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Sources: Mike D'Antoni finalizing deal to join Steve Nash's staff with Brooklyn Nets

Mike D'Antoni is finalizing a deal to become an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets, reuniting him with his former MVP point guard, Nets coach Steve Nash, sources told ESPN. The Nets are hiring D'Antoni and well-regarded assistant Ime Udoka, who spent seven of the past eight seasons on Gregg Popovich's staff with the San Antonio Spurs, sources said. Nash has constructed a strong coaching staff for his first season as a head coach, including associate head coach Jacque Vaughn. The Nets are expected to be among the NBA's championship contenders with the return of Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn debut of Kevin Durant. Udoka spent seven years as an assistant under Popovich with the Spurs and the 2019-20 season as the top assistant with Brett Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers. He has been a candidate for several head-coaching jobs in recent years. For D'Antoni and Nash, this is the third time they'll be together, including a memorable...
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Baltimore Ravens sign LT Ronnie Stanley to five-year, $98.75M extension, source says

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens signed All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley to a five-year, $98.75 million extension on Friday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal includes $70.866 million in total guarantees and maxes out at $112.866 million, the source said. Stanley will make $47.116 million between Sept. 13 and March 31, 2021. The Ravens announced that they had signed Stanley, 26, through the 2025 season but did not reveal financial terms. At $19.75 million per season, Stanley becomes the NFL's second-highest-paid left tackle, trailing only the Houston Texans' Laremy Tunsil ($22 million).  The No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Stanley reached his first Pro Bowl last season and was named first-team All-Pro. "Ronnie is the mainstay on our offensive line," Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said. "He's a shutdown left tackle who excels on the field and in our community. This is just the beginning for Ronnie, and we could not...
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Hit on Carolina Panthers' Teddy Bridgewater draws ejection for Atlanta Falcons' Charles Harris

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  Atlanta Falcons defensive end Charles Harris was ejected in the third quarter of Thursday night's  25-17 win over the  Carolina Panthers after a vicious hit that briefly sidelined quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater was scrambling on the third-and-7 play when he was tripped and went down for a 2-yard loss. Harris came in after Bridgewater was down and delivered a blow to the helmet. The quarterback went to the sideline tent to be checked for a possible concussion. He came out a few minutes later and began throwing on the sideline then returned in the fourth quarter after clearing concussion protocol. Bridgewater wouldn't call Harris' hit a cheap shot, but running back Mike Davis didn't hesitate to. "Yeah, I thought it was a cheap shot," Davis said. "It was late, hit him on the neck. You hate to see that." Former XFL player  P.J. Walker took over at quarterback for three plays, and the Panthers...
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Trevor Lawrence positive for COVID-19, will miss Boston College-Clemson

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday's game against Boston College. "Trevor has authorized us this evening to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement Thursday night. "He is doing well with mild symptoms but will not be available for this week's game against Boston College. "While we certainly will miss Trevor, this is an opportunity for other guys to step up and we're excited about competing against a very good BC team on Saturday. Go Tigers." Lawrence released a statement on social media, saying his symptoms were mild and that "the only thing that hurts is missing an opportunity to be with my teammates this weekend and play the game I love." Lawrence is a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy and has not missed a game in three seasons at Clemson. When Lawrence was announced as out, Clemson was listed as a 29.5-point...
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UFC's Dana White has 'feeling' Khabib Nurmagomedov will unretire to go for 30-0 record

It has been less than one week since undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from the sport, but UFC president Dana White has already come out and stated he believes Nurmagomedov (29-0) will fight again. Speaking to CBS Sports Radio on Thursday, White said he has been in contact with Nurmagomedov since the fighter's emotional title fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 last weekend in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and he has gotten the impression the 32-year-old's retirement won't stick. "Khabib and I have been talking," White told "The Zach Gelb Show." "He was completely emotional that night when he got through that fight. I have a feeling that he might go for 30-0. "I think that he's not going to retire. His dad wanted him to get to 30-0, and I think he wants to honor his dad's wish." Representatives for Nurmagomedov did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Nurmagomedov defeated Gaethje via second-round...
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Sources: Detroit Tigers finalizing deal to make AJ Hinch next manager

The Detroit Tigers have made progress in finalizing a deal with former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch to be their next manager, although the agreement is not finalized, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. Last Friday, Tigers general manager Al Avila said the team wasn't ruling out hiring either Hinch or Alex Cora, both of whom lost their jobs before the start of the 2020 season for their roles in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. The Astros fired Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Jan. 13. Major League Baseball suspended Hinch and Cora for the 2020 seasons, with the suspensions ending at the conclusion of the World Series on Tuesday night. The Tigers are in the market for a replacement for manager Ron Gardenhire, who retired on Sept. 19 with a little more than a week left in the season. "Really, I can't say that I've eliminated anybody," Avila said Friday. "The cheating scandal is not a good thing, obviously. They're serving their suspensions, and...
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Chicago White Sox's Tony La Russa announcement uses AJ Hinch's signature

CHICAGO -- A glitch in a graphic file that was emailed to some fans announcing the Chicago White Sox's hiring of new manager Tony La Russa on Thursday contained a signature of AJ Hinch on a picture of La Russa. The mistake was due to multiple variations of the graphic being prepared for various candidates, according to a team source, although Hinch, the former Astros manager who was suspended for the 2020 season because of the team's sign-stealing scandal, was never interviewed. The file ended up in the finished product that was emailed on Thursday as part of the La Russa announcement. Hinch, a rumored candidate for the job, was likely on an initial list of candidates that got folded into the graphic-making process. Sources told ESPN's Buster Olney on Thursday night that the Detroit Tigers have made progress in finalizing a deal with Hinch to be their next manager, although the agreement is not finalized. The White Sox later tweeted a corrected version of the...
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Sources: AJ Hinch favorite to be hired as Detroit Tigers' manager

Former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch is widely regarded as the favorite to become the next manager of the Detroit Tigers, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. The sources said the Tigers are making decisive progress toward finalizing their choice for manager. Last Friday, Tigers general manager Al Avila said the team wasn't ruling out hiring either Hinch or Alex Cora, both of whom lost their jobs before the start of the 2020 season for their roles in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. The Astros fired Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Jan. 13. Major League Baseball suspended Hinch and Cora for the 2020 seasons, with the suspensions ending at the conclusion of the World Series on Tuesday night. The Tigers are in the market for a replacement for manager Ron Gardenhire, who retired on Sept. 19 with a little more than a week left in the season. "Really, I can't say that I've eliminated anybody," Avila said Friday. "The cheating scandal is not a...
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Travis Roy, philanthropist for spinal cord injury treatment, dies at 45

Former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy, who was paralyzed after an injury in 1995 and became a philanthropist for spinal cord injury treatment, has died at 45. A family spokesperson told WCVB in Boston that Roy died in Vermont due to complications from a procedure he needed to maintain his quality of life. Roy slid headfirst into the boards just 11 seconds into his first shift for BU on Oct. 20, 1995. He cracked his fourth vertebra, which left him a quadriplegic. Roy had since regained movement in his right arm, which he used to control the joystick that maneuvered his wheelchair. "It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Travis Roy,'' Boston University said in a statement. "His story is the epitome of inspiration and courage, and he was a role model and a hero to so many people. Travis' work and dedication towards helping fellow spinal cord-injury survivors is nothing short of amazing. His legacy will last forever, not just within the Boston University...
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Cam Newton: Buffalo game a 'must win' with New England Patriots in 3-game skid

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton called Sunday's road game against the Buffalo Bills a "must win" for the team. The Patriots (2-4) are on a three-game losing streak -- their first since 2002 -- and trail the Bills (5-2) in the AFC East. "This is a must-win for us, and I'm going to control the things that I can control. I have two or three more days to prepare and that's what I plan on doing," Newton said Thursday. With the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday, Newton was asked if the team might look different should the game not go the way the Patriots hope. "Listen man, good vibes, good energies, you have to speak things into existence. I refute [that thought]," he said. "My main focus is to play a better version of what I've been playing lately -- protecting the football. That's the key to victory." The Patriots have won the division each of the past 11 seasons, but that's when they had Tom Brady at quarterback. The...
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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott to rookie Ben DiNucci: 'Go out there and do you'

FRISCO, Texas -- Ben DiNucci isn't sure whether he will start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, but Dak Prescott has offered up advice to the Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback. DiNucci, who has taken the starter's reps in practice the past two days and would replace Andy Dalton, saw Prescott, who is out for the year because of a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, on Wednesday at The Star. "Kind of just walked up to him and said, 'Hey this isn't what you said my rookie year was going to be like,'" DiNucci said. "He laughed and gave me a hug and just said, 'We've talked about this. Go out there and do you. Take completions. Trust the guys around you. You'll be great. Don't overthink it. Football's football.' It's a game I've been playing since seventh grade. Not going to try to make it any more than it is. Going to have fun with it, bring a lot of energy, bring a lot of confidence and let my play speak for...
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Mike Tyson's goal for exhibition fight is to 'disable' Roy Jones Jr.

Mike Tyson isn't pulling any punches entering his exhibition bout against former champion Roy Jones Jr. He wants to win. "My mindset is totally bliss. This is something I've done all my life since I was 13 years old," Tyson said. "I'm more evolved now than I've ever been. My objective is to go in there with the best intentions of my life and to disable my opponent, and that's just what it is." Tyson, 54, and Jones, 51, enter the ring against each other on Nov. 28 for an eight-round exhibition fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles without fans in attendance. Jones said the one question he always hears from people is, "Have you ever fought Mike Tyson?" Until now, that answer has been no. "Now I don't have to say 'no' no more," Jones said during Thursday's news conference. "I'm so glad to get this opportunity because now I can say, 'Yes, I did. I sure did.' And guess what? Tune in on the 28th, and you'll see how it go." The two boxing legends were originally set to meet on Sept....
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Arizona Coyotes renounce rights to draft pick Mitchell Miller after history of assault, racism surface

The Arizona Coyotes are renouncing the rights to draft pick Mitchell Miller after his history of assault and racism as a juvenile were spotlighted in a newspaper investigation. Miller, an 18-year-old defenseman committed to play at the University of North Dakota next season, was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NHL draft (111th overall) by the Coyotes. On Oct. 26, the Arizona Republic published an extensive exposé of Miller's bullying of Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a Black classmate with developmental disabilities in Sylvania, Ohio. "In junior high, I got beat up by him. ... Everyone thinks he's so cool that he gets to go to the NHL, but I don't see how someone can be cool when you pick on someone and bully someone your entire life," Meyer-Crothers told the paper. The Coyotes initially stood by the pick, with president and CEO Xavier Gutierrez saying the team felt a responsibility to "part of the solution" for Miller. "We believe that we are in the best position to...
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Chicago White Sox name Tony La Russa, 76, new manager

Tony La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox -- 34 years after they fired him. La Russa, 76, rejoins the franchise where his managing career began more than four decades ago. He takes over for Rick Renteria after what the White Sox insisted was a mutual agreement to split. "We are extremely excited about the future of this team,'' general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday. "As we showed in 2020, this is a young, talented club that we expect to only grow better and better in the coming years. Adding in a Hall of Fame manager who is recognized as being one of the best in the history of the game, we are a step closer to our goal of bringing White Sox fans another championship.'' La Russa inherits a team loaded with young stars and productive veterans that made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, only to sputter down the stretch...
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Source: New England Patriots' Julian Edelman has precautionary knee procedure, expected to miss Sunday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman underwent a precautionary standard knee procedure Thursday morning, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, and is expected to miss Sunday's road game against the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots are practicing in the rain Thursday and Edelman is not on the field with his teammates. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Edelman, 34, has been limited all season because of his knee, and a source told ESPN he is expected to be sidelined for "some period of time." He leads the team with 21 receptions for 315 yards. The Patriots also could be without receiver N'Keal Harry on Sunday, as he remains sidelined because of a concussion. That would leave the Patriots with just Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski at receiver, likely leading to the team promoting someone from the practice squad. Edelman leads the Patriots in receptions (21), targets (39),...
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Source: Minnesota Timberwolves meet with potential No. 1 pick LaMelo Ball

Projected No. 1 pick LaMelo Ball met with the Minnesota Timberwolves, owners of the top selection in the NBA draft, on Tuesday, a source told ESPN. The meeting, conducted in Southern California, consisted of an interview and did not feature any basketball activity. It was attended by Gersson Rosas, the Timberwolves' president of basketball operations, and head coach Ryan Saunders, the source said. The NBA relaxed restrictions on in-player evaluations and interviews in mid-October, according to a memo obtained by ESPN, opening the way for teams to meet with prospects in advance of the draft, which is scheduled for Nov. 18. This was the first meeting Ball had conducted. He is tentatively scheduled to interview with the Golden State Warriors early next week; they have the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. The expectation is that Ball also will interview with the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls, who pick third and fourth. It is not...
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Sources: Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew has multiple fractures, sprained ligament in thumb

X-rays taken this week revealed that Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his right thumb, league sources told ESPN. Minshew has had discomfort in his thumb since Jacksonville's Oct. 11 game at Houston, a source told ESPN. He did not tell the team about the pain until after the last game, a 39-29 loss to the Chargers, which led to a postgame X-ray in Los Angeles. The Jaguars (1-6) didn't know about Minshew's injury until this week, per sources. It is uncertain whether Minshew will be able to play when Jacksonville returns from its bye to host the Texans. Jacksonville's backup quarterback is Mike Glennon, and Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone already stated before his team's last game against the Chargers that he might have to ponder a quarterback change. The thumb injury could make Marrone's decision easy. The thumb injury might also explain why Minshew has sailed some passes in...
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Big Ten nixes Nebraska Cornhuskers replacement game vs. Chattanooga Mocs

The Big Ten has nixed a proposed deal that would have allowed Nebraska to replace its canceled game Saturday against Wisconsin with a game against FCS foe Chattanooga. Dr. Jay Blackman, UTC's senior associate athletics director for strategic communications, confirmed the Big Ten's decision to ESPN. "We knew at the beginning of the conversations that it was going to be a long shot," Blackman told ESPN's Mark Schlabach. "We were trying to do things to get ready. People were excited." Nebraska released a joint statement from athletic director Bill Moos and chancellor Ronnie Green, saying: "With the cancellation of the game against Wisconsin, we did explore the possibility of securing a non-conference game for Saturday. The discussions we had were with teams that had already implemented stricter testing protocols than those mandated by the Big Ten Conference. Those details were non-negotiable if we were to bring a non-conference opponent to Lincoln. "With an...
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New York Giants lineman Will Hernandez tests positive for the coronavirus, source says

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants offensive lineman Will Hernandez has tested positive for COVID-19, sources confirmed to ESPN, and is expected to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list later Thursday. A positive test was discovered on Wednesday night, according to a statement by the team, which didn't identify the player. The player and those in close contact with him were told to remain home Thursday. In total, eight players and two coaches were not at the team's facility Thursday, and they will participate in remote meetings for the time being. The two coaches were defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson and outside linebackers coach/senior assistant Bret Bielema. As of now, the Giants players sent home as close contacts have not been deemed high risk, a source told ESPN, which means they could return to work as early as Friday if things stay on track. "The optimism on all the people who are only related to tracers is very high right now," coach Joe...
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Sources: Big Ten nixes Nebraska Cornhuskers replacement game vs. Chattanooga Mocs

The Big Ten has nixed a proposed deal that would have allowed Nebraska to replace its canceled game Saturday against Wisconsin with a game against FCS foe Chattanooga, sources told ESPN. Nebraska's scheduled Big Ten game with Wisconsin was canceled after all Wisconsin team-related activities were paused this week because of an increased number of COVID-19 cases within the program. Nebraska, in trying to find a replacement at the last minute, had put together a deal to face Chattanooga, which lost to Western Kentucky 13-10 last week. It was the Mocs' only game this fall. The Southern Conference voted to play its season in the spring, and Chattanooga's next scheduled game is Feb. 20 against VMI. Chattanooga tested its players and staff members Wednesday, and the results all came back negative, sources told ESPN. Chattanooga conducted another round of tests Thursday morning, and Nebraska was going to test the players and staff members again on Friday in...
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Source: Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey won't play Thursday vs. Atlanta Falcons

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will not get a prime-time return from a high ankle sprain, a league source confirmed to ESPN. The Panthers (3-4) decided not to activate McCaffrey for Thursday night's nationally televised game against the Atlanta Falcons (1-6), meaning his likely return will be next week against the Kansas City Chiefs. McCaffrey returned to practice Monday and on Tuesday was given a designation to return from injured reserve. But because it was a short week and McCaffrey didn't get to go through a full practice, the team opted to exercise caution. NFL Network first reported Thursday that McCaffrey was not expected to play against Atlanta. McCaffrey suffered the injury during a Week 2 loss to Tampa Bay that dropped the Panthers to 0-2. They went 3-2 without the league's highest-paid back, thanks in large part to journeyman Mike Davis. Davis averaged more than 100 yards from scrimmage in...
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Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin, Baltimore Ravens' John Harbaugh to face off record 25th time

The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers have produced vicious hits, dramatic finishes and now a historic matchup of head coaches. In Sunday's clash for first place in the AFC North, the Steelers' Mike Tomlin and the Ravens' John Harbaugh will become the first pair of head coaches in the Super Bowl era to face off 25 times in the regular season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Before a Ravens-Steelers game not too long ago, Tomlin was talking to Harbaugh about their place in the lore of one of the NFL's fiercest rivalries. "We'll be tied together forever by this," Tomlin told Harbaugh. Tomlin and Harbaugh will break a tie with two other longtime coaching matchups: Tomlin-Marvin Lewis and Sid Gillman-Hank Stram. Harbaugh holds a 13-11 edge over Tomlin in the regular season since their first meeting in 2008. It has been a closely contested series that has resulted in two-thirds of the games being decided by four points or fewer, including four overtime...
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Quarterback Quinn Ewers, No. 1 in 2022 recruiting class, decommits from Texas Longhorns

Quarterback Quinn Ewers, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, announced Wednesday he had decommitted from Texas. Ewers is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect from Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, and had committed to the Longhorns in August. Ewers had been rethinking his decision, however, as more and more schools were still recruiting him, including Ohio State and Alabama, among others. "Recently, as I've competed alongside my teammates during my junior season at Southlake Carroll, I've also taken some time to think about my future," Ewers wrote on Twitter. "Given the COVID-19 pandemic facing us, this has been a challenging year for all students like myself. With the support of my family, I tried to navigate the recruiting process the best way I could. "With the process being abnormal this season, I tried my best to keep an open mind to all possibilities." Ewers went on to say he didn't fully explore all of his...
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Los Angeles Rams take title baton: Must 'be great to be relevant'

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- After the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the World Series on Tuesday night, Rams quarterback Jared Goff sent text messages to outfielders Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson to congratulate them on their title. Bellinger's response? "'It's your turn now,'" Goff said. After the Lakers won their  17th NBA title earlier this month and the Dodgers won the World Series for the first time since 1988 on Tuesday, the Rams are now receiving the message that they're on the hook to hit a trifecta for L.A. "@RamsNFL ....... you know what to do!" Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma tweeted after the Dodgers' victory. "I mean that's the first thing you hear is, all right, now it's your turn," said Goff, who has led the Rams to a 5-2 record as they prepare for a Week 8 matchup on the road Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. "And I mean -- we've talked as a team since these two teams have done it, or I...
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Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys' release of Dontari Poe due to weight, performance

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday evening that the team's release of defensive tackle Dontari Poe was primarily because of Poe's weight and lack of production. Jones declined to say whether Poe's persistence in kneeling for the national anthem before games was a consideration. "When you're 30 pounds overweight and you're not doing anything about what's keeping you from performing well on the field, there is no reason to get into the other stuff," Jones told ESPN. The "other stuff" was specific to a question as to whether Poe's being the only Cowboys player to take a knee for the cause of social justice during the national anthem factored in to his release Wednesday. "I understand your question, and I'm deliberately not going to answer it," Jones replied. "We have a platform here, but the platform on the football field has a high standard, and [Poe] was not up to the standard. He needed to correct that, and he did not. I'm going to leave it at...
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By the Numbers: LA Dodgers’ historic win

How the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off a World Series victory in a baseball season like no other.
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Bruce Arians: Antonio Brown 'looked fantastic' during first workout with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said wide receiver Antonio Brown "looked fantastic" in his first day of work with the Bucs. "He looks fantastic. I think we had really good conversations today, he and I," Arians said Wednesday, the first day Brown could enter the facility, because incoming players are required to test six consecutive days for the coronavirus and, if negative on the five previous tests, may enter on the sixth day. "He was in the meetings and everything. And he's working with Anthony Piroli and the strength staff. He looks in great shape. Yeah, ready to go next week." Brown is in the final week of his eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy, however, so he was permitted only to work out with the strength and conditioning staff and attend meetings. He was not allowed to practice with the team. "It went real well. He and I had a good conversation this morning," Arians said. "He'll...
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NFL plans to hold fan capacity to 20% for Super Bowl, with masks mandatory

The NFL is moving forward with plans for a reduced-capacity Super Bowl LV, to be played Feb. 7 even if the league ultimately adds an 18th week to its regular season. At this point, the NFL is planning to hold capacity to 20% at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium, which normally holds 65,000 fans. With temporary seating, its capacity could have been enlarged to nearly 75,000. Fans will be in pods 6 feet apart and masks will be required. "The safety of the public, attendees, players and personnel continues to be our foremost priority. We are working on a host of Super Bowl plans, including gameday, in conjunction with the host committee and the appropriate local and county public health and government officials," the NFL said in a statement.  "There is no set capacity figure at this time as we continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic with more than three months to go before the Super Bowl on February 7. There have been 19 teams that have already or have been authorized by public...
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Bruce Arians: Antonio Brown 'looked fantastic' during first Bucs workout

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said wide receiver Antonio Brown "looked fantastic" in his first day of work with the Bucs. "He looks fantastic. I think we had really good conversations today, he and I," Arians said Wednesday, the first day Brown could enter the facility, because incoming players are required to test six consecutive days for the coronavirus and, if negative on the five previous tests, may enter on the sixth day. "He was in the meetings and everything. And he's working with Anthony Piroli and the strength staff. He looks in great shape. Yeah, ready to go next week." Brown is in the final week of his eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy, however, so he was permitted only to work out with the strength and conditioning staff and attend meetings. He was not allowed to practice with the team. "It went real well. He and I had a good conversation this morning," Arians said. "He'll...
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Stephen Silas to be new head coach of Houston Rockets, sources say

The Houston Rockets are hiring Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas to become the franchise's next head coach, sources told ESPN. Silas and the Rockets agreed to a four-year contract Wednesday, and a formal announcement was expected soon, sources said. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban congratulated Silas on Twitter. Silas will replace Mike D'Antoni, who left after his contract expired at the end of the season. Silas sold the Rockets on his offensive ingenuity and a strong family history in 20 seasons as an NBA assistant under highly regarded head coaches such as Rick Carlisle and Steve Clifford. His experience coaching elite guards -- including Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry and Kemba Walker -- is expected to serve him well with the Rockets, shaping his own system around James Harden and Russell Westbrook. "A great hire for the Rockets," Carlisle said. "Stephen did a great job for us here in Dallas helping us get back...
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Stephen Silas is finalizing a deal to be head coach of Houston Rockets, sources say

Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Houston Rockets, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday. The Rockets were sold on Silas' offensive ingenuity, his pedigree with Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, Steve Clifford and his father, Paul Silas, sources told ESPN. Silas has coached some remarkable guards in his NBA career, including Luka Doncic, Kemba Walker and Stephen Curry. Now he gets to run the Rockets' offense with James Harden and Russell Westbrook Silas would replace Mike D'Antoni, who informed the team in September that he would not be returning as coach.
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Cincinnati Bengals trade Carlos Dunlap to Seattle Seahawks

CINCINNATI -- The Bengals' career sack leader is on the move. Veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap has been traded to the  Seattle Seahawks for offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft, it was announced Wednesday. The Seahawks' defense has allowed the most yards of any team through six games in NFL history, and their pass rush has been a primary issue. The unit has only nine sacks through six games and didn't even register an official hit on Kyler Murray during an overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night. Due to having to go through COVID-19 protocols, the earliest Dunlap could make his Seahawks debut is Week 9 at Buffalo. "I'm not going to lie, I'm nervous as hell but I'm excited," Dunlap said on Instagram story about joining the Seahawks. "... It's all up from here. It's all up from here. Let's go. I get to play. Above all, I get to play." The trade ends a Cincinnati saga...
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MLB: Dodgers' Justin Turner disregarded coronavirus protocols

Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated on the field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates, and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. The commissioner's office said Wednesday that it was starting a full investigation of the 35-year-old third baseman. The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 with a 3-1 victory over the  Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday at Globe Life Field. Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He was quarantined in a doctor's office, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. Turner later returned to the field wearing a mask to celebrate the Dodgers' title. He then took down his mask and posed for a team photo on the field. "Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a...
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Sources: NFL plans to limit fan capacity to 20% for Super Bowl, with masks mandatory

The NFL is moving forward with plans for a reduced-capacity Super Bowl LV, to be played Feb. 7 even if the league ultimately adds an 18th week to its regular season, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. At this point, the NFL is planning to hold capacity to 20% at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium, which normally holds 65,000 fans. With temporary seating, its capacity could have been enlarged to nearly 75,000. Fans will be in pods 6 feet apart and masks will be required. During the regular season, the NFL has left attendance decisions to home teams in conjunction with state and local authorities. Half of the league's teams have had paid attendance for at least one game; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hosted an average of 10,961 fans at two home games. As it maneuvers through the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL has kept open the possibility of pushing back the Super Bowl for up to four weeks in order to complete its regular season. But it would prefer to keep it on schedule if at all...
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October 28

NBA revenue for 2019-20 season dropped 10% to $8.3 billion, sources say

The NBA's revenue dropped 10% to $8.3 billion for the 2019-20 season amid losses because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to financial numbers shared with teams and obtained by ESPN. The balance of the finances included an $800 million loss in gate receipts and a $400 million loss in sponsorships and merchandise, sources said. The NBA's losses included $200 million in deemed "net negative impact" from a monthslong splintering of a partnership with China in the aftermath of the Daryl Morey tweet promoting Hong Kong freedom a year ago, sources said. As the NBA and National Basketball Players Association discuss start dates and financial amendments to the collective bargaining agreement, the potential for a grim financial landscape without fans in the 2020-21 season looms over the league. The 2019-20 season losses are slight in comparison to what awaits the NBA in 2020-21 if the season advances without fans and accompanying gate-night receipts, the league told teams --...
October 28
October 28

MLB: Justin Turner disregarded coronavirus protocols

Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it is beginning an investigation into the actions of Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner, who was pulled from Game 6 of the World Series after testing positive for COVID-19 but still took the field after the game to celebrate the title with his teammates. In a statement, the league was critical of the veteran third baseman, saying he put everyone around him at risk despite MLB security telling him not to return to the field. "...Following the Dodgers' victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others," it said. "While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner's decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply." Turner tested positive and...
October 28
October 28

Sources: Philadelphia 76ers eyeing Daryl Morey to run operations

Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is finalizing a deal to become the Philadelphia 76ers' new president of basketball operations, sources told ESPN. A formal announcement is expected as soon as this week, sources said. General manager Elton Brand is expected to remain in his current position, and new coach Doc Rivers is a proponent of the hiring, sources said. Rivers and Morey have a long history and strong relationship. Morey has long been a target of 76ers ownership, turning down a chance to run the team two years ago before signing an extension with the Rockets. In the aftermath of Houston's elimination from the league's Orlando restart, Morey approached owner Tilman Fertitta with the idea of leaving the job and the sides quietly worked through an exit agreement to conclude his 13 seasons running the franchise's basketball operations. Discussions with the Sixers started soon after, sources said, and escalated this week, with Morey...
October 28
October 28

Utah Jazz to be sold to Ryan Smith, ending Millers' three-decade run as owners

The Miller family has entered into an agreement to sell the Utah Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena to Qualtrics founder Ryan Smith for $1.66 billion, sources told ESPN. Smith, 40, is a lifelong Utah resident and Jazz fan who built software company Qualtrics before it sold for a reported $8 billion. Smith had a long-standing relationship with the Jazz franchise, which included a philanthropic jersey patch that raised more than $25 million in recent years. The NBA board of governors must formally approve the sale. "I've approached Gail and the Millers a couple times," Smith said at a news conference Wednesday morning inside Vivint Smart Home Arena. "There's no secret about my interest in the NBA, and there's really no secret about my interest in the Jazz. "I grew up watching the Jazz. This is the team I cheered for. I played Junior Jazz. I dreamed of playing for the Jazz, and that didn't work out. But as I was sitting there this week in the Junior Jazz program you guys...
October 28
October 28

Cincinnati Bengals trade Carlos Dunlap to Seattle Seahawks, source says

CINCINNATI -- The Bengals' career sack leader is on the move. Veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap has been traded to the  Seattle Seahawks for offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday. Complete terms of the deal were not immediately available, but the move will become official after 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, the source said. The Seahawks' defense has allowed the most yards of any team through six games in NFL history, and their pass rush has been a primary issue. The unit only has nine sacks through six games and didn't even register an official hit on Kyler Murray during an overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night. The trade ends a Cincinnati saga that spiraled past its breaking point Wednesday, when the Bengals asked Dunlap not to come to the team's facilities as they sought a trading partner, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini,...
October 28
October 28

Wisconsin cancels football game vs. Nebraska after outbreak of COVID-19 cases

Wisconsin's football team has paused all team-related activities for at least seven days because of an increased number of COVID-19 cases, causing the No. 9  Badgers' game against Nebraska on Saturday to be canceled. The game will not be rescheduled. As of Wednesday morning, 12 people within the program had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past five days. That total includes six student-athletes and six staff members, including head coach Paul Chryst. "This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday," Chryst said in a statement released by the university on Wednesday. "I informed my staff and the team this morning and am currently isolating at home. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning. "I am disappointed for our players and coaching staff who put so much into preparing to play each week. But the safety of everyone in our program has to be our top priority and I support the...
October 28
October 28

Houston Texans close facility after positive COVID-19 test while on bye week

HOUSTON -- The Texans have closed their facility after a player tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Wednesday. It is the Texans' bye week, but the facility is closed for a deep cleaning and the team is performing contract tracing. "Late last night, we received notice that a Texans player tested positive for COVID-19," the team said in a statement. "In accordance with NFL protocols, the player immediately self-isolated and our Infection Control Officer and other members of the Infection Response Team began working with the NFL to perform contact tracing. Our facility will be closed today to players for deep cleaning. We are in close consultation with the NFL, as well as our team of independent doctors and specialists, and will follow their guidance regarding our scheduled bye week operations. The health and safety of our team, as well as our entire staff, are of highest priority." This is the first positive test for the Texans since the start of training camp....
October 28
October 28

Negated Chicago Bears sack leads to daily fantasy player losing out on $1 million prize

A stat correction that changed a sack to a tackle for loss in the Chicago Bears- Los Angeles Rams game Monday caused a $997,000 fantasy football heartbreak for a 41-year-old insurance agent in St. Louis. For 30 minutes after Monday's game ended, Rob Huntze thought he had won the $1 million first prize in a DraftKings contest. Everything had worked out perfectly for Huntze down the stretch of the Rams' 24-10 win. One of Huntze's lineups that featured both the Bears' and Rams' defenses had scored 92.79 points, the most out of the 176,470 entries. His computer screen showed a $1 million first prize. He texted with friends and called his parents to share the exciting news and took his dog Achilles for a quick walk. When he returned, he wanted to refresh his computer screen again, "just to see myself on top," he said. "And, then, boom." A sack that had been credited to the Bears' defense late in the fourth quarter was changed to a running play, a 3-yard loss...
October 28
October 28

Sources: Cincinnati Bengals tell Carlos Dunlap to stay home amid trade talks

The Cincinnati Bengals have told defensive end Carlos Dunlap to stay home rather than come to work Wednesday as the team sorts out his future, sources confirmed to ESPN's Dianna Russini. The Bengals have had trade talks centered on their disgruntled pass-rusher, and those are continuing, according to the sources. NFL Network first reported the news. Tensions involving Dunlap escalated Sunday during the Bengals' 37-34 loss to the visiting Cleveland Browns. After the Browns scored the winning touchdown with 11 seconds left, Dunlap got into an argument with defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo regarding playcalling, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN's Ben Baby. Television cameras captured Dunlap being restrained by Nick Eason, the Bengals' defensive line coach, before the ensuing kickoff. Dunlap also posted a property listing on his social media accounts after the game. Dunlap, a former Pro Bowler, has spent all 11 seasons of his...
October 28
October 28

Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor gets probation from altercation in which he was stabbed

Terrelle Pryor has been given probation after pleading to a lesser charge in connection to a November incident in which the former Ohio State quarterback was stabbed and hospitalized. Pryor, 31, received 90 days' probation in return for a guilty plea to a harassment charge in Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Court on Tuesday. A misdemeanor simple assault charged was dropped. Shalaya Briston, who allegedly stabbed Pryor, received two years' probation after pleading guilty to simple assault. Briston had faced charges of felony attempted homicide and aggravated assault. "I'm very pleased, and everyone involved is happy to ... put this to bed and move on to the next chapter of their lives," Pryor's attorney, Stephen Colafella, said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pryor was hospitalized Nov. 30, 2019, after being stabbed in a dispute involving what Pittsburgh police described as "mutual combatants." A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter at the time that Pryor...
October 28
October 28

Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell 'disappointed, upset' on early hook in Game 6

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said he regretted the outcome more than the decision to pull starter Blake Snell while the left-hander was still at the top of his game after 5⅓ scoreless innings in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday. "I regret the decision because it didn't work out," Cash said after the Los Angeles Dodgers wrapped up their seventh World Series title with a 3-1 win. "But you know, I feel like the thought process was right. ... If we had to do it over again, I would have the utmost confidence in Nick Anderson to get through that inning." With the Rays leading 1-0, Snell was throwing arguably his best game of the season. He had struck out nine Dodgers hitters while giving up two hits. To the dismay of many, Snell's second hit allowed -- to No. 9 hitter Austin Barnes, with one out in the sixth -- brought Cash to the mound. Cash opted for Anderson, who promptly gave up a double, a...
October 28
October 28

Corey Seager named World Series MVP as Los Angeles Dodgers clinch first title since 1988

ARLINGTON, Texas -- They might have gotten a little help from the opposing manager in Game 6, but the Los Angeles Dodgers finally won their World Series, the first for the franchise since 1988 and the first in three tries for them over the past four years. The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays  3-1 on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field behind a stellar effort from their bullpen, with six relievers combining for a 7⅓ scoreless innings, after starter  Tony Gonsolin gave up a solo home run to Rays rookie sensation Randy Arozarena in the first. L.A. won the series 4-2. Corey Seager achieved a rare October double, becoming Most Valuable Player of the World Series after earning the honor for the National League Championship Series -- just as Orel Hershiser did when the Dodgers won their previous World Series title in 1988. "That's things you think about when you're a kid," Seager said of being called World Series champion. "You wonder what it's like,...
October 28
October 28

Justin Turner of Los Angeles Dodgers pulled from World Series after positive COVID-19 test

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19 and was pulled from the team's World Series-clinching 3-1 win in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas.  MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the positive test after the game, telling Fox: "It's a bittersweet night for us."  Turner was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before coming out of the game to start the eighth inning. The team did not give a reason for his exit when he left. "Thanks to everyone reaching out!" Turner tweeted after the game. "I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can't believe I couldn't be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA #WorldSeriesChamps."  Major League Baseball insulated postseason teams in neutral-site bubbles after traveling them across the country during a shortened 60-game season. Turner...
October 28
October 27

Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell pulled in sixth inning; Kevin Cash's decision backfires

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash's decision to pull starter Blake Snell in the sixth inning of Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night is one he's likely to regret for a long time. With the Rays leading 1-0, Snell was throwing arguably his best game of the season. He had struck out nine Los Angeles Dodgers hitters in 5⅓ innings while giving up just two hits. To the dismay of many, Snell's second hit allowed -- to No. 9 hitter  Austin Barnes with one out in the sixth -- brought Cash to the mound. Cash opted for reliever Nick Anderson, who promptly gave up a double, a game-tying wild pitch and an RBI groundout, putting the Rays behind in the game for the first time 2-1. The Dodgers went on to win 3-1 to wrap up the seventh World Series title in franchise history. Cash said the decision to pull Snell was made because leadoff hitter  Mookie Betts was coming up again, and he wanted to avoid having Snell...
October 27
October 27

Bullpen carries Los Angeles Dodgers to Game 6 win, first World Series title since 1988

ARLINGTON -- They might have gotten a little help from the opposing manager in Game 6, but the Los Angeles Dodgers finally won their World Series, the first for the franchise since 1988 and the first in three tries for them over the past four years. The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays  3-1 on Tuesday night behind a stellar effort from their bullpen, with six relievers combining for an eight-inning shutout after starter  Tony Gonsolin allowed a solo home run to Rays rookie sensation Randy Arozarena in the first. Corey Seager, who batted .400 with two home runs and 5 RBIs for the series, was named World Series MVP, one round after earning NLCS MVP honors. The Dodgers trailed early in Game 6 and were doing very little on offense up until the sixth inning, when Rays manager Kevin Cash inexplicably pulled starter Blake Snell while the lefty was pitching a gem. Snell had struck out nine batters while giving up two hits, including one to  ...
October 27
October 27

Dallas Cowboys trade DE Everson Griffen to Detroit Lions for draft pick

The Dallas Cowboys traded veteran defensive end Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions for a conditional draft pick, the team announced Tuesday. Terms of the conditions have not been announced, but multiple sources tell ESPN that Dallas received a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2021 that could become a fifth-rounder. Griffen gives Detroit another pass-rushing option to shore up one of the biggest holes in its defense while Dallas saves a little more than $3 million against the cap. The Cowboys had talked with a number of teams about a possible deal for Griffen in recent weeks. In August, he signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys worth $6 million with a $3 million base salary and per-week roster bonuses worth $187,500. In seven games, Griffen had 2.5 sacks, 14 quarterback pressures and 21 tackles in 281 snaps. The trade of Griffen opens up playing time for Randy Gregory, who had just six snaps of action against the Washington Football Team on...
October 27

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