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Steve Ballmer has done it this time, giving Clippers fans

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Good job, good effort, Steve Ballmer.Image: Getty ImagesIt took seven years, but Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has finally resorted to paying fans.It’s hard to be the Clippers in Los Angeles. They’re not like the New York Mets or the Chicago White Sox, who are the second most popular baseball teams in their respective…

Notable bets: Books win big as Brady, Bucs latest big

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Big NFL favorites are falling on a weekly basis, but the betting public just can't resist, and it's proving costly.In the past three weeks, six underdogs of seven points or more have pulled off outright upsets. That's the most in a three-week stretch since 2018 (Weeks 13-15), according to ESPN Stats and Information. Yet, the…

NFL Week 9 betting nuggets: Cowboys’ perfect streak on the

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The Green Bay Packers have covered seven straight games, tied with the Dallas Cowboys for the longest active streak in the NFL. But for that streak to continue, they will need to do it without Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay is now the first team with a winning percentage of at least .875 to be an…

Which team will win the women’s NCAA title? Final Four

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The 2021-22 women's college basketball season tips off Tuesday as the march to Minneapolis and the women's Final Four begins.South Carolina, which is No. 1 in the AP Top 25 preseason poll, and UConn, which topped ESPN's ranking of the 25 best teams in the country, are back among the favorites seven months after both…

15 NFL experts make second-half predictions: Record-breakers, surprise playoff runs

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7:00 AM ETESPN staffWe are now through nine weeks of the 2021 NFL season, which means we're officially at the midway point. And with roughly two months still to play in the regular season and at least eight games still on the schedule for all 32 teams, a lot can happen. Only a few teams…

Knicks Go tops Medina Spirit in Breeders’ Cup win

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- Knicks Go burst into the lead out of the starting gate and kicked away to a 2¾-length victory in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Del Mar.No one seriously pressed the colt, who earned his fourth straight victory and in the process solidified a bid to win the…

Is a small-market, slow-build dynasty even possible in this era

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Left-alignedGiannis AntetokounmpoPhoto: Getty ImagesA single championship does not a dynasty make, despite Kevin Durant’s comment this summer that the Bucks were “forming somewhat of a dynasty.” Durant walked his statement back a bit after the Nets’ loss to the Bucks in the 2021 season opener last week — “maybe I was reaching a little bit”…

You’ll never believe this, but everyone’s losing their mud about

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Auston Matthews and the Leafs are struggling.Photo: Getty ImagesIf you looked up and to the north this morning and thought you could make out a noxious cloud in the distance, don’t worry, it’s just the usual October phenomenon. The NHL season is two weeks old and the Toronto Maple Leafs have not awarded the Stanley…

Bucs remove Gruden from Ring of Honor, yet leave Antonio

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Easy to take a stand with a guy like Jon Gruden when he’s not helping your team win games. Antonio Brown, meanwhile, is still on Tampa’s roster.Photo: Getty ImagesIf you’re looking for hypocrites of the week, may I present the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The Bucs were only too happy to issue a statement that they’ll be…

Weston McKennie is back on USMNT roster for October World

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In the three weeks since midfielder Weston McKennie was sent back to his team in Italy for violating U.S. Soccer policy during World Cup qualifying, his status with the men’s national team has been discussed in the media as though shrouded in mystery. And this was not about what he’d done to earn a suspension.…