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Butler’s bulldog handler gets kidney transplant from brother, inspires other donations

[ad_1] Michael Kaltenmark spent the night of his 40th birthday watching a Butler basketball game, which isn't unusual, but doing so from a hospital bed was something of an adjustment.Kaltenmark, the handler of Butler's past two bulldog mascots, received a kidney transplant from his brother on Thursday but was in good spirits as the No. 6 Bulldogs tipped off at Providence on Friday night."I won't be jumping around," Kaltenmark said
Hockey

Hurricanes shut out Coyotes 3-0 as Mrazek makes 32 saves

[ad_1] RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Petr Mrazek made this shutout look easy. He made it sound simple, too. Mrazek stopped 32 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes scored twice in 63 seconds late in the second period to defeat the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 on Friday night. The Carolina goalie credited his teammates with doing a good job limiting Arizona’s opportunities to shots from the perimeter. Article continues below ... “It was
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Can Conor McGregor recapture his MMA brilliance?

[ad_1] In 2017, just before Conor McGregor boxed Floyd Mayweather in "The Money Fight," I did an interview on a national radio show that I'm reminded of now, one week ahead of McGregor's fight against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC 246.I remember playfully telling the show's hosts, who were not mixed martial arts enthusiasts, that they represented a general problem. It was their casual interest -- shared by millions --
Football

Rams set to hire Brandon Staley and Kevin O’Connell as coordinators

[ad_1] 9:41 PM 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 are finalizing deals to hire Brandon Staley as defensive coordinator and Kevin O'Connell as offensive coordinator, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.Staley, who served last season as the Denver Broncos outside linebackers coach, replaces Wade Phillips,
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Ten NBA things I like and don’t like, including the Lakers without LeBron

[ad_1] Let's roll with Jan. 10 NBA things:1. Some precarious Lakers minutesIt's really the only blemish on an otherwise dominant season: The Lakers average 100.5 points per 100 possessions with LeBron James on the bench -- three points worse than the league's clankiest offense. It's all shooting: The Lakers with LeBron sitting don't get nearly as many profitable shots -- corner 3s and attempts in the restricted area -- and
Football

Source — Seahawks’ Jadeveon Clowney not fined for hit on Eagles’ Carson Wentz

[ad_1] Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was not fined for the hit on Carson Wentz that knocked the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback out of Sunday's NFC wild-card game, according to ESPN and multiple reports.Clowney went in for a hit on Wentz early in the first quarter of the game and made contact with Wentz's helmet and upper back as they slammed into the turf. Wentz left with a head injury
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For now, the Zion Williamson show is still a pregame-only affair

[ad_1] 9:44 PM ETAndrew LopezESPN NEW YORK -- As New Orleans Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson walked out of the tunnel and onto the court at Madison Square Garden on Friday evening, all the eyes in the arena turned to him.There was a certain buzz floating around as a few hundred fans with passes to watch warm-ups pulled out their phones and started to snap up the 19-year-old.Williamson walked out,
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Roundtable — Is there any way for this Patrick Reed drama to go away now?

[ad_1] Just when it looks as if the drama surrounding Patrick Reed might finally quiet down, something else happens. On Thursday, it was revealed that Reed's lawyer sent a letter to Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee instructing him to "refrain from any further dissemination, publication or republication of false and defamatory statements concerning Mr. Reed, including any allegations that he 'cheated' at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas."We gathered
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Sources — Cody Bellinger reaches record $11.5M deal with Dodgers

[ad_1] The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with 2019 National League MVP Cody Bellinger on Friday, agreeing to an $11.5 million deal for 2020, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.That's a record for a first-time-eligible player, beating the $10.85 million Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant agreed to last year.Bellinger, 24, batted .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs and 15 stolen bases through what became a breakout season in 2019, on a