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Linemen Who Can Flatten, Like Ickey Ekwonu, Are in NFL Demand

Offensive linemen have always loved “pancakes” – no-doubt-about-it blocks that end with them flexing over flattened defenders. But Ikem Ekwonu, a likely top-10 pick in this year’s NFL draft, which begins Thursday, is a rarity: He is agile and dynamic enough to add a bonus pancake after another big play. In an October game against …

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Manchester City Beats Real Madrid in the Champions League Semifinal

MANCHESTER, England – First thing Wednesday morning, Pep Guardiola’s staff will deliver to the Manchester City manager a meticulously annotated report of his team’s Champions League semifinals against Real Madrid. At roughly the same time, Carlo Ancelotti, his counterpart in the Spanish capital, will receive something very similar. Those dossiers will contain brief snatches of …

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The Fathers Talk Trash Courtside. The Sons Battle in the NBA

MINNEAPOLIS – Karl Towns sat in his courtside seat about an hour before Game 3 of the Timberwolves’ first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies tipped off. His friend Tee Morant was pacing a few feet away, wearing reflective sunglasses, a black bucket hat, a white Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, white pants and a black …

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