Young players have officially taken over major league baseball

6:43 AM ET Sam MillerESPN.com Close ESPN baseball columnist/feature writerFormer editor-in-chief of Baseball ProspectusCo-author of “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work” This summer, when we asked major league veterans to talk about getting old, only one of them — Adam Jones, father of two sons — brought up Lightning McQueen. Aging is not so much the body breaking down, Jones theorized, as the fact that every generation is better than the one before it. “It’s not an excuse, but the game’s gotten harder. That’s all it is: the…

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Is the stage set for Heisman Trophy drama? History says otherwise

The Heisman Trophy finalist field is set, with the expectation this could be an historically close vote. But in terms of votes past, the number of players who will be present in New York typically speaks to an easy win. Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa — the frontrunner for nearly the entirety of the season — will be joined by Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, quarterbacks that received the nod Monday night to make it a trio at the ceremony for the third time in four years. That was…

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Kings will look to take advantage of shorthanded Suns

PHOENIX — Sacramento is making strides in a rebuilding project that began in earnest with the DeMarcus Cousins trade in 2017, while Phoenix is still looking for positive signs. The young Kings, who had a five-game winning streak early in the season, got back to .500 while breaking a three-game losing streak with a last-minute 111-110 victory over Indiana in their last game Saturday. They will play a Suns team on Tuesday that is off to a franchise-worst 4-19 start and has played most of the last two games without…

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Coyotes visit Kings, try for another four-game winning streak

The Arizona Coyotes aren’t used to going a whole week without losing, especially twice in one season. But the Coyotes will try to win four in a row for the second time this fall when they visit the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. Arizona (12-11-2) hasn’t had two winning streaks of at least four games in the same season since 2011-12. The Coyotes had two five-game winning streaks and a six-game winning streak that season before losing to the Kings in the Western Conference Finals. Article continues below ……

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TOP 25 THIS WEEK: Furman plays for 1st time with ranking

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Furman coach Bob Richey wants his players to savor the program’s first appearance in the AP Top 25 poll, yet also remember how much work it took to get there. He’s hoping that approach will keep the 25th-ranked Paladins building toward something bigger, starting with Tuesday night’s trip to Elon and a weekend visit to USC Upstate. “The reality of it is this was not just something that was created by this team,” Richey told The Associated Press. “There’s a lot of people that are involved…

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US players face Bahamas-to-Australia trip for Presidents Cup

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods finished the Hero World Challenge on Sunday and headed to Australia to promote the Presidents Cup as the U.S. captain. It’s the same schedule he faces next year, with one big difference. Woods will have 12 players with him, and he could be a playing captain. It leads to a messy schedule that could affect two tournaments — his unofficial Hero World Challenge, an 18-man field of players from the top 50 in the world, and the Australian Open, which was hopeful of a…

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LAFC re-signs Canadian midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles FC has signed midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to a three-year contract extension. LAFC announced the deal Monday. The extension runs through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022. The 24-year-old Canadian immediately earned a key role during LAFC’s successful inaugural season. The unsung signing from Louisville of the USL had a surprisingly large impact as a box-to-box midfielder, getting two goals and five assists while starting 20 of the expansion club’s first 21 games. His season ended in late July due to an…

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Cal’s Durden, Stanford’s Meehan to coach US Olympic swimmers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — USA Swimming is turning to a pair of veteran collegiate coaches to oversee the Olympic swimming team in 2020. Dave Durden of California will be in charge of the men’s team and Greg Meehan of Stanford will coach the women’s in Tokyo, USA Swimming announced Monday. The U.S. swim team won 16 gold medals and 33 total medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, the best showing by the Americans in any sport. Bob Bowman coached the men in Rio and David Marsh guided the…

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Week 13 was chock full of black eyes for the NFL

Just when the NFL was enjoying a ratings rebound and an explosion of offensive firepower that has fans giddy over their favorite and/or fantasy teams, the NFL reverted to its bumbling ways in Week 13. It began with a prime-time officiating fiasco by its most experienced crew. The poor performance by referee Walt Anderson’s crew Thursday night sullied an otherwise classic Saints-Cowboys showdown that reminded everyone defense can be sexy, too. Jaylon Smith’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Alvin Kamara was the most egregious non-call, one that Fox Sports rules analyst Mike…

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