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W.N.B.A. Makes ‘Big Bet on Women’ With a New Contract

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The W.N.B.A. and its players’ union have signaled a radical shift in how female athletes are to be compensated with a tentative contract agreement that would sharply increase salaries and provide generous maternal benefits in a move Commissioner Cathy Engelbert called “a big bet on women.” The implications of the agreement stretch far beyond basketball at a time when women around the world are demanding increased pay and benefits, on their own merit and as a challenge to historically unequal pay that leaves them earning less than men for similar work. The pushback has been most visible in soccer, where
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Kyrie Irving Is Back, as if He Never Left

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But for now, Irving is disregarding those concerns. “Every time someone asks about chemistry, you’ve got to have reps. You have to be out there together. But I think something that doesn’t really get mentioned a lot is that when you’re a great basketball player or a great basketball mind, you’re able to play with anyone out there on the floor,” Irving said. Instead, Irving is giving this strange Nets season another go. That’s a strong signal of commitment to his teammates, the front office and the paying fans. (And the sighs of relief aren’t just from Brooklyn. The last
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Virginia vs. Syracuse odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Jan. 11 predictions from proven model

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The No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers will take on the Syracuse Orange at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday in ACC action at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia is 11-3 overall and 8-1 at home, while Syracuse is 8-7 overall and 1-1 on the road. These teams met in the season opener on Nov. 6, and had one of the lowest-scoring games of the season as UVA won 48-34. This time around, the Cavaliers are favored by eight points in the Virginia vs. Syracuse odds, while the over-under is set at 115. Before entering any Syracuse vs. Virginia picks, you'll want to
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NBA trade rumors: Knicks reportedly interested in Andre Drummond, would be next big (man) mistake

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Once upon a time, the New York Knicks surrendered three first-round draft picks to build a front-court around Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph. The plan was derided around the league, as teams were already beginning to trend smaller, but Isiah Thomas insisted that zigging while the rest of the league zagged was a wise idea. It wasn't. That combination never made the playoffs. This was 13 years ago. You would think that the Knicks would have learned their lesson in that time, but alas, this summer's spending spree ended with the Knicks guaranteeing four separate power forwards nearly $80 million combined.
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Kyrie Irving Says He May Need Shoulder Surgery

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Nets guard Kyrie Irving, addressing the media for the first time in two months, said on Saturday that he had taken a cortisone shot in an attempt to avoid surgery on an ailing shoulder that has kept him out of games since Nov. 14. He did not give a concrete timetable for his return but said that he was “doing a lot better.” “It just sucks, man,” Irving said. “It really is disheartening.” The 27-year-old point guard, who has missed the Nets’ last 23 games including Saturday’s, said that he has felt pain when lifting his right shoulder during jump
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Stoud The Teen Dual Sports / Fashion Star

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Hello everyone we today we had the chance to feature our special guest Stoud. He is a 19 year old who loves sports, and fashion. He was a very cool kid to work with he was very positive and nice. As you can see on his page he is into fashion and he is a great person to look up to if you are into fashion. Make sure you checkout his Instagram page he currently has 7.3k followers on Instagram. How old are you? 19 years old.  From your page we can tell that you are very athletic. What sports do
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Joel Embiid Suffers Torn Ligament In Hand

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Update #1, 6:16pm: Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports that Embiid will have surgery in New York tomorrow and will be re-evaluated in one-to-two weeks. Philadelpha 76ers center Joel Embiid has torn a ligament in his left hand, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps reports. The big man’s gruesome injury occurred on Tuesday night but the extent of the setback wasn’t yet known. There’s currently no timetable for Embiid return and, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the 25-year-old is still evaluating the treatment options available to him. In 31 games for the Sixers this season, Embiid has averaged 23.4 points and 12.3
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Lakers’ Anthony Davis to travel after negative MRI from fall

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis plans to travel with the Los Angeles Lakers on their upcoming road trip after he bruised his buttocks in a nasty fall. The Lakers announced encouraging news about their six-time All-Star’s health Wednesday, a day after he left their blowout win over New York with a scary injury. An MRI exam performed overnight on Davis showed no major concerns, and X-rays were negative. Davis was extremely sore, but his injuries appear to be only bruises. The NBA’s sixth-leading scorer is expected to be listed as questionable when the Lakers open a two-game road trip
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Zion Williamson says he nearly returned to Duke rather than declare for 2019 NBA draft

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The chatter about Zion Williamson returning to Duke last year seemed farfetched. Williamson, a generationally great prospect, was a lock to go No. 1 in the NBA draft. He already faced an injury scare in college. The money was huge – a four-year, $44,271,137 contract and, more importantly, starting the clock toward his second deal plus a record-setting shoe contract. Practically no players anywhere near Williamson’s level have bypassed the draft in recent memory. Williamson’s stepfather, Lee Anderson, even said there was no consideration for returning to Duke. But apparently Williamson actually thought about it. Hard. Williamson, via The Ringer:
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Anthony Davis Expected To Miss Time With Bruised Sacrum

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Update #1: MRI results have come back clean for Anthony Davis, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Davis will travel with the team on their upcoming roadtrip. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be without Anthony Davis for their upcoming road trip as the big man recovers from a bruised sacrum sustained during a game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports. Davis fell hard to the court during the third-quarter of that game, spent several minutes on the floor and eventually exited the contest under his own power. Early x-ray results came back
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