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Can Kayla Harrison repeat as PFL champion, and where will MMA’s hottest free agent land in 2022?

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The past 18 months have been life-altering for Kayla Harrison, one of the most promising fighters in women’s MMA. Harrison took her niece and nephew, Kyla and Emery, into her home when her stepfather, Bob Nichols, died in May 2020. At that time, the biggest breakout fighter in the Professional......

‘I’ve got to lead the charge’: Pete Carroll faces most daunting challenge of Seattle Seahawks tenure

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7:00 AM ET Brady HendersonESPN RENTON, Wash. — Matt Hasselbeck remembers seeing it everywhere, hearing it everywhere: seven and nine. It was the end of the 2010 regular season, coach Pete Carroll’s first with the Seattle Seahawks and Hasselbeck’s last as Seahawks quarterback. They had just beaten the St. Louis......

Everything you need to know about Astros-Braves World Series

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Here we go, the Houston Astros versus the Atlanta Braves for World Series glory. While this matchup would have been a reasonable prediction back in spring training, it was an unlikely scenario at the trade deadline on July 30, when the Braves had a 2% chance to represent the National......

Beijing Games athletes face daily COVID testing

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BEIJING — Competitors in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be subject to daily tests for COVID-19 and will be required to remain in a closed loop that includes transport between the various Games venues, organizers said in guidelines released on Monday. China, where measures to tackle COVID-19 are among......

What’s next for each team in the AP Top 25?

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2:05 PM ET ESPN staff The AP Top 25 college football poll is out, and after a wild weekend of games, there’s some movement high in the rankings. Here’s what’s next for each ranked team: Previous ranking: 1 Week 8 result: No game What’s next: vs. Florida (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.......

Week 7 takeaways and big questions: Chiefs get blown out, Patriots score 54 and Cardinals remain undefeated

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4:25 PM ET NFL NationESPN Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season saw the Titans keep the Chiefs out of the end zone all afternoon, yet another concerning performance for Kansas City. The Bengals also made a big AFC statement, defeating Lamar Jackson and the Ravens in Baltimore behind a......

Tom Brady shares special moment with young fan after QB’s historic day

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9:58 PM ET Tory BarronESPN Editor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. Tom Brady put on a clinic in Week 7 — throwing for......

Patriots get tricky with WR Kendrick Bourne throwing TD pass to Nelson Agholor

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots turned to trickery to jump on the New York Jets on the first drive of Sunday’s game — with receiver Kendrick Bourne throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to receiver Nelson Agholor to put the Patriots ahead 7-0. It took the Patriots just four......

A scare for Oklahoma, a nine-OT horror show and more evidence chaos reigns in 2021

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The 2021 college football season has been a rollicking, chaotic mess so far, but until Week 8, something had been missing — something terrible and beautiful and ridiculous. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Kansas to the party. The Jayhawks brought a close game against Oklahoma and a bottle of cheap......

College football Power Rankings after Week 8

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7:48 PM ET ESPN staff The Week 8 college slate left something to be desired but, given the way the year has gone, the lackluster schedule did little to deter the unpredictability of the season. Cincinnati and Oklahoma, both undefeated with realistic College Football Playoff chances, were pushed by significant......

Kraken are home: Best scenes, plays and moments from the team’s Seattle debut

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At long last, the Seattle Kraken will be released onto their home ice. After five road games to start the 2021-2022 NHL season, the league’s newest franchise will play in the friendly confines of Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks. 1 Related Seattle’s fans have......

16 days, 10 games, 1 pearl necklace: How the Braves stunned baseball to reach the World Series

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For the first time in the 21st century, the Atlanta Braves are in the World Series, having claimed their first National League pennant since 1999. It’s not an insult or a revision of history to say that the Braves began this October run as something of an afterthought. The oddsmakers......

College Football Playoff picks after Week 8

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10:56 PM ET ESPN staff With Georgia on a bye week, the top spot was never in question in Week 8 but several other teams in the top 5 got pushed to the limit by over 20-point underdogs. How will Saturday’s top games affect the College Football Playoff chase? What......

Only 38 total points in 9 OTs: The numbers behind Illinois-Penn State

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After nine — yes, nine overtime periods, unranked Illinois defeated No. 7 Penn State in a game that was a test of endurance for the players and fans involved. After Khalan Tolson broke up Sean Clifford‘s pass in the ninth overtime, Brandon Peters found Casey Washington in the end zone......

Paul Quinn College’s new basketball court provides an artistic history lesson

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When it comes to top basketball court designs, Paul Quinn College might be going for the crown. Michael Sorrell, the school’s president, certainly thinks so. “Our court is absolutely the best basketball court in America. We invite anyone who feels differently to play us in a home-and-home series for bragging......

No point guards, some problems: What to expect from Nets, Sixers after two games

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1:27 AM ET Tim Bontemps Ohm Youngmisuk Close ESPN Staff Writer Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for......

Ties between Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan, Miami Dolphins’ Brian Flores stretch to Boston College days

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It may come as a text message this week, a conversation on the field at Hard Rock Stadium before the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins play on Sunday or, more than likely, a brief chat after. But at some point, the interaction and latest reunion will come. Matt Ryan and......

Viewers guide to the Kraken home opener on ESPN+ and Hulu

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff The gaze of the sports world will turn toward Seattle on Saturday night, as the Kraken are set to open their new barn, Climate Pledge Arena. For their first home game, they’ll host the geographic rival Vancouver Canucks, live on ESPN+ and Hulu at 7......

Week 7’s biggest fantasy football questions: NFL reporters give advice

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After six weeks of the season, the leading scorer in ESPN fantasy leagues is Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry. No deficit is out of reach when he’s on your team; no lead is safe when you’re facing him. As much as he wrecks psyches of defenders who end up......

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