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A very sporty holiday ...
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Today's ESPN Daily will get you all prepared for the frankly ludicrous amount of sports going on this week. Know a friend who's getting amped up for the Turkey Day sportstravaganza? You can send them this newsletter right here: Read More
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No fighting ...
Few things are as tied together in the public imagination as hockey and fighting, but players have been dropping the gloves at lower and lower rates over the past few years. What's behind this sudden pacifism? ESPN NHL insider Greg Wyshynski joins Mina Kimes to talk about how the game is moving toward a different style of play, and what that means for the future of hockey. Read More
LONG WEEKEND BINGE READS
Your sports holiday gift guide ...
Looking to get a head start on holiday shopping for the sports fan in your life? We've got you covered. Here's a guide to the best sports-themed holiday gifts, from insulated beer bottle holders to a framed Muhammad Ali print. Read More
The dark art of free throw defense ...
For the most part, athletes can perform physical feats that the rest of us can't even conceive of. The one exception is free throw shooting: Because it's a short-distance, immobile shot that no one is allowed to defend, you have occasional examples of otherwise-average people being able to hit them at a rate some NBA players can't match. Of course, those people don't have to deal with all the tricks NBA players can pull. See, it's not QUITE accurate to say you can't defend a free throw. From towel throwing to sweat wiping, here are all the ways the NBA's savviest defenders can mess with a shot they're not allowed to contest. Read More
The Thanksgiving Jack Johnson fought two men in prison ...
Jack Johnson was far past his prime as a boxer in 1920, when he participated in two exhibition matches in the same day at Leavenworth prison. The story of how it all happened, though -- from his marriage to his exile in Mexico to his return -- is just as astounding as any of his legendary professional fights. Here's a look back at his Thanksgiving contest almost a century ago. Read More
The future of load management ...
The rules around resting stars in the NBA is already pretty complicated, and it might get exponentially greater once the new schedule changes come through. Zach Lowe breaks down what it'll all mean for the league, and how it is addressing the challenge of making each game feel like appointment television. Read More
Why Colin Kaepernick and the NFL were never going to work out ...
His workout showed that he's still got the skills of an NFL quarterback, but a lack of interest from any team means that Colin Kaepernick's time in the league is probably over for good. Howard Bryant writes on how the two sides couldn't find any common ground through a fog of distrust and acrimony. Read More
Loss, love, and a promise kept ...
Andy Burcham was devastated when his friends Rod and Paula Bramblett were killed in a car accident. Now, he's navigating his first season as Rod's replacement as Auburn football announcer ... and raising the Brambletts' son and keeping their adult daughter close. Here's his remarkable story. Read More
What's on this long weekend?
Feast Week (games Wednesday-Sunday all week on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ACC Network, ESPN+):
Maui Jim. The 2K Sports Classic. The Orlando Invitational. All that and more in the world of college hoops, all week across the ESPN family of networks. Here's a guide to some of the bigger games on ESPN+. Read More
Nets at Celtics (Wednesday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN); Lakers at Pelicans (Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN):
Two homecomings within two hours of one another: an injured Kyrie Irving to Boston, and an extremely healthy Anthony Davis to New Orleans. You'll want to tune in to see the crowd reactions, if nothing else.
Rivalry Week (games Wednesday-Saturday on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ACC Network, ESPN+):
It might be Thanksgiving, but it feels like Christmas for college football fans this week. We've got some absolutely fantastic matchups on the docket for Rivalry Week, including Saturday's lineup of No. 2 Ohio State at No. 13 Michigan (noon ET, Fox), No. 3 Clemson at South Carolina (noon ET, ESPN), No. 5 Alabama at No. 15 Auburn (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS) and No. 12 Wisconsin at No. 10 Minnesota (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). Here's an ESPN+ breakdown of all the key matchups in one of the biggest college football weeks of the year. Read More
Bears at Lions (Thursday, 12:30 p.m. ET, Fox); Bills at Cowboys (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS); Saints at Falcons (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC):
Get ready for some exceptional NFL matchups as you settle down for Thanksgiving dinner. Or lunch, as some people do. Not breakfast, unless you live on the West Coast or get up very late. Anyway, here's our full guide to the Turkey Day action. Read More
Tete vs. Casimero (Saturday, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN+); Valdez vs. Gutierrez (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+):
We've got two exciting Top Rank Boxing matchups for you this holiday weekend. In the early fight, Zolani Tete defends his WBO bantamweight title against Johnriel Casimero. At night, Oscar Valdez takes on Andres Gutierrez in a WBO junior lightweight eliminator.
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