Salty Seahawks could wreak havoc in the postseason

In an era of prolific passing attacks, the Seahawks are following an old formula by leaning on a good defense and a power running game.
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Bulls try to extract positives from latest loss

For the second game in a row, the Bulls were booed off their home floor following a loss to the Kings on Monday, but new coach Jim Boylen credited his team for playing “one of the better halves of the year in the first half.”
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The most surprising NHL players this season

Which players have shocked us the most with their great (or lackluster) play? We make our picks, and offer insight on what’s to come.
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Wade: LeBron had my number on play at end

LeBron James helped usher Dwyane Wade into the sunset by locking him down in the waning seconds of their final NBA matchup and forcing him into a 3-point circus shot that didn’t fall.
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Lowe’s 10 things: Bucks’ weak spot, Russ 3s and Kuzma

This week the spotlight falls on John Wall stagnation, Kawhi stretching and a new headband trend.
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What Anthony Duclair learned at each of his NHL stops

The speedy winger explains how each team helped contribute to the education of a player still realizing his potential, and what comes next.
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Bears crash NFC party with defensive masterpiece against Rams

After Sunday night’s destruction of the Rams’ offense, one thing is clear: The Bears are for real, and they are a legitimate threat to win the NFC.
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Week 14 takeaways: Danger zone for Redskins and Panthers?

Bad losses for Carolina and Washington have both teams nearly out of the playoff picture. NFL Nation dives into Week 14’s lessons.
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Week 14 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 14 here.
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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 14

The Colts could be without T.Y. Hilton in a critical matchup against the Texans. NFL Nation reporters update all the key injuries for every team.
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Doncic wows with solo 11-0 run late in Mavs’ win

While Luka Doncic downplayed his rookie-season success, the Mavericks weren’t being quite as modest after Saturday night’s win. “He’s not an ordinary 19-year-old, we’ll say that,” veteran Devin Harris said.
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Predicting which NHL teams’ fortunes will reverse

We’re through about one-third of the campaign, and some teams’ good (or bad) starts are misleading. Here’s who will turn things around.
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Inside the NFL’s scoring explosion: Flex backs, first downs and flags

Scoring is out of control in the NFL this season, with record highs in points, yards and passing touchdowns. We set out to answer why.
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Embiid: Role since Butler trade ‘frustrates me’

Sixers center Joel Embiid said he feels his offense has taken a hit since the team acquired Jimmy Butler last month, saying that being used as a stretch-5 “really frustrates me.”
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Why the NHL should expand the playoffs

In his weekly Wysh List, Greg Wyshynski makes his case for expanding the NHL playoffs. Plus, Gritty continues to shine.
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Warriors end road trip with another one of their patented messages

Golden State shut down Milwaukee, flashing scary potential for a team that will be adding Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins very soon.
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NHL Awards Watch: MacKinnon for Hart, McDonagh for Norris

With two months in the books, the races for the big awards in the NHL are shaping up.
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Ex-MLB players Valbuena, Castillo killed in crash

Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died Thursday night in a car accident, their Venezuelan team confirmed.
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Titans’ Henry matches Dorsett with 99-yard TD run

Henry earned a piece of NFL history Thursday night as his 99-yard TD run tied him with Tony Dorsett for the league’s longest run.
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Carmelo Anthony is the last great American ball hog

Gregg Popovich says there’s no beauty in basketball anymore. Melo’s fall helps make his case.
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The Sixers being this good is a minor miracle

Despite a Twitter scandal for the ages and the ongoing Markelle Fultz saga, the Philadelphia 76ers are somehow thriving this season.
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Everything you need to know about Seattle’s new NHL team

When will they start playing? What will they be called? How is the NHL going to realign? We answer the key questions after the big announcement.
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Week 14 Power Rankings: Where all 32 teams rank No. 1 … almost

Even the worst teams are the best at something — or close to it. Where does your team excel? Our NFL Nation reporters have answers.
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Tracking underclassmen declarations for 2019 NFL draft: Full list

Next year’s draft is loaded along the defensive line, and some of the best have already decided to enter the class. Here’s the full list.
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Don’t tell Wentz the Eagles are a playoff long shot

This season hasn’t gone to plan, and Philadelphia is still unlikely to make the playoffs, but Wentz won’t let the Eagles be down for long.
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Redskins QB McCoy breaks leg to end season

Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy fractured the lower part of his right fibula Monday night, resulting in Mark Sanchez taking over in only his second game with the franchise.
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It doesn’t matter where or who — Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets can beat you

There’s no one in the NBA like Nikola Jokic, and no one can figure out how to defend him. His triple-double on Monday led the Nuggets to a big win in Toronto.
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Jeff Skinner on Sabres’ success, joining Bills Mafia and more

We check in with Buffalo’s scoring whiz on the team’s turnaround, playing with Jack Eichel and his former team’s postgame celebrations.
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Steel melts: Steelers suffer historic collapse to Chargers

Pittsburgh had never lost a home game in which it had a 16-point lead until Sunday night.
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Clippers’ Beverley tossed for throwing ball at fan

Clippers guard Patrick Beverley accused a Mavericks fan sitting courtside of cursing his mother on Sunday, prompting him to throw a crisp bounce pass at the man during a break in play early in the fourth quarter.
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Picking winners for every bowl game matchup

From Dec. 15 through Jan. 7, the Celebration Bowl through the CFP National Championship, Adam Rittenberg picks his winners for bowl season.
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Leafs, Nylander ink 6-year deal before deadline

The Maple Leafs and restricted free agent William Nylander have agreed to a six-year, $ 41.77 million deal that will keep the 22-year-old in Toronto.
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What Saturday’s results mean for the College Football Playoff

What does Alabama’s epic win over Georgia mean? Did Ohio State do enough to leapfrog Oklahoma? We try to answer those questions and more before Sunday’s CFP Selection Show (noon ET, ESPN).
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Week 13 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 13 here.
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Stephen Curry is back, but it wasn’t the return he hoped for

Sometimes Steph Curry has memorable return games. Saturday night in Detroit was not one of those games.
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Predictions on the biggest NHL free-agent decisions of 2019

Jeff Skinner, Artemi Panarin and Mitch Marner are among the players hitting free agency next summer. What should their teams do?
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Lowe’s 10 things: Luka, a lost Bull and a rookie unicorn

This week the spotlight falls on Luka Doncic and the Mavs, growth in OKC and shaky shot selection.
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Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State or Oklahoma loses, what happens then?

Here are five scenarios the College Football Playoff selection committee will have to consider if Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State and/or UCF loses this weekend.
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Chiefs cut ties with Hunt after release of video

Kareem Hunt’s time with the Chiefs is over. The AFC leaders cut ties with their star running back, a move that came hours after TMZ published a video of him shoving and kicking a woman in February.
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NHL Power Rankings: Players who have leveled up in 2018-19

How high have the Sabres climbed? Plus, we identify a player on each team who has taken a big step forward this season.
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Cowboys’ path to playoffs becomes clearer after stunning upset of Saints

Dallas holds the Saints’ explosive offense to 176 total yards in securing its fourth straight victory with a statement win.
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Brees credits Cowboys as 10-win streak ends

After a historic start to the season, the Saints’ offense failed to deliver in Thursday night’s 13-10 loss to the Cowboys. The Saints carried a 10-game winning streak into the contest.
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Kawhi Leonard was brought to the Raptors for moments like this

The Raptors’ thrilling overtime win against the defending champs goes a long way in validating their blockbuster offseason trade.
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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 13

Will the Bears have Mitchell Trubisky on the field against the Giants this week? NFL Nation reporters update all the key injuries for every team.
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Westbrook ties Kidd on all-time triple-doubles list

Coming off a dismal shooting night, Russell Westbrook had 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists for his 107th career triple-double, matching Jason Kidd for third on the all-time list, as the Thunder routed the Cavs 100-83 on Wednesday.
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Roundtable: Reasons for Rangers’ success, Penguins’ woes

Will the Capitals win another division title? What’s behind the Rangers’ success (and can it continue)? What trades should the Canes explore?
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Warriors feeling good, in time for showdown with Raptors

Golden State’s five-game road trip begins with a potential NBA Finals preview, as the team appears to have put its troubles in the past.
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Oklahoma ahead of Ohio State was the right call by CFP committee

If you compare the teams’ resumes, it makes sense the committee ranked the Sooners higher. But that doesn’t mean things won’t change on Sunday.
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Rating every NFL coach’s job security: Who’s safe, who’s not

Mike McCarthy’s Packers are facing another season without the playoffs. Pete Carroll’s Seahawks are pushing for a wild-card spot.
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Lakers’ Ball sprains ankle, says he’ll play Thu.

Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball underwent X-rays on his left ankle that revealed a “regular sprain,” but he said he’ll be ready to play in the Lakers’ next game Thursday against the Pacers.
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Flyers goalie Carter Hart wishes the future was now

The 2016 draft pick is Philly’s future franchise goalie. Despite the organization’s patience, the 20-year-old wants to accelerate his ascension.
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Harden’s 54 highlights backcourts’ historic duel

With Rockets guards James Harden and Eric Gordon combining for 90 points and the Wizards’ John Wall and Bradley Beal totaling 68, they scored the most points, with 158, by both teams’ starting backcourts on record.
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Barnwell: Sorting the cluttered, chaotic AFC playoff sprint

The Ravens, Colts and Broncos are surging. The Bengals and Dolphins are skidding. Let’s make sense of the AFC postseason seeding.
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Titans’ playoff hopes plummet over the course of two snaps

The Titans were stuffed on fourth-and-1, and after turning it over on downs, the Texans’ Lamar Miller made them pay with a 97-yard TD run.
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Trade Grades: Blackhawks earn A- in landing Strome, Perlini

The Blackhawks swapped one first-rounder for two from the Coyotes. Which team came out ahead?
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Week 12 NFL playoff picture: Pats slide past Steelers for bye

If the regular season ended right now, here’s how the top six would look in each conference. Plus clinching scenarios.
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Vikings stay on playoff path with victory over Packers

In the midst of a stretch that likely will decide its playoff fate, Minnesota held on to a wild-card spot in the NFC with a win over Green Bay.
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Lakers come up empty late, but should trust LeBron’s decisions

The Lakers failed to score in the last 2:24 of a loss to the Magic, but LeBron James will stay true to his instincts.
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Pop: Kawhi great player, but wasn’t leader for us

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard’s “talent will always be missed,” but that Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills filled the leadership roles during Leonard’s time in San Antonio.
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Laine first with 5 goals since ’11; fan scores big

Patrik Laine scored five goals Saturday in the Winnipeg Jets’ 8-4 victory at St. Louis, earning one fan a big payday thanks to a “Score & Win” contest put on by Sobeys/Safeway.
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Finally the CFP has a debate: Oklahoma or Ohio State?

Ohio State significantly improved its resume with its big win over Michigan, which means the College Football Playoff finally has some comparable teams to debate.
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Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate for Week 12

Did you make a trade you regret this season? Or did you drop a player who became a star? Matthew shares some notable examples.
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Stat padding? No, Westbrook has a new look for Thunder

Russell Westbrook is in his 11th NBA season, and this particular Thunder team is allowing him to do the little things more.
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The Wysh List: What exactly is the plan here, Oilers?

Connor McDavid deserves better than this. Plus, projections on the 2019 playoff field, Gritty’s big week, Jersey Fouls of the week and more.
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The most important takeaway for each Top 25 team

Oklahoma earns a rematch with Texas, Washington spoils Washington State’s dream season and UCF stays perfect. What else have we learned?
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Week 12 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 12 here.
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Penguins put goalie Murray on injured reserve

The Pittsburgh Penguins placed goaltender Matt Murray on injured reserve Thursday because of a lower-body injury.
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Thanksgiving Day takeaways: Bears, Cowboys prevail; Saints’ streak hits 10

The Saints’ winning streak continued as they stayed in contention for home field in the NFC. The Bears and Cowboys also improved their postseason hopes. NFL Nation dives into Week 12.
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Week 12 NFL playoff picture: Cowboys in first in NFC East

Dallas is now in the postseason mix after a win against division foe Washington. Here’s how the top six look in each conference.
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NHL Power Rankings: All 31 teams as a Thanksgiving dish

There were some wild moves up and down the ranks this week. Plus, we create a Thanksgiving feast, with each team as a particular dish.
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LeBron’s return provides new memories, little clarity

Having left behind complicated legacies in Miami and Cleveland, is LeBron James destined to be liked by many but loved by few?
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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 12

Is this the week that A.J. Green returns? NFL Nation reporters update all the key injuries for every team.
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LeBron salutes Cavs fans after ‘great’ return

LeBron James was greeted with a standing ovation in his return to Cleveland on Wednesday night, his first game facing the Cavaliers as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Richard Jefferson: I’m going to miss dunking on people

In his own words, recently retired Richard Jefferson reflects on the 2016 NBA Finals, the best coach he played for, his early days with the Nets and what he’ll miss most.
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Predators help young fan with terminal illness live hockey dream

Ethan McClean, 10 years old and diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, thought he was going to live some of his hockey dreams. It ended up being much more.
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What the CFP and New Year’s Six would look like if they were played today

UCF earned the highest ranking of any Group of 5 team in the College Football Playoff era, but is there a path for the Knights to the top four?
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Week 12 Power Rankings: Why every NFL team is thankful

It’s easy to count the blessings of the one-loss teams, but what about the cellar-dwellers? We have reasons all 32 teams should give thanks.
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NBA Power Rankings: More Jimmy drama and a rising OKC

Where are the Sixers after Jimmy Butler’s late-game heroics? And see why the Thunder — even without Russell Westbrook — are climbing the charts.
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Roundtable: Will the Sabres make the playoffs?

With nearly a quarter of the season in the books, Buffalo is in playoff position. Is that where it will finish after Game No. 82?
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Turnovers trump TDs on a near-magnificent night for Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes threw for a career-high 478 yards and a Monday Night Football-record six touchdowns. But he lost two fumbles and threw three INTs.
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Rams, Chiefs combine for record night on MNF

A game that quarterback Jared Goff fittingly called “four quarters of craziness” saw the Rams and Chiefs combine to add multiple entries to the NFL record book on Monday night.
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Vegas defenseman Schmidt back from suspension

The Golden Knights get defenseman Nate Schmidt back from suspension Sunday night.
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Warriors trying to keep perspective after dramatic week

The Warriors have lost four of their past five games, but they see this as an opportunity to come together.
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Full Week 11 NFL playoff picture: How the NFC, AFC look right now

With back-to-back wins, the Cowboys are on the fringes of the postseason. Here’s how the top six looks in each conference.
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Don’t fret, Washington: Anything is possible in the chaotic NFC East

Ten games of the 2018 season are in the books, yet we still have no clue how the NFC East is going to shake out.
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Prime-time Parlay: Straight-up picks for this week’s biggest games

Prime-time Parlay is your FPI-based guide that predicts the results of all the biggest NFL games of Week 11.
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The Celtics need some soul-searching after another listless offensive showing

The sum of Boston’s offense continues to be less than its parts, and it’s becoming a major Celtics problem.
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Bruins defenseman Chara (knee) out 4 weeks

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will miss at least four weeks with a left knee injury, the team announced.
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Notre Dame’s statement for elite inclusion, and five more implications from Saturday

On a day when the rest of the top 10 struggled (at least a little) with lesser opponents, Notre Dame inserted itself into the conversation with Alabama and Clemson.
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Butler: ‘So much more fun’ playing with 76ers

Jimmy Butler was effusive in praising his 76ers teammates after Friday night’s win over the Jazz, saying, “Basketball is just that easy. With this group of guys, it is really easy.”
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Week 11 score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 11 here.
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Mitchell at a loss after rare 35-shot, 0-assist night

Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points on 35 shot attempts and had no assists, leaving the second-year Jazz star to question his performance in Utah’s 113-107 loss to the 76ers.
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NHL players deserve better than this

In his weekly Wysh List, Greg Wyshynski explains that NHL players deserve to be compensated more for their injuries post-career.
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Bad to brilliant: Wilson keeps Seahawks’ playoff hopes alive

Russell Wilson rebounds from rough first half and rallies the Seahawks past the Packers in a game they had to have.
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Packers’ season on brink after another loss in Seattle

At 4-5-1 with six games to play, Green Bay’s chances of making the playoffs dropped to 31 percent.
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KD on Green incident: ‘Don’t ask me that again’

While Kevin Durant was quick to shut down a reporter’s question about his incident with Draymond Green, Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged the team is “banged up spiritually” after a tumultuous week.
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NHL Power Rankings: Troubling trends for all 31 teams

The Wild make a big move in our latest update, but the Predators and Lightning remain 1-2. Where does your team land?
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LeBron eclipses Wilt, now 5th all time in scoring

Lakers star LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Thursday night. He now has 31,425 points for his career, with his childhood idol, Michael Jordan, next up at No. 4.
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NHL superstars roundtable: Top priorities in the next CBA

The NHL is in a good spot now, but labor debates loom. Here’s what a panel of superstars say they want out of the next collective bargaining agreement.
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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 11

Will the Chiefs have Sammy Watkins against the Rams? NFL Nation reporters update all the key injuries for every team.
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Lakers cook up more than ‘instant oatmeal’ in win

Los Angeles has come a long way since its opening night loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Losing $14.5M and a season? How we got here with Le’Veon Bell

Two franchise tags, $ 855K lost per week and one lost season. The stalemate is finally over, but getting to this point is a complicated story.
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Warriors suspend Green for game after dust-up

Draymond Green was suspended one game without pay after hours of organizational conversations Tuesday in which senior leadership expressed concern over one of the most volatile episodes in the team’s dynastic run, sources told ESPN.
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Who has the best group of defensemen in the NHL?

Is it the Predators? The Sharks? Someone else? We debate which blue-line crew we’d want to build our team around.
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Durant wants to keep Green incident ‘in-house’

Warriors star Kevin Durant offered short answers while discussing his issues with Draymond Green following Tuesday’s win over the Hawks, saying, “What happened, happened. We’re trying to move on.”
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Why Jimmy Butler may not solve Philly’s biggest problem

There are big questions about how Jimmy Butler fits next to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in the Sixers’ struggling offense.
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The biggest Hall of Fame snubs, and whom they should replace

It’s unjust that these players remain on the outside looking in. Plus, which players would we remove to make room for our snubs?
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Not done yet: Eli Manning leads Giants past Niners

Manning engineered his 36th career game-winning drive, but just his second in the past two seasons.
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49ers bring fire-struck Paradise team to game

It was an invitation the Paradise High School football team was all too ready to accept — a chance to spend the evening with the Niners after the Camp Fire ripped through their town late last week.
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Raiders’ Davis on 1-8 start: ‘Buck stops with me’

In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN after a 20-6 loss to the Chargers on Sunday, Raiders owner Mark Davis accepted blame for the team’s poor season.
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Sources: Carmelo’s teammates believe he’s gone

Houston Rockets players and coaches believe Carmelo Anthony has played his final game for the franchise, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
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Boeser (groin) to miss Canucks’ next 4 games

Brock Boeser will miss at least four games for the Vancouver Canucks because of a groin injury. Coach Travis Green said Boeser is week to week.
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Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott help save Cowboys season, for now

Elliott was able to gain 151 yards against an elite run defense as the Cowboys notched their first road win and kept their slim playoff hopes alive.
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Sabres trade D Fedun to Stars for draft pick

The Stars have acquired defenseman Taylor Fedun from the Sabres, who received a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft.
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The Lakers finally defended, and now they’re at .500

It took 12 games, but the Los Angeles Lakers finally held an opponent under 110 points and improved to 6-6.
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Fantasy fallout: Can you trust Dalvin, Duke and David?

Running backs in Minnesota and Cleveland shined in Week 9, and signs point to some more players returning to fantasy relevance in Week 10.
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Kyler for Heisman, UCF for CFP and more fun Week 11 arguments

Why any college football devil’s advocate should consider the Sooners’ quarterback and the Knights.
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Week 10 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 10 here.
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Ingles and Crowder overshadow Hayward’s return

Jazz fans started the night booing Gordon Hayward but ended it in awe of Joe Ingles’ career-high performance and Jae Crowder’s ability to seal the win.
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The education of Red Wings rookie Dennis Cholowski

Cholowski is making his quick jump from the WHL to the NHL look easy, but that’s not surprising given how quickly his prospect star rose.
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The teams that simply cannot lose this weekend

The margin for error is very slim for the likes of Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia this weekend.
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Thanks for noticing: Bucks on a mission to show they’re for real

The defending NBA champs saw a piece of themselves in the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Bucks were happy to validate the praise.
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Fix-it shop: How struggling NHL teams can get back in the race

Every season, a few teams sitting near the bottom in November turn it around to make the playoffs. Here’s how this year’s bunch can do the same.
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Ben Roethlisberger has Steelers playing like a team possessed

Roethlisberger was perfect against the Panthers, and the rolling Steelers weren’t far off in showing that their season could prove special after all.
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Steelers, Panthers set record for fastest 3 TDs

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game did something no two teams had done in the Super Bowl era.
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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 10

Will the Bears have Khalil Mack back in the lineup in Week 10? NFL Nation reporters update all the key injuries for every team.
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Tyson Chandler gives the Lakers exactly what they needed in debut

The veteran center made an immediate impact on the Lakers’ defense and rebounding just a day after arriving from Phoenix.
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Looking ahead to the Colliton-era Blackhawks

How will the team change under the new coach? Are there veteran trades on the way? Here are the next steps for Chicago.
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Halfway through 2018: Grades for all 32 NFL teams

Only three teams — the Chiefs, Rams and Saints — were nearly perfect in the first half of the season.
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What’s next for Blackhawks, Quenneville after stunning firing?

What does Tuesday’s firing of Joel Quenneville mean for the Blackhawks? Here are answers to the most pressing questions.
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Look out college hoops: Duke is just getting started

The Blue Devils’ fabulous freshmen were everything we imagined they’d be and more. The scary thing is Duke could be better than the hype.
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Best, worst QBs of the first half: Who follows Mahomes?

Patrick Mahomes is cruising as a first-year starter, but three rookies are showing their youth. Here are the best and worst QBs through Week 9.
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Adidas reinvents Original Six jerseys in EA Sports’ ‘NHL 19’

The Rangers, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Bruins, Maple Leafs and Canadiens each have new looks — or at least they do in video game form.
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Cowboys’ season in jeopardy after another disappointing loss

Dallas still has a mathematical chance to win the NFC East or earn a wild-card bid, but the team’s faults were on display against the Titans.
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Jerry says ‘no’ to in-season coaching change

Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones gave a one-word answer when asked if there was any scenario in which he would make an in-season head-coaching change in 2018 following his team’s loss to the Titans on Monday night: “No.”
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Blue arrow up: The Nuggets are good, and they could be even better

The Denver Nuggets are not messing around after being the best non-playoff team in the Western Conference the past two years.
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Rams dealt first loss as rally vs. Saints falls short

Entering Sunday’s game, the Rams were the lone remaining undefeated team in the NFL, after their first 8-0 start since 1969.
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No connections: How Raptors are making their case to keep Kawhi

Kawhi Leonard has won a championship, is relatively healthy and is from Southern California. Take it all with a grain of salt when it comes to his free agency.
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Struggling Kings fire 2nd-year coach Stevens

John Stevens became the first NHL coach to lose his job this season, as the Los Angeles Kings fired Stevens and assistant coach Don Nachbaur after a slow start. Willie Desjardins replaces Stevens.
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Need a reminder of the NFL’s GOAT? Tom Brady did it again

It didn’t matter that the 41-year-old struggled early against Green Bay. It was Brady who made the play to win in the end — one more time.
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Sources: Bought-out Chandler plans to join Lakers

The Lakers hope that the bought-out Tyson Chandler can give them some much-needed size and rim protection in limited minutes, as well as veteran leadership.
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NHL awards race: Early leaders for Hart, Vezina, Norris and more

One month into the 2018-19 season, Ducks goalie John Gibson is giving the Edmonton Oilers star a run for his money for MVP. Here’s an early look at players in the mix for all the major awards.
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Bama’s power, West Virginia’s gamble and other Week 10 statements

The Tide dominated at LSU on Statement Saturday, but Clemson stayed right behind them.
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Week 9 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 9 here.
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Wizards are off to a terrible start, but there’s not much they can do

The Washington Wizards have a talented core that has overcome adversity before. But when does the hole get too deep in D.C.?
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Blades of Steel vs. Nintendo Ice Hockey — which was better?

It’s been 30 years since the releases of Blades of Steel and Nintendo Ice Hockey. But which game had the upper hand?
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Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate for Week 9

Matthew Berry offers advice about getting the career you want before giving his thoughts on key players to consider in Week 9 lineups.
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Nine games with playoff implications being played on Statement Saturday

With top-25 matchups all over the map Saturday, top contenders will need statement victories to set themselves apart.
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NHL Power Rankings: Players who must step up for all 31

There were many risers and fallers this week in our rundown of all 31 teams. Plus, a player for every club who must get on track soon.
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Mullens puts up historic numbers in 49ers debut

After finding out he was starting just hours before the game, all San Francisco 49ers QB Nick Mullens did was put together one of the best statistical debuts by a quarterback in league history.
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Raiders’ embarrassing effort sets them up for the No. 1 pick

It might only be midseason, but the Raiders look primed to pick first in the 2019 NFL draft after Thursday’s loss to the previously 1-7 49ers.
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Hayward ‘a bit sore’ after big night in Celtics’ win

Gordon Hayward not only put up an impressive stat line — a season-high 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting — but also checked off an important box in his attempt to return to his pre-injury level of play.
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The NHL’s best Halloween costumes for 2018

Which superstars dressed up as Homer Simpson, the Night King, the Beast and Shrek? We run down our favorites from this year.
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Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 9

Will the Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger at full strength in Week 9? NFL Nation reporters update all the key injuries for every team.
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Rose fights tears after career-high 50-point night

Overcome with emotion after scoring a career-best 50 points Wednesday night, Wolves guard Derrick Rose wiped away tears and said the game meant “everything” to him.
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Derrick Rose scored 50 points and NBA players loved it

The former MVP put up a career high in the Wolves’ win over the Jazz and NBA players were quick to shower him with praise on Twitter.
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