NHL coach abuse reckoning: Where things stand, and what happens next

Allegations continue to come out following the firing of Mike Babcock and the resignation of Bill Peters. Here’s the latest.
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Fizdale calls Knicks’ effort in latest loss ‘sickening’

The New York Knicks dropped their eighth straight game on Thursday, falling to 4-18 on the season and coach David Fizdale called the team’s effort “sickening” after a 129-92 decision.
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Toeing the line, Brady shrugs off injury report

Although he was limited in practice Thursday due to toe and elbow injuries, Tom Brady made light of the injuries Thursday night in an interview with Westwood One. Brady said he’s feeling really good ahead of Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.
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Cowboys fall to Bears for 3rd consecutive loss

The Cowboys lost their third straight game on Thursday night, falling to the Bears to drop to 6-7 on the season.
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Bruins’ Backes scores key goal in first game back

David Backes, playing in his first game in nearly a month, scored the deciding goal with 9:31 left in the third period as Boston won its seventh straight game Sunday night against rival Montreal.
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Celtics’ Smart exits with injury to abdomen area

Celtics guard Marcus Smart left Sunday’s win over the Knicks after taking a blow to his abdomen near the same area of a previous injury.
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Texans’ Watson impresses in prime time again

Deshaun Watson threw three touchdowns and caught a fourth in Sunday night’s win over the Patriots, as the Texans improved to 6-3 in prime-time games started by the quarterback.
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Steelers blast Kitchens for controversial shirt

Steelers players blasted Browns coach Freddie Kitchens for wearing a “Pittsburgh started it” T-shirt and putting his players in a tough position.
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Red Wings pick up G Comrie in deal with Coyotes

The Red Wings have added goaltender Eric Comrie in a trade with the Coyotes that sends minor league defenseman Vili Saarijarvi to Arizona.
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Week 13 takeaways: Bears, Bills win; Saints clinch playoffs

Chicago came back late, Buffalo dominated Dallas, and New Orleans clinched the NFC South.
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Bama goes bust, Harbaugh goes down and more from a wild Rivalry Week

The Tigers extinguished the Tide’s College Football Playoff hopes in the best game of the weekend. Plus, the top unbeatens continued to roll.
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NHL power plays: Who’s doing it right, who needs major help

We explore why an efficient power play is so vital, why the “load up your top unit” philosophy is so effective, and identify which teams need a fix.
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C’s want to move on from Kyrie, ‘no hard feelings’

Celtics players got a chance to see Kyrie Irving at the conclusion of the Nets’ 112-107 victory in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon, and, when asked about seeing Irving postgame, all of them said they are ready to move on from talking about him.
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NFL playoff picture: Saints’ win clinches NFC South on Thanksgiving night

The Bills’ win moved them closer to the playoffs, and the Saints’ victory locked up a berth. Here’s how the current bracket looks.
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Cards’ Shaw suspended for betting on NFL games

The Cardinals’ Josh Shaw has been suspended through at least the 2020 season for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions, though the league says no contests were compromised.
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Wysh List: What we’re thankful for in hockey in 2019

NHL players, personalities and the ESPN puck crew identify the best parts of loving hockey right now. Plus, Jersey Fouls, Babcock fallout and more.
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AD scores 41 in frosty return to New Orleans

Anthony Davis returned to New Orleans on Wednesday and was relentlessly booed by fans every time he touched the ball.
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Bills’ Beasley: Glad to be on this side in Dallas

Former Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley turned in his best game of the season in his first game back in Dallas, catching six passes for a game-high 110 yards and one touchdown in the Bills’ 26-15 win.
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Cowboys’ Jones says he’s sticking with Garrett

Jerry Jones says he continues to believe better days are coming for the Cowboys and now is not the time to make a coaching change.
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NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus do we buy or sell each team’s current playoff status?

The Isles stay on top, but we have a new entrant in the top 10. Plus, which teams will maintain their Thanksgiving standings position?
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Kemba drops season-high 39 in Celtics return

Kemba Walker starred in his return to the Celtics on Wednesday night, netting a season-high 39 points and showing the neck injury he suffered just five days earlier is a thing of the past.
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What to watch for in every Thanksgiving NFL game: Picks, stats to know, more

What to watch for in all three Thursday games. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Playoff picture. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions.
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Absent Kyrie taunted in Boston, then speaks out

Kyrie Irving didn’t travel with the Nets to face the Celtics on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, but that didn’t stop fans at TD Garden from booing their team’s former star.
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NHL superstar roundtable: Can hockey players be anonymous? Who has the league’s best flow?

We asked stars about their spending, whether more offense is good for the game, the most Canadian sayings and much more.
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How much every NFL QB is worth against the spread

Aaron Rodgers is the most valuable quarterback in the NFL against the spread, per Vegas oddsmakers. Here is how all 32 QBs stack up.
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Kerr: Warriors’ ‘Elite Eight’ doing ‘a hell of a job’

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he has taken to calling the healthy members of his team the “Elite Eight” and noted that they’ve been “doing a helluva job hanging in there” amid Golden State’s rash of injuries.
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Ohio State leaps LSU for top spot in CFP rankings

Ohio State moved up to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings after a win over Penn State on Saturday, leapfrogging No. 2 LSU. Clemson and Georgia remain No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
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Embiid held scoreless for 1st time in 76ers’ loss

Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Fred VanVleet added 24 and the Toronto Raptors held Joel Embiid scoreless in a 101-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.
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The NHL’s best and worst this week: How a move to the Lightning rejuvenated Shattenkirk

Free from the Rangers’ rebuild, the Tampa Bay blueliner is off to a great start. Plus, three stars of the week, key upcoming games and more.
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Source: Cowboys told tripping calls were wrong

The league office told the Cowboys that the two tripping penalties in their loss to New England should not have been called.
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QB Jackson dazzles with 5 TD passes vs. Rams

Lamar Jackson guided the Ravens to scores on all six of his drives in a 45-6 win Monday against the Rams.
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Red-hot Doncic keeping focus on playoff berth

After authoring another MVP-type performance to beat the Rockets on Sunday, Luka Doncic said his focus is still on helping the Mavs make the playoffs.
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Bortuzzo suspended for hit that hurt Arvidsson

St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo has been suspended four games for his cross-check of Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson.
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Jerry Jones: Cowboys’ loss ‘a significant setback’

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was disappointed his team couldn’t pick up a signature win Sunday at New England. “I thought we could come up here and put together a better effort in all three phases,” he said following Dallas’ 13-9 loss.
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Shortcomings exposed: Count the ways Packers are inferior to 49ers

The gap between the Packers and the 49ers is wider than expected after a matchup of the NFC’s top two teams.
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LaVine has 49, hits winner game after benching

One night after getting the quick hook in the first quarter, Zach LaVine exploded for 49 points and nailed the game winning 3 to beat Charlotte.
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NHL experts buy/sell Ovechkin’s 50-goal hopes, Blackhawks’ playoff chances, more

We gather our analysts to break down key trending topics for the 2019-20 season, including whether Alex Ovechkin can reach 50 goals again.
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Week 12 NFL game picks, schedule guide, fantasy tips and more

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for Week 12.
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Sources: NBA mulling reseeding, play-in tourney

The NBA is engaged in serious discussions with the NBPA and broadcast partners on changes to the league calendar that include a reseeding of the four conference finalists, a 30-team in-season tournament and a postseason play-in, per league sources.
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Inside Brendan Smith’s transition from defenseman to forward

After some soul-searching and a stint in the minors, the veteran New York Ranger adopted a new position and a new lease on his NHL life.
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Kyrie to miss road trip, including Boston return

Nets star Kyrie Irving will miss the team’s three-game road trip, which includes what would have been his first matchup against his former team, the Celtics, after having his right shoulder evaluated Friday night, the team announced.
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Kemba carted off, has concussion-like symptoms

Celtics guard Kemba Walker was stretchered off the floor during Friday’s game against the Nuggets after running head-first into a teammate.
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Eight years, three teams: How Kyle Shanahan and Matt LaFleur got here together

Mike Shanahan knew the duo was “going to get to the next level,” and they did so quickly. Now they meet for the first time as head coaches, leading the top two teams in the NFC.
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NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus unsung heroes on every team

For the second straight week, we have a new team on top. Plus, these players should get more attention for their 2019-20 production.
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Melo trainer: He ‘bought into’ D, not holding ball

Alex Bazzell, the trainer who led Carmelo Anthony’s workouts this summer and leading up to his joining the Blazers, said the 10-time All-Star embraced an overhaul of his game.
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Garrett’s suspension upheld; Pouncey’s reduced

Browns DE Myles Garrett’s indefinite suspension has been upheld and Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey’s ban has been reduced to two games following appeals, the NFL announced Thursday.
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Hopkins’ monster game gives Texans’ huge playoff boost

Deshaun Watson found Hopkins for two touchdowns to put Houston up top in the AFC South standings.
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Simmons hits first 3 after 0-for-17 start to career

After more than two seasons and in his 172nd NBA game, 76ers star Ben Simmons made a 3-pointer Wednesday night against the Knicks.
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Here’s why the Maple Leafs fired Mike Babcock now and what happens next

We grade the decision by Toronto and answer all the big questions following the move. Plus, what’s next for the legendary coach?
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Biggest Week 12 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams

The injury bug has not spared anyone this season, as we provide updates on Julu Smith-Schuster, Mitchell Trubisky and more.
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Doncic posts 35-point triple-double in 25 minutes

Mavericks star Luka Doncic recorded a 35-point triple-double in just 25 minutes played in Wednesday’s 142-94 win over the Warriors, the least playing time ever by a player to post a triple-double.
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In Trail Blazers debut, Carmelo nets 10 in loss

In just under 24 minutes, Carmelo Anthony finished 4-of-14 from the floor, with 10 points, in his long-awaited return, as his Portland Trail Blazers fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 115-104 on Tuesday night.
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NHL Insiders: What’s ailing the Maple Leafs, and what can be done to fix them

Should they fire Mike Babcock? Are there any trades to be made? Can they turn it around? We debate the big topics.
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What the playoff and New Year’s Six bowl games would be today

Here’s what the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six bowl games would look like based on Tuesday’s rankings.
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Ranking NFL teams from 1-32, plus picking the league’s most underrated players

From unsung defensive heroes to overlooked offensive weapons, we look at the most underrated players while ranking each team.
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The NHL’s best and worst this week: Inside Joel Quenneville’s refurbishment of the Panthers

The veteran coach has Florida in the thick of the playoff hunt. Plus, three stars of the week, key upcoming games, our favorite quote and more.
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Kawhi (knee) misses third straight game for Clips

Kawhi Leonard has yet to play with teammate Paul George, who made his Clippers debut against the Pelicans on Thursday.
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Kitchens: Browns standing by suspended Garrett

Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said Monday that the Browns will continue to support suspended defensive end Myles Garrett while also not excusing Garrett for his actions Thursday against Pittsburgh.
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Chiefs’ defense preserves slim lead over Raiders in AFC West

The Chiefs head into their bye week with a half game lead over the Raiders with Oakland visiting Kansas City in two weeks.
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Avs upset play continued after Calvert hit in head

The Avalanche were upset Saturday night that play was allowed to continue while forward Matt Calvert lay on the ice with blood coming from his head after being hit by a shot.
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Kings snap Celtics’ 10-game winning streak

Buddy Hield scored a season-high 35 points, Richaun Holmes hit two free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining to give Sacramento the lead, and the Kings snapped the Boston Celtics’ 10-game winning streak with a 100-99 victory Sunday.
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Hopkins: Need ‘someone new’ deciding PI calls

After a seemingly clear instance of pass interference wasn’t called after a replay review during Sunday’s game in Baltimore, Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins lobbied for “someone new in New York” to decide those calls.
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Rams still alive in playoff chase after beating the Bears

The Rams can continue to play playoff mathematicians with their slim wild card chances in play
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Right now, the Blazers and Carmelo Anthony need each other

The arrangement between Carmelo Anthony and Portland isn’t flawless, but time and circumstances make it logical.
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NHL Insiders buy/sell Bruins 40-goal scorers, Cale Makar’s Calder candidacy, more

We gather our analysts to break down key trending topics after a month and change of the 2019-20 season.
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Tagovailoa’s season done with dislocated hip

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated right hip but is expected to make a full recovery.
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Kap throws for 8 teams, tells NFL, ‘Stop running’

Colin Kaepernick completed a 40-minute workout for what his agent said were representatives from eight NFL teams at an Atlanta-area high school on Saturday.
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LeBron: Walton did great under circumstances

LeBron James said Friday that Luke Walton “did as great of a job as you could do under the circumstances” while Walton was the team’s coach. Walton returned to Staples Center Friday with the Sacramento Kings.
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Why the Blackhawks are turning it over to the kids this season

The timelines for some top prospects appear to have been accelerated. We check in with GM Stan Bowman and other players on the decision.
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Browns’ Garrett gets indefinite ban from NFL

The NFL has indefinitely banned Browns DE Myles Garrett for hitting Steelers QB Mason Rudolph in the head with his helmet. Pittsburgh’s Maurkice Pouncey (3 games) and Cleveland’s Larry Ogunjobi (1 game) have also been suspended.
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Myles Garrett shows even when Browns win, they still seem to lose

Myles Garrett’s infraction stands alone, but it’s hardly isolated during a season plagued by dysfunction in Cleveland.
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NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus players who need to step up for every team

There’s a new leader in the rankings. Plus, we identify the player on every team who has an opportunity for bigger production.
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The long-awaited reaction to Carmelo Anthony’s return to the NBA

Damian Lillard thought he’d never come to Portland. But after a year away, Anthony will join the Trail Blazers.
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OBJ, Landry troll Tomlin with yawns in end zone

Browns receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry each celebrated in the end zone by seemingly taunting Steelers coach Mike Tomlin with yawns, mocking a gesture Tomlin made in the offseason while discussing Beckham.
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Garrett ejected after striking Rudolph with helmet

Three players were ejected after a nasty brawl late in Steelers-Browns on Thursday night.
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NHL weird jerseys: When stars wind up in random places

Chris Chelios as a Thrasher? Grant Fuhr on the Flames? Peter Forsberg on the Predators? We identify 30 of the strangest jersey-superstar combos.
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Remember Peyton Hillis? One-hit wonders for all 32 NFL teams

Peyton Hillis, Jonas Gray, David Tyree, Timmy Smith. Do you remember their legendary one-off performances?
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George likely to make Clippers debut Thursday

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Paul George, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgeries, will probably make his season debut Thursday at the Pelicans.
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Verlander wins second Cy Young 8 years after first

Eight years after winning his first AL Cy Young Award with the Tigers, Justin Verlander added a second to his Hall of Fame résumé on Wednesday as a member of the Astros.
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Leon Draisaitl on life in Connor McDavid’s shadow

Edmonton’s “other” superstar has led the team in scoring so far but hasn’t eclipsed No. 97 in attention. And that’s just fine by him.
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Sources: George leaning toward Clips debut Thu.

Paul George, who has not played this season as he makes his way back from shoulder surgeries, is leaning toward making his Clippers debut on Thursday against the Pelicans, sources told ESPN.
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‘Crazy trash’: How the Rams’ Jalen Ramsey ‘gets in people’s heads’

The Rams have seen and heard trash talkers before, but none as damaging and as constant as their new cornerback.
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Lunardi: Kentucky’s loss to Evansville might not be a March factor

Wildcats can be in the No. 1 seed conversation despite Tuesday’s shocking loss.
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The NHL’s best and worst this week: Why the Fabbri trade is a win-win move for Detroit

The 23-year-old forward wants a fresh start, and Steve Yzerman wants low-risk, high-ceiling talent. Plus, three stars, top games this week and more.
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Porzingis: ‘Can’t blame’ Carlisle for late benching

Power forward Kristaps Porzingis said he didn’t blame coach Rick Carlisle for benching him for crunch time of the Dallas Mavericks ‘ 116-106 loss Monday to the Boston Celtics.
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Source: Chiefs DE Ogbah (torn pec) out for year

Chiefs defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, the team’s leader in sacks, will undergo season-ending surgery this week for a torn pectoral muscle he suffered during Sunday’s loss at Tennessee, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Warriors’ Curry expects to play again this season

Stephen Curry, recovering from a broken hand, said he’s hoping to return “at some point in early spring.”
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Leafs winger Marner (ankle) out at least 4 weeks

Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner will be out a minimum of four weeks after sustaining an ankle injury Saturday night against the Flyers.
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Knicks brass ‘not happy’ 10 games into season

After a blowout loss at home to the Cavaliers dropped the Knicks to 2-8 on Sunday, team president Steve Mills said, “this is not where we expected to be at this point.”
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Week 10 NFL takeaways: What to make of the Saints’ and Chiefs’ upset losses

New Orleans lost. Kansas City lost. And Cleveland and Miami won? Here’s what to know from a crazy Week 10 in the NFL.
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Clutch D, Dalvin Cook give huge boost to Vikings’ playoff prospects

In an important road test, Minnesota rode big nights from its star running back and Kyle Rudolph.
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Crosby gives Army veteran car he won at ASG

As a salute to Veterans Day weekend, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby gifted a local Army veteran with a new car that he had won for earning MVP honors at the NHL All-Star Game in January.
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Paying respects to the unrealized potential of the Warriors-Thunder rivalry

The Warriors and Thunder only met once in the playoffs this decade, and both teams have lower expectations this season. But for a while there, this had the makings of a great Western rivalry.
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Guide to every Week 10 game: Picks, bold predictions, more

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for Week 10.
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‘Been a long time comin’: LSU stakes its claim to No. 1 by dethroning Alabama

The Tigers got past the Tide thanks to a coach and a QB — plus a hometown RB — who were made for each other.
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NHL experts on first-month surprises to buy or sell

Should the Capitals use a timeshare in goal? Are the Lightning actually the team to beat? Will James Neal score 40 goals? We debate the hot topics.
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Wolves edge Warriors in OT despite Russell’s 52

Andrew Wiggins scored 40 points, hitting the tying basket late in regulation, and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame D’Angelo Russell’s career-high 52 points to beat the Golden State Warriors 125-119 in overtime Friday night.
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Mahomes back Sunday, ‘ready to get out there’

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, who dislocated his right kneecap 22 days ago, will start Sunday against the Titans. “I’m in a good spot,” he said.
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NCAA bans Memphis’ Wiseman; judge issues stay

The NCAA found Tigers coach Penny Hardaway paid moving expenses to aid the Wiseman family, but the potential top pick was be able to play Friday after a court issued a temporary restraining order.
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The outrageous life of Cameron Hughes, professional fan

You’ve seen him dancing and flinging T-shirts at your favorite team’s games. Get the inside scoop on what life is like for this hype-man-for-hire.
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Josh Jacobs’ late touchdown powers Raiders past Chargers

Jacobs scored the winning touchdown on an 18-yard run with just over a minute remaining, his seventh touchdown of the season.
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Clippers fined $50K for Rivers’ Kawhi statements

The NBA fined the LA Clippers $ 50,000 for comments made by coach Doc Rivers that “were inconsistent” with Kawhi Leonard’s health.
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Quick fixes for struggling NHL contenders

We diagnose what’s plaguing the Sharks, Stars, Jets, Devils and Maple Leafs — and what they can do to get back on track.
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George, nearing return, set for full Clips practice

Paul George is scheduled for his first full live practice with the Clippers on Saturday, setting the stage for his return to the court.
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Biggest Week 10 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Latest on Mahomes, Johnson, Green

Two electrifying players might be returning this weekend, while a third could be making his 2019 debut. Get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms.
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NBA: Clippers compliant in decision to rest Kawhi

The NBA said the Clippers are in compliance with their decision to rest Kawhi Leonard for a nationally televised game on the front end of a back-to-back in consecutive weeks.
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NHL player poll: Most dreaded road trip, best dressing room, Gritty fatigue

We cross-checked 50 pros on everything from recreational drug use to which road cities they dread the most to how they feel about that big orange fellow in Philly.
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Why Golden State Warriors’ dismal present could lead to a bright future

The Warriors are decimated by injuries and have a lousy record, so why are they so bullish about their future?
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Week 10 NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus scary trends for each team

The 49ers and Patriots have had issues stopping the run. The Jets don’t know how to score points. Here are all 32 teams’ biggest issues.
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Ingram silences injury talk with career-high 40

Brandon Ingram became the ninth Pelicans player to post a 40-point game less than two days after a head injury caused him to exit a game early.
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The NHL’s best and worst this week: Why the Islanders embrace doubt from outsiders

Anders Lee & Co. are exceeding expectations once again, and he has some thoughts on why. Plus, stars of the week, top upcoming matchups and more.
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Bennett on sideline for anthem in Cowboys debut

Michael Bennett stood on the sideline during the playing of the national anthem for the first time this season after joining the Cowboys in a trade with the Patriots.
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Curse breaker? Cowboys get breaks after black cat runs on field

In a sneaky must-win game to keep pace in the NFC East, Dallas gets some luck — and three Prescott TDs — to get by the Giants.
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The new age of NHL broadcasting: How Burke, Mears and Faust are leading the way

Brendan Burke, Steve Mears and Alex Faust represent a talented new generation of NHL broadcasting. But the road to the booth isn’t always easy.
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Coffee runs about more than caffeine for Bengals coach Zac Taylor

The NFL is all-consuming on a coach’s life, but Zac Taylor’s stops for coffee have given him a chance to briefly connect with the “outside world” — and make some friends.
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Viewers guide: Who’s badder, Jorge Masvidal or Nate Diaz?

Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz face off at UFC 244, but the headliner is only one of many intriguing fights on the card at Madison Square Garden.
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Week 9 game picks, schedule guide, fantasy football tips and more

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here.
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Curry has surgery, out at least three months

Warriors star Stephen Curry underwent surgery on his broken left hand/second metacarpal Friday and will miss at least three months, the team announced.
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The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

Broken teeth, smashed jaws, torn lips and slashed tongues: NHL team dentists repair carnage that is more commonly seen in battle. Here’s why they’re the unsung heroes of the sports world.
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Seahawks get ‘unique talent’ Gordon off waivers

The Seattle Seahawks claimed former New England Patriots receiver Josh Gordon off waivers, coach Pete Carroll confirmed Friday.
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NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus every team as a monster

The Golden Knights as Medusa? The Canes as the Blair Witch? We pair all 31 teams with a monster, and update our ranking of who’s best.
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Embiid, Towns banned 2 games after throwdown

Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns both received two-game suspensions for their skirmish Wednesday night.
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Garoppolo’s 4 touchdowns lift tested 49ers to 8-0

Jimmy Garoppolo set a career-high in touchdowns and passer rating in Thursday night’s 28-25 win over the Cardinals.
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Williams: Cancer scare to blame for Redskins rift

The Pro Bowl tackle said he no longer trusts the Redskins and remains upset over how long it took them to take care of a cancerous growth on his scalp.
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NHL rookie rankings: Why Cale Makar leads the pack after one month

It’s a great class of rookies, including a record setter and the ascendant Hughes brothers, but the Avs defenseman is the early leader.
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Sixers’ Embiid, Wolves’ Towns ejected for fighting

The 76ers’ Joel Embiid and Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns were ejected for fighting in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game in Philadelphia.
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Rookie Rankings: Our top 10, and why Nick Bosa is No. 1

Six analysts voted on the best rookies in the NFL through eight weeks. Nick Bosa was an unsurprising No. 1. Who else makes the field?
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The seventh inning that shocked Houston and made the Nats champions

Game 7 homers by Howie Kendrick and Anthony Rendon clinched the first Fall Classic with every game won by the road team.
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The NHL’s best and worst this week: Inside John Carlson’s hot start

The Capitals defenseman is near the NHL lead in points. Will he finally get love from awards voters? Plus, three stars, games of the week and more.
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Kerr on more Curry 3s: Can’t turn him into Harden

Asked Monday if he would like to see Stephen Curry take even more 3s to jolt a struggling offense, coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors don’t have the personnel to “turn him into James Harden and give him the ball every play.”
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Chargers cut ties with O-coordinator Whisenhunt

The Los Angeles Chargers’ offensive struggles have led them to fire coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
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Mason Rudolph, Steelers offense pull it together for victory

After trailing 14-0 against the winless Dolphins, Rudolph rallied the Steelers in the second half.
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Fantasy hockey: Forecaster for the week of Oct. 28 to Nov.3

Your essential guide to setting fantasy hockey lineups that take full advantage of every NHL team’s strength of schedule.
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Stotts credits Lillard for key coach’s challenge

Blazers coach Terry Stotts says Damian Lillard adamantly lobbied for him to challenge a foul call with 8.4 seconds remaining. Portland went on to beat Dallas after the foul was overturned on review.
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Texans’ Watt ‘gutted’ over season-ending injury

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt confirmed on social media that his season is over after he was injured in Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Oakland Raiders.
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Aaron Jones becomes Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target in win

Jones had seven catches for 159 and two touchdowns, finishing with 229 yards of total offense.
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Week 8 game picks, schedule guide, fantasy tips and more

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It’s all here for Week 8.
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A blown lead, a game saver, and a DQ: Inside Giannis’ dizzying home opener

The Miami Heat overcame a big second-half deficit to spoil the Milwaukee Bucks’ home opener, which featured the entire Giannis Antetokounmpo experience.
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Hall of Famer Hawerchuk fighting stomach cancer

Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk is fighting stomach cancer. The 56-year-old former Winnipeg Jets star is getting chemotherapy treatment after taking a leave of absence as coach of the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.
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Sources: Pats to release WR Gordon in 1-2 weeks

Josh Gordon, who is on minor injured reserve with a knee injury, must be released by the Patriots upon his return to health. That is expected to be in one to two weeks, sources told ESPN.
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K’Andre Miller’s unique path to becoming a top Rangers blue-line prospect

After sacrifices from his mother, a difficult position change and college hockey growing pains, Miller is now a big part of New York’s future on defense.
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‘About time’: Kemba finds form late to lift Celtics

Kemba Walker, who struggled through his first seven quarters in a Celtics uniform, exploded in the fourth to help carry Boston to a win in its home opener.
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Why have NFL trades increased? Four reasons the deadline is no longer a dud

General managers used to hoard draft picks. Now? Teams are wheeling and dealing during the season. Here’s what has changed.
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NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus early-season surprises

The Avs take over the top spot, while the Sabres make a big jump. Plus, we identify the biggest shocker for each club thus far.
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Vogel: Rondo will start some at point for Lakers

The Lakers won’t rely exclusively on LeBron James at point guard this season. Rajon Rondo is an option for the No. 1 spot, too, coach Frank Vogel said.
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Sizzling Vikings rip off fourth straight win behind efficient Kirk Cousins

The NFL’s hottest QB completed 23 of 26 passes in a dominant performance against his former team.
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Suns’ Ayton gets 25 games for failed drug test

Suns center Deandre Ayton has been suspended 25 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy with a positive test for a diuretic, the league announced Thursday.
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The Krueger Effect: How new Sabres coach has led turnaround

Buffalo is off to a hotter start than expected, largely due to Ralph Krueger. We go inside the team’s decision to hire him, and his tactics.
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Kyrie’s record 50 not enough as Nets fall in OT

Kyrie Irving dazzled the Barclays Center crowd in his Brooklyn Nets debut, scoring 50 points in an overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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Biggest Week 8 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Latest on Davante Adams, David Johnson

The Packers WR and Cardinals RB are among the key health questions this week. Get the latest scoop from inside NFL locker rooms.
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2020 NHL draft rankings: Peters’ updated early-season top 25 prospects

Is Alexis Lafreniere the clear-cut best prospect in the 2020 NHL draft class? Chris Peters ranks his early top 25 and dives into the race for No. 1 overall.
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Inside Jalen Ramsey’s first week with the Rams

A look at the whirlwind five days in which Jalen Ramsey was traded to the Rams from the Jaguars and then contributed in the game against the Falcons.
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Soto stars in World Series debut as Nats prevail

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, 20, became the second-youngest player in MLB history to homer in his first World Series game, with only Andruw Jones (19) being younger.
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