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Picking up players cast off by other teams. Taking a chance on a closer with a questionable past. And the usual embrace of analytics, adding up to a counterintuitive playoff team.

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Eagles vs. Giants inactives: Lane Johnson to play despite ankle injury

The Eagles will be without a handful of players on Thursday night against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Watch video EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Eagles will have starting right tackle Lane Johnson in the lineup against the Giants on Thursday. Despite being a late addition to the injury report...

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MLB playoffs down to final four teams | Lucas

The world expected three, but not the fourth. We are down to the final four teams in the Major League Baseball season. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will begin their best of seven series tonight to see who represents the National League in the 2018 World Series, and the Houston...

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Game of the Week: Peoria Liberty's success causes a chain reaction with its players

Liberty and Pinnacle are the remaining undefeated teams in the 6A Desert Valley division         

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USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said that five Warriors players -- Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Klay Thompson -- have made known their interest in playing for Team USA.

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By using analytics to help make their players better, as they did with Gerrit Cole, the defending World Series champs are better than ever.

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Four Latinx romance novelists have formed the '4 Chicas Chat' to celebrate own voices and happily-ever-afters

On a sweltering three days in Denver in July, the “4 Chicas” are making their IRL (in-real-life) debut as the Romance Writers of America converge on the city for their annual conference. The ladies, romance authors Priscilla Oliveras, Alexis Daria, Sabrina Sol, and Mia Sosa, have been...

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Payments to influence 2 Kansas players detailed

A former consultant for Adidas, T.J. Gassnola, testified about payments he made to an ex-NC State assistant coach to influence Dennis Smith Jr. and payments to family and friends of two Kansas players, Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa.

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While overseeing one of the best defenses in NFL history, Wade Phillips won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos during the 2015 season. So the Rams’ defensive coordinator has a soft spot for Broncos players such as linebacker Von Miller and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. On Sunday, Phillips...

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With one of their best defensive players on the sideline, the Chargers have been exposed at times in their first five games. But they think they're close to finding solutions.

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The Blackhawks have had success with undrafted players, hitting big on Artemi Panarin and Antti Niemi in recent years as well as Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour a few decades ago. This season, the Hawks have seven undrafted players: Alexandre Fortin, Dominik Kahun, David Kampf, Chris Kunitz,...

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Former Project Runway Judge Michael Kors Thinks the New Cast Will 'Be Exciting to See'

Michael Kors — Project Runway’s original designer judge — is supportive of the fashion show’s new cast. Four new additions to the show were announced on Wednesday. Karlie Kloss is taking over Heidi Klum’s former gig as host, and Christian Siriano is the new mentor, a spot formerly held by...

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Jimmy Butler held a players-only meeting with his Minnesota Timberwolves teammates on Thursday, a day after he reported to the team for a contentious practice.

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The key to Devils getting internal clocks right after Europe trip? Naps

Devils trainers gave players recommended times to nap to help them regulate their body clock following the Europe trip. Watch video Naps -- the national pastime of toddlers and college students alike -- served as a key component to the Devils' recovery from their European trip. Along with a couple...

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Grammys Preview: What's At Stake For Ariana Grande, JAY-Z and More

The upcoming Grammys ceremony on Feb. 10, 2019 could be a major turning point for these artists and industry players. Below, we break down what's...

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Rutgers offers RB Sam Adams II, son of NFL great

Wednesday, the Rutgers staff extended an offer to a player with a strong pedigree despite playing a different position than his All-Pro dad. Wednesday, Rutgers turned its attention to Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) football in offering Sam Adams, a 6-2, 200-pound three-star junior running...

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The Indiana Pacers have placed Omari Johnson and Elijah Stewart on waivers         

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Interim coaches giving Arizona high school football teams hope in uncertain times

They're given "interim" tags, but to their players, they're much more than that.         

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