Wiggins hails Warriors fit after taking it to Wolves

Andrew Wiggins delivered for the Warriors on both ends of the floor Monday night against his former team and afterward spoke about the comfort level he has found playing in Golden State’s “winning” and “organized” culture.
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What does trading Stafford mean for the Lions in value and their future QB?

The options a Stafford trade affords the Lions is significant. Here are the directions they could go.
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‘Home cooking,’ Cavs exec fuel LeBron in return

Playing in his first game in Cleveland in more than two years, LeBron James made up for lost time, single-handedly outscoring his former team in the fourth quarter en route to a season-high 46 points and 10-0 road winning streak for the Lakers.
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Heat to use COVID-sniffing dogs to screen fans

The Heat plan to use coronavirus-sniffing dogs at AmericanAirlines Arena to screen fans who want to attend their games, starting with Thursday’s game against the Clippers.
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Ducks athletic trainer and wife celebrating special ‘Becca Blizzard Day’ in 2021

For Becca and Chad Walker, a traumatic life experience provided a profound appreciation for collaborations that occur every day in acute medical treatment.
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‘Dialed in’ Mahomes leads Chiefs back to SB

Patrick Mahomes, two days removed from being in the NFL’s concussion protocol, guided the Chiefs past the Bills on Sunday and into Super Bowl LV.
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First look at Chiefs-Bucs: Early Super Bowl picks, big questions and matchups to know

Kansas City and Tampa Bay will go head-to-head for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in two weeks. We have early predictions, matchup insight, looming questions and more for the big game.
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Trade grades: Pierre-Luc Dubois and Patrik Laine swap teams

The disgruntled Columbus center and the disgruntled Winnipeg winger both get a refresh. Which team comes out ahead?
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Curry makes history, passes Reggie Miller in career 3s

Steph Curry hit his 2,561st NBA 3-pointer on Saturday night. Now only Ray Allen has made more.
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Guide to Buccaneers-Packers, Bills-Chiefs: Picks, bold predictions and more

What to watch for in both games. Bold predictions. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for the NFC and AFC Championship Games.
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How COVID-19 has impacted the 2021 NHL season so far

What’s going on with the Stars, Hurricanes and Capitals? Is the league protocol working? How do players and coaches on other teams feel?
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Ben Simmons’ fourth-quarter breakout showcases his full potential

The talented forward helped seal a two-game sweep of the Celtics with a fourth-quarter stretch to remember.
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Finally, Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady: Inside playoff matchup 13 years in making

Rodgers and Brady meet in the playoffs for the first time in the oldest QB matchup in title game history. A look at how they got here, what’s at stake and what’s next for each.
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Party with J.Lo, dinner with Bono and the inside stories of Conor McGregor

Despite his star status, not all of McGregor’s stories have been documented. Learn about the UFC superstar through the words of those who know him best.
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How the Avalanche are handling being a top Stanley Cup favorite

We check in with captain Gabriel Landeskog on the heightened expectations. Plus, three stars of the week, top upcoming games on tap and more.
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How the NFL concussion protocol works: What Patrick Mahomes has to do to get back on the field

The Chiefs quarterback’s status for the AFC Championship Game is up in the air. What’s in store for Mahomes this week?
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Mets GM acknowledges sending explicit images

New York Mets general manager Jared Porter sent explicit, unsolicited texts and images to a female reporter in 2016, culminating with a picture of an erect, naked penis, according to a copy of the text history obtained by ESPN.
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Yandle keeps games streak alive, has 100th goal

Despite questions that he would be a healthy scratch, Keith Yandle played in his 867th consecutive NHL game on Sunday.
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Clips hail much-improved chemistry: ‘A real bond’

Following a season-high fourth straight win on Sunday, two Clippers veterans credited the team’s improved chemistry. “I feel like our energy is way better this season,” said Marcus Morris Sr., with Paul George describing LA’s dynamic as a “real bond.”
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Sources: Chargers to hire Rams’ Staley as coach

The Chargers will hire Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley as head coach, sources confirmed to ESPN.
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Pondering retirement again, Brees has ‘no regrets’

Drew Brees said he has no regrets about deciding to play this season as he ponders retirement once again.
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Wyshynski: Why the Maple Leafs are my Stanley Cup pick

It’s been a weird year in sports. Weird enough that Toronto could hoist the Cup for the first time since 1967. Our writer explains his season picks.
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Harden drops 30-point triple-double in Nets debut

James Harden became the first NBA player ever to drop a 30-point triple-double in his debut for a team. He had 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds in his first game for the Nets.
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Jackson suffers concussion; ‘frustrated’ after loss

Lamar Jackson suffered a concussion on the final play of the third quarter in the Ravens’ playoff loss to the Bills on Saturday night.
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Bills’ ‘vision’ continues on to AFC championship

Sparked by cornerback Taron Johnson’s record-tying, 101-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter, the Bills defeated the Ravens 17-3 on Saturday night to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since the 1993 season.
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NHL rookie tiers: Calder Trophy favorites, impact first-years, more

Who are the top Calder Trophy candidates? Which rookies will play a big role? Who could get called up? We tier the top first-years — and pick a Calder winner.
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Who’s the best 3-point shooter on the Lakers? LeBron, AD weigh in

L.A. is among the NBA’s best from beyond the arc and was sharp vs. the Pels. Who do they think is their best?
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Silencing critics: Ravens’ Lamar Jackson has MVP award, could Bills’ Josh Allen be next?

Once considered the projects of the 2018 NFL draft, the QBs who face off on Saturday are now the Pro Bowl quarterbacks of that class.
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NFL playoffs divisional-round guide: Picks, bold predictions and more for every game

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions.
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Short-handed Rockets win after ‘crazy 48 hours’

The Rockets, who had only nine available players Thursday, “came together” and beat the Spurs in their first game since James Harden was traded.
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Why Robert Saleh will be a re-Pete (Carroll), not a repeat, for New York Jets

The former 49ers defensive coordinator exudes positivity, a lot like his mentor, Seattle’s Pete Carroll. In other words, Saleh is the anti-Adam Gase.
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Answering the biggest injury questions for divisional playoff teams

Here’s a roundup of key injuries heading into the divisional round.
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Canadiens up, Blackhawks down and six more takeaways from the NHL’s opening night

Expect plenty of offense, a new crew of young players worth watching and more in a season that will look different than any in history.
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Brian Daboll went beyond X’s and O’s to revive the Buffalo Bills’ offense and his career

The coordinator’s ability to forge relationships helped turn Josh Allen into an MVP contender and himself into a trendy head-coaching candidate.
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The league that never sleeps lights up after Harden gets dealt

Harden got his wish and was traded to the Nets, and social media reacted accordingly to the deal.
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What you need to know about NHL rule changes for this season

From on-ice tweaks to major new policies for contracts and rosters to COVID testing and all those new advertisements, get caught up here.
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How the Warriors survived Steph Curry’s worst shooting night ever

Steph Curry had the worst night from the floor of his NBA career, but Golden State found a way to post its fourth win in five games.
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‘Beyond special’: LeBron, Magic, OBJ and more react to Browns ending playoff drought

Cleveland fans everywhere are rejoicing after Sunday’s wild-card win at Pittsburgh.
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Browns get elusive playoff win, not ‘satisfied yet’

After jumping to a stunning 28-0 first-quarter lead on Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Browns held on to beat the Steelers 48-37 for their first playoff victory since 1994.
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Watchability rankings for all 31 NHL teams

Using our proprietary five-category rating system, we rank the teams from the must-see to the ones for which you can check box scores the next day.
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Luka Doncic’s development on display in Mavericks’ OT win

On Thursday, Doncic displayed a new element to his repertoire — the decision-making to control games when the stakes are highest.
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Sources: Watson irked by Texans’ hiring process

After Deshaun Watson offered his input on potential GM candidates, the Texans neither considered nor consulted with those endorsed by the franchise QB prior to the team hiring Nick Caserio, which left him “infinitely more bothered.”
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CFP debate: What would an ideal system look like?

Our experts break down the process and propose changes. Plus, the architect of the BCS weighs in.
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NHL Rank: Predicting this season’s top 100 players

We ranked the top 100 players in the NHL based on expectations for the 2020-21 season. Here’s the complete list, starting with — surprise! — Connor McDavid.
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NBPA’s Roberts upset over racial double standard

NBPA director Michele Roberts told ESPN that her conversations with NBA players on Wednesday kept returning to the contrast between the scene at the Capitol and the announcement that the officers involved in the Jacob Blake shooting wouldn’t face charges.
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Lawrence, likely No. 1 overall pick, enters draft

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence officially declared for the NFL draft on Wednesday, saying in a video posted to social media, “I’ll be a Clemson Tiger forever.”
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NFL experts predict: Wild-card weekend upsets, QBs under pressure and Cam’s 2021 landing spot

Which QB needs to show out this weekend? Which team should sign Cam Newton? Our insiders make their picks.
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U.S. stuns Canada to capture world juniors gold

Behind Spencer Knight’s 34 saves, the U.S. stunned heavily favored Canada 2-0 on Tuesday night to win gold in the World Junior Championship.
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Matthews: Decision in Blake case ‘can’t deter us’

Wisconsin prosecutors declined to file charges against a police officer who shot Jacob Blake last summer. Among those reacting to the decision was former Bucks guard Wesley Matthews, who said, “It can’t deter those citizens who are trying to do right.”
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Final NFL stat leaders in every major category for 2020 season

Aaron Rodgers became the second player in NFL history to notch 45 TD passes in multiple seasons.
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Alabama receiver Smith wins Heisman Trophy

DeVonta Smith, who leads the FBS in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, was named the winner of college football’s most prestigious award on Tuesday.
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Penguins-Maple Leafs, Bruins-Canadiens? The 25 greatest 2021 Stanley Cup Final possibilities

With the divisions realigned — and the final four rebracketed — it could produce a “once in a lifetime” matchup for the Cup.
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Inside the Pacers’ wild comeback in the closing seconds against the Pelicans

Down six with 21 seconds to play, Indiana rallied to beat New Orleans. Here’s how the Pacers did it.
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Playoff-bound Rivera ‘not apologizing for winning’

Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera has a short message for anyone upset that Philadelphia benched quarterback Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter of a close game: Tough.
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Judge: Will never ‘disrespect the game’ like Eagles

Joe Judge made clear how he felt about the Eagles’ effort against Washington on Sunday night and said that as long as he is head coach of the Giants, he will never “disrespect the game” by not competing for a full 60 minutes.
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Lawrence, Fields, Wilson, Lance, Jones, Trask: Meet the 2021 NFL draft QB class

Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson and Trey Lance lead the way in a deep and talented quarterback class for the ages.
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Harden fined $50K for violation; no suspension

It is unclear how long Houston Rockets star James Harden will be unavailable after the NBA ruled he violated the league’s COVID-19 protocols, sources told ESPN.
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Inside Arizona State’s 36-day road trip to start their season

After 1,517 miles driven around the Midwest (and 3,341 miles flown), the Sun Devils returned to Tempe with many a story to tell.
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‘Unstoppable’ PG helps Clips avoid bubble deja vu

The Clippers saw a 22-point lead shrink to one on the NBA’s opening night, but unlike in the Orlando bubble, Paul George picked them up with his red-hot shooting to open the Ty Lue era with a 116-109 win over the defending champion Lakers.
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A man fell 120 feet to his death helping build SoFi Stadium. Who was he?

Juan Becerra was helping to put the finishing touches on the $ 5 billion stadium when tragedy struck. The loss has devastated family, friends and coworkers.
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KD makes life ‘awful’ for Warriors in Nets debut

With 22 points against one of his former teams, the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant officially began his Brooklyn Nets tenure in style on Tuesday night.
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Hockey is coming back! Everything you need to know for the 2021 season

The NHL and NHLPA have agreed on a 56-game season starting on Jan. 13. Here’s your guide to all the details we now know.
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NBA Notable Bets: Lakers love dominating betting market

With the new NBA season about to begin, here’s a look at the basketball betting market.
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Chiefs, Pack, Ravens, Hawks lead in Pro Bowlers

Led by their star quarterbacks, the Chiefs, Seahawks and Packers each had seven players selected to the Pro Bowl. The Ravens also had seven players chosen.
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Ranking the top 100 NHL prospects: Two Rangers and Red Wings in the top 10

Alexis Lafreniere. Lucas Raymond. Kirill Kaprizov. Yaroslav Askarov. Chris Peters ranks the top 100 prospects currently in the pipeline and nearly ready to make an NHL impact.
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Sources: Kuzma’s Lakers deal for 3 years, $40M

Kyle Kuzma has agreed to a three-year, $ 40 million extension with the Lakers that includes a player option prior to the 2023-24 season, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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Monken: Army ‘should not be left out’ of bowls

As opt-outs and bowl cancellations swirled across college football Sunday, 9-2 Army was left without a game to participate in, prompting coach Jeff Monken to say, “Somebody’s got to fix that.”
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Giannis’ 5-year plan: Kids and a championship

One day after signing a supermax extension with the Bucks, back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo reflected on his goals for the next five years: “Have kids and to have a championship. That’s all I want.”
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Could Trevor Lawrence spurn the Jets? Agents, and former GMs weigh in

The generational quarterback faces (Peyton and Eli) Manning-sized decisions preparing for his NFL future.
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Top 25 under 25: Ranking the NHL’s best young players

The NHL is as deep in young talent as it’s ever been. Here are the best of the best, led by a pair of young franchise centers.
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Giannis, Bucks reach $228M supermax extension

Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has signed a five-year, $ 228 million supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, his agent told ESPN.
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How should the Eagles approach Carson Wentz? Think Brett Favre

Given the QB’s cap hit and low market value, a former NFL executive says the Eagles should be focused on restoring his old form, not trade partners.
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Milestone 1,099th win for Stanford’s VanDerveer

With a convincing victory over Pacific on Tuesday, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer became the all-time leader in wins across Division I women’s basketball, with 1,099.
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Remember Pro Beach Hockey? Ramps, two-point goals and sandy inline skates

Twenty years later, we look back at how Pro Beach Hockey combined inline hockey with the Pacific Ocean, heavy metal music and X Games-esque ramps.
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George adds 4 years, $190M to Clippers contract

The Clippers are extending Paul George’s contract for an additional four years at $ 190 million, his agent told ESPN.
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Patriots run off the field by L.A. Rams as their playoff hopes fade

The Patriots’ offense was subdued by the Rams, and New England is on the verge of missing the postseason.
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Belichick makes it clear: ‘Cam’s our quarterback’

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Cam Newton will remain the starting quarterback despite another shaky performance in Thursday night’s 24-3 loss to the Rams.
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Curry relishes Dubs’ reset to ‘ground zero again’

Warriors star guard Stephen Curry said Wednesday that he is looking forward to the challenge of trying to lead the team back to the top in the wake of the major roster shuffling Golden State has undergone as the new season approaches.
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Source: Harden needs 6 straight negative tests

Rockets star James Harden must have six straight negative COVID-19 tests before the NBA will clear him to practice with the team, a league source told ESPN.
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The Greatest NHL Name bracket: Championship results

Who has the best “hockey name” in NHL history? Here’s who our panel selected to win our 64-player tournament.
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Sources: Harden open to trade to Sixers, others

James Harden, who has arrived in Houston and has taken a coronavirus test as part of the league’s protocol to return to play, has indicated that he’s receptive to being traded to the 76ers or other contenders, sources told ESPN.
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Dez: Tested positive for COVID just before kickoff

Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant announced on Twitter he tested positive for COVID-19 before his much-anticipated reunion with the Cowboys on Tuesday night.
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Loss to Ravens means Cowboys’ season is over, even if four games remain

Maybe it has been over for weeks now, or maybe it ended when Dak Prescott was lost for the season.
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The National Hockey League of Nations

Here are the best representatives from all 31 teams for eight countries: Canada, U.S., Finland, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia — plus some wild cards.
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NBA releases preseason slate for Dec. 11-19

Each NBA team will play at least two preseason games Dec. 11 through Dec. 19 — one at home and one on the road — and none will play more than four games, the league announced.
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What we’re thankful for in hockey

From the community of hockey fans, to a return of bold, colorful jerseys, to the expansion of Gritty into non-hockey culture, here’s what we love about the sport in 2020.
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NFL Week 12 guide: Picks, bold predictions and fantasy nuggets for every game

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for Week 12.
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Ohio State-Illinois off as Buckeyes’ cases climb

No. 4 Ohio State on Friday night canceled Saturday’s football game at Illinois, citing more positive tests for COVID-19 in the Buckeyes’ program.
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Ravens-Steelers now Sunday; staffer disciplined

The Ravens-Steelers game has been moved from Thanksgiving night to Sunday at 1:15 p.m. ET, the NFL announced Wednesday.
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Thanksgiving NFL game guide: Picks, bold predictions and fantasy nuggets for each matchup

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for Thanksgiving Day.
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NHL contender tiers: Where all 31 teams rank

From the elites to the flawed contenders to the wild cards to the basement dwellers, here’s what to expect from every club this coming season.
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Burrow carted off, hints at missing rest of season

Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow effectively ruled himself out for the rest of the season after being carted off the field Sunday, saying, “Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year” in a tweet.
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Mahomes outduels Carr to all but wrap up AFC West

Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City on a game-winning drive in the final minutes to earn a victory over Las Vegas.
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Hayward opts out of Celtics contract, will be UFA

Gordon Hayward will become a free agent after declining his $ 34.2 million player option with the Celtics for the 2020-21 season, Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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Miracle catch lands Hopkins 99 Madden rating

DeAndre Hopkins now has the coveted 99 rating in Madden after his miracle Hail Mary catch in Sunday’s Cardinals victory over the Bills.
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Seahawks fear TE Olsen suffered ruptured fascia

Seattle Seahawks TE Greg Olsen suffered an injury to the fascia in his left foot late in Thursday night’s 28-21 win over the Cardinals, and the team fears it is a rupture, coach Pete Carroll said.
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NHL Power Rankings: Mid-offseason edition

Following the draft and (most of) free agency, where do all 31 teams stack up? Here are our latest rankings.
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Bears QB Foles injured late in MNF loss to Vikes

Quarterback Nick Foles was slammed to the turf late in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ 19-13 home loss to the Vikings on Monday night in Chicago.
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Free agency and trades: Latest buzz, news and reports

NBA trade season and free agency are upon us. Keep it here for the latest news and updates all offseason.
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The five NHL teams that had sneaky good offseasons

Many have heaped praise upon Avalanche GM Joe Sakic for his work this fall. Here are the teams whose improvement went under the radar.
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Sources: Ball holds second workout ahead of draft

LaMelo Ball on Thursday conducted an individual workout in front of head coaches and executives for the Warriors, Hornets and Pistons, sources told ESPN.
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Ravens OC: Lamar’s D talk part of ‘nothing new’

“Calling out plays on the defense is nothing new,” Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman said a day after quarterback Lamar Jackson implied that Baltimore is too predictable on offense.
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At a very different Masters, Tiger Woods looked exactly the same as always

The place was practically empty, the masses that usually follow not allowed inside the gates at Augusta National. For Tiger Woods, who opened with 68, the day was completely odd and still entirely familiar.
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Rockets’ new coach, GM: Goal remains NBA title

New Rockets general manager Rafael Stone and head coach Stephen Silas emphasized on Wednesday that Houston’s primary goal remains the same: Chase a championship.
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Source: Jets locker room cameras lead to inquiry

The NFLPA is looking into a complaint filed by Jets players about the presence of security cameras in the locker room at their training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, a source close to the union confirmed to ESPN.
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Notre Dame’s epic win, the Big Ten’s confounding season and the CFP’s thrilling race for No. 4

The Irish showed they belong in college football’s top tier, while Florida, Texas A&M and BYU made a push for the playoff.
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Big international hockey questions: How will this year’s World Juniors work?

What will the World Juniors look like this year? What other international hockey tournaments will be played, and which are canceled? Are women’s hockey events still a go?
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Pistons intrigued by LaMelo, moving up in draft

The Pistons are open to moving up in the NBA draft and want to speak to top prospect LaMelo Ball.
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Guide to every Week 9 NFL game: Picks, matchup nuggets, more

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for Week 9.
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Trusting USC as Pac-12 play opens, throwing to Travis Etienne, and more to watch in Week 10

The first full weekend of the college football season is here. We examine how Clemson can attack Notre Dame’s offense, Florida’s offense vs. Georgia’s defense and the start of the Pac-12.
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Sources: Raiders fined, lose pick over virus rules

The NFL has fined the Las Vegas Raiders $ 500,000 and coach Jon Gruden $ 150,000, and also took a 2021 sixth-round pick from the team for repeated COVID-19 protocol violations late in October, sources confirmed to ESPN.
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49ers suffer lopsided loss, thanks to $80.8 million in cap space on injured reserve

Without Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle and Raheem Mostert, among others, San Francisco had no answers.
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NHL 2020-21 season plans: Latest on format, timeline and challenges

When will the season start? Will it be a full 82 games? Will there be daily COVID-19 testing? Bubbles? We answer those questions and many more.
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Sources: Agreement near on Dec. 22 NBA start

Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe that player representatives are expected to approve an agreement with the NBA that will lead to a 72-game season starting on Dec. 22.
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Lions place QB Stafford on COVID-19 list again

Matthew Stafford is considered a “high-risk, close contact” of a non-team member who tested positive for COVID-19, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He would be eligible to play Sunday against Minnesota pending five straight days of negative tests.
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Best, worst NFL quarterbacks at midseason: Wilson’s poise under pressure, Herbert’s deep ball, more

Here are the standout QBs of the first eight weeks of the season, along with those who have disappointed, seized the moment or made big-time passes.
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What the work behind political change looks like for LeBron and star athletes

Here’s how athletes have channeled the power of their collective voice into political action.
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What motivates billionaire sports owners to donate to political campaigns?

When it comes to the people who run professional sports franchises, these contributions aren’t always what they appear to be.
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‘No kid should have to go through what I went through’: Morgan Urso’s journey to destigmatize mental illness

After her state’s hockey association recommended she remain apart from her team, she received support from near and far and continues her journey in the sport.
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Your guide to every Week 8 game, with predictions and fantasy tips

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for Week 8.
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D.J. U and Clemson soar, Jim Harbaugh and Michigan stumble, plus more from Week 9

The Tigers’ backup QB led a Trevor Lawrence-less Clemson team to a comeback win on a Saturday that also saw Texas hang on for an upset and Michigan fall to a rival.
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How COVID-19 will impact NHL prospects in the 2020-21 season

Developing NHL prospects and scouting ahead of next year’s draft will undoubtedly be difficult. How are teams — and young players — preparing for the challenges this year presents?
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Tracking political donations of wealthy sports owners

American professional sports owners have contributed nearly $ 47 million in federal elections since 2015.
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Biggest Week 8 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Aaron Jones, Dalvin Cook, Chris Carson and more

While Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey might be back on the field this week, fellow RBs Aaron Jones, Chris Carson and others might not be in Week 8.
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Way-too-early 2021 MLB Power Rankings: What’s next for Dodgers, Rays and all 30 teams

Sure, the 2020 season just ended. No, we haven’t a clue how the offseason will play out. We’re ranking all 30 MLB teams for next year anyway.
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Wentz: Comeback win vs. Giants ‘a sigh of relief’

Carson Wentz struggled much of the night but led a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead score with 40 seconds left, as the Philadelphia Eagles topped the New York Giants 22-21.
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How Brandon Lowe got his swing straightened out at exactly the right time

Tampa Bay’s best hitter has been a mess most of the postseason, but getting in touch with his personal hitting coach changed everything.
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Zeke on Dallas loss: ‘I’m sorry; this one is on me’

Ezekiel Elliott’s fumbles on back-to-back drives for Dallas in the first and second quarters changed Monday night’s 38-10 loss to the Cardinals. Afterward, Elliott didn’t make excuses.
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Top 10 best free agents still available: Where will Mike Hoffman, others sign?

Who is still remaining on free agency? We rank the best players available on the open market.
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Dodgers-Rays World Series matches up baseball’s best in 2020

Even with an extra round of playoffs, the teams with the best record in each league are the last two standing.
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What the Chiefs need from new running back Le’Veon Bell

Bell provides the Chiefs with a better option along the goal line and in short yardage and gives them depth, which they’ve proved is needed before.
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Winners and losers of 2020 NHL free agency: Sabres come out on top

The Sabres and Alex Pietrangelo won big during free agency, but middle-class forwards and the Bruins didn’t exactly get what they wanted.
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Quiet playcalls, eating alone and more trash-talking: Here’s what NFL game day feels like in 2020

NFL Nation asked players and coaches to describe the differences they’ve experienced on game day, from travel to the crowd noise to the huddle during an unprecedented season.
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Live NHL free-agency tracker: Latest signings, analysis and buzz

The free-agency frenzy is taking place in October this year. Find out where the top players are headed, and what our experts think of all the big deals.
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Source: Bengals expect RB Mixon to face Ravens

Bengals running back Joe Mixon, who had two rushing touchdowns and a touchdown reception in Week 4, is expected to face the Ravens on Sunday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mixon is listed as questionable because of a shin injury.
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How an up-and-down SEC will shape the College Football Playoff

Aside from Georgia, defense in the SEC was nonexistent Saturday, leaving the door open for the ACC and soon the Big Ten to state their cases for a final four spot.
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Grades for every big NHL free-agent signing: What Krug can do for the Blues

We offer our take on the players’ fits with their new teams, the terms of each deal and and overall grade for each new contract.
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Butler drained after win: ‘Left it all out on floor’

Heat star Jimmy Butler said he had “nothing” left in the tank after posting 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 111-108 win over the Lakers to force a Game 6.
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Your guide to every Week 5 game, with predictions and fantasy tips

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats. And, of course, score predictions.
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LeBron on Green’s open miss: ‘You live with that’

LeBron James stood by his decision to pass to a wide-open Danny Green in the final seconds Friday instead of taking the shot himself, saying, “I trusted him, we trusted him, and it just didn’t go.”
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AD shines in Finals debut but ‘job is not done’

In his NBA Finals debut, the Lakers’ Anthony Davis scored 34 points and added 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in a 116-98 win against the Heat.
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AD’s dominant Finals debut, Heat injuries and big takeaways from Game 1

The Lakers blew out the injury-riddled Heat in Game 1. Here’s what it means for the rest of the series.
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How the Lightning learned to be Stanley Cup champions

Tampa Bay’s journey from 2015 to 2020 was fashioned out of bitter defeats, humiliating moments and fateful decisions, gaining wisdom from each.
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Steve Ballmer was too used to winning to keep things the same

After a disappointing postseason exit, the LA Clippers’ separation from Doc Rivers signals that there is no more time to waste for an organization looking to validate itself as a contender.
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Ravens QB Jackson calls Chiefs ‘our kryptonite’

Once again, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens stumbled against the Chiefs in a 34-20 loss on Monday Night Football, prompting Jackson to label the reigning Super Bowl champs “our kryptonite.”
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Lamar Jackson isn’t in Patrick Mahomes’ league yet

In a matchup of megastar QBs, Mahomes proved that he is playing a different game than everybody else.
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Stanley Cup Final Game 5 takeaways: What went right for the Stars in epic victory

The Stars stay alive with a double-overtime victory, as Corey Perry notches the winning goal. On to Game 6!
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Adebayo redeemed as Heat advance to Finals

The Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals with more signature performances from Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, beating the Celtics in Game 6 to take the East finals.
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NFL Week 3 takeaways: Bills survive, but the Falcons collapse — again

The Bills outlasted the Rams in Buffalo, but the Falcons dropped another multiscore lead, this time to the 3-0 Bears. Here’s what to know from Week 3.
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NBA Finals: Storylines and stats that matter ahead of Lakers-Heat

The Lakers and Heat are set for an unprecedented Finals matchup in the bubble. Our NBA experts break down what to expect.
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Celtics ‘relax’ after flat half, stave off elimination

The Celtics exploded for 41 points in the third quarter to take control of Friday’s Game 5, which they won 121-108 to force a Game 6 on Sunday.
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Guide to every Week 3 NFL game: Picks, matchup nuggets, more

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for Week 3.
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The Celtics stopped sleepwalking in Game 5

Brad Stevens told his team that for the first time in several games, they were playing Celtics basketball.
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