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Champions League talking points: Man City, Real Madrid the teams to beat?

ESPN
The Champions League semifinals are set with Real Madrid facing off with Chelsea and Manchester City set to clash with Paris Saint-Germain. There is plenty to break down from Real’s defeat of Liverpool, Chelsea overcoming FC Porto, Man City beating Borussia Dortmund, and PSG eliminating holders Bayern Munich. ESPN’s Rob......

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......

Major League Baseball teams that ignore COVID safety risk public health

USA Today
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here USA TODAY TGBB: Thank goodness baseball’s back, and not just on the diamonds but in the stands as well. At MLB ballparks, actual people have replaced last season’s paper cutouts. Trouble is, in some stadiums this spring’s cheering fans appear......

Minnesota Sports Teams Postpone Games After Shooting

New York Times
Tyler Kepner and Sopan Deb Professional baseball, basketball and hockey games in Minnesota were postponed on Monday in response to tension and unrest after a police officer shot and killed a Black man during a traffic stop north of Minneapolis. The Minnesota Twins postponed their afternoon game with the Boston......

These teams show off their four-legged friends on social media

ESPN
Las Vegas Raiders April 11 is recognized as National Pet Day. Pet owners from all around the sports world took to social media to share their furry friends. National Pet Day was created in 2004 as a way to encourage future pet owners to adopt their next pal. Their posts......

Five teams that could take down the Dodgers this season

ESPN
The reigning 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers enter the 2021 season as a favorite to repeat. In fact, the best-case scenario for this year’s L.A. squad is downright scary. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the league is just going to lie down and watch the Dodgers......

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......

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

ESPN
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......

Men’s Final Four Teams Reflect How Transfers Have Taken Control

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Ross Dellenger INDIANAPOLIS – When Baylor and Houston meet here on Saturday in the men’s NCAA tournament national semifinal, they will start more transfers (six) than they will players they signed out of high school (four). The No. 1 seed......

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......

NFL’s 17-game schedule: Opponents for all 32 teams

ESPN
2:30 PM ET NFL NationESPN NFL owners were granted the ability to expand to 17 games as part of last year’s collective bargaining agreement with players. They approved the 17-game schedule, beginning in 2021, on Tuesday at the virtual owners meetings. The league had already approved a scheduling formula for......

Get ready for Opening Day! Bold predictions, MLB power rankings and names to know for all 30 teams

ESPN
After a shortened 60-game schedule in 2020, Major League Baseball returns to a full 162-game season in 2021. The Los Angeles Dodgers ruled last year’s unusual campaign, beating the Tampa Bay Rays in six games for L.A.’s first World Series title since 1988, but are they still the team to......

Most impactful moves and 2021 offseason goals for all 32 NFL teams

ESPN
6:00 AM ET NFL NationESPN With 2021 NFL free agency winding down, we are looking back on what went down and looking forward to what’s ahead. While there were a number of significant free-agent signings such as the Tennessee Titans picking up a pair of edge rushers, the Baltimore Ravens......

Which teams will join UConn and Arizona in the Women’s Final Four?

ESPN
11:30 PM 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. Charlie Creme Close ESPN.com Charlie Creme projects the women’s NCAA tournament bracket for ESPN.com. UConn......

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