Division favorites, win totals and the NFL’s best (and worst)

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The Kansas City Chiefs might have lost Super Bowl LV, but they are still the NFL team to beat this season, according to the new ESPN Football Power Index (FPI) projections for 2021.FPI, which launched Monday, is a forward-looking projection model that includes ratings and projections for every team, from projected win-loss records to percentages…

Seattle superstars Sue Bird and Russell Wilson in conversation

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The goal: get two Seattle legends, Storm guard Sue Bird and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, in conversation without disruption. No publicists or producers pushing an agenda or script, just No. 10 and No. 3 chopping it up. Their floor to discuss the game, legacy and leadership during a health pandemic and amid social unrest. The…

No, Steph Marbury, Muhammad Ali was for vaccinations

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Should probably know who Muhammad Ali was before you start speculating on what would and wouldn’t make him proud.Image: Getty ImagesStephon Marbury has stepped up to the plate as the next clueless athlete to back Kyrie Irving.This week, the Brooklyn Nets announced that Irving would not be allowed to play any games until he’s vaccinated.…

Houston Texans owner Cal McNair is the latest disgrace in

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Cal McNair, national embarrassment.Photo: Getty ImagesI’m starting to sense a pattern here.The Washington Football Team is not the only embarrassing franchise in the NFL. For at least the last five years, the Houston Texans have systematically ruined a promising young team through mismanagement, power grabs, and scandal — the most recent of which features team…

Rose Lavelle shows Man City what it’s missing with USWNT

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The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Canada 1-0 on Thursday in its SheBelieves Cup opener, barely pushing past an opponent up for the challenge of facing the world’s best side. Both countries squandered a host of chances before substitute Rose Lavelle found the winner in the 79th minute with a low finish after a scramble…

Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 4: Who to start, sit

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When the consensus No. 1 running back in fantasy football gets hurt, the effects are felt all throughout the RB rankings. Unfortunately, fantasy owners are getting used to not seeing Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) in the rankings, as he missed 13 games last year due to three different injuries, and now he's out again because of…

A conversation about race and diversity in esports and gaming

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The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25 set off a national conversation about systemic racism and the experience of Black people in the United States. The ripple effects included a greater public awareness of racism and prejudice in many aspects of everyday life and touched various industries across…

Mbappe, Pogba, Rudiger, Dybala top list of best free agents

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The winter transfer window opens in just under two months, and some of the biggest stars in football will enter the final six months of their contracts, enabling them to agree to terms with clubs outside their own leagues starting on Jan. 1.2 RelatedPlayers like Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Antonio Rudiger and Paulo Dybala are…

Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: One breakout or undervalued player from each

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The best thing about the start of a new baseball season is that every team has hope. Well, maybe not the Tigers, but every other team can find something positive to focus on heading into the 2020 season. It's similar for fantasy baseball owners. Prior to the draft, it's easy to talk yourself into breakout…

De Bruyne, Guardiola views about burnout are right: We need

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Kevin De Bruyne played with painkilling injections at the Euros. There has to be a better solution to avoid players being worn out due to the grueling club and country schedule. Meng Dingbo/Xinhua via Getty ImagesLast April, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola sounded the alarm, complaining that UEFA and FIFA were "killing" the players by scheduling…