April 19, 2021

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The blame game: Analysis of the Bottas-Russell clash and what happens next
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Big accidents often come with big consequences in Formula One.Fortunately, George Russell and Valtteri Bottas walked away unharmed from their 190 mph collision at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, but that didn't stop egos being bruised in the aftermath.The accident, which was deemed to be a racing incident by the stewards, would not have been such a big talking point had it occurred between two other drivers, but given Bottas' position at Mercedes is under threat from Russell next year, there is juicy subplot that couldn't be ignored on Sunday evening.Russell is a Williams driver this year but is contracted to Mercedes on a long-term development contract that will almost certainly see him race for world champions in the future. A large part of his junior career was also funded by Mercedes.
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Stephen A. reveals why Tom Brady has put an immense amount of pressure on Aaron Rodgers | First Take
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Stephen A. reveals why Tom Brady has put an immense amount of pressure on Aaron Rodgers | First Take Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman debate how much pressure Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is putting on Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. #FirstTake #NFL 0:00 Max Kellerman says Tom Brady is putting the most pressure on Patrick Mahomes. 2:51 Stephen A. Smith believes Aaron Rodgers is under the most pressure. 5:30 Stephen A. says Rodgers is running out of time in Green Bay.
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Stephen A. reacts to Ben Askren getting KO'd by Jake Paul | First Take
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Stephen A. reacts to Ben Askren getting KO'd by Jake Paul | First Take Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman discuss Ben Askren getting knocked out by YouTube star Jake Paul. #FirstTake​ #Boxing​ 0:00 Molly Qerim Rose reads Stephen A. Smith's tweet about the boxing match. 0:22 Stephen A. explains why he isn't impressed with Jake Paul's knockout. 3:34 Max Kellerman's reaction to the Paul-Askren match.
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Stephen A. calls Steph Curry the greatest offensive weapon in the NBA | First Take
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Stephen A. calls Steph Curry the greatest offensive weapon in the NBA | First Take Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman debate whether Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is the NBA's greatest offensive weapon. #FirstTake #NBA 0:00 "He is the greatest shooter God has ever created" - Stephen A. Smith on Steph Curry. 2:14 Max Kellerman argues that Kevin Durant, James Harden and Damian Lillard are ahead of Curry. 5:06 Stephen A. disagrees with all of Max's contenders.
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The 49ers have designed workouts for Trey Lance's second pro day | Get Up
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The 49ers have designed workouts for Trey Lance's second pro day | Get Up The Get Up crew debates where QB Trey Lance will be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. #GetUp 0:00 Dan Graziano explains how Trey Lance is doing workouts specifically for the San Francisco 49ers. 2:00 Domonique Foxworth says there is a slim chance that the Niners draft Lance. 3:37 Do the 49ers definitely know which player they will select?
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Brady making 'good progress' after knee operation
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said he is making good progress following a minor knee operation and is eager to get back on the training field.The 43-year-old played through most of the 2020 season with discomfort in his knee but still managed to guide the Bucs to their second Super Bowl title with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs in February.Brady, who picked up his seventh championship ring and was named Super Bowl MVP for a fifth time with the win over the Chiefs, agreed a deal to extend his contract through the 2022 season."It's good progress. It's rehab. None of that is fun, but looking forward to getting back to real training and stuff, which is hopefully here pretty soon," Brady said.
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The Monday 9: MLB has a new marquee matchup as Dodgers-Padres somehow exceeds expectations
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Welcome to The Monday 9, our new weekly lineup of Things You Need to Know in baseball. The MLB season is a marathon, so get caught up each Monday morning right here at Yahoo Sports.If you want to reside at the center of the baseball universe, may I recommend San Clemente, California? Nuzzled up against the Pacific Ocean, it is a surfing hotbed, and the local high school produced Rian Johnson, director of "Knives Out" and one installment of "Star Wars." That saga will serve up more than 20 hours of communal entertainment if you’re so inclined, but we’re eyeing San Clemente for something even better.The drive from Dodger Stadium to Petco Park is 123 miles (and oh, you know, literally any number of hours) down Interstate 5, but San Clemente is smack dab in the middle, just 60 miles from either setting for baseball’s new blockbuster event.
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NHL Playoff Watch Daily: Canes, Lightning face off in critical Central matchup
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Of the NHL's four new realigned divisions, the Central has the tightest race among the top three seeds right now, with the Carolina Hurricanes (62 points), Florida Panthers (61) and Tampa Bay Lightning (60) taking turns looking like the team to beat.Monday night, we'll see two of those clubs face off, as the Lightning host the Hurricanes at 7 p.m. ET. The season series to this point is tied 3-3, with the Lightning holding a 13-12 goals scored advantage. The Canes come in hot off a victory against the Nashville Predators, which included the eventual game-winner scored by trade deadline newcomer Jani Hakanpaa. Meanwhile, the Lightning are coming off a tough 5-3 loss to the Panthers.As we enter the final stretch of the regular season, it's time to check in on all the playoff races -- along with the teams jockeying for position in the 2021 NHL draft lottery.
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2021 PGA Championship odds: Surprising PGA picks, predictions from advanced model that called six majors
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Household names like Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and Rory McIlroy have won the PGA Championship in recent years, but this major has also seen its fair share of upset winners. Collin Morikawa pulled off a stunner in 2020, while Jimmy Walker (2016) and Jason Dufner (2013) are among the other long shot winners. The 2021 PGA Championship will tee off Thursday, May 20, from Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and golf bettors are already looking through the 2021 PGA Championship field to find the best values.The 2021 PGA Championship odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Dustin Johnson as the favorite at 10-1. The No. 1-ranked player in the world is followed by Jon Rahm (11-1), Thomas (12-1) and Bryson DeChabmeau (14-1) on the PGA odds board. Before locking in your 2021 PGA Championship picks, be sure to see the 2021 PGA Championship predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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Jordan Brand releasing Air Jordan 13 'Red Flint' after shoe took off in 2020
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Following the success of the Air Jordan 13 "Flint" re-release last year on the heels of "The Last Dance" documentary, Jordan Brand will launch the Air Jordan "Red Flint" this May. The Air Jordan 13 came out in 1997 and the shoe was popularized again with several appearances in the ESPN documentary last April that saw Michael Jordan sporting the signature sneakers. The "Flint" iteration of the Air Jordan 13 came out in 1998, and according to StockX, the retro release of the Air Jordan 13 "Flint" last May sold 40,000 pairs by July. Lyst revealed the shoe to be the most impactful shoe on fashion in 2020 in a ranking of the top 10 sneakers of the year. The "Red Flint" variation offers a slight change, with the bold gym red hue the dominant color while meshing with the Flint Gray. The shoe's most notable features, the Jumpman logo on the tongue and the holographic eye near the collar, are still there.  
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‘The Nets won’t come out of the East without Kevin Durant on the court’ - Stephen A. | First Take
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‘The Nets won’t come out of the East without Kevin Durant on the court’ - Stephen A. | First Take Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman discuss their level of concern for Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant’s durability. #FirstTake #NFL 0:00 Stephen A. Smith explains why he is worried about Kevin Durant’s durability. 1:30 Max Kellerman says the Nets could still make it out of the East without KD. 6:15 Max: I am not worried about KD’s injury.
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Jose Mourinho sacked as Tottenham manager
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Tottenham have sacked Jose Mourinho after 17 months in charge, the club have confirmed.Spurs announced the decision on Monday morning, less than 12 hours after confirming they will be founding members of a new European Super League alongside five other English clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: "Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club. Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic."On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged. He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution."
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Fans forgotten as elite club owners chase Super League riches
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It would be something of an understatement to suggest that those driving the plan to launch a European Super League (ESL) involving the game's biggest clubs spectacularly misread the room before unveiling their self-styled "strategic vision" for the "benefit of the entire European football pyramid."Those around the table, led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez (ESL chairman), Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer (ESL vice-chairman) and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli (ESL vice-chairman), will have noticed the nodding heads of their fellow executives from nine other major clubs, but football exists beyond that exclusive boardroom cabal. The sentiments of everyone else with an emotional attachment to the game have been completely ignored and dismissed in the pursuit of financial gain.
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Why Florida native Jakob Chychrun is hoping for an Olympic spot ... on Team Canada
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As the Arizona Coyotes fight for a playoff spot -- they're fourth in the West Division, with a one-point lead over the St. Louis Blues -- defenseman Jakob Chychrun has emerged as one of the team's most important players. The 23-year-old leads Arizona in average ice time (23:09), surpassing captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson as the team's No. 1 defenseman. Chychrun is tied for second on the team in goals (13, including three game winners) and is third in points (31).The Coyotes always knew Chychrun was capable of this, but watching him flourish has been a treat, especially after a series of injuries hampered the start of his career. Chychrun had shoulder surgery in his draft year, "which I kind of struggled to come back from," he said. Then, while training in the summer in 2017 following his first NHL season, he tore the meniscus in his left knee.
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Mourinho 'first Super League manager to lose their job': Social media reacts
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Even within a 24-hour period in which football began tearing itself apart over the proposed breakaway Super League, somehow Jose Mourinho still managed to regain the spotlight on Monday when he was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur.On what must go down as one of the most hectic Monday mornings ever in the game, Spurs announced that they were parting ways with their Portuguese manager after just 17 months in charge.- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only) - ESPN+ viewer's guide: Bundesliga, Serie A, MLS, FA Cup and moreIntriguingly, the club stated that Mourinho and his staff had been "relieved of their duties," rather than the usual, more reciprocal talk of the coach leaving the club by mutual consent.
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Reacting to Trevor Lawrence clarifying his comments about motivation | Get Up
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Reacting to Trevor Lawrence clarifying his comments about motivation | Get Up The Get Up crew weighs in on Trevor Lawrence clarifying his comments about motivation and football ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. 0:00 Mike Greenberg shares Lawrence's statement. 0:40 Domonique Foxworth reacts to Lawrence's comments and clarification. 2:00 Tim Hasselbeck echoes Domonique's sentiments and weighs in on Trevor's comments. 3:20 Dan Graziano doesn't think Trevor's future teammates will care about his comments when the season rolls around. #GetUp #NFL
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Betting bullets: Early NFL win total action, Jake Paul exceeds books' expectations
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Last week provided a glimpse of the sports betting future in the U.S.NFL season win totals were released before the draft and before the final schedule was released. The PGA Tour and Phoenix Suns announced plans to put retail sportsbooks at their venues in Arizona. And a boxing match between a social media personality and a UFC fighter drew more betting interest than bookmakers expected.We take a closer look in this week's Betting Bullets, ESPN Chalk's sports betting news roundup.The betting market for the NFL season is taking shape ... in April. Season win totals and division odds hit the boards last week at multiple sportsbooks.Just five years ago, Las Vegas sportsbooks were in the habit of waiting until after the draft and the schedule release before posting offerings like season win totals. Sometimes they didn't show up until late June, after the NBA Finals concluded. Vegas was the only legal game in town those days, though. Those days are long gone.
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NBA Power Rankings: Why the season's final month starts with a new No. 1 team
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A few quality wins have propelled the Philadelphia 76ers back into our No. 1 spot.Joel Embiid and the 76ers have won four straight, with the past three coming against playoff teams in the LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks. The Utah Jazz, meanwhile, have dropped two of their past four games, including a 12-point overtime loss to a Los Angeles Lakers squad that continues to play without injured stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.The Eastern Conference is boasting plenty of streaking teams right now: The Boston Celtics, once in danger of a date in the play-in, have won six straight to tie the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 4 seed.The New York Knicks continue to impress, as they've won six straight to reach four games over .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2012-13, according to ESPN Stats and Information research.
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Heat vs. Nets highlights and analysis: Woj on Kevin Durant's injury and Zion's future | Get Up
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Heat vs. Nets highlights and analysis: Woj on Kevin Durant's injury and Zion's future | Get Up Adrian Wojnarowski joins Get Up to discuss Kevin Durant's left thigh contusion in the Brooklyn Nets' loss against the Miami Heat, along with Zion Williamson saying Madison Square Garden is his favorite place to play outside of New Orleans. #GetUp #NBA 0:00 Mike Greenberg breaks down highlights of the Heat's win against the Nets. 1:09 Woj gives an update on Durant's thigh injury. 3:04 Zion Williamson comments on playing at Madison Square Garden.
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Trey Lance and Justin Fields have a chance to change the 49ers' minds about the No. 3 pick | Get Up
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Watch Part 1: https://youtu.be/fyi9MbzKm1w Trey Lance and Justin Fields have a chance to change the 49ers' minds about the No. 3 pick | Get Up The Get Up crew debates where QB Trey Lance will be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. #GetUp 0:00 Dan Graziano says the 49ers are giving Justin Fields and Trey Lance a chance to prove they should be drafted No. 3 overall. 0:53 Tim Hasselbeck compares Lance to Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes. 3:27 Domonique Foxworth does not think Lance will have to sit before being a starting QB.
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MLS Power Rankings: Seattle No. 1 after Week 1; L.A. teams in top six
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Well, MLS is back for 2021, and the opening weekend saw no shortage of drama, superb goals and big results. New team Austin FC opened the year with a debut defeat, LA Galaxy got two goals from Chicharito (remember him?) to beat a retooled Inter Miami, and the Columbus Crew battled to a 0-0 draw with Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia. However, the biggest result of the first round might be Seattle's huge 4-0 shellacking of Minnesota on Friday night to set the tone for their latest MLS Cup questGet caught up with the weekend's action and see where your team sits in our Week One Power Rankings.Previous ranking: N/A Next MLS match:Saturday, April 24 at LAFC, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)The most lopsided scoreline of the opening weekend belonged to Seattle, which throttled Minnesota United, 4-0. The Sounders have yet to finish lower than fourth in the Western Conference in their 12-year MLS existence, and there's no reason to believe this will be the year that changes. -- Bonagura
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Braves hit four home runs in first inning vs. Cubs as Kyle Hendricks makes unfortunate franchise history
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Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks is used to performing in a way that puts him on the right side of baseball history. Unfortunately for Hendricks, and for the Cubs' chances of topping the Atlanta Braves, that wasn't the case Sunday night.Instead, Hendricks became the first pitcher in Cubs history to allow four home runs in the first inning of a contest, per MLB.com's Sarah Langs. Hendricks is also just the ninth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to experience that indignity, again according to Langs. It was the first time the Cubs as a staff had given up four home runs in an inning since July of 2010, when Ted Lilly and Jeff Stevens permitted two apiece against the Cincinnati Reds.
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Sources: UEFA vote for Champions Lge revamp
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UEFA's Executive Committee has responded to the threat of a breakaway European Super League (ESL) by unanimously voting to sanction the new-look 36-team Champions League, sources have told ESPN.In a vote in Montreux, Switzerland, on Monday, the Executive Committee passed a resolution to expand the Champions League from its present format of 32 teams, with the re-shaped tournament due to commence at the start of the 2024-25 season.- BVB CEO: Bayern, Dortmund reject Super League - Sir Alex: Super League a 'move away' from history - Super League start legal action after threatsThe change will see each club play 10 group games, rather than six, before advancing to a 16-team knock-out system in the second half of the season.
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