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Why top stars like Kane, Salah need proper rest

The Premier League's top players last season -- Harry Kane, Mo Salah and Eden Hazard -- have all struggled to get up to speed this year.


Knee-jerk conclusions: Sanchez bad, Jorginho good

We're five games into the new Premier League season, meaning not enough time for meaningful conclusions. Not to worry: we've still got you covered.

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A week in the 'Anthony Joshua business'


Joshua looks to dispatch Povetkin before lining up Wilder superfight

Saturday's fight against Alexander Povetkin has its potential pitfalls, but Anthony Joshua and his camp say they are committed to taking care of business -- and they're ready to make a Deontay Wilder fight happen next.

Bunce: Pressure on Joshua would get to any man

Steve Bunce and Tom Hamilton report from Thursday's open workout ahead of the bout between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin.


Joshua: Povetkin fight can mirror Klitschko classic

Anthony Joshua comapres Alexander Povetkin's style to Wladimir Klitschko's, and expects a similar fight from Povetkin.


ESPN Fantasy Football

Pick Salah, avoid Kane: Prem fantasy transfer market

There are plenty of tough choices to make this week in ESPN Fantasy Soccer's Premier League game, including two star captain options.


Empty theatre creates odd scene for McGregor's antics at UFC 229 news conference

Conor McGregor went on the verbal assault at a UFC 229 news conference, but without fans in attendance, something was clearly missing as the UFC began the push to sell its biggest fight of the year.

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Vintage McGregor returns to prod and poke stoic Khabib at UFC presser

Thursday's UFC 229 news conference saw the return of a vintage Conor McGregor, who brashly taunted and insulted his stonefaced opponent, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, in advance of their Oct. 6 title bout.

White says McGregor-Khabib bad blood is real

Dana White reflects on the "darkest press conference" he's taken part in, featuring genuine dislike between the two fighters.


McGregor after faceoff: 'Don't come at the king'

Conor McGregor gets into a shouting match with Khabib Nurmagomedov's camp while the fighters pose for photos with their belts.


McGregor needles Khabib over Putin question

Conor McGregor pounces after Khabib Nurmagomedov responds that he doesn't want to take pictures with anyone, including presidents.


Chael: Khabib 'in way over his head' during UFC 229 presser

Chael Sonnen applauds Conor McGregor for making Khabib Nurmagomedov 'look like a doofus.'


Khabib says he'll send McGregor 'back to boxing'

Khabib Nurmagomedov questions Conor McGregor's wrestling skills and says McGregor is more concerned with money than his legacy.


McGregor calls out Khabib over bus incident

Conor McGregor interrupts Khabib Nurmagomedov's response to criticize his behavior during the New York confrontation that landed McGregor in court.



Week 3 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners for every matchup. Fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. And everything you need to catch up on Week 3. It's all here.

There's no going back, Hue. It's Baker Mayfield time

You can watch the tape, but once you do, there won't be any going back, Coach. Baker Mayfield is QB1.

Stephen A. would pick Mahomes over Garoppolo

Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith agree that Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has a much brighter future than Jimmy Garoppolo.


Landry, Hyde will thrive in fantasy with Baker

Matthew Berry expects Baker Mayfield starting at QB will increase the fantasy value of Jarvis Landry and Carlos Hyde.


Stephen A. is tired of the Carson Wentz 'pom poms'

Stephen A. Smith contends that QB Carson Wentz's is getting too much credit for the Eagles' success.


Mob wins, FanDuel pays out $82K bet

Scott Van Pelt updates why FanDuel is paying a bettor who won $82,000 on a data error. SVP says, "if I'm you, I would tighten up my algorithms."



Revealed: FIFA's bid to fix the transfer, loan systems

Gab Marcotti: ESPN obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football?

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Infantino describes how transfer system can improve

In an interview with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti, FIFA President Gianni Infantino details possible changes that could improve football's transfer system.



Power Rankings

Shaka's Power Rankings: A perfect 10?


Power Rankings: Barca take No. 1, Madrid slide

It's all change as Barcelona rise to the top, while their great rivals Real Madrid pay the price for dropped points in La Liga.

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