Draft trades to watch: Why the fun could start as high as No. 4

After the top three players are off the board, draft night becomes filled with trade possibilities for lottery teams and contenders alike. Here is what we’re watching the closest.
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How 1999 top pick Patrik Stefan moved past a career of letdown

Twenty years after he was the first overall pick in the NHL draft, Stefan still loves hockey, coaching his sons and running a player agency.
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NBA comps for five elements of Zion’s extraordinary game

Here’s how the most unique prospect in a decade can be unleashed all over the court. Tune in to see Zion Williamson at the NBA draft on Thursday, 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN.
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‘$60 to get yelled at’: Why officiating is nearing a breaking point

“I really think technology has done more bad than good at all levels.” The world has changed, and it has affected referees from pro to youth sports.
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2019 NHL mock draft: Chris Peters’ final first-round predictions

Peters goes 1-31 with his final look at where he expects the first-round talent of the 2019 NHL draft to be selected.
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The latest intel on this loaded free-agent market

Here’s what league execs are now saying about Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker and the league’s other top free agents.
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When to expect a breakout for WRs, and when to give up on them

What does recent history say about when we should expect a wide receiver to break out? And when should we give up on it ever happening?
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Sources: Lakers hustling to create max salary slot

The Lakers were engaging additional teams on Tuesday to take on the contracts of three players on the roster, trying to create a max salary slot, league sources told ESPN.
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2019 NHL draft top 100 prospect rankings: Peters’ final draft board

Chris Peters locks in his final ranking of the best 100 players in the draft class, starting, of course, with Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko.
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Veterans who could be cut by each of the NFL’s 32 teams

Could a former first-round selection be done with the Pittsburgh Steelers? NFL Nation picks a player on each team who might not make the opening day roster.
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‘There’s too much damn turmoil’: An unsettling vibe surrounds these Rockets

Houston’s biggest problem might not be Golden State anymore.
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Lowe: Where the Anthony Davis trade leaves the Lakers and Pelicans

Finally, the Lakers have a deal to acquire Davis. Are they paying too much?
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2019 NHL draft sleepers: Intriguing low-risk, high-reward late-rounders

It’s not all about acing first-round picks. Good draft classes are built in part with late-round prospects with upside. Here’s some names to watch.
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Gary Woodland’s journey through heartbreak to U.S. Open champion

The road here was not easy — there was pain and grief often for Gary Woodland — but at this U.S. Open, there was only joy.
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Social media detox: Chargers’ Isaac Rochell implores us to take notice

In letter to ESPN, the Chargers defensive end writes about the “unhealthy relationship” he had with his phone and what he decided to do about it.
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VanVleet on Kawhi: Nothing else Raptors can do

Fred VanVleet and several Raptors players expressed their hope that Kawhi Leonard will re-sign with Toronto.
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Blackhawks trade for Pens defenseman Maatta

The Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta from the Penguins — a move expected to upgrade their blue line — in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft.
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O.J. joins Twitter: ‘I got a little gettin’ even to do’

O.J. Simpson, who has generally kept a low profile since his release from prison in October 2017, confirmed that he’s created a Twitter account and is ready to reveal his opinions on “just about everything.”
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Sources: Lakers reach deal for Pelicans’ Davis

The Pelicans have agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks — including the No. 4 overall in next week’s draft, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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The massive risks and rewards behind this Anthony Davis trade

After a monthslong trade demand, Anthony Davis is on his way to Los Angeles, and the Lakers finally got their man. But at what cost?
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The surprise offseason standout for all 32 teams

Randall Cobb and a 312-pound tight end lead a list of eye-opening performances from under-the-radar players this offseason.
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NBA Power Rankings, way-too-early edition

What’s next for Toronto, Golden State and the rest of the NBA? We’re ranking every team heading into a pivotal offseason across the league.
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How the Blues hit reset, then beat the game

St. Louis completed an epic turnaround, from last place on Jan. 2 to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. Here’s how the Blues did it.
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Lowe: Can any NBA team possibly replicate what Toronto just pulled off?

When a Raptors reboot failed, they started winning. Zach Lowe traces Toronto’s unconventional path to a title.
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The NFL minicamp absences that actually matter, and what’s next

Jadeveon Clowney, Trent Williams and Chris Jones skipped mandatory minicamps. Don’t call them holdouts … yet.
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Klay has torn ACL in left knee, Warriors confirm

Warriors guard Klay Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee Thursday night in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the team announced.
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Oddsmakers won’t alter ways despite Blues’ win

While the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup championship proved costly to Caesars sportsbook, director of trading Jeff Davis told ESPN it won’t change how it sets the odds going forward. The Tampa Bay Lightning are next season’s favorites at 5-1 odds.
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Minicamp live: Best of rookies, veterans from teams in action

The NFL has another round of mandatory practices underway as the summer break approaches. Here’s what’s happening.
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Lowe: How Game 5’s biggest moments will shape Game 6

Will Game 6 be as epic as Game 5? Here are the ways the Warriors and Raptors are attacking each other for big buckets.
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Blues lean on ‘cool customer’ Binnington in G7 win

Rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington started the season in the minor leagues and finished it hoisting the Stanley Cup, capping an unlikely path to the first title in Blues franchise history.
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The 2019 NHL draft class’ best at everything: Top skater, shooter, more

Who has the best puck skills? The fastest wheels? How about the most unstoppable one-timer? We go through 33 skills for the draft class.
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Giants-Redskins rivalry about to get heated: ‘It’s going to be crazy’

Between Landon Collins switching teams and the Daniel Jones vs. Dwayne Haskins debate from the draft, this division rivalry now has some extra juice.
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Sources: Durant flies to New York to undergo MRI

The Warriors believe an MRI will confirm that the injury Kevin Durant suffered Monday night is an Achilles tear, league sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.
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KD’s injury impact, bold predictions and big Finals questions

Our NBA experts make their predictions for the rest of the series ahead of Game 6 on Thursday night in Oakland.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Blues, Bruins headed for Game 7

The series heads back to Boston with the Stanley Cup on the line. Here’s everything you need to know about how Game 6 played out.
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‘An incredible win and a horrible loss’: Scenes from an unforgettable Game 5

In a frenetic Game 5 that went down to the final shot, the lasting images will be of Kevin Durant reaching for his Achilles and the aftermath of a dynasty’s most bizarre Finals win.
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Sources: Warriors believe KD has torn Achilles

The Warriors believe an MRI will confirm that the injury Kevin Durant suffered Monday night is an Achilles tear, league sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.
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Who can trigger a review on pass interference? Why NFL coaches are worried

Should coaches or replay officials be responsible for review calls in the final two minutes? The NFL’s reverse engineering of the rule change hits a snag.
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KD practices, listed as questionable for Game 5

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the team will reevaluate Kevin Durant (calf) after he goes through his first post-injury practice on Sunday afternoon.
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Who is Kawhi Leonard?

The Raptors forward has Toronto one win away from its first NBA title, but he remains the league’s most mysterious superstar, except to those who know him best.
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Josh Norman’s offseason: Blue Angels, Rio Grande, helping others

The outspoken cornerback revels in his wide-ranging adventures and serving others, and scoffs at the idea that he’s just “a controversial guy.”
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Lowe: What Kawhi and the Raptors have done to the Warriors

Without a Golden State win in Toronto, it will all be over on Monday. This is how we got here.
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How the Blues’ Stanley Cup run has revitalized St. Louis

From Jon Hamm to a hockey-themed brewery to fans around town, St. Louisans are out to prove that their city is an elite sports destination again.
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Cejudo adds another belt with TKO of Moraes

Henry Cejudo has added the UFC bantamweight title to his growing collection after stopping Marlon Moraes via third-round TKO Saturday night in the UFC 238 co-main event.
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Cam to throw when Panthers open up minicamp

On Tuesday, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will throw in drills for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in January.
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Jets’ new GM Joe Douglas: Solid hire, but it guarantees nothing

New York snags a true football guy, however, all of the scouting acumen in the world won’t matter if he fails to change the culture with Adam Gase.
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Kawhi’s 3rd-quarter outburst deflates Warriors

The Raptors were within striking distance of the Warriors at halftime of Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday, and Kawhi Leonard took it from there, scoring 17 of his 36 points in the third quarter as Toronto grabbed a 3-1 series lead.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Controversial play pushes Bruins to the brink

The Blues head back to St. Louis up 3-2, but Game 5 included yet another officiating controversy.
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When the lights go down in the town: Warriors might have seen Oracle for last time

The Raptors flipped the script on Golden State to take a 3-1 lead back home, leaving a dazed Warriors team to contemplate the end of the bridge.
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Peters’ best-case two-round NHL mock draft: How all 31 teams ace their picks

Chris Peters plays GM for every team, going 1 to 62 as though he were making each 2019 NHL draft pick for Rounds 1-2 himself.
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Marc Gasol was once a basketball dinosaur before becoming a Raptor

Gasol spent most of his career bruising in the paint with Memphis. Now, he’s flashing a versatile long-range game that’s helping tip the scales in the Finals.
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Eagles making a big bet on Carson Wentz — and it’s the right one

The quarterback’s injury history doesn’t keep the ultra-aggressive Eagles from extending him for four years with $ 107 million guaranteed.
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‘Warrior coming out’: The three words that light up Oracle Arena

A simple direction to clear a path has become a signature moment marking the start of Stephen Curry’s must-see warm-up routine.
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We let NHL draft prospects read their scouting reports … and respond

An NHL scout breaks down Arthur Kaliyev, Bowen Byram, Dylan Cozens, Nicholas Robertson and Ryan Suzuki, and the prospects counter the critiques.
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The Raptors aren’t afraid to ‘let it rip,’ and they’re not afraid of the defending champs

The Raptors know Warriors’ reinforcements are coming. But Pascal Siakam said of his team: “We’re really not afraid of anybody.”
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The NFL’s ‘off’ season: Ranking the seven biggest whiffs this spring

A better return for Josh Rosen? Adam Humphries in the slot for the Pats? Here are the biggest missed opportunities of the offseason.
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Warriors hopeful to have Klay, KD for Game 4

The depleted Warriors didn’t have enough firepower to overcome the absence of their star players in Game 3, but the team expects Klay Thompson to play Friday and is cautiously optimistic that Kevin Durant also will return.
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NHL draft prospects baffled by Ryan O’Reilly’s weird stick

The Blues pivot uses a truly unique twig on the ice — to the bewilderment of onlookers. But it works for him, as evidenced by two Game 4 goals.
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Barnwell: The 233 players who could win NFL MVP in 2019

Yes, you read that correctly. Here’s why 233 players have a plausible, conceivable, logical chance to win the award this season.
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Lowry vows to be more aggressive in Game 3

After struggling during the first two games of the NBA Finals, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry plans to step up his game in Game 3 at Oracle Arena, an environment where he says “I’m always playing with a chip on my shoulder.”
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Lowe: Four big questions that will decide this mysterious NBA Finals

Game 3 might help us answer some of the major questions this Warriors-Raptors series has given us.
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Warriors’ Looney likely out for Finals with fracture

Looney “will be out indefinitely,” the Warriors confirmed Monday night, following an MRI in the San Francisco Bay Area after he missed the second half of Sunday’s 109-104 NBA Finals Game 2 victory at the Toronto Raptors.
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Early reports on all 32 first-round picks

How are the rookies drafted on Day 1 adapting to the pro game? NFL Nation reporters offer first impressions of all 32 first-round picks.
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Welcome to a golden age of American hockey talent

With at least five potential American top-10 picks, the 2019 NHL draft class could come to define the future of United States hockey.
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Gone in 360 seconds: How the Warriors stole a win in Toronto

Golden State’s 18-0 run to start the third quarter helped it to a Game 2 win to even the series.
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Sitting Pat standing pat: Gronk still retired

Rob Gronkowski said he is happy in retirement and thinks talk of a comeback should be put to rest.
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Klay (hamstring) to get MRI, confident for Wed.

Klay Thompson exited Sunday’s NBA Finals Game 2 in the fourth quarter with left hamstring tightness, but he was confident he’d be able to play in Game 3 on Wednesday.
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Vladimir Tarasenko is shining brightest in his biggest NHL moment

The star winger’s hot streak has come at a perfect time for the Blues. But he also has rounded out his game this season.
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Trump says Jerry West to get Medal of Freedom

President Donald Trump tweeted that Jerry West, the pro basketball great, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Two big questions heading into Raptors-Warriors Game 2

Where are the Warriors going to get their points? Kirk Goldsberry highlights the keys to Game 2.
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He built this house: Mr. Hall of Fame retires after 42 years

Joe Horrigan ends his 40-plus-year tenure in Canton. Not only did he have a hand in expanding the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he has helped keep football’s memories alive.
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Colton Parayko and the Blues are playing for Laila Anderson

The 11-year-old fan battling HLH has inspired the St. Louis defenseman and his teammates in their Stanley Cup playoff march.
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49ers’ Solomon Thomas passionate in his fight for suicide prevention

Thomas and his family are shining a light on suicide and mental illness following the death of his sister in 2018.
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The Warriors struggled in Game 1 without the security of Kevin Durant

After Golden State’s Game 1 loss to the Raptors, Kevin Durant’s talents have likely gone from a luxury in the West to a necessity against Toronto.
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Ultimate preview: What you need to know before Tottenham vs. Liverpool

Who will begin their summer with a trophy and who will spend the offseason wondering what could have been? Here is your guide to Saturday’s clash.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Blues cap wild Game 2 with OT win

It took more than 50 years, but St. Louis has its first Stanley Cup Final win. Here’s the best and worst of what happened in Game 2.
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Siakam stars for Raptors with all-around effort

Pascal Siakam, who has become a jack-of-all-trades at both ends for the Raptors, did “a little bit of everything” Thursday night in powering Toronto to victory in its first NBA Finals game.
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Strength in numbers: The Raptors beat the Warriors at their own game

The Warriors’ blueprint was to make things tough on Kawhi Leonard. It worked. But Golden State wasn’t prepared for Pascal Siakam and Toronto’s band of non-stars.
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Seahawks sue McDowell, want $800K bonus back

The Seahawks have sued former draft pick Malik McDowell, saying he has failed to return bonus money that an arbitrator said he should pay back.
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Report: Sons of LeBron, Wade teaming up in HS

LeBron James’ son Bronny is moving to California’s Sierra Canyon School, a source told ESPN, where he reportedly will team up with Dwyane Wade’s son, Zaire.
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Lowe: Predicting who wins a tight, tense NBA Finals

The Warriors have experience and dazzling talent, but the Raptors have Kawhi Leonard and the defense to thwart them.
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Can Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury succeed where other college coaches failed?

Kingsbury is just the 12th head coach to make the jump from the college ranks to the NFL since 2000, and the first since Bill O’Brien in 2014.
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David Backes dreamed of a St. Louis Stanley Cup; he’s now determined to prevent it

The longtime Blues captain never made a Cup Final with St. Louis. Now a Bruin, he’s hoping to continue his old franchise’s drought.
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The NFL’s unfinished offseason business: Top free agents, biggest questions, more

Can the Browns really make the leap? Where will Gerald McCoy land? With 100 days until the regular season kicks off, here’s what’s left to settle.
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Durant travels to Toronto ahead of Games 1, 2

Injured star Kevin Durant is accompanying the Warriors to Toronto for Games 1 and 2, even though he has already been ruled out of Game 1 with a strained calf.
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Inside the Lakers’ culture of fear, distrust and anxiety

A public resignation. A coach firing. A botched coaching search. And that’s just the past 45 days for the NBA’s marquee franchise.
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Predicting the story of the season for all 32 NFL teams

Can the Packers’ new coach vibe with Aaron Rodgers? Will the Browns live the dream? These are two of NFL Nation’s stories to watch in 2019.
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Bart Starr was ‘the boss’ but he was ‘such a gentleman’

Former Packers president Bob Harlan loved Starr for a reason only those who knew the legendary QB behind the scenes could fully articulate.
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Bart Starr was the toughest football player who ever lived

The legendary Packers quarterback, son of a tough-love World War II veteran, was the player who made Vince Lombardi’s dynasty possible.
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What we know and don’t know about this Warriors-Raptors Finals

Here’s everything you need to know about the NBA’s championship round.
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Memorial Day standings check: Teams to watch, worry about and more

An Astros-Dodgers World Series? Will the hobbled Yanks hold up? Who’s for real, and who’s rotten? Buster Olney, Jeff Passan and Sam Miller make sense of the season so far.
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Predicting the next NFL players who could force contract standoffs

Le’Veon Bell rewrote the book on how to negotiate a second NFL contract. Here are the young standouts who could be tempted to follow his lead.
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Kawhi trade pays off with Raptors’ Finals berth

As he has been throughout the playoffs, Kawhi Leonard was the difference-maker for the Raptors in Saturday night’s Game 6, prompting president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri to label him “the best player in the league.”
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Canada, Finland set for world hockey title game

Canada beat the Czech Republic 5-1 on Saturday and will face Finland, which upset Russia 1-0, in the world hockey championship final.
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‘It’s how you make history’: The run that punched Toronto’s first Finals ticket

In a span of less than eight minutes, Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors changed the fate of the East finals.
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Ranking Brad Marchand’s top 25 heel moments

The slew-foots, the elbows, the Twitter trolling, the … licking? Here are the greatest hits of the Bruin opposing players and fans love to hate.
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KD disputes idea Warriors are better without him

Kevin Durant also addressed the idea that he is not seen as part of the Warriors’ collective, saying he knows what he brings and that’s what matters.
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Matthew Berry’s 10 rookie takeaways: Too low on Kyler Murray?

Matthew Berry offers highlights from the opportunity to meet with 40 of this year’s rookies, including his expectations for them in 2019 and beyond.
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Lowe: How Golden State reclaimed its juggernaut style

When Kevin Durant left with an injury, the Warriors tapped into their roots for six big wins.
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What can Patrick Mahomes do for an encore in 2019?

After becoming just the second player to pass for 5,000 yards and 50 TDs in a season, the Chiefs expect the bar to remain high for the reigning MVP.
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Giannis on trailing 3-2: ‘We’re not gonna fold’

With Thursday night’s loss putting the Bucks in a 3-2 series hole, Giannis Antetokounmpo vowed that his team was “not gonna fold.” He added, “We’re the best team in the league.”
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Whom should you root for in the Stanley Cup Final?

Haven’t been paying too much attention? Was your team already knocked out? We help you decide whether to get behind the Blues or the Bruins.
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How Kawhi Leonard is orchestrating peak Raptors at the expense of the Bucks

Toronto had to lean on its core principles and its best player to complete the largest comeback road win in Raptors postseason history.
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For long-suffering Blues fans and players, it’s different this time

For the first time since 1970, St. Louis will witness a Stanley Cup Final. The franchise and fan base are quite deserving of the ultimate prize.
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Howard returns to Michigan as new hoops coach

Michigan has found its replacement for John Beilein, agreeing to a five-year deal with former Wolverines star Juwan Howard.
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NFL draft headed to Cleveland in 2021, KC in ’23

The NFL draft is heading to Cleveland in 2021 and Kansas City in 2023. A site for 2022 has been delayed because about 20 cities are interested in hosting that year.
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Budenholzer miffed by Drake antics; rapper replies

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said in regards to Drake’s courtside antics: “You know, to be on the court, there’s boundaries and lines for a reason.”
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‘It’s the Kawhi effect’: The impact of having a transcendent star

The Raptors’ bench supported Kawhi Leonard by scoring 48 points in a Game 4 win.
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NFL offseason agendas: Barnwell’s to-do lists for all 16 AFC teams

Tom Brady needs a new contract. Jadeveon Clowney and Chris Harris Jr. could be on the market. Here is what’s on the docket for the AFC.
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Bucks reassure Bledsoe as shooting woes linger

The shooting issues that have plagued Eric Bledsoe throughout the postseason continued in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night, as he finished with just five points on 2-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes.
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NHL Prospect of the Year: Why Cale Makar is a franchise defenseman

The Avalanche blueliner was downright terrific this year. Here’s a look at his season, along with five prospects who pushed him for the top spot.
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Warriors first to 5 Finals in row since 1966 Celtics

The Warriors came back from a double-digit second-half deficit for the third straight game to sweep the Blazers and secure their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.
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Peak Stephen Curry was unleashed in the Western Conference finals

The Warriors swept their way to a fifth straight NBA Finals. The best series of Curry’s career got them there.
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Jaguars believe Nick Foles will buck free-agent QB trend

Teams that go shopping for a franchise quarterback generally miss more than they hit, but the stability-craving Jaguars needed to take that risk.
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The big winners of the 2019 NHL playoffs (so far)

We know which teams are still alive, but who are the big winners of the first two and a half rounds? We identify the top players, execs and coaches.
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Devin and Jason McCourty’s message: How do you redefine success?

The Patriots twins view their commencement address at Rutgers as a chance to share ‘what you would tell yourself if you could go through it again.’
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Kawhi shrugs off leg issue after win: ‘I’m good’

Kawhi Leonard said he was fine after playing a career-high 52 minutes Sunday night — almost all of them coming after he landed awkwardly on a layup in the first quarter. “I’m just going to keep fighting,” he said. “I’m going to be playing.”
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For the Raptors, Game 3 came down to their will to survive

Staring at an 0-3 hole, the Raptors found a way to win in double overtime despite high minutes for Kawhi Leonard and foul trouble.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Blues get even with the Sharks

We’re down to a best-of-three in the Western Conference finals. Plus, what’s going on with Erik Karlsson?
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Kerr: Green ‘a wrecking ball’ in comeback win

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green played one of his best games ever in the Warriors’ Game 3 win over the Blazers.
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Gas station burritos and one stoplight: Seahawks rookie rises from tiny hometown

Seahawks first-round pick L.J. Collier gave a special shout-out to his tiny West Texas hometown on draft night and hopes to keep making it proud.
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Legion of doom: Portland becomes the latest victim of the road Warriors

The Warriors’ 18-point comeback in Game 3 shows how hard they are to beat, even when they’re on the road.
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Blues’ energy line lacks name, but drives success

Patrick Maroon, Tyler Bozak and Robert Thomas have electrified St. Louis with their forecheck and their offensive prowess during this playoff run.
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The Milwaukee ‘Bench Mob’ is overwhelming Toronto

Slowing down Giannis Antetokounmpo is a top priority for the Raptors, but the Bucks have been so good because their reserves have played like stars.
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Source: Texans release TE Griffin after April arrest

Tight end Ryan Griffin has been released by the Houston Texans, a source tells ESPN’s Field Yates. Griffin faces charges in Nashville, Tennessee, for allegedly punching out a hotel window in April.
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If you’re just now seeing how strong the Bucks are, it’s too late

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks know they possess the formula to create an NBA champion. The Raptors, and the rest of the basketball world, are quickly learning it too.
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Lillard: ‘Lot of contact’ by Iguodala on final play

Damian Lillard said he felt there was “a lot of contact” when Andre Iguodala stripped him in the final seconds, but he said, “Obviously, the ref is not going to decide the game or jump in at that point.”
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‘I was trying to get in his head’: The Curry sibling rivalry briefly took over Game 2

Steph’s Warriors got the better of Seth’s Blazers, but not before the brothers turned the fourth quarter into a family affair.
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Cards’ Peterson ‘definitely sorry’ for PED violation

Patrick Peterson apologized for his six-game suspension Thursday. “I never wanted to have my name attached to anything like this.”
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Blues anthem singer battling MS hopes ride continues as long as possible

It’s the final season for Charles Glenn, whose backstory includes being body-slammed by Meat Loaf and having his mic cut out during the audition.
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The Bucks weren’t at their best in Game 1, but they proved how hard it is to beat them

Despite a double-digit deficit in the first half, Milwaukee outlasted Toronto by sticking to what it has done all season.
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Can Kyler Murray continue legendary winning ways with Cardinals?

Kyler Murray went 42-0 in high school and 12-2 with a Heisman Trophy as an Oklahoma starter. It’s a standard struggling Arizona will test.
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Lopez’s big 4th quarter rescues Bucks in Game 1

Brook Lopez scored 13 of his career-playoff-high 29 points in the fourth quarter to lead a Bucks comeback in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. He also grabbed 11 rebounds for the first time since October 2017.
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Dolphins’ QB battle: Ryan Fitzpatrick on first team, vibing with Josh Rosen

Miami’s veteran QB seems to have an early leg up on the starting job as he gets to know the inquisitive Rosen, who is 14 years younger.
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Is Zion enough to completely change the Anthony Davis trade sweepstakes?

After months of trade speculation surrounding Anthony Davis, GM David Griffin and the Pelicans suddenly have a new path in front of them, thanks to winning the Zion Williamson lottery.
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Rangers, Islanders and Flyers lead Metro Division prospect systems

Many Metropolitan teams have restocked in rebuilds. Which prospects are ready to make the NHL jump next season?
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For the Warriors, what’s old is new again

There was a familiar flow to the Warriors as they took down the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
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Setting up the NFL’s QB battles: Who’s leading, where rookies stand

After getting drafted in the first round by the Cardinals last season, Josh Rosen is getting a shot with a new team. For five rookies, a starting job in the NFL may not be far off. Here’s what’s ahead for each.
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76ers coach Brown will return for 2019-20 season

Sixers brass ended speculation that the franchise was planning to part ways with Brett Brown this offseason in a lengthy meeting that centered around plans for the offseason.
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Cancel the NHL rulebook: The Stanley Cup playoffs’ weirdest controversies

There’s been no shortage of angst with the officiating this postseason. Which plays were the officials’ fault, and which are simply bad rules?
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Emotional Embiid ‘can’t explain’ Game 7 loss

Joel Embiid walked off the court in tears after the 76ers’ season ended in the final seconds of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and coach Brett Brown and Ben Simmons expressed a desire to keep the team’s core together.
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‘A helluva shot’: Inside Kawhi Leonard’s historic game winner

Jimmy Butler tied the score at 90 with 4.2 seconds left in the game — just enough time for Kawhi Leonard to hit a series-ending rim rattler.
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Honoring mom: Brandon Carr connects with breast cancer patients

When Brandon Carr thinks of his mom Sunday, he’ll remember the commitment she made to her family, but her memory influences him beyond Mother’s Day.
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Sources: Vogel to coach Lakers with Kidd on staff

Frank Vogel has agreed to a three-year deal to become the next head coach of the Lakers, league sources told ESPN, with Jason Kidd agreeing to become a prominent assistant coach on Vogel’s staff.
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David Perron on Joe Thornton hit: ‘I think it’s affected my life a lot’

A play in 2010 concussed the Blues center, ending his season after just 10 games.
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All the challenges facing Frank Vogel, LeBron and the Lakers

There are big names, a big job and a legacy franchise involved in this coaching hire. What happens now?
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From blocking to building: How an NFL TE became a carpenter on HGTV

After a knee injury ended his NFL career, Jordan Thompson has found a new path renovating houses on the HGTV/TLC show “While You Were Out.”
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