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The Raptors are as confident as they’ve ever been

Five minutes into the Toronto Raptors’ 108-95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, the crowd at Scotiabank Arena roared in anticipation. The player with possession wasn’t Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry or Pascal Siakam, because Toronto was defending in half court. Sixers center Joel Embiid worked off the […]

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Late lifts, The Rock and why Giannis is envious of Pat Connaughton

Before this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo had been accustomed to turning the gym lights on at night. Around 7 p.m., hours after the coaching staff had left and most of the players had retreated to their separate corners of Milwaukee, the Bucks forward would return to the team’s practice facility. Since he was a rookie, the […]

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Dwayne Haskins, now with Redskins, must produce under pressure again

He was drafted No. 15 overall by the Washington Redskins, an organization that was split on him entering the night. He joins a team whose coach, Jay Gruden, enters a must-win season and whose fan base has turned sour because of years ending in frustration — and with legitimate hope too often lacking. Regardless of […]

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Broncos trade up to select Missouri QB Lock

The Denver Broncos took a pass on the quarterbacks Thursday night in the first round of the NFL draft but didn’t wait long in the second round Friday night to dive in on this year’s class of passers. The Broncos used the 10th pick of the second round (No. 42 overall) to select Missouri quarterback […]

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Real Madrid have rejected bids of €180m for Asensio – agent

Real Madrid have rejected multiple offers of up to €180 million for Marco Asensio, with neither the club nor player having had any intention of taking them up, the Spain international’s agent has told ESPN FC. Asensio, 23, has emerged as one of Spanish football’s most exciting talents in recent seasons, having scored goals in […]

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Real Madrid play to draw as Getafe keep Champions berth hopes alive

Real Madrid dropped points for the third time in seven games since Zinedine Zidane’s return as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to Getafe in La Liga on Thursday, which harmed their neighbours’ hopes of a top-four finish. The draw left third-placed Real an embarrassing 15 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona and six […]

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Pedroia teaches LHP Rodriguez new breaking ball

It has been another frustrating season thus far for Dustin Pedroia, who has played in just six games because of continuing issues with his surgically repaired left knee. But the veteran Boston Red Sox second baseman may be prepping for a new role with the club — pitching coach.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Left-hander Eduardo […]

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Smith Jr. robs HR, then hits one to propel Orioles

In the Baltimore Orioles’ 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, Smith became the third player this season to hit a home run and rob one in the same game. With two outs and a man on in the top of the second inning of a scoreless contest, Chicago’s Adam Engel hit […]

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Bogut open to Australia-NBA dual season again

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut doesn’t know exactly what his future will hold after this postseason, but he expects he’ll go back to Australia and play in the National Basketball League again. And if an opportunity arises leading up to next year’s NBA playoffs for the 7-footer to rejoin a squad for a postseason […]

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NBA action is fantastic, except for the constant griping

This is a cats-and-dogs matter. Frustration with officiating will continue as long as the game itself. But the escalation over the past month has been damaging and, in some ways, disappointing. Stephen Curry pointing into an official’s face after hitting a game-tying shot. DeMar DeRozan heaving a ball across the court at a referee and […]