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Aidan Hutchinson sings ‘Billie Jean’ on ‘Hard Knocks’: Video

Aidan Hutchinson sings ‘Billie Jean’ on ‘Hard Knocks’: Video

1. The new season of Hard Knocks got off to an outstanding start last night thanks to rookie Lions defensive lineman Aiden Hutchinson. Rookies singing during training camp has been a staple of Hard Knocks throughout the show’s history, but the Michigan standout took things to another level with his stirring rendition of the Michael Jackson …

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Big Ten, ESPN’s breakup another sign of growing division in college sports

Big Ten, ESPN’s breakup another sign of growing division in college sports

It’s hard to believe today, in light of the reported impending breakup of ESPN and the Big Ten Conference, but once upon a time that relationship was suspected of being strong enough to decide who won the Heisman Trophy. Twenty-five years ago, during what might have been the most contentious and controversial Heisman race of them …

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College football schedule: 40 observations on 2022 slate

College football schedule: 40 observations on 2022 slate

The five-month feast is about ready to hit the table, piping hot. Preseason camps are well underway, and soon the blocking and tackling will formalize in actual games against real opponents in full stadiums. Tailgating time and appointment TV viewing beckon; set your calendars accordingly. It’s time to prepare ourselves for the bonanza to come, …

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MLB power rankings: Cardinals surge after sweeping Yankees

MLB power rankings: Cardinals surge after sweeping Yankees

The trade deadline has come and gone, which means there are no more tectonic shifts left to impact the various pennant races (impactful injuries aside). For the most part, teams are what they are by now, which means reinforcements will be few and far between from now through October. In this week’s power rankings, we’ll …

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Aaron Rodgers explains why he’s now at peace with the Packers

Aaron Rodgers explains why he’s now at peace with the Packers

Aaron Rodgers pointed at the tables, with four chairs around each one, a screen pass away from his locker. He smiled thinking about where he was sitting. It’s 2022 now, and Rodgers will tell you: This is different. “One of the things that’s been really special is these tables are back in the locker room,” …

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Community Shield: Liverpool wins; Nunez, Haaland first impressions

Community Shield: Liverpool wins; Nunez, Haaland first impressions

It’s the Community Shield. It’s essentially a preseason friendly. A losing side can happily write off the defeat. The winning side can find itself under pressure within a couple of weeks of the league season. It doesn’t matter. And yet no game between Manchester City and Liverpool is entirely without meaning. The battle between Pep …

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Yankees’ Andrew Benintendi trade means end for Joey Gallo in NY

Yankees’ Andrew Benintendi trade means end for Joey Gallo in NY

Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical story to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. NEW YORK — Twenty minutes after the Yankees lost the second game of the Subway Series at Citi Field on Wednesday night, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reported that …

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