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Port Vale sink Swindon in shootout to reach playoff final amid ugly scenes

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Port Vale won a nerve-jangling penalty shootout 6-5 to beat Swindon and secure their place in the League Two playoff final, where they will play Mansfield. After the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate, Aidan Stone was the ...

Police hunt fan who head-butted Billy Sharp on pitch after Forest playoff win

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Nottinghamshire police have launched an investigation after Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp appeared to be head-butted by a fan at the end of the Championship playoff semi-final. Video emerged online of the celebration...

Sheffield United and Luton secure Championship playoff places

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Sheffield United and Luton Town have secured places in the Championship playoffs at the expense of Middlesbrough and Millwall, the two sides who maintained hope of sneaking into the top six on the final day of the reg...

NHL playoff preview: are the Lightning still great or just good?

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The NHL playoffs begin Monday evening after the first complete season since 2018-19. What stories will unfold over the coming weeks? In the NHL’s post-lockout era, the Presidents’ Trophy winner – the best team throug...

‘We can’t make excuses’: Loss to Suns ends star-filled Lakers’ playoff hopes

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Russell Westbrook couldn’t figure out a way to consistently mesh with his new teammates, Anthony Davis couldn’t stay healthy and a 37-year-old LeBron James couldn’t carry a team all by himself. The Los Angeles Lakers ...

NFL changes overtime playoff rules in wake of Chiefs-Bills thriller

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The NFL is changing its sometimes controversial overtime rules to guarantee each side gets the ball in the playoffs. Concerned that the coin toss to begin the extra period has too much impact on postseason game result...

‘We should not be here’: Mancini targets World Cup win before Italy play-off

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Roberto Mancini has not been persuaded yet to dial back his ambitions. He insisted at his first press conference as Italy manager, back in 2018, that he intended to put the Azzurri back “on top of the world”. On Monda...

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers ponder futures after rough playoff exits

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Tom Brady says his family will play a crucial factor in deciding whether he returns to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season. The 44-year-old has an impending decision whether he will retire or return for a 23rd overal...

Aaron Rodgers considers ‘tough decision’ on future after latest playoff loss

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Aaron Rodgers heads into another offseason of uncertainty after one more frustrating finish to a brilliant year. Rodgers drove the Packers to a touchdown on the game’s opening possession, then couldn’t get them back i...

The Bengals find themselves with an unfamiliar feeling: playoff success

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Only one year has passed since Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown felt the need to issue a statement explaining why he was keeping head coach Zac Taylor, whose Bengals had won just six of 32 games in his first two se...

Bengals earn first playoff win in 31 years after whistle error against Raiders

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Joe Burrow led an efficient offense that scored on six drives, including two of his touchdown passes, and rookie Evan McPherson made four field goals as the Cincinnati Bengals finally advanced in the playoffs with a 2...

NFL wildcard playoff picks: Favorites to sweep the six-game slate

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After the first Week 18 in NFL history ended a topsy-turvy season in suitably dramatic fashion, we’re headed into the first ever Super Wild Card Weekend. The NFL is giving us six games over the next three days and whi...

NFL playoff predictions: Packers and Titans on Super Bowl collision course

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The Los Angeles Chargers. Extra chances to see Justin Herbert doing Justin Herbert things should be treasured. Brandon Staley’s side was flawed – their run defense would likely have doomed them in any playoff matchup ...

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