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NFL owners pass new national anthem policy

Under a policy unanimously approved by owners, NFL players and personnel have the option not to take the field for the national anthem, but those who do must stand.

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NFL's new anthem policy unanimously approved

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media about the NFL's new national anthem policy.

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Don't expect the irrationally fearless Celtics to fold now

From virtually the opening tip, this season has been a never-ending trial by fire for the young Celtics. Next up? Winning two out of three against LeBron James.

Stevens: 'We gotta play 48 great minutes'

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens breaks down the importance of getting off to a better start than Boston has in the last two games.

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Stephen A. unsure if Cavs can win in Boston

Stephen A. Smith explains why he is cautious to believe that the Cavaliers can win in the hostile environment of TD Garden in Boston.

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Barnwell: Ultimate surprise sports runs -- where Vegas ranks

Does Vegas' Stanley Cup run make it the most unlikely finalist in modern American sports? Bill Barnwell looks at candidates across the big four.

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Vegas' success wasn't rigged: Here's how the Knights were built

No one expected Vegas to make the Stanley Cup Final this season. Here's how each player taken in the expansion draft has helped (or not).

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Answers to the five biggest questions left in the offseason

Will OBJ get a new deal? Where will Dez Bryant sign? We take on the NFL's biggest questions left to be answered this offseason.

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How 2017 NFL holdouts fared: Donald dominated; Bell took time

There were some high-profile players absent from OTAs and training camp in 2017. How did each get along following his return to the field?

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To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with a list of 600. Then we ranked them based on a formula that consists of three fame factors.

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Tragic end, new beginning

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    For Chicago White Sox grounds crew member Nevest Coleman, the journey from prison to exoneration is a story of time lost, new beginnings and a murder that remains a mystery.

Lionel Messi is the quietest superstar

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  • Stay Messi, My Friend

    Lionel Messi only seems like the least interesting man in the world. Listen closely and his silence speaks louder than most athletes' shouts.