Watkins OK with less money to win with Chiefs

Sammy Watkins says he is OK with making less money because he gets to be in a winning situation with the Chiefs.
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The silent shot heard round the world: How one swing changed Collin Morikawa’s life

In normal times, the tee shot Morikawa hit on the 16th hole would have resulted in deafening cheers.
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NHL Playoffs Daily: Win or go home for Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets

Sunday’s slate of postseason action includes a pivotal Game 5, along with seeding matchups in the West and East round robins.
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Eight games that will swing the NBA playoff race this week

To get you ready for this stretch run, our NBA experts highlight the eight games that will decide the playoff picture.
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Colts’ Darius Leonard can’t ignore his critics, and he’s the biggest one

Darius Leonard already has accomplished a lot in two NFL seasons. But he doesn’t pay as much attention to the praise as he does the criticism.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: The NHL postseason begins!

The most unique tournament in NHL playoff history begins Saturday. Here’s what to watch for on Day 1 of “All Day Hockey.”
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‘March Madness, but for hockey’: The lapsed fan’s guide to the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs

The NHL returns on Saturday. Get caught up on everything you missed (or forgot), and learn how the league is bringing us live hockey for 12 hours at a time.
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Why these games matter for seven underrated NBA title contenders

Which teams are gearing up to crash the NBA Finals? Our experts break down the top choices.
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Sources: Manfred warns union that season at risk

Major League Baseball and its players recognize the coming days are a critical juncture following a 21st positive test for the Marlins and two positive tests for the Cardinals on Friday.
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How NHL games will look and sound during the restart

From (many) more cameras to pumped-in crowd noise from EA Sports to virtual booing of Gary Bettman, here’s what fans watching at home can expect.
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Kyrie commits $1.5M to pay WNBAers sitting out

Nets star Kyrie Irving is committing $ 1.5 million to supplement the income of WNBA players who choose not to play this season, whether because of coronavirus concerns or social justice reasons.
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Is their season in jeopardy? What the Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak means for MLB

We break down the effect Miami’s positive tests could have on MLB in 2020.
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NHL return-to-play update: Game schedule, injury news, lingering ‘bubble’ questions

The NHL resumes play on Saturday! Get caught up on all the ins and outs of the return-to-play format and life in the hub city “bubbles.”
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The very best of the NBA’s bubble activities

After three weeks, players seem to have adjusted to bubble life and are making the most of everything available to them on the NBA’s campus.
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Vegas sports royalty welcomes the Raiders with open arms

The Silver & Black and Sin City seem like an ideal match, as Vegas sports icons past and present are ecstatic about having the Raiders.
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Playing games during a pandemic leaves us with an uneasy feeling

After a wonderful opening weekend, baseball got hit with a sobering dose of reality that has us questioning the whole endeavor.
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Clips’ Williams will serve 10-day quarantine

The NBA has placed Lou Williams on 10-day quarantine after the LA Clippers guard was investigated by the league for what he did while on an excused absence from the Orlando, Florida, campus.
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Coyotes GM Chayka resigns ahead of postseason

Coyotes general manager John Chayka has stepped down ahead of the organization’s first trip to the postseason since 2012.
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Jets eliminate headache, set up future by trading Adams

The Jets got a package that includes first-round picks in 2021 and 2022 for the disgruntled safety.
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NFLers who attend ‘high-risk’ events face no pay

NFL players who contract the coronavirus through “high-risk” activity away from team facilities can face team discipline and might be at risk of not being paid, according to the league’s new protocol.
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Cave’s widow thanking Oilers with gifts, letters

Emily Cave, the widow of Oilers forward Colby Cave, said she left personal letters and tokens of appreciation in the players’ stalls to “thank them for the support they’ve given.”
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Jets eliminate headache, set up future by trading Jamal Adams

The Jets’ package from the Seahawks includes first-round picks in 2021 and 2022 for the disgruntled safety.
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Crawford rejoins Blackhawks after positive test

Goalie Corey Crawford practiced with the Blackhawks on Saturday after missing the start of training camp following a positive COVID-19 test.
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Thibodeau’s challenge: Reverse the trend of Knicks coaching flops

D’Antoni. Fisher. Woodson. Hornacek. Fizdale. It’s been a rough decade to be the head coach at MSG.
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Jamal Adams, Seahawks seem like an ideal long-term partnership

The Seahawks’ love of utilizing the box safety makes the All-Pro Adams a worthwhile investment, even with the hefty price Seattle paid to get him.
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Barnwell grades the Jamal Adams trade: Is it worth going all-in for a safety?

Can an upgrade at safety put Seattle over the top? The Seahawks are treating Jamal Adams like a superstar.
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The 10 people we’re rooting for in the NHL’s restart

Of the hundreds of players in the postseason mix, a Stanley Cup win would be sweetest for one of this bunch.
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NFL training camp is on: What we know, and how it will be different

NFL training camp will open as scheduled, following agreements by NFL team owners and the NFL Players Association. Here’s what we know right now.
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QB Smith cleared for full activity after broken leg

Washington quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a devastating tibia and fibula fracture in 2018, has received clearance from his surgical team to return to full football activity.
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Sources: NFL, PA still negotiating 3 key issues

The NFL and NFLPA were still negotiating on three key points as they work to finalize an agreement on the rules and finances of the 2020 season and beyond.
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Washington picks temporary name for season

Washington will call itself the “Washington Football Team” until it adopts a new name, the franchise announced Thursday.
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How Seattle’s NHL team became the Kraken

When was the name decided upon? Who came up with the color scheme? What about the logo? Here’s the full story on the NHL’s newest club.
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Athletes react to the Washington NFL team name change on social media

The reactions were swift on social media after the franchise announced its temporary name.
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LeBron: BLM ‘a walk of life,’ not just movement

After LeBron James played in his first game in an NBA uniform in more than four months, his postgame comments were focused on larger issues, including the social injustice faced by Black Americans and justice for Breonna Taylor.
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Are NHL coaches worried about players breaking the postseason bubbles?

Who’s in charge of keeping players from running afoul of protocol as the NHL’s postseason tournament gets rolling? We check in with a handful of bench bosses.
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Clips-Magic scrimmage tips off NBA’s new normal

The Clippers and Magic got the 2019-20 season going again with Wednesday’s scrimmage, which Doc Rivers said put the players “back in their natural habitat.”
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AB demands NFL wrap up probe so he can play

Antonio Brown indicated in an Instagram post Wednesday that he wants to play in the NFL again and urged the league to resolve its investigation into his conduct.
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Sources: Betts, Dodgers have $365M extension

Combined with the one-year, $ 27 million contract he’s currently playing out, Mookie Betts’ total deal with the Dodgers comes to 13 years and $ 392 million.
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Keys to the offseason for every eliminated NHL team

We explore what went wrong for each NHL team looking to the offseason, identify moves teams should make and forecast their 2020-21 outlooks.
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Weird new rules, my predictions and the nomadic Blue Jays: Passan on how MLB will play 2020

As baseball replaces its usual marathon with a 60-game sprint during a pandemic, Jeff Passan explains what it could look like on — and off — the diamond.
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Snyder vows culture change amid allegations

Washington NFL owner Dan Snyder said Friday he’s committed to change and that sexual harassment and alleged behavior by former team officials have “no place in our franchise or society.”
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NBA individual awards won’t include Orlando play

The NBA’s MVP race is over. So is the battle for every other individual regular-season trophy.
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Predicting the 2022 Olympic hockey rosters

NHL players will be back for the next Olympic tournament! Here’s our early look at who makes the cut for Beijing 2022.
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Source: Puig still a free agent after positive test

Yasiel Puig’s deal with the Braves is off after the veteran outfielder announced Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
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Predators coach John Hynes on goalie controversy, NHL bubble life

We chat with the Nashville bench boss on all things NHL restart — including potentially having to be chaperone in Edmonton.
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What mental challenges does a month in a Florida bubble present?

Several weeks in a bubble will present unknown challenges as the NBA concludes its season.
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Opt-out rules, testing, fan-less games and more: Here’s the NFL’s plan for 2020

The clock is ticking for the NFL to pull off an on-time start to training camp, much less a season. Here’s what we know so far.
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Some coaches share colleges’ pandemic burden

Eight of the 10 top-paid football coaches and at least five of the 10 highest-paid men’s basketball coaches have not taken pay cuts, according to an ESPN survey.
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The NHLPA’s Don Fehr on the Olympics, bubble life, coronavirus testing and more

We check in with the executive director on the return to play, negotiating a CBA during a global pandemic and much more.
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Hield joins Kings practice; Barnes tests positive

Buddy Hield practiced with the Kings for the first time in Orlando, Florida, and Harrison Barnes became the fourth player on the team to test positive for COVID-19.
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Source: Browns, DE Garrett finalizing $125M deal

The Browns are on the verge of signing Myles Garrett to a five-year extension worth $ 125 million, a league source has confirmed to ESPN.
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Source: NFLPA seeking opt-out clauses, stipends

In its recent proposal to the league, the NFL Players Association requested opt-out clauses securing salaries for at-risk players or those with at-risk families and conditional stipends if camps shut down because of COVID-19 concerns, a source told ESPN.
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Brandon Hagel’s extended wait to play NHL Game No. 2

The Blackhawks prospect debuted on the final day before the coronavirus pause. As training camp gets rolling ahead of the postseason, he has a unique perspective on the return.
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After 87 years, Washington’s NFL team changed in two months

Social justice reforms, sponsor intervention and Native American advocates pushed Washington owner Dan Snyder to make a monumental decision.
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Harden, not on Rockets’ flight, arrives in Orlando

James Harden joined the Rockets in the NBA’s bubble on Tuesday, five days after the team flew to Orlando, Florida.
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2020 NHL playoffs guide: Stanley Cup chances, biggest roster questions, bold predictions for all 24 teams

The NHL will be back on the ice Aug. 1. Before that happens, get up to speed on all 24 postseason teams with our handy preview.
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Rockets’ Westbrook positive for coronavirus

Rockets star Russell Westbrook says he tested positive for the coronavirus and is in quarantine.
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NFL, NFLPA still mulling training camp protocols

With training camp for most teams scheduled to start in two weeks, there’s a sense from both the NFL and the NFLPA that coronavirus-related reopening protocols have to be settled within the next day or two.
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Dwayne Haskins, social media react to Washington NFL team name change

Haskins says it’s all about “the future” as the franchise will adopt a new team name and logo.
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Potential surprise players for all 22 teams in the NBA restart

Which NBA players are ready to take advantage of the spotlight in the bubble for each franchise?
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Washington’s NFL alumni: Name change doesn’t erase history

From Doug Williams to Darrell Green to Jeff Bostic, reactions on the name change vary, but players agree that the franchise’s accomplishments remain.
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Biggest takeaways of the NHL’s new CBA: Olympics, flat salary cap, changes to free agency

The NHL has achieved extended labor peace! Here are the key points from the new pact.
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LeBron to forgo social justice message on jersey

Lakers star LeBron James says he will not have a social justice message on the back of his jersey when the league resumes July 30. Said James: “Just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”
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Sources: NFL, union expected to talk terms Mon.

The NFL and NFLPA management councils are expected to meet Monday in hopes of agreeing to terms on a return to work, sources told ESPN.
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Eagles penalize Jackson for detrimental conduct

The Eagles penalized DeSean Jackson for conduct detrimental to the team with what a source said included a fine.
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Seifert: DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic posts are a critical teaching moment — for everyone

As athletes drive further into public advocacy, the Eagles wide receiver has shown that the path forward isn’t as obvious as it might have seemed.
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The biggest NHL playoff goalie dilemmas — and who should get the start

Several teams face a major question as to who starts Game 1. We examine each club’s choices and make our picks.
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Agent: RB Mostert requests trade from 49ers

Running back Raheem Mostert requested a trade from the 49ers, his agent said Wednesday, citing unproductive contract talks with the team.
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Ivy League rules out playing all sports this fall

The Ivy League on Wednesday became the first Division I conference to say it will not hold sports this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Stephen Jackson: Used ‘wrong words’ in defense of DeSean Jackson’s posts

Stephen Jackson told CNN he could have been clearer in his defense of the Eagles WR’s anti-Semitic messages.
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Sources: Nets’ Prince out after virus diagnosis

Brooklyn Nets forward Taurean Prince has tested positive for the coronavirus and will sit out the NBA’s restart in Orlando, Florida, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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NHL return-to-play timeline, testing plans, bubble life details

The NHL and NHLPA provided a major update this weekend. Plus, what we know about the forthcoming CBA extension.
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Mahomes: Deal gives Chiefs ability to stay great

Patrick Mahomes said his landmark deal with the Chiefs gave him security and allowed the team the flexibility to remain a contender.
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Eagles appalled with posts; Jackson apologizes

Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson posted an anti-Semitic quote on his social media feed that he attributed to Adolf Hitler. Jackson later said, “I have no hatred in my heart toward no one.”
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The X factors that will shape the 2020 NHL playoffs

From stars returning from injury to lineup questions that will have an outsized impact, here’s what we’ll be watching.
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Inside the rift between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, and what comes next

Becoming the poster boys for the NBA’s coronavirus shutdown wasn’t the beginning of tensions between Utah’s All-Star duo.
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Barnwell: Making sense of the Mahomes megadeal, and why it’s not quite as it seems

The chances are low that the Chiefs quarterback plays out this contract through 2031. Here’s why, plus what it means for other QBs.
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Reports: Multiple Blues test positive for virus

Multiple members of the St. Louis Blues have tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports Friday night. Neither The Athletic nor the St. Louis Post-Dispatch specified how many players tested positive.
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Nets’ Temple: ‘Nervous anxiousness’ about bubble

Despite being committed to making the trip to Orlando with the Nets on Tuesday, Garrett Temple said he knows it will be uncomfortable for players to be in the bubble and said he feels a “nervous anxiousness” about making the trek.
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Steelers’ Conner surprises mom with new house

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner surprised his mom, Kelly Bibbs, with a new house on Saturday, posting video of the moment on Instagram.
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Report: Redskins’ minority owners looking to sell

The Redskins’ three minority owners have hired a search firm to sell their shares in the team amid discontent with owner Daniel Snyder, The Washington Post reported.
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Protocols set for NHL return in Edmonton, Toronto

The NHL and NHLPA have finalized the protocols for the season to resume. The protocols and a CBA extension will go to a player vote for final approval.
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Bucks, Kings latest to shut facilities, sources say

The Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings shut down their practice facilities Sunday, sources told ESPN, after receiving the results of a recent round of testing for the coronavirus.
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Cam Newton joining Patriots has similarities to Randy Moss in ’07

As with the Hall of Fame WR, New England has again used a modest contract to land a superstar motivated to get his career back on track.
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New NBA Power Rankings, and key questions for all 22 teams

The teams in the NBA’s restart face big questions ahead of training camp, which begins this week in Orlando, Florida.
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Source: NFLPA board wants no preseason games

The NFL shortened its preseason from four weeks to two to account for the coronavirus pandemic, but the league’s players don’t think that move went far enough.
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Indians to examine ‘best path forward’ for name

The Cleveland Indians will “determine the best path forward” regarding their team name amid renewed calls for racial equality and social justice, the team announced in a statement Friday.
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What people in the NBA are saying about the Orlando restart

Players, coaches and execs weigh in on difficult Orlando decisions, safety concerns and using the league’s platform for social justice.
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Source: Change likely as Redskins review name

The Redskins on Friday said they were to “undergo a thorough review” of the team’s nickname amid renewed pressure, especially from sponsors. A source told ESPN that a change is now considered likely.
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Washington Redskins’ nickname has been under fire for decades

This isn’t the first time the Redskins’ nickname has been debated. Owner Dan Snyder has been adamant about keeping it but might yet change his stance.
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Best fits, biggest eye rolls of the Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes

Where does the No. 1 NHL draft prospect fit in best? Who needs him the most? And which potential destinations aren’t likely to go over well with hockey fans?
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What questions surround a possible second NBA bubble?

Eight teams will not be going to the NBA bubble in Florida. However, the league is interested in developing another location to begin activities for those teams in September.
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Barnwell: What went wrong for Baker Mayfield, and can he be fixed?

Mayfield took a step backward last season after a stellar rookie year. Here’s how he could get back on track.
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Here’s who would have won MVP after 60 games in every recent MLB season

Just how often does the best player for the first two months dominate the whole season? Here’s what the past decade tells us.
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Lakers won’t replace Howard, ‘hopeful’ he’ll play

Coach Frank Vogel said Wednesday the Lakers will not seek a replacement player for Dwight Howard, who is currently quarantining with his family in Georgia, and they’re “hopeful and optimistic that he’ll be able to join us in Orlando.”
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2020 NHL draft updated rankings: Top 100 prospects

With the first part of the NHL draft lottery complete, Chris Peters updates his top 100 prospects in the 2020 class.
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Source: NFL to shorten preseason to two weeks

As the NFL continues to plot its 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, it has elected to shorten the preseason to just two weeks.
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Inmate backed by WNBA’s Moore gains release

WNBA star Maya Moore was among those greeting Jonathan Irons when he was released from a Missouri correctional facility on Wednesday. Moore put her career on hold while working to get Irons’ conviction overturned.
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NBA debate: The legacy of LeBron’s Decision

Our experts break down the fallout from LeBron’s Decision, the 2010-11 MVP vote and his legacy in Miami.
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Matt Dumba on fixing hockey’s diversity problems, the Hockey Diversity Alliance

Matt Dumba shares how the newly formed Hockey Diversity Alliance got its start, what it sets out to do and what happens next.
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Here’s what you need to know as baseball finally resumes

Spring training 2.0 … or summer camp? No matter what you call it, baseball’s road back to the field starts today.
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Barnwell: Josh Allen needs to evolve for the Bills to take the next step. Can he?

Few quarterbacks are more entertaining to watch, but is Allen actually valuable? This is a crucial season for the 24-year-old.
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NHL return-to-play plans: Latest on positive tests, playoff rosters, negotiations

On-ice workouts are up to 12 players at a time, and hub city potentials are down to five. But it was an up-and-down week for the NHL’s return-to-play plans. We break it down.
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Nets’ Jordan opts out of restart after positive test

Nets center DeAndre Jordan has tested positive for COVID-19 and opted out of next month’s NBA season restart, he said Monday. Teammate Spencer Dinwiddie also tested positive but has yet to officially rule himself out, he told The Athletic.
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Patriots can’t lose with incentive-laden deal for Cam Newton

The former MVP lands in New England with a chance to compete with Jarrett Stidham.
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2020 NHL mock draft: Chris Peters’ predictions for Nos. 1-8, plus a look at Nos. 9-31

The first part of the NHL draft lottery is complete. We mocked the first eight picks, then looked at potential options for the remaining teams based on where they might be drafting.
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Sources: NBA plans ‘Black Lives Matter’ on courts

The NBA is planning to paint Black Lives Matter on the court inside both sidelines in all three arenas it will use at the Walt Disney World Resort when it resumes the 2019-20 season late next month in Orlando, Florida, league sources told ESPN.
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Barnwell: Grading the Cam signing, and how the Patriots’ offense could thrive

The idea that Cam Newton hasn’t been valuable since his 2015 MVP campaign is a product of selective memory.
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Here’s what really happened the week of LeBron’s Decision

It was 10 years ago that LeBron James announced he was taking his talents to South Beach. The days around that moment forever changed the NBA.
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Let Alexander Mogilny in the Hockey Hall of Fame! Snubs that deserve to be inducted

Mogilny, snubbed again in 2020, deserves to be in the Hall. We make the case for him and 10 others, remember the 1995 Stanley Cup, name winners and losers of the week and more.
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Berry: 100 facts for the 2020 fantasy football season

Matthew Berry uses facts to paint the picture he wants you to see as it relates to player values for the upcoming season.
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Who is built for 60 games and who could struggle? Our MLB experts weigh in

No one knows what will transpire in this year’s unique format, but that didn’t keep us from making our picks for MVP, the team to beat and more.
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Cowboys’ Elliott ‘normal,’ concerned with safety

Feeling “good” after a positive coronavirus test, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott said he’s concerned about the safety of players as the NFL prepares to return to work in July. “You gotta put the health of the players first,” Elliott said.
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PGA Tour stiffens rules after positive tests, WDs

Despite seven positive tests from the 2,757 administered across the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour, commissioner Jay Monahan believes that “every number hurts” and that “we all need to remind ourselves that we’re learning to live with this virus.”
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Future Hall of Famers for all 31 NHL teams

Using the proprietary four-quadrant system, we determine which current players, alumni, coaches and execs are destined to be enshrined.
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Zion is ready to go, and that’s good news for the NBA

The No. 1 overall pick is expected to be a marquee attraction when the league resumes play next month.
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Five big coronavirus concerns for the NFL season, and how to navigate them

What are the biggest COVID-19 challenges for the NFL in preparing for the upcoming season? We explore five important issues that need to be addressed.
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Inside the weird and wild numbers we could see in a 60-game MLB season

Baseball is about to embark on its shortest season ever, so we look at just how weird 2020’s stats could be.
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Lakers’ Bradley, citing family, opts out of restart

Lakers guard Avery Bradley informed team management that he intends to sit out the season’s resumption in Orlando, Florida, he told ESPN on Tuesday night.
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Roethlisberger details off-field addiction battles

Ben Roethlisberger, speaking at a virtual conference for Christian men, detailed how his faith has helped him deal with off-field addictions to alcohol and pornography. He also said his faith helped him put his 2019 elbow injury in perspective.
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What we should love, regret and fear about MLB’s return

There’s going to be baseball after all. Which makes this a day for joy, regret and uncertainty.
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Latest on NHL return plans, positive tests, camp schedule

There were some speed bumps this past week, with reports of numerous positive player tests. Plus, the latest on which cities will host the return to play.
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Sources: Ariza opts out of NBA restart to visit son

Trevor Ariza is opting out of participation in the NBA’s restart of the season, instead committing to a one-month visitation window with his 12-year-old son.
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Chicago hopeless: Why the Bears have never solved their QB problems

In the Super Bowl era, the Chicago Bears have used 50 quarterbacks.
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Racing’s racists scared no one, least of all Bubba Wallace

The cowardly actions of a few bullies — a noose in the garage or waving Confederate flags outside and above Talladega — failed to have the desired effect of fear. Instead, they galvanized Wallace and NASCAR’s push to change the sport.
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Devils’ Hischier spending offseason in Swiss army

Devils center Nico Hischier is using the team’s extended offseason to fulfill his military obligation to his native Switzerland.
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Concern rises around NBA with Florida virus spike

With Florida posting a record number of coronavirus cases for the third consecutive day on Saturday, concern is rising among NBA players, team executives and the league office itself as plans go forward to resume play in Orlando next month.
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Who’s next for Blaydes, and was Rohskopf’s corner reckless?

Blaydes won, but now what? And why wasn’t Max Rohskopf’s corner listening to his pleas to quit?
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11 of 200 NHL players tested have COVID-19

Eleven NHL players, who weren’t named, have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 200 players tested since training facilities were allowed to open on June 8, the NHL announced late Friday night.
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Buss to whites: Acknowledge racism and stop it

Lakers chief executive officer and governor Jeanie Buss shared a photograph of a letter on her Instagram account Friday containing racial and misogynistic epithets “so that everyone can see the hate is real and living out there,” she wrote.
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MLB won’t counter union, sticks to 60-game offer

Major League Baseball has told the MLB Players Association that it will not make a counter offer to the players’ latest return-to-play proposal and will not play more than 60 games, according to a statement released by the MLBPA on Friday.
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Rare Connor McDavid rookie card sells for $113K

A hobbyist collector from San Diego ended up with a rare Connor McDavid rookie card that sold for a final bid of $ 113,176 on Friday in the Lelands Spring Classic Auction.
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Winslow: Finishing NBA season in Orlando ‘tricky’

Grizzlies swingman Justise Winslow, in a conversation with former NBA forward Caron Butler on the league’s Twitter feed on Friday, said playing out the rest of the season in Orlando is “tricky,” adding “it’s almost the opposite of social distancing.”
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Pats: Fans at COVID risk can skip 2020 season

The New England Patriots are offering season ticket holders at an elevated risk of COVID-19 infection the chance to skip the 2020 season entirely and still hold on to their seats for the next year.
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Source: 23 Clemson football players now positive

Clemson announced 28 new positive tests for COVID-19 on Friday, and a source told ESPN’s David Hale that 21 football players were among the new cases. Two football players also tested positive in the initial round of testing.
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‘Bad News Bees’: How one-win Battle Creek became the worst team in pro hockey

How bad were the Battle Creek Rumble Bees of the Federal Prospects Hockey League? They went 1-45-2 and were outscored 304-94. No, really.
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Lakers focus on making positive social changes

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Karida Brown as the team’s director of racial equity and action. Brown will facilitate the team’s outreach efforts to combat systemic racism.
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NFC West all-decade honors: Wilson, Fitzgerald and who else?

Dominant forces on both sides of the line, a Super Bowl-winning QB and an ageless wonder at receiver. These are the best of the 2010s in the NFC West.
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Dismantling the Buffalo Sabres

Who are the Buffalo Sabres? It’s tough to know what the plan is, after a large swath of the organization was unceremoniously fired this week.
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NBA debate: Breakout stars, best matchups and free agents to watch

Our experts break down the likely impact players in Orlando, including upcoming free agents, rising stars and MVPs.
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Inside Maya Moore’s extraordinary quest for justice

Maya Moore paused a Hall of Fame career to pursue the fight of her life. This is the behind-the-scenes story of her battle to free a man serving 50 years for a crime he says he didn’t commit.
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What are the rules in the NBA bubble? Detailing the 100-page plan

What happens if a player tests positive for the virus? Here are all the answers from the NBA’s massive handbook.
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The NHL’s coronavirus pause: Camp timeline, hub city buzz and more

The latest on the return-to-play timeline, and what remains to be negotiated. Plus, will we see puck and player tracking this postseason?
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Coyotes staffer in isolation with coronavirus

An Arizona Coyotes staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, but is asymptomatic and feeling well, the team said Saturday. The staffer is isolated at home in the Phoenix area.
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Five Rounds: Calvillo’s big win at women’s flyweight; fast KOs set UFC record

Calvillo made a statement in her flyweight debut, and another fighter called out Sean O’Malley.
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Lafreniere joins Sid with 2nd straight CHL honor

Alexis Lafreniere, the likely No. 1 pick for the 2020 NHL draft, received the Canadian Hockey League’s Dave Branch Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive season.
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Chiefs, 49ers feel familiarity may aid return to Super Bowl

The Chiefs and 49ers rank second and fourth in returning snaps, respectively, which could be vital this season.
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Bucks’ Hill: Basketball ‘last thought on my mind’

Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill grew emotional while discussing the current status of black people in America during a video conference panel Friday
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Sources: Kyrie key voice in Friday call with players

Kyrie Irving has been lending his voice to a discussion with rank-and-file union members on upending the NBA’s plans for a season restart in Orlando, sources said.
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Marody writes tribute song to honor Colby Cave

Edmonton Oilers prospect Cooper Marody has written a song in memory of teammate Colby Cave to raise money for a memorial fund.
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