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‘The soul of our team comes from Oakland’: The Warriors embrace their City Edition unis

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The Golden State Warriors reside in San Francisco now, but for many of the players and coaches who brought championships to the Bay Area in recent years, the connection to Oakland — the city where the team played for 47 years and recently went to five straight NBA Finals inside......

Auriemma passes Summitt for 2nd on wins list

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8:47 PM 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. UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma got his 1,099th career victory Tuesday as the Huskies defeated......

Sources: Springer, Jays reach 6-year, $150M deal

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Outfielder George Springer and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a six-year, $150 million contract, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Springer is headed to the Blue Jays’ spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida, for a physical. If all goes according to plan, Toronto will get the star it......

Loeffler’s Dream close to being sold, WNBA says

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The Atlanta Dream is close to being sold, a WNBA spokesperson confirmed to ESPN. “As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the league said in a statement. “Once the sale negotiation is concluded, additional information will be provided.”......

Positive tests (and mice) disrupt Open build-up

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Two more Australian Open players have tested positive for COVID-19, government officials said on Wednesday, as authorities were at cross-purposes over who would pay for the tournament’s quarantine bill. Victoria state police minister Lisa Neville said two players and a non-playing Australian Open participant comprised three new infections reported on......

Pacers’ LeVert: Trade ‘could’ve possibly saved me’

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4:17 PM ET Eric WoodyardESPN New Indiana Pacers wing Caris LeVert roamed the practice facility sidelines Tuesday for the first time as a member of the squad — and after a recent MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney. Though LeVert is out indefinitely, he sees the situation......

Leicester’s win over Chelsea rekindles title dreams, while piling pressure on Lampard

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They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place and Frank Lampard will certainly be hoping that old maxim rings true after his Chelsea team were beaten by a Leicester side which moved to the top of the Premier League after a 2-0 victory at the King Power......

NHL pulling faulty pucks with tracking technology

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The NHL announced that it will stop using pucks with imbedded tracking technology for the foreseeable future due to complaints about their performance during the start of the 2021 season. The change is effective beginning with Tuesday night’s games. The NHL reviewed the first supply of tracking pucks that it......

Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton dies at 75

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Don Sutton, the longtime Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander who won over 300 games in his Hall of Fame career, died Monday, his son, Daron, announced on social media. He was 75. “Saddened to share that my dad passed away in his sleep last night,” Daron Sutton wrote on Twitter. “He......

Tiger has procedure for nerve pain in lower back

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Tiger Woods has undergone a microdiscectomy to alleviate nerve pain in his lower back and will not compete in next week’s Farmers Insurance Open or the Genesis Invitational next month. An announcement came via Woods’ Twitter account that he had “recently undergone a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc......

Josh McDaniels a hot name in Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching search

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie gave us fair warning that this could be a long, winding coaching search. “If we find a head coach soon or it’s early February, it’s totally great. If we’re the last team picking a head coach, that’s great, too, because then......

Sarah Thomas to be 1st woman to officiate at SB

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Sarah Thomas will next month become the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday. Thomas will serve as a down judge on referee Carl Cheffers’ crew at Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida. Thomas joined the NFL in 2015 as its first female on-field official. The......

Sources: Mahomes clears steps, still in protocol

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol, and it’s too early to say that he definitely will play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mahomes cleared certain steps Monday, “some big steps,” sources told Schefter, but the......

NBA talking about vaccinating players as PSA

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday the league has discussed having players receive COVID-19 vaccines to educate and influence the public regarding its safety and effectiveness. “There have been discussions. It’s something we’re particularly focused on,” Silver said at a virtual conference hosted by Sportico. “In the African American community,......

Source: Delonte West working at rehab center

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Delonte West is now working at the drug rehabilitation center in Florida that he attended after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban helped the former homeless NBA player get his life back on track, a source confirmed to ESPN. West was treated at the Rebound therapy center in Florida. Cuban picked......

Where did it go wrong for ‘Assist King’ Ozil at Arsenal?

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The “Assist King” has left the building as Mesut Ozil heads to boyhood club Fenerbahce after agreeing to terminate his Arsenal contract with six months remaining. It wasn’t supposed to be this way; in fact, Arsenal fans once hoped he’d stay forever. Ozil’s £42.4 million arrival from Real Madrid in......

Source: Saints’ Thomas facing multiple surgeries

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New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas is likely to have surgeries on both the torn deltoid and other injured ligaments in his high ankle this offseason, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Thomas knew it was likely Drew Brees‘ last year and didn’t want to miss out on......

The next phase of Phil Mickelson, and other important things happening in golf

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A significant anniversary in Phil Mickelson‘s career passed the other day, one that highlights his early greatness while also reminding us of his longevity. It has been 30 years since Mickelson won his first PGA Tour event, doing so as a 20-year-old amateur while playing college golf at Arizona State.......

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