Q&A: Tom Dundon on $250 million well spent, and his ‘bunch of jerks’

The Hurricanes owner is now the chairman of the AAF. How will that impact his hockey team? And what does he think of Don Cherry’s comments?
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How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games

In 2007, NBA ref Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to betting on games he officiated. But it was never proved that he fixed them — until now. Our two-year investigation reveals how he did it, whom he did it with and the millions that flowed from the conspiracy.
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Let’s improve the Raiders: Barnwell predicts AFC West offseason moves

Oakland needs to add talent (and more picks). The Chargers and Chiefs face crucial decisions. Let’s make offseason moves for the AFC West.
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Capela (thumb) expected to return vs. Lakers

Rockets center Clint Capela — who has missed 15 games because of ligament damage in his right thumb — practiced Tuesday, and he is expected to play Thursday against the Lakers.
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Prospects Kaprizov and Kakko continue to light the lamp

Will Kirill Kaprizov ever stop scoring? Can Kaapo Kakko make a charge for the No. 1 pick? All that and more in this week’s prospect rundown.
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Contenders, playoff hopefuls and lottery dreamers to watch down the stretch

Are LeBron and the Lakers in trouble? Can the Warriors hang on to No. 1 in the West? We’re setting you up for the season’s final two months.
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Harden says streak reflects necessity of situation

James Harden, who has scored 30 points in 31 consecutive games to tie Wilt Chamberlain’s second-longest streak, stressed in a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that the Rockets needed him to go on the run.
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‘Trash’ talk: Bills QB’s autograph jabs at Ramsey

Bills quarterback Josh Allen took a shot at Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey by autographing a photo at a fan’s request with the question, “Hey Ramsey … Am I still trash?”
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KD grabs second ASG MVP, Team LeBron wins

Kevin Durant won his second career All-Star MVP, after helping lead Team LeBron back from a 20-point deficit in a 178-164 win over Team Giannis. Durant finished the game with a team-high 31 points.
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Miller becomes American-born goalies win leader

Ryan Miller became the all-time leader in wins by a U.S.-born goaltender as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Sunday night.
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Grading KD, LeBron, Giannis and every All-Star

Durant and Team LeBron put on an epic show — and comeback — in Charlotte, and Giannis had the dunk of the night. We’re handing out grades for every player.
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Kap ‘absolutely’ still wants to play, lawyer says

Attorney Mark Geragos said he believes the Panthers and Patriots are two potential landing spots for his client, Colin Kaepernick, who still “absolutely wants to play” in the NFL.
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Oilers trade Spooner to Canucks for Gagner

Ryan Spooner, who has played for the Rangers and Oilers this season, will now suit up for the Canucks, who acquired him in a trade with Edmonton for Sam Gagner.
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All the best skills, shots and slams from All-Star Saturday night

Here are the best highlight moments from the skills, 3-point and dunk contests during All-Star Saturday Night
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Picking players who need a change of scenery on all 32 NFL teams

The Steelers resetting without Antonio Brown and the Bears bouncing their kicker are among the moves predicted.
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Nets’ Harris beats Stephen Curry for 3-point title

Brooklyn’s Joe Harris made 12 consecutive shots during the final round to upset Golden State’s Stephen Curry to win the 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night.
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The race for the top pick: Is Hughes vs. Kakko really that close?

Can Kaapo Kakko catch Jack Hughes to be the top pick in June’s NHL draft?
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Grading Kuzma, Simmons, Doncic and every player in the Rising Stars

Kyle Kuzma dropped 35. Jayson Tatum added 30. Defense was a DNP. We’re handing out grades for every player in the Rising Stars Challenge.
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The Kaepernick-Reid NFL settlement: How we got here, and what’s next

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled their joint collusion-grievance filing with the NFL. Here’s what we know, and what we don’t.
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Kaepernick, Reid settle grievances against NFL

The NFL, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid issued a joint statement Friday saying they have resolved the collusion grievances filed by the players against the league.
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NHL Power Rankings after Week 19

It’s another week on top of the rankings for the Lightning. Plus, in honor of Valentine’s Day, these are the players each team loves this season.
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What a rare buyer’s market means for QB-needy teams

There’s simply more supply than demand. If the 2019 QB market is a game of musical chairs, some 2018 starters are going to be left without a seat.
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LeBron lauds Williamson’s athleticism, intangibles

After a trip to watch Duke this past weekend, LeBron James came away impressed with the abilities of Duke’s Zion Williamson. James said he was struck by the agility and quickness of the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson.
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GOATs on GOATs: LeBron and MJ in their own words

As LeBron James prepares for an All-Star Game in Michael Jordan’s city, we look back at what the two have said about each other since they first met back in 2001
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Re-imagining Steelers’ offense without Antonio Brown

The Steelers will look to players on the current roster to make leaps in production without AB, including JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington.
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Harden runs streak to 31, tying Wilt for second

For the 31st consecutive game, Rockets star James Harden finished with at least 30 points, putting him in rare company alongside Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in NBA history.
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Bold predictions for the NHL trade deadline

We’re familiar with the names available. It’s time to play matchmaker for all 31 NHL teams as the trade deadline nears.
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Kerr blasts ref over ‘head-scratching’ flagrant call

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was ejected after he spiked his clipboard and went off on officials for calling a flagrant foul on Draymond Green in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to Portland.
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2019 NHL draft rankings: Chris Peters’ Top 50 prospects

It’s Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko leading the way, but how is the rest the 2019 class shaping up? We rank the top 50 prospects for June’s draft.
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Kareem Hunt to Browns: How he fits, status with NFL and more

The Browns are giving running back Kareem Hunt a second chance. Here’s what needs to happen for him to play again and what that means for Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson.
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Davis on loss: Pels weren’t interested in playing

Disgruntled star Anthony Davis scored three points on 1-of-9 shooting, outplayed badly by big man Nikola Vucevic, as the Orlando Magic beat the listless New Orleans Pelicans 118-88 on Tuesday.
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Duke storms back from 23 down, stuns Louisville

Cam Reddish made a tying 3-pointer with 1:28 left and the go-ahead free throws with 14 seconds remaining, helping No. 2 Duke overcome a 23-point second-half deficit to beat No. 16 Louisville 71-69 on Tuesday night.
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Evaluating every new head coach in the 2018-19 NHL season

Following the firing of Randy Carlyle in Anaheim, Bob Murray becomes the 12th new coach this season. How have the changes played out?
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After team-changing moves, new-look Raptors are done playing nice

Masai Ujiri shook up the Raptors last summer and did it again last week. Now Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol are poised to make a difference for Toronto when it counts.
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Predicting offseason dominoes: 7 free agents who could cause ripples

One signing or trade can dictate several more moves. Let’s lay out destinations for seven potential free agents, then predict what comes next.
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Sources: 76ers’ Brand called Magic to apologize

Sixers GM Elton Brand called Magic Johnson on Monday afternoon to apologize for insinuating in a radio interview that the Lakers had called — unprompted — to ask permission for Johnson to speak with Ben Simmons, league sources told ESPN.
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Magic: Pels didn’t act in good faith on Davis

Lakers president Magic Johnson said the Pelicans didn’t act in good faith in their negotiations involving Anthony Davis.
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Gase’s staff with Jets doesn’t lack for family drama

The coaching staff of new Jets coach Adam Gase includes Joe Vitt, his father-in-law, and Gregg Williams, who coached with Vitt with the Saints. Vitt and Williams had a rocky relationship while together in New Orleans.
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Harden, Westbrook face off as streaks roll on

James Harden scored at least 30 points for the 29th game in a row, and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double in his ninth straight game — and got the win.
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Thunder are asking stars to lead, but can they get more depth?

Oklahoma City knows what its getting from the All-Stars. The question now is how it can bolster the roster for the spring.
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‘Hell yeah, I’m playing football again’: Welcome to the AAF

From players to coaches to GMs, the new Alliance of American Football offers another shot at the top while opening a new talent resource to the NFL.
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Bold offseason predictions for all 32 NFL teams

Le’Veon Bell’s landing spot, blockbuster trades, draft moves — we have fearless predictions that would shake up the NFL.
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Harris fits right in as new-look 76ers beat Nuggets

Tobias Harris said his Philadelphia 76ers debut was awesome after he scored 14 points in Friday night’s 117-110 win over the visiting Denver Nuggets.
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Ranking Carter Hart and every other Flyers goalie

Hart has shined in his first 16 games and could be the franchise goaltender the Flyers have wanted for decades. Here’s a look at where he ranks against past Philadelphia netminders.
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Davis: ‘Awkward’ being booed in Pelicans return

Met with boos and cheers in his return to the Pelicans’ lineup Friday in New Orleans, Anthony Davis said he was surprised by the jeers but was “just happy to be back on the floor playing the game that I love.”
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Anthony Davis defines the latest chapter of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry

The two storied franchises have battled for championships through the decades. With the backdrop of a thrilling finish Thursday night, their next battle will come this summer as both teams try to land the coveted Pelicans star.
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Mikko Rantanen is firing on all … cupcakes

The Avalanche have a fun-loving breakout star on their hands. Here’s what comes next for the high-scoring 22-year-old Finn.
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Lowe: Who’s on notice after this NBA trade deadline

Zach Lowe breaks down the teams and players on notice after a whirlwind trade deadline.
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Inside the next potential fight between Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers

The running back and the franchise probably are headed for more hostility over how he’s tagged, with the real possibility of arbitration.
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Ranking the top 10 NHL dynasties of all time

The Patriots’ Super Bowl win solidifies their spot among the top dynasties in any sport. Who are the NHL’s best? Here are the top 10.
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Lowe: This Celtics, Lakers, AD trade situation is unprecedented

Should the Pelicans wait on a trade? What happens with the Celtics will have huge influence here.
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Is this Gronk’s last call?

After another grueling season, the Patriots’ endearingly dominant tight end weighs retirement. Whatever comes next, he has left his mark on a fan base that reveres his authenticity as much as his excellence.
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Police: WR Brown involved in domestic dispute

The Hollywood Police Department in South Florida confirmed to ESPN that Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was involved in a domestic dispute in January and that no arrests were made.
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NHL Awards Watch: New leaders for MVP, Norris and Vezina

Scoring leader Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning has charged to the top of the Hart Trophy ranks. Who’s ahead for all the major awards?
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Sources: Clippers agree to deal Harris to Sixers

The Clippers have agreed to trade Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott to the 76ers for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and draft picks, sources say.
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Kobe: Harden’s play amid streak not title friendly

Kobe Bryant said he doesn’t think the Rockets can win an NBA championship with reigning MVP James Harden continuing to play like he has.
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Who wins the Western Conference wild-card spots?

It’s a jumbled mess of teams fighting for the two slots. We debate which clubs will ultimately emerge.
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Way-too-early 2019 NFL Power Rankings

Super Bowl LIII is in the books, but we’re already on to the 2019 season. Who is at the top of our projection? Here’s how our experts have the league stacked.
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Ten predictions for 2019 NFL season: Le’Veon to the Texans?

What’s in store this offseason? Nick Foles and Le’Veon Bell head south, Antonio Brown moves west, and Browns fans make playoff plans.
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Sabres place Elie on waivers; Leafs cut Marincin

The Buffalo Sabres have placed underperforming forward Remi Elie on waivers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs pared their defensive depth by waiving Martin Marincin.
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It’s time to appreciate this Patriots dynasty as the greatest in sports

You might not like it, but you’re watching the greatest dynasty in sports history. And it’s time to appreciate it, whether or not you root for the Pats.
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Five Super Bowls that were somehow more boring than Pats-Rams (really)

With 16 combined points, Super Bowl LIII was a yawnfest. But how about Cowboys-Dolphins in 1972? Or Niners-Broncos? Here are the five worst of all time.
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Sources: Blazers agree to trade for Rodney Hood

The Portland Trail Blazers agreed to a trade to acquire Cleveland Cavaliers forward Rodney Hood. The Blazers will send the Cavaliers two future second-round picks along with the expiring contracts of guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV, sources said.
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Checking in with Jonathan Cheechoo

The former NHL journeyman discusses winning a goal-scoring title, his legacy in San Jose and being from a place called Moose Factory.
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Sources: Walton, Lakers vets get heated after loss

Lakers coach Luke Walton called out several players for their selfish approach Saturday, leading to a heated exchange with some veterans, sources told ESPN.
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How Rams DT Aaron Donald became the NFL’s most unstoppable force

Four-time All-Pro. Record-breaker. Donald could decide the 2018 playoffs, and his amazing journey began in a basement gym called “The Dungeon.”
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Reed, Bailey, Law, Gonzalez, Mawae make HOF

Four defensive backs — Ed Reed, Champ Bailey, Ty Law and seniors finalist Johnny Robinson — were among the eight men chosen for enshrinement by the Hall’s board of selectors on Saturday.
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Kyrie is in the middle of trade deadline madness

Kyrie Irving’s future in Boston is now in doubt, and it’s having a huge impact on the trade deadline.
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Penguins shoot their shot with trade for Nick Bjugstad

The Penguins landed two useful forwards and moved Derick Brassard off the books. Here’s how both GMs did in the swap.
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Inside the taboo, bizarre, revealing world of stadium bathrooms

What happens when 70,000 fans and 1,260 beer taps collide at Super Bowl LIII? Inside the good, bad and sometimes gross world of stadium bathrooms.
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Lowe: Latest trade talk and what teams might be doing at the deadline

Who are the players and teams to watch as the trade deadline nears? Zach Lowe bounces around the league.
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Sources: Cowboys unlikely to extend Garrett

The Dallas Cowboys are not expected to extend the contract of Jason Garrett, who is in the final year of his deal, sources tell ESPN.
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LeBron returns with near triple-double in OT win

LeBron James returned from the longest injury layoff of his career with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists in the Lakers’ 123-120 OT win over the Clippers.
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Mavs get Porzingis, send Smith, two 1s to Knicks

The Knicks have traded Kristaps Porzingis, Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Mavs in return for Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and two future first-round picks.
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Goodell: Changes to replay again to be discussed

Roger Goodell said the league will again take a look at instant replay and possible changes this offseason. “The game is not officiated by robots,” he said. “It’s not going to be.”
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The other side to the Anthony Davis trade drama

As rumors and reports swirl about Anthony Davis’ next move, New Orleans is already preparing for life without its superstar.
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For defensemen shooting the puck, why less is more

Brent Burns and blueliners of his ilk are doing it wrong. Plus, identifying the biggest winner of the Jake Muzzin trade.
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The best Patriots-Rams preview you’ll read: Barnwell makes his pick

Brady, Belichick and Gronk. Gurley, McVay and Goff. There are plenty of stars who could wreck Super Bowl LIII. Bill Barnwell covers every angle.
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Q&A: Donald Fehr on the next CBA, player tracking and more

The NHLPA executive director says the players “are not looking for a fight,” and checks in on various other topics.
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Lakers struggle to keep playoff pace, feel the pressure

The Lakers had a glimpse of what they could be on Christmas Day, but now they wait for health, LeBron James’ return and the trade deadline.
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Meet the NFL’s class of 2018: Players who graduated to stardom

From the next great Steelers wideout to a trio of former No. 1 overall picks to the league’s tackles leader, this is the NFL’s latest batch of stars.
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Depleted Pels block out Davis buzz, stun Rockets

In their first game since news broke of Anthony Davis’ trade request, the Pelicans were down five of their top six scorers and still managed to top the Rockets 121-116 in Houston on Tuesday night.
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Sources: Pelicans, barring huge offer, in no rush

Anthony Davis won’t be traded before next Thursday’s NBA trade deadline unless the Pelicans are made an overwhelming offer, sources say. The Lakers plan to make an aggressive push, according to sources.
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Trade Grades: Leafs, Kings both earn high marks for Muzzin deal

Toronto landed a first-pairing defenseman in Jake Muzzin, but it cost the Maple Leafs two prospects and a first-rounder. We grade both GMs on the swap.
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Super Bowl opening night: Brady gets a pillow, Gronk hugs and Goff talks dogs

Super Bowl week is here. The Patriots and Rams have arrived in Atlanta and will met the media Monday night. Things, of course, got interesting.
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Melo on pending move: I just want to be happy

Carmelo Anthony, speaking during an appearance to see friend Dwyane Wade play against the Knicks, said he hopes to play in Madison Square Garden at least one more time.
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The best and worst of NHL All-Star Weekend 2019

From a memorable skills competition Friday night to Saturday night’s games, we break down the good, the bad and the Gritty.
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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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PG13 launches MVP campaign: ‘He had his NASA shoes on’

The Thunder’s Paul George dropped 36 points in a showdown against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the league-leading Bucks.
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Crosby wins All-Star MVP nod after 4-goal night

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby finished the night with four goals and four assists — including two goals and three assists in the championship round — to earn MVP honors for the NHL All-Star Game.
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Warriors, winners of 10 in row, ‘can still be better’

After a rocky first half of the season, the Warriors have rolled off 10 straight wins and are of the belief that they can still get better as they continue to weave center DeMarcus Cousins into the fold.
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Sean McVay sprang from the NFL’s most underrated coaching tree

Mike Shanahan was 24-40 in Washington, but his legacy could be redefined by the success of McVay and his other former assistants-turned-head coaches.
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Boston sees how far it needs to go to meet Golden State

The Celtics had a golden opportunity to beat the defending champion — but familiar issues are keeping them from reaching their potential.
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Why young NHL players love the All-Star experience

Though some veterans may be tired of the routine, it’s a big deal to newbies. Plus, Jersey Fouls, the Week in Gritty and more!
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Harden gets key defensive stop, streak rolls on

James Harden forced the Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard into taking a tough 3-point attempt late in Friday’s 121-119 win. Harden scored 35 to continue his record streak.
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Barnwell: The art and agony of the Super Bowl prop bet

Thinking about placing a tidy sum on a sure-thing Super Bowl prop bet? Allow us to save your big game viewing experience: Don’t do it.
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Curry to join brother Seth in 3-point shootout

Warriors star Stephen Curry told ESPN on Friday night that he planned to join brother Seth in the All-Star 3-point shootout in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.
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LeBron, Giannis lead ASG starters, to be captains

LeBron James was the leading vote-getter for the Feb. 17 NBA All-Star Game and will serve as a team captain along with Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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NHL Power Rankings: Top All-Star moments for all 31 teams

Can anyone top the Lightning? Not yet! Plus, a look back at the shining All-Star Weekend moment for every franchise.
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Inside the Browns’ front office, where hope and history collide

The Browns have a new coach and a franchise QB. But under owner Jimmy Haslam, they have been repeatedly sabotaged by infighting and ineptitude. So what will win out: hope or history?
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Everything you need to know for NBA All-Star 2019

Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James were named captains as starters were announced for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.
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‘That’s all coach Wade’: Rams D hitting its stride in time for Super Bowl

They paid big for free agents, trades and contract extensions and it looked uncertain. But in the playoffs, L.A.’s defense has been worth every penny.
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Torrid Harden lights up MSG with career-best 61

James Harden scored a career-high 61 points, tying Kobe Bryant’s mark for a visiting opponent at the current Madison Square Garden, as the Rockets edged the Knicks 114-110 on Wednesday night.
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The imperfect joys of the Carolina Hurricanes

The post-win celebrations have gone viral, but some of the club’s perennial problems persist. Here’s how the Canes take the next steps to contention.
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Sources: Pacers fear Oladipo lost for season

A preliminary exam has left the Pacers fearful that Victor Oladipo suffered a season-ending right-knee injury Wednesday night, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Oladipo will undergo an MRI on Thursday.
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Happy 50th! Jets Super Bowl rings survive ocean, fridge and toilet

The Super Bowl III rings have created family bonds among strangers, helped cover medical costs and inspired acts of kindness.
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Sources: Grizz will listen to Gasol, Conley offers

The Grizzlies, who are 19-28 this season, will for the first time listen to trade offers for veterans Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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‘Secret Sauce’: How Seattle plans to create perfect NHL franchise

From building a staff to creating a farm team, to engineering an epic arena build and finding the right team name, here’s the latest from the ground.
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Serena out after losing 5-1 lead in 3rd to Pliskova

After Serena Williams was called for a foot fault on match point, Karolina Pliskova fought off three more match points to win 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 and reach the semifinals in Melbourne.
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Where will the Islanders finish this season?

Just as … no one predicted, the John Tavares-less Isles are in first place in the Metro Division on Jan. 21. Where do they wind up?
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Missed calls and masterpieces: 16 plays that gave us this Super Bowl

Two overtime games. Pivotal missed calls. Walk-off wins by the Patriots and Rams. Let’s make sense of Sunday’s madness.
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Harden scores 30 for 20th consecutive game

Rockets guard James Harden reached 30 points for the 20th consecutive game Monday night in a 121-93 loss to the 76ers.
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Klay ties NBA mark with 10 straight 3-pointers

Klay Thompson tied mark Monday night by hitting 10 3-pointers without a miss en route to scoring 44 points as the Golden State Warriors overwhelmed the Los Angeles Lakers.
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No fan issues for Caps’ Smith-Pelley in Chicago

Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly played his first game in Chicago on Sunday since he was the target of racial taunts last February.
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How does it feel to beat the Warriors? The Lakers are trying to hold on to it

The Lakers and Warriors will meet for the second time Monday night, but L.A. is focused on the lessons learned from its Christmas Day win in Oakland.
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Brady exults, says Pats overcame stacked odds

Tom Brady, despite his long list of once-in-a-generation accolades, had the look of a kid in a candy store after Sunday’s AFC title game win. Afterward, he attributed his emotions to the adversity New England conquered this season.
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Early look at Super Bowl LIII: Picks, questions and more for Patriots-Rams

The Patriots and Rams will go head-to-head for a title in two weeks. We have predictions, X factors, looming questions and more.
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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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Harden hits 48, but Gordon plays hero for Rockets

Eric Gordon scored 16 of his 30 points in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime of Houston’s 138-134 comeback win Saturday night over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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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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Cejudo stops Dillashaw in 32 seconds, keeps title

Flyweight champ Henry Cejudo needed only 32 seconds to beat TJ Dillashaw on Saturday night, tied for the fifth-fastest KO or TKO in UFC title-fight history.
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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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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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Cousins on debut: ‘Felt like a kid on Christmas’

DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points, including a thunderous dunk in the first quarter, in Friday’s win over the Clippers. Afterward, he called it “one of the best days of my life.”
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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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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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Wrong shorts briefly keeps Beasley out of game

With his team trailing big in the first quarter and looking for a spark, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton signaled for scoring savant Michael Beasley to come in off the bench, but Beasley had to make a detour before entering.
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Picking offseason priorities for NFL teams drafting in the top 10

What should Kliff Kingsbury focus on first this offseason? We helped out the new Cardinals coach and the rest of the league’s worst teams.
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Sources: Angels reach deal for Allen to be closer

The Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with relief pitcher Cody Allen on a one-year deal to be their closer next season, league sources told ESPN.
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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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How David Rittich saved the Flames’ season

Having a consistently reliable backup goalie has never been more important in the NHL, and “Big Save Dave” has proven that for Calgary.
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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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Patrick Mahomes inherited clutch gene from his major league dad

Can the Chiefs quarterback remain composed as the postseason stages get bigger? His family history might give him a distinct advantage.
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LeBron (groin) out at least the next 2 games

LeBron James (groin) will miss at least the next two tilts for the Lakers, as he will not travel with the team on its upcoming two-game trip, his agent told ESPN.
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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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Warriors’ 51-point 1st quarter sets NBA record

The Warriors scored a league-record 51 points in the first quarter against the Nuggets on Tuesday in Denver. Kevin Durant led the charge with 17 points.
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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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Duke scrambles to adjust after Tre Jones injury

The Blue Devils likely will be in survival mode for the foreseeable future after their star point guard was hurt early in an overtime loss to Syracuse.
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Kyler Murray declares for the NFL draft: Everything you need to know

Murray has declared for the NFL draft. Can he still play baseball? What are the key dates to pay attention to? Here’s what you need to know.
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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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What is the best line in the NHL right now?

One line doesn’t make a Stanley Cup champion — but it certainly doesn’t hurt. We debate the top trios around the league.
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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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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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Playoff overreactions and big questions for AFC, NFC title games

Can the Patriots dominate on the road? Should Dallas be searching for a new coach? We have the looming questions facing this weekend’s winners and losers.
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The Lakers, like the Cavaliers, are bad without LeBron

These Los Angeles Lakers have wanted to be better than LeBron James’ former team in Cleveland. But one thing is for sure — neither is built to win without King James.
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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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High-flying Rams run over Cowboys for first playoff win in McVay era

Sean McVay turned to C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley to pile up 273 yards on the NFL’s best rushing D. The win proves they’re more than just hype.
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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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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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Don’t sleep on Naptown: Pacers a key part of East race

The Pacers might lack the Q rating of the other top teams in the East, but their effectiveness should not be ignored.
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In CBA talks, NHL players shouldn’t budge on long-term contracts

The players want to get rid of escrow, but their negotiations shouldn’t include sacrificing long-term deals and the job security that comes with them.
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Guide to NFL divisional games: Predictions, key matchups, more

Winners and projections for every playoff game, plus critical matchups, betting nuggets and more.
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Dolphins hoping to hire Flores as next coach

The Dolphins concluded their interview process for a new head coach Friday — and the candidate they intend and hope to hire is Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reports.
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