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World Series, divisional odds, over/under and playoff odds for all 30 MLB teams for 2019 season

[ad_1] The first of the big MLB free-agency dominoes has finally fallen, with Manny Machado agreeing to sign with the San Diego Padres.What are the Padres' odds to reach the World Series now? We're glad you asked.The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has released World Series odds, divisional odds, season win totals and odds to make the postseason for all 30 MLB teams.Here they are:To jump to each division, click here:
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Capitals waive Devante Smith-Pelly, ahead of trade deadline

[ad_1] The Washington Capitals waived Devante Smith-Pelly on Wednesday, coach Todd Rierden said.The Caps had signed Smith-Pelly, 26, to a one-year, $1 million contract in the off-season, following the winger's spectacular play on the way to winning the Stanley Cup last season.Smith-Pelly had seven postseason goals, including three in the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. He had the game-tying goal in the Caps' clinching Game 5 win.
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Tim Anderson says Manny Machado ‘might have’ missed the boat choosing Padres over White Sox

[ad_1] Manny Machado chose Southern California over the Windy City, and the Chicago White Sox appear ready to move on.Machado agreed to a record 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Outspoken shortstop Tim Anderson was asked Wednesday whether Machado "missed the boat" by choosing the Padres over the White Sox.Manny Machado is headed to the Padres on the richest deal
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Fury’s potential opponents at heavyweight

[ad_1] 1:17 PM ETSteve KimESPN In what was a stunning turn of events, it was announced on Monday that Tyson Fury and his promoter, Frank Warren, had signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank, that will see his bouts air live on ESPN airwaves. This landmark deal also calls for a minimum of two bouts per year in the United States.It was believed that Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs), who is
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Steelers GM says that team will not use tag on Le’Veon Bell

[ad_1] PITTSBURGH -- Le'Veon Bell is officially a free agent.The Pittsburgh Steelers will not place a franchise or transition tag on the All-Pro running back, general manager Kevin Colbert told local reporters on Wednesday."Le'Veon is still a great player," Colbert said. "We can't afford to use any other type of tags. Le'Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year."For losing Bell, the team
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Fantasy baseball mock draft recap — 10-team roto league

[ad_1] There's no better way to prepare for the fantasy baseball season than with a mock draft. Getting into a real draft with real people and going through each pick gives you a unique experience that can teach you about the draft trends you'll need to know before your real leagues get underway.Pick your eight-man team and compete in Major League Soccer, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then
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Georges St-Pierre to announce retirement from UFC on Thursday

[ad_1] Georges St-Pierre, arguably the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time, is set to retire.According to multiple sources, St-Pierre will announce his retirement at a news conference in Montreal on Thursday morning.RDS first reported the news Wednesday.Georges St-Pierre, a former welterweight and middleweight champion with the UFC and widely considered one of the best mixed martial artists of all time, is set to retire on Thursday. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty
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Yankees favored over Red Sox to win AL East

[ad_1] 11:37 AM ETDoug KezirianESPN CloseSportsCenter anchor Behind The Bets podcast hostSports fans questioned Tom Brady for recently adopting the underdog label. However, the Boston Red Sox do have a legitimate claim to that mantra, even coming off a World Series title and franchise record in wins.The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has posted the New York Yankees as -125 favorites to win the AL East, while Boston carries +140 odds."In
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The top storylines to watch in the NBA’s second half including LeBron’s playoff chase and the MVP race

[ad_1] 8:48 AM ETTim BontempsESPN After a three-day hiatus, the NBA will return Thursday for a frenetic sprint to the finish of the league's regular season. Over the next seven weeks, there will be a variety of storylines to follow that will tell the story of not only how this season will play out but also what will happen this postseason and beyond.Here is a list of the six biggest
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Why Machado signing is a test for Padres ownership

[ad_1] The home opener for the San Diego Padres should be an absolute blast on March 28. Bruce Bochy, the Padres' former longtime manager, will be in town with the Giants, and now that Bochy has announced that he will retire at year's end, he's likely to get a nice ovation when he's introduced before the game.But the loudest cheers of the afternoon at Petco Park, of course, will be
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What Ravens believe will take Lamar Jackson to the next level – Baltimore Ravens Blog

[ad_1] OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Last year at this time, Lamar Jackson was about to head to the NFL combine, putting all his energy into convincing teams that he was a viable quarterback prospect.This year, all of Jackson's time will be devoted to the work needed to take the next step as a passer in the NFL.• Rams' offense faces big OL questions• Sensible Bell, Brown solutions• Franchising Frank Clark
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Rams set at skill positions, but offensive line faces uncertainty – Los Angeles Rams Blog

[ad_1] 12:00 AM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams featured one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL last season, as quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley propelled the organization to an average of 32.9 points per game, a second consecutive
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Five 2019 offseason moves each AFC team should make

[ad_1] The NFL offseason is upon us. Most of the league has spent January thinking about what it's going to do in the player-acquisition period stretching through the end of April, and while the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams are a little behind the pack, I suspect they aren't too upset about having to catch up.Over two weeks, I'm going to detail the first five moves I think
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How Paige VanZant has fought to build her brand

[ad_1] "Some people have that 'it factor' that you can't teach people," UFC president Dana White said of Paige VanZant in 2015. "And Paige has it."At the time, VanZant had exactly one fight on her UFC ledger -- a win via Round 3 KO in her debut -- and a newly minted, highly coveted Reebok endorsement deal. Of the six UFC athletes to ink such a deal with the sports
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Who’s your all-time favorite player from Duke-UNC?

[ad_1] Rivalry games are here, and what better than to talk about the greatest in the history of college basketball: Duke vs. North Carolina.Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN will be the 149th straight meeting between the two teams in which one or both of them is ranked in the AP Poll -- the last time neither was ranked in a matchup was Feb. 27, 1960.As is always the
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Florida State 2019 spring football preview — Uncertain future for Seminoles

[ad_1] Willie Taggart ended a nightmarish first season at Florida State with a bit of history he surely did not want: The Seminoles posted their first losing season since 1976. The same problems that had plagued them the previous season only grew: inconsistency at quarterback, poor offensive-line play and too many penalties. Clemson handed FSU the worst home loss in school history, and rival Florida took out years of frustration
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How Christian Hackenberg is trying to rebuild his career in the Alliance of American Football

[ad_1] It hasn't been the easiest thing to watch. Likely not the easiest thing to go through, either. That much is clear two weeks into Christian Hackenberg's first time as a professional starting quarterback, with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football.He has been hit. A lot. One, on a scramble Saturday night against the Arizona Hotshots, was so vicious Hackenberg felt like he'd run into a concrete
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Giannis or Harden? The MVP question that’s dividing the NBA

[ad_1] Based on a sampling of attitudes on the topic over All-Star Weekend, there's a chance the coming Most Valuable Player race could morph into a bit of a basketball culture war.Just to be clear, there are no hard feelings. Everyone, particularly the dozen-plus players surveyed on the matter, agrees the Houston Rockets' James Harden and Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo are having brilliant seasons -- with many nods toward Paul
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TV info and how to watch on ESPN

[ad_1] 8:00 AM ETRachel MarcusESPN Editor Close ESPN Editor Joined ESPN in 2013 Maryland native, Syracuse graduateWelcome to Duke-Carolina, one of college basketball's greatest rivalries -- and a game pitting the No. 1 team in the country (Duke) against the No. 8 team (North Carolina).The first matchup of the season between these two longtime rivals features the Blue Devils welcoming the Tar Heels to Durham, North Carolina, on Wednesday, Feb.
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Steelers’ sensible scenarios for replacing Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers Blog

[ad_1] PITTSBURGH -- A year ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers had the game's best tailback-receiver tandem. Arguably, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's best supporting cast was expected to elevate Pittsburgh to its first Super Bowl appearance since 2010.But a concoction of failed NFL business, broken trust and player conviction have forced the Steelers to rebuild both positions on the fly.After 837 catches, 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns together over nine seasons, Antonio Brown
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College football trades we’d make if we could

[ad_1] The NBA trade deadline came and went with its usual theatrics. We waited with bated breath to see who would win the Antony Davis sweepstakes, only to watch some delicious pettiness ensue by the New Orleans Pelicans, who were not about to let LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers grab their superstar.But there were plenty of other movers and shakers, including Eastern Conference contenders Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
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Career Coyote Shane Doan, in the words of his teammates

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETEmily KaplanESPN When Shane Doan moved to Phoenix with the relocated Winnipeg Jets in 1996, he went from a Canadian-mad hockey city to a state with only three sheets of ice and fewer than 2,200 registered hockey players. The Coyotes' original home, America West Arena, was a state-of-the-art venue for the NBA's Phoenix Suns. NHL functionality was an afterthought: Nearly one-fourth of the seats had an obstructed
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MLB starting pitcher tiers — New wave of aces rises above game’s changes

[ad_1] Position-by-position tiers: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OFWhen you think about it, pitchers are kind of pre-sorted into tiers through the machinations of their managers and organizations. No. 1 starter, No. 2 starter, opener, bulk guy, LOOGY, closer, set-up man, multi-inning reliever -- these are all inherent parts of the pitching hierarchy in 21st century baseball.What's murky about it, perhaps now more than ever,
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Possible ripple effects of Machado’s deal for Bryce and baseball

[ad_1] In the end, after weeks of consternation and grumbling and one prominent player suggesting the free-agent freeze could lead to a midseason player strike, Manny Machado received a contract commensurate with predictions at the start of the offseason: 10 years and $300 million.That the deal is with the San Diego Padres feels only like a mild surprise at this point, given the various reports and rumors the past three-plus
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Goalie trade market – Who is on the move, and where

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETBen ArledgeESPN.com CloseEditor for NFL and NHL team, as well as a contributing hockey writer. Previously with ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Chalk and ESPN Fantasy. Joined ESPN in 2012 after graduating from Colgate University.This year's trade deadline offers one of the best crops of available goaltending talent in recent memory. At least one former Vezina Trophy winner is thought to be on the table, and a handful
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Ex-Houston coach Major Applewhite to be analyst for Alabama

[ad_1] Former Houston football coach Major Applewhite will join Alabama's program as an analyst this season, AL.com reported on Tuesday.It will be Applewhite's second stint with the Crimson Tide; he spent one season as the school's offensive coordinator in 2007 before joining Texas.Applewhite was fired by Houston in December after going 15-11 in two-plus seasons leading the program. He was owed a $1.95 million buyout by the Cougars.Houston rose to
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Indiana falls off the bubble

[ad_1] 11:55 PM ETJohn GasawayESPN Insider CloseESPN Insider college basketball contributor First began covering college hoops in 2004 Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street JournalEditor's note: The NCAA tournament Bubble Watch has been updated through games played Tuesday, Feb. 19.After its hard-fought 48-46 loss to Purdue at home, Indiana is no longer to be found at Bubble Watch. The loss left the Hoosiers at 13-13 overall and
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MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing

[ad_1] Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, according to an SI.com report.After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the postseason, commissioner Rob Manfred had promised to have new directives in place this year to curtail the practice.MLB already had a rule in place that prohibited sign-stealing from any place other than a runner
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Purdue student walks 100 miles, raises $20K in honor of superfan Tyler Trent

[ad_1] Purdue superfan Tyler Trent, who died in early January from a rare form of bone cancer, was honored Tuesday by a fellow Boilermaker who completed a near-100-mile walk from West Lafayette, Indiana, to Bloomington for the team's game against the rival Indiana Hoosiers, raising more than $20,000 in the process.Tyler Trent, who had a rare form of bone cancer, died on Tuesday. The former Purdue University student was 20
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Ex-Gophers coach Jerry Kill criticizes current coach P.J. Fleck

[ad_1] Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is no fan of the man currently leading the Golden Gophers program.Kill, who recently was named permanent athletic director at Southern Illinois, criticized Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck during an interview Tuesday with SiriusXM College's "Big Ten Today." Kill didn't like the way Fleck handled the transition after taking over the Minnesota program from Tracy Claeys, a longtime Kill assistant."Sometimes ego gets carried away," Kill
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Devils give fans ‘David Puddy’ bobblehead in nod to ‘Seinfeld’ character

[ad_1] The Devils gave the first 9,000 fans in attendance at Tuesday night's home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins a "David Puddy" bobblehead.Puddy was the "Seinfeld" character portrayed by Patrick Warburton, who painted his face in Devils colors in an episode and shouted "We're the Devils!''Warburton, while dressed as Puddy, dropped the puck between New Jersey's Andy Greene and the Penguins' Sidney Crosby before Tuesday night's game at Prudential Center,
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Plenty at stake for Duke, North Carolina

[ad_1] Annually one of the most hyped games of the regular season, this season's Duke vs. North Carolina game at Cameron Indoor Stadium is no different -- and this time, it's a lot more expensive too.There's been a significant difference in the attention given to both teams this season. Duke has been on the national radar since the preseason, as the Blue Devils have Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and a
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Leafs forward Nazem Kadri leaves with concussion against Blues

[ad_1] Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri left Tuesday night's game against the St. Louis Blues early after sustaining a concussion, the team announced.Kadri was on the ice for 4 minutes, 14 seconds during the first period. But after the first intermission, he didn't return to the bench from the locker room.Toronto initially announced he wouldn't return for precautionary reasons before updating to say he'd sustained a concussion.The 6-foot, 195-pound
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Steph Curry joins Barack Obama for My Brother’s Keeper event

[ad_1] OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.Obama was in Oakland to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother's Keeper, an initiative he started after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The death of the African-American teen sparked protests over
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Rockets’ Clint Capela expected to return Thu. after missing 15 games

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- Houston Rockets center Clint Capela declared himself ready to return after missing 15 games because of ligament damage in his right thumb that required surgery.James Harden, who has scored 30 points in 31 consecutive games to tie Wilt Chamberlain's second-longest streak, stressed in a sit-down interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols that the Rockets needed him to go on the run.Capela practiced with the Rockets on Tuesday
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Vasiliy Lomachenko to face Anthony Crolla on April 12 in Los Angeles

[ad_1] Pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko will defend his unified lightweight world title against mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla on April 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after their camps made a deal on Tuesday night.The deal for the fight, which will headline a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the launch of the network's streaming service, was made between Lomachenko promoter Top
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Fantasy NHL – Updated Top 250 player rest-of-season rankings

[ad_1] 1. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBRW112. Connor McDavid, C, EdmC123. Brad Marchand, LW, BosLW134. Mark Scheifele, C, WpgC255. Patrick Kane, RW, ChiRW2106. Auston Matthews, C, TorC377. Nathan MacKinnon, C, ColC448. Blake Wheeler, RW, WpgRW399. Alex Ovechkin, RW, WasRW41110. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CgyLW21311. John Tavares, C, TorC51212. Patrice Bergeron, C, BosC61613. Sidney Crosby, C, PitC71514. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBG11415. Jack Eichel, C, BufC81716. Tyler Seguin, C, DalC91817. Mitch Marner, C, TorC101918.
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Tom Dundon on $250 million well spent, and his ‘bunch of jerks’

[ad_1] 8:35 PM ETEmily KaplanGreg WyshynskiSince becoming majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes in Jan. 2018, Tom Dundon has been one of the NHL's most unconventional owners. Look no further than the team's choreographed victory celebrations, which have ranged from players competing in "duck, duck, goose" to human bowling.On Tuesday, Dundon continued down an uncommon path: He invested $250 million to become chairman of the Alliance of American Football, the
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Guard Jodie Meeks agrees to 10-day deal with Raptors

[ad_1] 8:17 PM ETAdrian WojnarowskiESPN Free-agent guard Jodie Meeks has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors, league sources told ESPN.Meeks made a good impression on the Raptors in a workout this week, offering the Eastern Conference contender some belief that he could make impact off the bench with his shooting ability.Executive produced by Kevin Durant, The Boardroom will explore the most fascinating trends and innovative endeavors across
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Bayern earning draw amid Anfield atmosphere hardly a nightmare for Liverpool

[ad_1] LIVERPOOL, England -- There are times when people get carried away with the emotion of a European night at Anfield. The noise, the colour, the fear that makes world-class opposition players freeze in their tracks; all those elements helped drive Liverpool to the Champions League final last season, but Bayern Munich debunked some myths as they secured a 0-0 round-of-16 first-leg draw on Tuesday.Bayern, five-time European champions just like
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Adam Thielen, agent ‘hopeful’ about extension with Vikings

[ad_1] MINNEAPOLIS -- In past offseasons, the Minnesota Vikings have doled out contract extensions ahead of when a handful of players' current deals were set to expire. It's the way the franchise rewarded the likes of Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs during the 2018 offseason.Another Viking who could be in line for an extension this offseason is Adam Thielen. The wide receiver signed a four-year deal worth $19.246
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Twins’ Miguel Sano out after cutting foot celebrating Dominican title

[ad_1] FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will miss at least the first week of full-squad workouts after he cut his foot while celebrating his team winning the Dominican Winter League championship.Sano has been wearing a walking boot to protect the wound, which is above the heel on his right foot. Sano reported to camp Sunday and the first full-squad workout was Monday.Manager Rocco Baldelli said
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Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez shut down, to be re-evaluated March 5

[ad_1] JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez has been shut down for two weeks to build up shoulder strength after an injury-plagued season.Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Tuesday that Martinez, 27, won't throw before being re-evaluated on March 5. Shildt said an MRI this week showed Martinez's right shoulder was structurally sound.It was uncertain how this setback would affect Martinez's status for opening day March 28 at
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Israel Adesanya to fight Kelvin Gastelum for interim title at UFC 236

[ad_1] With middleweight champion Robert Whittaker still recovering from an abdominal hernia, the UFC has booked an interim title fight between Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya for UFC 236, president Dana White told ESPN on Tuesday.The pay-per-view event, scheduled for April 13, will take place at a venue to be determined.Gastelum (15-3) was supposed to challenge Whittaker (20-4) for the 185-pound title at UFC 234 earlier this month in Melbourne,
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Israel Adesanya named as replacement opponent for Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236

[ad_1] With middleweight champion Robert Whittaker still recovering from an abdominal hernia, the UFC has booked an interim title fight between Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya for UFC 236, president Dana White told ESPN on Tuesday.The pay-per-view event, scheduled for April 13, will take place at a venue to be determined.Gastelum (15-3) was supposed to challenge Whittaker (20-4) for the 185-pound title at UFC 234 earlier this month in Melbourne,
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UNC-Duke tickets approaching Super Bowl prices because of Zion Williamson

[ad_1] Zion Williamson has turned Wednesday's North Carolina-Duke game into the Super Bowl. Well, it'll cost you the price of a Super Bowl ticket to see the game, at least.If you're interested in squeezing into Cameron Indoor Stadium to watch the first installment of the legendary rivalry in 2018-19, you'll have to spend $2,500, the price of the cheapest available ticket. That's just shy of the $2,674 you would have
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What to expect from Ibrahimovic, Rooney and MLS’ superstar DPs in 2019

[ad_1] The 2018 season might have been the best yet for Major League Soccer's designated players. Zlatan Ibrahimovic walked onto the field, scored a goal from darn near Malmo, and didn't stop until the final whistle on the final day. Wayne Rooney joined D.C. United midway through the year and helped turn Ben Olsen's boys around. Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi produced magic for LAFC. Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron
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Jim Harbaugh taking Michigan to South Africa in May

[ad_1] ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jim Harbaugh is taking Michigan's football team to South Africa in May.Director of football operations Mark Taurisani tweeted about the trip Tuesday.As with last year's visit to France, the Wolverines will not practice in South Africa. Harbaugh did have practices in Italy in 2017.Michigan alumni Bobby Kotick and Don Graham funded last year's trip, and Kotick paid for the visit to Italy. Harbaugh has said