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Football Footnotes: Browns may go after Jimmy Garoppolo; Malik Willis’ debut; Antonio Brown’s witty response to meme

This week’s “Friday Football Footnotes” has an update on Cleveland’s plans at quarterback if Deshaun Watson’s suspension becomes longer. Malik Willis had some highlights in his NFL preseason debut with the Tennessee Titans. The NFL finally does something right in terms of quarterback contact. And Antonio Brown actually did something witty. “Plan B” is “Plan …

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Patriots vs.  Giants: Bailey Zappe a bright spot in preseason opener loss

Patriots vs. Giants: Bailey Zappe a bright spot in preseason opener loss

The New England Patriots began their preseason with a last-second loss to the New York Giants on Thursday night. With quarterback Mac Jones and most of the Patriots’ starters sitting out, the preseason opener was a chance to see what the rookies bring to the table. It also provided a glimpse at the players who …

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Takeaways from Kentucky's Game 2 in the Bahamas vs.  Tec De Monterrey

Takeaways from Kentucky’s Game 2 in the Bahamas vs. Tec De Monterrey

Sometimes two teams don’t belong on the same basketball floor together and, respectfully, that was the case Thursday night when the University of Kentucky hosted Tec De Monterrey of Monterrey, Mexico, in a friendly preseason competition on the lovely island of New Providence in the Bahamas. For Kentucky, it was the second exhibition game in …

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49ers were reportedly baffled by Jimmy Garoppolo's vanishing act after signing mega-deal

49ers were reportedly baffled by Jimmy Garoppolo’s vanishing act after signing mega-deal

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports By now, most have heard about Jimmy Garoppolo’s offseason vanishing acts. Tight end George Kittle has called him the “worst texter of all time,” saying that even he has difficulty getting a hold of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback outside of team-organized activities. Garoppolo typically becomes a ghost for much of …

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Skylar Diggins-Smith won't return to the WNBA in 2022

Skylar Diggins-Smith won’t return to the WNBA in 2022

8:22 PM ET MA VoepelESPN.com Close MA Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. The Phoenix Mercury announced Thursday that Skylar Diggins-Smith would miss the final two regular-season games this season. The Mercury also have …

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Tom Brady to miss 10-plus days in what Bucs call a pre-planned absence

Tom Brady to miss 10-plus days in what Bucs call a pre-planned absence

Placeholder while article actions load NFL quarterbacks don’t usually miss an extended period of time shortly before the season begins, but Tom Brady is not a usual quarterback. The 45-year-old is set to be absent from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for at least 10 days, the team revealed Thursday. Bucs officials played down the development …

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Former OC coach accused of sexually assaulting underage girls arrested in Bakersfield

Former OC coach accused of sexually assaulting underage girls arrested in Bakersfield

ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) — A prominent Southern California athletic trainer and a former coach at a sports and rehab facility in Orange County accused of sexually assaulting underage girls has been arrested, police say. The Santa Ana Police Department says Chris Flores was arrested in Bakersfield during a traffic stop on Thursday. Police said he …

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Patriots vs.  Giants score: New York boots New England in walk-off fashion as dominant running game leads way

Patriots vs. Giants score: New York boots New England in walk-off fashion as dominant running game leads way

Preseason games are more than just the final score. For most fans and media members, the preseason is a way to gain intel about teams and players before the start of the regular season. Fans of both the Giants and Patriots learned things about their teams on Thursday night, aside from the Giants’ 23-21 victory. …

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NBA retires Bill Russell's number: Who will be the last player to wear No. 6?

NBA retires Bill Russell’s number: Who will be the last player to wear No. 6?

Darryl Norenberg-USA TODAY Sport In honor of the legendary Bill Russell, the NBA retired his number league-wide on Thursday. Nobody will wear No. 6 for the Orlando Magic or Sacramento Kings again. Actually, even before this news, nobody was going to wear No. 6 for the Magic or Kings. Both franchises retired it for “the …

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