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Ezekiel Elliott not thinking about how Dallas Cowboys season could have gone

PHILADELPHIA — Ezekiel Elliott did not want to dwell on “what if?” when it came to the Dallas Cowboys‘ season. As in, what if he hadn’t missed six games because of a suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy? “The fact of the matter is it doesn’t matter,” Elliott said. “What’s the point of going what-if? It already happened. You’ve got to look forward and control what you can control and make sure you come back ready next year contending and make it to the playoffs.” Tight end Jason…

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Patrick Patterson of Oklahoma City Thunder fined $10K for criticizing officiating

NEW YORK — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson has been fined $10,000 for publicly complaining about the officiating during the 2017-18 season. The NBA handed down the punishment Sunday. It stems from a post Patterson made on Twitter, writing Saturday: “There needs to be some kind of consequence for their downright awfulness rather than pointless apologies from their bosses. #dobetter.” The tweet comes on the heels of a blown call that cost the Thunder the game against Milwaukee on Friday night in Oklahoma City. Even though he stepped out…

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New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault calls Kevin Shattenkirk ‘work in progress’

6:02 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN NEW YORK — Kevin Shattenkirk grew up a New York Mets fan, so he was giddy to have his New York Rangers using their Citi Field clubhouse as a locker room for the 2018 NHL Winter Classic. As a kid in New Rochelle, his best friend had season tickets, which meant Shattenkirk made many a pilgrimage to the Mets’ old home at Shea Stadium to watch his baseball heroes. “Mike Piazza was my guy,” he said. Piazza was traded to the Mets in 1998, where…

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Premier League in 2017: Who tops the table for the year, plus other stats

Chelsea and Manchester City have been the dominant teams in the Premier League over the course of the year Chelsea won the Premier League last season, and Manchester City have started this campaign in blistering fashion, but who tops the table for 2017? Harry Kane has had a phenomenal year but how many teams did he outscore, and did sacking a manager work? Delve into those statistics and more in our look back at a record-breaking 2017. Who tops the 2017 Premier League table? Chelsea won the title at a…

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Cesar Juarez, Isaac Dogboe fighting Saturday for vacant interim 122 pound world title

Junior featherweight contender Cesar Juarez has arrived in Accra, Ghana, hoping that when he leaves the African nation next week for the long flight back to Mexico that he will need an extra bag to transport a title belt. Juarez is in Accra on business. He is scheduled to face hometown fighter Isaac Dogboe for a vacant interim 122-pound world title on Saturday (beIN Sports Espanol) at the Bukom Boxing Arena in the first notable boxing match of 2018. “I know what this fight means to me and what a…

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West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (centre) made his views known to referee Mike Dean (left) after the penalty and after the match Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes referee Mike Dean “did not see” the incident that led him to award a late penalty to West Brom in the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns. The visitors were on course for three points after Alexis Sanchez’s 83rd-minute free-kick beat Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster via a big deflection off James McClean in the wall. But, with a minute of normal time remaining, Calum…

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Pro14: Dragons 9-22 Ospreys – BBC Sport

Dan Lydiate left the field with a suspected bicep injury Pro14 Dragons (9) 9 Pens: Robson 3 Ospreys (15) 22 Tries: Baldwin, Allen, Davies Cons: Biggar 2 Pens: Biggar Ospreys ended a run of ten successive away defeats in Pro14 with a 22-9 win at Rodney Parade, but the victory came at a price against Dragons. Wales internationals Dan Lydiate [arm] and Cory Allen [bicep] left the field injured in the first half. However, another Wales international, Dan Biggar, inspired the visitors. He set-up two tries and added a further…

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Did McGregor-Nurmagomedov just become the No. 1 fight to see in 2018?

LAS VEGAS — Let’s talk about the landscape of the UFC’s lightweight division as we head into 2018. It’s actually pretty similar to what it was heading into 2017 — with the exception of about $100 million. It starts with Conor McGregor, which, frankly, doesn’t add a whole lot of clarity. Prior to UFC 219’s main event between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm, a multitude of undercard fights had major implications. Here’s how it went down. Taken to the fifth round for the first time in her career, Cris Cyborg…

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Ryoichi Taguchi adds second junior flyweight title with unanimous decision vs. Milan Melindo

Japan’s Ryoichi Taguchi won a bloody, hard-fought unanimous decision against the Philippines’ Milan Melindo to unify two junior flyweight belts in the final world title bout of 2017 on Sunday at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo. The 31-year-old Taguchi (27-2-2, 12 KOs), who was fighting in his hometown, retained his 108-pound world title for the seventh time while also taking Melindo’s belt by scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 116-111. Melindo was trying to defend his belt for the second time. Taguchi came on strong in the second half of…

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