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Silver floats possible playoff format change

LOS ANGELES — NBA commissioner Adam Silver floated the possibility of a modified playoff seeding system Saturday that could pit the league’s best two teams against each other in the Finals without changing the number of teams from each conference that make the postseason. Because of a recent history of imbalance between the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, there have ...

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4 fans ejected for racist taunts at Smith-Pelly

3:32 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Four fans were ejected from the Chicago Blackhawks‘ 7-1 home victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night after making racist comments toward Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly. Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box in the third period after a fight with Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy. He was seen becoming visibly upset with ...

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Ter Stegen: Neymar exit made us stronger

BARCELONA — Marc-Andre ter Stegen has told ESPN FC that Barcelona’s response to losing Neymar last summer has helped them become an even better team this season. Barca’s prospects for the season took a hit in August when, after seeing Neymar move to Paris Saint-Germain in a world record €222 million deal, they were beaten 5-1 by Real Madrid over ...

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Family version of Brady SB ring sells for $344K

A family version of the New England Patriots‘ Super Bowl LI championship ring with “Brady” on it sold Sunday morning for $344,927, a record for a football ring. The ring, which has 265 diamonds compared to the 283 that Tom Brady‘s actual ring has and is about 10 percent smaller, has the same engraving that Brady’s ring would have. The ...

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Preview: Canada's Virtue and Moir eye ice dance gold; USA vs. Finland in women's hockey semis

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became the world’s favorites when their perfect (and moving) free skate won them their first Olympic gold. In 2014, Team USA’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White stopped them from winning their second consecutive gold (Virtue and Moir settled for silver). With four Olympic medals over the past ...

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Olney: Patience doesn't pay for free agents who sit out spring training

FT. MYERS, Fla. — An agent paused to consider the list of the many unsigned major leaguers. “Some of these guys are going to get absolutely destroyed,” he said. What he meant is that solid, established players are eventually going to be forced to accept deals for ugly terms, for much less than what they expected to get when they ...

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Twenty years later, Dale Earnhardt's Daytona 500 win remains one of a kind

Feb 15, 2018 Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Just a lap before drivers went back to green with 57.5 miles left in the 1998 Daytona 500, a voice came on the Dale Earnhardt in-car radio. The voice bellowed something like this: “Hey, ...

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How to fix the All-Star Game? Our experts have the answer!

Let’s call the NBA All-Star Game for what it is: It’s a 2½-hour dunk contest with fancy passes and intermittent 40-footers that results in well over 300 total points. It’s fun! But competitive basketball … it is not. The league, to its credit, has implemented changes (televise the darn draft next year!) to quiet the boo-birds who inhabited New Orleans’ ...

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The journey, not a medal, is biggest reward for Goepper, Kenworthy

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Four years ago, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper stood together on the podium in Sochi, as silver and bronze medalists and two-thirds of one of the greatest American performances in Winter Olympics history. Four years later, they stood at the bottom of another Olympic slopestyle course, only one of them a medalist, but both proud of ...

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Kansas' wild win sets up a huge week in the Big 12

What a big Saturday night it turned out to be for Kansas. Early in the evening, things looked shaky for the Jayhawks. They trailed West Virginia by double digits in the second half at home, and the possibility of losing an unheard-of fourth game at Allen Fieldhouse this season was real. More importantly — considering they entered the day a ...

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