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Davis skips Games ceremony after coin-flip flap

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 7:41pm
Speedskater Shani Davis didn't attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics after losing a coin flip to carry the U.S. flag and lead American athletes into the stadium.
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Rays owner wants team's new home in Tampa

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 6:24pm
Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said at a news conference Friday that the team would focus its ballpark search on a 14-acre site in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa. The team currently plays in St. Petersburg.
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Belinelli reaches buyout agreement with Hawks

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 6:24pm
Guard Marco Belinelli, who is making $6.6 million this season in the final year of his contract, finalized a buyout with the Hawks, the team announced Friday.
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Pistons' Griffin calls Clips 'just another team'

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 5:27pm
Blake Griffin says the Clippers are now "just another team we're trying to beat" ahead of a matchup Friday night between L.A. and Detroit.
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Patience foremost factor for Serena in return to tennis

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 5:24pm
Right now, it's all about enjoying the journey back to tennis for Serena Williams, but sooner or later, she's going to reclaim her throne.
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Five things we learned in the Caribbean Series

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 4:02pm
A repeat champion is crowned and a former U.S. president, a boxing idol and a billionaire magnate come together on the mound to toss the first pitch.
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Garoppolo on SF: 'This is where I wanted to be'

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 3:48pm
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said he wanted to get his deal with the 49ers done as quickly as possible and didn't want to test the market. "This is where I wanted to be," the $137.5 million man said.
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Ex-NHLer Williams charged with sexual assault

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 3:33pm
Former NHL player Dave "Tiger" Williams has been charged with sexual assault and assault on a passenger during a flight in December.
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Mizzou's Porter: 'Good chance' to make return

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 2:35pm
Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr., who has yet to be cleared to practice with the Tigers after having back surgery in November, is hoping to return this season.
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Raymundo Beltran: The fighter and his shadow

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 1:39pm
Raymundo Beltran was always expected to lose, but now he's no longer just "the opponent" and is ready for the biggest moment of his career -- and his personal life.
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Why the Rangers are waving the white flag -- and what’s next

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 1:11pm
As the dust settles after a dizzying 24 hours in New York, Greg Wyshynski details why the Rangers are waving the white flag -- and what's next for guys like Mats Zuccarello.
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Exclusive: Ill Halfpenny misses Wales training

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 1:09pm
Leigh Halfpenny handed Wales coach Warren Gatland a slight scare on Friday after he missed his side's captain's run ahead of their Six Nations clash with England.
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Huskers condemn hate speech, won't boycott

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 1:03pm
Nebraska basketball players, upset by videos of a white nationalist student, voted not to boycott Saturday's game and instead will wear T-shirts saying "Heat will never win."
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England vs. Wales: Barbs add spice to match that needs none

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 12:35pm
On Saturday evening we will discover exactly what impact, if any, the barbs launched by England coach Eddie Jones towards the Wales camp this week have had on Warren Gatland's squad.
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Tonga's Pita Taufatofua steals the show, again

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 12:16pm
What was the biggest question leading into the Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang? Everyone wanted to know if Tongan Pita Taufatofua would show up shirtless and oiled up. He did not disappoint.
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Who makes the College Football Playoff? The recruiting rankings will tell you

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 11:52am
So you think recruiting rankings don't matter? Well, past playoff teams have one thing in common: elite recruiting classes. And these rankings show who can win it all in 2018.
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Why Isaiah Wilkins decided not to stay quiet when he struggles

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 10:49am
There are days when Virginia's ultimate glue guy feels like depression has him coming unglued. Here's why he feels it's important you know that.
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How long will it take for the Rangers to contend again?

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 10:48am
The Rangers are officially in rebuilding mode. They haven't looked like a true threat since the 2014-15 season, so retooling their roster now makes sense. But will Henrik Lundqvist still be a part of the equation when they return to prominence?
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Weekend lookahead: Buckeyes have chance to take over the Big Ten

National Sports - ESPN - February 9, 2018 - 10:46am
After his Buckeyes were picked to finish near the bottom of the Big Ten, first-year coach Chris Holtmann has OSU in position to win the conference.
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