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Edmonton Oilers’ ‘Microcore’ Could Use Some Help to Get Out of micro-skid

Remember when your best players had to be your best players? That’s so old school. These days, if you don’t have a microcore that strikes fear into the hearts and minds of your National Hockey League opponent, you’re nothing much to worry about. Yes, microcore. It’s a thing. Has been for slightly more than two years, apparently, though the interweb …

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Bears’ Top Wideout Alshon Jeffery Suspended for PED Use

Here’s the last thing the stumbling Chicago Bears needed. The NFL has suspended the team’s top wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery, for four games without pay. It’s punishment for violating the league’s policy on performing-enhancing substances. Jeffery this season has 40 catches for 630 yards and a touchdown. He’s eligible to return to Bears practices and games on Dec. 12. NO …

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DeRozan Has Turned Himself into a Lean, Mean, Scoring Machine

Do you want to know where 34 points a night comes from? In DeMar DeRozan’s case, 34 points a night comes from a lifetime of hard work but more recently from a summer he describes as a “sickening dedication to where a lot of the days were just shit.” That those days came in the midst of gold-medal winning run …

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Broncos Steal Victory with Returned Blocked Extra Point

The Denver Broncos have been willing victories with their fantastic defence for two seasons now. On Sunday they stole a victory thanks to their special teams — and particularly, thanks to a pair of backup rookie safeties. After New Orleans tied the game 23-23 on Brandin Cooks’ 32-yard TD pass from Drew Brees with just 1:22 remaining, Saints placekicker Wil …

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Leafs Have Lessons to Learn For More Reliable Defence

PITTSBURGH — Say this about the work-in-progress Maple Leafs — when they want to, they can skate and compete with any team in the NHL, the reigning Stanley Cup champs included. But when it comes to playing responsible, reliable defence, there are plenty of lessons still to be learned. The Penguins peppered Leafs goaltender Freddy Andersen with 49 shots en …

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Pens Coach Has Praise For the Kids

After a week in which his team faced the Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan had high praise for the young star players who are making a strong impression in the NHL. “I think there’s a crop of young players who have come into the league over the past couple of years that are really …

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