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Why top stars like Kane, Salah need proper rest

The Premier League's top players last season -- Harry Kane, Mo Salah and Eden Hazard -- have all struggled to get up to speed this year.

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Salah's 17-18 has set the bar impossibly high

Mohamed Salah has two goals and two assists in six games, yet he's come in for criticism. After the year he had in 2017-18, that's to be expected.

Sanchez flopping hard, and 9 other knee-jerk conclusions

We're five games into the new Premier League season, meaning not enough time for meaningful conclusions. Not to worry: we've still got you covered.

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So, you think you're Ronaldo's biggest fan?

Tensions are mounting between the Exploding Heads as they argue over which one of them is Cristiano Ronaldo's biggest fan.

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Is there a fallacy in Europa League's busy schedule?

ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol sides with Maurizio Sarri about the Europa League's tough schedule and what Alvaro Morata must do to rediscover his goalscoring form.

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Burley: Pochettino an embattled manager at the moment

As Tottenham look to avoid a fourth straight defeat, Craig Burley explains the predicament Mauricio Pochettino currently finds himself in.

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Kane must get back to the basics at Tottenham

ESPN FC's Craig Burley feels Mauricio Pochettino's continued changes to Tottenham's lineup may be a reason for Harry Kane's slow start this season.

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Joshua vs. Povetkin

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Anthony Joshua is further proof of Nigeria's hidden promise

Nigerian-Brit Anthony Joshua, who will defend his unified heavyweight titles for a sixth time on Saturday at Wembley, is the latest in a long if broken line of Nigerian boxing talent to show the world what is possible.

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Joshua looks to dispatch Povetkin before lining up Wilder superfight

Saturday's fight against Alexander Povetkin has its potential pitfalls, but Anthony Joshua and his camp say they are committed to taking care of business -- and they're ready to make a Deontay Wilder fight happen next.

A week in the 'Anthony Joshua business'

Steve Bunce spends a week in the footsteps of Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, as the pair prepare to meet for Joshua's heavyweight titles.

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Bunce: Joshua's weight will have little impact in Povetkin fight

ESPN's Tom Hamilton and Steve Bunce discuss Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin's pre-fight weigh in as well as Joshua's star power that has swept boxing fans across the world.

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Joshua: I'd like to fight in Nigeria

Steve Bunce caught up with Anthony Joshua at Wembley to see if the unified heavyweight world champion is ready for his fight against Alexander Povetkin this Saturday.

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Okolie: Joshua would get a Lagos fight before me

Steve Bunce speaks with WBA Continental cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie, ahead of his British title fight Matty Askin.

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Golf

Tiger shares 36-hole lead for 1st time since 2015

A good bit of the work was undone by a back-nine double-bogey, but on a day when Tiger Woods fought his swing, he also managed to get to the top of the leaderboard.

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Tiger finishes second round tied for first at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods finishes the second round tied atop the Tour Championship leaderboard, the first time in three years he's held a share of a 36-hole lead.

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Tiger eagles final hole to card 65 in 1st round

Tiger Woods ends his day with an eagle on the 18th hole to get himself to 5-under par heading into round 2.

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Pavon plays shot in his underwear at Portugal Masters

Matthieu Pavon of France resorted to extreme measures, stripping down to his underwear, to play a shot at the Portugal Masters.

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A look at Week 3

What's really changed in the NFL's 'call to action' on concussions

The NFL quickly pushed through new rules this offseason based on concussion research it considered game-changing.

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'This city deserves it': Inside Baker Mayfield's dazzling debut

"He was so ready for this moment," and Mayfield delivered a long-awaited victory and some hope that better days are ahead with a memorable first game.

Week 3 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, more

Winners for every matchup. Fantasy nuggets to get you through the weekend. And everything you need to catch up on Week 3. It's all here.

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Exploring Jimmy Butler trade scenarios

What deals -- and which teams -- would make the most sense if Minnesota decides to grant Jimmy Butler's wish to be traded?

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Lowe: The players I'm most intrigued by this season

Here are the guys who could make or break the season for six teams.

Raptors' Masai Ujiri calls for Nigeria women's victory

D'Tigress, the Nigeria women's basketball team, will open their campaign at the 2018 FIBA Basketball Women's World Cup on Saturday in Spain.

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Coconut on ice: The NHL's strange love affair

It's now the go-to form of hydration for athletes at the highest level. Here's how that happened -- and how widespread coconut water fever has become.

A year after Hurricane Maria, memories of tragedy, triumph endure

On a solemn anniversary for her native Puerto Rico, ESPN's Marly Rivera recalls the aftermath of the deadly storm.

Week 4

College Football

Which teams most need to rally in Week 4?

Wisconsin has to bounce back from its devastating loss to BYU if it has any hope of winning its division, and the Badgers aren't alone.

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If you haven't seen Oregon QB Justin Herbert yet, you're missing out

Don't be surprised to see the Ducks' junior quarterback pick up steam in the Heisman Trophy race and on NFL draft boards.

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NBArank top 10: Predicting the absolute best players this season

Giannis or KD? Steph or LeBron? Here's our forecast for the 10 best players in the NBA this season.

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LeBron wins NBArank again, but a youth movement is coming

Our annual NBArank forecast of the 100 best players is in the books. What stood out from our list after Year 8 of the countdown?

NBArank 5-on-5 debate: The next top-10 superstars

Our panel answers the big questions as NBArank enters the top 30.

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