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Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Robinson is attempting a Major League Baseball return unlike any other. Robinson worked his way through the minors for many years, and in 2017 he finally made the Texas Rangers' Opening Day roster. But what followed was a bumpy path up and down between leagues and teams. All the while, Robinson struggled with mental health concerns. On April 16th, 2020, Drew Robinson attempted suicide. He lived. And now, with ongoing rehabilitation and therapy, Robinson is re-engaging with pro baseball. ESPN's Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan shares his reporting behind the ESPN+ special from E:60, "Alive: The Drew Robinson Story."San Jose Sharks

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Although Eakins kept his job after two losing seasons, Murray said the Ducks would make changes on his staff, particularly to address the inept power play employed by the team that finished last in the league in goals for the second time in three seasons. Anaheim scored on just 8.9% of its power-play chances, the worst mark in modern NHL history.

That would be coach Dominique Ducharme, whose trust of Caufield developed gradually. While Caufield's 52 points in 31 games at Wisconsin propelled him to win the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top player, those didn't matter much when transitioning through a quick stint in the American Hockey League and joining the Canadiens in April.Pittsburgh Penguins

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College football's 2020 season hangs in the balance. Over the weekend, the Mid-Atlantic Conference cancelled its season. Today, big meetings and movements are expected from the Big Ten, PAC-12, and other conferences as they consider their options amidst growing concern around coronavirus. It's a decision that's become both political and personal, as conferences across the country have navigated the variations in protocols at the state, city, and university levels. On Monday, President Trump even weighed in on the situation, tweeting "Play College Football!" Adam Rittenberg brings us the latest, specifically on the Big Ten. Then, Cal offensive lineman Valentino Daltoso, who helped organize the PAC-12's "We Are United" movement, weighs in with the player perspective.

Major League Baseball has already weathered multiple outbreaks of COVID-19, prompting the league to update its protocols, after the integrity of its season was threatened. Now, the league is considering taking the same route as the NBA and NHL to ensure a successful postseason: playing inside a bubble. Jeff Passan brings us the latest on MLB's efforts to contain the coronavirus. Then, Jeff shares his reporting on the breakout star of this MLB season, the San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. Jeff's recent profile of Tatis Jr. for ESPN Cover Story took him to the Dominican Republic to tell the budding superstar's story.

“It’s the way it is,” Quenneville said. “That's one of the rules, and you deal with it. He was a big part of their team last year. Not like he hasn’t been around them, so that’s where it’s at, so there’s no complaint here.”Philadelphia Flyers

The Islanders’ lineup has a lot of players that can contribute and is very balanced, but there are not a lot of game potential game-breakers here. They have an aggressive forecheck and can cause havoc on opposing defenders, but it is not a team that is going to score a lot of goals. Mathew Barzal is great and one of the best skaters and puckhandlers in the league, but there is not much star power after him. He really started to get hot in the Islanders’ Second Round win against the Boston Bruins.New York Islanders
Eric Sogard scored the first run of the outing on a fielding error before Anthony Rizzo scored Joc Pederson on a single to right field.

At age 26, Mullins is having a breakout season as the only real bright spot for the dead-end Orioles. He’s hitting .323 with a .928 OPS, slugging .536 mostly because of his 17 doubles.Tampa Bay Rays face coverings

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And the more time Buehler spends with Kershaw, the more he is starting to sound like him, taking pride in pitching into the later innings and recalling his rare setbacks with precision.

Lindor said he’s proud to think he might have set the bar for Báez and the rest of the class, as a member of a union that faces one of its more difficult CBA battles in years over the next five months.Atlanta Braves face coverings

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DeGrom’s 0.56 ERA is the lowest ever by a pitcher through 10 starts, just ahead of Juan Marichal’s 0.59 in 1966.

Washington still isn’t pitching at the level it has in years past, but Max Scherzer (2.21 ERA) has been as good as ever while Erick Fedde and Joe Ross have been suitable fill-ins at the back end. The 2021 group’s numbers aren’t far off from those put up in 2019, leaving open the possibility that the Nationals’ rotation could return to form in time to make a run at the playoffs.Chicago Cubs face coverings

With 11 homers through 42 appearances, Posey is already nearly halfway to his career-high of 24, set in 2012 when he won the NL MVP award. He hasn't reached 20 homers since he hit 22 in 2014.Los Angeles Angels face coverings
As baseball's latest scandal continues to unfold, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and others are coming under more fire. Criticism has grown around whether the Houston Astros' players deserved more blame and punishment for the sign stealing scheme, and how much it helped the team win the 2017 World Series. ESPN's Buster Olney breaks down the latest developments, as 2019 champs the Nationals face the Astros in a spring training game this weekend.Pittsburgh Penguins

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Hinostroza, who's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is coming off a one-year, $1 million deal and previously played on a two-year, $3 million contract. It’s difficult to see him getting much more than that on the open market, given the financial climate that will see the salary cap stay flat for years to come.Montreal Canadiens

Talent-wise, it’s not outrageous to imagine Vegas “turning it on” and producing on the power play for a series. It just hasn’t happened often enough to chalk it up as an advantage.

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Lucic: "I remember Ference wrote on the whiteboard [in the dressing room], 'No one raises the Cup in our building.' So that was another piece that added to our motivation."Washington Capitals

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• Oliver Wahlstrom is healthy to play Game 2, says Barry Trotz. Will the head coach go with Wahlstrom or Travis Zajac? [NY Hockey Now]Buffalo Sabres

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Both will compete for jobs in training camp and be call-up options throughout the 2021-22 season.
Josh Gibson’s grave site is not easy to find. Deep in Allegheny Cemetery, down a winding road at section 50, lies arguably the true home run king. At the time of Gibson’s death in 1947, the gravesite was unmarked. The city of Pittsburgh has since made an effort to make up for that flaw, posthumously, in 1975, with a plaque.Detroit Tigers face coverings

Then again, if they slip up and win a game on the road, there are the Texas Rangers, who entered Saturday with a 16-game road losing streak.

“It’s hard to see this when you’re giving out 10-game suspensions for cheating, but you give the Astros no suspensions at all,” said Rodón. “If Rob Manfred can look himself in the mirror and say ‘hey, I’m doing the right thing,’ that’s fine. But (if you) can’t suspend the team you actually knew was cheating during a playoff game, that’s on you.”San Francisco Giants face coverings

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Especially when it came to Lindor, who was the head of that class until the extension took him off the upcoming market.

The Cubs would of course have to put some top prospects on the table in exchange for Marte, but he’d most certainly be worth it for David Ross and Chicago. If the Cubs want to make something happen, again, they’d have until July 30 to put a sexy offer on the table for Miami.Cincinnati Reds face coverings

New York needs to figure out if all of this is related before something more serious comes along. deGrom is slated to get an MRI on Thursday morning.

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"Finally playing in a full Dodger Stadium on the right team is definitely something I’ve been looking forward to,” said Betts, who finished three for five. “And being able to play a good game was the cherry on top.”Atlanta Braves face coverings

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Publicly, the Red Sox are taking things slowly, but the return of Sale and how well he can perform represents an undeniable X factor in the team's ambitions this season. According to front-office sources, the team views Sale playing a role in the team's push toward the playoffs. While Boston surprised many baseball observers out of the gate by thrusting itself into the conversation among the best teams in the sport, the addition of a pitcher of Sale's caliber could make the team an even more serious contender, if he can stay healthy.

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“You’re not supposed to break the speed limit, too. But you do. You know what I’m saying?” says Astros manager Dusty Baker.Cleveland Indians face coverings

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"I thought it was pretty (expletive), pretty (expletive) thing to do," he said. "I assume everyone thinks that I was using sticky stuff, which I was not. I just thought the timing of it was pretty (expletive), honestly."

But as the NL East-leading Mets spend the next few sleepless nights in a collective cold sweat, the NL Central-leading Cubs have plenty of their own issues to address and little time to sleep on them — cold sweat or not.Atlanta Braves face coverings

Story was placed on the IL May 29 with right elbow inflammation. An MRI taken a few days later came back clean.Milwaukee Brewers face coverings

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"Not at all, because everyone was on board and everything went accordingly," Rojas said. "There was no feedback that would give us a red flag."San Francisco Giants face coverings

Boston remains neck and neck with the Rays in American League East race, but the issues around starting pitching are starting to reveal themselves. After leading the team through the early part of the season, the back-end rotation trio of Nick Pivetta, Garrett Richards and Martin Perez have come back down to earth. Meanwhile, Eduardo Rodriguez, considered the potential ace of this rotation in the absence of Chris Sale, continues to struggle, posting a 6.21 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP and a -0.5 bWAR. Rodriguez's FIP of 3.63 suggests some bad luck at play, but results are results. -- Lee
• “The issues that plagued Tampa Bay in Game 1, poor puck management, indecisiveness with the puck, a lack of motivation (or ‘fire,’ as Blake Coleman said), were rectified en route to a 4-2 win Tuesday night.” [Raw Charge]

One player biting his opponent. A series-long suspension after a star player was stretchered off the ice after a hit. Goalie trash talk in the media. The heavy underdog upsetting the favorite, and in the process going from one of hockey's most hated teams to the club North America rallied behind in the series. Oh, and in the end, a riot that left the losing city in flames.Montreal Canadiens

"Missing a whole year, you ask any player, you don’t want to be that guy," Kucherov said.New York Islanders

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The temptation of Eichel. If Sabres star Jack Eichel's frustration does boil over and he were to become available this offseason, there are few NHL teams that can match the collection of picks and prospects the Kings could offer. In fact, that list might include a single other team: the New York Rangers. There are many, many questions to consider before making this kind of deal. Chief among them: Eichel is signed through 2026-27 at $10 million annually; Kopitar is signed through 2023-24 at $10 million annually; and Doughty is signed through 2026-27 at $11 million annually. That'd be a lot of cheddar tied up in three players.Washington Capitals

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In Game 1, the Canadiens outplayed the Golden Knights early, but Vegas eventually pulled away. In Game 2, the Canadiens pulled off an even more impressive start, and this time the Habs benefited on the scoreboard.

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Runner Oscar Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to compete in the Olympic Games, when he took the track in London in 2012, inspiring athletes around the world. Then in 2013 Pistorius' girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at his home, and he was convicted of her killing, in one of South Africa's most infamous trials. Dan Williams was a correspondent for ESPN in South Africa from 2007 to 2013, where he covered Pistorius' athletic career and court proceedings. Williams is featured in the four-part documentary "The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius," available on ESPN+ now.

The Hail Mary fell incomplete. Darryl Sutter was hired after Geoff Ward led the Flames to an 11-11-2 record in his first (and last!) season as Calgary head coach. The plan was for Sutter to work the magic he had as a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Los Angeles Kings, giving the Flames defensive structure and systematic stability. He ended up going 11-14-0 in his first 25 games, and the Flames missed the postseason.Columbus Blue Jackets
“People are going to judge my improvement and maturation when I’m in a live game situation,” the 23-year-old Packers quarterback said, “but I feel like every rep I’m taking in practice, I’m really just working on different things every day, just trying to be aware of the things I need to improve on.”Tennessee Titans Face masks

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Said Sanford: "It's going to be a process, some ups and downs, but I'd be shocked if he doesn't succeed eventually."

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In other news, the NFL announced Thursday that Packers tight end Jace Sternberger was suspended without pay for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league's policy and program on substances of abuse.

Head coach Mike Tomlin has said it’s reasonable to expect significant improvement in Highsmith from his first to second season as a pro. The Steelers’ best edge rusher, T.J. Watt, said Tuesday that he’s looking forward to working with Highsmith in the coming season.Las Vegas Raiders Face masks

James is quite easily the best 17th overall pick of the past 15 years … when healthy. That last part has all too unfortunately been difficult to come by in his three years. He earned an 88.3 overall grade as a rookie and an 82.3 overall grade in 2019 after returning from injury in Week 13 before tearing his ACL and missing all of 2020.Philadelphia Eagles Face masks

Seikovits was given another chance at this year's IPPP and with a better grasp of the position, especially the schematics of playing tight end and improved techniques, he was picked, getting allocated to the Cardinals in early May.

Ramsey also posted the following message on his Instagram story, recruiting Gilmore to Los Angeles after Mookie Betts went from New England to L.A. and won a ring with the Dodgers.Washington Football Team Face masks
Tupa is in Year 4 and will take on the same role as Gammage III after working as a scouting assistant.Kansas City Chiefs Face masks

The Steelers pass rush was in a serious funk in 2016. Linebacker James Harrison led the team with only five sacks. Drafting Artie Burns was a mistake from the moment the pick happened as he was never a good scheme fit. But Chris Jones would have given Pittsburgh the boost as an interior pass rusher they needed.Seattle Seahawks Face masks

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Le'Veon Bell made it well-known he was upset with his situation while playing for the New York Jets.

In two straight press conferences, Jaguars coach Urban Meyer hasn’t been asked a single question about quarterback-turned-tight-end Tim Tebow. Not one.Tennessee Titans Face masks

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Here’s a look at the tight end depth chart going into camp after a pair of offseason additions:Cleveland Browns Face masks

Lost: S Terrence Brooks, DL Adam Butler, WR Damiere Byrd, LB Brandon Copeland, CB Jason McCourty, WR Donte Moncrief, LB LaRoy Reynolds, G Joe Thuney

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The best No. 26 overall pick was tackle Duane Brown. The Pro Bowler was a blindside protector for Matt Schaub and all of the journeymen who followed.
DeSclafani threw his second shutout of the year and allowed just two hits, leading the Giants to a 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals. He faced just one batter over the minimum but did get some help. For the second time this season, Mike Tauchman went over the left field wall to pull a home run back. A few weeks after robbing Albert Pujols, he stunned Nationals superstar Juan Soto. Boston Red Sox face coverings

Pitchers’ average spin rate in MLB games last week was the lowest of this season. More than two-thirds of pitchers (67.2%) have had a reduced spin rate since June 3, including 37 pitchers by at least 100 rpm, according to theScore.com.

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Glasnow is 5-2 on the season with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts for the Rays. Despite losing Charlie Morton to the Atlanta Braves in free agency and trading away Blake Snell to the San Diego Padres this offseason, Tampa Bay still holds a three-game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. Even with an incredibly small payroll, Tampa Bay regularly finds a way to field a competitive team.Los Angeles Dodgers face coverings

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Yermín Mercedes' emergence solidified the DH position once Vaughn left it behind to help out in the outfield. Mercedes might have busted his recent slump with a two-hit night Thursday, hitting in the No. 2 spot recently occupied by Madrigal.Seattle Mariners face coverings

Miguel Amaya is the real jewel of this prospect package for the Nationals. He’s considered the catcher of the future in Chicago. Trading him would assume the Cubs decide to re-sign Willson Contreras long-term, which is a big if at the moment.Cleveland Indians face coverings

And on a Friday night in Dodger Stadium, with Albert Pujols beginning his jog around the bases after hitting a game-winning home run, Zaidi's low-key obsession changed the identity of the 2021 Giants. They had lost four straight to the Dodgers, and it felt like the regression thing was happening quickly. It is, after all, easy to have the wrong thoughts. But Tauchman jumped above the left-field wall, and Tauchman fell, and when Tauchman rolled around on the warning track it became clear the ball was in his glove.
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The two goats are a silly way to imply some of the game’s greatest players will be featured. The question is, will they be past or present players? The Bears have never had a player featured on the cover, but in either case, here are some Bears duos that could make the cut for Madden 22

The 29-year-old’s one-year deal is worth $1,027,500 but carries a lower cap hit as a veteran salary benefit deal, according to a league source.Chicago Bears Face masks

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NFL Network's Nate Burleson breaks down why the Baltimore Ravens will be the most fun team to watch in 2021. This game is streaming live on the Yahoo Sports mobile app, or on NFL Network

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“We are so proud to have Kevin Williams take his place in the Vikings Ring of Honor this fall,” Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf said in a release. “He was one of the greatest defensive players in team history, and he very much deserves this honor.”New York Jets Face masks

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The Cubs have recovered well from a rough road trip when they lost three of four games against the San Francisco Giants. They grabbed two wins out of three against the San Diego Padres, then followed that up with the sweep of the Cardinals. Next up, they have a four-game series with the New York Mets.

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Rojas is, in effect, the face of the Mets off the field. He is responsible for meeting with reporters twice each game day, for providing every injury update, explaining his decisions, and keeping the beat informed about basically everything going on with the team.

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“I’m not concerned either, just because Jake is not,” Rojas said. “This is a guy who knows his body really well, knows his arm really well.”Baltimore Orioles face coverings

The Tigers brought up Burrows in the first place to cover an injury to Rony Garcia, who could miss several weeks with a knee sprain. After dropping Burrows, they’ve added Buck Farmer from Triple-A Toledo.Los Angeles Angels face coverings

"Ultimately, on both players, just sort of manage what is coming next. On both players, at some point, we would hope to be able to say they’ve been cleared to resume baseball activities. At that point, given how much time they’ve missed, it’s still going to be a several-week process before they are ready for a rehab assignment. That would be the next stage. And only once they are headed for rehab assignment am I going to be able to give you a satisfying answer when can we expect them back.Detroit Tigers face coverings

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A wild pitch from Zimmer allowed Cameron and Haase to reach second and third, respectively, before Goodrum struck out swinging.