‘We have to try to help each other’: Goalie using platform to drive conversation about mental health

Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner opened up about his struggles in an effort to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness, and his message resonated beyond hockey.
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The absolute best shooters of this NBA decade

In a decade obsessed with shooting efficiency, these 10 players reformed the ways we look at scoring in pro basketball.
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Sources: Steelers get DB Fitzpatrick from ‘Fins

Minkah Fitzpatrick’s agent requested last week that the Dolphins trade the second-year player, who was the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
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Jets doomed by bad football, bad QB luck — and it will get worse

With the Jets now 0-2, down to their third-string QB and facing a brutal upcoming stretch on the schedule, the playoffs already seem out of reach.
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FIBA All-Stars: Gasol, Giannis and the very best NBA players at the World Cup

Where do Marc Gasol, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert check in among the best performers in China? Do any of Team USA’s stars make the list?
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Brees ‘concerned’ about injury, to see specialist

Saints quarterback Drew Brees left Sunday’s loss to the Rams in the first quarter after injuring his thumb.
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Week 2 NFL takeaways: Huge days for Patriots, 49ers, Cowboys

New England, San Francisco and Dallas each moved to 2-0, but other teams took steps back. Here’s what you need to know from Week 2.
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Wild sign Spurgeon to 7-year, $53M extension

Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who set career highs in goals (14) and assists (29) last season, has signed an extension through the 2026-27 season that averages $ 7.575 million per season.
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Will superstars save Team USA next summer?

The Americans leave China with a seventh-place finish and lot of questions heading into the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
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Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate for Week 2 with a visit from Iron Man

Matthew is in many fantasy leagues, but he’s really excited about his newest one. He details this “super” league and offers his usual lineup advice for this week.
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How a seemingly quiet Saturday got weird in a hurry

It wasn’t always pretty on a weekend in which there were zero matchups of ranked teams, but at least it was entertaining.
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Grading Mitch Marner’s six-year contract with the Maple Leafs

Although the high-scoring winger’s new deal doesn’t have any nice, round numbers involved, it makes sense on a number of levels.
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Kobe: Titles no longer automatic for Team USA

Kobe Bryant thinks Team USA might have to get used to a new reality of losing in major events.
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Von Miller and Khalil Mack’s mutual admiration pass-rushing society

The Broncos’ Miller says the Bears’ Mack is his “guy” and the feeling is reciprocal. A look at their strengths, signature moves and more.
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Ranking the College Football Playoff matchups we’d like to see

Tua vs. Jalen? Fromm vs. Fields? The QB carousel has opened the door to plenty of fascinating playoff matchups this year.
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Wyshynski: 10 NHL fantasy players to avoid in 2019-20 drafts

No thanks, Sergei Bobrovsky and Taylor Hall. Plus, Jersey Foul of the Week, the latest on Mitch Marner, the rawness of Blake Wheeler and more.
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Behind stingy defense, Bucs snap seven-game road losing streak

The shift to Todd Bowles’ aggressive defense is paying off for the Bucs, who shut down Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey in Thursday’s comeback win.
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Cam Newton, Panthers under duress with 0-2 start after loss to Bucs

The Panthers’ season is on the brink of disaster after a 20-14 prime-time loss to the Buccaneers.
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Ranking all 31 NHL prospect pipelines: Why the Rangers are No. 1

The Rangers and Kings got high marks in our preseason NHL prospect pool rankings. See how each team’s pipeline stacks up.
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How Team USA’s roster issues ended a gold-medal run

While the World Cup quarterfinals loss to France was disappointing for the Americans, it wasn’t surprising.
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Biggest Week 2 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Intel on Mosley, Mixon, Mahomes and more

Will the Bengals have their star running back on the field against the 49ers? NFL Nation provides the latest updates direct from locker rooms.
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Looking back at a head-spinning array of home runs

After watching balls fly out of the park in all directions, we break down which of this season’s record 6,125 homers (so far) mean the most — and which mean the least.
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Inside Matt Duchene’s decision to sign with the Predators

The new Nashville center dishes on his free agency, how the NHL can grow the sport in the U.S. and his love of country music.
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The complicated evolution of Dennis Rodman

The mercurial Hall of Famer has been homeless, world famous and everything in between. Now, he struggles to be the one thing he never had: a good father.
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Antonio Brown accused of rape in civil lawsuit

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown was accused of sexually assaulting his former trainer in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday. The NFL will be investigating.
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Judge Dodgers on seven straight titles, not the World Series crown they’re still chasing

L.A.’s dynasty has ruled the NL West by finding talent every way there is to find it, winning with top picks and waiver-wire discoveries.
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‘We’re not going anywhere’: NWHL’s Dani Rylan bullish on league’s future

Despite a boycott by stars of the U.S. women’s national team, the NWHL remains in business, and the commish is fighting for the players who stayed.
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What can Brown do for Team USA? Just about everything

Since teammate Jayson Tatum’s injury, Jaylen Brown has been a key contributor for Team USA.
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Broncos’ summer of optimism sinks early in Black Hole

The Broncos looked out of sync on offense in the first half and showed a lack of depth in their loss to the Raiders.
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In win, Saints steamed over another officiating error

Drew Brees called the officiating error that left the Saints 15 seconds short on a drive to close the first half Monday night “a game-changer.”
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Jake Gardiner deal a September steal for the Hurricanes

Carolina waited patiently for the veteran blueliner, then inked him for a team-friendly number.
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Team USA struggling to put up points in China

Gregg Popovich’s squad ranks just eighth among the 32 teams at the World Cup in points per game and a woeful 20th in field goal percentage. Why can’t this edition of Team USA score?
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O’Connor: Brady, Patriots will be unstoppable if Antonio Brown doesn’t stop them

If the explosive WR adopts the Patriot Way, New England will have enough firepower to evoke memories of its 2007 juggernaut that started 18-0, Ian O’Connor writes.
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Week 1 NFL takeaways: Early concern for the Browns and Falcons?

The Ravens, Cowboys and Patriots shined, while the Browns and Falcons stumbled out of the gate. Here are NFL Nation’s biggest takeaways from Week 1.
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Where top NHL players come from: Top-producing teams, leagues, more

Here’s which teams and leagues — junior, college and international — produce the best NHL prospects, using 15 years of data.
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Popovich’s plan stops Giannis and Greece

Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled against Team USA’s defense in the second round at the FIBA World Cup.
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Rehabbing Antonio Brown will be Bill Belichick’s biggest challenge yet

Brown brings a ton of baggage to the Patriots. Will he be the next Randy Moss or Albert Haynesworth?
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LSU is ‘alright, alright, alright,’ Texas is not, and more Week 2 lessons

Longhorns superfan Matthew McConaughey couldn’t prevent Texas from losing a close one to LSU, which is now firmly in the playoff picture.
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A way-too-early look at the NHL’s 2020 RFA panic

If this summer is any clue, these 11 players are headed for contract showdowns. Plus, Jersey Foul of the week, a ring for Laura Branigan and more.
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Team USA wins by 53, next faces Giannis, Greece

Jaylen Brown had 20 points and seven rebounds as Team USA routed Japan 98-45 to set up a second-round game against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece in the FIBA World Cup.
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Sources: Raiders to suspend AB after tiff with GM

Antonio Brown and Raiders GM Mike Mayock got into it Wednesday, and the team is now planning to suspend its star wide receiver, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Packers’ defense carries load as LaFleur-Rodgers offense starts slow

For the first time since perhaps the Super Bowl season of 2010, the Packers can match teams defense for defense.
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NHL reaches deal to stream all games in Russia

The NHL is expanding its reach into Russia through a new streaming agreement that’s set to make every regular-season and playoff game available in the country.
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32 bold NFL predictions: Records for Lamar Jackson, Aaron Donald and more

If these wild hunches are right, you might see a QB rushing record, monster seasons for OBJ and Zeke, and the Lions and Raiders in the playoffs.
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Barnwell: How all 32 NFL teams can win Super Bowl LIV

Every team can win a title — just look at a few past teams for inspiration. Here’s how all 32 can get to the playoffs and win it all.
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Olczyk hired as Seattle NHL team’s assistant GM

Ricky Olczyk has been announced as the assistant general manager of the expansion NHL franchise in Seattle. He is GM Ron Francis’ third front-office hire.
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Source: Goff extension with Rams worth $134M

Quarterback Jared Goff will stay with the Rams through the 2024 season after agreeing to a four-year extension, with a source telling ESPN the deal is worth $ 134 million and includes an NFL-record $ 110 million guaranteed.
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78th-ranked Dimitrov shocks Federer at US Open

Grigor Dimitrov, ranked 78th in the world, took down third-seeded Roger Federer 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the US Open quarterfinals before a stunned crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night.
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Team USA beats Turkey in OT, Tatum injured

Free throws were the deciding factor in the United States’ overtime win, as Turkey missed its final four to keep the Americans in the game.
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Hurricanes’ Williams stepping away from NHL

Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Williams says he is taking a break from the NHL to start this season.
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Kemba Walker is enjoying his time in the spotlight

As one of two All-Stars on Team USA, and the only member of the roster to change teams this offseason, Kemba Walker is taking time to enjoy the moment.
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Source: Colts, QB Brissett agree to $30M deal

The Colts are extending quarterback Jacoby Brissett on a two-year, $ 30 million deal that includes $ 20 million guaranteed.
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NFL preview: 1-32 projections, breakout picks and a guide to every team

Big questions. Bold predictions. Breakout fantasy football candidates. This is what you need to know for the 2019 season.
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Barbashev re-signs with Blues on 2-year deal

Restricted free agent Ivan Barbashev agreed to terms with the St. Louis Blues on a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $ 1.475 million, the team announced Sunday.
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Source: Steelers extend CB Haden on 2-year deal

Joe Haden and the Steelers agreed to a two-year, $ 22 million extension that includes a $ 16.8 million signing bonus.
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Top seed Djokovic (shoulder) out at US Open

Defending champion Novak Djokovic retired three games into the third set against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday at the US Open.
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Lovejoy retiring after an 11-year career

In 2017, Ben Lovejoy became the first active player to announce he would be donating his brain for concussion research.
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‘Natural-born leader’ Donovan Mitchell seizes role on Team USA

Gregg Popovich has entrusted Donovan Mitchell with a leadership role on Team USA, and the 22-year-old Utah Jazz star has embraced the challenge.
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Barnwell: Bill O’Brien wants the Patriot Way. His trades go against it

In sending away years of valuable draft picks, Bill O’Brien and the GM-by-committee group running the Texans mortgaged the future for a quick fix.
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Bo Nix’s heroics, Mack Brown’s return, Justin Fields’ 5-TD debut top wild Week 1

Auburn’s quarterback gave the Tigers — and the SEC — the biggest win of the night on a day when freshman quarterbacks reigned supreme.
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NHL informs union it won’t terminate labor deal

The union now has until Sept. 15 to decide whether to terminate the agreement as of September 2020.
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‘What did we just watch?’: The bronze that broke USA Basketball

A third-place finish at the 2004 Athens Olympics wasn’t just viewed as a failure — it forced USA Basketball to rethink everything.
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10 lists of 10: Matthew Berry’s breakouts, sleepers and favorite team names

Key fantasy football stats, facts and draft advice in 10 mostly short lists of 10, including the best team names submitted by fans.
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GameDay Kickoff: Auburn, Oregon give Week 1 an added boost

The Tigers-Ducks matchup has big implications for both programs (and we’re not even talking about the playoff). It’s one of several intriguing games during Week 1.
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Six ways the NHL can improve the in-arena experience

From better ticket plans to in-seat gambling to sensory-sensitive nights, here are our suggestions. Plus, the Week in Gritty, Jersey Fouls and more.
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What it’s REALLY like to be cut in the NFL

By Saturday afternoon, more than 1,000 players will lose their jobs. From players and their families to the coaches and agents, when the Turk says, “Bring your playbook — Coach wants to see you,” it affects everybody.
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The NBA superstars we’d pick to start a franchise

Which characteristics are important for a franchise’s No. 1 star? Who would be the most coveted players? The Hoop Collective crew debates.
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No distractions: An NFL veteran opens up on his sexuality

There is not a single openly LGBTQ player in the NFL. Defensive end Ryan Russell wants to change that. “Whatever I was to you before this letter, I’m still that now. We just know each other a little better.”
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Kobe: ‘Nothin but love’ for Shaq after drama

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, who won three titles together with the Lakers, were trending after a quote from Bryant on July 29 surfaced, saying he could have had “12 rings” if O’Neal spent more time in the gym.
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The toughest running backs to tackle and how they do it

Whether it’s a spin move, a shoulder wiggle or just plain running over someone, these three running backs are the toughest to stop in the NFL.
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‘Her career is as important as my career’: How Jacob Trouba and Kelly Tyson balance their ambitions

After the challenges of a (very) long-distance relationship while he was in Winnipeg, the defenseman and his partner are happy he’s in New York.
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Gone in 3.9 seconds: Where basketball took JamesOn Curry

JamesOn Curry played 3.9 seconds in 2010, never to step foot on an NBA court again. He would rise, he would fall, he would be broke, he would be broken. And then the game would save his life.
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‘Let’s have all the people write us off’: Blue Jackets’ GM confident in his team

Despite losing three critical free agents this offseason, Jarmo Kekalainen thinks his team remains a top contender.
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Which preseason storylines matter? Barnwell’s verdict on 11 big ones

Jimmy Garoppolo’s mechanics look off. Antonio Brown’s weird summer. Let’s assess notable preseason storylines.
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How did the Cardinals take over the NL Central race?

A week into August, the Redbirds looked cooked, but they’ve bounced back to become one of baseball’s hottest teams.
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Sources: Patriots C Andrews’ season in jeopardy

Patriots starting center David Andrews’ season is in doubt because of blood clots in his lungs, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
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Oilers’ McDavid (knee) getting ready for camp

Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who injured his knee in April, says he’s “working towards” being ready for the start of training camp.
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Why Team USA has no margin for error at the FIBA World Cup

An uneven tuneup schedule has shined a spotlight on Team USA’s flaws. Here’s what should worry this unproven group the most.
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Projecting the NFL’s best: Our experts ranked players from 1 to 100

We ranked the top 100 players in the NFL for the 2019 season. Here’s the complete list, starting with a dominant defensive lineman.
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IIHF suspends Kuznetsov 4 years for cocaine

Evgeny Kuznetsov will not face a suspension by the NHL after the International Ice Hockey Federation suspended the Capitals player four years after he tested positive for cocaine.
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Debating the NBA’s most overrated and underrated teams

What are the most surprising win totals and standings in the NBA summer forecast?
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NFL preseason Week 3 takeaways: Titans not exactly in midseason form

The Steelers’ dress rehearsal Sunday went pretty well — the Titans’, not so much. Here’s a look at all the big takeaways from the third full week of the 2019 NFL preseason.
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Sources: Nets extend LeVert for 3 years, $52.5M

Nets guard Caris LeVert has agreed to a three-year, $ 52.5 million contract extension, league sources told ESPN.
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Harden working to unleash one-legged 3 in NBA

Rockets star James Harden said he’s working on incorporating a one-legged, step-back 3-pointer into his repertoire.
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Emotional Luck announces retirement from NFL

Saying constant injuries have taken the joy out of the game, Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday night.
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What just happened? Barnwell makes sense of Andrew Luck’s shocking decision

The Colts quarterback’s surprising retirement changes the entire complexion of the NFL, in 2019 and beyond.
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Wysh List: Matchmaking the best homes for remaining free agents

There are still some big names out there looking for a team for 2019-20. Plus, thoughts on Bill Guerin’s hire, Jersey Fouls and more.
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From breakups to makeups: NBA reunions that defied expectations

These stars said, “We are never ever, ever getting back together,” but it turns out time heals all wounds, as it did for Dwight Howard and the Lakers.
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Buccaneers backup Gabbert dislocates shoulder

Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert departed Friday night’s preseason game in the third quarter with a dislocated shoulder.
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Week 3 preseason takeaways: Browns might have the defensive muscle to match their offense

The Cleveland D recorded five first-half sacks, the Packers and Raiders ad-libbed and Daniel Jones impressed.
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How the NHL has changed in the past 10 years … and what’s next

Scoring is up, fighting is (way) down. Two new expansion teams. 3-on-3 OT. Here’s how far the league has come, and where it’s headed.
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Big questions, greatest edge for seven NBA title contenders

Our NBA experts dive into the title chances for the top seven contenders.
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Flores: Jay-Z songs intended to ‘challenge’ Stills

Dolphins coach Brian Flores explained that his motive behind playing eight Jay-Z songs during Tuesday’s practice wasn’t to troll receiver Kenny Stills, but to challenge him to “perform regardless of whatever is going on outside.”
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Week 3 preseason takeaways: O Canada, land of the shortened field

The Packers and Raiders ad-libbed, Daniel Jones impressed and Tom Brady showed his wheels. Here’s a look at the big takeaways from the third full week of the preseason.
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The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

How do we rank the best of the best from the past 10 seasons? What about the top runners-up? And who takes the crown as the decade’s worst?
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NBA preseason predictions: Our experts’ picks for 2019-20

We polled the experts on the ESPN Forecast panel for their predictions heading into the 2019-20 NBA season.
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Matthew Berry’s top 200 fantasy football PPR rankings

If you’re searching for detailed 2019 fantasy football rankings, we’ve got you covered. Check back throughout the summer for updates.
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Advice for rookie NFL head coaches, and what all six have to prove

Here’s what the new coaches of the Packers, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, Dolphins and Cardinals have to do to make successful transitions.
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The NHL’s All-Decade Awards: MVP, best and worst trades, and more

What if the Hart Trophy were doled out for the entire 10-season stretch? We pick winners for all the major awards and some fun made-up ones, too.
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The inside story of the moment that changed the NBA forever

For four days, the Donald Sterling tapes threatened to shut down the 2014 NBA playoffs. Five years later, it remains one of the great what-ifs in league history.
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Preseason Power Rankings: Who’s on the hot seat entering 2019?

Whose job is on the line this season? Here’s how we project the NFL’s best and worst teams, from 1-32.
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His place in Dodgers history already secure, Clayton Kershaw eclipses Sandy Koufax

With his 166th career win, Kershaw moved into the top five in Dodgers history by passing another all-time great left-hander.
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The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

We picked a starting six for every team to represent the best of the 2010s, with no shortage of tough calls throughout.
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Pop’s plans, scrimmage woes and more big Team USA takeaways

Which star has been most impressive in camp? Should Pop be worried about this roster? Brian Windhorst and Ohm Youngmisuk hit the biggest talking points ahead of Team USA’s World Cup journey.
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Source: Brown files new grievance over helmet

The new grievance is part of Antonio Brown’s ongoing fight over an NFL policy that requires helmet certification according to industry standards.
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Fantasy football rankings: The 192 players who should be drafted this season

Mike Clay breaks down his top-192 fantasy football rankings to tell you who is rising or falling and when each player should be taken.
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Sources: Howard OK’d to talk with Lakers, others

Dwight Howard’s representatives have been given permission by the Grizzlies to speak to teams that might have interest in acquiring the center, including the Lakers, sources say.
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Jets’ Gase blames self for Williamson’s torn ACL

Jets coach Adam Gase blames himself for playing Avery Williamson late into the second quarter of Thursday’s preseason game. After Williamson suffered a season-ending injury, Gase decided running back Le’Veon Bell won’t play in the preseason.
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Billionaire hopes business acumen helps Coyotes

Billionaire Alex Meruelo, the first Hispanic majority owner of an NHL team, said that, as chairman of the Arizona Coyotes, he hopes to quash relocation rumors and is “committed to staying here.”
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Raiders GM: Time for AB to be ‘all-in or all-out’

Antonio Brown has departed Raiders training camp again over his helmet issue, leading general manager Mike Mayock to issue the wide receiver an ultimatum: “It’s time for him to be all-in or all-out.”
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Raiders WR Antonio Brown’s frostbite joins list of most bizarre recent sports injuries

Antonio Brown has missed part of Raiders training camp due to a bizarre frostbite injury … which got us thinking about some other weird ways athletes have gotten hurt.
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An intern no more, Darius Bazley is ready for the NBA challenge

After a year in a unique role with New Balance, the Oklahoma City Thunder forward is ready for the transition to the NBA and ready to help anyone who wants to follow his path.
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Pats players ‘pulling for’ reinstated WR Gordon

Patriots players expressed excitement about welcoming back Josh Gordon, who was conditionally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday, with team captain Matthew Slater saying, “We’re going to do everything we can to support him.”
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Miocic knocks out Cormier to reclaim UFC crown

Stipe Miocic got his revenge by knocking out Daniel Cormier in the fourth round of their rematch to reclaim the UFC heavyweight championship on Saturday at UFC 241 in Anaheim, California.
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‘Rebuild’ accelerated: Are the Rangers ready to contend now?

New York’s turnaround seemed to go much faster than expected. How high have the expectations risen for 2019-20?
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Morey: ‘Factual’ Harden a better scorer than MJ

Rockets GM Daryl Morey has always championed his players, and he has gone to a new extreme in praising James Harden, saying his star guard is a better scorer than Michael Jordan.
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Reid rips Jay-Z over Kap remarks, deal with NFL

Panthers safety Eric Reid continued to be critical of Jay-Z on Friday, saying it was “asinine” of him to say “we’ve moved past kneeling” and calling his partnership with the NFL a “money move.”
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Week 2 preseason takeaways: Up and down night for Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones

The No. 6 overall pick had a roller-coaster game the night after No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray struggled.
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Early fantasy hockey rankings for 2019-20

Missing fantasy hockey? Sean Allen provides a sneak peek at next season, dropping his early 2019-20 top-250 rankings and noting some surprising grades for various players.
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Cousins injury left Draymond ‘at a loss for words’

Draymond Green was at a loss for words and didn’t know what he could say to DeMarcus Cousins after the news of Cousins’ crushing ACL injury.
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Megatron partners in marijuana-for-CTE research

Former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and his business partner, ex-NFL lineman Rob Sims, have partnered with Harvard to research the benefits of medical marijuana for CTE and pain management.
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Week 2 takeaways: Kyler Murray struggles, Dwayne Haskins makes a big throw

The No. 1 overall pick was given a crash course in blitzes and false starts Thursday, and Washington’s top pick continued to show off a big arm.
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Wings get Erne from Lightning for draft pick

The Detroit Red Wings have acquired forward Adam Erne from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft.
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Zion, top rookies discuss first dunk, swapping jerseys and Vinsanity

Jaxson Hayes wants to swap jerseys with LeBron. Coby White wants to learn to play the piano. Cam Reddish is looking forward to facing Kevin Durant. Get to know the NBA’s top rookies.
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Browns rookie goes from sleeping on the street to scoring a TD

Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi didn’t play football in high school, and talked his way into a Browns tryout. Now he’s pushing for a roster spot after an emotional punt return for a TD.
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Jay-Z defends NFL-Roc Nation deal, talks Kap

Jay-Z said he still supports former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but now is focused on action. “Everybody knows I agree with what you’re saying [in Kaepernick’s underlying message]. So what are we gonna do?”
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Popovich: Kaepernick did ‘a very patriotic thing’

USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich praised former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday, saying that his act of bringing light to social justice and racial inequality in the country “was a very patriotic thing.”
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Panthers to retire Luongo’s number in March

Roberto Luongo’s No. 1 jersey will be retired by the Florida Panthers on March 7. Luongo will become the first Panthers player to have his number retired.
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Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate for the 2019 season

It’s the must-read column of the fantasy football preseason, highlighting Berry’s most undervalued and overvalued players in drafts.
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Did the helmet rule actually work? And how will it change in 2019?

The NFL rolled out an aggressive change last season with the helmet rule. But was it effective? And what can we expect from it going forward?
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AB eager to rejoin Raiders after losing grievance

An arbitrator was sympathetic to Antonio Brown’s argument that he should be allowed to wear his old helmet but ultimately issued a “very kind denial.”
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Reunions, Zion and Hollywood drama: Every game we can’t wait to see

Mark your calendars, because the full NBA schedule has been unveiled. Here are our can’t-miss games for 2019-20.
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Canes, GM Waddell agree on multiyear extension

The Carolina Hurricanes and general manager Don Waddell have agreed on a multiyear contract extension.
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Barnwell: Has the inevitable Drew Brees decline already begun?

For years, the rest of the Saints held back Brees from winning his second Super Bowl. Now? The quarterback is showing clear signs of regression.
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Patriots teammates pulling for Josh Gordon beyond football

Patriots players hope the WR is “doing well, progressing the way he needs to progress” while Roger Goodell considers his request for reinstatement.
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Bagley withdraws from Team USA consideration

Kings forward Marvin Bagley III has pulled out of the competition for a Team USA roster spot ahead of the FIBA World Cup.
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Blues D Edmundson awarded $3.1M in arbitration

Joel Edmundson, the only one of four arbitration-eligible Blues players to not get a multiyear deal, has been awarded a $ 3.1 million, one-year contract in arbitration.
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Orioles’ upset of Astros one of biggest in 15 years

Baltimore, with its 8-7 win over Houston turned in one of the biggest MLB upsets in 15 years after entering the game +420 underdogs at some U.S. sportsbooks.
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Engrave error: Lehner’s trophy lists wrong team

Robin Lehner, who was presented with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in June, revealed on Twitter that his award listed his team as the Rangers instead of the Islanders.
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Team USA cuts Young, Adebayo after scrimmage

Following an exhibition game against the younger Select Team on Friday night, Team USA announced Thaddeus Young and Bam Adebayo were cut from the senior roster, and Select Team members Derrick White and Marvin Bagley III were promoted.
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Preseason Week 1 takeaways: Mecole Hardman adds more speed to Chiefs’ offense

Kansas City’s top draft pick showed he could add another wrinkle to the Chiefs’ potent offense. It was all part of the big takeaways from the opening week of the 2019 NFL preseason.
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Gruden defends AB; calls helmet ‘personal’ issue

Jon Gruden defended his star wide receiver on Saturday, calling his frostbitten feet a “total accident” and saying his helmet situation is a personal matter.
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Antonio Brown could quit over his helmet? Let us explain

The Raiders wide receiver is threatening to leave football because his helmet of choice is prohibited for use in the NFL. What happens next?
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Sources: AB says no football without old helmet

Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has threatened to not play football if the NFL will not allow him to wear the same helmet he has worn throughout his career, even though it is no longer approved, sources told ESPN.
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Meet this summer’s most coveted sneaker free agents

Luka Doncic, P.J. Tucker and Devin Booker lead a veteran class that is expected to draw interest from a number of different brands.
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N.Y. board approves Islanders’ $1.3B arena plan

The New York state board responsible for economic development has approved a $ 1.3 billion project to build a 19,000-seat arena for the Islanders at Belmont Park.
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Wysh List: NHL national TV schedule winners and losers

We’ll be seeing lots of Sidney Crosby again, but where’s the love for Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid? Plus, Jersey Fouls, GM pay and more.
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NFL rookie QB debuts: How Murray, Jones, Haskins fared

The Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, Giants’ Daniel Jones and Redskins’ Dwayne Haskins made their first game-day throws Thursday. How did they look?
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NFL preseason Week 1 takeaways: Baker Mayfield, Browns off to picture perfect start

Baker Mayfield and the Browns lived up to the offseason hype on their first series and the other big takeaways from the opening week of the 2019 NFL preseason.
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What is Gregg Popovich doing coaching Team USA?

The Spurs coach doesn’t have anything to prove. So why is he sweating out practices in the desert with an undermanned Team USA squad?
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Team USA’s green monster: A Boston quartet could take on the world

Kemba Walker and his new teammates are taking advantage of Team USA training camp to build chemistry and usher in a new era in Boston.
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Predicting the NHL’s latest ‘lottery ticket’ contracts

After being bought out, players like Kevin Shattenkirk offer serious low-risk/high-reward potential. We rate the latest deals, and grade some from years’ past.
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How to wait on fantasy quarterbacks in drafts and succeed

Whether you’re new to fantasy football or a grizzled vet, having a sound quarterback-streaming strategy could put you over the top. Here is everything you need to know, including week-by-week streamers.
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Stills calls out Fins owner for Trump fundraiser

Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills is unhappy that team owner Stephen Ross will host a fundraiser for Donald Trump, saying it goes against what Ross’ RISE Foundation stands for.
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