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Braves to have two rookie starters in rotation

[ad_1] The Atlanta Braves optioned right-handed pitching prospect Touki Toussaint to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, but two other rookie pitchers will be in the defending National League East champion's opening rotation.Right-handers Bryse Wilson, 21, and Kyle Wright, 23, will follow Julio Teheran in the rotation for the opening series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, the team announced.Wilson and Wright, ranked as the 51st and 22nd overall prospects in baseball
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What’s next for Anthony Pettis, Stephen Thompson and other UFC Nashville fighters?

[ad_1] Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis came roaring back to life on Saturday with a highlight-reel knockout against Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night in Nashville, Tennessee.Pettis, 32, went into the welterweight contest on a 3-6 skid. Part of the reason he even wanted the 170-pound fight, in fact, was the a lack of exciting options in his own 155-pound weight class. After that performance, the options for Pettis'
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Georgia Tech D-lineman Adams dies at age 21

[ad_1] Georgia Tech defensive lineman Brandon Adams died in Atlanta on Saturday, the school announced.The school didn't disclose the cause of Adams' death. He was 21."All of us here at Georgia Tech send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Brandon Adams," Georgia Tech President George "Bud" Peterson said in a statement. "We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers."Our hearts are broken by the
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Bama parts ways with Johnson after 4 seasons

[ad_1] The University of Alabama and men's basketball coach Avery Johnson have parted ways after four seasons.Johnson, who previously coached the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets following a 16-year playing career, went 75-62 and made one NCAA tournament appearance at Alabama. On Wednesday, the Crimson Tide lost 80-79 in overtime to Norfolk State in the first round of the NIT.On Sunday, the two sides announced the decision in a
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Which player had the best sneakers of Week 23 in the NBA?

[ad_1] 10:16 AM ETNick DePaulaESPN In a homecoming he had long been looking forward to, Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas had a surprise in store for his first game back in TD Garden to face the Boston Celtics. That message came via his sneakers, a special edition Nike Kobe AD, conveniently from three seasons ago."You know what's crazy? Those green and gold sneakers were for the Finals the last year
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Germany aren’t used to being losers. Can Joachim Low turn them around before it’s too late?

[ad_1] Joachim Low, center, is running out of time to turn the tide of opinions back in his favor. TF-Images/Getty ImagesThe Netherlands host Germany in the stand-out tie of this week's Euro 2020 qualifiers on Sunday (3:45 p.m. ET, ESPN+) and for the visitors' manager, Joachim Low, there is so much more than the three points at stake in Amsterdam. The 59-year-old has to pull off no less than the most
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Raptors focused on playoffs, not playoff seed

[ad_1] 7:55 AM ETTim BontempsESPN TORONTO -- With nine games remaining on their regular-season schedule, the Toronto Raptors still have a mathematical chance to land not just the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but the top overall seed in this year's postseason.It's a worthwhile goal -- one most teams would strive for. But Raptors coach Nick Nurse isn't making it a priority."We're going to play this out," Nurse
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Bold fantasy baseball predictions for 2019 — Acuna makes history, Bauer wins Cy Young

[ad_1] Ceilings and floors. Upside and downside. Best- and worst-case scenarios. However you choose to term them, players' most and least optimistic outcomes are integral parts of their annual fantasy baseball outlooks.They are also, unfortunately, among the more misunderstood such ingredients, with many fantasy managers often mistaking upside for "most probable outcome" or worst-case scenarios for "I won't draft this player under any circumstances whatsoever."They also represent my greatest issue
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LSU’s Tony Benford is unlikeliest coach in NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16

[ad_1] JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- LSU could feel all its haters out there, even though the Tigers could not see them. They said it all week in Jacksonville, and they said it again even more loudly after beating Maryland with a heart-stopping, last-second layup Saturday afternoon that gave LSU guard Tremont Waters his own special place in March Madness history."They didn't even pick us to beat Yale!" Tigers forward Emmitt Williams