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Are We About to See a Leap From Zion?

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Lamar Jackson Thanks Ref After Rare Roughing Call

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He finally got one Lamar Jackson’s big night on Monday proved everyone who says he isn’t a pocket passer wrong. Jackson completed a ridiculous 37 of 43 passes for 442 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 400......

The Inside Story of Brady’s Breakup With New England

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Seth Wickersham Excerpted from It’s Better to Be Feared: The New England Patriots Dynasty and the Pursuit of Greatness. Copyright © 2021 by Seth Wickersham. Used with permission of the publisher, Liveright Publishing Company, a division of W.W. Norton &......

‘The Rock’ to Donate Gear to Football Teams at Former Schools

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Dodgers-Giants Sets New Standard for Clash of the Titans

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe When the Dodgers and Giants square off in Thursday’s Game 5, it will bring an end to the first-ever postseason series between the two longtime rivals. It will also conclude perhaps the greatest playoff matchup in league history—non-World......

Mercury Take Finals Game 2 on Lift From Role Players

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ben Pickman PHOENIX — As Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner walked off the Footprint Center floor for perhaps the final time this season, two of the Mercury’s Big Three found a former teammate, Shay Murphy, a key reserve on the......

Diana Taurasi: Mercury star powers Phoenix to Game 2 win with GOAT heroics

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A Lot of Fight, a Little Fate and a Course Correction for USMNT

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Brian Straus COLUMBUS, Ohio — The tifo hoisted by the American Outlaws behind the north goal of Lower.com Field was still fluttering in the evening breeze when disaster struck. “Our Future Is Now,” the massive banner read. But just 60......

MLB Playoffs: Red Sox’ Chaim Bloom beats Rays, his old team

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In the quiet before Game 1 of the ALDS, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom sat together for a moment in the upper deck of Tropicana Field. This was, in a sense, entirely ordinary: The two had watched hundreds of games alongside each other in this building. But they’d never done......

Mailbag: Five Thoughts on Reilly Opelka’s Candid Interview

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jon Wertheim While wondering…. a) Why the ATP appears to be using linespeople and not Hawk-Eye Live at the tour finals when the technology has been successful. b) Whether Regency Enterprise’s interest in the WTA might result in a documentary......

La Russa Rips Astros For ‘Character Shortage’ After Loss

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Business of Football: Explaining St. Louis Vs. NFL Lawsuit

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Dodgers, Giants Set for the Ultimate Winner-Take-All Game

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Stephanie Apstein LOS ANGELES — All season, the Giants have harbored the suspicion that they are better than the Dodgers. They might have been alone in this opinion: Los Angeles had captured the past eight division titles. It had won......

The Astros, Bruce Lee and the Importance of Adjustments

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Tom Verducci CHICAGO – At a hitters’ meeting before the American League Division Series, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa provided the cartography for what would be Houston’s fifth straight trip to the championship series. “Guys, if we try to swing for......

USMNT Looks to Columbus to Be the Cure Again

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Brian Straus COLUMBUS, Ohio — In its hour of need, and in search of a boost to its World Cup qualifying campaign following an ugly, dispiriting performance in Panama, the U.S. men’s national team will rely on a comfortable old......

Sources: C-USA to Ask AAC About Reorganizing Both Leagues

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Conference USA executives plan to send a letter Tuesday to their brethren at the American Athletic Conference asking them to consider a regionalization model to reorganize the two leagues, sources tell Sports Illustrated. The proposal, originating from C-USA commissioner Judy MacLeod, would require the conferences to remake themselves based on......

Power Rankings: Can the Avs Steal the Lightning’s Thunder?

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Tony Dungy Gets Dragged Into Jon Gruden Mess

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jimmy Traina 1. Tony Dungy, who has a history of trying to clarify controversial comments, is now trying to clarify his defense of Jon Gruden. During NBC’s NFL coverage Sunday night, Dungy and Mike Tirico weighed in on Gruden’s racist emails......

Top Rookies to Watch in the 2021–22 NHL Season

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Sports Illustrated’s 75 Most Iconic NBA Covers

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