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Is it time for the WNBA to dump single-elimination playoff games?

ESPN
8:00 AM ET Mechelle Voepel Close ESPN.com 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. Kevin Pelton Close ESPN Senior Writer Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with......

W.N.B.A. Playoff Preview: The Sun Are Ready to End the Storm’s Reign

New York Times
Tamryn Spruill Had the Connecticut Sun not saved their fan appreciation night for the last game of the W.N.B.A. regular season, Coach Curt Miller may have preferred to forfeit. Already comfortably holding the No. 1 seed, Connecticut (26-6) wanted a win — but didn’t need one. The Sun just needed......

College Football Playoff Expansion Is in Peril

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Ross Dellenger For two long years, the four men kept their mission a secret. Only a select group knew that conference commissioners Bob Bowlsby, Greg Sankey and Craig Thompson, as well as Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, were tasked......

Who will make the College Football Playoff?

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The Allstate Playoff Predictor breaks down which teams have the best chance to make this season’s College Football Playoff. 09/21/2021 Who makes this year’s College Football Playoff? Through mid-September, it’s tough to say. But we’ll let you play it out. For the past several years, the Allstate Playoff Predictor has......

Mariners playoff odds: Is Seattle’s latest rebuild enough?

Sports Illustrated
In November 2018, as Jerry Dipoto headed to a breakfast buffet one morning at the Omni La Costa resort in Carlsbad, Calif., he knew he needed a break. He did not expect one to materialize, like magic. This sentiment was based on several uncomfortable truths that had tied together in......

MLB power rankings: Cardinals climbing in playoff race

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What a 12-Team Playoff Would Look Like After Week 3

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTg0MDA0MzY3NzM1NTk2NzQ1/college-football-playoff-week-3-alabama.jpg Ross Dellenger We are all dreaming of playoff expansion. So, let’s turn fantasy into reality. And by reality, we mean a fake 12-team playoff bracket composed here each week during the college football season, based on the sport’s current standings and abiding by the rules stipulated in the 12-team......

WNBA playoff first-round predictions: Liberty’s Ionescu, Wings’ Ogunbowale seek upsets

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In the 2021 WNBA playoffs, the top-seeded Connecticut Sun have lost only once since July 9, and the No. 8-seeded New York Liberty have won just twice during that same period. Such is the gulf between the top and bottom of the playoff teams, but as the saying goes, the......

Liberty Secure Final Playoff Spot As Wings Beat Sparks

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College Football Playoff picks after Week 3

ESPN
10:51 PM ET ESPN staff Week 3 came and showed fans something we haven’t seen in a while: Alabama tested deep into the fourth quarter. How will Saturday’s top games affect the College Football Playoff chase? What are the current odds for the top four? The Allstate Playoff Predictor has......

WNBA playoff tracker: Which teams are in, who can clinch next and full playoff schedule

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9:30 AM 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. Entering the final weekend of the 2021 WNBA regular season, one playoff berth remains to be......

Can Cincinnati make a real College Football Playoff run?

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An undefeated Cincinnati was cast aside by the College Football Playoff selection committee a year ago. As the Bearcats head into a crucial two-game road stretch at Indiana and at Notre Dame, it has us wondering: Do they have a shot, this year, to be the first Group of 5......

AL wild-card race: Joey Gallo among x-factors in playoff chase

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. As the regular season barrels down towards its eventual conclusion, so much of the......

College Football Playoff Championship Betting Futures Breakdown & Odds

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Frankie Taddeo The 2021 college football season is through several weeks of action, so SI Betting is here with our first weekly look at the latest betting Championship Futures. Last season, college football fans witnessed the Alabama Crimson Tide post......

WNBA Power Rankings: Dallas Wings clinch playoff berth; Connecticut Sun lock up No. 1 seed

ESPN
Sep 13, 2021 Kelly CohenESPN With just one week left in the 2021 WNBA regular season, the Dallas Wings became the seventh team to secure a playoff berth amid a chaotic scramble for the final postseason spots. One final bid is up for grabs, and it will come down to......

WNBA Power Rankings: Phoenix Mercury, Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky nab three more playoff spots

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6:20 AM ET Kelly CohenESPN Playoff spots are filling up fast. That said, the decision on which teams get the final spots may come down to the last games of the 2021 WNBA regular season. Three more teams secured playoff berths this week: The Phoenix Mercury nabbed theirs on Aug.......

MLB Power Rankings: Assessing the Playoff Contenders

Sports Illustrated
Photo by Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports The calendar has flipped to September, and you know what that means: it’s time to yank up those stirrups and tighten those belts, because we’ve officially headed down the final turn to the home stretch. This year, MLB has tweaked its rules allowing......

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