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Ben Roethlisberger: Nice for Steelers to return to ‘normalcy’

Before fading into the quiet summer, Ben Roethlisberger entertained hundreds of football campers for about six hours Sunday, throwing go balls to young teens and helping feed 5,000 families through a Kraft Hunger initiative. Before he left the camp, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback addressed the new, less dramatic reality with his team. “It’s been a […]

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Eagles to cut back on public training camp access, will charge (for charity)

The Philadelphia Eagles plan to cut the number of public training camp practices at Lincoln Financial Field from two to one this summer and will charge admission, sources said, with proceeds going to the team’s charity. Ticket prices will be $10, and the money will go to the Eagles Autism Challenge, which raises funds for […]

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Brazil searching for identity after VAR denies them points vs. Venezuela

What VAR gives, VAR can take away. In Friday’s Copa America-opening victory against Bolivia, Brazil’s breakthrough came when a new handball ruling gave them a penalty, which Philippe Coutinho converted. Four days later against Venezuela, they had the ball in the back of the net three times, but none of them counted. One was ruled […]

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Sources: City target Rodri wants Atletico exit

Manchester City target Rodri has told Atletico Madrid he wants to leave this summer but the Spain international is yet to decide his next move, sources have told ESPN FC. Sources had told ESPN FC in April that Pep Guardiola had earmarked Rodri as a top priority for the summer transfer window and the midfielder […]

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Can these Cubs really contend with the dominating Dodgers?

Perhaps Saturday night will be a difference-maker for the Chicago Cubs as they finally got the performance they expected — and needed — when they signed Yu Darvish away from the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2017 World Series. Darvish kept his old team in check while striking out 10 over seven innings in his […]

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Yankees’ rotation shows signs of straightening itself out

After all, through three straight games entering last weekend, the manager’s front-line hurlers had been unable to reel in their ballooning June ERA, and they had trouble shutting down opposing hitters. With injuries piling up in the rotation, and the pre-trade deadline picture beginning to come into focus, the question had to be asked: Were […]

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Let the good times roll for Zion’s Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans are hosting a draft party at beautiful Fulton Street Square on Thursday night that will include performances from Pierre The Pelican, the Pelicans dance team and drum line, the New Breed Brass Band and, of course, the Zion Harmonizers. While the forecast might call for thunderstorms on this hot and humid […]

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The massive risks and rewards behind this Anthony Davis trade

Last summer, the San Antonio Spurs thought they had the Los Angeles Lakers right where they wanted them. L.A. had the inside track to sign LeBron James as a free agent on July 1. But the belief around the league was that James wouldn’t come to the Lakers by himself and spend the last years […]

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Newlyweds: Jets’ Adam Gase says GM Joe Douglas ‘likes my insanity’

No one knows if Joe Douglas and Adam Gase can raise the New York Jets from the walking dead and deliver — dare we say it? — their first Super Bowl championship in a half-century. After all, Douglas is a rookie general manager and Gase is a 23-25 coach. But this much can be said […]

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Cameron Jordan extension a win-win for Saints; Michael Thomas next?

Sean Payton must have had contract extensions on the brain Tuesday after he finished talking about defensive end Cameron Jordan’s new three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. Because when Payton was asked a question about receiver Michael Thomas’ growth, the coach said, “He’ll be the next one, I’m sure. [General manager Mickey Loomis] will […]