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The Daily Outkick: Monday, February 10, 2020

XFL Week 1 Winners And Losers: Inaugural Weekend Good For TV Networks, Gamblers (USA Today) All eight teams in the league played this weekend with two games Saturday and two Sunday.

Trump To Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget With Big Safety-Net Cuts (Wall Street Journal) White House boosts funds for military, veterans and aims to reduce deficits by $4.6 trillion over a decade, in part through curbs on Medicare, Medicaid.

How The NFL Can And Should Learn From The XFL (For The Win) The most successful experimentation came in how they handled their officiating. The XFL brought tremendous transparency.

How The Iowa Caucuses Became An Epic Fiasco For Democrats (New York Times) The problems that beset the Democratic Party’s first state caucus of the presidential race ran far deeper and wider than one bad app.

Why Colin Kaepernick Isn’t Playing In New XFL, According To Oliver Luck (Yahoo! Sports) “The salary requirements that were broached in that conversation were exorbitant and certainly out of our range.”

Democratic Disarray, Dysfunction (Axios) This was the worst week for Democrats since Donald Trump’s election-night shocker of 2016.

Do Great Regular Seasons Matter Anymore In The NBA? (538) A team’s regular-season point differential can be distorted by blowout wins and generally feasting on bad opponents.

Coronavirus Updates: 66 New Infections Confirmed On Ship Off Coast Of Japan, Death Toll At 908 (CNBC) As of Sunday night, the government said a total of 40,171 cases have been confirmed and 908 people have died in the country.

Killing The Bad Guy Twice: Duke Steals Win From UNC (SI) Duke scored seven points in the final 16 seconds. Jones scored 18 in the final 5:48. The Blue Devils won in Chapel Hill for the first time in four years.

Anti-Putin Blogger Has Throat Slit In A Hotel Room After Vocally Opposing The Russian President (Fox News) Imran Aliev, 44, was found lying on the ground with “multiple wounds” in his chest and his throat slit with a bloodied knife next to it.

Dodgers, Angels Unable To Complete Joc Pederson Trade After Mookie Betts Deal Restructured, Per Report (CBS Sports) The trade had been agreed to pending the completion of the Mookie Betts blockbuster.

How ‘The Irishman’ Went From Oscars 2020 Front-runner To Biggest Loser (New York Post) The Oscars 2020 proved the cement shoes for Netflix’s “The Irishman.”

Bill Walton Attempts To Make A Noise For Every XFL Team During Promo (Awful Announcing) Bill Walton had some fun with an ESPN XFL promo.

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