Hernández: Pitching still figures to be a problem for the Dodgers

In theory, the Dodgers played their most important regular-season game of the year Wednesday. And they started a reliever. The charitable interpretation of this decision is that the Dodgers simply embraced an opportunity to experiment. The more disconcerting explanation of why Brusdar Graterol opened the series finale against the San Diego Padres is that they […]

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AP Top 25: Louisiana-Lafayette leads 10 new teams in rankings

Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State were among 10 new teams ranked Sunday in the first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the teams not yet scheduled to play a fall season. There was no change at the very top: Preseason No. 1 Clemson received 60 of 61 first-place votes this week. All […]

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Rams backup quarterback John Wolford says he’s ready to step in if needed

He has no NFL regular-season snaps on his resume. But John Wolford will enter the season as the Rams’ backup quarterback and insurance policy should Jared Goff’s streak of good fortune end. Since taking over as the starter with seven games left in his rookie season, Goff has not been sidelined because of injury. Wolford […]

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Tommy La Stella continues to thrive, hits walk-off homer in Angels’ win over Giants

Before this summer, the last time Joe Maddon managed Tommy La Stella in a regular-season game the infielder didn’t play regularly. La Stella had carved out a niche for himself as a pinch-hitting specialist for Maddon’s Chicago Cubs. He thrived off the bench, batting .278 with a .394 OBP from 2014 to 2018. In his […]

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Antonio Brown Suspended Eight Games by the N.F.L.

The N.F.L. on Friday suspended wide receiver Antonio Brown for eight regular-season games for his role in a January dispute with a moving company employee, for which he pleaded no contest to burglary and battery charges and received two years probation. Brown was also penalized for sending threatening texts to a woman who accused him […]

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NBA’s bubble ball restart: No family, fans or familiar feel

In the 141 days between the NBA’s last regular-season game and its next, the league spent countless hours planning, consulting with doctors, players and executives, in devising a strategy to resume the season. They would descend on Orlando, Fla., buying one-way tickets for unknown stays on the Disney World campus. They would isolate. Once they […]

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MLB 2020 opener is most-viewed regular-season game in 9 years

Thursday’s Yankees-Nationals season opener got the biggest TV rating for a regular-season game since 2011. | Alex Brandon/AP The Yankees’ rain-shortened 4-1 win over the Nationals on Thursday night averaged 4 million viewers on ESPN. BRISTOL, Conn. — The pandemic-delayed Major League Baseball opener was the sport’s most-watched regular-season game on any network in nine […]

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Jets and Giants Are N.F.L.’s First to Say They’ll Play Without Fans

The Jets and Giants will play their regular-season games without fans at MetLife Stadium this fall, the teams announced in a joint statement Monday, nearly three weeks after Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey issued an executive order limiting social gatherings to 500 people. The teams are the first in the N.F.L. to decide to […]

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Rob Manfred quickly rejects the MLBPA’s 70-game proposal for the regular season | Get Up

Buster Olney and Doug Glanville discuss the MLBPA’s counterproposal for a 70-game regular-season schedule, a plan immediately rejected by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. #GetUp #MLB ✔️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 […]

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Chargers re-sign defensive lineman Damion Square

The Chargers announced the re-signing of defensive lineman Damion Square on Wednesday. Square, 31, has appeared in all 16 regular-season games for the team in each of the past three years. Entering his eighth NFL season and seventh with the Chargers, Square’s value includes his ability to play multiple positions up front. He has 100 […]

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Season series shows Blackhawks can handle Oilers

The Blackhawks played well in all three regular-season meetings with the Oilers. | AP Photos The Hawks went 2-1 against the Oilers this season and outplayed their future playoff opponent in all three games. When the Blackhawks and Oilers eventually meet in their “qualifying round” series — whether that’s late July, early August or another […]

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NFL announces release date for 2020 schedule

The NFL will release its regular-season schedule on Thursday night, the league announced Monday, as it continues conducting business mostly as usual amid the coronavirus pandemic. The schedule will be revealed in a 3-hour telecast on NFL Network starting at 8 p.m. Thus far, the league has not announced any major changes to its schedule […]

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Taiwan-based baseball league plays first game after coronavirus

The Chinese Professional Baseball League became the first league to play regular-season baseball in 2020 on Sunday. The Taiwan-based league was scheduled to begin March 14, but it moved the opener to April 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Rain on Saturday pushed Opening Day to Sunday. The game was played without fans in the […]

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The NBA is weighing options to withhold pay from players if games are canceled | Get Up

Brian Windhorst breaks down why the NBA is weighing options to withhold pay from players if regular-season games are canceled. #GetUp #NBA ✔️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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MLB knows coronavirus could alter its plans at any moment

As of Wednesday morning, MLB still had neither cancelled nor moved a regular-season game due to the coronavirus outbreak. But that “Wednesday morning” appears in that previous sentence indicates how fluid this situation is. The calls between MLB’s task force on the issue and the clubs have not only grown more frequent, but more than […]

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Seton Hall’s Ramaro Gill cleans up with Big East awards

Romaro Gill’s transformation — from a forgotten reserve to key part of Big East regular-season tri-champion Seton Hall — reached a new high on Monday. The 7-foot-2 big man from Jamaica was named the league’s Most Improved and Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by Big East coaches. Gill, a junior college transfer, […]

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