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Being Vontaze Burfict: No apologies, no mercy

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 8:25am
It's true that Burfict's on-field persona -- domineering, explosive, mercurial -- does not appear to extend off the field. But the problem is how he plays football -- with a violence that can be excessive.
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The inside story of the CFP committee's most controversial decision yet

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 8:21am
Inside a conference room at a Texas resort hotel, 13 CFP committee members hunkered down to make a difficult decision. After sleeping on it, they settled on Alabama over Ohio State. Here's how they did it.
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Source: Ravens' Smith gets 4-game PED ban

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 8:14am
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury Sunday, has been suspended four games for a PED violation. Because of his injury, Smith will not appeal the suspension.
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Barnwell: Two big favorites, two close races and one drama-filled AFC playoff field

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 8:12am
What if we told you the 6-6 Chiefs, losers of six of their past seven games, are actually in OK shape? The AFC playoff picture is four simultaneous races. Here's who's getting in and why.
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Will Russia be banned from the Games? We preview the IOC's looming decision

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 8:02am
As the world awaits the International Olympic Committee's ruling on Russia on Tuesday, we break down the latest with the investigation, what penalties Russia faces and how much is at stake for the IOC and athletes.
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Bilas Index: The best 68, high ceilings and where wins really matter

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 7:52am
Let's get a few things straight: The Bilas Index looks at the best 68 teams in college basketball. It is never wrong. It loves Duke and Villanova, it predicts who will climb and who will fall, and explains why, in this sport, every game really matters.
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Russell Wilson strengthens his MVP case by outdueling Carson Wentz

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 7:22am
If you haven't already, it's time to take Russell Wilson seriously as an MVP candidate after another outstanding performance in a win over the Eagles.
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What you need to know about the SCOTUS New Jersey gambling case

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 6:49am
Monday's Supreme Court hearing will help determine the path of legalized sports gambling in the United States. Here are the possible outcomes and how the pro sports leagues, Congress and the gambling industry are preparing for the future.
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Facing Boss-sized expectations, Boone must bring Bombers a World Series title

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 6:30am
There'll be a rookie manager in the Yankees' dugout next year, but with a ton of young talent and a hungry fan base, the pressure will be intense.
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The latest version of Tiger Woods might be the greatest

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 6:21am
The 41-year-old golfing icon is different in this latest comeback, and the remarkable transformation isn't about his game.
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Kaep accepts ACLU honor: 'All have obligation'

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 2:49am
Colin Kaepernick was presented with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award to the surprise of a star-studded audience at the ACLU of Southern California's annual Bill of Rights Dinner in Beverly Hills.
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Can Toronto confirm the rise of the East?

National Sports - ESPN - December 4, 2017 - 12:54am
It has taken a while, but Saturday could represent a milestone for one of the more intriguing trends in MLS: the rise of the Eastern Conference.
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Is Mike Keenan a Hall of Famer?

National Sports - ESPN - December 3, 2017 - 11:34pm
Mike Keenan didn't win many friends during his tumultuous, 40-year career, but if he is judged on the whole of his work -- which includes a strong NHL résumé and international success -- it will be difficult to keep him out of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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Geno Smith backs McAdoo, calls Rex 'coward'

National Sports - ESPN - December 3, 2017 - 10:58pm
Geno Smith says he wants to continue playing for coach Ben McAdoo amid a report of his possible ouster. The Giants QB also said he was caught off-guard by Rex Ryan's remarks.
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Seahawks' complete win over Eagles shows they can still beat anyone

National Sports - ESPN - December 3, 2017 - 10:53pm
With a quick start on offense and a solid showing by their depleted defense, the Seahawks posted their most impressive victory of the season.
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NFL Playoff Picture: Updated seeds after Week 13

National Sports - ESPN - December 3, 2017 - 10:45pm
Week 13 brought some drama to the playoff race. We have a new-look NFC field, including a change at the top, and a three-way tie in the AFC West.
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Sun Devils hire Herm Edwards as head coach

National Sports - ESPN - December 3, 2017 - 10:13pm
Arizona State has hired Herm Edwards as its head coach after the former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst emerged as a leading candidate last week.
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Ready, set, bowl! Picking 41 winners, including the national champion

National Sports - ESPN - December 3, 2017 - 10:05pm
From the Celebration Bowl to the College Football Playoff National Championship, Adam Rittenberg picks his winners for bowl season.
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College hoops Power Rankings: This is not good for the Pac-12

National Sports - ESPN - December 3, 2017 - 8:53pm
There was hope for the Pac-12 when this season started. Arizona was in the discussion for No. 1. USC was top-10. Now? You can't find either of them in Power Rankings, and the league is relying on ... Arizona State. No, this isn't following the plan.
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WR Gordon: 'A lot more work to do' for Browns

National Sports - ESPN - December 3, 2017 - 8:44pm
Josh Gordon made his return to football with a four-catch, 85-yard performance for the Browns. Gordon, who hasn't played since 2014, said the other thing different in Sunday's loss to the Chargers was the "new stadium ... that's about it."
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