Steelers still can win with Ben Roethlisberger at QB, but

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The conclusion arrived not on the horrid interception that even the beneficiary could not comprehend, nor on the laughable decision to throw a flare pass to a running back on fourth-and-10 from the opponent’s 11-yard-line. These were calamitous, certainly, and not what anyone would expect from a quarterback who ranks among the game’s greats in…

The most unlikely college hoops powerhouse, centuries in the making

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THE PARENTS OF Ryan Turell, the best player on the team with the longest active winning streak in men's college basketball, originally wanted their son to attend another school.They're sitting on an August Sunday afternoon in the living room of their ranch house in Sherman Oaks, California. Laurel, a personal trainer who appeared in some…

Is Mexico’s CONCACAF dominance in jeopardy with so many young

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MEXICO CITY -- It's no secret that the United States has a generation of players that is garnering genuine attention beyond the country's borders. The explosion of U.S. stars at top European clubs has grown in 2020, and the trend hasn't gone unnoticed in Mexico, either.- Stream LIVE games and replays on ESPN+ (U.S. only)"We…

Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux is more than the next potential No

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KAYVON THIBODEAUX SAT in Mario Cristobal's office on a recruiting visit, searching for answers.As the No. 1 prospect in the country, he was trying to wade through the thousands of text messages and recruiting pitches from coaches hoping to persuade him to attend their schools.But Thibodeaux was tired of coaches telling him how they could…

How Hurricane Katrina shaped Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Leonard Fournette

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The lights went out, the flood waters were rising, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette, then 10 years old, and his family had to get to the Claiborne Avenue overpass of I-10 in his hometown of New Orleans quickly during Hurricane Katrina.The Grand Palace Hotel on Canal Street, where they…

FIFA 22 release date, cost, new features, editions: A guide

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It's that special time of the year for the millions of gamers around the world who make the EA Sports FIFA video game an annual tradition. The newest edition of the franchise, FIFA 22, is set to drop and many have already tried their hand at the game ahead of its worldwide release. Not caught…

How former NBA star Nate Robinson ended up boxing on

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Oct 22, 2020Eric WoodyardESPN Nate Robinson's alarm goes off before the sun rises. The NBA's lone three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion rolls out of bed -- no snooze button allowed -- to get ready to train. He isn't currently focused on returning to the basketball court but is instead pursuing a new endeavor that has…

Can Ohio State crash the Alabama-Clemson party, and more burning

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After what easily was the most drama-filled decision-making process of any major conference in college football, the Big Ten will kick off its long-awaited season at 8 p.m. ET Friday night when No. 14 Wisconsin hosts Illinois.No, really.On Aug. 5, the league announced its revamped schedule (the first time) with great fanfare. Six days later,…

Kiffin, 30 pounds lighter, preaching accountability

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When Lane Kiffin met with his football team Saturday night prior to Ole Miss' first practice of the preseason on Sunday, he had a confession to make.Kiffin, now more than 30 pounds lighter than he was at the end of last season, said it was hypocritical to ask his players to be more committed to…

Jets’ Riley checks out ‘fine’ after injuring neck

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- New York Jets safety Elijah Riley, who was strapped to an emergency spine board and carted off the field with a neck injury, "checked out fine" and flew home with the team on Sunday night, coach Robert Saleh said."Elijah Riley is good. ... He's got motion, he's got all that stuff,"…