MVP bodyguard: How Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley found his drive at a drive-thru

ESPN

Baltimore Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley isn’t more motivated to shove defensive linemen to the ground because all the players selected before him in his draft class landed mega-deals. He isn’t going to protect Lamar Jackson any better on Sunday because he is on the same field as the league's highest-paid player at his position.

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Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford pens powerful essay on why he won’t ‘stick to football’

Detroit Free Press

Matthew Stafford penned a powerful essay for The Players' Tribune website Friday in which he detailed racist behavior he experienced while with some of his teammates this spring and urged everyone to continue fighting against racial injustice.

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Steelers owner weighs in on Alejandro Villanueva, Maurkice Pouncey decal situation

Larry Brown Sports

There has been some disagreement among Pittsburgh Steelers players over which name to display on their helmets during games, and team owner Art Rooney II shared some of his thoughts on the situation in a statement this week.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: “Don’t Call Me MVP Until I’m A Champion.”

Fadeaway World

Giannis Antetokounmpo is just the third person in NBA history to win Defensive Player of the Year and MVP in the same season and, looking back, it’s impossible to say he wasn’t deserving of either.

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Nets interested in Jrue Holiday trade

Larry Brown Sports

The Brooklyn Nets may be in the hunt for another standout player to pair with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

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Who’s the best golfer inside the NBA bubble? It’s probably not a player

USA Today

The Miami Heat’s practice had ended, and forward Andre Iguodala left the gym talking on his phone.

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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney giving up over $1 million in scheduled compensation as pandemic strains school finances

USA Today

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has agreed forgo $1.25 million in scheduled compensation due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s financial impact on the university and its athletics department, according to an agreement obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

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Justin Fields wants a special perk if Ohio State wins national title

Larry Brown Sports

Now that the team will be playing this fall, the Ohio State Buckeyes are one of a handful of teams that could win the national title. Justin Fields wants more than just a ring if they can pull it off.

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Colorado football team goes on 100-player hike; ops director ticketed

ESPN

Colorado director of football operations Bryan McGinnis has been issued a ticket for a 100-player hike on a Colorado mountain trail, Boulder officials told the Boulder Daily Camera on Friday.

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Stanley Cup Final Tale of The Tape: Lightning vs. Stars

SI

It’s not a massive surprise to see the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup final. They tied an NHL record with 62 wins a season ago and were determined to avenge last season’s humiliating first-round defeat. The fire burned so intensely that GM Julien BriseBois surrendered first-round draft picks in two trades this winter in hopes of balancing his roster out with more grit, bringing in Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow.

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Potential Steven Stamkos return would increase Lightning’s emotional drive

Sportsnet

We can only imagine what this has been like for Steven Stamkos.

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Contract talks between Blues and captain Alex Pietrangelo have broken off

TSN

Contract talks between the St. Louis Blues and captain Alex Pietrangelo have broken off with the front office advising the veteran defenceman to pursue unrestricted free agency next month, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

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Louisville wants nonconference bubble Nov. 25-Dec. 5

Yardbarker

Add the Louisville Cardinals to the list of college basketball programs embracing isolated bubble sites for nonconference play. 

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Welcome back Mr. Sanchez, we were waiting for you

Empire Sports Media

For most of the 2020 season, Gary Sanchez has struggled. The New York Yankees‘ starting catcher has a .145/.253/.374 line with a .274 wOBA and a 69 wRC+ in 41 games and 150 plate appearances, and there is a good chance he finishes the season below the Mendoza line. That’s fine, though, because all indications are that the worst of the slump is already behind him. The Kraken is starting to break out of his funk.

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Red Sox acquire Jacob Wallace to complete Kevin Pillar trade

Over The Monster

Among the trades the Red Sox made leading up to the trade deadline, Boston sent outfielder Kevin Pillar to the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later. As we covered at the time, PTBNL’s this season were not really analogous to those in the past, as 2020’s rules dictated that only players on a club’s 60-man player pool could be officially dealt. As such, the players were known by both sides but could not be announced until either they were added to a 60-man player pool or the season concluded.

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Orioles Acquire Isaac De Leon From Marlins

MLB Trade Rumors

The Orioles announced that they have acquired shortstop Isaac De Leon from the Marlins. De Leon was the player to be named later in the teams’ Aug. 1 trade centering on left-hander Richard Bleier. He’ll join Baltimore’s 60-man player pool.

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https://sportsbookwire.usatoday.com/2020/09/18/san-diego-padres-at-seattle-mariners-odds-picks-and-best-bets/

San Diego Padres at Seattle Mariners odds, picks and best bets

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Giants clinging to playoff spot as they prepare to face off with A’s

Jets CEO Christopher Johnson calls Adam Gase a ‘brilliant offensive mind’

New York Daily News

Christopher Johnson is in too deep to reverse course with his head coach.

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Michael Vick Working with Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to Aid Voting

Bleacher Report

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick is partnering with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition in an effort to restore voting rights for people who were previously convicted of felonies in the state of Florida. 

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What’s next for the NFL after getting through Week 1? Fans at games, other looming concerns

ESPN

There really can be no debate: The NFL has aced its initial efforts to practice and play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since training camp practices began in mid-August, only seven players have produced positive test results. There have been no team outbreaks, and the only scare was caused by a contaminated private lab in New Jersey.

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LeBron James Was the Most Valuable Player in the NBA This Year

The Big Lead

On Friday, Giannis Antetokounmpo was named NBA MVP for the second consecutive season. While Antetokounmpo was statistically the best player in the league this year, I'm firm in my belief that LeBron James was the most valuable player in the NBA during the 2019-20 season. He deserved the award.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo sees being a Buck long-term ‘as long as everybody’s on the same page’

The Score

Giannis Antetokounmpo won his second straight NBA MVP award Friday and became the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon to take MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season.

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Brad Stevens held team meeting with Celtics leaders following locker room arguments

Yardbarker

The Boston Celtics could either implode or use their heated locker room argument following Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat as a way to bounce back in the Eastern Conference Finals. 

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Baylor-Houston game postponed

The Score

Saturday's game between Baylor and Houston has been postponed, a source told Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.

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