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Tamika Tremaglio named as new executive director for NBA players association

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe On Wednesday, the National Basketball Players Association announced its next executive director would be Tamika Tremaglio, replacing outgoing executive director Michele Roberts. Roberts, who has held the position since 2014. Tremaglio will take over the role after serving......

Indiana vs. Western Kentucky NCAA Football Odds, Plays and Insights | September 25, 2021

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Troy vs. UL Monroe NCAA Football Odds, Plays and Insights | September 25, 2021

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Troy Trojans quarterback Kaleb Barker (7) is tackled by Georgia State Panthers linebacker Jordan Strachan. Dsc 5671 The UL Monroe Warhawks (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) are 24-point underdogs in a home Sun Belt matchup against the Troy Trojans (2-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at JPS Field......

Rays-Blue Jays feud escalates with Kiermaier hit-by-pitch

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Salvador Benches cleared Wednesday night when Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki hit Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch, adding another chapter to a feud that started Monday when Kiermaier picked up a note card off the ground showing Toronto’s......

CFP Expansion Still Stuck by Silly Conference Disputes

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Joe Lacob: Warriors owner fined $50K after Ben Simmons comments

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The NBA announced it fined Warriors owner Joe Lacob $50,000 due to breaking the anti-tampering rule following comments he made regarding Ben Simmons earlier this week.  In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Lacob discussed the  76ers player, who requested a trade in an August meeting, but referenced......

Rays clinch: Tampa Bay clinches postseason berth with win over Blue Jays

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe The defending American League champions are headed back to the postseason. The Rays became the first AL team to punch its ticket to the playoffs as they beat the Blue Jays, 7-1, on Wednesday night. It secures the......

Gronk clears the air on his film-watching habits

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TAMPA, Fla. — After jokingly telling Peyton and Eli Manning on their ESPN Monday Night Football MegaCast that he “doesn’t watch film,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski cleared the air Wednesday, saying that, yes, he actually does watch film and that his job isn’t as cushy as he......

Legacy of pressure: Playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — For San Francisco football fans, the names roll off the tongue like fog rolls off the Bay: Y.A. Tittle, John Brodie, Joe Montana, Steve Young. They are the Mount Rushmore of Fog City signal-callers, the quartet that took the job of professional quarterback and elevated it......

Ready or Not, Here Comes Justin Fields

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTg0MDU1NjE0NDgwMDY2MjQ5/ready-or-not-justin-fields.jpg Conor Orr It’s always overwhelming, the moment when you get the thing you’ve been clamoring for all along. From the second Justin Fields was drafted (a decision from Bears general manager Ryan Pace that achieved near universal praise for its situational aggressiveness and acknowledgment that he could not survive......

One Week Out From NBA Training Camp | The Crossover

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With the opening of NBA training camps just one week away, Mannix and Beck open the Mailbag to answer listener questions on John Wall, coaches in the hot seat, teams likely to disappoint, early trade chatter, an early look at the Wizards and more.  The following transcript is an excerpt......

Rob Gronkowski clarifies that he does, indeed, watch film

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTg0MDU0MjUzMjQzODY4ODcz/gronk-mnf.jpg Madeline Coleman Rob Gronkowski told Peyton and Eli Manning on ESPN2’s broadcast of Monday Night Football earlier this week that he doesn’t watch any film. But the Buccaneers tight end, as it turns out, was just joking around.  Gronkowski clarified Wednesday that he doesn’t just get tips about the game plan......

Winless Vikings ‘to continue to play’ Cook (ankle)

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EAGAN, Minn. — Dalvin Cook racked up 148 all-purpose yards and a right ankle injury that was classified as a “little sprain” by Vikings coach Mike Zimmer late in Minnesota’s 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Yet despite Cook’s injury, the Vikings still plan to use him as they normally......

Bears rookie Fields set for first start; Dalton out

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Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields will make his first career start Sunday as Andy Dalton is expected to be out with a left knee injury, coach Matt Nagy told reporters Wednesday. “It’s a great opportunity for Justin and for all of us as a staff to be able to......

Gersson Rosas fired: Timberwolves part ways with president

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Salvador The Timberwolves and president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas have parted ways, the team announced Wednesday.  “Today, the Minnesota Timberwolves parted ways with President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas,” owner Glen Taylor said in the statement. “As an......

How Marc Ratner Landed a Spot in UFC Hall of Fame

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTg0MDUzODg1NzU1NzI5NjA5/ufc-hall-of-fame-logo.jpg Justin Barrasso A seminal boxing bout took place in November 1993 in Las Vegas. Riddick Bowe—the undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion—met Evander Holyfield in a rematch from the prior November, the second act of a captivating heavyweight trilogy. Outdoors at Caesars Palace, the build to that clash of titans is......

Lamar sore after ‘cool’ TD flip, would do it again

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson hasn’t been discouraged to flip into the end zone again, even though he is still feeling the aftereffects of his first high-flying touchdown in the NFL. “I’m kind of sore,” Jackson said Wednesday while stretching out both arms. “I didn’t want......

Fins rule Tua out vs. Raiders with fractured ribs

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11:21 AM ET Marcel Louis-JacquesESPN MIAMI — Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders with fractured ribs, coach Brian Flores said Wednesday. Jacoby Brissett will start against the Raiders, with practice squad quarterback Reid Sinnett backing him up. “He’s in good spirits. He’s a......

Tom Brady: ‘The game is a little softer than it used to be’

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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL’s elder statesman at age 44, has seen plenty of changes around the league during his 22-year career. Brady addressed the evolution of the quarterback position during an appearance on the Let’s Go! podcast on Wednesday, noting the league’s embrace of mobile quarterbacks in recent years.......

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