10:22 AM ET Tom Hamilton Close Senior Writer • Joined ESPN in 2011• Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions tours• Previously rugby editor, and became senior writer in 2018 Stephan Uersfeld Bielefeld’s annual budget is roughly equivalent to Robert Lewandowski’s yearly salary at Bayern, but they’re back in the
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11:17 PM ET After pushing back a deadline until next Friday that would allow for the NBA to serve notice on termination of the collective bargaining agreement in the wake of the pandemic, the league and the National Basketball Players Association are running short on time to agree on starting the NBA’s season before Christmas.
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10:08 PM ET New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley underwent surgery Friday in Los Angeles to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. “Surgery was a success,” Barkley’s mother, Tonya Johnson, wrote in an Instagram post that included a picture of her son in a hospital bed. Barkley is expected to
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5:01 PM ET Associated Press The Ontario Hockey League will not have bodychecking this season because of COVID-19. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of sport, said Friday that removing purposeful physical contact from the game was necessary in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. MacLeod said the decision was influenced by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
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5:18 PM ET CINCINNATI — Bengals wide receiver John Ross opened up about his role and uncertain future in Cincinnati on Friday. Ross, who has not played in three of the team’s past four games as his role has diminished, rebuffed a report that suggested a team source wasn’t sure if the speedy receiver still
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6:41 PM ET Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have declined contract options on Brad Hand, first baseman Carlos Santana and outfielder Domingo Santana for next season, moves that cut $30.75 million from the team’s projected 2021 payroll. The club exercised its $5.5 million option for catcher Roberto Perez, who has been exemplary in
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3:28 PM ET Associated Press VIENNA — Novak Djokovic lost for only the third time this year after a listless effort in the Erste Bank Open quarterfinals and walked away happy on Friday. The top-ranked Djokovic lost his first meeting with 42nd-ranked Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 6-2, 6-1. Djokovic lacked power in his groundstrokes and
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6:26 PM ET Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda — Ryan Armour and Wyndham Clark survived ferocious wind Friday in the Bermuda Championship to share the lead going into a weekend that includes 64-year-old Fred Funk. Armour could only guess where the 30 mph gusts would blow his golf ball across Port Royal. The 44-year-old from Ohio
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Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman cited patient confidentiality when asked about Sir Bradley Wiggins’ medication at his fitness to practise medical tribunal. The General Medical Council’s QC Simon Jackson asked Freeman how accurate that was at the hearing on Friday. “We are getting into realms of patient confidentiality,” replied Freeman. He
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8:53 PM ET Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s game against Boston College according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network was the first to report the test result. Lawrence is a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, and he has
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11:00 AM ET ESPN Betting Insiders The NASCAR playoffs continue Sunday with the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia (2 p.m. ET). Kyle Busch won in Texas last week — well, the race wasn’t completed until Wednesday due to rain. Who will take the checkered flag this week? Senior writer Ryan McGee, fantasy expert
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12:37 PM ET On Friday morning the 23XI Racing team unveiled the long-anticipated news of its manufacturer and technical partner, Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing. But what the stole the show was when driver Bubba Wallace and team co-owner Denny Hamlin unveiled their race car, bearing the number and colors made famous by Hamlin’s ownership
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