Fantasy Football mock draft: The zero running back strategy in full-point PPR scoring

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Mock drafts are useful for trying new things. It’s why we encourage you to do as many as possible before your actual Draft Day. You get to experiment with different strategies and figure out what works best for you in building your Fantasy team.

In our latest 12-team, PPR mock draft — you can watch the live results here — I tried something different from the No. 12 spot by taking a Zero RB approach. It’s the first mock draft this season where I’ve gone Zero RB, and I have mixed feelings on the results.

My first five picks, in order, were Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, CeeDee Lamb, Julio Jones and Lamar Jackson. I went with Lamb over Amari Cooper in Round 3 with Cooper still dealing with his ankle injury, but otherwise, these were

Tokyo Olympics medal tracker: Gold, silver and bronze counts for Team USA and every country at the 2020 Games

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are here. Events are underway, and that means medals are being handed out. Below is a list of all the medals won during the 2020 Summer Olympics. In total, 339 medals will be awarded across 33 sports. 

The record for the most gold medals won at a single Olympics is 83, which the United States achieved at the 1984 Summer Games. Will history be made in Tokyo?

Follow our updated medal tracker below to find out.

COUNTRY

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

TOTALS

Japan

13

4

5

22

China

12

6

9

27

United States

11

11

9

31

Russian Olympic Committee

7

10

6

23

Australia

6

1

9

16

Great Britain

5

6

5

16

South Korea

4

2

5

11

Germany

3

2

Fantasy Football: QB camp battle updates, first day of training camp notes, and the latest QB and RB rankings

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I bet the first day of training camp for NFL players is a lot like the first day of school. You’re all anxious about seeing all your old friends again, and you know you’re going to make a whole bunch of new friends. 

But you also know the first day isn’t going to necessarily be full of action. It’s just about getting reacquainted, figuring out what your new year is going to look like, and getting settled in. Teams weren’t throwing on pads and installing new packages Tuesday, they were just reporting, getting their physicals, getting tested, and getting ready. 

But from our perspective, there was quite a lot to keep track of. Because the first day of training camp is also the day we get a bunch of injury updates, quotes

MLB trade rumors: Max Scherzer talks intensifying; Yankees, others interested in Starling Marte

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The MLB trade deadline looms on Friday. With just a few days to go, the rumor mill is churning. We’ll round up the hottest rumors here throughout the day. 

Scherzer talks intensifying

According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Nationals‘ trade talks involving ace Max Scherzer are “intensifying,” to the point where a deal could be reached before Thursday. Morosi adds that the three top teams in the National League West — the Giants, Dodgers, and Padres — are believed to be involved, along with other clubs.

Scherzer’s situation is more complex than the typical trade candidate’s. He has the ability to block any trade thanks to his 10-5 rights (as in, 10 years of major league service and five consecutive with his current team), and his agent Scott Boras has implied that he may require

Tokyo Olympics Men's Soccer: France, Germany, Argentina go home; Mexico, Brazil, Spain among quarterfinalists

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics group stage for men’s soccer is in the books, and some big names have been eliminated with France, Germany and Argentina all heading home after underwhelming showings in Japan. All three finished third in their four-team groups to fall just short of the knockout phases, but none of them truly merited to advance based on their showings over three games. The host nation are the only team to have won all three of their fixtures and look one of the strongest sides heading into the latter stages.

Results

Group A:
France 0, Japan 4 (Yokohama)
South Africa 0, Mexico 3 (Sapporo)

Group B:
Romania 0, New Zealand 0 (Sapporo)
South Korea 6, Honduras 0 (Yokohama)

Group C:
Australia 0, Egypt 2 (Rifu)
Spain 1, Argentina 1 (Saitama)

Group D:
Saudi Arabia 1, Brazil 3

Larry Coon on NBA free agency, future CBA Changes, expansion and Sports Business Classroom

By | July 28, 2021 ET

On the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast, host Michael Scotto is joined by NBA salary cap guru Larry Coon. The two discussed which teams could be the most active this summer in the free agency and sign-and-trade market, future CBA changes, expansion, and Sports Business Classroom in Las Vegas.

This episode is brought to you by Sports Business Classroom. If you’re looking to jump-start your career in the business of basketball, you can sign up for classes from August 9-14. Learn from the experts on topics including the salary cap, scouting, analytics, media, and broadcasting. Use promo code “HOOPSHYPE” to get $200 off.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on

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Analysis and intel: Everything to know for the 2021 NBA draft

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The 2021 NBA draft has finally arrived! Who’s rising? Who’s falling? Will the Detroit Pistons take Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham at No. 1? Is Cunningham more Khris Middleton … or Luka Doncic? Where will USC big man Evan Mobley get selected? Will the Oklahoma City Thunder begin to spend its considerable draft capital? Who is this year’s Draymond Green or Nikola Jokic? What last-minute offer could turn every draft board upside down? (Could happen!)

So many questions. So many answers to come.

Here is everything you need to know, from how to watch the draft-night festivities to the full draft order, from scouting reports of all the top prospects and their likely landing spots to the latest intel, trade rumors, analysis and projections. Our experts will reveal the draft’s most NBA-ready prospects, as well as the players with the highest ceilings and highest bust factors.

All the action is set

HoopsHype exclusive interviews: Get to know the 2021 NBA draft class

By | July 28, 2021 ET

HoopsHype aims to provide you the best coverage of the NBA draft. We went beyond the scouting reports, mock drafts and player rankings to give you an inside look at the human side of these top prospects.

We produced a series of exclusive, 1-on-1 conversations with dozens of the players projected to hear their names called on July 29. We have stories with prospects ranging from likely lottery picks to potential undrafted free agent sleepers.

With the big night on the horizon, familiarize yourself with in-depth looks at several players in the 2021 NBA draft class:

Josh Giddey on player comparison: ‘I’d probably say similar to Ben Simmons’

Projected NBA lottery pick Josh Giddey joined Michael Scotto on the HoopsHype

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NBA's play-in tournament will return in April 2022

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The NBA’s play-in tournament is back for at least one more season.

As expected, the league’s board of governors gave approval Tuesday to the plan that would bring back the event in April 2022. The format will be the same as it was this past season: The teams that finish seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th in each conference will play to determine the No. 7 and No. 8 playoff seeds.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had said on multiple occasions in recent weeks that he expected the play-in to return. It was utilized this past season for the first time on an experimental basis.

In other board of governors news Tuesday:

SCHEDULE

The play-in tournament being back crystallizes the schedule for next season. It was already known that training camps would open Sept. 28 and the regular season on Oct. 19. With the play-in, that now means the regular season ends April

NBA draft prospect Aaron Henry: ‘I feel underrated, but what else is new?'

By | July 27, 2021 ET

Despite being a Big Ten All-Defensive Team and All-Big Ten 3rd Team member, Aaron Henry is heading into the NBA draft the same way he did entering college: underrated.

Henry discussed how he developed a chip on his shoulder as an underrated recruit, how playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State prepared him for the NBA, player comparisons he received from teams, and much more with HoopsHype.

When did you realize you could be an NBA player?

Henry: I really felt like it’s always been inside of me. Honestly, every player has a thing where they go to college or that time in their life where they need some direction. Michigan State was exactly the direction I needed. I needed

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