How do Alex Morgan and Taylor Swift know each other?

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With Taylor Swift being one of the world's best-selling female musicians and Alex Morgan holding her reputation as one of the most recognisable faces of women's soccer, it's no secret that the two are friends. The pair are known to hold a mutual admiration and respect for each other, but, considering they hail from two completely different…

Barcelona’s brutal reality check: Mbappe-inspired PSG show why Messi wanted

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Match statistics: Barcelona 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain There was enthusiasm, there was spirit, but ultimately there was Kylian Mbappe and a brutal reality check for Barcelona. Ronald Koeman’s side suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night in the Champions League last 16, and they will need another ‘remontada’ to get out of…

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…

Draft-Day Manifesto: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Drafters

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As you get ready for fantasy football 2021, be sure to get plenty of practice by using our Mock Draft Lobby.In 1989, Stephen Covey, an educator, published a book titled "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." It ended up selling more than 30 million copies, became the first nonfiction audiobook in U.S. publishing history…

Get the shot, start for the Vikings, it’s that simple

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Jake Browning: VaccinatedPhoto: APMaybe the fight to get more COVID-19 vaccine shots into arms needs to be more carrot and less stick. For instance, if you get fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, you could be the backup quarterback for the Vikings.Jake Browning was the only quarterback available for Minnesota’s practice on Saturday night, because…

Five-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are

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Aug 8, 2021Mechelle VoepelESPN.com CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.As the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals -- leading the U.S. women to a seventh consecutive gold in the process…

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…

I probably owe Gregg Berhalter an apology

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Team USA celebrates Gold Cup title.Image: Getty ImagesYou’ll have to excuse me, as I’m writing this Mourning After while giggling incessantly. The U.S. Men’s National C team, B- at best, beat a close-to-full-strength Mexico squad in the Gold Cup Final, 1-0. It was a tournament that manager Gregg Berhalter was using as a laboratory to…

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…

So how will the NHL, official partner of PointsBet, Bally’s,

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The NHL’s partnership with sports betting and daily fantasy sports is ... complicated.Image: Getty ImagesGambling on your own team’s games has always been the biggest line to cross in team sports. It’s why Pete Rose is still out of the Hall of Fame and probably always will be (though, being pretty much the same unrepentant…