A couple of missing words

It’s just a couple of missing words in this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

a couple spo mlb

It’s a mistake to omit the of following couple, at least to the folks at the American Heritage Dictionary:

The of in the phrase a couple of is often dropped in speech, but this omission is usually considered a mistake. In 2013, 80 percent of the Usage Panel found the sentence A couple friends came over to watch the game to be unacceptable.

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