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Editorial: NFL’s anthem rule vs. the patriotism of protest

The National Football League swaths itself in patriotic gestures. We’ve seen those pre-game moments when an unfurled American flag all but covers the field itself. We’ve watched solemn color guard ceremonies. We’ve witnessed the roaring fighter jet flyovers. To what extent these displays

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Mark Bradley: Memo to the Braves: The National League is there to be seized

The Braves moved into first place May 2. They’ve been there since. They were there when they left Philadelphia. Their lead has never been more than 1-1/2 games, but it remains a lead. It’s not as if the Braves sit atop a division of mediocrities. The Mets occupy fourth place in the National League

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Thumb injury was the best thing to happen to Andrelton Simmons

The making of a most-valuable-player candidate, the process that transformed Andrelton Simmons from light-hitting defensive whiz to one of baseball’s best all-around players, did not begin with a prodigious home run or a flurry of drives to the gaps. It began in the video room, with Simmons’

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Dave Hyde: The Marlins’ real problem? So many teams trying to lose, everyone can’t win

As if baseball doesn’t have enough problems with its intrinsic slow-motion, payroll differences, more strikeouts than hits, and the ruse of steroids not coming around again, there’s a new bane on our ballfields: Serial Tanking. It’s not just unsavory, as was noted with the Heat’s playoff

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Dave Hyde: The Marlins’ real problem? So many teams trying to lose, everyone can’t win

As if baseball doesn’t have enough problems with its intrinsic slow-motion, payroll differences, more strikeouts than hits, and the ruse of steroids not coming around again, there’s a new bane on our ballfields: Serial Tanking. It’s not just unsavory, as was noted with the Heat’s playoff

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Watch a 53-year-old Mississippi State baseball legend hit a home run

It has been 13 years since former Mississippi State baseball star Rafael Palmeiro last played in Major League Baseball. While his MLB career is far behind him, the 53-year-old showed Monday he still has some pop in his bat. Palmeiro hit a solo home run…

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Heat to go to great lengths (and distances) to stay in NBA draft game

If you’re looking for a Miami Heat scout these days, there’s a good chance you’ll find him in Seat 5B or connecting in Atlanta or answering the age-old question of, “Peanuts or pretzels?” Such is life when you don’t have a selection in either round of the June 21 NBA draft but

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Mike Mazzeo: Yankees’ loaded roster may lead to some tough decisions for Bombers in near future

It’s a testament to the Yankees’ depth that they can put up 10 runs on 14 hits with Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius both on the bench and Aaron Judge putting up an 0-fer at the plate. But that’s just the way things have been all season – different guys stepping up on different days and carrying

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Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper says Vegas is a success, not a Cinderella story.

In the hours leading up to Monday’s potential series-clinching game against the Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper met with reporters. The main topic had nothing to do with Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, where the Lightning could eliminate the Capitals and head to

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Ira Winderman: LeBron 2.0 too implausible for Heat

This is supposed to be the weekly stop where answers, at least theoretically, are offered. But this week, the outside confusion remains, frankly, confounding. From ESPN to Fox to The Ringer and beyond, the conversation about what might come next for Le…

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Ira Winderman: LeBron 2.0 too implausible for Heat

This is supposed to be the weekly stop where answers, at least theoretically, are offered. But this week, the outside confusion remains, frankly, confounding. From ESPN to Fox to The Ringer and beyond, the conversation about what might come next for Le…

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Mike Sielski: Sixers need to get tougher on their young stars

For the 76ers, their five-game playoff loss to the Celtics was a great revealer, manifesting some obvious yet uncomfortable facts, and here are three at the top of that list: Markelle Fultz couldn’t play. Complain about Brett Brown’s unwillingness to call timeouts all you like, but the broader

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Dieter Kurtenbach: Warriors need Draymond Green to step up in Game 3

It’s hard to know where to start when conducting the autopsy of the Warriors’ Game 2 loss to the Rockets – there are just so many factors to blame. You can point to the Warriors’ one-dimensional offense or Stephen Curry’s struggles on both ends of the court. Oh, you can pin some blame

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Bob Ford: LeBron James and the quest for Process purity

While watching one of the Cleveland-Boston games in the NBA Eastern Conference finals, a game in which LeBron James of the Cavaliers scored 42 points, I was struck not by his scoring prowess or passing ability or defensive presence, but by how inorgani…

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Ohtani’s homer nowhere near enough to catch Rays in Angels’ lopsided loss

ANAHEIM, Calif.–Were he so inclined, Mike Trout could have spent the past few days reading various national stories about how he … Is improving as a baseball player. Might already be a Hall of Famer. Could be having the greatest season ever. In all likelihood, however, he’s more focused on the

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The top NFL players under 25? The Tampa Bay Bucs have a couple. The Dolphins have none

Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the Pro Football Focus Top 25 NFL players under the age of 25 list. Wide receiver Mike Evans had the highest ranking among Tampa players, coming in at No. 11. Quarterback Jameis Winston was ranked No. 20. In addition, form…

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