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McCourty: Butler knew he wasn't starting

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty says Malcolm Butler knew he wasn't starting in the Super Bowl.

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Shiffrin out of downhill to focus on combined

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin is dropping out of the downhill at the Pyeongchang Games so she can focus on the combined event that was moved to the following day.

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Confidential: NBA pros dish on the 2018 summer of LeBron, DeMarcus and OKC

Where will LeBron sign? Where should he go? We surveyed 48 to get their free-agency takes.

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All the places LeBron James could take his talents in July

The King is set to be a free agent, and his decision on where to play next season could shake up the NBA once again. We look at the most likely options.

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Switzerland vs. Germany: Hockey Live-Stream Schedule, Odds

Switzerland and Germany are both still alive when it comes to fighting for an Olympic medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in men's ice hockey, but both nations are outsiders and hanging by their fingernails at this point in the competition.

Those two teams face off Tuesday morning at 7:10 a.m ET in what is officially labeled a playoff qualification game. Hockey fans will know it better as an elimination game. The winner will move on, while the loser will conclude its tournament.

Hockey fans...

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Finland vs. South Korea Hockey Live-Stream Schedule, Odds

One of the most lopsided ice hockey games at the 2018 Winter Olympics should occur Tuesday morning at the Gangneung Hockey Center.

Finland takes on South Korea in one of four men's qualification playoff games, from which the winners advance to the quarterfinals.

Unfortunately for the host nation, its hockey team will meet its end against fifth-seeded Finland after failing to earn a point in three group-stage games.

For Finland, Tuesday's game will serve as a final tune-up before a showdown...

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Harry Lyles Jr.

Malcolm Butler knew all week he wasn’t starting in the Super Bowl

Devin McCourty doesn’t want false rumors hurting Butler’s potential (and likely) free agency.

Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl benching was a surprise to everybody not within the Patriots’ organization — but everybody on the inside knew it was coming.

That’s what Butler’s teammate Devin McCourty told NJ Advance Media, saying rumors he was benched for disciplinary reasons simply weren’t true. “As far as I know, all of that is the furthest thing from the truth,” McCourty said....

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Olympic curler’s husband double-fisting his third and fourth beers at 9 a.m. is a legend

 “I’m not a drunk. I’m just Canadian.”

The pressure of Canada being in a must-win curling match against Japan was too much to bear for the husband of curler Rachel Homan. While she competed on the ice and tried to pull her country back into medal contention, he was downing beers at 9 a.m. — just trying to keep the nerves at bay:

Favourite Olympic moment so far: Canadian curler Rachel Homan's husband double-fisting his third and fourth beers while watching his wife compete...

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Hector Diaz

I tried to eat every hot dog at the NBA All-Star Game and lived to tell the tale

Why would you eat all the hot dogs at Staples Center? ...Why not?

Attending the NBA All-Star Game for the first time, I thought to myself: “Is there anything at the actual event that I can be the All-Star of?” Being a bigger dude, the easy answer was eating a bunch of foods at sporting events. Specifically, hot dogs.

Luckily for me, Staples Center offers a variety of dogs. Some are simple — just a plain ol’ dog with relish and mustard — and others are the equivalent of a small...

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Why the Texans are moving on from Brian Cushing after 9 seasons

Cushing served two PED suspensions in his career. Now Houston turns inside linebacking duties over to Zach Cunningham.

Brian Cushing was a staple of the Texans’ emergence from expansion also-ran to NFL playoff regular, but his veteran presence wasn’t enough to justify his $8.8 million salary cap hit. Houston is expected to cut him, just months after missing the bulk of 2017 due to a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drugs policy, according to the Houston Chronicle’s John...

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1 potential cap casualty for each NFL team

Dez Bryant, Aqib Talib, and Jason Peters could all be free agents soon as NFL teams prepare for the offseason.

Free agency is on the way with the 2018 league year beginning March 14. For most teams, there is plenty of cap space available to make a splash, while a few will need to make a few moves to free up space.

Almost every team has at least one contract that will become a “cap casualty” and get terminated before the new league year begins as a way to clear a little extra...

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Olympic Short-Track Speedskating Schedule 2018: Live-Stream Info for Tuesday

Tuesday is expected to be a showcase of South Korean short-track speedskating at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The host nation's athletes should post top times in the qualification heats of the women's 1,000 meters, and it enters the women's 3,000-meter relay as the gold-medal favorite.

Shim Suk-hee and Choi Min-jeong are the names to watch in the individual event, and they will be relied upon to lead South Korea to an Olympic medal on home ice at Gangneung Ice Arena.

In the men's 500-meters...

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Mikaela Shiffrin to Skip Downhill Skiing Due to Altered 2018 Olympics Schedule

Mikaela Shiffrin announced Monday she will skip the downhill skiing event Wednesday in favor of focusing on Thursday's Alpine combined at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Alpine combined was moved from Friday to Thursday due to wind conditions.

Shiffrin said the following regarding her decision, according to Nancy Armour of USA Today: "As much as I wanted to compete in the Olympic downhill, with the schedule change it's important for me to focus my energy on...

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Kano Pillars Confirm Chinedu Udoji Died in Car Crash

Nigerian footballer Chinedu Udoji died at the age of 28 in a car crash Sunday, his club Kano Pillars have confirmed.

The club announced the news via their official Twitter account:

Per BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji, the crash occurred after Udoji had played in Kano's 1-1 draw with his former side Enyimba.

Enyimba also offered their condolences on Twitter alongside a statement from chairman Felix Anyansi Agwu:

The Nigerian Football Federation were also saddened by the player's death, as...

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49ers NFL Draft 2018 Rumors: San Francisco 'High' on WR Marcell Ateman

Oklahoma State wide receiver Marcell Ateman is reportedly climbing up boards heading into the draft combine in Indianapolis, with the San Francisco 49ers among the teams interested.

Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reported the 49ers are "high" on Ateman, who recorded 59 receptions for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior season.

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Canada, Germany Tie for 2-Man Bobsled Gold Medal Win at 2018 Winter Olympics

Canada and Germany both took gold after a dramatic dead heat in the two-man bobsled at the 2018 Winter Olympics, piloted by Justin Kripps and Francesco Friedrich, respectively.

They each set an overall time of three minutes, 16.86 seconds, ahead of Latvia's Oskars Melbardis, who took bronze.

Here are their times:

Canada (Justin Kripps, Alexander Kopacz)—3:16.86

Germany (Francesco Friedrich, Thorsten Margis)—3:16.86

Latvia (Oskars Melbardis, Janis Strenga)—3:16.91

Here is the live...

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Curling Round-Robin Early Monday Results at Olympics 2018

There were plenty of upsets on offer during Monday's curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics, as tournament favourites Sweden and Canada both suffered shock defeats in the men's draw.

The previously unbeaten Swedes took a beating from Switzerland, while the United States beat their rivals from the north after an extra end.

The Canadian women continued their resurgence with a win over Japan, their third straight after starting with three losses.

Here's a look at Monday's results.

Women Round...

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Teddy Bridgewater Says 2017 Was His 'Favorite' Season and He 'Wouldn't Trade' It

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who came back from a career-threatening knee injury to serve as the backup behind Case Keenum for the second half of the 2017 season, described the year as his "favorite season by far."

"It was probably my favorite season by far, even though I didn't play much," Bridgewater told ESPN's Courtney Cronin. "This season challenged my mindset because as bad as I wanted to be out there playing, being the competitor that I am, I wanted to go to war...

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Norway Wins Ski Jumping Large Hill Gold Medal at Winter Olympics 2018

Favourites Norway added yet another gold medal to their impressive 2018 Winter Olympics tally, winning the team large hill ski jumping competition on Monday.

The Norwegians opened up a significant gap early in the second round of jumps, after rivals Poland and Germany had kept things close. Germany would grab the silver, with Poland settling for bronze.

Here's a look at the final results, via Newsskijumping:

      

Recap

As shared by Newsskijumping, the results from the trial round...

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Olympic Hockey 2018: USA vs. Canada Gold-Medal Game Set After Semifinal Results

For the fifth time in the six Olympics that have included women's hockey, the United States and Canada will meet for the gold medal.

On Sunday (Monday in South Korea) at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Team USA shut out Finland 5-0 in the first semifinal, and Canada then scored a 5-0 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Monday.

Canada beat the United States 2-1 when the teams met in the group stage, and the Canadians have beaten the Americans for gold in each of...

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