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Zion Williamson’s preparation and preservation have no precedent

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DEEP UNDER THE Staples Center basket, cameras are held aloft, each lens moving in unison like starlings in murmuration. Nearly two dozen digital eyes are trained on the vending-machine-sized forward warming up, and each time he drives to the hoop, the crowd of onlookers beneath the basket parts to make......
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How Facebook (and a couple of KOs) breathed new life into Michael Seals’ career

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Jan 14, 2020 Steve KimESPN It was an early morning at the beginning of 2019, and Michael Seals had just completed his customary run. The hard-hitting light heavyweight hadn’t fought since September 2018 and had no fights scheduled. Yet he was still dutifully hitting the pavement each day, hoping that......
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How Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts captivated two of college football’s most rabid fan bases

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WHEN JALEN HURTS was 6 or 7 years old, he would tag along with his dad and older brother to the summer workouts for athletes at Channelview High School in Texas’ Harris County, where his dad coaches. One of the players nicknamed Hurts “Baby Champ” because he thought Jalen looked......
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Emiliano Sordi reaping benefits of new approach as PFL’s breakout fighter of 2019

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Editor’s note: This story was initially published in October, ahead of the PFL finals. It has been updated to reflect Emiliano Sordi earning a berth into the 2019 PFL light heavyweight finals. Emiliano Sordi left the cage in October 2018 completely devoid of emotion. A loss to Bozigit Ataev eliminated......
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League of Legends quickly gaining on traditional sports in American popularity

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League of Legends isn’t only the biggest competitive video game in the world, it’s now closing in on having one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The game’s creator, Riot Games, recently announced its North American competition, the League Championship Series, is the third-most popular professional sports league......

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