Tuesday , 15 January 2019

National Sports

NFL, NFLPA: Reid not targeted for drug tests

9:48 AM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A joint investigation by the NFL and NFL Players Association determined there was no evidence that Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid was targeted in the performance-enhancing drug testing program. Reid claimed after a Dec. 17 loss to New Orleans that he’d been selected for testing for the seventh time since signing with Carolina in …

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Blake Griffin doesn't need to be relevant

Jan 8, 2019 A FEW MONTHS BACK, Blake Griffin announced he was quitting comedy, his favorite extracurricular activity away from basketball, to pursue music as his next sideline. This declaration was the premise of the four-part mockumentary-ish “Comedy by Blake” digital series for Funny or Die. After Jeff Ross broke the news with a smirk in one scene, Neal Brennan …

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Patrick Mahomes — at long last — gives Chiefs a playoff QB to be feared

12:00 AM ET KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Almost every time the Kansas City Chiefs readied themselves for a playoff game in the past 25 years, they had more reason to fear the rival quarterback than their opponents. Their fears, it turned out, were not unfounded. The Chiefs have lost 11 of their past 12 postseason games, dating back to January …

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QB Confidence Index: Rating NFL quarterback situations 1-32

7:00 AM ET It’s the offseason already for 24 of the NFL’s 32 teams, and as the league’s elite eight get ready for another round of playoffs this weekend, three-quarters of the league is about the look-ahead business: hiring coaches, assessing salary-cap situations, figuring out what they do and don’t have at quarterback. That last part is what we’re helping …

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LeBron is the Lakers' No. 1; who is No. 2?

8:41 AM ET With less than a minute to go and the score tied in Sacramento, the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to stave off a 15-point comeback attempt by the Kings and grind out a road win. LeBron James is hundreds of miles away in Los Angeles after straining his groin two nights prior at Golden State. Second-year forward …

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Showtime Rams? Not yet, but Rams are ready for the A-listers

12:00 AM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — In the spotlight of a prime-time NFL showdown, Robert Woods caught a touchdown pass and never broke stride as he approached the end zone suites at the Los …

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James Harden is unprecedented and undeniable

8:26 AM ET James Harden is having a moment, smack-dab inside one of the great individual stretches of professional basketball we’ve ever seen. After hitting one of the biggest shots of his life last Thursday, he finds himself at the center of the NBA universe. The impossible game-winning 29-footer over the Golden State Warriors sparked this comment from Rockets general …

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How can the NHL sell hockey in the South?

The Predators have found success in selling themselves as Nashville’s hockey team. Can the NHL leverage what the team has learned to market to other fans in the South?  7:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Earlier this week, we presented a look at hockey in Alabama through the filter of three teams: The Southern Professional Hockey League’s Huntsville Havoc, founded in …

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Alabama's icy secret: It's a hockey state, too

Jan 8, 2019 Greg WyshynskiESPN HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — It’s not easy to blend in as a hockey player in Alabama. Usually the jig is up the minute they open their mouths. “Obviously, I don’t hear my own accent,” said Stuart Stefan, an Ontario-born assistant coach for the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League. “But you’re out in the …

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Wiggins: Meant no disrespect with 'gay' remark

8:42 AM ET Hours after he called Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder “gay,” Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins sought to clarify his remark, saying early Wednesday morning that he wouldn’t use “any term to disrespect” the LGBT community. Wiggins made the remark about Schroder to reporters after the Wolves’ 119-117 win Tuesday over the Thunder. “I don’t know what’s …

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