From 0-16 to playoffs? Why Browns are wild-card sleepers

A turnaround from 0-16 to the playoffs would be dramatic, but not impossible. Mike Clay breaks down how Cleveland could punch its wild-card ticket.
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These players step up their game the most in the NBA playoffs

Michael Jordan was known for reaching another level in the postseason. But who takes that crown since he hung ’em up?
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Playoffs Power Rankings: Vegas at No. 1? You bet!

As we saddle up for Round 2, the rankings feature a new clubhouse leader — one that opened the season at 200-1 odds — while the Sharks surge and the Predators plunge.
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Rondo puts on his cape in the playoffs

Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo is ordinary in the regular season but a superhero in the postseason, as poor Damian Lillard and the Blazers are finding out.

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2018 NBA playoffs: X-factors in the West

The Warriors are limping into the playoffs without Stephen Curry, and if his knee injury keeps him out for an extended period, it's a wide-open postseason.

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NBA playoffs: Bold predictions for upsets and breakout stars

Our insiders answer the big postseason questions before Round 1 tips and run through what you need to watch.
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Tracking the key injuries in the NBA playoffs

This NBA season has been marked by several notable, critical injuries. Here’s a look at the most important ones to watch for each team in the postseason.
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The players, stats and storylines that will shape the playoffs

Can Houston unseat Golden State? Is Cleveland a sleeping giant? The storylines are endless as we embark on the NBA’s binge-worthy second season.
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2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Schedule, scores, highlights

From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN.com has you covered. Check out the full playoff picture and coverage on each team.
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NHL experts predict: The Sedin twins’ 2018-19 team, which goalie will catch fire in the playoffs

Our writers face off on the NHL’s most pressing topics, including this season’s biggest surprises, the goalie most likely to get hot this postseason, the Sedin twins’ 2018-19 destination and which New York-area team will be most attractive to free agents.
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What version of Steph Curry will the Warriors get in the playoffs?

Kevin Pelton projects Golden State without its two-time MVP and looks at how well we should expect Curry to play when he returns.
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Odds-breakers: Knights to playoffs in first year

The Vegas Golden Knights, who entered the season with the worst odds to win the Stanley Cup at 500-1, defeated the Avalanche 4-1 on Monday night to become the first NHL team to clinch a playoff berth in its inaugural season since 1979-80.
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Which bubble team will miss the playoffs, but doesn’t deserve to?

Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg are having stellar seasons for the Stars, but they’re looking up at the Kings and Colorado in the wild-card standings. Here’s why the Blues, Panthers, Devils, Hurricanes could also unfairly miss out on the playoff dance.
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Which team will go further in the playoffs, the Capitals or Jets?

Washington and Winnipeg are in different places in their life spans as championship contenders. The Jets are building toward a title with a young core, while Alex Ovechkin and Co. are using an industrial-strength tire jack to keep their Cup window open.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Watch Daily: Playoff chances, tragic numbers and more

Which teams have the best shot at locking up a playoff spot? Who’s earning a better shot at the No. 1 overall pick? Here are the latest projections for both, along with critical matchups to watch today and much more.
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Pelton mail: How can Cavs make playoffs with such a bad defense?

Kevin Pelton answers questions on the quality of free throw shooting, games lost due to injury, and more.
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Playoffs Confidential: Blitzing Brady, grounding Gurley, negating Newton — players, coaches tell all

NFL Nation reporters asked players, coaches and team personnel for their anonymous thoughts on each playoff team.
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FPI’s 2017 NFL projections: Odds for divisions, playoffs, No. 1 pick, more

FPI’s 2017 NFL projections: Odds for divisions, playoffs, No. 1 pick, more
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Durant has a solution for the boring playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

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Kevin Durant said of all the boring games in this postseason, if fans are bored then they should just tune out.



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Best quotes, rants, beefs so far in NBA playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

The best quotes, rants, beefs, pettiness and more from the first round of the NBA playoffs

The first round of the NBA playoffs was decent on the court, but so much better off it, if we’re being totally honest.



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Zach Lowe: Big questions to decide who advances in West playoffs

Zach Lowe: Big questions to decide who advances in West playoffs
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Don’t fear the reaper: Celtics-Wizards would be entertaining in playoffs

Don’t fear the reaper: Celtics-Wizards would be entertaining in playoffs
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Rodeo road trip provides adversity to build on for the playoffs

Rodeo road trip provides adversity to build on for the playoffs
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Seahawks, Falcons meet again in playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

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Matt Ryan and host Atlanta defeated Russell Wilson and Seattle during the divisional round in the 2012 season. Is it Seattle’s turn?



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Follow live: Playoffs begin with Raiders-Texans (Yahoo Sports)

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In the first of four wild-card games this weekend, rookie QB Connor Cook leads Oakland against Brock Osweiler and Houston.



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Are playoffs a realistic goal for Lakers? (Yahoo Sports)

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Julius Randle’s triple-double on Tuesday helped improve the Lakers to 7-5 and further talk of a possible playoff push.



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Chip Kelly fired after Eagles moves lead to missed playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly speaks with members of the media at the NFL football team's practice facility, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Chip Kelly went three-and-out – much like his inconsistent offense. Kelly was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday night with one game left in his third season, completing a dramatic drop for a coach who was heavily recruited and lauded as an offensive genius only a couple years ago. Kelly was dumped after missing the playoffs for the second straight season and failing miserably in his first year in charge of personnel.



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Bengals muscle past Broncos to reach playoffs

CINCINNATI (AP) Dre Kirkpatrick returned Peyton Manning’s third interception for a touchdown in the closing minutes on Monday night, completing a fourth-quarter rally that gave the Cincinnati Bengals a 37-28 victory and a spot in the playoffs.
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