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By: Tom Weir

The time was about 3 a.m. and Mikaela Shiffrin was fatigued and running on fumes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. But the afterglow of the alpine skier's stunning gold medal victory at the age of 18 was still burning brightly. "Right now, I'm...

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By: Maurice Moton

Eight weeks and the NFL trade deadline have passed. We'll begin to see more separation in the division standings going forward. On Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles sent clear messages about intentions to compete...

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By: Christopher Simpson

Phil Neville has said the person at Chelsea responsible for sanctioning Nemanja Matic's sale to Manchester United in the summer should be "sacked."  The former United star spoke on BBC 5 live Sport after the Blues lost 3-0 to Roma on Tuesday...

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By: Mike Freeman

The Texans finally are seeing how good Jadeveon Clowney can be, the logic behind the Jimmy Garoppolo trade and the lack of logic behind the Colts' treatment of Andrew Luck. All that and more in this week's 10-Point Stance.       1....

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By: Matt Jones

Greg Hardy has insisted he has lofty ambitions on the brink of his first amateur MMA bout, telling TMZ he feels as though he can win the UFC heavyweight title. Hardy, the former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys defensive end, will face Joe...

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By: Mike Chiari

Following his release from the San Francisco 49ers, veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer is expected to sign with the New England Patriots on a three-year contract, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. ESPN.com's Field...

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots and free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer have reached agreement on a three-year contract, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

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The Patriots reportedly reached an agreement with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer on three-year contract Wednesday.

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Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas collected his 37th home run of the season in the sixth inning of Wednesday's contest off of Toronto Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez. The round-tripper pushed him past Steve Balboni for the most...

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By: Tyler Conway

The Cincinnati Reds announced plans Thursday to install protective netting extending past the dugouts at Great American Ball Park beginning in the 2018 season. "The Reds' ongoing commitment to providing the best ballpark experience includes...

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The additional netting will be in place by Opening Day next season. 

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By: Tim Daniels

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was diagnosed with a "severe" form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in an evaluation following his death from an apparent suicide in April.  Per Ken Belson of the New York...

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Hernandez had problems before he played one snap in the NFL, which makes it hard to blame his CTE diagnosis on the NFL and makes his situation even more complicated. 

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BU doctors found an advanced chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brain of a football player who died at 27. The fact that the brain was Aaron Hernandez's, a former Patriots star who was convicted of murder before committing suicide in his jail...

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Is the chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) diagnosis for Aaron Hernandez all that surprising? It's another tough hit for the NFL

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The discovery of CTE on Aaron Hernandez's brain isn't that surprising, given the latest research. But turning to another aspect—does the family care?

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By: Beth Mole

Enlarge / New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in January 2013. (credit: Getty | Boston Globe) Former New England Patriot’s tight end Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain...

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By: Kirsten Korosec

His daughter is suing the NFL and Patriots.

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After discovering that Hernandez had a severe case of CTE, Hernandez's lawyer is suing the NFL and the Patriots on behalf of Hernandez's daughter. 

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Researchers: Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's brain showed signs of a degenerative brain disease

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Boston University researchers found Stage III CTE in Aaron Hernandez’s brain.

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Aaron Hernandez had “severe” CTE when he hung himself in prison. 

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The New York Times
By: KEN BELSON

The former Patriots tight end was convicted of murder in 2015. He was found dead in his prison cell in April.

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By: David Kenyon

Alabama stayed atop Bleacher Report's Top 25 thanks to a marquee victory over Florida State on Saturday, but the poll underwent a considerable shakeup because of some uneven performances from other highly ranked teams. Beyond the losers in clashes...

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It's early, with just one week of college football in the books, but these five players look like Heisman Trophy contenders after their Week 1 performances.

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By: Adam Kramer

In many ways, this outcome was preordained. Another installment of Alabama football, another roster overflowing with players who will eventually star on Sundays, fresh off another appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship,...

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The final score was more lopsided than the game, but Alabama didn't let any Florida State error go unpunished.

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By: Alex ScarboroughESPN...

ATLANTA -- It didn't happen quickly. Florida State had too many athletes to get beaten out of the chute quite like that. Rather, No. 1-ranked Alabama kept chipping away until all that was left was the familiar sight of a broken opponent and the...

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Deondre Francois left the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game with an apparent leg injury.

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How to watch Alabama vs. Florida State online: Live stream, TV channel, broadcast information.

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By: Mark SchlabachESPN...

ATLANTA -- For most of three quarters on Saturday night, No. 1 Alabama couldn't pull away from No. 3 Florida State in their season opener at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

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If Florida State QB Deondre Francois misses any significant time for what looked like a potentially bad leg injury suffered in Saturday's loss to Alabama, it will be a major blow to the Seminoles.

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How to watch USC vs. Western Michigan online: Live stream, TV channel info.

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How to watch Michigan vs. Florida online: Live stream, TV channel, broadcast info.

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How to watch Spain vs. Italy in World Cup qualifying.

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A guide to 2017's college football announcers with networks from ESPN to NBC and talking Florida State-Alabama. 

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By: Tyler Conway

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tweeted pictures of a warehouse filled with supplies that are set to be given to Hurricane Harvey victims Sunday: Watt, 28, has helped raise more than $17 million for relief efforts in Houston and...

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By: Rob Blanchette

Novak Djokovic had an easy opening round at Wimbledon 2017, as Martin Klizan was forced to retire from the competition at the All England Club on Tuesday. Djokovic was leading by a set after winning the first 6-3, but a calf injury forced his...

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Novak Djokovic eased into the second round at Wimbledon after his opponent retired.

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By: Tim Daniels

University of Hawaii defensive lineman Kalepo Naotala is in "pretty serious" condition and faces a "long journey" to recovery due to injuries suffered in a weekend accident. On Monday, Brian McInnis of the Star Advertiser passed along an update from ...

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By: Gianni Verschueren

Dimension Data sprinter Mark Cavendish was taken to a hospital to check for further injuries after a heavy crash during Stage 4 of the 2017 Tour de France on Tuesday. The Brit hit the tarmac after coming into contact with Peter Sagan and emerged...

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The New York Times
By: PATRICK BOEHLER

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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By: MARK A. WALSH

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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By: Adam Wells

Gordon Hayward has cashed in following the best season of his NBA career, reportedly agreeing to a deal with the Boston Celtics in free agency...maybe. On Tuesday, Chris Haynes of ESPN reported Hayward plans on signing with Boston, while USA...

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Gordon Hayward has reportedly agreed to join the Celtics.

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The Boston Celtics would still be in good shape no matter what happened in free agency, but adding Gordon Hayward changes what they have in store.

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Zach Randolph has reportedly agreed to join the Kings.

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Lionel Messi and Barcelona have agreed to renew his contract through 2021.

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By: Daily Facts

Fact: Corey Seager had his second career three-homer game in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 12-0 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night. He joins Duke Snider, Shawn Green and Adrian Gonzalez as the only Dodgers to have multiple three-homer games with ...

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By: Chad Dundas

Holly Holm’s prospects seemed pretty bleak to begin 2017. As recently as February, Holm suffered a tepid unanimous-decision loss to Germaine de Randamie in a fight for the UFC’s inaugural women's featherweight championship. The defeat...

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By: Gill Clark

Manchester City will refuse to send Nolito out on loan and are only interested in selling the winger, with Sevilla interested in a temporary move.  Per Simon Jones at the Daily Mail, Nolito is expected to leave the club after just one season,...

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By: Jonathan Abrams

Kevin Durant didn't know whose name then-NBA Commissioner David Stern would announce when he walked to the podium to begin the 2007 draft. "I held my mother's hand and we both looked at each other in the eye, and when he said 'Greg,' I figured where ...

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Josh Hart can take the mystery out of the NBA draft for a team, but will they make the safe pick and go with a proven winner? 

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Who is the safest pick in the drive? Who is the biggest risk? The Crossover breaks down the 2017 class with its NBA Draft Superlatives.

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The 2017 NBA draft is almost here. Will the 76ers take Markelle Fultz? With just a few hours remaining, The Crossover presents its final rankings of the Top 60 prospects.

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We're just one day away from the 2017 NBA Draft and The Crossover has kindly broken down ever team's needs entering Thursday night. 

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By: Adam Wells

Playing in front of a raucous home crowd, the Nashville Predators overwhelmed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in Game 3 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final on Saturday.  After the Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 lead two minutes, 46 seconds into the first...

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By: Paul GrantESPN.com

NASHVILLE -- Two goals within 42 seconds in the second period turned the tide and brought the Nashville Predators back in the series in a big way with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of a raucous crowd Game 3 here in the Stanley Cup...

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Three goals in the second period helped the Predators get their first win of the Stanley Cup Final, a decisive 4-1 win over the Penguins in front of a loud home crowd.

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Pekka Rinne led the Nashville Predators onto the ice at Bridgestone Arena for the first Stanley Cup Final game in Nashville, making him the starter for Saturday's Game 3.

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By: Nate Loop

A rematch three years in the making turned out to be a short exhibition for one of the best weapons in boxing, Adonis Stevenson's left hand. The WBC world light heavyweight champion made quick, easy work of Andrzej Fonfara (29-5, 17 KOs) on Saturday ...

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By: Adam Wells

In possibly the final fight of his UFC career, Vitor Belfort went out a winner with a unanimous-decision victory over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 on Saturday in Brazil.  All three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Belfort, a surprising...

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By: Adam Wells

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has become the ninth player in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 career home runs with his grand slam against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reported...

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Albert Pujols is just the ninth player in MLB history with 600 home runs or more.

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Albert Pujols on Saturday became the ninth major league player to hit 600 home runs when he hit a grand slam off Ervin Santana of the Minnesota Twins. Pujols is the only player whose 600th home run was a grand slam.

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By: Nathan McCarter

Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz entered as the top two contenders in the strawweight division, and their three combined losses all came at the hands of its champion—Joanna Jedrzejczyk. 3:03 would all it take for Gadelha to put a...

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By: Rob Lancaster

Premier League footballers are no different from the rest of us when it comes to social media. Bored? Simply stick your eyes towards a screen of some size. Whether it's Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter, we're all guilty of filling endless...

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By: Tyler Conway

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said this is "the best" team he's ever played for when speaking to gathered reporters Wednesday at OTAs.  "I'm excited. I can't wait for training camp," Bryant told reporters. "I'm ready to lead, I'm...

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By: Joseph Zucker

The Chicago White Sox announced Wednesday announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson will return for the 2018 season, which will be his last in the booth.  According to the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane, Harrelson will work 20 games in 2018. The ...

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By: Rory Marsden

Everton will reportedly demand £50 million if they are to sell Arsenal target Ross Barkley in the summer as he continues to stall on penning a new contract at Goodison Park. According to Chris Bascombe in The Telegraph, the Toffees have...

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By: Tim Daniels

Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. will undergo PRP injections on his right knee and is expected to resume basketball activities in roughly two weeks, according to ESPN.com's Chris Haynes.  News of the planned procedure comes after...

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By: Joseph Zucker

Lonzo Ball may only work out for one team prior to this year's NBA draft. "That's all we working out for is the Lakers," said Lonzo's father, LaVar, per Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation. "Just the Lakers. There's nobody else that we need to work out...

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Lonzo Ball is undecided on whether he'll work out for teams other than the Lakers, a source close to Ball tells ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall finished with 27 points, 12 assists, five steals, three rebounds and one block during Sunday's 121-102 Game 4 victory over the Boston Celtics. With the performance, he joined the likes of Russell Westbrook,...

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By: Scott Polacek

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are apparently back on speaking terms. Sam Amick of USA Today noted Durant's close friend and former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate to the two superstars, Kendrick Perkins, appeared on TNT Monday and said Durant...

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Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant don’t hold a grudge anymore. 

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By: Rob Goldberg

Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett has earned at least a fifth year with the team.   General manager Tom Telesco noted the organization plans to pick up the player's option, per Eric Williams of ESPN. This...

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By: Joseph Zucker

Police in Des Allemands, Louisiana, discovered a car belonging to Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue in a swamp area alongside a highway, TMZ Sports reported Monday.  Law enforcement confirmed Blue is the owner of the Chevrolet Camaro ...

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By: Dan Favale

The NBA trade deadline is barreling down on us like a nitrous-powered battering ram. Opening our minds, bodies and souls to the chaos it brings is the only way defeat it. So let's grades some trades! Every deal completed as of Feb. 22 has already...

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By: Scott Miller

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It is 7:30 a.m. on a warm spring morning, and the Panda is in a crouch, arms up, palms out, shuffling right and then left, right and then left, right and then left. Quickquickquick! The Boston Red Sox are two hours from...

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By: Mike Chiari

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor may be one of the biggest pieces moved prior to Thursday's 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline, and his reported preference is to land with his hometown team. According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Windy City...

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By: Ryan Dilbert

1. The Destroyer Thriving on Big Stage Samoa Joe's first three weeks on WWE Raw is certified proof that the company hasn't forgotten how to showcase a predator. The former NXT champion has compelled as he has devoured the red brand's babyfaces. Joe...

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By: Adam Wells

Turkey's run at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival got off to a rough start with a 42-0 defeat at the hands of Russia's ice hockey team Monday. Per the Daily Sabah in Turkey, the Russians built some breathing room in the first period with a...

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By: Dave Schilling

At the end of the third quarter, when all hope was lost, the loudspeaker in the gym at Rancho Cucamonga High School began playing the theme song to the show Friends. "So no one told you life was gonna be this way," it says. It's likely one or two...

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By: Timothy Rapp

Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly reportedly was originally invited to the NFL Scouting Combine but had that offer rescinded, according to ESPN's Bill Polian (via Adam Caplan of ESPN). Matt Miller of Bleacher Report earlier reported that Kelly...

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By: Mike Chiari

After eight years of ESPN's "Barack-etology" specials, President Donald Trump will not follow in Barack Obama's footsteps. According to Rick Maese of the Washington Post, Trump has declined to fill out a 2017 March Madness bracket for ESPN. Per ...

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By: Matt Jones

The march towards the UEFA Europa League final begins on Thursday, as the 32 teams still involved in the competition begin the knockout bracket. Remaining in the lineup are some huge names, including a star-studded Manchester United side, who will...

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By: Rob Blanchette

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Gent as the UEFA Europa League resumes with the first leg of the round of 32 at the Ghelamco Arena on Thursday. Spurs have ambitions of winning the famous European title, but the Belgian opponents will...

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By: Rob Blanchette

Manchester United's odyssey to claim the UEFA Europa League continues as they welcome Saint-Etienne to Old Trafford in the first leg of the round of 32 on Thursday. Manager Jose Mourinho's men have improved since the competition adjourned for...

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By: Joseph Zucker

Clint Dempsey confirmed Tuesday he's medically cleared to play for the Seattle Sounders ahead of the 2017 Major League Soccer season, the New York Times' Matt Pentz reported.  "I don't want to go that much into it," Dempsey said of the...

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By: Zac Wassink

Some sports rules make little sense. Others are downright terrible.  The rule that awarded home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that won the Major League Baseball All-Star Game upset and even angered passionate baseball fans....

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By: Tom Sunderland

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put Manchester City on alert after hinting he could leave Signal Iduna Park at the end of the season. Meanwhile, manager Pep Guardiola has denied discussing Sergio Aguero's contract with the...