Hot take or reality? Lakers will miss playoffs

The signing of LeBron James has injected a lot of excitement back into L.A.'s premier franchise, but does he have enough around him?

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The breakout stars, biggest flops of the 2018 NHL playoffs

Our panel debates the risers and fallers this postseason, along with the best trade acquisition, Stanley Cup Final matchup we want to see and more. – NHL

NBA playoffs: Predicting Game 7 winners, plus who makes West finals

The ESPN Forecast panel predicts Cavs-Pacers and Bucks-Celtics Game 7s, plus the Pelicans-Warriors and Jazz-Rockets series. – NBA

Playoffs Power Rankings: Vegas at No. 1? You bet!

The Round 2 rankings feature a new clubhouse leader — one that opened the season at 200-1 odds — while the Sharks surge and the Predators plunge. – NHL

LeBron on playoffs: Go out and try to dominate

For as decorated a career as LeBron James has enjoyed, he has been at his absolute best in one particular realm: the first round of the playoffs. – TOP

Playoffs Power Rankings: The X factor for each team

For the Sweet 16 edition of the rankings, we profile the players — from P.K. Subban to Steven Stamkos to Patrik Laine — who could make or break each team’s first-round series. – NHL

2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Schedule, scores, highlights

From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, has you covered. Check out the full playoff picture and coverage on each team. – NHL

Which late-season call-up will make an impact in the playoffs?

Forwards Ryan Donato and Jordan Greenway proved during the Olympics that they were ready for the pro ranks. Donato has already emerged as a game-changer for Bruins, while Greenway could become a big presence in front of the net for the Wild. – NHL

NHL experts predict: The Sedin twins’ 2018-19 team, which goalie will catch fire in the playoffs

Our writers face off on the NHL’s most pressing topics, including this season’s biggest surprises, the goalie most likely to get hot this postseason, the Sedin twins’ 2018-19 destination and which New York-area team will be most attractive to free agents. – NHL

Which bubble team will miss the playoffs, but doesn’t deserve to?

Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg are having stellar seasons for the Stars, but they’re looking up at the Kings and Colorado in the wild-card standings. Here’s why the Blues, Panthers, Devils and Hurricanes could also unfairly miss out on the playoff dance. – NHL

Stanley Cup Playoffs Watch Daily: Playoff chances, tragic numbers and more

Which teams have the best shot at locking up a playoff spot? Who’s earning a better shot at the No. 1 overall pick? Here are the latest projections for both, along with critical matchups to watch today and much more. – NHL

Can Spurs avoid missing playoffs for first time since 1996-97?

Gregg Popovich says the Spurs are running low on fuel. Do they have enough left in the tank to make it to the postseason? – NBA

Welcome to the College Football Playoff’s first-ever border dispute

Georgia and Alabama may be neighbors, but make no mistake: They aren’t friends. Especially not today. – TOP

Power rankings: Predicting the Cup Series playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

nascar power rankings

Did we stick with our preseason pick for the 2017 championship? Which four drivers will go for the title at Homestead on Nov. 19?

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Boston has a tough act to follow in FedEx Cup playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth shook hands on the 18th green, and then traded text messages later in the night after providing high drama and plenty of star power in the opening FedEx Cup event. Spieth said he texted him: ”Man, congrats. For the opening act of this lucrative FedEx Cup series that leads to a $ 10 million prize, the PGA Tour couldn’t have asked for much more.
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Pelton mail: Does Chris Paul’s height hurt him in the playoffs?

Pelton mail: Does Chris Paul’s height hurt him in the playoffs? – NBA

HOF game ratings top NBA, MLB playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

Hall of Fame game gets better ratings than most NBA and MLB playoff games

Hey, remember all those stories about the NFL’s television ratings crisis? Those were fun.

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Cavaliers face tough test in Boston, but will it matter in playoffs?

Cavaliers face tough test in Boston, but will it matter in playoffs? – TOP

1993 NBA Basketball Playoffs Suns Vs Sonics Game

1993 NBA Basketball Playoffs Suns Vs Sonics Game

Authentic Wirephoto from the Chicago Tribune archive, originally filed under Basketball – NBA Playoffs. Approximate size is 7 x 11 inches. Photographer was not captured. Comes with a serialized Certificate of Authenticity.
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Chip Kelly fired after Eagles moves lead to missed playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly speaks with members of the media at the NFL football team's practice facility, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Chip Kelly went three-and-out – much like his inconsistent offense. Kelly was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday night with one game left in his third season, completing a dramatic drop for a coach who was heavily recruited and lauded as an offensive genius only a couple years ago. Kelly was dumped after missing the playoffs for the second straight season and failing miserably in his first year in charge of personnel.

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Bengals muscle past Broncos to reach playoffs

CINCINNATI (AP) Dre Kirkpatrick returned Peyton Manning’s third interception for a touchdown in the closing minutes on Monday night, completing a fourth-quarter rally that gave the Cincinnati Bengals a 37-28 victory and a spot in the playoffs.
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