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Kyle Pitts on how he plans to improve in Year 2: ‘Mentally, I’m trying to get better’
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Kyle Pitts on how he plans to improve in Year 2: ‘Mentally, I’m trying to get better’

USATSI The Atlanta Falcons underwent some significant changes this offseason. They traded their longtime starting quarterback, Matt Ryan. They saw their No. 1 wide receiver, Calvin Ridley, get suspended for the entire season. They cut ties with multiple stalwart defenders. One thing that won't be changing, though, is that tight end Kyle Pitts will be the centerpiece of the team's offense. Being the top threat on a unit that doesn't have many other high-level players to draw attention awa...
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2022 NBA Draft profile: Why Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell can follow Grant Williams as ‘undersized’ steal

E.J. Liddell was told he was too heavy, too slow, undersized and probably not ready for the NBA. The Ohio State star was also told this was his moment to maximize. It would be best if he left college, some said. Thanks to the agents and actors who make the NBA machine daunting (by design) to navigate, the messages to Liddell were as mixed as his feelings about going through the pre-draft process to begin with.His college coach, Chris Holtmann, flew out to see him in Santa Barbara, California, in the spring of 2021 when Liddell was going through workouts and trying to determine if he was finished playing for Ohio State. Holtmann didn't press his best player, didn't try to sway his thinking one way or the other. A year ...
AEW world champion CM Punk to undergo surgery, interim titleholder to be crowned at Forbidden Door PPV
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AEW world champion CM Punk to undergo surgery, interim titleholder to be crowned at Forbidden Door PPV

All Elite Wrestling CM Punk's victory lap as AEW world champion will have to wait. Punk announced on Friday's episode of AEW Rampage that he is injured and will undergo surgery. Punk assured fans that this was a temporary setback and that he would not be retiring.Punk shared the news just five days after he beat "Hangman" Adam Page for the world title at AEW Double or Nothing. The former WWE champion delivered an emotional speech about his desire to perform at his best for the AEW aud...
Jarvis Landry says Jameis Winston is one of the reasons he wanted to join Saints: ‘He’s a leader, man’
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Jarvis Landry says Jameis Winston is one of the reasons he wanted to join Saints: ‘He’s a leader, man’

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports The New Orleans Saints had a tough time with their wide receiving corps in 2021. Sean Payton had just one wideout play in all 17 games, and that was undrafted receiver Marquez Callaway. While he was a pleasant surprise, the rotation behind him was week-to-week. That should not be the case in 2022.The Saints will return star wideout Michael Thomas this season, they took former Ohio State receiver Chris Olave with the No. 11 overall pick in the draft and then la...
2022 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Celtics prediction, odds, line, Game 2 picks from model on 88-59 run
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2022 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Celtics prediction, odds, line, Game 2 picks from model on 88-59 run

The 2022 NBA Finals continue on Sunday evening with a high-profile matchup at Chase Center. The Golden State Warriors host the Boston Celtics for Game 2, with Boston leading 1-0 in the series. The Celtics exploded in the fourth quarter of Game 1, taking home-court advantage in the process. The Warriors aim to hold serve at home in Game 2 as they search for a series-evening victory. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET in San Francisco. Caesars Sportsbook lists Golden State as the four-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 215.5 in the latest Warriors vs. Celtics odds. Before making any Celtics vs. Warriors picks, be sure to see the NBA Finals 2022 predictions and bettin...
Packers’ Aaron Rodgers says he thinks of retirement ‘all the time’ and can ‘definitely see the end coming’
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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers says he thinks of retirement ‘all the time’ and can ‘definitely see the end coming’

USATSI Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is back in Green Bay after signing a massive contract extension in March, but that doesn't mean the 38-year-old isn't thinking about hanging up his cleats. The future Hall of Famer admits that he thinks about retirement often.Rodgers said the game can become a lot, and as he ages, his goals are changing."I think about (retirement) all the time," Rodgers said during a quarterback roundtable that TNT ran after "The Match" golf event. "And I resonate...
Stephen Curry sets NBA Finals record with six 3-pointers in historic first quarter of Warriors-Celtics Game 1
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Stephen Curry sets NBA Finals record with six 3-pointers in historic first quarter of Warriors-Celtics Game 1

Getty Images The idea that Stephen Curry somehow needs a Finals MVP to validate his all-time resume is preposterous, but if you believe he does need that hardware, he got off to a pretty good start on Thursday night. The Warriors star erupted for 21 points in the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.The 21 points are the highest-scoring single quarter in the NBA Finals since 1993 (Michael Jordan had 22 vs. the Suns) and Curry had the highest-scoring first ...
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...