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Is Rob Gronkowski going to be the next American action hero?

The New England Patriots tight end has hinted he may consider retiring at the age of 28 – and there are plenty of reasons for swapping the NFL for HolywoodFollowing his team’s Super Bowl loss this month, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hi…

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Super Bowl 2018: Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots – live!

Tom Brady and Co attempt to retain title in MinneapolisKick-off will take place at 6.30pm ET at US Bank StadiumEmail Hunter with your thoughts or tweet him @HunterFeltThe Super Bowl down the years: in pictures 9.42pm GMT No team has ever played in a Su…

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Jacksonville Jaguars v New England Patriots: AFC championship game – live!

Jaguars (12-6) and Patriots (14-3) meet for a place in Super Bowl LIITweet Hunter at @HunterFelt or email him 7.29pm GMT There’s only one real story line for today’s AFC Championship Game: Can the Jacksonville Jaguars continue their unexpected playoff …

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NFC divisional playoff: New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings – live!

Third string to north star: the unlikely rise of the Vikings’ Case KeenumEmail hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @HunterFelt 9.07pm GMT We’re a few minutes away from this officially becoming the Case Keenum-Blake Bortles Playoffs… 8.57pm…

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What happened to LA’s status as America’s basketball city?

Both of the Los Angeles teams are struggling this season. But the long-term prognosis for the famous Lakers looks better than that of the ClippersSunday was another tough night for LA basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers’ losing streak increased to five …

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As the Cleveland Cavaliers struggle, the Boston Celtics can’t stop winning

The Celtics are on a 12-game winning streak – and that’s without some of their best players. How their Eastern Conference rivals must envy themA few weeks ago, it felt like the Boston Celtics’ season had ended before it had begun. Gordon Hayward, the t…

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World Series 2017 Game 6: Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers – live!

Astros travel to Dodger Stadium one win from first championship Email hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @HunterFelt 12.50am GMT Astros 0-0 Dodgers, Bottom 2ndYasiel Puig is up next. He takes a strike, then takes two balls, and then laces a…

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World Series 2017 Game 5: Los Angeles Dodgers v Houston Astros – live!

Astros looking to secure advantage in final home game of seriesEmail hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or email @HunterFelt 12.04am GMT I suppose I should give my predictions for today and, since this might be my last opportunity, for the rest of t…

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World Series 2017 Game 4: Los Angeles Dodgers v Houston Astros – live!

Astros’ win in Game 3 overshadowed by Gurriel’s racist gestureHouston lead series 2-1 after Dodgers won World Series openerEmail hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @HunterFelt 1.18am BST Alright we’re a few minutes away from actual baseball…

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World Series 2017 Game 3: Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers – live

Astros out to capitalize on Game 2 win as series moves to Minute Maid ParkEmail hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @HunterFelt 12.37am BST Houston Astros starters1. George Springer, CF2. Alex Bregman, 3B3. Jose Altuve, 2B4. Carlos Correa, …

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ESPY Awards 2017: Simone Biles and Tom Brady among nominees – live!

  • Peyton Manning acts as host for sports awards
  • Sports stars gather for ceremony in Los Angeles

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Hall of Fame Quarterback Peyton Manning will be hosting tonight, as he continues his decades-long takeover of all forms of media, almost certainly as part of a scheme to launch his inevitable political career. Perhaps he will end up being VP under President The Rock or President Kid Rock.

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The ESPYs are an event that probably wouldn’t exist in a sane, logical world. Sports, more than anything else on the planet, don’t need an awards show. The whole point of sports is that they themselves determine the winners and losers right then and there, there’s no need to hold a vote later on.

But as literally every event of the last year has proven, we do not live in anything that even remotely resembles a sane, logical world, and the ESPYs have in fact become a genuinely meaningful event (in as much as anything has meaning anymore). Some of it is simply because it occupies a day on the calendar, immediately after the MLB All-Star Game, that would otherwise be essentially sports-free. Mostly though because the ESPYs will occasionally produce unforgettable moments. While we may not remember who won what last year, we all will remember the emotional, inspirational speech the late Craig Sager gave. It’s incredibly easily to be cynical about the ESPYs, in fact that will probably be at least 60-70% of my commentary tonight will be snarky or flat-out sarcastic in nature, which it makes it all the more impressive about how the producers are regularly able to discover pockets of genuine heartfelt sincerity in what should be just a a parade of shameless self-promotion.

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From Least Valuable Player to non-play of the year: our NBA season awards

Find out who the big winners of the 2016-17 NBA season were. Note: the Golden State Warriors may make a few appearances

On Monday night, the NBA finally handed out its regular season awards, roughly 3m years after the last game of the 2017 finals. But why trust the league when you have us here at the Guardian? OK, sure, we will admit that some of the categories that follow are not official. In fact, a few of these “awards” might be more accurately classified as “insults,” but we assure you that they will combine to give you a perfect picture of the 2016-17 NBA season.

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From Least Valuable Player to non-play of the year: our NBA season awards

Find out who the big winners of the 2016-17 NBA season were. Note: the Golden State Warriors may make a few appearances

On Monday night, the NBA finally handed out its regular season awards, roughly 3m years after the last game of the 2017 finals. But why trust the league when you have us here at the Guardian? OK, sure, we will admit that some of the categories that follow are not official. In fact, a few of these “awards” might be more accurately classified as “insults,” but we assure you that they will combine to give you a perfect picture of the 2016-17 NBA season.

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NBA finals Game 4: Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers – live!

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Warriors 20-31 Cavaliers, 4:01, 1st quarter

And more free throws, How fun. It’s James turn and he also makes one of two, it feels like the Cavs are splitting these free throws an awful lot.

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Warriors 20-30 Cavaliers, 4:24, 1st quarter

Irving makes one of two free throws.

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The weirdness of the Celtics-Wizards series would make David Lynch proud

When the lanky, uncoordinated Kelly Olynyk is the hero – and villain – of an NBA playoff series, you know things have taken an odd turn

In a sense, the Eastern Conference playoffs essentially ended last night. When the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 of their series, they most likely merely secured their spot as the team that LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will beat on their way to their third straight NBA Finals. The only remaining drama in the East might be whether or not the Cavaliers will remain undefeated.

It wouldn’t have been any different had the Wizards won, by the way, although John Wall is a bigger potential X-factor than anybody on the Celtics roster. The truth was that the winner of this series, no matter which team it was, was going to be rewarded with the opportunity to be flattened by a far superior Cavaliers team.

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Series sweeps show Warriors and Cavaliers are still the teams to beat

Golden State and Cleveland didn’t always play their best basketball in the first round, but they’re favorites for a reason, and another finals match-up looks likely

The game was almost over before it ever really began. Seven minutes into game four in Portland on Monday night, the Warriors built a 30-7 lead over the Trail Blazers – and from there, Portland never stood a chance of winning. The Warriors eventually prevailed 128-103, completing a four-game sweep that ended the Trail Blazers’ season.

Related: ‘That was unbelievable’: Warriors score 45 in first quarter to sweep Blazers

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Everyone in the NBA controversy over resting players is right – and wrong

Adam Silver is correct that teams have an obligation to play star players during big games but coaches’ concerns about the schedule are legitimate

For the last few years, the NBA has mostly avoided the self-created problems that have plagued other US sports. So it was jarring to see a minor concern involving teams resting star players expand into a full-blown crisis in the span of two weeks, with figures on both sides doing their best to fuel the fire.

In response, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent every team a memo on Monday saying there would be “significant penalties” for not following league rules about sending proper notice when resting players from primetime games. Silver is right to be upset, especially considering the amount of money the NBA receives from their deal with ABC, not to mention that the games in question – involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors – were supposed to draw in casual fans.

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Is Kawhi Leonard the NBA’s most valuable player? | Hunter Felt

The NBA has no shortage of worthy MVP candidates, but the San Antonio Spurs star might have established himself as the frontrunner

For most of the season, Kawhi Leonard was having one of the quietest MVP campaigns in recent memory. That changed on Monday night when Leonard scored 39 points as the San Antonio Spurs fought back from a 16-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets.

In the game’s final 30 seconds, he single-handedly secured the 112-110 win with a soon-to-be legendary sequence where he put the Spurs ahead with a three-pointer and then raced to the other end of the floor to block James Harden’s potential game-tying lay-up. The win helped the second-placed Spurs keep pace with the Golden State Warriors, while igniting a long overdue discussion about Leonard’s place in an incredibly competitive MVP race.

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NBA trade deadline: the winners (Pelicans) and losers (Kings)

The New Orleans Pelicans took a step forward, the Sacramento Kings took a step back, the LA Lakers hit the reset button – and the Boston Celtics went nowhere

Heading into NBA trade deadline day, there was a very real fear that the biggest move of the year had already been made. But while nothing was likely to top the New Orleans Pelicans’ deal for DeMarcus Cousins, there was still plenty of talk that either the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler or the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George could find their way to a contender before the 3pm ET deadline.

Related: NBA trade deadline day: Mavericks get Noel from 76ers – as it happened

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AFC championship game: Pittsburgh Steelers v New England Patriots – live!

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Steelers 9-17 Patriots, 1:39, 2nd quarter

A would be touchdown from James, but it’s reversed after a replay. They settle for a field goal.

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Steelers 6-17 Patriots, 2:16, 2nd quarter

While I’m struggling with the internet, Roethlisberger is not at all struggling with the Pats defense. He gets to the New England 19 by the two minute warning, at one point throwing 12 straight completions.

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