Lowe: NBA’s 30 teams rated from top contenders to bottom tier

Our annual NBA tiers separate the potential title teams from the wannabes.
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Big questions, greatest edge for seven NBA title contenders

Our NBA experts dive into the title chances for the top seven contenders.
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Who are the real title contenders? The Bilastrator knows

The cream has risen to the top in the 2019 NCAA tournament. The Bilastrator is here to ID the creamiest of the Sweet 16.
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Contenders? Patriots look more like pretenders

Shoddy play, stupid penalties and Tom Brady faltering in the clutch. We know better than to count out New England, but this team isn't living up to its usual standards.

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How banged up are 14 NFL playoff contenders?

NFL Nation checks up on which postseason hopefuls are healthiest, and who could return from injury in time to help the playoff push.
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Predicting contenders for East, West and NBA crowns

Will the Warriors win it all again? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early projections.
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The top five contenders for NBA Coach of the Year, plus our pick

The top of the NBA Coach of the Year race is loaded with worthy candidates this season. Who most deserves the award?
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NHL experts predict: stealth Stanley Cup contenders, which coaches will be fired

Could Colorado, which is clinging to a wild-card spot, stun the world and make a Cup run? Our Insiders weigh in on which potential champion would be the biggest shock, where Erik Karlsson will land and which coaches will be fired when the season ends.
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Western Conference playoff reset: Cup contenders, wild-card watch, more

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone. Which teams in the West are the top contenders for the Stanley Cup? Who’s the underdog that could make a run? Which teams are looking ahead to the draft — and hoping for some lottery luck?
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Eastern Conference playoff reset: Cup contenders, wild-card watch, more

With the trade deadline past, NHL teams are into the home stretch for the playoffs. In the East, there are three top Cup contenders, three others who could make a run, a handful pushing for the wild cards — and four that are fahlin’ for Dahlin.
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Central Division at the trade deadline: Plenty of Cup contenders — and buyers

The Central is stacked with playoff teams that will be shopping for goal-scoring wingers. Could St. Louis native Patrick Maroon land with the Blues, or will the Predators — who are going all-in on winning a Stanley Cup this season — pounce first?
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Which NHL contenders should go all-in at the trade deadline?

For teams in playoff spots or on the bubble, one of the big factors in deciding whether to stand pat or acquire help is the team’s makeup, in terms of overall youth and contract timing. We split the contenders into win-now and bright-future categories.
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The seven days — and nine acquisitions — that made the Eagles Super Bowl contenders

The Eagles had foundational pieces in place heading into this season, but subsequent additions helped put them on their championship run.
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How an overhaul can work: 10 moves that made the Eagles contenders

It took two offseasons to change the Eagles from also-rans to the top team in the NFC. Here are the top-10 moves that sent Philadelphia on its way.
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Are the Blackhawks contenders or pretenders?

The Blackhawks have a lot of the same tools that have made them successful in the past, but they are having an up-and-down season. As a result, it’s truly difficult to get a good read on whether they’ve got the goods this season.
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How the Eagles were built into contenders at warp speed (or 88 mph, at least)

How the Eagles were built into contenders at warp speed (or 88 mph, at least)
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Colts furthest from being Super Bowl contenders with Andrew Luck since 2012

Colts furthest from being Super Bowl contenders with Andrew Luck since 2012
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‘Silence,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Passengers’ Among Production Design Oscar Contenders

This year’s production design Oscar race is, as ever, heavy on period pieces, but there is variety if voters are willing to look.



BAFTA Nominations: ‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years A Slave’ Leading Contenders Of UK Film Awards (VIDEO)

LONDON (AP) — Space thriller “Gravity” and unflinching slavery saga “12 Years a Slave” are among leading contenders for the Academy Film Awards, Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars.

“Gravity” has nominations in 11 categories, including best picture and lead actress, for Sandra Bullock. “12 Years” star Chiwetel Ejiofor and director Steve McQueen had 10 nominations, including for best picture.

Acting nominees announced Wednesday include Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Judi Dench for “Philomena.”

The British prizes, known as BAFTAs, will be awarded at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 16.

They are considered an indicator of likely success at Hollywood’s Academy Awards two weeks later. Last year, Iran hostage drama “Argo” took the BAFTA for best film and the best-picture Oscar.


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