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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.

All about the fit: The story behind the Cavs' travel suits

Why have the Cleveland Cavaliers been showing up in road arenas like they're attending fashionable boardroom meetings? "Unity," says veteran Kendrick Perkins.

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.


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.



Players, coaches and owners react to national anthem policy

NFL owners will require players to stand if they are on the field for the national anthem. Here's reaction to the new rule.

What issues surround new anthem rules?

Josina Anderson says NFL player rights are being infringed upon by not being able to express themselves freely.


NFL anthem policy leaves a lot open to interpretation

Jason Reid joins OTL to weigh in on the NFL's new rules for the national anthem.


Goodell addresses new policy, which was unanimously approved

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


Riddick: 'Owners trying to protect their bottom line'

Louis Riddick says the new anthem policy requiring players to stand or be in the locker room helps owners from alienating fans.


X factors, picks for Capitals-Lightning Game 7

Which players' performances -- for better or worse -- will determine the winner of the Eastern Conference finals? Our panel weighs in.

Ovechkin prepares for 'biggest game in my life'

With one game separating him from his first Stanley Cup Final appearance, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said Wednesday's Game 7 is the biggest game of his life.

Ovechkin: You play hockey for 'this moment'

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and goaltender Braden Holtby emphasize staying in the moment and executing against the Lightning in Game 7.


Stamkos, Lightning embracing Game 7

Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos says it'll be "game on" as soon as the puck drops in the conference finals against the Capitals.


Capitals coach skates 'hot lap' before Game 7

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz subs in for captain Alex Ovechkin and skates the customary lap around the ice before Wednesday's practice in Tampa.



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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Keeping up with Virat Kohli, India's best cricketer

To be India's best cricketer is to live with the suffocating, infuriating, frightening trappings of fame. But for Virat Kohli, it's seductive all the same.

The annual ranking of the biggest names in sports

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.

Notable risers in World Fame 100

Odell Beckham Jr. and Caroline Wozniacki head the list of fast risers in this year's version of the World Fame 100.


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Tragic end, new beginning

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  • Grounds For Return

    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.