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Wizards lottery pick Hachimura leads Japan’s basketball renaissance

It should’ve been a forgettable game, just a formality in pool play. But Jayson Tatum always remembered the big athletic guy on Team Japan. It was four years ago in Dubai, and Tatum was playing for the U.S. team in the under-17 world championships. He had a nice game, leading the team with 19 points […]

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Why tight end Evan Engram might be Giants’ No. 1 receiver

Evan Engram has his goals. He doesn’t like to talk about them but when asked if reaching 1,000 yards receiving this season is among them, even he can’t help himself and deny it’s on the list. “You can say it’s up there,” the explosive New York Giants tight end said. It’s a lofty goal. Engram […]

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49ers must figure out what they have in Jimmy Garoppolo in 2019

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is entering his sixth season in the league and second year of a five-year, $137.5 million contract. Despite those two indisputable facts, nobody seems sure of what the 49ers have in Garoppolo. That’s because Garoppolo, through his flashes of brilliance, moments of struggle and a devastating knee injury, simply […]

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Sources: Prem giants want transfer extension

Senior figures at the Premier League’s biggest clubs want to see the summer transfer window in England stay open longer to align with the rest of the major leagues in Europe, sources have told ESPN FC. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen were linked with moves to Real Madrid, despite the domestic window […]

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Clubs in big five leagues spend record amount

European clubs from the “big five” leagues spent over €5 billion during the summer transfer window for the first time, according to a Deloitte report. Clubs from the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 broke the previous record by €0.9bn, which was set last summer, as they spent a total of […]

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Raptors’ Marc Gasol sees opportunity for Spain, others with stars skipping FIBA World Cup

Marc Gasol’s summer has been short and sweet, as he had to shift from winning his first NBA title with the Toronto Raptors in June to preparing for national team duty with Spain for the FIBA World Cup that begins Saturday in China. “Normally, you have more time to recover and get ready for the […]

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Warriors promote Dunleavy, add Pachulia

The Golden State Warriors promoted Mike Dunleavy Jr. to assistant general manager Thursday and added former player Zaza Pachulia as a team consultant. Dunleavy, a Warrior from 2002 to 2007 and a veteran of 15 seasons in the league, has worked for the past year as a scout for the team. Dunleavy, the son of […]

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Jets claim kicker Vedvik off waivers from Vikings

For the second time in three weeks, the New York Jets have changed kickers, acquiring Kaare Vedvik on waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and releasing Taylor Bertolet. The Jets actually expressed interest in trading for Vedvik three weeks ago, but the Baltimore Ravens opted to deal him to the Vikings for a fifth-round […]

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Seahawks steal Jadeveon Clowney even if he’s a one-year rental

The Seattle Seahawks badly needed a premier pass-rusher and paid a worthwhile price to get one. The same thing that was true about Ezekiel Ansah in May is true now about Jadeveon Clowney, who is headed to Seattle in a trade with the Houston Texans. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seahawks are acquiring Clowney […]

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The best attackers in the Premier League, 2010-19: Who will dethrone Mohamed Salah?

The most valuable thing you can do on a soccer field is score a goal. The second-most valuable thing you can do on a soccer field? Play the pass that leads to a goal. The market agrees: the 12-most expensive transfers of all time include 11 attackers and one midfielder, Paul Pogba, who is especially […]