NFL kickoff is bound to keep evolving — here’s one wild alternative

The league’s most recent changes might not be enough to save the play. So what’s next? One thing is clear: We likely won’t recognize the kickoff by 2022.
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Sources: Melo headed to Hawks, will be waived

OKC will deal Carmelo Anthony to the Hawks for a package that includes Dennis Schroder. Anthony will be waived, and the Rockets are front-runners for him.
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Core control: Ranking the NHL’s locked-in young talent

Looking strictly at players 27 or younger and under contract for at least three more seasons, which NHL teams have the best young cores in the game?
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Follow live: Rory, Dustin look to climb the leaderboard

Rory McIlroy will try to get his driver back on track and Dustin Johnson looks to overcome a shaky opening round in Round 2 of The Open.
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Pop on end of Kawhi saga: ‘Time to move on’

With the Spurs sending Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich says it’s “time to move on.”
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Collapse or rally? What happens when teams lose stars

It’s tough when a star such as Manny Machado departs a franchise, but does it necessarily mean doom? Here’s a look at some key departures and their effects.
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Titans’ Casey to protest despite anthem policy

Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey is planning to protest social injustice and police brutality this season, despite the NFL’s new anthem policy.
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Dodgers land Machado, send 5 prospects to O’s

Orioles All-Star shortstop Manny Machado was traded to the Dodgers on Wednesday for prospects Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Rylan Bannon, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera.
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2018 NFL All-Retirement team: Revis, Witten lead all-star squad

We built a 23-man roster of players who hung up their cleats this offseason. Here’s who made the cut on a stellar offense and so-so defense.
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This is brand new territory for the Spurs

San Antonio is facing a significant transitional period without Leonard. But the franchise has been preparing for this moment.
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Jimmy V winner Kelly: ‘Make a difference today’

Pro Football HOFer and cancer survivor Jim Kelly accepted the Jimmy V Award, and he urged people to “make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow.”
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Lowe: What the Kawhi Leonard trade means for Raptors, Spurs and NBA

How will Toronto and San Antonio move on? Zach Lowe breaks down the trade and its major implications on all sides.
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Tierney re-signs with Sharks after career season

Forward Chris Tierney has re-signed with the San Jose Sharks following a season in which he set career highs in nearly every major statistical category.
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ESPYS honor Nassar survivors with Ashe award

The “sister survivors” of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar were honored at the 2018 ESPYS with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
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Is Darrelle Revis a Hall of Famer? Yes. First ballot? Let’s debate.

Darrelle Revis was a generational talent, but will he get into the Hall of Fame on his first try? Our Insiders break down his chances.
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McDaniels leads Blazers (7-0) to Las Vegas title

K.J. McDaniels scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Trail Blazers past the Lakers on Tuesday night in a rematch of last year’s summer league title game.
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Report: Dodgers on verge of trade for Machado

The Dodgers are on the cusp of securing Orioles star Manny Machado in a package that includes prospect Yusniel Diaz, according to a report from The Athletic.
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Cards’ Keim suspended after guilty plea for DUI

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, who was arrested on an extreme DUI charge July 4, has been suspended five weeks and fined $ 200,000 after he pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday.
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Lakers’ Hart named summer league MVP

Lakers guard Josh Hart, averaging 24.2 points over six games, was named Las Vegas Summer League MVP. He played so well that Lakers president Magic Johnson said he is forcing his way into the conversation for a starting spot this fall.
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Sources: Raptors, Spurs finalizing Kawhi trade

The Raptors are finalizing a deal to acquire Spurs All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard in a trade package that includes All-Star DeMar DeRozan, league sources told ESPN.
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Cards TE Seals-Jones arrested after hotel scuffle

Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was arrested on three charges Saturday night after a scuffle ensued when he was denied entrance to the W Scottsdale to use a bathroom, according to Scottsdale police.
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Flames give forward Lindholm 6-year contract

The Flames have given center Elias Lindholm a six-year contract with an annual average value of $ 4.85 million.
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The NFL’s best under-25 starting lineup: Our picks, runners-up

Which foundational young stars would you want on your team? We polled our NFL insiders to come up with the best players under 25 at every position.
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Walton sits down with winning-focused LeBron

Lakers coach Luke Walton said he is encouraged by the early communication he has had with free-agent acquisition LeBron James following a meeting with the four-time MVP.
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5-on-5: The best, surprising and most disappointing NBA rookies

Who were the standouts and disappointments at NBA summer league? Our experts answer the big questions.
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NFL Insiders predict: Rookie QB best set up for long-term success

Baker Mayfield was drafted No. 1 overall by Cleveland. Is he the best bet among rookie QBs to have long-term success? Our Insiders make their picks.
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Bryce brings down the house with epic Home Run Derby comeback

His time in Washington might be nearing its end, but on this night, Bryce Harper made Nationals fans forget their frustrations.
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Tomlin’s spirits high as Bell deadline closes in

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin still believes a long-term deal with running back Le’Veon Bell could be reached before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. But sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter it will be challenging, as the sides are not close to a deal at this time.
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Who had the best sneakers of 2018 NBA Summer League?

Hooping in Las Vegas is cool, but it’s also another opportunity to feature the baddest kicks of the month.
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Why Mbappe is soccer’s future king

When Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi retire, Kylian Mbappe will be the sport’s leading man, and there’s no limit to what he can do from here.
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LeBron attends Lakers’ summer league game

LeBron James, wearing Lakers shorts and purple shoes, was seated courtside at the Las Vegas Summer League on Sunday as he cheered on his new teammates.
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Thrilling World Cup gets the finale it deserves

Didier Deschamps got France’s stars to buy into his work ethic, and the result was glory in Russia, but not before Croatia pushed them all the way.
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NFL Nation predicts: The MVP for every division

The Eagles are obvious picks in the NFC East, but who else will take division crowns? NFL Nation has full breakdowns of all eight.
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Pavelski leads, Barkley last at celeb golf tourney

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski maintains a one-point lead after the second round of the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe on Saturday. Crowd favorite Charles Barkley was alone in last place.
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‘It’s mostly gossip’: Behind the scenes of the Vegas schmooze pit

Summer league is the greatest NBA cocktail party of the year, where you can compare notes, gossip and talk shop.
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Giroud and Mandzukic are old-fashioned but vital at World Cup

Strikers like Olivier Giroud and Mario Mandzukic are becoming obsolete, but they’ve been key to France’s and Croatia’s run to the World Cup final.
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NFLPA exec: Serious player concern over betting

An executive for the NFLPA says he’s concerned over the protection of athletes’ privacy, data and public perception following the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule a federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting.
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The best contract for every NHL team

Not including entry-level deals, who’s providing the most value? From Nicklas Backstrom to Mika Zibanejad, here’s the list heading into 2018-19.
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Michael Irvin sides with HOF on T.O. decision

Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin supports the decision not to acknowledge Terrell Owens individually during the enshrinement weekend in August.
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Watch your head: Charlotte lottery pick Miles Bridges is coming

While Miles Bridges didn’t have the most efficient showing in Las Vegas, it is clear that he adds a level of unpredictability to the Hornets.
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France has cruised, but don’t underestimate Croatia

France has been on cruise control at times in Russia, while Croatia has scrapped throughout. For that reason, the result is no forgone conclusion.
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Lowe: Biggest winners and losers of NBA free agency

With LeBron in L.A. to make the West even stronger, Zach Lowe bounces around the league to assess the best and worst moves.
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Sharks’ Pavelski up early at celebrity golf event

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski held a slim lead over former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer after the first round of the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.
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Sources: Parker, Bulls in talks on offer sheet

Jabari Parker, who is a restricted free agent under the Bucks’ control, is making progress in offer sheet talks with the Bulls, league sources told ESPN.
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The legend of SaQuads Barkley and his Giant legs

He didn’t like it at first, but Giants rookie Saquon Barkley is taking his new nickname in a very strong stride.
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Bring neutral site NHL games back to North America!

Sure, they still play them overseas, but North America deserves them, too. Plus, Cake Foul of the Week, John Tavares’ goodbye to Isles fans and more.
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Best nickname in every NFL locker room: Origins of ‘Beast Mode,’ more

Marshawn Lynch is synonymous with his on-field moniker. Who else answers to unique nicknames? Here’s one for all 32 teams.
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What league insiders are buzzing about at NBA summer league

Here’s what league insiders have been chatting about at Las Vegas summer league.
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It’s as if Wimbledon finalist Serena Williams never left the game at all

Implausible or predictable? Or both? Serena looks very much like the player who dominated tennis for so many years.
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Class in session: Sean Payton, Drew Brees teach NFL Lingo 101

The Saints’ dynamic duo has been speaking the same language for 12 seasons, producing one of the most sophisticated attacks in NFL history.
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Sources: Hawks add Lin in trade with Brooklyn

Veteran guard Jeremy Lin, who played only one game last season because of a ruptured patellar tendon, has been traded by the Nets to the Hawks, league sources told ESPN.
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Way-too-early 2019 NHL free-agent buyer’s guide

We slot the players into five tiers and assess their chances of actually reaching the free agent market next July 1.
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Sources: Isaiah Thomas to sign with Nuggets

Isaiah Thomas agreed to a one-year, $ 2 million deal with the Nuggets, sources said, as he joins his fourth team in a year. It’s high-reward, low-risk for Denver and a chance for Thomas to re-establish himself.
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Knicks picks Knox, Robinson could be solutions to New York’s problems

It is premature to throw the word “hope” around New York’s chances to contend in 2018-19, but the Knicks’ future prospects have shined in Las Vegas.
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Who do the top 2018 NHL draft picks remind us of?

What do the Buffalo Sabres really get with Rasmus Dahlin? How about Brian Leetch? We compare some top 2018 draft picks to players you already know.
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Finding the next Sean McVay: Head coaches who call plays

It’s in vogue these days to get a head coach who also can call offensive plays, with 14 of the 32 current head men currently holding both roles.
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Barnwell: The NFL’s best and worst arsenals from 32-1

Which team has the top offensive firepower? We ranked all 32. Just running backs and pass-catchers — no quarterbacks, linemen or coordinators allowed.
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Silver: Warriors’ dominance not bad for league

While he doesn’t think the Warriors’ dominance is bad for the NBA, commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that the league can create “a better system” for improving the current competitive landscape.
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Attorneys: McCoy’s ex beaten in home invasion

Georgia police and the NFL are investigating a home invasion Tuesday at a house owned by Bills running back LeSean McCoy in which his estranged girlfriend was allegedly beaten and robbed of jewelry.
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Cardinals prez: Speak up, just not on game days

A day after Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill publicly supported Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Bidwill said he also supports players speaking up on social issues but wants them to “restrict their statements” on game days.
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Guide to the NFL supplemental draft: Why it matters this year

A player hasn’t been selected in this draft since 2015. So why should you care? There could be as many as three on Wednesday. Here’s who they are.
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Which Lakers prospects could help LeBron the most?

The Lakers’ summer league squad is finding success in Vegas. Will the prospects’ play translate to the regular season?
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The day LeBron became a Laker: Behind-the-scenes stories

Inside the King’s decision and how it instantly changed the Lakers, the Cavaliers and the entire NBA.
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Sabres sign top pick Dahlin to entry-level deal

The Buffalo Sabres have signed top draft pick Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, entry-level contract.
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Giants DT Francis: Mom’s ashes spilled by TSA

Giants defensive lineman A.J. Francis wasn’t happy with the Transportation Security Administration, which he said went through his suitcase and left open the urn carrying his mother’s ashes.
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Done deal: LeBron signs contract with Lakers

LeBron James has officially joined the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers announced the signing of the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player as a free agent on Monday.
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Sources: Rockets lose Mbah a Moute, target Melo

Free-agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute has agreed to a one-year, $ 4.3 million deal with the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN.
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Rodger Saffold plays ‘€˜poor man’s Stan Kroenke’ to rising esports powerhouse

When he’s not protecting Jared Goff, the Rams tackle has another job as owner of Rise Nation — one of the top esports teams in the country.
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Ayton outshines Bamba, leads Suns to 3-0 mark

Deandre Ayton outplayed fellow top rookie Mo Bamba, marking the second time in three Las Vegas Summer League games that the Suns rookie has shown he is up to the task of performing like a top overall draft pick.
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Ducks to retire numbers of Kariya, Niedermayer

The Anaheim Ducks will retire Paul Kariya’s No. 9 jersey on Oct. 21 and Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27 on Feb. 17.
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76ers say LeBron ‘strongly’ considered Philly

76ers managing partner Josh Harris and coach and interim GM Brett Brown said they felt Philadelphia had a fighter’s chance to land LeBron James before he announced that he would join the Lakers.
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NFL side hustles: How players are making money outside football

Frosting cupcakes. Designing suits. Becoming doctors. Running businesses. Here are the crafts that players are working on outside of football.
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Ayton looks the part against Mo Bamba

In a matchup of two of the top bigs in the draft, Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton shined offensively, while Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba was active on defense.
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How Blues GM Doug Armstrong won the summer

St. Louis didn’t make the final table in the John Tavares derby, but Armstrong made a handful of shrewd moves that set up the team well in 2018-19.
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5-on-5: Who is the new king of the post-LeBron East?

LeBron’s Hollywood arrival opens the door to the Finals for a host of East contenders. How will the conference shake out without King James? Our experts assess a new era in the East.
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Ovechkin brings Stanley Cup home to Russia

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin greeted friends and family back home in Moscow with the Stanley Cup in fan zones where Russians watched World Cup games.
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Eli Manning’s SB XLII helmet up for auction

The helmet Giants quarterback Eli Manning wore during New York’s Super Bowl XLII upset of the Patriots is going up for auction following a memorabilia fraud lawsuit that was eventually settled.
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Lue to pass LeBron torch to Walton over meal

As the fifth head coach of LeBron James’ 15-year career, Tyronn Lue will have plenty to share with the sixth, the Lakers’ Luke Walton, when they have breakfast together on Monday.
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Second day of Thai cave rescue underway

With eight boys and their soccer coach still stranded in a cave in Thailand on Monday, divers are preparing for a second day of retrieval in a process that takes several hours.
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Police: Browner threatened ex-GF after break-in

Brandon Browner, a former cornerback for the Seahawks and Patriots, was arrested Sunday after police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house and threatened to kill her.
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Will Hawks’ Trae Young be a better passer than shooter in NBA?

Atlanta’s rookie point guard has struggled with his shot in summer league. Should the Hawks be concerned?
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Golden Knights sign Colin Miller to 4-year deal

The Vegas Golden Knights signed defenseman Colin Miller to a four-year contract that pays an average salary of $ 3.87 million.
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All-Star selections: Snubs, surprises and more

Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell is one of the biggest snubs in recent years, and who would have thought Matt Kemp would be an All-Star starter?
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Bagley suffers hip, groin injury in Vegas debut

Sacramento Kings rookie forward Marvin Bagley III suffered an injury in the area of his right hip flexor and groin in his Las Vegas Summer League debut and will undergo an MRI on Monday.
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Sharks sign DeMelo to 2-year, $1.8 million deal

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defenseman Dylan DeMelo to a two-year, $ 1.8 million deal.
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Lesnar, back as spectator, challenges Cormier

Brock Lesnar was seated in the front row for Saturday night’s UFC 226 main event and promptly challenged newly crowned heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
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Cardinals GM Keim cited for DUI on July 4

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim apologized, saying, “I truly regret my incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions” after he was cited for a DUI on July 4 in Arizona.
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Ayton vs. Bagley: Who won the battle of the top two picks?

We break down Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton and Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley III after their highly anticipated matchup in summer league.
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Best trade fits for Pacioretty, Panarin, Skinner and more

Free agency is largely over, but these 10 players could still be on the move via trade this summer.
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Cormier claims UFC heavyweight title with KO

Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (21-1) added the UFC’s heavyweight title Saturday, as he knocked out Stipe Miocic with a short right hand in the opening round.
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100 facts for the 2018 fantasy football season

Further evidence that you can make the numbers say what you want, here are a bunch of facts to consider as you prepare for the 2018 fantasy season.
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Altman: LeBron’s decision brought ‘level of hurt’

Cavs GM Koby Altman spoke candidly about LeBron James’ decision to join the Lakers, saying there was “a level of hurt” at first but that he also felt “extremely thankful” for what James accomplished in Cleveland.
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The biggest questions in the NHL this summer

Where will Erik Karlsson land? Who’s the next player to get a lucrative extension? Which teams are getting third jerseys? We tee up the offseason.
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Lowe: Kawhi trade talk mystery, and which teams could get involved

Will the Lakers or another team step up and make a deal for Kawhi Leonard? Zach Lowe breaks down the Kawhi conundrum.
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James Washington a ‘workhorse’ for Steelers and family farm

Farming isn’t a convenient storyline for Steelers rookie wide receiver James Washington, but a way of life that has helped prepare him for the NFL.
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Fallout from the first wave of NHL free agency

We look at the situations for the Islanders, Canadiens, Kings, Blue Jackets and more. Plus, Jersey Fouls and … “Rick and Morty” goalie masks?
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La dolce vita: Former NFL WR enjoys pizza, pigskin in Italy

Former Lions wide receiver Kris Durham decided to play in Parma, Italy, on a lark and enjoyed it so much he returned for a second season.
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Free agency fallout and more NBA buzz from Summer League

What’s the latest chatter on LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Jabari Parker and more from around the NBA? We’ve got the scoop from Utah Summer League.
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Jackson, Young, Bagley, and more first impressions of 2018 Summer Leagues

Eight NBA teams have played two summer league games each. Here are some early takeaways from some of the newest NBA players.
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Power Rankings: Brazil is the team to beat

And then there were eight … Ahead of the World Cup quarterfinals, we asked our global editorial desks to rank the remaining teams.
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Giants’ Jenkins: Friend’s death ‘hurts my heart’

Janoris Jenkins wrote on Instagram on Thursday that the death of his close friend Roosevelt Rene at his New Jersey home last month “hurts my heart.” Jenkins’ older brother, William Jenkins Jr., has been charged in Rene’s death.
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Mini oral history: Scott Foster’s wild night in Chicago’s goal

Blackhawks players and personnel recount the night that accountant-by-day Scott Foster took the ice, making seven saves in 14 minutes.
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49ers’ Goodwin surprises mom, sister with house

The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, who signed a three-year, $ 20 million contract extension this offseason, bought a new house for his mother, Tamina, and sister Deja, who has cerebral palsy. He posted video of the unveiling on Thursday.
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NBA summer league: One player to watch on every team

What should fans and teams be looking for from the most interesting prospects at Las Vegas summer league?
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Quarterfinals predictions: Who will advance?

The round of 16 is over and that means there are just eight games left in the 2018 World Cup. Eight games in which to crown our predictions champion!
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Fantasy football sleepers, busts, breakouts for 2018

Our panel of fantasy football analysts offers expected surprise performers, disappointments and those who will take their game to another level.
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Sources: Amir Johnson staying with 76ers

Free agent Amir Johnson has decided to return to the 76ers after agreeing to a one-year contract, according to league sources.
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Robin Lehner deal a rare win for the Islanders

After witnessing an exodus of talent this week, the Islanders landed one of the best remaining free agents.
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Sources: OKC hits $300M with Felton re-signing

Free-agent guard Raymond Felton has agreed to a one-year, $ 2.4 million deal to return to the Thunder, league sources told ESPN. His signing will push Oklahoma City’s payroll and luxury tax past $ 300 million.
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Sources: Suns, Booker closing in on max deal

The Suns and guard Devin Booker and progressing toward finalizing a max contract extension worth $ 158 million over five years, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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Julian Edelman’s 4-game suspension upheld

Patriots star wideout Julian Edelman, suspended four games for performance-enhancing drugs, has been denied his appeal. He will be able to return to the Patriots’ active roster on Oct. 1.
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Roundtable: Best, worst deals in first wave of NHL free agency

Did the Leafs make the best deal in landing John Tavares? Which multiyear deal will the team or player regret? Where will Erik Karlsson land?
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NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports

The market is officially open, and NBA free-agency news is coming in fast. Stay up to date with the latest rumors and rumblings.
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Ben Roethlisberger balances rest, training before Steelers camp

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will balance getting ready for his 15th season with his duties as a father of three this summer.
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What’s different about Kawhi trade talks now

Our experts discuss L.A.’s new complications in a Kawhi Leonard trade and what other options San Antonio could consider.
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Down town: Cleveland rues LeBron’s move to L.A.

The day after LeBron James announced he is leaving the Cavaliers as a free agent for the second time since 2010, anger across Cleveland gave way to acceptance.
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Sharks-Thornton deal grades out well for all parties

The veteran celebrated his 39th birthday by signing a one-year, $ 5 million deal to return to the Sharks.
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Cousins calls joining Warriors ‘my ace of spades’

DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to join the defending champion Warriors on a one-year, $ 5.3 million deal, league sources told ESPN. The four-time All-Star called the move “my ace of spades” in a conversation with The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears.
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Eagles win bet, will wear home jerseys at Saints

After Eagles coach Doug Pederson won a friendly wager with Saints coach Sean Payton, Philadelphia will wear their green home colors in Week 11 when they visit the New Orleans Saints, who will wear white.
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Winners and losers from Day 1 of NHL free agency

The Maple Leafs landed John Tavares, but they weren’t the day’s only winner; likewise, the Islanders have company on the losing side of the ledger.
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The NFL’s most important players: These 160 will decide season

Which five players will have the biggest impact on each team’s playoff hopes? NFL Nation weighs in.
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Does Cousins make the Warriors unstoppable?

How much better will the Warriors be with another All-Star? Kevin Pelton projects the super team and its new title chances.
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Lowe: Why the DeMarcus Cousins deal might not matter

Cousins gives Golden State another All-Star. Zach Lowe examines what that really means for Boogie and the Warriors.
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2018 NHL free agency: All the latest signings, trades, grades

We’re keeping track of every notable signing and trade throughout the offseason right here, with a signing tracker and expert grades.
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5-on-5: LeBron’s legacy, Kawhi trades and title favorites

Our experts answer the big questions about LeBron James, the Lakers, Kawhi Leonard and what the King’s move means for the NBA.
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Seahawks safety Chancellor seems to call it quits

In a series of tweets, Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor seems to have announced his retirement, citing a neck injury that has “showed no healing.”
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Ryan Broyles spun $60K per year NFL budget into real estate biz

Former Lions WR Ryan Broyles turned the earnings from his short NFL career into a real estate business that allows him to live quite comfortably.
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Rating the best and worst NBA moves so far

Kevin Pelton provides team-by-team analysis of every major and minor deal from Day 1. Who improved? And what is still to come?
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Source: Van Riemsdyk to sign deal with Flyers

James van Riemsdyk will head back to the team that drafted him after agreeing to sign a five-year, $ 35 million deal with Flyers, a source told ESPN.
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How OKC’s wild gamble for Paul George paid off

George looked destined for the Lakers a year ago. Now he’s a core member of a new Thunder legacy.
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Eagles’ Bradham banned 1 game for ’16 assault

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended for the first game of the 2018 NFL season, he said Friday on Twitter. The suspension stems from a 2016 incident in which he was charged with aggravated assault.
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Who’s under the most pressure in NHL free agency?

Of all the execs and players around the NHL, these seven are facing the most heat. Plus, a Jersey Foul import, Puck Headlines and more.
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Top players at World Cup: Luka Modric claims top spot

Who were the star performers in the group stage? We asked our global editorial desks to pick their top 10.
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Who has the toughest route to World Cup glory?

The knockout stage offers up two very different brackets. By finishing second, England have increased their chances. But Mexico are in for a tough ride.
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Predictions: Where LeBron, Paul George and Kawhi will land next

What will happen with NBA superstars in free agency, and what will it mean for next season? Our experts predict what’s next.
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Which teams just drafted their new No. 1 prospect?

Rasmus Dahlin becomes the top guy in the Buffalo Sabres’ system. Who else jumps to the top of their team’s list?
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Lowe: NBA free-agency madness is here

Get ready for a crazy month in the NBA. Zach Lowe previews what to watch in L.A., OKC, Boston, San Antonio and the rest of the league.
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What you need to know about Jameis Winston’s suspension

On the heels of Winston’s suspension, we look at the NFL’s investigative process and what the suspension means for the Buccaneers quarterback.
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Top 10 candidates for the 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class

Following this week’s Hall of Fame induction announcements, we take a look at who is on deck for next year’s class.
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Brother of Giants’ Jenkins charged in death

The brother of Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been charged with aggravated manslaughter after a body was found at Jenkins’ house.
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Jefferson jokes he’s not LeBron’s friend now

Richard Jefferson joked that he’s not LeBron James’ friend anymore because he’s sick of being asked where his buddy will play next season.
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Sources: Lakers, Spurs reopen talks on Kawhi

The Lakers re-engaged the Spurs in pursuit of Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers envision a trade in which San Antonio would get something similar to what the Cavs received for Kyrie Irving or the Pacers acquired for Paul George. The Spurs value Leonard higher.
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Penguins re-sign F Rust through 2021-22

The Penguins have re-signed forward Bryan Rust to a deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign and carries an average annual value of $ 3.5 million.
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Clippers trade A. Rivers to Wizards for Gortat

Austin Rivers will no longer be taking cues from his dad, as the Clippers have dealt their coach’s son to the Wizards for center Marcin Gortat.
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Bold free-agency predictions, LeBron’s options and dark horses

Who are the biggest teams and players to watch when free agency hits? Our NBA Insiders answer the big questions about LeBron, Paul George, the Lakers and more.
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