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MLB Power Rankings: Who is No. 1 with the trade deadline approaching?

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With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, teams will make the difficult decision between standing pat and potentially not being good enough to win a championship, or mortgaging their future for a forlorn hope. It’s not an easy position to be in, and it could affect both the standings and our......

NBA Power Rankings, way-too-early edition: Where the Bucks, Suns and every team stand right now

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The Milwaukee Bucks are the 2021 NBA champions after rallying from a 2-0 series deficit against the Phoenix Suns. Now what? We’re not wasting any time spinning forward to next season, where a host of current contenders and potential superteams will aim to unseat Giannis Antetokounmpo & Co. in 2022.......

MLS Power Rankings: Seattle stumbles as unbeaten run ends

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What a dramatic weekend in Major League Soccer. Gabriel Heinze? No longer the manager of Atlanta United. The Seattle Sounders‘ league-record 13-game unbeaten run? Snapped. Two of the league’s Canadian clubs returned home to play in front of fans for the first time in more than a year, with CF......

MLB Power Rankings: Resetting for Season’s Second Half

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe The All-Star break is in the rearview mirror, and with its passing we return to our normally scheduled MLB power rankings programming. As all teams do with their midseason hiatus, we’ve taken the time off to reassess our......

NFL Head Coach Power Rankings

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Conor Orr With players set to report next week to training camps, we’ll be tripping over ourselves to power-rank this and that, judging teams by their overall strength, their quarterbacks, their skill position players and defenses. But it’s obvious that......

Women’s boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Mayer keeps moving up, Estrada makes her debut

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Mikaela Mayer and Seniesa Estrada shined in decision wins and both climbed higher in ESPN’s women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Mayer (15-0, 5 KOs), 31, of Woodland Hills, California, defended her WBO junior lightweight world title with a victory over Erica Farias on June 19. The scores of 97-93, 98-92 and 98-92......

2021 Fantasy Football Rankings & Stat Projections

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Shawn Childs SI Fantasy returns for the 2021 NFL season with the most in-depth rankings & stat projections available. Shawn Childs, a high-stakes legend and a fantasy Hall of Famer, provides fantasy football projections & rankings, updated all offseason, preseason,......

MMA pound-for-pound rankings: High-profile win earns Dustin Poirier a higher spot in men’s top 10

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Dustin Poirier had a pretty good weekend. He beat up Conor McGregor for the second time in six months in Saturday’s UFC 264 main event in Las Vegas, and beyond the big bump in his bank account that came with a night in the cage with the biggest star in......

Euro 2020 Expectation Rankings: Who Over- and Under-Delivered?

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Europe has a new champion after Italy was coronated at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in a tense Euro 2020 final decided by penalty kicks. It put a cap on a memorable month that spanned the continent and featured a number of memorable moments, classic and dramatic matches and one life-threatening......

WNBA Power Rankings: How every team can finish the 2021 season strong

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The first half of the 2021 WNBA season has officially concluded. The WNBA All-Star Game will be played Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App) in Las Vegas, followed by a month-long break for the Tokyo Olympics. Top teams like the Las Vegas Aces and the defending champion Seattle Storm have......

MLB Power Rankings: Who is No. 1 before the All-Star break?

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With the season’s halfway mark arriving in the coming days, the teams at the top of our MLB Power Rankings have started to separate themselves from the pack while those at the bottom might already be thinking about next year as the trade deadline approaches. Did the Los Angeles Dodgers,......

Updated FPI rankings: Can anyone take down Alabama?

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Editor’s Note: We recently discovered that our previous preseason release of the Football Power Index in April contained data and modeling errors. We have remedied the issues and are re-releasing FPI here ahead of the 2021 season. ESPN Analytics regrets the error. In five of the past six seasons, the......

NBA Draft Big Board 4.0: Top 80 Prospect Rankings

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyMjg1MjU4MjIwMTE5MTcx/evan-mobley-nba-draft-stock.jpg Jeremy Woo The draft is just three weeks away and the NCAA withdrawal deadline passed at midnight, taking us into the home stretch of the process with the player pool all but finalized. The NBA’s deadline for players to withdraw is July 19th, a date that applies primarily to......

WNBA Power Rankings: Everybody is looking up at the Aces, Storm

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9:45 AM ET Kelly CohenESPN The Las Vegas Aces and the Seattle Storm are dominating the 2021 WNBA season and other teams are just playing catch-up. Some, like the Minnesota Lynx, Chicago Sky and Dallas Wings, have done complete turnarounds since the start of the season, putting together multi-game win......

MLB Power Rankings: First-Half Grades for Each Team

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyMjE5ODY4NDE2Nzc5NTky/mlb-power-rankings-red-sox-first-half.jpg Will Laws and Nick Selbe The All-Star break is commonly referred to as halftime of the MLB season. It’s fitting, then, that a sport that eschews a traditional halftime break in favor of a seventh-inning stretch would get splitting something into two even halves all wrong. Though the All-Star......

MLS Power Rankings: Sporting KC climbs to No. 1

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11:37 AM ET Austin LindbergESPN FC After beating the LA Galaxy, Sporting Kansas City found itself on top of the Western Conference, the Supporters’ Shield standings and — most importantly — our MLS Power Rankings. Last weekend served up a handful of surprise scorelines that have caused some shuffling of......

MLB Power Rankings: Who is No. 1 at the season’s halfway point?

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With the season’s halfway mark arriving in the coming days, the teams at the top of our MLB Power Rankings have started to separate themselves from the pack while those at the bottom might already be thinking about next year as the trade deadline approaches. Did the Los Angeles Dodgers,......

Pound-for-pound rankings: Lomachenko moves up, but where did he land? How about Davis?

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Former pound-for-pound king and lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko returned to the ring for the first time since losing to Teofimo Lopez in October 2020 and reminded the boxing world that he’s still one of the best fighters in the sport. Lomachenko scored a dominant ninth-round TKO victory over Masayoshi Nakatani......

Euro 2020 Quarterfinal Rankings: With France Out, Now What?

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Andrew Gastelum After an opening knockout round like that, with four extra-time thrillers and a thrilling Monday that many are calling the best night in international soccer history, it’s hard to imagine how Euro 2020 can get any better.  But......

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