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2020 MLS Cup playoffs: Who’s in, fixtures, results, final date and key info

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The coronavirus-affected 2020 Major League Soccer regular season is in the home stretch, with teams vying for places in the postseason, which begins on Nov. 20 and concludes with MLS Cup on Dec. 12. A total of 18 teams will qualify for the postseason, four more than in 2019, with......
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Manfred Hopes to Keep Expanded Playoffs, Extra-Innings Format

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Ahead of a World Series capping the pandemic-shortened season, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to keep two of this year’s innovations: expanded playoffs and starting extra innings with runners on second base. “People......
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Tua Should Have Dolphins Thinking Playoffs

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Amid this calamitous offseason, it was probably difficult enough for other teams to prepare for the Dolphins offensively, even knowing that Ryan Fitzpatrick would pair with his forever muse, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, and run some of the same concepts he had success with in previous stops with the Bills......
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MLB Playoffs 2020: How to Watch World Series, Full Schedule, Times

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Randy Arozarena keeps raking, slams seventh HR in playoffs in ALCS Game 7

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Randy Arozarena has done it again. The Tampa Bay Rays rookie outfielder hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning off Lance McCullers Jr. to give the Rays the early lead over the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday......
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MLB Playoffs Daily: Can Braves eliminate Dodgers, plus climactic Astros-Rays Game 7

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8:00 AM ET MLB InsidersESPN Just as you might have thought the 2020 MLB playoffs were going to give you two short League Championship Series, we’ve seen two teams claw their way back, the Astros forcing a Game 7 after being down 3-0 to the Rays in the ALCS, and......
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Passan: MLB’s most wonderful 2020 playoffs moment? Will Smith homering off Will Smith

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8:30 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” ARLINGTON, Texas — In 1790, when the United States held its first census, one surname stood above all others. Nearly 6,000 white families, and more than 33,000......
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MLS nears tipping point with COVID-19 spikes. Could points per game end up impacting playoffs?

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Houston, in orange, succumbed to a 3-1 home defeat to Nashville on Wednesday as both teams inch toward the end of the regular season. Some of their opponents haven’t been as lucky given postponements and/or uncertainty over when games might be rescheduled. Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Major League Soccer has been......
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Playoff Kershaw Is Real and Not Spectacular

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MLB Playoffs Daily: Braves look to KO Dodgers; Rays try again

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7:00 AM ET MLB InsidersESPN For the fifth straight day, we have a league championship series doubleheader. Welcome to the excess that is the 2020 MLB playoffs. This time, two teams face elimination as the Astros have their backs to the wall for the third straight game and the powerhouse......
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MLB Playoffs Daily: Astros, Dodgers look to ride their momentum

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7:00 AM ET MLB InsidersESPN The heat is turning up in the 2020 MLB playoffs, as two teams that seemed to be on the ropes — the Astros and Dodgers — punched back Wednesday, making both championship series a little more interesting. Here’s a breakdown of the games, some numbers......
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MLB Playoffs Daily: Dodgers look to bounce back against Braves; Rays eye sweep of Astros

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7:00 AM ET MLB InsidersESPN It’s Wednesday in league championship series week in the 2020 MLB playoffs, and two teams have yet to notch their first wins. With one more win, the Rays could complete a sweep of the Astros and earn their first pennant since 2008. The Braves are......
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MLB Playoffs Daily: Braves try build on NLCS lead against Kershaw, Rays look to sink Astros

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7:00 AM ET MLB InsidersESPN Baseball’s crackling playoff schedule yields more action as Tuesday provides the second of this week’s league championship series doubleheaders in the 2020 MLB playoffs. The action starts with Game 2 of the National League Championship Series after the two teams saw their starting pitchers shut......
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Elliott wins as Kyle Busch bounced from playoffs

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CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR will crown a new champion this year following Kyle Busch‘s elimination in the second round of the playoffs. Chase Elliott won Sunday on the hybrid road course-oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where four drivers, including Busch, were trimmed from title contention. Busch likely needed to win......
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MLB Playoffs Daily: Rays, Astros start up ALCS duel for a pennant

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Jae C. Hong/AP Photo Even though only one division series among the MLB quartet of matchups went the full five-game distance, we’re back in action after a one-day break with the American League Championship Series of the 2020 MLB playoffs getting into gear, pitting the defending AL champs from Houston......
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MLB Playoffs Power Rankings: Previewing the final four teams in the championship series

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We’re down to the final four teams in the playoffs and all four have something to prove as we wind down this Major League Baseball season: • The Los Angeles Dodgers have won eight consecutive National League West Division titles, but they still seek the World Series championship that has......
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MLB Playoffs 2020: How to Watch ALCS and NLCS

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The race for the American League and National League pennants is on. Following MLB’s shortened 60-game season, only four teams remain in the postseason. The league implemented a new playoff format for 2020, which included the addition of eight first-round wild-card series. The field of 16 teams then narrowed to eight......
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MLB Playoffs Daily: Gerrit Cole in a Yankees-Rays winner-take-all game? Sign us up

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7:00 AM ET MLB InsidersESPN Thanks to the New York Yankees, we’ve got a game Friday — and not just any game. It’s a winner-take-all, do-or-die, there’s-no-tomorrow game. Featuring the free agent who signed the biggest contract ever by a pitcher, with the team in the biggest market, to start......
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MLB Playoffs Daily: Yankees, Padres, A’s, Marlins face elimination

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7:00 AM ET MLB InsidersESPN The Oakland Athletics were able to fend off elimination Wednesday — and they’ll have company on the postseason tightrope Thursday. The A’s, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres all will be playing for their playoff lives, meaning the division series round could......
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Astros Hopeful for Zack Greinke Return During Playoffs

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