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Dec 07

His name was announced in the Golden State Warriors’ starting lineup but was obscured by a cloud of boos.

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In the five games since Kyle Turris landed on in Nashville, the Predators’ newly formed second scoring line — also featuring Fiala and Craig Smith — has combined for 16 points, including seven goals. While we’ve already tooted Smith’s horn as a promising fantasy dark horse, Fiala merits his own turn. A breakout year could …

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Dec 05

Manning is 17-8 as a starter against Washington.

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New York snapped a three-game losing streak with its 12-9 overtime win against the Chiefs. Quarterback Eli Manning, whose pregame speech was credited with providing a spark, will try to make it two straight wins. “It’s a short week, but everyone here is excited about the opportunity to go play on Thanksgiving,” Manning told the …

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Nov 30

I’m very unpredictable, and it separates me from everyone else.

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Postgame, the Drunken Bears change out of their cleats and head off to their regular bar, Ranalli’s in Lincoln Park. Usually the Bears will reward the MVP of the night with a special trophy: a can of Natty Ice. Nobody really deserved the MVP can tonight, so by default it goes to the player who …

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Nov 27

The way he’s handling himself? I would call it perfect.

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One common-sense rule change that could at least contribute to preventing hits like this would be adapting the college rule: Once your knee hits, you’re down. If Flacco dives head-first, he has a first down. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans: He enjoyed the week’s highest score, at least through the 4 p.m. ET games, with 36.4 …

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Nov 25

The Jaguars were already setting up to be snug against the cap in 2018

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The original trademark was made by North Carolina State University, whose fans use the “Wolfie” hand gesture while cheering on their sports teams, known as the Wolfpack. The Week in Wrestling turned to Sports Illustrated legal expert Michael McCann, who was asked to explain the legalities behind the cease and desist. “It’s hard to give …

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Nov 23

Dallas and Axel are both miscast in Miz’s entourage.

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WWE has placed them in main events and key programs alongside Miz on Raw, but it is difficult to suddenly treat their characters with any sense of legitimacy after years of futility on the roster. Ziggler and Ryder are stars in their own right, have personalities that would mesh perfectly with Miz, and could even …

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Nov 20

Some great drama in the Red Sox’s division-clinching win over Houston on Saturday.

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Late Thursday night, Elliott’s attorneys filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Texas to vacate whatever suspension results from the appeal process. The lawsuit’s main contention is that there was a “league-orchestrated conspiracy . . . to hide critical information.” A few minutes later, every Raven and every Steeler stood at attention …

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Nov 17

Deshaun Watson had led the Texans to 90 points in the past two games

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There’s also a scenario in which the 49ers play this beautifully and end up with the quarterback they wanted all along and extra picks in the process. Let’s say Cousins doesn’t get the franchise tag, hits the market, and wants to play in San Francisco. If Garoppolo plays poorly, the 49ers kept the trade compensation …

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Nov 16

I asked Villanueva how he felt being the unwitting face of this controversy for a few days.

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The Star-Telegram reported that Roberts recommended no suspension for Elliott, and her recommendation was ignored. The interview Roberts conducted with Elliott’s accuser was extensive. Transcripts of some of the conversations with Elliott’s accuser, which were obtained by the Dallas Morning News, show that Roberts thoroughly questioned Elliott’s accuser about discrepancies in her account of these …

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