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Statues, All Blacks and 6am training: lifting the lid on rugby in Japan

As the hosts of the 2019 World Cup come to Twickenham for the first time, it is worth understanding the impact Eddie Jones had on rugby in Japan

Joe Flacco Doubtful vs Bengals; Lamar Jackson to Play, Robert Griffin III Active


Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is listed as doubtful for Sunday's Week 11 game against the Cincinnati Bengals because of a hip injury...

His Brother Died a National Hero. Now This Receiver Inspires People Worldwide


In the days after his brother died , Zack Dobson barely moved. All his life, Zack had been the rambunctious one, climbing to the top of his mother’s furniture as a toddler ...

Where Will Le'Veon Bell Land? Insiders Give Picks for the Star's Next NFL Home

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Now that Le'Veon Bell 's season is over, speculation has already started about where the 26-year-old, two-time first-team All-Pro will play next...

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Ireland can repeat Chicago win over New Zealand, says Rory Best

Rory Best is confident Ireland can repeat their history-making efforts in Chicago by claiming a maiden win over New Zealand on home soil despite suffering more late injury dramas.


If KD and Draymond Are Heading to Divorce, What Are the Warriors' Options?


LOS ANGELES — Did the Draymond Green/ Kevin Durant tiff in a Monday loss to the Los Angeles Clippers signal the end of the Golden State Warriors dynasty? Per Chris Haynes ...


Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook: Chiefs vs. Rams, Surprise Draft News and More


If you were looking forward to watching the AFC-leading Kansas City Chiefs play the NFC-leading Los Angeles Rams on what amounted to a horse pasture in Mexico City.....

Packers Rumors: 'Growing Sense' HC Mike McCarthy Could Be Fired After the Season


Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is reportedly in a precarious position following Thursday night's 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks . According to NFL ...


What's Wrong with Aaron Rodgers?

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Over the past decade plus, there have been three constants in the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The cheese has been fresh and delicious. The beer has been as cold as the winters...

Report: Draymond Green's Comments on Kevin Durant Free Agency Concern Warriors


As the Golden State Warriors attempt to move on from Monday night's confrontation between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, details of the heated exchange continue to leak out...


Aaron Rodgers: 'Of Course There's Hope' for Playoffs After Loss to Seahawks


The Green Bay Packers saw their playoff chances take a hit with a 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, but two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers isn't giving up on his team's season just yet...


Lakers News: Rajon Rondo to Miss 4-5 Weeks After Surgery on Hand Injury


Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo is expected to miss four to five weeks after undergoing surgery on his injured hand, according to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times ...

Carmelo Anthony Recruited by Puerto Rico National Team After Rockets Part Ways


Although there seems to be a limited market for Carmelo Anthony in the NBA , the Puerto Rico national team would love to have him...

Russell Wilson, Seahawks Beat Aaron Rodgers, Packers to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive


The Seattle Seahawks rallied to pull out a 27-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night. Russell Wilson led the way for Seattle with 225 yards and two touchdowns...

Kevin Durant on Draymond Green Situation: 'Don't Ask Me About That Again'


The disagreement between Golden State Warriors stars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green still seems to be affecting the players and arguably the team...


Ireland's Joe Schmidt expects ‘spiky’ All Blacks encounter to decide world’s best

Test rugby is no place for the faint-hearted. With this in mind, Joe Schmidt has predicted another “spiky” clash with the All Blacks which will, in the visitors’ minds at least, decide the mantle of the world’s best team.


MLB MVP 2018: AL and NL Award Winners, Voting Results and Reaction


Major League Baseball put a final bow on the 2018 season by announcing Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox and Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers as this year's MVP winners...

Michael Cheika puts faith in Wallabies rookie Jordan Petaia for Italy Test

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed 18-year-old rookie Jordan Petaia to successfully make the transition to Test rugby. The Queensland Reds flyer has been named on the wing for the weekend’s clash with Italy in Padua – one of six…

Mike D'Antoni on Carmelo Anthony: Tried to Hit a Home Run and It Didn't Work out


The Houston Rockets were a game away from reaching the NBA Finals last season and went for a "home run" signing to get over the top by bringing in Carmelo Anthony, but things didn't go as planned...


Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Won't Play for Rockets Again; Will Remain on Roster


Carmelo Anthony 's time with the Houston Rockets is reportedly over after 10 games. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, "Anthony will part ways" with Houston even though he won't be placed on waivers in the immediate future...

Thursday, Nov 15

Rajon Rondo Hand Injury Diagnosed as Fracture; Lakers PG out 'A Couple Weeks'


The Los Angeles Lakers will be without point guard Rajon Rondo after he suffered a fractured hand in Wednesday's win over the Portland Trail Blazers ...

LeBron James Passes Wilt Chamberlain for 5th on NBA All-Time Scoring List


Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James moved into fifth place on the NBA 's all-time scoring list, climbing past Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain...

Jimmy Butler: Brett Brown 'Special'; with HC on Course 'It's Going to Be Easy'


Although the Philadelphia 76ers lost in Jimmy Butler 's debut with the team Wednesday, he is apparently happy to play under head coach Brett Brown...

Simms & Lefkoe: The Show Episode 11 Featuring Nate Burleson


The 11th episode of Simms & Lefkoe: The Show is here. Simms and Lefkoe are joined by Nate Burleson. Watch Simms & Lefkoe: The Show every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET...

Wednesday, Nov 14

Stephen A. Smith: Lakers Have Edge over Knicks, Warriors for Kevin Durant in FA


While the Golden State Warriors remain confident that Kevin Durant will stay with the team next season, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN said that he's "hearing differently." H broke down the latest rumors Wednesday on The Stephen A...

Free from 'San Antonio Mafia,' Kawhi Leonard Is Everything Raptors Hoped for

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The air of suspense is already apparent, and, as the wins pile up for the Toronto Raptors , the question everyone wants Kawhi Leonard to answer is sure to only loom larger: Are you ...

Kevin Durant on Draymond Green Feud: 'S--t Happens in the NBA'


Off-court storylines overshadowed the Golden State Warriors ' 110-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, as the team announced it suspended Draymond Green for the game following an altercation with Kevin Durant on Monday...

College Football Playoff Rankings 2018: Official Committee Releases Week 12 Poll


The Top Four of the College Football Playoff rankings remained unchanged heading into Week 12. Following a 24-0 shutout of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the unbeaten Alabama Crimson Tide kept the top spot...

Tuesday, Nov 13

Draymond Green Reportedly to Sit vs. Hawks After Altercation with Kevin Durant


The Golden State Warriors have benched forward Draymond Green for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports...

Chiefs vs. Rams MNF Moved from Mexico City to LA Due to Field Conditions


The NFL has moved Monday's scheduled game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams from Mexico City to L.A. due to concerns about the safety of players at Estadio Azteca...

Le'Veon Bell Ineligible to Return in 2018 After Failing to Report to Steelers


Le'Veon Bell won't report to the Pittsburgh Steelers ' team facilities by Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. As a result, Bell is ineligible to play for the remainder of the 2018 season...

49ers' George Kittle Is Emerging the NFL's Next Great Tight End

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San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle might be a mild-mannered and respectful citizen before NFL games begin, but he mutates into a garnet and gold-clad superhero once game-day action begins...

Monday, Nov 12

LeBron James: 'I Almost Cracked' During Lakers' Early-Season Struggles


Things haven't been easy for LeBron James since signing with the Los Angeles Lakers , and the 14-time All-Star admitted he had to step back and reflect on his current situation so as not to overreact...

Manny Machado Rumors: Yankees Doing 'Extensive' Background Check on Free Agent


The New York Yankees are expected to be major players in the pitching market this winter, but don't rule them out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes...

DeMar DeRozan's Wake-Up Call

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These days, DeMar DeRozan is putting pen to paper more often, scribbling notes and reminders when he can. The messages are his and his alone. "This is mine. This is mine," he says...

LeBron James, Lakers Hang on to Beat Hawks as Trae Young's Heroics Come Up Short


The Los Angeles Lakers are finding their groove, coming through Sunday with a 107-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks LeBron James missed two clutch free throws but scored the go-ahead basket with 15...

Sunday, Nov 11

Rockets Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Told His Time in Houston Is Over, Out vs. Pacers


The Houston Rockets will be without Carmelo Anthony for Sunday' s game against the Indiana Pacers and apparently for the majority of the season...

AP College Football Poll 2018: Complete Week 12 Rankings Revealed


The top of the Associated Press poll remained unchanged, but the remainder of the Top 25 continued its state of flux following another weekend full of upsets. Alabama tightened its stranglehold on the No...

Bobby Petrino Reportedly Fired by Louisville After 3-Plus Seasons


Bobby Petrino's second stint as Louisville head coach is over. Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported the university relieved Petrino of his duties Sunday, a day after the Cardinals' 54-23 blowout loss to Syracuse...

Cowboys Rumors: Lincoln Riley Targeted If Jason Garrett Fired


Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett reportedly isn't in danger of losing his job during the regular season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL...