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‘Untold’ Traces AJ Styles’s Long Road to WWE Debut

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Justin Barrasso Courtesy of WWE Before he takes a step into the future, AJ Styles is reflecting on his past. Styles’s debut in the 2016 Royal Rumble match is the subject of the latest installment of WWE Untold, which airs......

Troy Aikman Once Recorded A Country Album And It Was Awesome

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jimmy Traina 1. I’m so sorry, Troy. I had no choice. I had to do this. Fox Sports’ outstanding lead NFL analyst, Troy Aikman, was nice enough to come on this week’s SI Media Podcast. For most of the podcast, we......

James Harden Invites All the Scorn Coming His Way

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James Harden is bound for Brooklyn, where his lumberjack beard will endear him to local hipsters and his DIY offense should endear him to basketball fans. (His stance on home composting is unknown.) There, in the land of brownstones and boutique bodegas, he will join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving,......

Rockets Hit Reset Button in James Harden Trade

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro After two months of trade rumors, unexplained absences and questionable effort, the James Harden era ended rather abruptly on Wednesday afternoon. Houston ripped off the Band-Aid less than 24 hours after Harden reinforced his trade demand in a......

Grading the James Harden Blockbuster Trade

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College Football Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2021

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Welcome to the annual crapshoot. This year it’s an even bigger crapshoot than usual, given the state of flux regarding extra years of eligibility and the sudden halting of progress on the one-time transfer legislation by the NCAA. We have only a sketchy idea who is going to be where.......

NBPA Cardiologist Opens Up About League’s COVID-19 Concerns

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The NWSL Hits Its Latest Inflection Point

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Avi Creditor The NWSL has shown, in the last year especially, a remarkable capacity to adapt to circumstances outside its control. The coming years will be all about how it adapts to taking more control of its own circumstances—and how......

Will the Rockets’ Struggles Accelerate a James Harden Trade?

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro It didn’t take long for any early-season optimism to dissipate in Houston. The Rockets entered 2020–21 with some confidence despite James Harden’s trade request, looking at a reshaped roster as a potential contender in the Western Conference. Does......

Why the Wizards Should Trade Bradley Beal Now

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With James Harden trade rumors presently in hibernation, Bradley Beal has become the NBA’s juiciest transaction-related possibility, in part because he might also be its most electric attraction. Unlike Harden, Beal has not been publicly frustrated enough to demand a trade, either through words or actions. In October, the ever-loyal......

DeVonta’s Dazzling Night a Fitting End to Bama’s Title Run

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ross Dellenger MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — DeVonta Smith is still open. Maybe he’s in his apartment bedroom sleeping by now or in the window seat on the flight back to Tuscaloosa. Maybe he’s eating a post-game dinner or a late-night......

Comedy Specialist R-Truth Thrives in WWE by Being Himself

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Justin Barrasso Six years ago this June, R-Truth interrupted a Raw segment between Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler and Kane. Truth’s promo was pointed—he had conquered his fear of ladders and was finally ready to claim sole possession of the Money......

Americans Abroad: Matthew Hoppe Introduces Himself

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Avi Creditor While two mostly domestic-based group of U.S. men’s national team players train together in Florida, the Europe-based contingent keeps going about its business abroad–including one relative newcomer to the scene announcing his arrival with authority. Matthew Hoppe’s hat......

The Cost and Gain of College Football Under COVID-19

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Kevin Warren Q&A: An Unusual First Year on the Job

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MIAMI — Kevin Warren slides into a chair at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach wearing a gray sweatsuit and a serene countenance. If anyone should be happy to see the calendar flip to 2021, it’s the Big Ten commissioner, whose first year on the job was unlike any year we’ve ever had. There......

Trey Sermon’s Family Has Thrived on a Second Chance in Life

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ross Dellenger MIAMI — About 200 miles from here, almost due north on Interstate 95, about 10 miles east of Orlando, a tall chain-link fence surrounds a nondescript array of buildings. They are beige with brown roofs, and in between......

Taylor Heinicke Stole the Show in Loss to Tom Brady

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jenny Vrentas Chase Young didn’t get Tom Brady after all. But, he did get something that almost resulted in an even better outcome: an unexpected performance from a teammate named Taylor Heinicke, who began the year employed by a football......

NFL Wild-Card Sunday Preview: Tannehill, Lamar and Who’s Built to Come Back

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Gary Gramling 1a. Ryan Tannehill led the NFL with five fourth-quarter comeback victories in 2020, while Lamar Jackson had only one. Now, you might argue that’s only because Lamar Jackson’s Ravens typically don’t trail in games, but to that I’d......

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