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Where the Nets went wrong in Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving debacle

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The NBA’s offseason started off with a bang with Kevin Durant requesting a trade from the Nets with four years still remaining on his deal. What happens next for KD? Where did it go wrong in Brooklyn? And will anyone trade for Kyrie Irving? Our writers weigh in. Howard Beck:......

Elite 11 Finals 2022: Composite ranking of country’s top 20 quarterbacks

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif.— Dante Moore was named Sports Illustrated‘s Elite 11 MVP Thursday.  The Detroit (Mich.) King star quarterback held off the week’s surprise in Iowa State commitment JJ Kohl, who each tied for the No. 1 performer during Wednesday’s workout, for the top spot after three days of competition......

NBA free agency grades: Knicks sign Jalen Brunson to $104M Deal

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USC, UCLA will move to Big Ten, but many questions still remain

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Another summer, another wave of upheaval in the college sports landscape. On Thursday, Big Ten chancellors and presidents voted to accept USC and UCLA into its conference, beginning in 2024. The move comes almost a year after Texas and Oklahoma decided to move from the Big 12 to the SEC.......

Elite 11 Finals: Emory Williams, Malachi Singleton pace field on last day

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Dante Moore earns Sports Illustrated’s 2022 Elite 11 Finals MVP

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SI – For more and to sign up click here John Garcia Jr. REDONDO BEACH, Calif.—He was the top performer on Day 1, tied for the pro day script scoring crown on Day 2 and spun it among the best during the 7-on-7 portion of the event to close out......

NBA free agency grades: 76ers sign PJ Tucker to $33 million deal

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USC, UCLA and Big Ten gain, but at what cost to college football?

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Kevin Durant trade request: Best potential packages

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A Kevin Durant-sized wrecking ball has crashed through free agency. Durant requested a trade from the Nets on Thursday, according to multiple reports. Durant’s trade wish comes in the wake of Kyrie Irving opting into the final year of his contract with Brooklyn, though Irving’s name is expected to be......

Erin Andrews on Troy Aikman, Joe Buck leaving Fox, Tom Brady joining Fox

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1. The wild offseason of NFL broadcasting changes affected a lot of people, including Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews. The sideline reporter for Fox’s top NFL team went from working with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to now working with Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen. She will work with Burkhardt and Tom......

Jordan Pefok: Union Berlin transfer’s impact on USA World Cup team

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Avi Creditor After a season in which he led the Swiss top flight in scoring, Jordan Pefok is heading to the Bundesliga—and with it is adding a new layer to seemingly never-ending hunt to anoint a starting striker for the......

Orioles winning month gives some hope after awful five years

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Emma Baccellieri Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical story to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. The Orioles finished June by dropping two of three to the Mariners. But......

Alexander Volkanovski eyes lightweight title after UFC 276 trilogy

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Welcome to The Weekly Takedown, Sports Illustrated’s in-depth look at MMA. Every week, this column offers insight and information on the most noteworthy stories in the fight world. Alexander Volkanovski’s reign as featherweight champion was destined to end last September. Three rounds into his UFC 266 title defense against Brian......

Jared Cannonier confident in upset of Israel Adesanya at UFC 276

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LAS VEGAS — While Saturday’s UFC 276 event is unquestionably the biggest moment of Jared Cannonier’s professional career, “The Killa Gorilla” is doing his best to minimize the enormity of the opportunity. “The emotions aren’t too different from a normal fight week,” Cannonier told MMA Underground. “I’m not really putting......

How Mikey Williams dunk fueled Dennis Evans III’s rise

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Dennis Evans III wouldn’t change a thing. Not the consistent beating he took for years from bigger, stronger players while playing up three divisions at every tournament. Not the underrated feeling despite being one of the tallest (7’1″) players in the country. And certainly not that one time he came......

NBA Free Agency: Latest Buzz and Intel Around the League

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Chris Mannix With NBA free agency just hours away, here’s what’s circling around the league. Latest rumblings ahead of the (ahem) official start of free agency Thursday night… Let’s start here: don’t count on superstar movement in the next few......

Elite 11 Finals 2022: JJ Kohl, Dante Moore tie for Day 2 top spot

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SI – For more and to sign up click here John Garcia Jr. REDONDO BEACH, Calif.—What most scouts consider to be the toughest and most telling day of the Elite 11 Finals quarterback competition took place on Wednesday. All 20 passers, and college counselors alike, took to a sampled NFL......

Dejounte Murray trade grade: Do Hawks or Spurs win the deal?

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Rohan Nadkarni The Hawks found an All-Star teammate for Trae Young. Dejounte Murray is headed from San Antonio to Atlanta, per multiple reports. In return, the Hawks will send Danilo Gallinari and three first-round picks to the Spurs. San Antonio receives a 2023......

2022 NBA free agency: Dream scenarios for Deandre Ayton, Miles Bridges

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