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Eight MLB veterans who tweaked their batting stances in 2021, and how the changes have paid off

It's not all that uncommon to see professional hitters alter their batting stances from time to time. Seeing so many established sluggers make such noticeable changes this year, however, has been unique. With the availability of advanced metrics and increased usage of analytics among clubs and front offices, not only are the fundamentals evolving, but so are the strategies.
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Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Collects three walks, swipes bag

Ohtani went 0-for-2 with three walks, a stolen base and a run in Sunday's loss to Seattle. The two-way star struck out twice but also worked three walks. As a point of comparison, Ohtani took only three free passes throughout the entire month of April, so he seems to be developing a keener eye at the plate as the season progresses. Ohtani has been a threat on the basepaths throughout the campaign, totaling eight steals in 11 attempts.
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Cowboys' Michael Gallup opens up about return of Dak Prescott, contract status beyond 2021

Dak Prescott is back and completely healthy, but you're well aware of that by now. Tyron Smith and La'el Collins are as well, something else you know by now, and the return of those three starters at cornerstone positions set the Dallas Cowboys up to potentially return to their post as the No. 1 offense in the NFL -- as they were in 2019 and in 2020 prior to losing Prescott to his season-ending ankle injury. That possibility has Michael Gallup drooling all over his jersey, having been forced into a taking a step back statistically due to a merry-go-round of poor quarterback play in Week 6 through Week 17, but having the talent to still finish with 843 receiving yards and five touchdowns in Year 3.
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Ex-Broncos OT Ja'Wuan James files grievance against team following injury-related release

Ja'Wuan James is reportedly going after the Denver Broncos. The veteran offensive tackle is currently without an NFL home after having been released by the Broncos just over a year ago following a torn Achilles suffered while training, but this is where the disconnect lies because of how the team labeled the release. In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down NFL facilities last spring, James was training away from the team facility and the Broncos placed an NFI (non-football injury) designation on him -- which voided the remainder of James' guaranteed money.
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Taya Currie, 16, becomes first woman drafted in OHL history

Hockey history was made on Saturday. Taya Currie, 16, became the first woman selected in the Ontario Hockey League Draft when she was selected by the Sarnia Sting. Currie went as pick No. 267 in the draft, and didn't play this past season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Texas Football: CBS Sports gives Big 12 championship odds

The Big 12 conference has not experienced very much parody as to who has won the conference as of late. It’s something that has been a commonality across college football as well, as similar to the Sooners, Clemson (ACC) and Ohio State (Big 10) have been unmovable forces reigning at the top of their conference’s for years at a time. Clemson has won six straight and Ohio State is close behind with four.
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6 Vikings included on CBS Sports Top 100 NFL Players of 2021

The NFL is full of massively talented individuals. There will always be some debate as to who the cream of the crop is when comparing them with each other, but fans of the Minnesota Vikings have some great arguments for having some of the best players in the league at several positions entering the 2021 NFL season.
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Security chases someone away from CBS Sports set and over a balcony railing

Tonight’s CONCACAF Nations League final between the United States and Mexico was an incredibly weird affair, but one of the stranger moments came off the field. During the break between the end of regulation and extra time, Kate Abdo, Oguchi Onyeu, Clint Dempsey, and Charlie Davies were setting up the overtime period from the CBS Sports desk on site in Denver.
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NASCAR Crash Course: Was Sonoma a Championship 4 preview?

Napa Valley's wine country brought the rich and famous out to Sonoma Raceway for the NASCAR Cup Series. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan gave the command to start engines, Food Network star Guy Fieri drove the pace car while 23XI Racing co-owner Michael Jordan came to watch from the pit box.
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Marc Gasol says it was an honor to wear Lakers jersey after brother Pau won two championships in Los Angeles

Marc Gasol, like his brother Pau, started his NBA career as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Unlike Marc, Pau left Memphis in his prime to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. He won two championships there and will forever be remembered as the co-star that finally helped Kobe Bryant get back to the top of the mountain after his breakup with Shaquille O'Neal. He may have left as a free agent in 2014, but the elder Gasol is a Laker legend that will be revered in Los Angeles forever.
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Vikings depth chart 2021: Minnesota's projected Week 1 starters heading into OTAs, training camp

The 2021 NFL season is on the horizon, and few divisions are as intriguing entering the new year as the NFC North. The reigning champion Packers are still trying to appease Aaron Rodgers, the face of the franchise. The cellar-dwelling Lions are kicking off a new era under Dan Campbell. The Bears are fresh off their most promising quarterback addition in years after drafting Justin Fields. And the Vikings might quietly be the most underrated of all, with Kirk Cousins entering somewhat of a critical year under center, Mike Zimmer looking to return his defense to form and veterans like Patrick Peterson on board for a potential playoff run.
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Falcons' big mistake isn't trading Julio Jones, it's not also dealing Matt Ryan and others for a full rebuild

Oh, poor Falcons fans, I weep for thee. Not because of the Julio Jones trade; as we have been telling you in this space for months, that was all they were ever going to get in a $15M salary dump. Nah, the real problem is that Jones is the only meaningful – or quasi-meaningful – trade that the perpetually middling franchise has made. The problem is that Matt Ryan isn't gone, too, and it's compounded by the last three trade deadlines in which management was maleficent in its dereliction of duty to retool for the future and deal aging players on bloated contracts while they still could. So they end up dealing arguably the most impactful player in the history of the franchise and surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer for effectively what the Falcons themselves gave to Baltimore a year ago for the right to take backup tight end Hayden Hurst off their hands.
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USA, Mexico change formations for Concacaf Nations League final

The United States men's national team will play its biggest match in nearly two years on Sunday when they face off against Mexico in the Concacaf Nations League final in Denver. Kickoff is set for 9:30 p.m. ET from Empower Field, the home of the Denver Broncos, and you can watch the match on CBS Sports Network and Paramount+.
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Mayweather vs. Paul results, highlights: Chad Johnson survives knockdown to go the distance in exhibition

Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson's boxing debut was a roller coaster on Sunday that finished with him standing on his feet. Johnson, 43, survived a knockdown in the final round after largely controlling the action against Brian Maxwell in a four-round exhibition bout that kicked off the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul pay-per-view card inside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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NBA playoffs second-round predictions: Experts split on Bucks-Nets, favor Clippers, show concern for 76ers

For the first time since 2015, the second round of the postseason will not feature the defending NBA champions. The Los Angeles Lakers were knocked out of the first round by the Phoenix Suns, and the defeat was symbolically fitting. The Lakers have won 17 banners. So have the Boston Celtics, who were also knocked out of the first round. None of the nine teams left in the field have more than three championships to their name. Combined, the nine teams remaining have won only six in total. That's as many as the Lakers alone have won this century.
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Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul fight results, highlights: 'Money' impresses as exhibition goes the distance

It was known heading into the Showtime pay-per-view fight between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul that no winner would be announced if the exhibition went the distance. That likely won't take anything away from Paul, who can claim something of a moral victory after managing to last all eight rounds with one of the greatest boxers of all time on Sunday night inside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Here We Go: Inside Antonio Conte's decision to turn down Tottenham

Antonio Conte came real close to being appointed Tottenham Hotspur's new manager last week. It's a fascinating development when you consider only two weeks ago the Italian manager chose to part ways with Inter Milan because he was not convinced by the club's project despite being crowned Serie A champions in 2020-21.
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