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4:50 PM ET Arizona State has promoted Antonio Pierce to the sole defensive coordinator role, while Marvin Lewis will remain on staff as special assistant to coach Herm Edwards. Pierce, a former Pro Bowl linebacker with the New York Giants, served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach alongside Lewis last season. He’s also Arizona State’s
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2:33 PM ET Associated Press The Washington Capitals will be without Alex Ovechkin and three other prominent players for at least the next four games because of COVID-19 protocols, coach Peter Laviolette said. Ovechkin, a three-time NHL MVP, was placed on the league’s unavailable list Wednesday along with center Evgeny Kuznetsov, goaltender Ilya Samsonov and
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5:03 AM ET There’s a familiar ritual whenever Chelsea struggle in midseason — and make no mistake about it, seven points out of a possible 24 in their past eight Premier League outings is a massive tailspin — and it centres around an impatient Roman Abramovich, surrounded by a virtual (possibly Zoom or, more likely,
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2:28 PM GMT Scotland have included Bath centre Cameron Redpath in their 35-man squad for the Six Nations after winning a potential tug-of-war with England for the player. Redpath’s father Bryan won 60 caps at scrum-half for Scotland and captained the team but an approach to the player for the Autumn internationals late last year
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8:11 PM ET Boxing’s most polarizing act will return to the ring this spring. Jake Paul will fight April 17 against an opponent to be determined, it was announced Wednesday. Paul, the YouTube star and social-media supernova, has signed with Fight Club, the new boxing promotion launched by the team behind the social-networking app Triller
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5:57 PM ET Professional gambler Billy Walters was granted a commutation by President Donald Trump during his final day in office, and it came with the help of letters written by, among others, Phil Mickelson. Walters was sentenced to five years in prison in 2017 for an insider trading case linked to Mickelson, who ended
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10:58 PM ET Associated Press ADELAIDE, Australia — Ash Barty is set to return to the tennis court for something other than practice for the first time in 11 months. The No. 1-ranked Barty on Thursday said she’ll play in a one-day exhibition event in Adelaide on Jan. 29 that includes Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka
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3:56 PM ET Alabama coach Nick Saban is hiring former Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone to be the Crimson Tide’s new offensive line coach,sources told ESPN. Marrone is set to join former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, who replaced Steve Sarkisian as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. Marrone and O’Brien share a
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6:55 PM ET Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and three teammates were placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol-related absences list on Wednesday, as the league fined the team $100,000 for a violation of health and safety protocols. Ovechkin, center Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov were all added to the daily list
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5:07 PM ET Veteran left-hander J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical, sources tell ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Financial terms weren’t immediately available. Happ, a free agent, will remain in the American League after spending the last two-and-a-half seasons with the New York Yankees. He will join a
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2:36 PM ET Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR will have another new team in 2021 — bringing the total to three new ownership groups in the Cup Series — with the formation of Live Fast Motorsports. The team formally announced Friday is owned by drivers Matt Tifft and B.J. McLeod. McLeod will drive the
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