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NBA bubble breakdown: Spurs' 22-year playoff run ends; Trail Blazers, Grizzlies make play-in
Trail Blazers and Grizzlies will battle it out for final playoff seed in the West. Spurs will miss out on the playoffs for the first time since 1997.       
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How eliminated NBA teams are handling leaving safety of the Disney campus bubble
What are the next steps for the players and coaches leaving the NBA bubble after their teams were eliminated from postseason contention?        
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Miocic, Cormier face off for first time before trilogy bout
Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier are chomping at the bit to settle their trilogy, as was evident during Thursday's UFC 252 news conference.      
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Fans boo, chant 'USA' when Nashville SC, FC Dallas players kneel during national anthem
Reggie Cannon called fans' booing "disgusting" and "disgraceful" as FC Dallas and Nashville SC players knelt in peaceful protest during the anthem.        
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Simon Fraser University drops Clan as school's nickname
Canadian Division II school's name was a tribute to the Scottish heritage of its namesake, fur trader Simon Fraser. Campaign for new name launches next month.      
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10 mistakes to avoid as a beginning golfer
Golf can be an expensive game. Knowing what you need—and what you can skip—will save you time and money as you improve your putts and drives.       
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Infectious disease expert warns against playing football in non-bubble, pleads for sports leaders to confront governors
SportsPulse: Mackenzie Salmon connected with one of Yale's top infectious diseases experts to get his take on the NFL and college football's attempt to play in a non-bubble format. He also pleaded for the leaders of the sports world to confront their local governments.       
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Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pains
Claude Julien was hospitalized in Toronto for tests; associate coach Kit Muller will take over for at least the rest of series vs. Flyers.       
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Florida State players back school after wide receiver claims leadership lied about health issues
After Florida State wide receiver Warren Thompson said school leadership is neglecting health issues during football camp, other players pushed back.       
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Candace Parker to Atlanta's Kelly Loeffler: 'BLM is not a political statement, it's a moral stance'
SportsPulse: Mackenzie Salmon connected with WNBA superstar Candace Parker to discuss the current state of the league and their involvement in social justice issues. She also shared her thoughts on the conflict between the players and Kelly Loeffler.       
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Pending COVID-19 test results, MLB plans to have Cardinals resume play with doubleheader Saturday vs. White Sox
The Cardinals haven't played a game since July 29 due to the team's COVID-19 outbreak.       
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L.A. Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke details COVID-19 experience: 'Beat me senseless'
Bill Plaschke, a longtime sports columnist for the L.A. Times, said he felt like his "head was on fire" while suffering through COVID-19.       
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Some NBA teams start 'The Voters Win' text competition, want fans to make Good Trouble
The competition will have four quarters, and the team with the most texts after each will receive a trophy in honor of civil rights icon John Lewis.       
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Charlie Blackmon could be MLB's first .400(*) hitter since Ted Williams – but how would history view the feat?
Almost one-third of the way through a shortened season, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is hitting .472.       
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'Bubbles' may be team sports' best COVID defense
The NBA and NHL have tightly restricted their teams' movements. It's a winning formula that MLB and the NFL could find hard to copy.       
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Potential COVID-related heart issues raise concerns for athletes across sports
Studies indicate heart problems may be most dangerous complication from COVID-19, prompting sports leagues to perform cardiac evaluations of players.       
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George Kittle agrees to five-year, $75 million contract with San Francisco 49ers
George Kittle now has a contract that matches his star status after the tight end shattered expectations since joining the 49ers in 2017.       
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Cam Newton makes good first impression with New England Patriots
The Patriots have yet to go through a full-contact practice, but quarterback Cam Newton has already impressed several of his new teammates.        
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Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly calls Astros snitches in podcast
Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly — suspended for throwing at Astros hitters — tossed another heater at Houston players over MLB's sign-stealing scandal.       
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NBA live bubble breakdown: Scenarios for Blazers, Grizzlies, Suns, Spurs to reach play-in game
Here are the scenarios in which the Trail Blazers, Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs can make the NBA play-in game or be eliminated from the playoff bubble.        
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College athletes 'bill of rights' unveiled by U.S. senators seeking to change NCAA systems
This effort is led by Sens. Booker and Blumenthal and outlines legislation that would assist college athletes beyond names, images, likeness.       
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Auction house pulls listing after Isiah Thomas says NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy was stolen
Isiah Thomas informed Heritage Auction that the 1984 NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy listed by the site had been stolen in 2019.        
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Aug. 24 is now known as Kobe Bryant Day in Orange County, California
In honor of NBA legend and Los Angeles Lakers great, Orange County, California, has declared Aug. 24 as Kobe Bryant Day.        
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Ohio State won't pursue fall football, athletic director says
Earlier Wednesday, in a conference call with reporters, OSU coach Ryan Day floated the idea about possibly playing other Big Ten schools.       
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NBA bubble breakdown: Seven of eight first-round playoff matchups set
Seven of the eight first-round series are now set, highlighted by Russell Westbrook and the Rockets facing his former Thunder team.        
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Why Lakers believe they could benefit from facing Blazers in first round of playoffs
The Lakers have had their struggles in the bubble, but some feel there could be benefits in facing a tough first-round opponent like the Blazers.       
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Deal or no deal? Cowboys QB Dak Prescott addresses uncertain future in Dallas
Despite playing without a long-term contract, Dak Prescott says "my fire is burning and my fire is big" while entering the 2020 Dallas Cowboys season.       
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Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour fined $25,000 after criticizing officiating in loss to Bruins
Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour, who challenged a Boston Bruins goal, was upset that referees wouldn't tell him the call on the ice.       
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Why 'pretty face' VanZant doing bare-knuckle boxing isn't so crazy
UFC veteran and former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Paige VanZant is joining Bare Knuckle FC.       
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Patrice Bergeron scores in second overtime as Bruins top Hurricanes 4-3 in Game 1
Boston Bruins beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 Wednesday in Game 1 of their first-round series that was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start.       
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