For everything a player does on the field, there's a number to evaluate it. But the number that a player chooses to share with us -- the one on the back of his jersey -- often remains a mystery. So we asked players...

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By: Rob DemovskyESPN Staff...

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Martellus Bennett not only supports his brother, Michael, plus Colin Kaepernick and others who have protested during the national anthem, but the Green Bay Packers tight end believes athletes should use their platform to speak out ...

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Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler unloaded a series of grievances against veteran umpire Angel Hernandez on Tuesday, one day after Hernandez ejected him for arguing balls and strikes.

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By: Rich CiminiESPN Staff...

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Lucky Whitehead's strange summer took an unfortunate turn on Tuesday, when it was announced by the New York Jets that he will be out indefinitely with a broken left foot.

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Lucky Whitehead. 

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By: Mark HodgkinsonTennis...

This might be the age of the 30-something in men's tennis, but there's been a distinctly youthful feel to this summer's North American hard-court swing.

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By: Rich CiminiESPN Staff...

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Offensive coordinator John Morton is pleased Christian Hackenberg's progress at quarterback, but it doesn't sound like the New York Jets are close to making him their starter.

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency suspended Marquise Goodwin on Tuesday for one year for failing to provide his whereabouts for drug testing, but the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver said in a statement that he is no longer competing in track...

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By: Ian O'ConnorESPN Senior...

Courage. In pro football, it is said to be a requisite character trait for the most important position on the field. A quarterback does not need to show real-world courage in the face of real-world adversity, of course. Just the courage to stay in...

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By: Tom HaberstrohESPN Staff ...

Remember when LeBron James sipped coffee on the bench during his night off on national television against the LA Clippers? Or how about when Steve Kerr gave healthy scratches to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala on ABC...

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The Philadelphia Eagles are releasing running back Ryan Mathews after he was medically cleared to practice on Tuesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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The Eagles to reportedly release former starting running back Ryan Mathews

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By: Dave BolingSpecial to...

SEATTLE -- When he's not writing columns about the local music scene, Paul Rauch works in guest services at KeyArena, the venue for last week's overflowing crowd at The International 7 Dota 2 Championships.

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By: James WalkerESPN Staff...

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins cornerback Tony Lippett tore his Achilles tendon and will have season-ending surgery, coach Adam Gase confirmed Tuesday.

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Miami Dolphins cornerback Tony Lippett tore his ACL during Monday's practice and will undergo season-ending surgery.

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By: James WalkerESPN Staff...

DAVIE, Fla. -- New Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler will make his debut with the team on Thursday in the second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Adam Gase said.

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By: Andrea AdelsonESPN Staff ...

The reinvention of Lamar Jackson began with breakfast -- specifically, getting Jackson to actually eat a full breakfast. Jackson needed more calories, no small task for a picky eater. The Louisville support staff knew he loved eggs. The solution:...

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By: Alex ScarboroughESPN...

With the exception of one weird, single-digit, rough-and-tumble game against LSU on Nov. 5, 2011, Alabama doesn’t make a habit out of losing by virtue of defense and running the football. Rather, the losses come almost exclusively as the result of ...

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By: Dan MurphyESPN Staff...

Partway through a long June day during a week of hopping from one satellite camp to the next, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh pulled out his Sharpie and started to scribble. He turned with a mischievous grin to share his message with the well-traveled...

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By: David SchoenfieldESPN...

Last week, we ran our All-Disappointment Team. Such negativity! This is the flip side to that: the All-Surprise Team.

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By: Eddie MatzESPN Senior...

Luke Gregerson learned a life lesson in Little League that's still etched in his memory.

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As the Cleveland Cavaliers deliberate on deals to move All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, the franchise is operating under a self-prescribed mandate: Presume a future without LeBron James.

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By: Jeff BorzelloESPN Staff...

Now that Marvin Bagley III is headed to Duke, the discussion is over. Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils are the clear-cut favorites (again) to cut down the nets come April 2 in San Antonio.

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Marvin Bagley III was a surprise addition to the class of 2017. 

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By: Ivan MaiselESPN Senior...

The death of Frank Broyles Monday at age 92 closes the chapter on one of the great success stories of the modern age of college football. Broyles spent 50 years at the University of Arkansas, shepherding the Razorbacks, first as head football coach...

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By: Royce YoungESPN Staff...

Russell Westbrook and Paul George are beginning the process of building chemistry on the court as the new duo had their first workout as Oklahoma City Thunder teammates on Monday in Los Angeles, sources told ESPN.com.

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By: Matthew BerryESPN Senior ...

"Be careful what you chase. You just might catch it." -- A "Lesterism" from my late, great uncle, Lester Gold.

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The start of Australian baseball's summer season is still several weeks away, yet here they come, from the surrounding suburbs, wearing caps, clutching tiny leather mitts, excited and apprehensive about trying something new. It's the Winston Hills...

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By: Michael DiRoccoESPN...

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rookie running back Leonard Fournette caused a stir last week when he said the transition from college to the NFL was "really easy" because he played in the Southeastern Conference.