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‘Summer is over before it even began’ — Stories of lost baseball seasons across the U.S.

[ad_1] Despite a global pandemic and contentious labor fight, Major League Baseball is, in fact, on track to return this year, in one form or another. But baseball's reach is far greater than its highest level.Countless other people -- in high schools and throughout college campuses, from youth teams and travel ball to the minor leagues, in a multitude of roles at every level -- have suddenly been left without
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The inside stories that define The Undertaker’s enduring WrestleMania legacy

[ad_1] Mark Calaway has walked into WrestleMania 27 times as The Undertaker. He has won 25 of those matches, including 21 in a row, before Brock Lesnar broke "The Streak" in 2014 and Roman Reigns added a second loss in 2017.The Undertaker's streak became the stuff of legend -- the centerpiece of a career that has carried on over four decades. The Streak crystallized why Calaway has long represented the
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Stories of Alphonso Davies’ speed, Nedum Onuoha’s strength and more

[ad_1] 10:11 AM ETNoah DavisESPN Professional soccer players can perform amazing feats, whether lacing a pinpoint pass 60 yards, trapping a ball with a delicate touch or blasting a shot at incredible speed. They are also incredible physical specimens, capable of running for 90 minutes or more, sprinting full field in the dying stages of a match or elevating above opponents to win a header.This piece is about these second
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Along for the ride – Three stories from the end of the Bulls’ bench

[ad_1] THE MOVIE THEATER was empty when the Chicago Bulls walked in.It was Nov. 23, 1995, and the Bulls, in Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz the following night, decided to catch the 5 p.m. showing of "Casino" after the team's Thanksgiving feast.By the time they left the three-hour movie, a holiday crowd had packed the multiplex. It didn't take long to notice the real attraction: Michael Jordan,
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Inside stories of Michael Jordan’s time as an NHL owner

[ad_1] The Breakers is an opulent resort on the sands of Palm Beach, Florida, and a frequent site for the National Hockey League's board of governors meetings. Its cathedral ceilings recall gaudy European palaces. Its ocean views are the stuff of office daydreams. But in December 2000, there was another sight to behold at The Breakers: 6-foot-6 basketball legend Michael Jordan towering over some of professional hockey's most powerful owners
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Stories inside the virtual 2020 NFL draft

[ad_1] Zac Taylor was sweating in the days leading up to the 2020 NFL draft, and it had nothing to do with the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 1 overall pick.The head coach had ordered a "Dark Chocolate" Ridgeley U-shaped desk to anchor his at-home setup in time for Thursday's broadcast. But the online order kept getting delayed -- until Taylor got word it would arrive the week after the draft.And so,
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Joe Burrow the latest QB transfer in a long line of NFL draft success stories

[ad_1] BACK IN 2013, Kliff Kingsbury found himself with an enviable problem.His first Texas Tech team was on its way to eight wins, and heading into Year 2, the coach was about to have an embarrassment of riches at the quarterback position. During a two-year period he calls fun but "incredibly stressful," Kingsbury had to figure out what to do with three NFL-caliber quarterbacks -- and one available job.It led
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Brian Burke on NHL playoff possibilities, memories of the Whalers, Phil Kessel stories and more

[ad_1] Brian Burke is now an analyst for Sportsnet, but most people know him as the former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, Hartford Whalers, and 2010 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team -- and also as a man with unvarnished opinions on just about everything.Burke joined Greg Wyshynski and me on the ESPN on Ice podcast this week to discuss his view on the NHL's
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From feared enemy to ‘sweetheart,’ Brock Lesnar stories from those who know him

[ad_1] Brock Lesnar doesn't like being around people. That's not a WWE gimmick or a persona he put on in advance of pummeling fellow heavyweights in the UFC. Unless you're someone who has earned his respect, Lesnar admittedly does not mix well with others.One of the biggest money-making stars in combat sports history would rather be on his farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, with his wife, Rena, and four children than
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Inside stories from the Chinese Basketball Association’s coronavirus-induced hiatus

[ad_1] It was late January and Adam Tatalovich was in Istanbul.The Chinese Basketball Association was midway through its season and the Lunar New Year celebration had given the assistant coach of the Guangzhou Loong Lions the time to take a long weekend trip. The CBA traditionally takes a few days off for the holiday. So, off to Turkey he went and, while a guest at Fenerbahce's practice, his phone buzzed."Don't