The ESPN Daily: DeAndre Hopkins' unbreakable bond, Nats stayed in the fight, and the Browns get the wrong man

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"... it gave me the courage to eventually find myself."   DeAndre Hopkins says he owes his career to his mother, Sabrina Greenlee. When you see the remarkable story of her resilience -- how she survived a brutal attack that left her blind and still managed to raise her children -- you'll understand why. Mina Kimes has the astonishing account of Hopkins and his mom in the debut of "Cover Story," a monthly feature highlighting the biggest stories on the most captivating athletes. Read More


Dan Orlovsky expresses disappointment in the officiating in the NFL this season, saying owners should take action now to resolve the issue.

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Harper who?   There is, in fact, life after Bryce Harper. As it turns out, the Nationals are not just fine without the former face of the franchise -- they're thriving. From Anthony Rendon to this little thing we like to call "team chemistry," here are five reasons Washington has been able to move on and find happiness after the breakup:  Read More


The Browns got the wrong man ...  No, we're not talking about any of their players. That'd be a bit judgmental this early. What we're talking about is the Browns' banning a man from the stadium who allegedly poured beer on a Titans player. As it turns out, the guy they banned wasn't at the stadium that day and is now filing a lawsuit against the team. It's complicated, man.  Read More

The XFL makes its picks ...   Cardale Jones! Landry Jones! Sammie Coates! Phase 1 of the XFL's inaugural draft is in the books, with a bunch of guys you definitely know finding out where they'll be playing the first season. At least one significant player is still waiting to be picked. Here's a list of the biggest names:  Read More

$40 million in grievances ... Antonio Brown lost a lot of money when he was released by both the Raiders and Patriots -- nearly $40 million, in fact. He filed a grievance with the league to try to recoup some of that money, split into eight complaints. Given the manner in which he left both teams, it's not clear that he's ever going to see the full 40, but does he have an argument? Here are the chances that he wins each of his grievances:  Read More

Hey look Ma, I made it ... Signing with an NBA team can result in a bit of a shock for players -- they're going from being perhaps the best player in their particular college conference to being one of hundreds of talented athletes, many of whom also dominated in college or overseas. It can be a bit daunting at first, which is why making that first basket is a significant psychological milestone. We asked some NBA stars for their accounts of a moment seared in their memories.  Read More



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Where we dropping? It's finally here. After a black hole sucked in the old map and rendered the game unplayable for more than a day, Fortnite has relaunched with "Chapter 2." Need an update on the new mechanics, locations and weapons you'll be facing when you log back in? Alternately, need that same update so you can talk to your kids about it without seeming like you're 10 million years old? We've got you covered. Read More


"I mean, you see the man. He's -- what? -- 36 years old, and he's still doing it. He's built like a frickin' cinder block. He's huge. Man, he stays short. He's strong. So if he puts that barrel to it and stays behind the ball, you see it. He does damage." 

-- Anthony Rendon on the October heroics of teammate Howie Kendrick   Read more


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On this date in 2003, Aaron Boone hit a walk-off home run off Tim Wakefield to send the New York Yankees to the World Series. The Red Sox had to wait until 2004 for their revenge against their longtime rivals. Watch


Hawks at Knicks (8 p.m. ET, ESPN):  Good preseason battle of young stars here. Trae Young looks to build on a solid debut for the Hawks, and RJ Barrett seeks to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with.

Astros at Yankees (8:08 p.m. ET, FS1):  Gerrit Cole and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. Barring a potential rainout that would push Game 4 to Thursday -- and likely alter pitching plans -- both teams are looking at bullpen games tonight.

Warriors at Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Want a potential Western Conference playoff preview? Here's your game. LeBron and AD take on the Durant-less Warriors in a late-night matchup. You're going to want to stay up for this one.

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