Denver Broncos Have ’60 Percent’ Chance Of Landing Aaron Rodgers

Total Pro Sports

Aaron Rodgers might still be on the Green Bay Packers roster, but that does not mean he wants to remain there.

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Xavien Howard holdout likely to end with trade from Dolphins?

Larry Brown Sports

Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is one of several players to hold out from mandatory minicamp around the NFL. Howard’s situation, however, sounds like it could escalate much more quickly than most.

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NFL updates COVID-19 protocols, eases rules for vaccinated players

The Score

The NFL and NFLPA agreed Wednesday to updated COVID-19 protocols for 2021 training camp and preseason.

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5 ideal Bradley Beal trade scenarios from the Washington Wizards

Sportsnaut

There’s now a chance that the Washington Wizards could look to pull off a blockbuster Bradley Beal trade this summer. While general manager Tommy Sheppard has pushed back against that idea in recent months, the decision to part ways with head coach Scott Brookschanges the dynamics. 

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3 trades to finally bring Kyle Lowry to the Lakers

Clutch Points

Amid the torrential stream of NBA news on Wednesday came this nugget, on the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers pursuing Kyle Lowry this summer, per The Athletic’s Eric Koreen. 

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Zion Williamson, Pels’ future lie directly with David Griffin’s next HC

CBS Sports

In the cascading deluge of breaking news roiling the NBA on Wednesday, don't miss a significant reality suddenly under the spotlight in New Orleans: The person general manager David Griffin hires as the next head coach to replace Stan Van Gundy will impact multiple futures — that of Zion Williamson and therefore the league itself, that of the Pelicans long-term hopes and, perhaps most of all, that of Griffin himself.

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Arizona State football probed for possible dead-period recruiting violations

The Athletic

The NCAA is investigating Arizona State's football program for possible recruiting violations during the COVID-19 dead period, including whether the program hosted high school prospects on visits, The Athletic has learned.

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Dabo Swinney and Clemson broke into college football’s exclusive club of blue bloods through an aligned vision

The Athletic

Clemson fans in Birmingham, Ala., showed up to an alumni event to hear from university president Jim Barker on a spring evening in 2003. Barker, now retired as president and a professor in the university’s school of architecture, had flown in with his wife, Marcia, to give the type of update on Clemson that is common for administrators.

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How national recruiting became essential for college football elites — and made it harder to keep up

The Athletic

You could see it from the very first snap of the national championship game in January, as Alabama’s defense took the field inside Hard Rock Stadium opposite Ohio State’s offense. Onto the field walked one defender – defensive lineman DJ Dale – who hailed from the state of Alabama. He lined up against two offensive linemen and a tight end who grew up in Ohio.

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Inside the Flyers-Canadiens 1987 brawl that changed the NHL forever

The Athletic

A glance at the box score of Game 6 of the Wales Conference finals on May 14, 1987, when Philadelphia advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-3 win over Montreal, doesn’t reveal anything extraordinary. Rick Tocchet’s third-period goal broke a 3-3 tie, and eventual Conn Smythe-winning goalie Ron Hextall made 29 saves to help the Flyers advance.

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Washington Capitals Extend Bobby Nardella

Pro Football Rumors

The Washington Capitals have come to terms on a new deal with defenseman Bobby Nardella. CapFriendly reports that the two sides have agreed on a two-year extension that will keep the 25-year-old under contract through 2022-23, at which point he will be an unrestricted free agent. The contract carries the minimum NHL salary of $750K and is two-way this coming season, at $110K in the minors, before transitioning to one-way in year two.

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Panthers Potentially Interested in Patrik Laine

NHL Trade Talk

As per Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts article on Tuesday, “I’m curious to see if Florida asks about Patrik Laine. He and Aleksander Barkov have a good relationship.” Friedman adds that the Panthers are expected to be aggressive in pursuit of improvement and if they’re looking to add impact players this offseason, Laine could be a fit.

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How will Duke bounce back in Mike Krzyzewski’s final season?

CBS Sports

Duke's 2021-22 basketball season was already shaping up as an intriguing storyline before coach Mike Krzyzewski announced earlier this month that he will retire once it's complete. For the first time in more than a quarter-century, the Blue Devils are entering a new campaign after missing the NCAA Tournament, and that alone meant there were going to be lots of eyeballs on one of the sport's storied programs.

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Scott Boras issues statement on foreign substance rules

CBS Sports

By now, surely all Major League Baseball fans have heard about the ongoing controversy with pitchers using foreign substances. Whether it's cheating with something like Spider Tack or using so-called "grip agents" like pine tar or rosin mixed with sunscreen, it's likely all fans have an opinion on the matter, too. 

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Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen Discusses Trade Deadline Outlook

MLB Trade Rumors

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen addressed the team’s general plans for the July 30 trade deadline this morning with 98.7 FM Arizona Sports (h/t to Zach Buchanan of the Athletic). Unsurprisingly, he confirmed the 20-48 club has been fielding offers from contenders with the trade deadline coming up.

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Los Angeles Dodgers add Steven Souza Jr., DFA Nate Jones

Sportsnaut

The Los Angeles Dodgers added outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to their major league roster for the first time on Wednesday, while designating right-hander Nate Jones for assignment.

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Inter Miami’s Higuain on MLS: ‘I thought I could play with cigarette in my mouth’

ESPN

Inter Miami striker Gonzalo Higuain has said he thought Major League Soccer would be easy enough for him to play with a "cigarette" in his mouth.

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Austria’s Arnautovic suspended 1 match for insulting opponent

The Score

UEFA handed Austria forward Marko Arnautovic a one-match suspension for his outburst against North Macedonia on Sunday.

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3 moves the Dallas Cowboys still need to make during NFL offseason

Sportsnaut

Fresh off an ugly six-win campaign under then first-year head coach Mike McCarthy, the Dallas Cowboys have done a lot to upgrade at some areas of major need. They still need to make some moves to compete with the Washington Football Team in the NFC East this season.

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NFL’s No. 5 All-Time Leading Rusher Adrian Peterson Predicted to Sign With Giants

Heavy

The New York Giants have made it a priority this offseason to shore up their running back depth behind a hopefully healthy Saquon Barkley. The team turned heads early on in free agency by doling out a two-year, $5.5 million contract ($2 million guaranteed) to veteran DeVontae Booker — $1.86-plus million more guaranteed than reigning leading rusher Wayne Gallman received from the 49ers, per The Athletic’s Dan Duggan. When asked about the decision to prioritize the former Las Vegas Raider in free agency, GM Dave Gettleman claimed the Giants “felt he was a legitimate three-down running back.”

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Duane Brown Attending Seahawks’ Mandatory Minicamp, Wants New Deal

SI

Jamal Adams isn't the only Seahawks star wanting a new contract. But unlike Adams, veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown will not be skipping out on the team's mandatory minicamp, which begins Tuesday afternoon.

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5 Stars That Could Help Nikola Jokic Win The 2022 NBA Championship

Fadeaway World

The Denver Nuggets were swept in the second round by the Phoenix Suns even with Nikola Jokic's heroic performances. There is no doubt that the MVP needs some more offensive firepower on the roster, especially considering the fact that Jamal Murray will be out with injury for a very long time, as ACL injuries generally take around a year to fully recover from.

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Warriors Expected to Hire NBA MVP Nikola Jokic’s Former Coach

Heavy

The Golden State Warriors are on the verge of making their first significant addition of the off-season.

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Trail Blazers interested in Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

Pro Basketball Talk

The Trail Blazers are expected to hire Chauncey Billups as coach. Becky Hammon, Dawn Staley, Mike D’Antoni and Brent Barry are also reportedly candidates.

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Ex-Jets OC Dowell Loggains finds new job at Arkansas

Yardbarker

Former New York Jets offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains has found a new job in football.

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