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NBA season superlatives: Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Lakers’ Dwight Howard highlight our alternative awards

NBA season superlatives: Celtics' Jayson Tatum, Lakers' Dwight Howard highlight our alternative awardsThe real end-of-season awards can't capture everything, so we came up with fake ones Traditional NBA awards tell you only so much about a season, so let's invent more of them. In 2018-19, I picked alternative winners for each of the major categories; this time, I've added 10 additional awards to honor players who won't get actual hardware. Some of these players are legitimate stars, and some of them are role players. All of them stood out if you made League Pass a regular part of your pre-quarantine evenings. (Related: Here are CBS Sports' picks for the real NBA awards, and our All-NBA, All-Defense and All-Rookie picks. And yes, we are aware that the 2019-20 season isn't officially over.) Most Improved Player, in-season View Profile Jayson Tatum BOS • PF • 0 PPG23.6RPG7.1BPG.9 It is one thing to arrive in training camp a differe..

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How Vikings can have perfect 2020 NFL Draft in four steps, starting with a new No. 1 CB in the first round

How Vikings can have perfect 2020 NFL Draft in four steps, starting with a new No. 1 CB in the first roundMinnesota has big needs at several key positions, including corner and wide receiver No two NFL teams tend to have the exact same draft-day needs -- unless, of course, their one and only top priority is adding a franchise quarterback. But that just means there are often 32 different perfect scenarios when it comes time to infuse rosters with rookie talent. In the case of the Minnesota Vikings, cornerback and wide receiver should rank pretty highly on their 2020 wish list. As we approach the 2020 NFL Draft, here are four steps the Vikings can take in order to have their perfect draft: Step 1: Leave the first round with a cornerbackThe Vikings pick twice on the opening night of the draft, first at No. 22, then again at No. 25, thanks to their trade of Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills. But it would behoove them to come away from Thursday night with at least one guy to plug in on th..

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How Titans can have the perfect 2020 NFL Draft, starting with their future lockdown cornerback

How Titans can have the perfect 2020 NFL Draft, starting with their future lockdown cornerbackThis is a deep draft class, and the Titans need to take advantage of it The Tennessee Titans were one of the biggest surprises of the 2019 season. After missing the postseason in 2018, they made it all the way to the AFC Championship game thanks to the league's leading rusher and the AP Comeback Player of the year. General manager Jon Robinson made the executive decision to keep both of the players that helped the Titans reach a new level of success -- re-signing Ryan Tannehill to a long-term deal and placing the franchise tag on Derrick Henry -- but there are still some holes the Titans have left to fill. Former starting right tackle Jack Conklin is now a member of the Cleveland Browns, five-time Pro Bowler and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey was traded to the Denver Broncos and the Titans have an issue at cornerback. Tennessee has six draft picks to utilize later this month, and if th..

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No time for catch-up from slow start in 2020, says Vasseur

No time for catch-up from slow start in 2020, says VasseurFormula 1 teams will have little time to play catch-up when the season gets going because an intense run of races will hamper scope for development, reckons Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur. With F1 hoping to cram in a run of events later this year once the worst of the coronavirus pandemic has passed, teams will face an incredible challenge to keep on top of things during an intense few months. Vasseur says teams will have enough on their plates just to compete in the races, so thinks that there will be little chance to go aggressive with updates to close in on competitors. "For sure, when you have to do 15 or so races in a row, it's much better to have a good car from the beginning," he told Motorsport.com. "It would be quite difficult, I would not say impossible because nothing is impossible, but it would be quite difficult to recover, much more than when you would have 10 months. "But that's the fact. It's lik..

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Quartararo could be the next champion, says Espargaro

Quartararo could be the next champion, says EspargaroFabio Quartararo has been tipped to become MotoGP's next champion, perhaps as soon as this year, by rival Pol Espargaro. Petronas Yamaha rider Quartararo made a strong impact during his first season in the premier class last year, scoring six pole positions, seven podium finishes and outscoring works Yamaha man Valentino Rossi en route to an impressive fifth in the standings. Given that the 20-year-old Frenchman emerged as one of Marc Marquez's most consistent rivals in the latter portion of the year, KTM man Espargaro feels Quartararo could be an even bigger threat now he will be on the same spec of bike as Yamaha's factory riders. "It's possible," Espargaro said in an interview with Sky Italia when asked if Quartararo could be the next champion. "He's a very strong rider, he's young, he's hungry, he's not afraid of anything and he's in a great team. "But now his job will be difficult,..

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College basketball recruiting: Five-star guard Joshua Christopher commits to Arizona State

College basketball recruiting: Five-star guard Joshua Christopher commits to Arizona StateJoshua Christopher announced late Monday that he's headed to Arizona State Arizona State landed a commitment from one of the highest-rated basketball commitments left on the board when Joshua Christopher announced his intent to play for the Sun Devils on Monday night. Christopher is a five-star shooting guard and the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. His commitment leaves No. 3 Jalen Green and No. 9 Greg Brown as the only uncommitted top-10 players in the class as college basketball's late signing period begins Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 wing from Lakewood, California, chose Arizona State over Missouri, Michigan and UCLA. Landing Christopher is a coup for the Sun Devils and coach Bobby Hurley, especially as two of their top players from the 2019-20 season, Remy Martin and Romello White, consider whether to stay in the NBA Draft. "The recruit..

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UFC welterweight Colby Covington aiming for WWE move in 2021, hopes to make ‘biggest splash possible’

UFC welterweight Colby Covington aiming for WWE move in 2021, hopes to make 'biggest splash possible'The UFC star has set his sights on WWE where he would likely thrive on the microphone UFC welterweight Colby Covington finding his way to professional wrestling feels inevitable. For all his skills in the Octagon, Covington has made a name for himself primarily on his ability to talk up a fight and and play a character, so it's no surprise to hear the former interim welterweight champion say he is already planning for a career as a WWE superstar. Covington is coming off the biggest fight of his career, losing a shot at the welterweight championship when he was stopped in the fifth round of a war with champion Kamaru Usman. The build for the fight saw Covington go to new extremes in the trash-talking arena, and those are skills he says he intends to put into play inside the squared circle in a little over a year. "I would say probably 2021," Covington told MMA Fighting&#..

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UFC star Dustin Poirier donates 1,000 meals to hospital workers fighting coronavirus pandemic

UFC star Dustin Poirier donates 1,000 meals to hospital workers fighting coronavirus pandemicAlong with The Good Fight Foundation, Poirier helped make Easter Sunday a bit brighter for hospital workers UFC lightweight star Dustin Poirier is attempting to do what he can to give back in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. On Easter Sunday, along with his charity The Good Fight Foundation, Poirier donated 1,000 meals to medical staff in Louisiana. Poirier teamed up with Deanos Pizza in Lafayette in an effort to make local medical staff members feel appreciated during this time of uncertainty. The UFC star told MMA Junkie about his plan prior to the holiday weekend. Can't get enough UFC? Subscribe to our podcast State of Combat with Brian Campbell where we break down everything you need to know in the Octagon. Hope everyone is having a Happy & Safe Easter Sunday! • Thank you to everyone who played a role in making today possible! Big thanks to our #healthcareheroes for working ..

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