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Alex Mack retiring: Pro Bowl center ending career after 13 seasons with Browns, Falcons and 49ers, per report
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Alex Mack retiring: Pro Bowl center ending career after 13 seasons with Browns, Falcons and 49ers, per report

USATSI Alex Mack is walking away from pro football on his own terms. Mack, who was selected to his seventh Pro Bowl in 2021, is retiring following a decorated 13-year career, according to multiple reports.Mack, 36, spent the 2021 season with the 49ers after spending his first seven seasons in Cleveland and the next five in Atlanta. Including the playoffs, Mack made 20 starts last season while helping San Francisco reach the NFC Championship Game. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan had previously ...
Celtics vs. Warriors odds, prediction: 2022 NBA Finals picks, Game 1 best bets from expert on 38-16 run
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Celtics vs. Warriors odds, prediction: 2022 NBA Finals picks, Game 1 best bets from expert on 38-16 run

After a lengthy postseason journey, the 2022 NBA Finals get underway on Thursday evening. The Golden State Warriors welcome the Boston Celtics to Chase Center for Game 1. Stephen Curry leads the Warriors, with Golden State boasting a rest advantage after beating the Dallas Mavericks in the previous round. The Celtics are keyed by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, with Boston defeating the Miami Heat in seven games to reach this point. Caesars Sportsbook lists Golden State as the 3.5-point favorite at home for this 9 p.m. ET tipoff. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over-under, is 213.5 in the latest Celtics vs. Warriors odds. Before locking in any Warriors vs. Celtics picks or NBA predictions...
Marion Barber III dies at age 38: Former Cowboys, Bears running back passes away
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Marion Barber III dies at age 38: Former Cowboys, Bears running back passes away

USATSI Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III has died at the age of 38, the team announced Wednesday."We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III," the team said in a statement. "Marion was an old school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down. He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion's family and friends during this difficult time."Frisco, Texas, police found Barber dead in his apartment Wed...
Warriors NBA Finals injury update: Gary Payton II could be game-time decision for Game 1 Thursday vs. Celtics
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Warriors NBA Finals injury update: Gary Payton II could be game-time decision for Game 1 Thursday vs. Celtics

Getty Images The Golden State Warriors will be getting a key contributor back for the NBA Finals, and possibly for Game 1. Defensive stalwart Gary Payton II has been progressing well following the fractured elbow he suffered against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. He's expected to return to action during the Finals, according to Shams Charania and Anthony Slater. Furthermore, Payton is trending toward being a game-time decision for Game 1 against the...
Boxing schedule for 2022: George Kambosos vs. Devin Haney, Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2 on tap
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Boxing schedule for 2022: George Kambosos vs. Devin Haney, Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2 on tap

Matchroom Boxing Boxing continues to deliver some massive moments and fights in 2022. After a strong start to the year, things have dramatically picked up over the spring and now the sport heads into a long stretch loaded with big fights nearly every week.The year has already seen major moments like Errol Spence Jr. dominating Yordenis Ugas to unify three of boxing's four world championships at welterweight. Tyson Fury also recently returned to the ring for what may be the last time as h...
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Steelers’ Najee Harris reportedly weighs more than prime Jerome Bettis ahead of second NFL season

Najee Harris sought out Jerome Bettis shortly after being drafted by the Steelers last spring. Along with watching film with Bettis, Harris has taken something else from the Hall of Fame running back's playbook. Harris is currently 244 pounds (h/t Mark Kaboly of The Athletic), up roughly four pounds from what Harris said he weighed as a rookie.That's one pound heavier than Bettis was when he arrived in Pittsburgh in 1996. Bettis used his size to rush for 1,431 yards and 11 touchdowns during his first season in Pittsburgh. Harris is surely hoping to have similar success this season after re-writing the Steelers' rookie record books in 2021. Despite playing behind a rebuilt offensive line, Harris still managed to run fo...
Celtics NBA Finals injury updates: Robert Williams III day-to-day with knee; Marcus Smart’s ankle good to go
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Celtics NBA Finals injury updates: Robert Williams III day-to-day with knee; Marcus Smart’s ankle good to go

Getty Images Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III has been hampered by a sore left knee throughout the postseason. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in April, and he is also dealing with a bone bruise. However, Celtics coach Ime Udoka is optimistic about Williams' status heading into the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, though he noted that the center's status is considered day-to-day. "Rob's alright," Udoka said Tuesday. "He felt good. His minutes were low. He o...
Ryan Garcia next fight: Undefeated star set for return to action in July against Javier Fortuna
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Ryan Garcia next fight: Undefeated star set for return to action in July against Javier Fortuna

Getty Images Ryan Garcia and Javier Fortuna are officially set to collide in a boxing match more than one year in the making. Garcia vs. Fortuna takes place on Saturday, July 16. DAZN and Golden Boy promotions announced the matchup on Tuesday. Garcia and Fortuna will compete for upwards of 12 rounds in the lightweight division at a location still to be announced. "If there is any doubt I was hesitant to fight Fortuna a year ago, that will all be made clear after our fight," Garcia said ...
2022 NFL season: 100 things to know with 100 days until Week 1 kickoff; news, notes and facts for all 32 teams
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2022 NFL season: 100 things to know with 100 days until Week 1 kickoff; news, notes and facts for all 32 teams

USATSI If you're a Rams fan, you might still be basking in the glory of the team's 2021 Super Bowl run. But the race for the next Lombardi Trophy will be underway before you know it. In fact, the start of the 2022 season is now just 100 days away. And in case you missed it, this NFL offseason was maybe the wildest in recent memory. So what better way to anticipate the new year, while reviewing the craziness of the last few months, than by highlighting 100 things to know for the 2022 seas...
2022 NBA Finals betting odds: Warriors open as minus-155 favorites over Celtics
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2022 NBA Finals betting odds: Warriors open as minus-155 favorites over Celtics

Getty Images The Golden State Warriors have opened the NBA Finals as a minus-155 favorite over the Boston Celtics at Caesars Sportsbook. This means that a bet of $155 on Golden State would net a profit of $100. Boston is currently a plus-135 underdog, meaning a $100 bet on the Celtics would net a $135 profit. In addition, Caesars has offered lines on each possible exact outcome of the series. OutcomeOddsWarriors win 4-0+1200Warriors win 4-1+500Warriors win 4-2+550Warriors win 4-3+325Celt...