NHL COVID-19 case tracker: Updated list of players to miss

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Before the puck dropped on the 2021 NHL season, the league had already been impacted by COVID-19. Aside from the start date being pushed to Jan. 13, a number of players tested positive and four teams had training camps suspended for at least one day or a large number of players miss time. The Stars shut…

Can Ohio State crash the Alabama-Clemson party, and more burning

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After what easily was the most drama-filled decision-making process of any major conference in college football, the Big Ten will kick off its long-awaited season at 8 p.m. ET Friday night when No. 14 Wisconsin hosts Illinois.No, really.On Aug. 5, the league announced its revamped schedule (the first time) with great fanfare. Six days later,…

Buffalo Bills dominate Pittsburgh Steelers, join AFC’s elite tier of

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Dec 13, 2020Marcel Louis-JacquesESPN ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Do you believe in the Buffalo Bills now?Playing on national television for the second straight week Sunday, the Bills handed the Pittsburgh Steelers their second loss of the season in a 26-15 victory that wasn't as close as the final score suggests.According to ESPN's Football Power Index,…

What happened to the Cowboys, Vikings and Texans? Barnwell ranks

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If an NFL team is out of the playoff picture in Week 7, it's probably not going to make its way back in by January. Last year, 10 of the 12 teams that were in playoff positions as we entered Week 7 made it into the postseason. The only exceptions were the Raiders (who missed…

Is Mexico’s CONCACAF dominance in jeopardy with so many young

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MEXICO CITY -- It's no secret that the United States has a generation of players that is garnering genuine attention beyond the country's borders. The explosion of U.S. stars at top European clubs has grown in 2020, and the trend hasn't gone unnoticed in Mexico, either.- Stream LIVE games and replays on ESPN+ (U.S. only)"We…

Jon Gruden: Rod Marinelli provides ‘new voice, energy’ as interim

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HENDERSON, Nev. -- Calling it a "very difficult night" after firing his friend Paul Guenther as defensive coordinator, Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden insisted elevated defensive line coach Rod Marinelli would provide a much-needed "new voice" and "new energy" with three games to go in the 2020 regular season.And while Marinelli officially carries the…

Carson Wentz trade grades: Colts secure needed starting QB with

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Carson Wentz is flying from the Eagles' aerie into the Colts' stable. The quarterback trade that everyone expected would happen has become reality: Philadelphia agreed to send Wentz to Indianapolis in exchange for two draft picks, according to ESPN and other reports. In the deal, the Eagles get their wish to move on from Wentz's big…

Texans releasing J.J. Watt offers peek into racially coded language

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J.J. Watt was more than just a football player for the city of Houston.Image: Getty ImagesWhen the Texans decided to release J.J. Watt on Friday, it marked the end of an era in Houston — and the continuation of an era in media’s use of coded language.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that while Houston might…

World Series ‘travel day’ roundtable: Everything we learned in Games

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Oct 22, 2020Sam MillerCloseESPN.comESPN baseball columnist/feature writerFormer editor-in-chief of Baseball ProspectusCo-author of "The Only Rule Is It Has To Work"David SchoenfieldCloseESPN Senior WriterCovers MLB for ESPN.com Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995It's a travel day in the 2020 World Series ... just without any travel.The Series -- tied at 1…

Recent stretch shows Carmelo Anthony could be Portland’s X-Factor as

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Always a prolific scorer, Melo still has something to give in Portland.Image: Getty ImagesWho doesn’t love nostalgia?Carmelo Anthony’s fourth quarter last night was arguably the most ‘Vintage Melo’ we’ve seen since his joining the Portland Trail Blazers in November 2019. While it was a season-high 24-point showing in a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, and…