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H&V, Prelims: Coxy's big break; Tigers, Dees embarrassed

Mason Cox produced the standout performance on preliminary final weekend but what happened to Jordan Lewis and the Melbourne leaders? Here are the Heroes & Villains from the preliminary finals.

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What we learned: The 2018 premiership is now Collingwood's to lose

On Friday night Collingwood produced a first half masterclass at the MCG to dismantle reigning premier Richmond and book a place in next Saturday's grand final, writes Jake Michaels.

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NRL

PRELIMINARY FINALS

LIVE: Bunnies and Chooks clash for a place in the Grand Final

Latrell Mitchell is missing for the minor premiers, but will it be enough for the Rabbitohs to force the upset? Follow the action live with ESPN.

Storm win, Slater in danger of missing decider

Retiring superstar Billy Slater scored two tries to help steer Melbourne into the NRL grand final but faces an anxious wait after a shoulder charge.

NBA

The best possible trades for Jimmy Butler

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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Sources: Wolves owner, Thibs at odds on Butler

Wolves owner Glen Taylor made it clear at the NBA's board of governors meeting that All-Star Jimmy Butler is available in a trade, one attendee has told ESPN.

Stephen A. 'not paying attention' to ESPN's NBArank top 10 list

Stephen A. Smith takes issue with ESPN.com's NBArank top 10 list because Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis are not ranked high enough.

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Should Durant and Giannis be tied for 4th?

Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst question the fourth place tie between Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo in NBArank.

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Embiid: Ayton 'about to get his ass kicked'

76ers All-Star Joel Embiid says No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton is in for a rude awakening in the NBA.

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Windhorst expects 'phenomenal year' from LeBron

Brian Windhorst agrees with LeBron James being named the top player in ESPN's NBArank list and says he could be No. 1 again before the 2019-2020 season.

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The process in Philadelphia ready to deliver this season

Scoop Jackson examines why there is reason for hope for the 76ers 2018-19 season.

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Stephen A.: Lakers will make Western Conference finals

Stephen A. Smith says the Lakers will be in next season's Western Conference finals as long as Los Angeles doesn't face Golden State in the first two rounds.

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Nowitzki embracing potential bench role

Mavericks' legend Dirk Nowitzki says it's 'clear' he will come off the bench with the signing of C DeAndre Jordan.

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Embiid jokes about dunking on new 76ers GM Brand

Joel Embiid's first message to new 76ers GM Elton Brand was about Embiid dunking on him just two years ago.

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Simmons on Sixers' roster: 'We're on the right track'

Ben Simmons reflects on LeBron's free agency and discusses the state of Philadelphia's roster ahead of the 2018-19 NBA season.

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Football

Premier League

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.

Knee-jerk conclusions: Sanchez bad, Jorginho good

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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Premier League

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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Week 3

Must See

Federer, Djokovic team up for the first time

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic play doubles together for the first time but fall in three sets at the 2018 Laver Cup.

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Wade's son throws down first in-game dunk

Zaire Wade, son of Dwyane Wade, rocks the rim for his first career dunk.

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76ers

NBA

Simmons: I know what I need to do to lead this team

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Simmons on Sixers' roster: 'We're on the right track'

Ben Simmons reflects on LeBron's free agency and discusses the state of Philadelphia's roster ahead of the 2018-19 NBA season.

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Embiid on Ayton: 'About to get his ass kicked'

Joel Embiid says No. 1 draft pick Deandre Ayton will have his work cut out for him in his first NBA season.

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