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Will mindbending proposed changes to MLB’s playoffs change the game?

Major League Baseball may restructure its playoffs to add teams and primetime drama. The changes would pit purists against progressives The NBA to add a 17th regular-season game. Its all in the name of increasing revenue streams, and if new rumors are to be believed, you can put Major League Baseball right on that bandwagon: the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. And while a change in playoff format doesnt quite have the sizzle of one of the most profound transgressions in the history of the sport, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred must…

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Aaron Hernandez: how did a $40m NFL star become a convicted killer?

In a Netflix docuseries, the shocking true story of a much-loved athlete convicted of first-degree murder is placed under the microscope Even by the standards of Americas obsession with stories of spectacular falls from grace, the trajectory of Aaron Hernandez, a star New England Patriots football player turned convicted murderer, was particularly steep and unusually compelling a senseless, horrific collapse unfolding in real time. Three years before fake news became an ominous catch-all, Hernandezs summer 2013 arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd at his mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts…

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Mike Bloomberg to run $10m Super Bowl campaign ad targeting Trump

Bloomberg campaign says 60-second ad will get under Trumps skin, in show of financial force rarely seen in presidential politics Former New York mayor and 2020 Democratic hopeful Mike Bloomberg has secured a 60-second spot during Februarys Super Bowl in Miami a slot that will run a 30-second ad during the 11 February game. The biggest point is getting under Trumps skin, said Michael Frazier, a spokesman for the Bloomberg campaign, told the New York Times. The Super Bowl ad represents a show of financial strength rarely seen in presidential…

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NFL wildcard weekend picks: Saints to march on, Bills to upset Texans

The playoffs kick off as the field of 12 is narrowed to eight with none of the four matchups looking overly easy to pick Buffalo Bills at Houston TexansSaturday, 4:35pm ET/9.35pm GMT What the Bills need to do to win: Whether you prefer detailed analytics or more simple stats, the Bills had one of the leagues best defenses this year. Buffalo finished the regular season ranked in the top-10 in total defense (third according to NFL.com, sixth according to Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/03/nfl-wild-card-predictions-patriots-saints-eagles-seahawks

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Patrick Mahomes ready for injury return as Kansas City Chiefs visit Tennessee

The reigning NFL MVP is expected to return for Sundays game against the Titans, just over two weeks after his season was jeopardized Patrick Mahomes will start for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, just over two weeks after the quarterbacks season was jeopardized by a dislocated kneecap. Mahomes never missed a practice after there was no structural damage, and it became a waiting game to see when Mahomes would return. He practiced on a limited basis the first week before being ruled out against Green…

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Oakland Raiders spring shock by signing troubled guard Richie Incognito

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a one-year deal with Richie Incognito, who has a history of bullying and run-ins with the public The Oakland Raiders agreed to a one-year deal with troubled guard Richie Incognito on Tuesday. Incognitos agent, Ken Sarnoff, tweeted confirmation of the deal, congratulating his client for his return to the NFL after sitting out last season in retirement. The 35-year-old Incognito has played 11 years in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl four times, and immediately becomes the leading contender to start at left guard…

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The quick, messy death of the AAF, Silicon Valley’s complement to the NFL

The Alliance of American Football was always going to struggle, despite a reasonable product on the field. But its legacy may live on in live betting It ended with a bang and a whimper. The bang was the head injury suffered last Saturday by the Alliance of American Footballs star name, Johnny Manziel, which forced the quarterback out of the game and to the sideline, where via an email to employees on Tuesday that the AAF is suspending operations (it has not technically folded) two months after its opening game,…

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VICIS completes $28.5M Series B and launches its first youth helmet

VICIS has closed its Series B on $28.5 million, with participation from NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers via Rx3 Ventures. Rodgers joins a list of other pro footballers to back the helmet startup, including Roger Staubach, Jerry Rice, Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin. VICIS is known for its $950 Zero1 football helmet designed for adult players. The company spent $20 million over the course of three years collaborating with athletes, engineers and neuroscientists to design and fine tune the high-tech head shield, which protects against impact forces and mitigates the effects of collisions…

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Russell Wilson finds home from home at Wembley as Seattle crush Oakland | Sean Ingle

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, threw three touchdowns as he led his side to a comprehensive 27-3 win against the Oakland Raiders at Wembley Nearly 4,800 miles and eight time zones separate London from Seattle. Yet for the Seahawks the murk and mizzle of this grey Wembley evening felt like a home from home as they pummelled the Oakland Raiders 27-3. It rained, a lot, as in the Pacific north-west. And there were large packs of fans in dark blue and lime green jerseys, who shouted SEA! then HAWKS!…

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Have the Green Bay Packers wasted Aaron Rodgers’ best years?

The Packers are blessed with a once-in-a-lifetime talent at the most critical position in sports. Their returns have been unimpressive The Green Bay Packers have frittered away Aaron Rodgers prime. Sat at 2-2-1, second in the NFC North, Rodgers is facing the prospect of another season in which he shoulders the burden of an entire organization. Rodgers will turn 35 this season, and is arguably the most talented quarterback of all time. And yet, he has been to fewer Super Bowls than the likes of Eli Manning and Kurt Warner,…

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‘He had his chance’: Elway says Broncos won’t consider Kaepernick for No 2 role

The Broncos may be on the hunt for a veteran backup quarterback, but general manager John Elway insisted that Colin Kaepernick will not be considered The Denver Broncos may be on the hunt for a veteran backup quarterback, but general manager John Elway said on Thursday that Colin Kaepernick will not be considered for the job. Quarterbacks Chad Kelly and Paxton Lynch are currently second and third on the depth chart behind starter Case Keenum, but Elway has not ruled out signing a veteran to play ahead of them. But…

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New NFL rules: teams face fines if players kneel during national anthem

NFL owners have issued new guidelines which will see teams fined if their players or staff do not show appropriate respect for the national anthem NFL owners have issued new guidelines that will see teams fined if their players or staff do not show appropriate respect for the national anthem. Dozens of NFL players have knelt during the anthem over the past two seasons in protest against social injustice in the United States. Critics of the protests, Vice President Mike Pence (@VP)

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This football player is stepping up to help break the taboo behind people’s periods.

When my sister used the words “free bleeding,” I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. Rachel had started an organization called Kitty Packs to help eradicate free bleeding in the homeless community, and she wanted my support. The only problem? I really didn’t know what “free bleeding” was. My name is Joshua Garnett. I’m an offensive guard for the San Francisco 49ers. I bleed all the time. And I was a human biology major at Stanford too, so blood and the human body are subjects I’m pretty…

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Sports teams won’t stay at Trump’s hotels, which is hitting his wallet hard

The Chicago Cubs visited Trump at the White House, but other teams refuse to stay at his hotels.Image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images President Trump has been riling up pro athletes with disinvitations to the White House and attacks on police brutality protests. Now some teams are hitting back where it hurts: his wallet. Pro sports teams from the NBA, MLB, and NHL have stopped staying at Trump-owned hotels. The Washington Post reached out to all teams in those three leagues and the NFL (that’s 123 teams altogether) and found at least…

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