MLS Playoffs 2020: Conference Final Odds and Predictions | Bleacher Report

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    The conference finals of the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs feature three teams familiar with this stage of the postseason. 

    The Seattle Sounders, Columbus Crew and New England Revolution have 11 MLS Cup appearances between them, and each of their managers has ended the season with a trophy. 

    Minnesota United is the new team to this stage. The Loons will make their first Western Conference Final appearance against Seattle on Monday after they defeated top seed Sporting Kansas City 3-0 on Thursday. 

    Columbus and New England will square off in the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday in what will be one of the final matches at Mapfre Stadium. Columbus is scheduled to move to a new home in 2021. 

    The Crew and Revolution have been fixtures in the East final throughout MLS’ 25-year history, but this marks just the second time they have faced

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Seahawks’ Josh Gordon Conditionally Reinstated by NFL; Eligible for Week 16 | Bleacher Report

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) sets up against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon is being conditionally reinstated from his indefinite suspension and should be eligible for the final two regular-season games.

Gordon later took to social media to say he was “thankful”:

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the news of the wideout’s reinstatement.

This comes after Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on May 21 that Gordon planned on applying for reinstatement and was ready to play. The goal at the time was to be cleared before training camp started.

Gordon appeared in 11 games during the 2019 campaign for the New England Patriots and Seahawks, and Florio noted he played enough contests to qualify for unrestricted free agency.

However, Seattle signed him to a one-year deal in September

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Nick Saban Cleared to Travel with Alabama for LSU Game After COVID-19 Recovery | Bleacher Report

Alabama football coach Nick Saban introduces and thanks Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa before he announces his intentions to declare for the 2020 NFL draft, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban confirmed on his radio show Thursday he’s traveling with the team ahead of Saturday’s game against LSU (via Michael Casagrande of

Yeah, I’ll be there,” Saban said. “I’m good.”

The 69-year-old told reporters Wednesday he expected to be on the sideline in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Saban revealed on his show he underwent a plasma procedure to combat the virus and felt immediate results

Whatever was in this plasma deal, it knocked [all the symptoms] out in one day,” he said (via’s Mike Rodak). “From Thursday on, I’ve felt great and 100 percent. I would certainly recommend that treatment for anybody that could get it.”

Because of his positive test, Saban missed the Iron Bowl, which didn’t make a difference for the Crimson Tide as they swept Auburn away 42-13.

The lingering uncertainty about Saban didn’t stop

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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Picks Entering the Last Month of the Regular Season | Bleacher Report

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    Throw out everything you think you know about talent evaluation during a typical NFL draft cycle because the 2021 event will be unlike any other. Projecting where certain prospects should land and how they translate to the pros will be more difficult than ever. 

    Everyone knows it, too. 

    “My best guess? Whoever does well in the 2021 draft will have gotten lucky,” an AFC executive told Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor when the collegiate season still teetered on the brink of collapse. “And whoever doesn’t do well will have been unlucky, unless [their] picks fail because of character.” 

    Prospects opted out without playing another down. Others left their teams midseason. The season hasn’t gone exactly as planned with COVID-19 outbreaks, postponements and cancellations littering the weekly schedule. 

    Normally, scouts would be coming off the road in early December and NFL front offices would put together

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George Foreman Says He’d Back Mike Tyson to Win Fights vs. Fury, Joshua, Wilder | Bleacher Report

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2016 file photo, Mike Tyson arrives at the Premiere of

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Former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman said Mike Tyson was so impressive in his exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday that he could seriously compete with Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder with a little more preparation.

“If he gets three more exhibitions like that, at that level, I would even back him in challenging any title contender, even a champion,” Foreman told TMZ Sports. “If the right situation arrived, Mike Tyson could be in for a good title shot … and [with three more] of these exhibitions, he can beat some of these guys who can be champion out there.”

Foreman, who said he was on the edge of his seat throughout Tyson’s exhibition with Jones, explained Iron Mike could challenge Fury, Joshua or Wilder under the right circumstances—not necessarily a 12-round title fight with three-minute rounds.

“If you go eight two-minute rounds,

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College Football Odds Week 14: Picks Against the Spread for Updated Top 25 Games | Bleacher Report

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Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State (-2.5), 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN


Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State (-24) at Michigan State, noon ET, ABC

No. 5 Texas A&M (-7) at Auburn, noon ET, ESPN

No. 15 Oklahoma State (-2.5) at TCU, noon ET, ESPN2

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina (-49.5), noon ET, ACC Network

Rice at No. 21 Marshall (-23.5), noon ET, ESPN+

Liberty at No. 18 Coastal Carolina (-10.5), 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame (-33.5), 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 6 Florida (-17.5) at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State (-6.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin (-14.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 19 Iowa (-14) at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 24 Tulsa (-12.5) at

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Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia: Fight Odds, Time, Date, Live Stream, TV Info | Bleacher Report

FILE - IN this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Errol Spence Jr., center, celebrates his victory over Shawn Porter during the WBC & IBF World Welterweight Championship boxing match in Los Angeles. Authorities say welterweight boxing champion Spence was seriously injured but is expected to survive after crashing his Ferrari in Dallas. Dallas police say the crash happened just before 3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, when Spence's Ferrari crossed the median into oncoming traffic and flipped over several times. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

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After surviving a horrific car crash last October, undefeated welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. is ready to climb between the ropes again. 

Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) will put his WBC and IBF world titles on the line Saturday night when he takes on Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He’s hoping 13 months of ring rust doesn’t get in the way of him furthering what has already been an excellent career.

One could have forgiven the 30-year-old if he opted for a tune-up fight in his first foray back into the ring after that single-car crash in Dallas, a collision that he escaped without serious injury and also resulted in a driving while intoxicated charge. He was ultimately sentenced to probation.

Instead, “The Truth” is getting right back into the mix by fighting Garcia, a former welterweight and junior welterweight world

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Mitchell Trubisky to Remain Bears’ Starter vs. Lions Amid Nick Foles’ Injury | Bleacher Report

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) warms up before an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov 29. 2020, between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

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The Chicago Bears are not exactly working with a loaded quarterback room, but head coach Matt Nagy made his selection for Sunday’s divisional contest against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that the coach said Mitchell Trubisky will start the game. Trubisky started Chicago’s last outing against the Green Bay Packers with Nick Foles sidelined with a hip/glute injury, but he struggled with turnovers during a 41-25 loss.

The story on Trubisky is fairly clear at this point.

Chicago traded up to select him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, which was a major mistake in hindsight with Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson still available. It was the type of misstep that can set a team back years, and Trubisky’s struggles are a primary reason why the Bears have been unable to capitalize on a stout defense

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Damian Lillard Defends Nate Robinson After KO: ‘I Think What He Did Was Bold’ | Bleacher Report

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard claps his hands during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Miami. The Trail Blazers won 115-104. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard gave credit to former NBA guard Nate Robinson for having the courage to step in the boxing ring for a professional fight.

“I think what he did was bold,” Lillard told reporters Tuesday. “He got in the ring. A lot of the people don’t got the nuts to do it. So respect to him for doing it.”

Robinson suffered a second-round knockout loss to YouTube star Jake Paul, who was fighting competitively for the third time and for the second time professionally, in his debut on the undercard of the exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday.

“Everybody is making a big thing out of it because it was Nate Robinson. But people get knocked out in the boxing gym every day,” Lillard said. “They’re a part of that sport. He chose to participate in that sport.

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Ranking the Top 10 Performances for Week 1 of Men’s College Basketball | Bleacher Report

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    Iowa star Luka Garza picked up where he left off in March.

    Iowa star Luka Garza picked up where he left off in March.Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

    Big Ten standouts Luka Garza and Ayo Dosunmu headline the group of players who excelled in the opening week of the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season.

    And there is great variety among these top performers.

    Garza, Dosunmu and several others thrived in matchups their teams were expected to win. Gonzaga freshman Jalen Suggs and Saint Louis’ Javonte Perkins each put together terrific games against a top opponent, and Western Kentucky’s Charles Bassey led an upset bid.

    While my colleague Kerry Miller highlighted the opening-week winners and losers, this piece is focused on individual performances. It’s subjectiveand gives license to include a pair of enjoyable same-game battles to startbut overall production and competition level are key factors.

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    SMU found itself a bit short-handed

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