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Updates: Chargers-Bengals Preview, Match Details and Live Info

CINCINNATI — On the other side of Ohio, Joe Burrow‘s parents are trying to arrange a way to watch their son’s NFL debut amid the pandemic precautions. “They’re trying to figure it out right now because when we’re in Athens, we get the West Virginia news channel,” Burrow said midweek. “They don’t televise the Bengals games. …

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Dolphins-Patriots Preview, Match Details and Live Info

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick and Brian Flores have built their NFL coaching reputations on the defensive side of the ball. But it’s what will happen offensively for both teams that will be in the spotlight as the Patriots and Dolphins open the 2020 season. New England’s offense is expected to look different with Cam Newton at …

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Packers-Vikings Preview, Match Details and Live Info

MINNEAPOLIS — The most consistent weapon the Minnesota Vikings have drawn against Aaron Rodgers since he became Green Bay’s quarterback has been a defense built around a relentless pass rush and revved up by a raucous home crowd. The formula might need an adjustment this year. “We’ve done a fantastic job of getting rowdy, and we’re not going to …

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Bears-Lions Preview, Match Details and Live Info

DETROIT — The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions will kick off their seasons in the Motor City, desperately hoping to bounce back from disappointment. Chicago’s quest seems a little less challenging. The Bears did win eight games last year, but missed the playoffs for the eighth time in nine years. Chicago failed to follow up successfully on coach Matt …

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Jets-Bills Preview, Match Details and Live Info

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The day Stefon Diggs has been waiting for since March has finally arrived. It’s time for the receiver to make his debut with the Buffalo Bills. ”It’s time for a new beginning,” Diggs tweeted on March 16, a day before Buffalo a cquired the sixth-year player in a trade with Minnesota. Nothing …

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Seahawks-Falcons Preview, Match Details and Live Info

ATLANTA (AP) The offseason program was virtual. There were no preseason games to work out the kinks or gauge the opposition. Any familiarity will be welcomed in Week 1 of the NFL season. In that respect, there should be a bit of comfort when the Atlanta Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks in a mostly empty stadium Sunday. These teams …

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NCAA dismisses ACC’s proposal to expand March Madness

After the ACC proposed that the 2021 NCAA tournament should include every single Division I team, the NCAA does not appear interested in shaking up the Big Dance. Dan Gavitt, the NCAA senior vice president of men’s basketball, released a statement Thursday saying there are no current plans to expand the tournament field beyond 68 teams. …

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March Madness: Can ACC’s NCAA tournament idea work?

What about the bracket? This is not a glib question. There are glib answers—use the side of the Empire State Building, paint it on Devils Tower, convert drive-in movie screens—but it’s a serious question. How do you make a bracket for a 346-team NCAA tournament? The suggestion to expand the Big Dance to infinity and …

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ACC proposes 2021 NCAA Tournament with every Division I team

The Big Dance could be getting a whole lot larger in 2021 if the NCAA follows the ACC’s proposed plan.  The ACC is reportedly proposing the 2021 NCAA tournament be held with every single Division I team, per Sports Illustrated‘s Pat Forde. The plan was first reported by Stadium‘s Jeff Goodman.  The ACC’s plan—which the conference’s …

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College basketball transfer rankings for 2020-21 and 2021-22

As the college basketball world prepares to learn more about the direction of the 2020-21 season on Sept. 16, when the NCAA Division I Council announces a prospective timetable for the sport’s return, the transfer market churns on. While a number of traditional sit-out players have requested immediate eligibility, a process that is ongoing, we …

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