Virginia-Duke may be the game of the year

The Cavaliers are No. 1 in the coaches' poll. The Blue Devils are No. 1 in the AP poll. When they meet Saturday, it will be a compelling matchup of polar opposites.

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Ranking the best possible Stanley Cup Final matchups

Which pairings would be most entertaining? Plus, fallout from the 2020 World Cup cancellation, the Week in Gritty, Jersey Fouls and more.
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It’s the No. 1 vs. the GOAT: Halep and Serena set for Aussie showdown

Something has to give when Simona Halep and Serena Williams square off in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
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Paul George is the most disruptive force in the NBA

This season, Paul George is clearly the best defensive player in the NBA, and he’s showing why it matters.
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The Sean McVay era is here, but good luck replicating what the Rams’ coach has done

The Rams might not win the NFC title, but McVay has left his mark this season. Just look at coaching searches where team hunt for the next McVay.
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The Rush: Peters vs. Payton in the Gumbo Bowl

Rams cornerback Marcus Peters has had some strong words for Saints coach Sean Payton ahead of Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

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Roundtable: Our picks for the Stanley Cup Final

We update our picks on who will be vying for the Cup. Plus, non-goalie MVPs and fatal flaws for Nashville, Winnipeg, Toronto and Tampa Bay.
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Lowe: Ten things I like and don’t like, including Draymond, Kawhi and Lonzo

This week we highlight the unstoppable Kawhi Leonard, questions about Lonzo Ball and Terry Rozier and the progress of Deandre Ayton.
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Conference championship predictions and what you need to know

Winners and projections for every playoff game, plus key matchups, betting nuggets and more. Catch up on the conference championship matchups here.
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Barnwell: Myths vs. realities from Patriots’ 18-year dynasty

Tom Brady can’t be touched. Gronk has lost a step. Let’s fact-check all the theories about New England and figure out what’s nonsense.
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The Rush: Will Jalen Hurts bring another Heisman to Oklahoma?

College QB Jalen Hurts announced he’s transferring from Alabama to Oklahoma, German soccer coach Imke Wübenhorst, who coaches a men’s team, had a savage response to a reporter who asked her a sexist question, and the champion Red Sox are set to visit the White House on February 1…

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DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I’m back, and I’m not looking back’

In advance of his Warriors debut, the four-time All-Star sat down with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to discuss his injury, his tumultuous career and the talent overload in Oakland.
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NHL Power Rankings after Week 15: Bar trivia for all 31 teams

The Lightning continue their reign at No. 1. Plus, who has the most Canadian provinces represented on their roster? Which team is heaviest? And much more.
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The myth of the Patriots’ underdog status

Tom Brady wants us to think that no one believes in him. That’s true, unless you ask any of his fans, supporters in the game and the media, or the millions who’ve already crowned him the GOAT.
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Apologetic Kyrie sought advice from LeBron

In the wake of his pointed criticism of the Celtics’ young players, Kyrie Irving said Wednesday that he called LeBron James to apologize for how he behaved as a young teammate in Cleveland and for not “seeing the big picture.”
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Point proven: Butler, 76ers laugh at Wolves in rout

The Timberwolves failed and perhaps indirectly proved Jimmy Butler right — that the franchise wasn’t serious about winning, that it bet on the wrong stars instead of him.

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No one ever said it was going to be easy, but it’s the Lakers

Luke Walton is fighting to keep the Lakers afloat while LeBron James recovers. So what are the expectations of a team building toward contention?
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NHL trade deadline preview: What to watch for all 31 teams

The NHL trade season is underway. Get caught up on the assets, restrictions and potential moves for every team ahead of the Feb. 25 deadline.
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Report: Turkey seeks warrant for Knicks’ Kanter

Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization.
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Biggest looming free-agent decisions for all 32 NFL teams

Could Clay Matthews move on from Green Bay? Will the Texans bring back Tyrann Mathieu? Here are the questions facing every team.
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The Rush: Trump treats Clemson to fast-food feast

The Clemson Tigers were treated to the fanciest fast food ever at the White House.

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The best and worst free-agent signings of 2018

Where would the Saints be if Drew Brees had tested the free-agent market instead of re-signing? Here are the deals that exceeded or fell short of expectations.
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Harden pours in 57, including 36 before halftime

James Harden set a team record with 36 first-half points to help the short-handed Rockets take a 54-48 lead on the visiting Grizzlies en route to a 112-94 home win.
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NBA predictions: Awards, Finals matchups and Warriors vs. the field

We polled the ESPN Forecast panel of experts for their votes halfway through the NBA season.
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Brandon Pirri’s journey from camp cut to fan favorite

After failing to make the Panthers’ roster in 2017, the veteran has become an electrifying goal-scoring force for the Golden Knights this season.
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The underdog Pats are loving their new role

No longer a dominant dynasty, New England is now a plucky, old team with a chip on its shoulder. But here the Patriots are again, back in the AFC title game.

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NBA Power Rankings: Surging Spurs and a change at the top

Are LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs a force to be reckoned with in the West? We hit the halfway point with a jump by San Antonio amid a top-10 shakeup.
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Struggling Ducks say Carlyle’s job safe for now

“At this time, I am not considering a coaching change,” Anaheim GM Bob Murray in a statement. Since Dec. 17, the Ducks are 0-7-4.
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Resetting the NFL playoff bracket: Early projections and more

The Super Bowl LIII race is down to the Chiefs, Patriots, Rams and Saints. Here’s everything you need to know about the conference championship games.
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Barnwell: Welcome to the most exciting NFL final four ever

The Patriots-Chiefs and Rams-Saints matchups could be instant classics. Let’s run through eight notable reasons why.
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Cowboys’ season ends, tough questions begin

Once again, Dallas ends a season in disappointment. So what does this mean for the future of coach Jason Garrett or what kind of deal to give QB Dak Prescott?

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Capitals’ Holtby exits after high stick to face

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby left Saturday night’s game against the Blue Jackets after taking a high stick to the face.
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Bench Regulation: Thunder get much-needed help from Schroder, role players

The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a lift after trailing by double digits, and they got it from their non-stars, led by Dennis Schroder.
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End of era? Vinatieri misses shortest FG of career

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri was 97-for-97 on field goal tries from 23 yards and shorter entering Saturday, per ESPN Stats & Information data.
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Sources: Sarkisian turns down Cards for Bama

The Arizona Cardinals offered Steve Sarkisian their offensive coordinator position, but he will instead rejoin Alabama’s coaching staff, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
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K.C. can finally shed its rep as playoff chokers

For Chiefs fans, playoff heartbreak has become commonplace in recent years. Saturday's divisional round matchup may be different, thanks to QB Patrick Mahomes.

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NHL goalie tandem tiers: The good, the bad and the TBD

Some NHL teams have two great goalies. For some, the backup is outplaying the starter. And then there are the Flyers. Here’s our rundown of all 31 teams.
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Everything you need to know for the NBA’s second half

The wild, wild West, D-Wade’s last dance, Boogie’s return, Harden’s hot hand and a quest for Zion. All that plus, oh, can we interest you in LeBron passing MJ?
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Curry passes Terry for 3rd on NBA’s 3-pointer list

Warriors superstar Stephen Curry moved past Jason Terry on Friday night for sole possession of third place on the NBA’s 3-pointer list, with only Ray Allen and Reggie Miller ahead of him.
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Rams QB Jared Goff is really funny … if you’re paying attention

Goff comes off as cool and unassuming, not one to crack jokes or rib teammates. A closer look, though, shows a young, funny QB coming into his own.
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The Rush: Kyler Murray’s announcement is bad news for A’s and Josh Rosen

Heisman winner Kyler Murray will announce for the 2019 NFL draft, leaving the A’s wondering about their future. Cardinals QB Josh Rosen is in the same place because his new head coach Kliff Kingsbury had glowing words for the future NFL star. And speaking of glowing words, Stephe…

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Baseball or football? Here’s what will drive Kyler Murray’s decision

Oklahoma’s two-sport star recognizes the allure of the NFL and the grind of getting to the big leagues. But where is Murray’s passion — and what will ultimately sway him?
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Every must-know milestone from Thunder-Spurs

This game had everything a fan could ask for — two overtimes, 301 combined points, a 50-point individual effort and a 20-20 triple-double.
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NHL Power Rankings after Week 14

The Lightning and Leafs maintain the top spots, with big movers elsewhere. Plus, which teams will finish above or below their current pace?
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Guide to NFL divisional games: Predictions, key matchups, more

Winners and projections for every playoff game, plus key matchups, betting nuggets and more. Catch up on the divisional matchups here.
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The Rush: Kuzma rocks futuristic goggles

Lakers young buck Kyle Kuzma stops by The Rush to shoot Pop-a-shot while wearing Verizon’s first person view goggles.

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The struggle is real: Why hockey butts, jeans don’t mix

The drawback to a muscular posterior? It’s tough to find a pair of jeans that will fit. Connor McDavid and other NHL stars chronicle the struggle.
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Alternate reality: Hidden decisions that changed the NFL playoff future

The Cowboys wanted other quarterbacks over Dak Prescott. Sean Payton settled for the Saints job. Here’s how these teams were built by accident.
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James White knew the Patriot Way long before he met Bill Belichick

The running back was prepared from an early age to play for Belichick by his first coach: his dad. “The Patriot Way is a way I’ve been my entire life,” White said.
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Lowe: Philly’s fit isn’t great, but what if that doesn’t matter?

The Sixers’ chemistry issues are real, but that doesn’t mean they have to break up their star trio.
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Cards hoping trend leads to Kingsbury success

The Cardinals decided to follow the blueprint other teams have benefited from. And Kliff Kingsbury appeared to be the gamble the franchise couldn’t pass up.

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NFL, NFLPA: Reid not targeted for drug tests

The NFL and NFL Players Association issued a statement saying that there is no evidence that Panthers safety Eric Reid was targeted for drug testing, as he alleges.
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Why the NBA executive/coach doesn’t work, but won’t go away

It’s an impossible job that yields mostly poor results, so why does the NBA executive/coach still have a future in the league?
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How can the NHL sell hockey in the South?

We asked around at games and sports bars in Alabama and Tennessee to get answers from hockey fans living below the Mason-Dixon line.
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QB Confidence Index: Rating NFL quarterback situations 1-32

In a quarterback-driven league, it’s not a shock that the top seven QB situations belong to playoff teams. Where does your team rank?
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Phenom-enal:  Bright future for Clemson and QB

Trevor Lawrence led the Tigers to the national championship by shredding Alabama's vaunted defense. The scary part? He's just a true freshman and the best is yet to come.

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Blake Griffin doesn’t need to be relevant

The former Clipper reflects on his lengthy L.A. career and looks ahead before his return to Staples Center.
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Habs’ Weber takes puck to face blocking shot

Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber was hit in the face by a puck Monday as he attempted to block shot, and he later left the game.
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‘He’s gonna be a legend’: Welcome to Trevor Lawrence’s world

Clemson’s freshman QB capped a remarkable season by leading the Tigers to the College Football Playoff title over Alabama.
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The biggest offseason needs for all 32 NFL teams

The Giants and Patriots need long-term quarterback solutions. Seven teams need new coaches. NFL Nation reporters assess every team’s top priority.
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As critics pile on Parkey, Bears pick kicker up

While Chicago fans booed Cody Parkey for his failed last-second field goal try against the Eagles, his teammates offered pats on the back and words of encouragement.

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Timberwolves fire Thibodeau after 22-point win

The Minnesota Timberwolves have fired team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau, league sources told ESPN on Sunday.
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Sharks forward Radil gets 1-year extension

The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Lukas Radil to a one-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season.
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Barnwell: Destroying myths about the eight NFL playoff teams

Nick Foles is magical. The Saints are unbeatable at home. Let’s separate fact from fiction for the remaining playoff teams.
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For a day, the Cowboys have shut us all up

Earlier this season, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett appeared on the hot seat and major changes looked imminent. Now the team is onto Round 2 in the playoffs.

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Pettersson has ‘slight’ MCL sprain, MRI reveals

Coach Travis Green said the Canucks got “probably as good news as we could have hoped for” when Elias Pettersson’s MRI revealed only a “slight” sprain in the center’s MCL.
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Greek Freak went Kareem in Milwaukee, Raptors win anyway

The Toronto Raptors overcame a strong Milwaukee Bucks crowd and one of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s best games.
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Warriors, Kings combine for NBA-record 41 3s

The Warriors and Kings broke the record for most 3-pointers in a game with 41 Saturday, in a game that Golden State coach Steve Kerr called “an incredible offensive display by both teams.”
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No doubts about Dak: Dallas QB does it his way in wild-card win

Dak Prescott didn’t dominate Seattle, but he made plays when it counted, and coach Jason Garrett knew that “somehow, some way, he was going to figure this thing out for us.”
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Only Dirk could get cheers after scoreless night

Dirk Nowitzki went 0-of-10 in a loss to the Celtics, but in many ways he showed why he was so important to so many fans.

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Kanter, fearing Turkish prez, to skip London trip

Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks’ Jan. 17 game against the Wizards, saying he fears for his life due to his ongoing clash with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Peluso files federal lawsuit against Devils

Former New Jersey Devils player Mike Peluso claims in a federal lawsuit that the team withheld medical information showing the true extent of his brain injury following a fight in a 1993 game.
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Dirk scoreless in moving, likely last Boston game

Playing at TD Garden for likely the final time Friday night, Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki went scoreless for the ninth time in his career — despite the Celtics fans in attendance willing his shots to fall.
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Philly Special’s tricked-up legacy: 16 QBs catching passes in 2018

Of all the teams who followed the Eagles’ lead after their Super Bowl surprise, none was trickier in ’18 than the team they’ll face Sunday in Chicago.
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The best of the 2018 Fantasy Football season

It was a long, exciting fantasy season. Let's take a look back at the greatest moments and performances 2018 had to offer.

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Morey: Harden possibly best offensive star ever

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey says an argument could be made for James Harden as the best offensive player of all time.
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Winter Classic offers glimpse of Pastrnak’s ‘all-world’ personality

The New Year’s Day Winter Classic at Notre Dame provided a peek into the lively character — and immense talent — of Boston’s David Pastrnak.
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Guide to NFL wild-card games: Predictions, key matchups, more

Winners and projections for every game, plus key matchups, betting nuggets and more. Catch up on wild-card weekend here.
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Biggest injury questions for all 12 NFL playoff teams

We’ve reached the postseason, and everyone is at least a little banged up. NFL Nation reporters update the key situations for this weekend.
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Should NCAA be worried about lack of interest?

Tickets for the title game are going for 90 percent less than last year. Some of that is circumstance. Some is location. But it's also due to self-made problems.

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NHL Power Rankings after Week 13

The Lightning stay on top, while the Golden Knights and Penguins move up. Plus, what each team should be working on in 2019.
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Caesars joins NFL as first ‘official casino sponsor’

The NFL announced a multiyear partnership with Caesars Entertainment that will make the gaming giant the first-ever “Official Casino Sponsor of the NFL.”
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Why Toronto believes it can convince Kawhi Leonard to stay

As Kawhi Leonard returns to San Antonio, the Raptors are confident they have what it takes to build a long-term partnership with the former Finals MVP.
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Barnwell’s crystal-ball paths to Super Bowl glory for all 12 teams

Peek into the multiverse and learn how each playoff team wins Super Bowl LIII, with paths and historical comps for all 12.
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Texas back? Start the 2019 Longhorns hype now

With the Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia, Texas reached the 10-win mark for the first time since 2009. And Tom Herman's squad looks poised to prove more.

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Russell Westbrook’s cure for a shooting slump? Do everything else

As the cold-shooting nights pile up, the former MVP is turning up the heat in other areas to keep OKC in the hunt for the West’s No. 1 seed.
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What’s in, what’s out in the hockey world for 2019

Gritty was a transcendent figure in 2018. But he’s old news now. Find out about the latest trends in hockey as the calendar flips to 2019.
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Lions OC Cooter out after subpar ’18 season

After a season in which the offense had an air of conservativeness to it, the Lions announced Tuesday that they won’t renew the contract of coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
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Passan: The latest on Manny, Bryce and the state of free agency

In his debut ESPN column, Jeff Passan breaks down the status of this winter’s superstar duo and how the need for those two big dominoes to fall is keeping other free agents out in the cold.
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Toast to 2019: Resolutions for every NBA team

If Stephen Curry and the Warriors want to pop the cork after a third straight title, they better learn to do one thing.

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Jeremy Colliton’s journey to become Blackhawks head coach

From skating with Sidney Crosby at the 2005 WJC to a concussion-shortened career to a stint in Sweden, the 33-year-old has trod a captivating path.
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Eight things we learned during the 2018 NFL season, one for each division

From never doubting Andy Reid’s QB instincts to knowing when it makes sense to pay defensive studs, here’s what we found out in 2018.
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Is this real life? 10 NBA trends and whether they’ll continue in 2019

Toronto’s place in the East. Western Conference chaos. And Zion mania! We’re asking “Real or not?” to some of the season’s biggest storylines.
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NFL Power Rankings: New Year’s resolutions for every team

As our experts stack the league one last time this season, the NFL Nation reporters get in the holiday spirit and make team resolutions.
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Take flight: Why Jets’ coaching job isn’t so great

The man who replaces Todd Bowles will inherit a promising young QB in Sam Darnold, but he'll also walk into a situation with several significant obstacles to success.

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Honoring the top hockey people of 2018

We run through eight nominees who represent the triumphs and inspiration this year, and honor our hockey person of 2018.
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NBA Power Rankings: Bucks trending on New Year’s Eve

Which teams are heading into 2019 in style? We’re unveiling our final Power Rankings of the calendar year.
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First look at NFL playoff bracket: Everything you need to know

The playoff field is finally set. Here’s your complete guide for the 12 teams vying to win Super Bowl LIII.
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Can Alabama can be stopped? It’s possible

Alabama overwhelmed a powerful Oklahoma team on Saturday, so does that mean we'll actually see a competitive title game when the Tide take on Clemson?

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Stars’ Benn on CEO’s rant: ‘I don’t play for him’

Stars center Tyler Seguin said he was surprised at comments from CEO Jim Lites about his performance this season, while captain Jamie Benn said, “I don’t play for him.”
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How #LeBronWatch revitalized LeBron James’ Nike series

Almost by accident, LeBron James and Nike came up with an idea that showcases their shared history and revitalized fans’ interest in James’ sneaker line.
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Sources: Mariota not expected to play vs. Colts

Titans QB Marcus Mariota is not expected to play Sunday night against the Colts primarily because of a nerve condition caused by a stinger, which has his overall playing status in jeopardy, sources told ESPN.
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Jones reclaims UFC title, then taunts Cormier

Jon Jones stopped Alexander Gustafsson in Round 3 to reclaim the 205-pound title and had a message for rival Daniel Cormier: “I’m here. Get your belt back.”
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Will Alabama-Oklahoma be a shootout?

Both offenses have been explosive this season, but there's a big difference between the defenses in this national semifinal.

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ICYMI: 9 things about LeBron

LeBron James has been in the national spotlight for more than half his life — but there’s more to learn about the 4-time MVP.
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Will the Maple Leafs or Islanders win the Stanley Cup first?

With John Tavares and the Leafs squaring off with his former team for the first time, we ponder the big questions for both clubs.
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Lincoln Riley is latest young coach after Nick Saban’s throne

Nick Saban is always fighting off a new wave of challengers. Dabo Swinney got him once, and Kirby Smart has come close. Now it’s Lincoln Riley’s turn.
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Was Le’Veon Bell right about Steelers’ championship window?

“There’s always next year” is becoming difficult for fans losing patience and the duo of Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger losing precious years.
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It’s resolution season for these players and teams

From Ben Simmons to Isaiah Thomas (remember him?) and Paul George, we offer a few New Year's suggestions with 2019 just around the corner.

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Harden after 45-point night: MVP coming back

James Harden doesn’t think any of the other MVP contenders will be able to prevent him from repeating as the award’s recipient this season.
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Lowe: Ten things I like and don’t like, including Luka’s LeBron dimes

This week the spotlight lands on Trae Young’s weird year, Klay Thompson forcing shots and too many new jerseys.
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NHL Power Rankings after Week 12

The Capitals are rising, while the Ducks are floundering. Find out where every team ranks as we throttle towards 2019.
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A guide to Week 17: Predictions, playoff scenarios, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus what’s at stake in the playoff picture. Catch up on Week 17 here.
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The only thing NFL teams don’t like about Tua

Will Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa make it at the next level? He's still a year away, but when he goes pro he'll have to overcome a staggering trend.

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The top moments in hockey in 2018

It was a year of tragedy, triumph and, OK, a few unwanted licks. Here’s a glance back at 12 moments most worthy of commemoration.
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Lowe: An Anthony Davis trade would totally change the NBA

An AD move to L.A. or elsewhere could be the most important NBA trade in decades. Zach Lowe lays out how things look now.
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Comparisons to idol LeBron amaze Mavs’ Doncic

After nearly becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double on Wednesday, Luka Doncic said “it’s amazing” to hear people comparing his performance as a rookie to that of LeBron James.
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Barnwell’s 2018 NFL awards: Settling Mahomes vs. Brees and more

MVP. Defensive Player of the Year. Rookies of the Year. Barnwell makes his regular-season pick for every major award.
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LeBron injures groin in rout of Warriors

The Lakers blew out the champs on Christmas night at Oracle Arena, but they'll be holding their breath about LeBron James, who left the game in the third quarter.

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From LeBron to CP3: Good, bad and most concerning NBA contracts

As trade season heats up, it’s time to check in on some of the best and worst contracts signed in the summer of 2018.
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Players to watch on the European teams

Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czech Republic all have medal-worthy rosters ready to roll at the World Juniors.
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Introducing the 12 beefs of NBA Christmas

We are here to catch you up on all the NBA drama, so you can explain to your family why you've been planted in front of the TV all day.

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LeBron: My recruiting is vital to Lakers’ success

LeBron James says his recruiting efforts are as important to the Lakers as his play. “I think being in L.A., I don’t think it would be that hard to get guys here,” he said. “But we got to win.”
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These senior hockey players found a frozen fountain of youth

The Gray Wolves, an over-50 — sometimes way-over-50 — hockey club, feature a cast of characters that includes a 95-year-old World War II veteran, a TV weatherman, an attorney who’s also a mother of seven and a pastor who swears like a sailor.
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Week 17 NFL Power Rankings: Non-quarterback MVPs for all 32 teams

The Rams and Ravens are rising in the power rankings as our NFL Nation reporters make their team MVP picks — and this time QBs aren’t in the mix.
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Cowboys clinch NFC East with win over Bucs

Dallas received a solid all-around effort, and rallied from a 3-5 start to the season to win their division.

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The Wysh list: 10 NHL people and teams that want ‘reset’ from a bad 2018

While many in the NHL will look back on 2018 fondly, the 10 on this week’s Wysh List want to be done with this year and move on to 2019 as soon as possible.
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Revenge of NFL defenses: Who has flipped the script, and what’s next

Remember those scoring records? The NFL is no longer on pace to set them. Here’s what changed, plus the defenses carrying their teams into the postseason.
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LeBron apologizes for ‘Jewish money’ IG posting

LeBron James offered an apology Sunday for potentially offensive lyrics he published to his Instagram story. “I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn’t through the lens of a lot of people,” James said.
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Power Rankings: One present under the tree for each NBA team

The Rockets, Thunder and Sixers are all climbing as this week’s rankings get into the holiday spirit.
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Seven fantasy storylines to watch in Week 16

It's the championship round of the fantasy playoffs, but there are things all players must keep an eye on. Matt Harmon breaks down those key subjects.

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2019 World Juniors preview: Players to watch on Team USA

Can Jack and Quinn Hughes bring the Americans a gold medal? Here’s a closer look at Team USA.
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Titans’ Lewan claims Norman tried to hurt Henry

Taylor Lewan claimed Josh Norman was trying to hurt Derrick Henry, which the Titans running back later said he didn’t believe was the case.
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Return of the Bully: Joel Embiid is done shooting 3s

Joel Embiid is not shooting 3s well this season. So Embiid has decided to make life miserable for defenders inside even more.
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Week 16 NFL playoff picture: Ravens threaten Steelers

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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Gold Rush: Will Miami cover vs. Wisconsin?

The Holiday Season is here which can only mean one thing… it’s time to bet on some bowl games!

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Seth Jones Q&A: Tortorella’s anger, cooking for teammates and more

We caught up with Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones to talk about his season, his coach, how he pampers his teammates and more.
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Love, Hate and #ChampionCauses

If you’re fortunate enough to win your fantasy title, there is a way to thank those who helped you most. Matthew also provides his usual thoughts for this critical Week 16.
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LeBron says NFL owners have ‘slave mentality’

LeBron James criticized NFL owners during the latest episode of “The Shop” but also commended NBA commissioner Adam Silver, saying he allows his players to express their opinions.
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Celts hold ‘much-needed’ team meeting after loss

Kyrie Irving delivered the most pointed criticism of the Celtics’ recent play in a postgame meeting for which the team kept the locker room closed to the media for 36 minutes.
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Crazy or brilliant? Let’s sponsor a bowl game

People called Elk Grove Village mayor Craig Johnson nuts for spending $ 300,000 to sponsor the Bahamas Bowl. Now, he’s the one having the last laugh.

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The Bucks are great and Giannis is brooding

These seven portraits capture what’s different in Milwaukee, where the next title contender might be emerging.
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NHL rookie rankings: Who follows Pettersson in the top 10?

We all know Elias Pettersson tops the race for the Calder Trophy, but who ranks behind the young Swedish star?
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What’s at stake in Week 16: Predictions, playoff scenarios, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus playoff scenarios, to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 16 here.
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How PG13 and Thunder are silencing the doubters

Senior NBA Writer Vince Goodwill discusses how the success of the Thunder and the play of Paul George has silenced those who questioned his decision to return to Oklahoma City.

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Luka Doncic isn’t your average rookie, and he knows it

The Mavericks phenom possesses a rare blend of skill, savvy and swag that is leaving his veteran teammates in awe.
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NHL Power Rankings after Week 11

How high have the Jets climbed in the latest ranks? Plus, we break down what’s on every team’s wish list this holiday season.
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Patriots’ Gordon stepping away from football

Patriots receiver Josh Gordon said in a statement on Twitter that he is stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.
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Barnwell: Picking bright spots for the NFL’s 16 worst teams

Saquon Barkley has been fantastic. The Browns are building a great defense. These are the promising takeaways from poor seasons.
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Not a banner day: Pac-12 struggles to keep up

After being left out of the College Football Playoff again, the Pac-12 — other than Oregon — is about to have a rough early signing period in recruiting. These items are related.

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Colton Saucerman: Behind the beard with hockey’s everyman

He has a created-for-hockey name and a trademark red beard. We ask about his eight stops around various leagues, going as Gritty for Halloween and more.
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Source: Wentz had separate back issue as youth

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a separate stress fracture in his back that was discovered his freshman year at North Dakota State, according to a league source.
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What’s really going on with LeBron, Anthony Davis and L.A.?

Brian Windhorst shares some truths about LeBron, Anthony Davis and the Lakers.
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Allen makes ‘statement’ with rare LeBron block

Jarrett Allen’s block on Tuesday was only the ninth time LeBron James has been denied on a dunk attempt in his career.
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