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O'Connor: A more fan-friendly Tiger Woods plays just fine without them

O'Connor: A more fan-friendly Tiger Woods plays just fine without them

Skip to navigation<>As he has aged, has built a bridge to the crowds he spent most of his prime ignoring. The galleries always loved him, and Woods decided in his latest act that he would finally love them back.He was never going to be , who made sure every fan in the house felt a part of his experience. But after a few years ago, a more vulnerable Woods connected with his adoring crowds and nearly won two majors in 2018, won that fall's Tour Championship, then won the 2019 Masters.But this week, as a consequence of the , fans are not allowed on the grounds of the PGA Championship in San...

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Ferrari's Charles Leclerc - I'm tired of being called racist for not kneeling

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc - I'm tired of being called racist for not kneeling

Skip to navigation<>Ferrari's Charles Leclerc said he is fed up with being labelled a racist for his decision not to take the knee ahead of Formula One races this year.Leclerc is one of six drivers not to have taken the knee all season. F1 has allocated a time ahead of grand prix events for drivers to protest racism however they see fit. As with each of those who have stood, Leclerc has always worn an 'End Racism' T-shirt during those moments.A look ahead to Silverstone's second F1 race in eight days and what Pirelli's response to the British GP drama means for the weekend's action.Ahead of...

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Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones targeting Michael Strahan's sack record

Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones targeting Michael Strahan's sack record

Skip to navigation<>TEMPE, Ariz. -- pass-rusher thinks breaking Michael Strahan's single-season sack record of 22.5 won't be tough to do."I don't think that's hard to get," Jones said Thursday during a videoconference call. "And I feel like if there was a year to do it, this could be the year to do it, honestly, for me. That's a personal goal of mine. But we have more help on our team. We have a better team."Jones had 19 sacks last season, the second most in the NFL, even though he was sackless in four games. The Cardinals, as a whole, were ranked last in the league in yards allowed. Yet,...

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External review finds racial bias, bullying in Iowa football program

External review finds racial bias, bullying in Iowa football program

Skip to navigation<>An external review of program found an environment where many Black players felt bullied and demeaned, and recommended that coach Kirk Ferentz and athletic director Gary Barta take steps to improve the culture.Iowa , conducted by Missouri-based firm Husch Blackwell, after claims from more than 60 former players in early June about racial inequities in the football program. The review found many positive comments from current and former players toward Ferentz, but it identified three members of the coaching staff, on-field or from the strength and conditioning program,...

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Raiders owner Mark Davis on Henry Ruggs III: 'only person I wanted' - Las Vegas Raiders Blog- ESPN

Raiders owner Mark Davis on Henry Ruggs III: 'only person I wanted' - Las Vegas Raiders Blog- ESPN

Skip to navigation<>Las Vegas RaidersHENDERSON, Nev. -- admits he was "fixated" on the combination of speed and power brought to the NFL draft last spring.A blazing 40 time? Oh, indeed. Explosive power to stop, start and re-start? Check. A throwback to a more vintage Raiders player? Stay tuned."He was," the ' owner said of Ruggs, "the only person I wanted in this draft."Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden concurred and Ruggs was selected No. 12 overall.•••••A month later, though, Ruggs had what he called a "mishap." And reports of Ruggs -- when his leg was caught...

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French officials identify skating coaches after sexual assault investigation

French officials identify skating coaches after sexual assault investigation

Skip to navigation<>PARIS -- More than 20 coaches working with the French ice skating federation or its clubs have been identified following an investigation into accusations of sexual assault, harassment or violence, the French ministry of sports said Tuesday.The fact-finding probe was launched in February at the request of the sports ministry after 10-time French champion Sarah Abitbol said in a book she was raped by skating coach Gilles Beyer from 1990-92, when she was a teen. Her allegations led to the resignation of the long-serving head of France's skating federation, Didier...

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Projecting future Hall of Famers for all 32 NFL teams

Projecting future Hall of Famers for all 32 NFL teams

Skip to navigation<>In a normal universe, we would be celebrating the right about now. Instead, legendary players and coaches like and will wait until next year to give their speeches in Canton, Ohio. , like the rest of the preseason, has been canceled during the coronavirus pandemic. The induction process, like so many things, is on hold.Naturally, now seems like a good time to look forward. Let's run team-by-team and try to estimate each notable player's chances of making it to the Hall of Fame given his current résumé. In other words, instead of trying to project their chances by...

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UConn becomes first FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

UConn becomes first FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

Skip to navigation<>, which last month officially left the American Athletic Conference, announced Wednesday that it is suspending its football program for the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic.UConn, which went 2-10 in its final season in the AAC, is the first FBS program to suspend its football team because of the pandemic. The Huskies were expected to play as an independent this season."After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we've decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season," UConn...

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Rafael Nadal won't play in US Open, cites coronavirus concerns

Rafael Nadal won't play in US Open, cites coronavirus concerns

Skip to navigation<>Defending champion will skip the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal 's men's tennis record for Grand Slam titles.Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English on Tuesday."The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don't have control of it," Nadal wrote.This is a decision I never wanted to take but I have decided to follow my heart this time and for the time being I rather not travel. — Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) The 34-year-old from Spain...

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'Why not you?' Late father still inspires Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson

'Why not you?' Late father still inspires Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson

Skip to navigation<>On July 23, and his wife, Ciara, welcomed another child into the world, an 8-pound, 1-ounce boy named Win Harrison Wilson. The first name got the attention. The middle name, though, carried a deeper meaning to Wilson. It's a tribute to his late father, the man who shaped the ' quarterback more than anyone.To anyone who knew Harrison Wilson, it's no coincidence that his son has become all that he has: a Super Bowl champion, seven-time Pro Bowler, one of the NFL's most recognizable stars, one of the highest-paid players in the game, the co-founder of a company and the...

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Roger Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

Roger Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

Skip to navigation<>Roger Penske has reversed course and decided not to allow fans at the Indianapolis 500 later this month.The 104th running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year, even during the Great Depression.It was a flip for Penske, who purchased the iconic speedway in January and has spent every day since upgrading his new showplace to prepare for his favorite race. The pandemic forced the race to change dates for the first time, from Memorial Day weekend to Aug. 23.Penske had initially...

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Four Stars, Knights players kneel during U.S., Canadian anthems

Four Stars, Knights players kneel during U.S., Canadian anthems

Skip to navigation<>Four members of the and took a knee during the U.S. and Canadian national anthems on Monday.Vegas forward , one of the NHL's few Black players, and goaltender knelt with Dallas forward and before their round-robin postseason game in Edmonton, Alberta. The two Vegas players flanked the two Stars players as they took a knee on the blue line.Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said that Reaves and Lehner approached him and Vegas management in the past 48 hours and had the team's full support. Dallas coach Rick Bowness said he supported Seguin and Dickinson "100 percent."The...

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Teammates laud Titans RT Dennis Kelly's COVID-19 prevention efforts

Teammates laud Titans RT Dennis Kelly's COVID-19 prevention efforts

Skip to navigation<>NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As NFL teams begin to make their way into their facilities, safety protocols are of the utmost importance. Someone has to enforce the rules.Tennessee Titans' NFLPA player rep , who stands at 6-foot-8 and weighs 321 pounds, is gladly taking on that task. The right tackle is doing so even if it means being known as a pain to his teammates."I think Dennis would be an unbelievable dictator in any country the way he's been handling the mask thing. It's been very annoying but he's doing a good job," offensive lineman said.Even though Lewan and Kelly are...

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Why some NBA coaches love the new casual look -- and some don't

Why some NBA coaches love the new casual look -- and some don't

Skip to navigation<>When the promoted Erik Spoelstra out of the video room and into an assistant coaching position, there was one problem: Spoelstra owned no suits. The league's dress code for coaches, codified in a memo sent before the season, mandates every coach wear a dress shirt (or "dress sweater") and sport coat.Pat Riley, Spoelstra's boss and one of the all-time sports fashion plates, lent Spoelstra several of his Armani suits. Riley is taller than Spoelstra, with broader shoulders. "Pat's suits were huge," Spoelstra said. "It was almost like they had football pads in the shoulders....

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Teddy Bridgewater 'honored' to follow Cam Newton with Panthers

Teddy Bridgewater 'honored' to follow Cam Newton with Panthers

Skip to navigation<>CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- New quarterback said Monday that he feels "honored" to follow in the footsteps of .Bridgewater also acknowledged understanding how Newton might feel disrespected that Carolina didn't stick with him coming off a 2019 season in which the former NFL MVP missed the final 14 games with a Lisfranc injury on his left foot.That's because Bridgewater went through a similar situation in after his 2016 season ended in training camp because of a significant knee injury suffered in practice.The first of many 😀 — Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) The Vikings stuck with...

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NFL opt-out deadline set for Thursday, source says

NFL opt-out deadline set for Thursday, source says

Skip to navigation<>The deadline for NFL players to opt out of the 2020 season will be Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.1 RelatedThe NFL Players Association agreed to shorten the window between the finalizing of the agreement and the opt-out deadline (which was originally supposed to be seven days) in exchange for some concessions on the final language, sources said on Monday.The league's COVID-19 protocols, officially an amendment to the new collective bargaining agreement signed in March, were agreed to by players and team owners July 24, but it took until Monday...

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Mets' Yoenis Cespedes opting out of 2020 season

Mets' Yoenis Cespedes opting out of 2020 season

Skip to navigation<>The ' has opted out of the 2020 season after he did not report to Truist Park in Atlanta for Sunday's game against the , according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.Van Wagenen addressed Cespedes' decision with reporters after the Mets' . The general manager said Cespedes was doing so over "COVID-related issues" and that the team had not previously known of the possibility that he would opt out."We support everybody and every player's right to make this type of decision. This is a challenging time for everyone," Van Wagenen said. "It was surprising, without question....

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Zion Williamson - Hard to watch losing with minutes limited

Zion Williamson - Hard to watch losing with minutes limited

Skip to navigation<>says it has been hard to watch from the sideline as the lost their first two games in the NBA bubble while his minutes have been limited."It's very tough, to be honest, because as soon as I start to break that sweat, I look over and that horn is for me and I have to come out the game," Williamson said Sunday. "Also, when I do catch the flow of the game, like I said, that horn goes off and it's for me."Williamson said he's not getting frustrated because "that doesn't help the situation," even as the losses have hurt the Pelicans' playoff hopes. The normally jovial...

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Sources -- NFL opt-out deadline expected to move up

Sources -- NFL opt-out deadline expected to move up

Skip to navigation<>The opt-out deadline for NFL players is now expected to be moved up to either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on talks this weekend, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.The NFL is pushing to move up the deadline from one week after the new collective bargaining agreement side letter is signed, and it now is expected to be even sooner, sources told Schefter.Those deemed to be high risk to COVID-19 would receive $350,000 and an accrued NFL season if they opt out of the season. Players who aren't deemed to be at risk but don't feel comfortable playing can receive...

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How Bill Belichick has thrived when Patriots turn to 'next man up' - New England Patriots Blog- ESPN

How Bill Belichick has thrived when Patriots turn to 'next man up' - New England Patriots Blog- ESPN

Skip to navigation<>New England PatriotsIf anyone can survive the unusual offseason the have had, it's coach Bill Belichick. He has built a dynasty with the "Patriot Way," a winning, team-first culture backboned by the "next man up" mentality.The 2020 NFL season might be Belichick's toughest test yet. The offseason, including the (most notable is linebacker ), has led to lower expectations -- at least according to Las Vegas. New England's pro football championship odds are at 20-1 according to Caesars Sportsbook (through July 30), its worst preseason odds since 2002.The Patriots'...

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Texans' J.J. Watt says he feels as good as 2014-15 because of quarantine

Texans' J.J. Watt says he feels as good as 2014-15 because of quarantine

Skip to navigation<>HOUSTON -- Like many people this spring and summer, has had a lot of downtime while quarantining during the COVID-19 outbreak.But unlike a lot of people, Watt says his "body feels as good as it has felt since probably 2014 or '15 because "the quarantine situation has given me literally nothing to do but work out every day.""I mean, there's nothing else you can do," Watt said. "You can't go out, you can't go to the movies, you can't go to eat. So the workout program for me this offseason has been awesome because I've had a full offseason to do my workouts exactly how I...

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More St. Louis Cardinals test positive; weekend series postponed

More St. Louis Cardinals test positive; weekend series postponed

Skip to navigation<>The weekend series between the and has been postponed after one player and multiple members of the Cardinals staff tested positive for COVID-19.According to ESPN and multiple reports, three staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on the rapid tests. The team expects the complete results of saliva testing later Saturday, MLB said.In addition to Saturday's game, both games of Sunday's doubleheader between the teams have also been postponed, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.2 RelatedMajor League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred had told MLB Players Association executive...

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Saints QB Drew Brees says his flag comment was a 'missed opportunity'

Saints QB Drew Brees says his flag comment was a 'missed opportunity'

Skip to navigation<>METAIRIE, La. -- on Saturday reiterated his vow to stand with the Black community for social justice, saying it "broke my heart" and was "crushing" that his by kneeling during the national anthem made people feel differently.The quarterback, who began his first training camp news conference with a prepared statement, said he will always stand for the national anthem because of what it means to him, but respects those who don't to bring attention to social injustices."I acknowledge and respect anyone who chooses to kneel or any other form of peaceful protest to bring...

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Miami Heat's Meyers Leonard chooses to stand during national anthem

Miami Heat's Meyers Leonard chooses to stand during national anthem

Skip to navigation<>center stood during the national anthem before Saturday's game against the , saying afterward he can be both a patriot and a supporter of Black Lives Matter."I think I can be a beacon of light ... not only for my voice or platform and action, but in everything I'm doing," Leonard, who is white, told Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated after the game. "I certainly support Black Lives Matter. ... I am very aware of what is going on. But I can be both. My patriotism runs deep."Orlando's was the first player in the to stand during the national anthem on Friday. coach...

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Sources - MLB commissioner warns of shutdown if coronavirus isn't better managed

Sources - MLB commissioner warns of shutdown if coronavirus isn't better managed

Skip to navigation<>Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport doesn't do a better job of managing the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season, sources familiar with the conversation told ESPN.The league and players recognize the coming days are a critical juncture following an outbreak among the in which 21 members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. Two positive tests by players Friday exacerbated concerns inside the sport about the presence of the coronavirus and whether the...

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