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April 14, 2021

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NHL Power Rankings: Hinge players for all 31 teams down the stretch

ESPN
With the 2021 NHL trade deadline in the rearview mirror, we now have a much clearer picture of what the final month of the season will look like. For this week’s power rankings, we identified the “hinge” player for every team down the stretch — as in, who could have......

NBA Power Rankings: Joel Embiid Makes Dominant Return for 76ers

Sports Illustrated
http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgwMjkxNTM0NDAxMzE1OTkw/joel-embiid-76ers-celebrate.jpg Michael Shapiro Welcome back to the MVP race, Joel Embiid. Philadelphia’s superstar center returned on April 3 to the Sixers’ lineup after a 10-game absence, and he’s quickly returned to form amid a dominant 2020–21 season. Embiid dropped 27 points on the Thunder in a blowout on Saturday night.......

NBA Power Rankings: Phoenix rises; KD returns ahead of a massive East battle

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Let the battle for the Eastern Conference begin in the NBA. With Kevin Durant back after missing nearly two months with a hamstring injury, the star-studded Brooklyn Nets are getting whole again — just in time for an epic matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night (7 ET on......

MLB Power Rankings: Overreactions for Each Team

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NWSL 2021 Crystal Ball: Rankings, Predictions Entering a New Season

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Molly Geary After a nearly six-month absence, the NWSL is back this Friday to kick off its ninth year. In a unique move, there will be a league-wide Challenge Cup tournament held before the regular season begins—though in a different......

MLB Power Rankings: Who are the biggest risers and fallers in the first week of the season?

ESPN
How much can really change in one week of a 162-game MLB season? Exactly one week since the excitement of Opening Day had fans of, well, almost every MLB team thinking positive thoughts about the possibilities to come in 2021, our first regular-season rankings of the young season offer something......

NHL Power Rankings: Trade-deadline sticking points for all 31 teams

ESPN
The NHL trade deadline is Monday, and because this season is so unusual, each team is operating under its own unique circumstance. For this week’s NHL Power Rankings, we identified a sticking point for every team heading into the deadline. How we rank: The ESPN hockey editorial staff submits selections......

2021 MLS jersey Power Rankings: Philadelphia captures lightning in a bottle

ESPN
10:38 AM ET Austin LindbergESPN FC The 2021 Major League Soccer season is just 10 days away, but fans across the U.S. and Canada have been getting hyped up for the new campaign through the roll-out of brand-new kits! And now that all 27 teams in the league have released......

2021 Fantasy Baseball: Weekly Rankings & Projections (April 6)

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Shawn Childs Sports Illustrated has developed a way to determine each player’s value with each category relevant to their production. Hitters have five offensive categories (batting average, runs, home runs, RBI, and stolen bases). Pitchers also have five categories (wins,......

Gonzaga, UCLA 1-2 in Way-Too-Early Top 25 college basketball rankings for 2021-22

ESPN
After a college basketball season unlike any we’ve ever seen, we’re about to enter a college basketball offseason unlike any we’ve ever seen. In addition to the usual NBA draft decisions, the transfer portal is filling up at an unprecedented rate and every player in the country has been granted......

NBA Power Rankings: Which reloaded teams are on the rise?

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The battle for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference is shaping up to be a three-team race. The Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks are separated by just 1.5 games. The rest of the conference, however, is in a logjam. Right now — with the No. 4......

The Watchability Power Rankings: Ranking every team in Europe’s top leagues

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The final international break of the season is coming to an end and the European club season is hitting the home stretch. Now’s the time for all the title races (or, more likely, battles for Champions League positions) we’ve been talking about for months to play out. There are plenty......

Men’s Final Four Rankings: It’s Gonzaga, and Everyone Else

Sports Illustrated
Editor’s Note: Welcome to Morning Madness, SI’s daily newsletter during the NCAA tournament. We’ll provide you with insight, analysis, picks and more from our college hoops experts. Sign up here. The 2021 men’s Final Four is set, and heading into Saturday night’s games (No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA;......

Women’s 2021 Final Four Power Rankings

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Molly Geary Editor’s Note: Welcome to Morning Madness, SI’s daily newsletter during the NCAA tournament. We’ll provide you with insight, analysis, picks and more from our college hoops experts. Sign up here. The 2021 women’s Final Four is set, and,......

NHL Power Rankings: Biggest concern for all 31 teams

ESPN
With the NHL trade deadline less than two weeks away, it’s a good time to take stock. We’ve hit on reasons for optimism for every team in the past. For this week’s power rankings, we identified a reason for concern for all 31 teams. How we rank: The ESPN hockey......

NBA Power Rankings: MVP Race Has No Clear Leader

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro We’re less than two months away from the play-in tournament, and do we have any real idea who the MVP will be? Previous favorites Joel Embiid and LeBron James have both missed significant time. Neither Nikola Jokić nor......

MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Jon Jones rises again and Francis Ngannou muscles his way in

ESPN
Jon Jones, who reigned as UFC light heavyweight champion for much of the past decade before vacating his belt in August to move up to heavyweight, is back at the top of the ESPN men’s pound-for-pound MMA rankings. Francis Ngannou, fresh off winning the heavyweight title on Saturday at UFC......

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