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DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic posts are a critical teaching moment — for everyone

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The Philadelphia Eagles got it mostly right this week when they called DeSean Jackson‘s anti-Semitic social media posts “offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling.” The Eagles, however, left out an important thought, one that provides an educational moment at a time when athletes at all levels are speaking up about social......
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Don’t forget, next season is going to be tricky for the NBA too

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6:45 AM ET Brian Windhorst Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books Tim Bontemps Over the past three months, the NBA’s league office has exhausted itself in stitching together a comprehensive plan to conclude the 2019-20 season. In......
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So long, goal-line fade: Why one of the NFL’s least efficient plays is disappearing

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Calvin Johnson is appalled when he hears how rarely quarterbacks succeeded last season in throwing the goal-line fade, a pass he loved to catch during his playing days. Over the course of nine seasons, the former Detroit Lions wideout mastered the art of hauling in lofty tosses to the back......
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Olney: Frank Robinson’s name belongs on baseball’s MVP trophy

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Frank Robinson made his major league debut five years after Willie Mays’ first season, two years after Henry Aaron broke in, one year after Roberto Clemente joined the Pittsburgh Pirates, and there wasn’t a lot of leftover stage among those peers, who went on to become all-time greats. Yet Robinson......
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Another bubble: The questions and concerns surrounding a second NBA hub

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A second NBA bubble? The NBA has yet to officially restart the 2020 season in Florida, but the league has already begun discussions with the National Basketball Players Association for a secondary bubble with the eight teams that were eliminated from postseason consideration, according to a report by ESPN’s Jackie......
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Matt Dumba on fixing hockey’s diversity problems, the Hockey Diversity Alliance

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Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba had found some outlets during the NHL’s pause amid the coronavirus pandemic. Dumba, who is half Filipino, found an outlet for his frustration about the sport he loves as one of several minority players who founded the Hockey Diversity Alliance, an organization with the mission......
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Trump unleashes the China haws and other commentary

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Foreign desk: Trump Unleashes His China Hawks Team Trump officials tell The Washington Post’s Josh Rogin that the president “has evolved on China” after seeing “how Beijing handled the COVID-19 crisis,” which “has easily cost the US economy several trillion dollars” and “could have been avoided if China had contained......
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Olney: MLB now faces its biggest challenge of 2020: playing during the pandemic

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Watching Major League Baseball start a second “spring” training now, amid surging coronavirus infections in the states where many hundreds of ballplayers reside, is like climbing into a sailboat just as the outer bands of a hurricane swirl closer on the horizon. But this is where baseball is in this......
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O’Connor: Tom Brady’s personal workouts are a bad example

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Tom Brady has been an earnest and largely reliable role model for two decades, and yet this week he has been setting a dreadful example for the millions who admire him. As the coronavirus pandemic rages across the nation, and through his adopted state of Florida, Brady has defied the......
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Five big coronavirus concerns for the NFL season, and how to navigate them

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The NFL has insisted since March that it would play its full 2020 season, despite a coronavirus pandemic that froze sports around the world. For that to happen, the league must navigate an intricate labyrinth of policy changes, medical interventions, business concessions and philosophical shifts, some of which were inconceivable......
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The inside story of the XFL’s sudden collapse, and what comes next for spring football

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April 10 was payday at the XFL. Kurt Hunzeker hadn’t slept. As the St. Louis BattleHawks’ president, his job was to shepherd the team into a presumptive 2021 season. Kickoff to that second season was at least 10 months away — and because of the deepening coronavirus pandemic, maybe longer.......
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Bryant: Why it matters that Goodell didn’t say Kaepernick’s name

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The killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers has created a surprising flashpoint, an acknowledgement by previously disbelieving whites of the violence historically inflicted upon African Americans and a sudden, jarring suggestion that America is ready to deal directly with the terrible truths that violence has entailed: Police......
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NFL players spoke, and Roger Goodell responded. Now what? Here’s what we know

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An unprecedented week in the NFL culminated in a landscape-shifting 24 hours that appear to have dramatically changed the league’s stance on player protests. Things are happening quickly, and you surely have questions. Is kneeling during the national anthem OK now? Does Colin Kaepernick have a chance to get back......
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Inside the NBA’s return: How Adam Silver, star players and owners got here

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AS THE NBA’S plans to restart its season at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, were coming into focus last week, Chris Paul and Bob Iger went for a walk. Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players Association, and Iger, the executive chairman of the......
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‘Share the pain’? The NFL and NFLPA could be headed toward another showdown

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We’ve spent a lot of time discussing the logistics of getting an NFL season off the ground in the pandemic era, but one of the most important discussions between the league and its players hasn’t happened yet. It revolves around (surprise!) money, because even if there is a 2020 season,......
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What we learned from VALORANT agent pick rates during closed beta

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3:33 PM ET Emily RandESPN The VALORANT closed beta has come and gone, leaving with it no small amount of hype and anticipation over its upcoming June 2 release. Players have been defecting to VALORANT before it officially has an esports scene. While these defections are arguably premature, it’s difficult......
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‘The most competitive guy I ever coached against’: Jerry Sloan, as remembered by fellow greats

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Don Nelson, the winningest coach in NBA history, had just finished a stroll on the beach in his beloved Hawai’i on Friday when a reporter informed him that his coaching contemporary Jerry Sloan had died from complications of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia at age 78. “Oh, he was......

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