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Long Gone Summer: Reflecting on McGwire/Sosa Home Run Chase of 1998

Two ferocious sluggers battling it out in the baseball record books. A storied season highlighted by roaring round-trippers, later tainted by the presence of performance-enhancing drugs. This is the scene painted by ESPN’s newest 30 for 30: “Long Gone Summer,” which premiered on Sunday. While baseball is on hiatus, fans …

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NHL gearing up for return

NHL

As July approaches, NHL players and league officials eagerly anticipate the return of hockey. Commissioner Gary Bettman is ready. He appeared in SportsCenter’s Return to Sports special, which aired Monday on ESPN. Mike Greenberg interviewed Bettman and five other professional sports commissioners. Bettman covered the new playoff format and safety …

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Dabo Swinney and former Clemson players address issues regarding racism

Dabo Swinney yells at official

Black Lives Matter protests are in full focus on account of issues regarding racism in America. For the same reason, Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney found himself in hot water. Swinney came under fire as a result of how he handled a situation where a member of his coaching …

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NCAA Committee proposes six-week practice plan for schools

NCAA AD addresses media

It seems like college football is on the horizon. Currently, the NCAA is in the process of determining the manner in which the sport will return. The NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee is on the task. It will put the finishing touches on a new preseason practice plan on …

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MLB players offer new proposal for a return to baseball in 2020

MLB stadium

First, the MLB offered up its proposal for the 2020 season. Then, the players fired back. On Sunday, the Major League Baseball Players Association countered the league’s proposal with one of its own. Details of new proposal There are several differences between the two proposals. For example, the union’s proposal …

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Nembhard backs out of draft, announces transfer from Florida

Nembhard celebrates with teammate

Florida fans accepted the initial departure of point guard Andrew Nembhard. Losing him twice, however, is a sucker punch to the gut. On Saturday, Jeff Goodman reported via Twitter that Nembhard planned to withdraw from the NBA Draft and transfer. He also declared for the draft after his freshman year …

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Rays Back to Practicing at the Trop

Willy Adames after home run vs. Justin Verlander

While Major League Baseball inches toward a return to action, the Tampa Bay Rays took a small step in the right direction.  On Monday, the Rays held limited workouts at Tropicana Field, with 14 players participating. “It was good to see some smiling faces,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. Outfielder Austin …

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SEC: weighing the effects of the recent vote to open athletic facilities

It just means more in the SEC. Nothing means more to the conference at this moment than the recent decision to open up campuses for athletes. On May 22, the SEC voted to allow schools to open their athletic facilities for individual workouts for football and basketball players. SEC commissioner …

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NFL trying to fix its lack of minority head coaches and general managers

Minority coaches

There are 32 head coaches in the NFL, but only four of them are a minority. Three are black (Mike Tomlin, Anthony Lynn and Brian Flores), while Ron Rivera is the lone Hispanic head coach. In order to fix this problem, changes are necessary. One change is already official. Rule …

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Nick Saban making time for team, family while stuck at home

Life without football is an odd reality for college football coaches to deal with. They appear to eat, sleep and breathe football. Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is no exception. His many national championships make him a legend throughout the college football world. The football field is his …

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