Soccer on TV: Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet for top spot in La Liga

The top televised soccer games from Europe this weekend feature a Barcelona-Real Madrid battle for the top spot in the La Liga table. In England longtime rivals Tottenham and Arsenal meet in a neighborhood derby in which little more than bragging rights will be at stake. La Liga: Real Madrid (23-3-8) has won seven straight […]

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Can Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger repeat last year’s scorching 60-game start in 2020?

Cody Bellinger’s first 60 games last season were near-historic: a .370 batting average, 20 home runs, 54 RBIs and a 1.177 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. All of which made his final 60 games somewhat head-scratching: a .257 batting average, 13 home runs, 38 RBIs and an .890 OPS. The 24-year-old outfielder still won the National League’s MVP […]

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Big Ten will limit football and other fall sports to conference games

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The league cited medical advice in making its decision and added ominously that the plan would be applied only “if the […]

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Cubs, White Sox release 2021 schedules

Six Cubs-White Sox Crosstown Classic games will be played in August of 2021. | Paul Beaty/AP Next year’s Crosstown Classic games will be played during the first and last weekends of August. Major League Baseball released its 2021 schedule on Thursday, two weeks before the 2020 season is expected to begin. The season will begin […]

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Game Time Beer? For M.L.S., Make That a Kickoff Cappuccino

ImageCredit…Michelle Kondrich There are things professional soccer players want to eat before games. And there are things they want to eat at 6 a.m. for breakfast. That these things tend not to overlap represents but one of the many headaches created when Major League Soccer — in yet another of the sports world’s unwieldy concessions […]

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WNBA reveals COVID-19 test results and plans to spread Black Lives Matter message

Games inch closer as the WNBA continues to juggle the threat of a global pandemic derailing its hope for a quarantined season amid a period of social unrest. The same day teams began arriving in Florida in advance of the season, the league announced its initial coronavirus test results, with seven of 137 players testing […]

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Is there any downside to no NFL preseason games? | Now or Never

Clinton Yates and Kirk Morrison discuss the NFLPA seeking to eliminate all preseason NFL games. Yates wonders how the lower tier players who rely on the preseason games can improve their chances to make the roster. Morrison also notes that starters will potentially see less injuries going into the regular season. #NFL #NoworNever ✔️Subscribe to […]

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New documentary questions role of casinos in Las Vegas shooting

MGM Resorts played games with high rollers like Stephen Paddock — and his anger at the casino giant may have driven him to commit modern America’s deadliest mass shooting, a new documentary suggests. The film, “Money Machine,” aims to offer new clues about why Paddock fired indiscriminately into a crowd of thousands in October 2017, […]

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Felisha Mariscal among 47 MLS referees who also will experience ‘bubble life’

In her 11 years as a professional soccer referee, Felisha Mariscal has worked World Cup games, MLS playoffs and Olympic qualifiers. She hass worked in blistering heat and driving rain, in empty stadiums and before packed houses. But she has never done a game while sequestered in a hotel during a global pandemic. That will […]

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Rams would ‘visit’ Chargers in SoFi debut as NFL is expected to cut preseason in half

Preseason NFL games at times has the feel of halfhearted football. This summer, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be only half as many of those games. The league is expected to cut this year’s preseason games from four to two per team, eliminating games scheduled for Weeks 1 and 4. This comes in the […]

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Fran Spielman interviews Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes

Before joining the Cubs, Pat Hughes spent 12 years calling Brewers games on the radio with Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker. | Steve Greenberg/Sun-Times ‘The Fran Spielman Show’ takes a brief departure from politics to talk baseball. Sun-Times City Hall reporter and longtime Chicago Cubs fan Fran Spielman is joined by play-by-play announcer Pat […]

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New rules may be needed for payments in wake of Wirecard, BIS boss says

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A man walks past the Wirecard booth at the computer games fair Gamescom in Cologne, Germany LONDON (Reuters) – More joined up rules may be needed across the payments sector after the collapse of Germany’s Wirecard AG (OTC:), Bank for International Settlements president Augustin Carstens said. Wirecard’s demise has thrown a […]

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College Football Sees First Games Canceled Because of Coronavirus

Four college football games involving historically black colleges and universities have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, making them the first casualties of a college football season that appears tenuous just over two months before its scheduled kickoff. Two neutral-site games — Southern University versus Tennessee State in Detroit on Sept. 5 and Jackson […]

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NBA unveils elaborate COVID-19 battle plan for season’s return

Resuming the NBA season has relied on having the ability to combat the coronavirus while continuing games, and on Tuesday evening teams got a look at the battle plan — a 113-page document that details everything from the types of testing the league will use to a promise to provide players with enough decks of […]

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Concerts, comedy and private Disney rides? NBA life in the bubble might not be so bad

Movie nights, card games, DJ sets and COVID-19 tests will be part of the NBA’s return to play, according to a memo the league sent to teams that outlines what life will be like for players who travel to Disney World for the reboot of the 2019-20 season. The league presented its most significant set […]

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We Hope Your Cheers for This Article Are for Real

Andy Phillips, a soccer fan from Kent, England, has a modest expectation for the games he watches on television: that what he is seeing and hearing is real and actually happening. The coronavirus pandemic has made this complicated. Watching a German soccer game at home on a recent weekend afternoon, Phillips, 53, was “aghast” to […]

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How one family staged their own Quarantine Olympics | SC Featured

The Presley family got tired of board games while quarantined in North Carolina and created their own version of the Olympic Games. ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔️ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: http://es.pn/YouTubeTV ESPN […]

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Texas Football Players Call on University to Drop a Song Steeped in Racist History

For generations, students at the University of Texas at Austin have stood up at sports games, raised their right hand to form the symbol of the storied Texas Longhorns and belted out “The Eyes of Texas,” a campus anthem. Now, athletes including members of the university’s football team, which holds an exalted place in the […]

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This day in sports: Ducks become first California team to win the Stanley Cup

The Ducks stepped out of a decade of obscurity and ended the Stanley Cup Final in a decisive five games on this date in 2007 when they beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 to become the first California-based hockey team to hoist the most adored trophy in professional sports. Scott Niedermayer, the Ducks’ captain, was named […]

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Russia gets court date to appeal Olympic ban

With the Olympic Games postponed until next summer, Russia will get a chance to appeal its four-year doping ban and, perhaps, compete in Tokyo. It was late last year that the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended barring the Russian team, flag and anthem from international competition after finding the country had manipulated years of test results […]

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MLB owners float idea of playing fewer games while agreeing to pay prorated salaries

For weeks now, major league players have insisted on prorated salaries for any games played this year. After players shot down the first two concepts owners suggested to change the salary structure, owners appeared ready Monday to concede on prorated salaries by shortening the season so radically that player payout would barely change from what […]

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A Basketball Brotherhood Calls Timeout

As commissioner of one of New York City’s longstanding pickup basketball games, Dan Feigin always knew where he would be every Saturday morning: inside the subterranean gymnasium at Trevor Day School in Manhattan, where he has worked for nearly three decades as a teacher, coach and administrator. But for the first time since 1992, the […]

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