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NFL threatens bans, lost draft picks for no masks

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The NFL has issued another strong warning to coaches who won’t wear masks on the sideline during games, threatening suspensions and forfeiture of draft picks as punishment for failing to comply with COVID-19 game-day protocols, according to a league memo obtained Wednesday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The strongly worded memo,......
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LSU’s Stingley likely to play after hospital stay

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LSU star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., who was hospitalized Friday, practiced Tuesday and is expected to play this week against Vanderbilt, coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday. Stingley was sent to the hospital after falling “acutely ill,” the school said. He was discharged Saturday but did not play in LSU’s season-opening......
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Injured Clevinger, Lamet not on Padres roster

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11:06 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” San Diego Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger won’t pitch in the wild-card round and could miss the remainder of the postseason with an arm injury that did not......
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Lowe on NBA Finals: Predicting who wins Lakers-Heat, and why

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After much springtime bloviating, there will be no asterisk on this NBA championship. If anything, it will be more badge of honor — a mark of perseverance through isolation, mental strain, and the internal discord of performing a job in the entertainment industry while issues of social and racial justice......
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MLS Midseason Awards: Columbus Crew, Rossi, Pozuelo, Atlanta United all take home hardware

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In MLS, chaos is the order of the day in the best of times. Teams rise and fall. There are designated player busts and out-of-nowhere successes. But in this coronavirus-hit campaign, coming up with midseason awards is even more difficult amid so much pandemonium. It’s true that some honors such......
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Nadal rolls after sonic boom rattles French Open

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PARIS — Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the third round of the French Open by beating American player Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 on Wednesday. The No. 2-seeded Spaniard is looking to win his record-extending 13th French Open title and equal Roger Federer‘s men’s record of 20 major titles overall.......
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Sooner or later, LSU and Oklahoma geaux into the Bottom 10

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Editor’s note: The SEC is back! Except maybe LSU. Meanwhile, the Bottom 10 never went away, ready to rank the worst of college football while we await the return of the Big Ten, Pac-12, MAC and Mountain West. Inspirational thought of the week: All I hear is what you’re worthWith......
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Fantasy football trades: Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson among players to consider in deals

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The waiver wire might be the most popular route to improve your team during the season’s first month, but it should always be trade season in any fantasy football league. Remember, things change awfully quickly in this game, so be prepared to react when you see any opportunity to improve.......
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Who is Trey Lance? Meet the NFL draft darling playing only once this fall

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Carlton Lance remembers only two of his son’s passes that could have been intercepted during North Dakota State‘s 16-0 season in 2019. There was an out route in a 27-16 victory against UC Davis when a cornerback cut under the Bison receiver and nearly picked off the pass. And there......
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League of Legends World Championship 2020 groups set

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For the first time since 2016, a Commonwealth of Independent States team will compete in the main event of the League of Legends World Championship following Unicorns of Love’s qualifying win over Papara SuperMassive on Wednesday in the play-in stage. Unicorns of Love and China’s LGD Gaming round out the......
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How the NFL is manipulating games in 2020: Fewer holding calls, more scoring

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In its entire 100-year history, the NFL has never opened a season on the kind of scoring tear we’ve seen in 2020. Teams are averaging 24.7 offensive points per game during the first three weeks, 16% better than 2019 over the same period, and 22% higher than their average during......
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Best forfeit ever? Fantasy Premier League loser becomes statue on streets of London

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One Londoner’s Fantasy Premier League failure had real-world consequences. Instagram @jonfullerdesigns As if finishing rock bottom of your Fantasy Premier League wasn’t bad enough, the prospect of then having to carry out a forfeit devised by your closest friends is enough to strike terror into the heart of every fantasy manager.......
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MLB Playoffs Daily: Get ready for eight postseason games on one day!

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For the first time ever we get eight MLB playoff matchups in a single day! Whether you are a National League fan waiting for your series to start or an American League fan seeing if your team can move on (or stay alive) — or just a baseball fan ready......
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Serena out of French Open with Achilles injury

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Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open prior to her second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday. Williams dropped out due to an Achilles injury. She said she had a short warm-up and decided she couldn’t continue. “I think I need four to six weeks of sitting and doing......
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WNBA Finals 2020: The storylines and stats that matter ahead of Seattle Storm-Las Vegas Aces

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1:00 AM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. The top two seeds reached the WNBA Finals, but it took a grind-it-out 66-63 victory Tuesday......
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Barca, Juve, City among club’s with awful warm-up kits

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With the 2020-21 season up and running, clubs in the Premier League and across Europe have now given their new kits a good airing. But, as usual, the corresponding warm-up gear have snuck under the radar, with designers taking the opportunity let their creativity run wild. 2 Related Last year......
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USMNT and the Bundesliga: Why so many top young Americans choose Germany on career path

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11:28 AM ET Tom Hamilton Close Senior Writer • Joined ESPN in 2011• Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions tours• Previously rugby editor, and became senior writer in 2018 Stephan Uersfeld On the opening weekend of the 2021-21 Bundesliga season, there were six Americans......
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Mack jabs Calipari, then says Kentucky-L’ville on

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Louisville men’s basketball coach Chris Mack fired back Tuesday at John Calipari’s assertion that the Cardinals don’t want to play Kentucky this season, releasing a video on Twitter that ended with him announcing the annual rivalry game indeed will be played. “I keep getting asked, ‘Coach, are we playing the......

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