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Majority of NBA GMs vote to restart season by going straight to playoffs

Majority of NBA GMs vote to restart season by going straight to playoffs

Skip to navigation<>As the NBA's board of governors met Friday afternoon to assess options for how to restart the season, the league's general managers have expressed their preference to go straight to the playoffs.In a survey of all 30 general managers, which was viewed by ESPN, 16 said they would prefer the league come back with just the typical 16 playoff teams, with the teams and seedings based on the standings when the season was suspended March 12.That was one of four potential return-to-play options presented, and it earned more votes than the other three options combined:• Resume...

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Tom Telesco aggressively added pieces to Chargers, but will they fit? - Los Angeles Chargers Blog- ESPN

Tom Telesco aggressively added pieces to Chargers, but will they fit? - Los Angeles Chargers Blog- ESPN

Skip to navigation<>Los Angeles ChargersTom Telesco was aggressive in free agency, a trend the ' general manager continued in the .He signed Super Bowl champions ., and . Then, after selecting Oregon quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick, he traded up to make a second first-round selection in Oklahoma linebacker .The Bolts are tired of chasing the in the AFC West. The hope, as they’ve unveiled new uniforms and prepare for the 2020 season at brand-new SoFi Stadium, is that their retooled roster gives them a fighting chance against the defending Super Bowl champions while boosting a...

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Colts' Philip Rivers practicing cadences and playcalls virtually - Indianapolis Colts Blog- ESPN

Colts' Philip Rivers practicing cadences and playcalls virtually - Indianapolis Colts Blog- ESPN

Skip to navigation<>Indianapolis ColtsINDIANAPOLIS -- starting quarterback has yet to step foot inside his new team’s facility, shake the hands of his teammates or give coach Frank Reich a hug after being reunited with him.Rivers also hasn't had any on-field work with his center, but one thing he can practice during the . is cadence calls and playcalls -- even if it's virtually.It's not ideal, but those obstacles haven’t kept Rivers from showing leadership during the team’s virtual meetings with coaches and teammates.• |• Free agency: |• Draft: |• Fantasy: |• |“I feel like I’ve got to know...

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Connecticut transgender policy found to violate Title IX

Connecticut transgender policy found to violate Title IX

Skip to navigation<>HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course to keep federal funding and influence others to do the same.A letter from the department's civil rights office, a copy of which was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, came in response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes who argued that two...

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Better, worse or the same? Packers' D looks the same, which isn't great - Green Bay Packers Blog- ESPN

Better, worse or the same? Packers' D looks the same, which isn't great - Green Bay Packers Blog- ESPN

Skip to navigation<>Green Bay PackersGREEN BAY, Wis. -- When last anyone saw the ’ defense, it was run over by the in the NFC Championship Game to the tune of 285 yards rushing.The Packers made only one major addition to that side of the ball in free agency and waited until the fifth round of the before they finally took a defensive player.So are they better, worse or the same as the unit defensive coordinator Mike Pettine fielded in that dreadful performance in the conference title game? After on Wednesday, here’s a position-by-position breakdown for the defense:Additions: (street free...

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Tom Glavine -- Players at risk of taking blame if baseball season called off

Tom Glavine -- Players at risk of taking blame if baseball season called off

Skip to navigation<>Former great Tom Glavine has a word of warning to baseball players expressing concern about their salaries for a potential coronavirus-affected 2020 season: You might take the blame for the sport not resuming.Glavine, who served as a players' union representative during the baseball strike of 1994-95, compared that situation to the current suspension of play in a on Tuesday."If it were to come down to an economic issue and that's the reason baseball didn't come back, you're looking at a situation similar to the strike of '94 and '95 as far as fans are concerned," Glavine...

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University of Minnesota to limit ties with Minneapolis police after George Floyd's death

University of Minnesota to limit ties with Minneapolis police after George Floyd's death

Skip to navigation<>MINNEAPOLIS -- Two days after a black man in Minnesota died after being pinned by police, the University of Minnesota announced that it will limit its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department.School president Joan Gabel made the announcement Wednesday in a letter that was sent to students, faculty and staff members, writing that the university no longer will use local officers to assist at major events, including Golden Gophers football games. while in Minneapolis police custody. A bystander's video showed officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on the...

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University of Minnesota to limit ties with Minneapolis police after George Floyd's death

University of Minnesota to limit ties with Minneapolis police after George Floyd's death

Skip to navigation<>MINNEAPOLIS -- Two days after a black man in Minnesota died after being pinned by police, the University of Minnesota announced that it will limit its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department.School president Joan Gabel made the announcement Wednesday in a letter that was sent to students, faculty and staff members, writing that the university no longer will use local officers to assist at major events, including Golden Gophers football games. while in Minneapolis police custody. A bystander's video showed officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on the...

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John Daly II gets second at course where dad won PGA

John Daly II gets second at course where dad won PGA

Skip to navigation<>John Daly II finished in a tie for second Wednesday at the inaugural Dye National Junior Invitational. The two-day tournament was held at Crooked Stick Golf Club near Indianapolis, which is the same course where his father, , won the 1991 PGA Championship as an alternate.The tournament was played to honor course designers Pete and Alice Dye and featured 33 boys and 33 girls all in high school age ranges.Daly, a high school junior from Clearwater, Florida, was tied for the lead after the first 36 holes on Tuesday. He opened the tournament with a 74 and 70 to sit at even...

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Redskins OC pleased with Dwayne Haskins in virtual meetings

Redskins OC pleased with Dwayne Haskins in virtual meetings

Skip to navigation<>The will have to wait a little longer to see how quarterback looks on the field, but they're pleased with what they've heard from him so far in virtual team meetings."When we're talking to him [on Zoom sessions], he's speaking the language," Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner said on a conference call. "It's pretty easy to tell if they get it or not. Dwayne's doing a great job."Haskins, who is learning his second offense in as many NFL seasons, is expected to be the starting quarterback this season after starting seven games as a rookie. However, new coach Ron...

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George Hill is spending the NBA hiatus on his 850-acre ranch with zebras, kangaroos and wildebeest

George Hill is spending the NBA hiatus on his 850-acre ranch with zebras, kangaroos and wildebeest

Skip to navigation<>IT'S STILL DARK when drives up the dirt road.It is 5:30 a.m., and Hill parks his Dodge pickup, trudges over to a small hut perched 12 feet above the ground, climbs the ladder and settles in to watch the sunrise.Wearing Wrangler jeans and a hoodie emblazoned with the logo, Hill whips out his phone to play Sudoku as he waits.Between games, he scans the land for the silhouettes of his animals -- kangaroos, wildebeests, donkeys, elk, antelope and six zebras, among others."I am mainly on African safari stuff," he says.1 RelatedHill, 34 and envisioning life after basketball,...

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Broncos' rookie receivers face tough road to catch on quickly - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN

Broncos' rookie receivers face tough road to catch on quickly - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN

Skip to navigation<>Denver BroncosENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The sailed into uncharted draft waters last month when, for the first time in franchise history, they used their first two picks on wide receivers. Now the Broncos want, and need, and to make an early impact on an offense in search of touchdowns.History, however, has not always been kind to rookie receivers in Denver. The Broncos have had just three rookies finish with more than 40 catches, though, most talent evaluators believe wide receivers in recent drafts have been far more prepared to play early in the NFL than they were even a...

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NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent pans launch of pass interference replay

NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent pans launch of pass interference replay

Skip to navigation<>NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, in an interview with NBC Sports, acknowledged that the league "failed miserably" in its implementation of pass interference replay reviews last season and that such failure would serve as a cautionary tale for the NFL to not rush rule changes in the future.Vincent's comments came during a broader discussion of the "sky judge" proposal, the addition of a booth umpire to each officiating crew, a modified version of which is set to be voted on during Thursday's NFL owners videoconference meeting."We cannot...

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The Big Sexy comeback: Bartolo Colon wants a last spin in MLB

The Big Sexy comeback: Bartolo Colon wants a last spin in MLB

Skip to navigation<>If there's a pathway to play baseball under the , the 2020 season will serve as an accelerated test lab for implementing changes in the game. One of them will be the use of a universal designated hitter. The concept that Major League Baseball will be better served by having bona fide hitters at every spot in the lineup is widely popular but, unexpectedly, not with Bartolo Colón.And not because Colón, among the players most unskilled with a bat in MLB history, hit an all-time memorable home run."In general, when it comes to baseball, I don't like all the changes they're...

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Sources -- Pistons starting search for GM to work with Ed Stefanski

Sources -- Pistons starting search for GM to work with Ed Stefanski

Skip to navigation<>The are opening a search to hire a general manager to work with senior adviser Ed Stefanski, sources told ESPN.Detroit plans to begin contacting potential candidates to start an interview process this week, sources said.Stefanski will be working with Pistons and Palace Sports vice chairman Arn Tellem on the process to hire a GM, sources said.The new GM will work closely with Stefanski and coach Dwane Casey on personnel matters. Stefanski and Casey were hired in 2018.The Pistons are 20-46 this season and have started to move toward a rebuild, with former All-Star forward...

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2020 NFL season projections - Chances to make Super Bowl, win division, land top draft spot, more

2020 NFL season projections - Chances to make Super Bowl, win division, land top draft spot, more

Skip to navigation<>The are still on top.Several long months after defeating the in the , Kansas City enters the as both the best team in the league and the Super Bowl favorite, according to (FPI).FPI is for the NFL. Preseason ratings are based on each team's Las Vegas win total; last season's performance on offense, defense and special teams; the number of returning starters; coaching staff changes; and starting and backup quarterbacks. FPI produces team and , which we're unveiling for the 2020 season for the first time here. Here are some of the bigger takeaways from our 20,000 FPI season...

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Three key crew members for Denny Hamlin suspended 4 races over tungsten drop before Coca-Cola 600

Three key crew members for Denny Hamlin suspended 4 races over tungsten drop before Coca-Cola 600

Skip to navigation<>NASCAR on Monday suspended three critical crew members for 's team because a piece of tungsten fell off his car on the pace lap before the Coca-Cola 600.The tungsten is required to meet minimum weight requirements on the car and the NASCAR rule book states that if it is separated at any point it is an automatic four-race suspension for the crew chief, car chief and engineer.Chris Gabehart, the crew chief, was suspended through June 10 along with car chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons.2 RelatedJoe Gibbs Racing said it would not appeal the penalty and...

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How to watch Monday Night Football classics: Le'Veon Bell's walk-off TD beats Chargers - Pittsburgh Steelers Blog- ESPN

How to watch Monday Night Football classics: Le'Veon Bell's walk-off TD beats Chargers - Pittsburgh Steelers Blog- ESPN

Skip to navigation<>Pittsburgh Steelerscoach Mike Tomlin didn't want to go for the tie.So he went for the win, and with running back lined up in the Wildcat, he got it.With Bell's outstretched arms, the Steelers beat the San Diego Chargers on the final play of the 2015 Monday Night Football game.The memorable game will be shown as part of the ongoing series of Monday Night Football classics. It kicks off at 8 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN.ESPN continues its partnership with the NFL in presenting some of the greatest MNF games in history.(All games begin at 8 p.m. ET)TV schedule:May 25: Pittsburgh...

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Noah Syndergaard to suing New York City landlord - 'See you in court pal'

Noah Syndergaard to suing New York City landlord - 'See you in court pal'

Skip to navigation<>right-hander is recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he is still able to throw fire on Twitter, telling a New York City landlord suing him over unpaid rent, "See you in court pal."According to a federal lawsuit, obtained by multiple outlets, Syndergaard is being sued for at least $250,000 for breach of contract and fees. He never took over a three-bedroom penthouse in Manhattan that costs $27,000 per month after the Major League Baseball season was put on hiatus because of the .Syndergaard gave his side of the situation in a tweet Saturday night."So let me get this...

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Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball coach Patrick Ewing out of hospital after coronavirus diagnosis

Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball coach Patrick Ewing out of hospital after coronavirus diagnosis

Skip to navigation<>men's basketball coach Patrick Ewing is recovering at home after a weekend stay at the hospital with the coronavirus, he told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.On Monday, Patrick Ewing Jr. that his father's coronavirus symptoms are being watched and that he is "now home and getting better."It was announced Friday that the elder Ewing and was being treated at a hospital.1 Related"I want to thank all of the doctors and hospital staff for taking care of my father during his stay, as well as everyone who has reached out with thoughts and prayers to us and since his diagnosis," Ewing...

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Denny Hamlin's Coca-Cola 600 hopes dashed early after piece flies off; crew chief faces 4-race ban

Denny Hamlin's Coca-Cola 600 hopes dashed early after piece flies off; crew chief faces 4-race ban

Skip to navigation<>CONCORD, N.C. -- Daytona 500 winner had his shot at winning another crown jewel event Sunday night destroyed before the Coca-Cola 600 even began.A piece of tungsten flew off of Hamlin's car during the pace laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Hamlin had to return to pit road to have the weight put back into his Toyota.The penalty for tungsten coming off a car is a four-race suspension for the crew chief, according to NASCAR's rule book.Hamlin was eight laps down when he was finally able to join the race and ended up 30th as took the checkered flag.Hamlin, the winner...

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Nick Foles brings familiarity with Nagy's Andy Reid-based offense - Chicago Bears Blog- ESPN

Nick Foles brings familiarity with Nagy's Andy Reid-based offense - Chicago Bears Blog- ESPN

Skip to navigation<>The ’ eagerly anticipated quarterback competition might technically be on hold, but the manner in which incumbent starter and challenger navigate their way through Chicago’s virtual offseason program could determine the eventual winner.“There’s no competition going on right now over Zoom, as you know,” Bears coach Matt Nagy conceded on Friday. “I think what those guys are doing right now is they’re all building up their mental capacity within this offense as to what they like.”Offensive preferences aside, Foles’ presence in Chicago is directly correlated to Trubisky’s...

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Queen might not have experience, but he's got the speed and instincts. - Baltimore Ravens Blog- ESPN

Queen might not have experience, but he's got the speed and instincts. - Baltimore Ravens Blog- ESPN

Skip to navigation<>Baltimore RavensOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Nine months ago, wasn't thinking about taking over the spot once manned by Ray Lewis. He was wondering whether he would ever get on the field in LSU’s season opener.Queen barely played in a 55-3 rout of Georgia Southern, the tough reality of losing the battle for a starting job. He wasn’t atop the depth chart for the second or third games, either, but his impressive play in a rotational role earned him a start in Week 4 when an injury forced some shuffling in the lineup.•••••From that moment, Queen didn’t just flash speed, instinct...

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Cardinals' Brett Toth fulfilling Army commitment at Arizona State ROTC - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

Cardinals' Brett Toth fulfilling Army commitment at Arizona State ROTC - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

Skip to navigation<>Arizona CardinalsTEMPE, Ariz. -- It's mid-March and offensive lineman sits at a conference table in the middle of a room inside the Social Sciences Building on Arizona State's campus. He's holding a red pen in his right hand, grading midterm exams. It's a couple of days before the start of spring break and about a week before campus closes for the semester because of the .In front of Toth sits a pile of papers. Toth is stone-faced and quiet, focused on the task at hand. He already has been to the Cardinals' Tempe headquarters for a weightlifting session, but by...

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Driveways, canyons, pools - NFL players create clever workouts

Driveways, canyons, pools - NFL players create clever workouts

Skip to navigation<>A farm. A field. A canyon. A pool. Even a driveway. As NFL players wait for a return to normalcy before the 2020 regular season begins, they have had to get creative with how and where they train.The ripple effects of these unprecedented times -- nationwide social distancing during the and an unknown timetable for a vaccine --, and the NFL is no exception.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell authorized the reopening of all team facilities this week, in accordance with state and local regulations, although coaches and players who are not undergoing rehabilitation are prohibited...

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