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Williams eyes NFL first: 2 teams in 1 postseason

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The Green Bay Packers have elevated recent cornerback acquisition Tramon Williams to their active roster for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Williams, who was acquired by the Packers and put on their practice squad after he was waived by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, could become......

USC lands CB Jackson, No. 5 recruit in 2022

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Five-star cornerback Domani Jackson announced his commitment to USC on Saturday, choosing the Trojans over Arizona State, Clemson, Michigan and Ohio State. Jackson is the No. 5-ranked prospect in the 2022 class and the No. 1 prospect from California. He is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback from Mater Dei High School......

Sources: Red Sox, Richards reach $10M deal

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Starting pitcher Garrett Richards and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Saturday. The deal is pending a physical. Richards’ biggest success during the pandemic-shortened season was staying healthy. The veteran right-hander made 10 starts for the San Diego......

Wizards sign Len, Bell before Sunday restart

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WASHINGTON — The short-handed Wizards signed free-agent centers Alex Len and Jordan Bell on Saturday, trying to fill out a roster decimated by COVID-19 and injuries. The Wizards have scrapped six games since a win over the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 11 made them 3-8. They are scheduled to play......

Blockbuster: Jackets deal Dubois to Jets for Laine

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The Blue Jackets and Jets have completed a blockbuster trade to swap disgruntled stars as winger Patrik Laine is headed to Columbus while center Pierre-Luc Dubois has landed in Winnipeg. Forward Jack Roslovic, a Columbus native, is also headed to the Blue Jackets as part of the deal. Columbus is......

CBJ, Jets swap disgruntled stars Dubois, Laine

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The Blue Jackets and Jets have completed a blockbuster trade to swap disgruntled stars as winger Patrik Laine is headed to Columbus while center Pierre-Luc Dubois has landed in Winnipeg. Forward Jack Roslovic, a Columbus native, is also headed to the Blue Jackets as part of the deal. Columbus is......

Lampard gifted extra time as Chelsea have no clear succession plan

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Frank Lampard’s cause at Chelsea has been aided by the club’s lack of alternatives as boss — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: Manchester United won’t let Donny van de Beek leave. Jump to: Man Utd block Van de Beek exit | Leicester outfox Premier League elite | Chelsea......

After 13-year playoff drought, Bucs carry hopes of their last NFC championship team

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TAMPA, Fla. — This Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers return to the NFC Championship Game for the first time in 18 years when they play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field (3:05 p.m. ET, Fox), and nobody is more excited about it than the 2002 Buccaneers who came before......

UFC 257 viewers guide: It’s time to see how amazing Conor McGregor can be

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ABU DHABI, U.A.E. — When Conor McGregor is involved, there is always potential for hyperbole. When you have a star that big, everything tends to dial up a notch — including any comments related to him or an upcoming fight. But allow me to say, I have genuinely looked forward......

Why Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes is the premier practitioner of the free play

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Standing in the shotgun position late in the first half of Sunday’s divisional playoff game, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes used his gravelly voice to draw Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett offside with a hard count. The free play gave Mahomes free rein to......

How Ryan Jensen became the best – and meanest – center in the game

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NOBODY BESIDES A quarterback or a nose tackle has ever seen more of a center than the entire world saw of Tampa Bay’s Ryan Jensen in the NFC divisional-round playoff against New Orleans. His red hair flying outside his helmet like a contrail, Jensen bounced from defensive tackle to linebacker......

‘His winning formula is amazing’: Ben Simmons’ fourth-quarter breakout showcases his full potential

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1:41 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN As Friday night’s game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers wore on, Ben Simmons was nowhere to be seen. Through three quarters, Simmons had eight assists but only four points on just three shots, and he appeared well on his way to a fifth......

Kyrie on road trip: ‘Two humbling losses’ to Cavs

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After a 125-113 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night, the Brooklyn Nets leave their road trip to Cleveland 0-2 and have a slew of defensive breakdowns to review in their next film session. “This was two humbling losses,” Nets point guard Kyrie Irving said after Friday’s game. Scoring wasn’t......

Sources: Red Sox, Hernandez agree to $14M deal

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The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with Enrique Hernandez, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday. Hernandez, originally acquired from the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade in December 2014, was a key cog for the Los Angeles Dodgers over the......

755 home runs and even better than you remember: Hank Aaron was one of the five best MLB players ever

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So much of Henry Aaron’s baseball legacy is attached to three numbers — 715, 755 and whatever Barry Bonds’ career home run total ended up at — that we too often overlook his all-around brilliance on the field. Put it this way: If you turned his 755 home runs into......

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