ESPN showed restraint in coverage of Damar Hamlin’s on-field collapse: ‘We tried our best to be human’

Guiding viewers through the coverage after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest during the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals wasn’t something covered in a how-to.

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Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals won’t resume their game this week — and NFL’s Week 18 remains unchanged

The NFL pushed ahead Tuesday with a difficult balancing act, navigating players’ emotions after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin’s shocking cardiac arrest with a tight playoff schedule and emphasizing Hamlin’s health is its main focus.

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Damar Hamlin in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest; Bills-Bengals postponed

CINCINNATI — Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin had his heartbeat restored on the field after suffering cardiac arrest during the team’s game Monday night against the Bengals, and he is currently in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital, the Bills said in a statement early Tuesday morning.

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College basketball rankings: Undefeated Purdue solidifies hold on No. 1 in Top 25 And 1

As I explained on Sunday night’s episode of the Eye On College Basketball podcast, Purdue should be this season’s first unanimous No. 1 when the Associated Press Top 25 poll updates Monday because the Boilermakers are the only undefeated team with more than one Quadrant 1 win — and they have four Quadrant 1 wins. Only one-loss Arizona has more with five.

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MLB trade candidates: Five teams, including Cardinals and Rangers, with intriguing players to swap

When it comes to the trades made among Major League Baseball’s 30 franchises, the most fascinating entail clubs exchanging players from positions of strength. Consider, as an example, the recent three-player swap that sent outfielder Daulton Varsho from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Gabriel Moreno and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. The Diamondbacks had too many talented outfielders, the Blue Jays too many talented catchers. So, what did they do? They solved each other’s logjams.

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Pete Rose places Ohio’s first legal sports bet on Reds to win 2023 World Series

Life has come full circle for MLB legend Pete Rose. After receiving a lifetime ban from the MLB in 1989 for gambling on the Reds while he was managing the team, Rose placed Ohio’s first legal sports bet on the Reds winning the 2023 World Series on Sunday.

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Salukis Ring in New Year by Downing Belmont; Win Sixth-Straight The 7,119 fans in attendance marked the largest home crowd in seven seasons.

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois men’s basketball put on a show to open the New Year, defeating Belmont 63-45 in front of an energized Banterra Center crowd and a national television audience to win its sixth-straight game. The 7,119 fans in attendance marked the largest home crowd in seven seasons.

“The crowd, the atmosphere – it’s a special place is what I told the guys after the game,” head coach Bryan Mullins said. “To have the community come out and support us like that I really appreciate it.”

“For our guys to weather the first half and come out and play the way they did, I’m just happy for them,” Mullins noted. “It started with our defense in the second half getting stops and some steals to be able to push it in transition. We attacked the paint a little better in the second half and it’s really a complete team effort.”

The Southern Illinois (11-4, 3-1 MVC) defense put on a show in the second half, holding the high-powered Bruins offense to just seven points over the final 15 minutes of the game. Belmont (9-6, 2-2 MVC) entered play averaging 76.1 points per game and shooting 41.4 percent from behind the arc – the best in the MVC.

The Salukis held BU to 32.7 percent from the field and just four 3-pointers (4-22) over the course of the game. Belmont shot just 25 percent (6-for-24) in the second half of play.

“Our guys didn’t let up (defensively) in the second half. It was a team effort because guys were helping each other when someone got beat or switched off,” Mullins said. “That’s a tough team to guard because they play with such great pace. I think overall we did a good job of being consistent and to play defense like that over 40 minutes, it takes a lot of effort.”

Senior forward Marcus Domask had 14 points, four rebounds and five assists in the game, keeping the Salukis within striking distance in the first 20 minutes as the Salukis trailed going into the locker room by five points. After the Bruins scored six points early in the second half, SIU went to work, turning BU over nine times leading to a 35-11 run to close out the game.

Lance Jones got the crowd going in the second half, scoring 13 of his 16 points in the final 20 minutes including several tough finishes in the lane. Southern was able to swipe the ball away from the Bruins nine times in the game, leading to 17 points off the Belmont miscues.

The defensive duo of Clarence Rupert and JD Muila wreaked havoc on the Bruins in the paint. Rupert tied a career-high with three blocks in the game to go along with his nine points and five rebounds. Muila was dominant on the glass, leading all Salukis with nine rebounds.

Southern finished the game shooting 46.4 percent (25-56) while going 16-for-31 (51.6 percent) in the second half alone. All four of SIU’s makes from deep came in the final 20 minutes after going 0-for-10 in the opening half.

Xavier Johnson seven of his nine points in the second half while also dishing out a trio of assists.

The Salukis dominated the paint, outscoring the Bruins 44-16 near the basket while also winning the battle on the boards 36-33.

Southern Illinois host MVC Preseason favorite Drake Wednesday night at Banterra Center with tipoff set for 7 p.m. Tickets start as low as $6 in the Dawg Pound by using the Promo Code “SIX”. Visit to purchase your tickets now.

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Column: A collage of ugliness in the Chicago Bears’ 13th loss leaves far more reasons for concern than confidence

DETROIT — What in the world are we supposed to do with this one, this latest embarrassment from the Chicago Bears, the team’s record-setting ninth consecutive loss that went into the books Sunday as a 41-10 pummeling by the Detroit Lions?

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NFL Week 17 grades: Tom Brady’s Buccaneers earn an ‘A’ for beating Panthers, Dolphins get ‘D+’ for loss

With multiple playoff spots up for grabs on Sunday, this turned into a week where the contenders were separated from the pretenders.

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Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament Recap – Day 1

Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament recap from Day 1.

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