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Which early-season surprises are really contenders

January 17, 2018 - 8:51am
There might not be a single great team this season, but Oklahoma, Purdue and West Virginia have been pleasant surprises. Now we have to wait and see if they can really challenge for a national title.
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Harrison prefers trade if Pirates won't contend

January 17, 2018 - 8:34am
In response to the Pirates' recent trades of stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, veteran infielder Josh Harrison said in a statement that "perhaps it would be better for all involved" if he also was traded.
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Koreas to form their first joint Olympic team

January 17, 2018 - 8:25am
The Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team while having their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of the next month's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
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Jaguars built in way that could expose Patriots' vulnerabilities

January 17, 2018 - 7:44am
Jaguars executive Tom Coughlin, who led the Giants past the Patriots twice in Super Bowls, has developed a team with that same type of physical style.
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Eagles coaches show players 'Minneapolis Miracle' to open Vikings week

January 17, 2018 - 7:44am
The Eagles have avoided giving up the type of late game-winning drives this season that they watched the Vikings pull off on Sunday.
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Clippers have found their identity, but how long will it last?

January 17, 2018 - 7:38am
While Blake Griffin and Co. have regrouped after the departure of Chris Paul, the team still faces a very uncertain future.
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Meet the young American who almost pulled off an epic upset of Grigor Dimitrov

January 17, 2018 - 7:12am
Mackenzie McDonald put on one heck of a show Wednesday night at the Australian Open before falling just short of a major upset.
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Le'Veon Bell's best 2018 team fit

January 17, 2018 - 7:11am
The Steelers' star running back is a free agent and has already threatened to retire if he's hit with the franchise tag again. So where should he go? Or is Pittsburgh the ideal spot? Our insiders weigh in.
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Biggest looming free-agent decisions for every team

January 17, 2018 - 7:10am
Case Keenum has led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game. But he might not even be back next season -- all three quarterbacks in Minnesota could hit the open market. NFL Nation reporters assess questions throughout the league.
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Are the Cubs gearing up for a run at Bryce Harper?

January 17, 2018 - 7:09am
His dog is named Wrigley, and one of his best friends is a star in Chicago. Does that make next winter's top free agent and the Cubs a perfect fit?
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Why Wozniacki is at peace on the tennis court

January 17, 2018 - 1:44am
Happy life, happy tennis player. Just ask Caroline Wozniacki, who is in a good spot both on and off the court.
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Follow live: Sharapova to kick off Day 4

January 17, 2018 - 1:34am
Maria Sharapova booked her place in the third round as 9th seed Johanna Konta was sent packing. Elsewhere, Dominic Thiem has fallen two sets behind to Denis Kudla.
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Sources: NBA probe focuses on Ariza as inciter

January 17, 2018 - 12:37am
Trevor Ariza has become the focus of the NBA's investigation into the Rockets' postgame charge into the Clippers' locker room Monday night, while Chris Paul and James Harden are increasingly described as working to slow Ariza's anger, sources told ESPN.
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Kyrie after loss to Pels: Celtics can't come back every game

January 17, 2018 - 12:07am
The Celtics have made a habit of winning after digging out of double-digit holes, but they couldn't finish the job against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.
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Bjelica following fight with Afflalo: 'He was wild'

January 16, 2018 - 11:59pm
Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica says he doesn't know "what's wrong with" Orlando's Arron Afflalo after the two were ejected following a second-quarter fight.
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Oklahoma's Big 12 title hopes are already dimming in January

January 16, 2018 - 11:48pm
Trae Young and the Sooners are an amazing story, but Tuesday's loss showed why they are still a notch below Kansas, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
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Lou Williams has been Stephen Curry-like of late for Clippers

January 16, 2018 - 11:40pm
Williams has gone from sixth man to starter and has performed at an extraordinary level.
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Police: WSU QB Hilinski dies in apparent suicide

January 16, 2018 - 10:36pm
Police say Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead of an apparent suicide Tuesday in an apartment in Pullman.
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Pierce: Guilt behind Celtics' try at sharing night

January 16, 2018 - 9:48pm
Paul Pierce will be the lone former Celtic honored when his jersey is retired on Feb. 11, and he says the only reason Isaiah Thomas nearly got a tribute of his own on that night is due to the franchise's guilt over trading Thomas to Cleveland.
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The crown of glory: How NHL teams reward their player of the game

January 16, 2018 - 9:27pm
Sometimes it's a hat. Sometimes it's a jacket. Other times, it's a fighter pilot helmet, like the Jets have used. Which is to say that these things can get weird. Here are 10 of the most unique awards in use this season.
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