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Mario Balotelli has a lot of work to do at Liverpool, says Brendan Rodgers ahead of trip to Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool manager says the Italian is not the star of the show as he prepares to make his debut at White Hart Lane on Sunday<p>Brendan Rodgers has been impressed by the impact <b>Mario Balotelli</b> has made in training but is keen to stress that the Italian has a lot of work to do and that no individual is a …

The Europa League Is No Champions League

Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders: Live Score and Analysis

The Seattle Seahawks leave the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field as the Oakland Raiders play host Thursday to the defending champions in the teams' final preseason matchup of 2014. Week 4 marks the final opportunity for many of Seattle's 75 roster players to make an impression and make the …

Football (U.S.)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMBLING: Week 1's 15 best picks

Welcome back to our weekly college football gambling column. It's called COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMBLING. Today, let's talk about Week 1 and the last of the five power conferences, the Big Ten.<p>Week 1's card isn't particularly sexy, but it still offers some value. Many believe that the best opportunities …

Garrett Taylor scouting report: Long defensive back recruit

Taylor had a lot of talent before recently tearing his ACL.<p>Garrett Taylor is one of the top athletes in the Atlantic Coast region, and he's brought a lot of interest from schools around the country.<p>Taylor attends Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's School and is listed at 6'1, weighing in at 188 …

College Football Countdown | No. 2: Alabama

USA TODAY Sports' Paul Myerberg counts down to the start of the college football season team by team from No. 128 to No. 1.<p>The hypothesis that suggests Auburn has dealt Alabama and Nick Saban a crippling blow ignores one crucial fact: Saban has sent more rivals packing than U-Haul.<p>Georgia and …

Texas Football: What to Expect from QB David Ash in 2014

The 2014 season is a chance for Texas quarterback David Ash to make up for 2013.<p>Ash entered last season with high expectations. He was named to multiple preseason watch lists and was poised to have a breakout junior year following the bumpy start of his college career.<p>But things took a turn when …

College Football

Xabi Alonso moves to Bayern Munich

Veteran midfielder Xabi Alonso has completed a move from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich.<p>Bayern Munich have confirmed the capture of midfielder Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid for a fee reportedly in the region of £8 million. The 32-year-old former Spanish international moves to the Allianz Arena on a …

FIBA World Cup 2014: Full schedule, results, format and more

The basketball world convenes in Spain for a few weeks to crown the first champion of the re-branded FIBA World Cup. Here's a breakdown of the format, schedule and more.<p>The first edition of the FIBA World Cup tips off Aug. 30 in arenas across Spain, with many of the world's greatest players taking …

College Football Countdown | No. 1: Florida State

USA TODAY Sports' Paul Myerberg counts down to the start of the college football season team by team from No. 128 to No. 1.<p>Florida State plays Clemson, Notre Dame, Miami (Fla.) and Florida, but that's only in the specific sense. FSU's also playing others, though you won't find their names on the …

Alabama will score on West Virginia. Here's how the Mountaineers retaliate

The Tide have too many weapons for an overhauled WVU defense. But the real test is once again Nick Saban vs. the air raid.<p>Alabama wasn't built to win the national championship in 2013. It'd lost the majority of its starting linemen, crucial losses for a program that wins games by dominating the …

College Football Playoff 2014: Preseason Rankings and Postseason Predictions

The 2014 college football season is officially underway, and the talk has already begun regarding the new playoff system. With the archaic BCS gone and a traditional four-team postseason in its place, it’s an exciting time to be a fan of the sport.<p>After the final rankings of the year are released, …

College Football

Forecast: '14-15 Most Valuable Player

Who will lift the NBA's ultimate individual prize in 2014-15?<p>We asked the ESPN Forecast team to rank their top three choices for 2014-15 Most …

Forecast: Team turmoil in 2014-15

Which team is headed for some unhappy times this season?<p>Our Summer Forecast rolls on with predictions for Team Turmoil -- the squad that will have …

Ball in Nike's court for Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant's representation Roc Nation Sports informed Nike on Wednesday that he has a deal on the table with Under Armour worth between $265 …

Derrick Rose: 'I'm feeling good'

NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose practiced for Team USA in a non-contact workout on Thursday afternoon and intends to play in …

U.S. trims final roster to 12

NEW YORK -- USA Basketball has decided to drop Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward from its roster for the FIBA World …

Team USA rolls past Puerto Rico

NEW YORK -- Playing more the role of distributor, Derrick Rose returned to the court Friday night and provided a lift off the bench to help the …