The ESPN Daily: CFB squads poised to bounce back, ‘annoying little brother’ Baker idolized his backup and Maddy Freking has ice in her veins …

THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

Baker idolized his backup QB … There’s something special about the bond you share with people who knew you way back when. In this instance, before the name “Baker Mayfield” meant anything in the football world. In this story, the fiery Cleveland Browns quarterback was simply a trash-talking “annoying little brother” figure who hadn’t hit his growth spurt yet. That’s how Garrett Gilbert, the former five-star recruit out of Lake Travis High School who is currently trying to make the Browns’ 53-man roster as a third QB option, will always think of his younger brother’s best friend, Baker. Read More

Nigeria to Auburn for Prince Tega Wanogho … It all started at a basketball camp where he caught the attention of a high school coach in Alabama. The next thing he knew, Prince had been offered a scholarship and was flying a continent away to live with a family he’d never met. More than five years have passed, and everything has changed. The 6-foot-5 phenom is starring in a sport he’d seen only in the movies. Now he’s a standout offensive lineman for Auburn, with the potential to be an early-round NFL draft pick in 2020. Read More

Rare lung-heart transplant saved competitive cyclist’s life … At 4 years old, Camille Frede was told she had three years left to live. But a lung-heart transplant saved her life — and enabled her to race at this week’s World Transplant Games. She now trains on her bicycle six days a week. On the seventh, her “rest day,” she runs on the beach. If she’s supposed to be under any physical limitations, she doesn’t know of them … and she’s not about to ask. “I don’t know how else to be,” she says. “I like to push it.” Read More

IT’S THEIR YEAR

Underdogs on top … After what has felt like a particularly long and arduous offseason, college football returns this week in all its glory. With it comes the usual suspects, aka the perennial powerhouses and, of course, the dark horses. So which teams are poised to bounce back after a less than stellar showing in 2018? Who is primed to sustain measurable gains from last season? We turned to the S&P+ rating — the tempo- and opponent-adjusted efficiency measure — to make sure you’re up to speed faster than you can say “CFB Saturday.” Read More

THINGS TO WATCH

Peyton’s Places: Episode 6, Ray Lewis … Ray Lewis, a crab feast, conspiracy theories (hint: the infamous power outage of SB XLVII is involved) and the breakdown of legendary head-to-head duels. Suffice it to say, Peyton’s time in Baltimore was memorable. You can watch the full episode on ESPN+: Watch

OVERHEARD

“The reason I was off was because everybody sucked, and there was nobody to fight.”

— Nate Diaz after defeating Anthony Pettis in his return to the Octagon at UFC 241 Read more

REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 1909, the Indianapolis 500 racetrack opened. The cars there now go a bit faster than the cars did back then.

WHAT’S ON TODAY?

Little League World Series (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. ET on ESPN and 6 p.m., 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2): More LLWS, more life. The tournament rolls on with a full day of games, and we’re here for it.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): The 49ers take their talents to Mile High to face the Broncos in more preseason action. Will we see Jimmy Garoppolo get some reps? How will Denver’s offensive line look? There are so many questions to be answered on Monday Night Football.

Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (9:40 p.m. ET, ESPN+): These two ballclubs face an upward battle to get back into the wild-card playoff picture. Monday night at Chase Field seems as good a time as any to get going.

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