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The NHL’s coronavirus pause – Possible playoff formats, players’ workout plans, free agency and more

[ad_1] It has now been 18 days since the NHL decided to hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and players, coaches, team personnel and fans throughout the hockey world have been self-isolating and social distancing -- well, throughout most of the hockey world, but more on that in a bit.While there is no official timeline for when the NHL will resume play --
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Gritty’s tips on self-quarantining, favorite meals, hygiene and how to stay connected

[ad_1] As a service to NHL fans during these uncertain times, ESPN reached out to Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty to find out how our favorite furry orange friend is coping with cleanliness, self-quarantining and generally being a mascot when there aren't any crowds to entertain.Prepare to be informed and inspired.ESPN: Where are you currently residing during Philadelphia's "shelter in place"?Gritty: Where I have always been. In your hearts and minds.
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Sports companies band together to help the medical field in time of need

[ad_1] As the sports world came to an abrupt stop due to the coronavirus pandemic, a few athletics companies have pivoted to help the medical community.The more the virus is spreading, the more hospitals, nurses and doctors are searching for personal protective equipment, including masks, gowns and face shields to keep themselves protected. Companies traditionally based in athletics have heard that call and are now doing their part to pitch
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What the MLB deal with players means for 2020 season and beyond

[ad_1] 6:33 PM ETJeff PassanCloseESPNESPN MLB insiderAuthor of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports"Kiley McDanielCloseESPN MLB InsiderESPN MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel covers MLB prospects, the MLB Draft and more, including trades and free agency. Has worked for four MLB teams.Following round-the-clock negotiations since the coronavirus outbreak postponed the beginning of the season, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association struck a deal
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LCS roundtable – Which team besides Cloud9 can make a deep playoff run?

[ad_1] The final week of the League of Legends Championship Series is upon us, and we still have no idea who our six spring playoff teams will be, outside of front-runners Cloud 9. Here are a few questions and musings going into Week 9.Pick either Dignitas or Golden Guardians (both tied for eighth), and make a compelling case for how they could make the playoffs.Tyler Erzberger: Between the two unlikely
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How 2019 NFL first-round draft picks fared, what’s in store in 2020

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETNFL NationESPN The 2020 NFL draft is less than a month away. With that in mind, we wanted to look back to last season's draft and assess how each first-rounder played.In addition, we will look ahead at expectations for 2020. Will Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones take the next step for the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants, respectively? How about Josh Jacobs? Will the running back
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UFC champ Zhang Weili on heading back to China, possible Joanna rematch

[ad_1] UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili's journey from her native China to Las Vegas for her first title defense against Joanna Jedrzejczyk on March 7 was a remarkable, trying experience due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of this week, the journey is still going.Zhang, of Hebei, China, was forced to relocate her camp back in February, when she fled Beijing, like a "refugee," for Thailand. She was then quickly forced
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What the NBA can learn from China’s attempt to restart basketball during the coronavirus pandemic

[ad_1] The NBA is going to need to build a bubble.The top challenge facing the league is creating a safe environment for players, coaches, referees, support staff and technical operators. An environment that, in the early stages of resuming the season, might not include fans. It might not include travel. It might not even include an arena.Along with much of the sports world, the NBA has been watching the Chinese
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Khris Middleton is staying ready for when he and the Milwaukee Bucks can resume their quest for history

[ad_1] 8:00 AM ETEric WoodyardESPN Khris Middleton took the pass from Donte DiVincenzo and slammed it home, cutting the Milwaukee Bucks' deficit to six points with 44 seconds left. The Phoenix Suns would go on to win, handing the Bucks the second of three consecutive losses.No one knew it at the time, but it would be the last shot Middleton would take for a while.He sat out the next night
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The best behind-the-scenes MLB moments we ever saw

[ad_1] This was supposed to be opening week, the time when MLB fans everywhere look forward to making a season's worth of memories. Because we won't have games to get excited about for a while, we thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane by reliving some of our favorite baseball moments.In the final installment of our weeklong series focusing on a different baseball theme each