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So here is why moving Talladega to a middle race in the playoffs was so important. Because you control little of your fate when the pack is clustered together at 200 mph, a driver making a bad decision can wipe out 17 cars, many of which represent p

2017-10-17 09:21:57.653

So here is why moving Talladega to a middle race in the playoffs was so important. Because you control little of your fate when the pack is clustered together at 200 mph, a driver making a bad decision can wipe out 17 cars, many of which represent p



What should the NHL do with the All-Star Game? Greg Wyshynski: The All-Star Game has become one of those events derided by everyone who isn't onsite for it, because those in attendance usually have a blast. It's a massive multiday celebration of ho

2017-10-17 05:53:07.730

What should the NHL do with the All-Star Game? Greg Wyshynski: The All-Star Game has become one of those events derided by everyone who isn't onsite for it, because those in attendance usually have a blast. It's a massive multiday celebration of ho



There's a moment, as a manager is doing something that you can't fathom, when you doubt yourself. Sure, the stereotype is that fans think they're smarter than the manager and smarter than the GM, and maybe after a few beers they think they're even b

2017-10-16 08:19:02.853

There's a moment, as a manager is doing something that you can't fathom, when you doubt yourself. Sure, the stereotype is that fans think they're smarter than the manager and smarter than the GM, and maybe after a few beers they think they're even b



Derek Stepan was hanging out with his 2-year-old son, Max, in the front yard of his family's summer home in Minneapolis on June 23 when his phone rang. It was Jeff Gorton, the general manager of the New York Rangers, the only team Stepan had played f

2017-10-16 10:23:21.097

Derek Stepan was hanging out with his 2-year-old son, Max, in the front yard of his family's summer home in Minneapolis on June 23 when his phone rang. It was Jeff Gorton, the general manager of the New York Rangers, the only team Stepan had played f



LOS ANGELES -- Catching a home run ball at a baseball game is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience -- if you're lucky. For Keith Hupp, a 54-year-old retired police officer and lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan, it has almost become routine.

2017-10-16 07:13:40.060

LOS ANGELES -- Catching a home run ball at a baseball game is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience -- if you're lucky. For Keith Hupp, a 54-year-old retired police officer and lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan, it has almost become routine.



The second half of the 2017 college football season started with an Ed Orgeron-like howl. Seven ranked teams, including four in the top 10, went down. Five previously undefeated teams are unbeaten no more, including defending national champion Clemso

2017-10-15 15:52:50.560

The second half of the 2017 college football season started with an Ed Orgeron-like howl. Seven ranked teams, including four in the top 10, went down. Five previously undefeated teams are unbeaten no more, including defending national champion Clemso



What has been the biggest surprise so far? Greg Wyshynski: "Plan the parade" has, over the years, become a running joke between Toronto Maple Leafs fans and the rest of the hockey universe -- a shared laugh over the delusional hubris that's inherent

2017-10-16 04:12:27.110

What has been the biggest surprise so far? Greg Wyshynski: "Plan the parade" has, over the years, become a running joke between Toronto Maple Leafs fans and the rest of the hockey universe -- a shared laugh over the delusional hubris that's inherent



TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Brad Keselowski hasn't run well enough this season to make one think he belongs in the NASCAR Cup championship conversation. He does have three victories, but two of those came early in the year. He has led fewer than 8 percent of

2017-10-15 11:42:57.953

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Brad Keselowski hasn't run well enough this season to make one think he belongs in the NASCAR Cup championship conversation. He does have three victories, but two of those came early in the year. He has led fewer than 8 percent of



TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. had hoped that he could give his fans a video treat Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. But sometimes the best ideas don't go as planned, and his plan for Talladega has gone much like Earnhardt's final NASCAR Cu

2017-10-14 16:36:14.533

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. had hoped that he could give his fans a video treat Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. But sometimes the best ideas don't go as planned, and his plan for Talladega has gone much like Earnhardt's final NASCAR Cu



We asked ESPN analyst Barry Melrose to go coast-to-coast and name the most important player for each team this season. Who will be on the spot -- and in the spotlight -- for each squad? The former NHL coach and defenseman dished out some surprises --

2017-10-13 08:28:55.830

We asked ESPN analyst Barry Melrose to go coast-to-coast and name the most important player for each team this season. Who will be on the spot -- and in the spotlight -- for each squad? The former NHL coach and defenseman dished out some surprises --



TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't bring the car that won Talladega in May back with him for Sunday's pivotal playoff race. He didn't want anything to happen to that car, which he drove to his first career NASCAR Cup win in 158 career st

2017-10-12 19:38:16.983

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't bring the car that won Talladega in May back with him for Sunday's pivotal playoff race. He didn't want anything to happen to that car, which he drove to his first career NASCAR Cup win in 158 career st



Which goalie would you rather have, regardless of the team in front of them: Corey Crawford or Devan Dubnyk? Emily Kaplan: I was at the Chicago Blackhawks-Minnesota Wild game on Thursday night, although I promise recency bias (or a tiny sample size)

2017-10-13 04:10:01.213

Which goalie would you rather have, regardless of the team in front of them: Corey Crawford or Devan Dubnyk? Emily Kaplan: I was at the Chicago Blackhawks-Minnesota Wild game on Thursday night, although I promise recency bias (or a tiny sample size)



Max Scherzer didn't deserve the loss. This is often true of pitchers who get the loss, but this one goes in the Didn't Deserve The Loss Hall of Fame. I mean, mathematically speaking, he really didn't deserve the loss. Just look at this: After enterin

2017-10-12 23:16:05.707

Max Scherzer didn't deserve the loss. This is often true of pitchers who get the loss, but this one goes in the Didn't Deserve The Loss Hall of Fame. I mean, mathematically speaking, he really didn't deserve the loss. Just look at this: After enterin



Peter Miller was limping through the paddock gardens at Santa Anita, on his way to watch one of his horses run. Blood was leaking through the outside of his blue jeans below the left knee. "Horse in the second race got me," Miller said when asked. "

2017-10-12 21:57:21.763

Peter Miller was limping through the paddock gardens at Santa Anita, on his way to watch one of his horses run. Blood was leaking through the outside of his blue jeans below the left knee. "Horse in the second race got me," Miller said when asked. "



UFC 217, taking place on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, could very well be the most stacked card of the year. The event is headlined by the return of MMA legend Georges St-Pierre, who left in 2013 but prior to that won 12

2017-10-12 11:44:43.567

UFC 217, taking place on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, could very well be the most stacked card of the year. The event is headlined by the return of MMA legend Georges St-Pierre, who left in 2013 but prior to that won 12



LOS ANGELES -- Skating onto the ice for the Calgary Flames Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings, Jaromir Jagr officially began the latest chapter of his remarkable career. Joining a Calgary team with its sights set on a lengthy playoff run,

2017-10-12 04:20:28.720

LOS ANGELES -- Skating onto the ice for the Calgary Flames Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings, Jaromir Jagr officially began the latest chapter of his remarkable career. Joining a Calgary team with its sights set on a lengthy playoff run,