KD takes over with 38 points in Game 3 blowout

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant dominated the Clippers in Thursday’s Game 3 win, scoring 38 points in just 29 minutes as Golden State took a 2-1 series lead.
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How the Hurricanes reinvented hockey in North Carolina, and what’s next

A return to the Stanley Cup playoffs is just the start of something special that the franchise is cooking.
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QB Rosen: Uncertainty with Cardinals ‘annoying’

As the NFL draft looms, with the expectation that the Cardinals will take Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick, current Arizona QB Josh Rosen says the uncertainty is “annoying” but he understands that “football’s a business.”
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He’s Kevin Durant, and you’re not

Coming out aggressive from the opening tip, the two-time Finals MVP reminded everyone why he’s the best pure scorer in the NBA.
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Depth, defense and Super Beard: Houston is scary good right now

Most teams don’t go from 65 to 53 wins and say they’re better. The Rockets are the exception, and they’ve saved their best basketball for the playoffs.
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Has the NHL’s ultimate troll turned over a new leaf?

The high-scoring pest has focused more on scoring and less on pesting this season. Teammates and opponents describe the transformation.
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2019 NFL schedule: Record predictions, analysis for all 32 teams

The full regular-season schedule is out. Who’s ready for Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger — again? We have predictions for all 256 games.
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NFL experts on the schedule: Picking best matchups and biggest winners

Baker Mayfield gets four prime-time games. The Patriots have an easy schedule — again. Here’s what you need to know from the schedule.
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Looking ahead for the Tampa Bay Lightning: Assess, but don’t panic

The Lightning’s collapse in the first round of the NHL playoffs was epic. But this remains a loaded team poised to contend for the Cup in 2019-20.
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Westbrook vows to play better after loss

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook finished a rebound shy of a triple-double on Tuesday, but he called his play in the Game 2 loss to the Trail Blazers “unacceptable.”
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The next Aaron Donald? Ed Oliver’s unconventional path to NFL draft

It should be no surprise that Ed Oliver’s route to the NFL draft has been a little out of the ordinary. The University of Houston star has never done anything by the book.
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Raptors find the best version of themselves for a critical Game 2 rout

Toronto was one game late to the NBA playoffs. But Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry & Co. showed up in grand fashion.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Lightning, Penguins pushed to the brink

Are Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh headed for early exits? Highlights from Sunday’s games, plus a look ahead to Monday night’s action.
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Can Kyler Murray rewrite years of NFL draft history and go No. 1?

Kyler Murray’s already made history. So what’s next? Go No. 1 in the draft, become a franchise player and — oh yeah — completely blow up decades of doctrine about short quarterbacks.
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Clippers stun Warriors with playoff-record rally

The Clippers set an NBA postseason record Monday night by overcoming a 31-point deficit to win Game 2 of their first-round series against the Warriors.
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Warriors fearful Cousins tore quad, sources say

The Warriors are worried that All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn left quad but won’t be certain until his MRI on Tuesday, league sources told ESPN.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Overtime madness!

Three games needed OT to determine the victor on Saturday. Get caught up with highlights and recaps here, and get ready for Sunday’s full slate.
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A Vegas getaway ruined and ‘never close’ calls: Inside the Antonio Brown trade

Antonio Brown and the Steelers were headed for divorce and the whole league knew it. Here’s how AB got an unlikely payday when a once-unthinkable deal with the Raiders was struck.
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They did it, Jennifer: Blazers pay off McCollum’s tweet promise

Portland’s win Sunday was its first in the postseason since 2016, ending a 10-game skid and making good on a tweet from CJ McCollum to a fan that went viral last summer.
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How Tiger made the earth shake again at the Masters

To his children and his peers, Tiger was a memory at majors, a YouTube highlight. On Sunday at Augusta, he reminded the world who he is in winning a fifth green jacket.
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From jackpot to regret: How Anthony Barr spurned Jets to stay with Vikings

Anthony Barr agreed to a contract with the Jets for $ 15 million a season — and immediately regretted it. Here’s how Barr backed out, and proved to himself he made the right decision.
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Curry becomes all-time leader in postseason 3s

Stephen Curry passed Ray Allen on Saturday to become the NBA’s all-time leader in postseason 3-pointers.
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Lightning’s Kucherov suspended for Game 3

NHL leading scorer Nikita Kucherov has been suspended for Game 3 of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Poirier tops Holloway for interim lightweight title

Dustin Poirier won by unanimous decision over Max Holloway at UFC 236. All three judges scored the bout 49-46
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Maple Leafs, Flames cruise

What night No. 2 lacked in close games, it made up for in epic goaltending performances. Get caught up here, and see what’s on tap for Friday night.
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This Masters literally has the most loaded leaderboard ever

Five players are tied for the lead. They’ve all won majors before. That doesn’t even count Tiger and DJ. Buckle up, this could get good.
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Lawyer argues against Kraft video release

An attorney for Robert Kraft argued Friday that the public release of video evidence in Kraft’s prostitution solicitation case would invade his privacy, and a state attorney acknowledged there was no evidence of human trafficking at the spa Kraft visited.
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Luke Walton couldn’t outcoach the Lakers’ dysfunction

Walton seemed to be on the clock as soon as the Lakers signed LeBron James, and a season of unrealistic expectations and injuries reached fevered levels in the days before his firing.
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Barnwell: The best (and worst) NFL draft classes at every position

Which draft produced the best running backs? What about quarterbacks? And where do the QBs from the Class of 2004 rank?
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Lightning shocked, rookies rule

It was a wild opening night of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. Get caught up here, and get ready for Thursday’s set of Game 1’s.
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Brooks, Bryson, Phil and what could be a wild Day 2 at the Masters

There are some big names atop the leaderboard. There are some big names with work to do to make the cut. Here’s everything you need to know for Round 2.
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Expert picks for the postseason: First-round, Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe

Who wins each first-round series? Which teams do we think will make the Stanley Cup Final? Who’s the early Conn Smythe fave? Our panel checks in.
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Banana Boat crew cheers on Wade’s triple-double

Dwyane Wade’s final NBA game marked a reunion of the “Banana Boat” crew, with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony all sitting courtside at Barclays Center to cheer on their longtime friend. They witnessed the final triple-double of Wade’s career.
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The stars, storylines and showdowns you need to know for the NBA playoffs

The Eastern Conference will crown a new king. The champs have worthy challengers. A new postseason has arrived, and here’s everything you need to get ready.
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Adams: Rodgers wants his play to silence critics

As Aaron Rodgers’ leadership has once again come into question this offseason, Packers teammate Davante Adams believes his quarterback wants to shut everyone up with his play.
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Nick Bosa, the NFL draft’s best prospect, is itching to return to the field

It’s been almost nine months since Bosa played competitive football. Now, he shares the real story of how he left OSU after an injury last year — and how ready he is to start sacking again in the NFL.
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‘I’m free, my love’: The best bites from Magic’s stunning resignation

In an impromptu, wide-ranging news conference, Magic Johnson explained why he was stepping down as Lakers president. Here are the highlights.
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2019 Stanley Cup playoffs: Sharks vs. Golden Knights series preview, pick

San Jose and Vegas square off in a matchup that may well go down as one of the best of the entire postseason. Who will win?
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Magic Johnson decided it’s better to just be Magic Johnson

Jeanie Buss gave Magic the power to do whatever he wanted with the Lakers. He either didn’t want it or couldn’t handle it.
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Rodgers disputes reported feud with McCarthy

Aaron Rodgers on ESPN Milwaukee radio Monday called a story published last week that detailed claims of dysfunction in the Green Bay Packers organization a “smear attack.”
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Ranking the forward groups of all 16 Stanley Cup playoff teams

Which team has the best unit up front? We put them in tiers and rank them 1-16 here, led unsurprisingly by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Where does Virginia rank among all the national championship teams?

Headlined by the 1972 UCLA Bruins, 81 teams have cut down the nets at an NCAA tournament. Virginia became the latest on Monday. Where do the Cavs rank all time?
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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Schedule, scores, highlights, analysis

From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN has you covered. Check out the full picture and coverage on each team.
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‘This can’t be real’: How Browns pulled off Odell Beckham Jr. trade

A “1 percent chance” trade involved a longtime friendship, a furious day of talks, an unwillingness by the Giants to make last-minute calls, and a third team left utterly disappointed.
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Wins by Nets, Magic leave three teams on the Eastern Conference bubble

The Heat, Pistons and Hornets are competing for the final playoff spot in the days before Wednesday’s regular-season finale.
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Baylor, Kim Mulkey complete long road back with NCAA championship

After a series of heartbreaks and six seasons ending in disappointment, Baylor and coach Kim Mulkey returned to the top with their third NCAA title.
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Brooklyn gets breathing room in Eastern Conference playoff push

The Nets got arguably their biggest win of the season in Milwaukee to set up four meaningful Sunday games in the East.
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By the numbers: How bonkers was the Lightning’s season?

From 62 wins to a scorer who put up Jagr-in-his-prime points and much more. Here are 25 stats that tell the crazy story.
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Saban: Players lose by entering NFL draft early

Alabama football coach Nick Saban warned against all but the top-ranked players leaving early for the NFL draft, saying “the person that loses in that is the player.”
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The foul call that will forever overshadow the Virginia-Auburn classic

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl implored fans to remember a “great game,” but Virginia and Auburn’s Final Four matchup will be tied to a foul call.
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Final Four predictions: Will Virginia, Michigan State defeat underdogs?

Michigan State and Virginia are Final Four favorites. Texas Tech and Auburn are here for the first time. Here’s who we think will prevail.
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Re-signing DeMarcus Lawrence makes Cowboys a Super Bowl contender

To maintain harmony in the locker room and remain a Super Bowl threat, Dallas needed to reward its best pass-rusher with a lucrative contract.
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For Celtics, big win over Pacers could be sign of things to come

As a disappointing regular season nears the finish line, the Celtics demonstrated why they’ve maintained faith in their ability to dominate when the postseason arrives.
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Ranking all the Carolina Hurricanes’ ‘Storm Surge’ celebrations

On 23 occasions in 2018-19, the “bunch of jerks” did a postgame celebration for the home fans. Here is the definitive ranking of all of them.
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Echoes of ’74: Giannis, Bucks clinch best record

Thanks to the latest spectacular performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks beat the 76ers on Thursday night to clinch the NBA’s best record for the first time since 1974.
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The three types of NHL teams right now: The risers, fallers and tankers

Which teams have caught fire since the trade deadline? Who’s falling? Who’s eyeing their draft lottery chances?
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Giannis is the MVP, but can he do it in the playoffs?

A dominant performance in Philadelphia had Giannis Antetokounmpo looking like an MVP. But real superstardom is cemented in June, not April.
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What can the Cardinals get for Josh Rosen? Depends whom you ask

Teams are reportedly making offers to Arizona for the 2018 first-round pick. However, the Cardinals might not get the value they want from a trade.
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Who gets to the Stanley Cup Final first: Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel?

Both have lucrative long-term deals and had big seasons, but their teams are well outside the playoff mix. Which team is closer?
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The ultimate NFL draft glossary: Glass-eater, fluid hips, cow on ice and more

Every industry has its insider lingo. Impress your friends and sound like a draft expert by learning these simple terms.
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Source: Suns’ Booker (ankle) to sit last 3 games

Suns guard Devin Booker suffered a sprained ankle in Wednesday’s loss to the Jazz and will not play in the team’s final three games of the season, a source told ESPN.
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Soaring victory has Rockets thinking big again

Whether they face the Clippers or another team in the playoffs, Houston’s confidence is at a season high. As PJ Tucker put it: “If we play at this level, we’re going to win.”
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Tracing the roots of Dwayne Haskins’ football journey

Ohio State’s QB flew up draft boards after 14 starts, but his rise began as a youth with maturity beyond his years and a relentless work ethic.
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Lakers’ Ball files suit against BBB co-founder

Lakers guard Lonzo Ball filed suit against Alan Foster for damages of $ 2 million plus interest on Tuesday, alleging that Foster “conspired to embezzle millions of dollars and then divert those funds for his personal use.”
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Would a 2019 Team North America beat the 2016 version?

It’s been two and a half years since TNA electrified the hockey world at the World Cup of Hockey. But would a hypothetical 2019 edition be even better?
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Russ honors slain rapper with 20-20-20 game

Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history with a 20-20-20 triple-double on Tuesday, a performance he dedicated to rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in a shooting on Sunday.
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NHL Awards Watch: The final push as ballots arrive

Who leads the race for the Hart, Vezina, Norris and other top awards? We break down all the big races as the regular season nears its end.
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Rudy Gobert is this season’s most underrated offensive weapon

The reigning defensive player of the year will be the difference in Utah’s playoff run.
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Women’s Final Four preview: Why each team could win in Tampa

Baylor vs. Oregon. Notre Dame vs. UConn. We break down why each team could hoist the trophy and what might trip it up, and we make our pick to win it all.
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McShay’s QB grades: 2019 draft class vs. first-rounders since 2016

How does this year’s quarterback class stack up against first-rounders from the past three years, including all five from last April?
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The ultimate assist: Penguins fans connect for life-saving donation

With her kidney function down to 7 percent, Kelly Sowatsky took a leap of faith. Penguins nation responded — and ‘Sidney the Kidney’ will forever link her to fellow fan Jeff Lynd.
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Hall of Famer Irvin: Tests show I’m cancer-free

Michael Irvin announced Sunday that the tests he underwent for throat cancer last week came back negative.
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Looking ahead for the Vancouver Canucks: Invest in skill this summer

Thanks to Elias Pettersson, Vancouver is arriving ahead of schedule. Here’s how the Canucks take the next step, plus a look at their top prospects.
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The Nets catch a break in the middle of the East bubble battle

The Pistons, Nets, Heat and Magic are separated by fewer than two games for the last three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
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Barnwell’s lessons from NFL free agency: How much are stars really worth?

Teams aren’t trading away top draft picks for starting-caliber talent. The Saints are all-in. Here’s what free agency tells us about the next year.
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A year after first-round nightmare, Virginia reaches Final Four dream

The Cavaliers didn’t forget about last year’s historic loss, then survived OT to beat Purdue in a postseason classic.
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Warriors furious with refs after OT loss to Wolves

Steph Curry openly mocked the referees on the court after hitting a game-tying 3-pointer in overtime, only for the Timberwolves to win 131-130 with a last-second free throw in a series of events that Warriors coach Steve Kerr called “mind-boggling.”
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Should NHL playoff teams pick their opponents?

It would certainly make for a fun TV event! Plus, life after hockey for NHL players, the Week in Gritty, Jersey Fouls and more.
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How we’d reseed the Elite Eight field after Duke, UK close shaves

The Elite Eight is set, and we have three 1-seeds still dancing. Here’s how we’d reseed the remaining field.
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Source: Cards dine with Bosa in Ft. Lauderdale

The Arizona Cardinals, who hold the No. 1 pick in the draft, dined Friday night with Ohio St. defensive end Nick Bosa in Fort Lauderdale.
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Love/Hate offseason edition: Baker Mayfield wins big

There has been no shortage of impactful trades and free-agent signings this offseason in the NFL. Here are the players most positively and negatively affected by all of this activity.
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Here’s what’s wrong with every West playoff team

All eight of these teams have potentially fatal flaws. Can they fix them in time?
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NHL Power Rankings: The hidden MVP for all 31 teams

Who have been the undercover difference-makers? We identify one for each team, plus updated 1-31 ranks.
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Virginia takes another step toward elusive Final Four

The Cavaliers will meet Purdue on Saturday in a matchup of teams trying to reach the national semifinals for the first time in 30-plus years.
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KD ‘charts’ career-best 12-for-13 shooting night

Warriors star Kevin Durant, who started charting his shots throughout the game in 2009, turned in the most efficient offensive performance of his career Wednesday night, going 12-for-13 from the field in a win over the Grizzlies.
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Humboldt’s playoff run ends, 1 year after crash

The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to a playoff game a year ago when their bus collided with a truck, killing 16 people and injuring 13 others.
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Predictions, inside info and fun facts: The only Opening Day preview you need

Picks for all 15 openers. The state of all 30 teams — and exclusive inside intel from across the majors. Get ready for the start of a new MLB season here.
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2019 NFL free-agency ratings: Most impactful moves for all 32 teams

From the Raiders’ big trade to acquire playmaker Antonio Brown to the issue of Seattle replacing Earl Thomas, NFL Nation rates each team’s free-agency performance.
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Pass interference now reviewable by NFL officials

On a one-year trial basis, pass interference — whether flagged or not — can be challenged by coaches and reviewed by officials, beginning next season.
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CP3: Rockets’ loss to Bucks nonfactor for MVP

Chris Paul was adamant that teammate James Harden’s relative off night in a showdown against Giannis Antetokounmpo, the other MVP front-runner, shouldn’t sway any votes.
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Stanley Cup Madness: Who was the best champ of the past 16?

How well do recent champs stack up to the ridiculously stacked 2002 Red Wings? Which versions of the Penguins and Blackhawks are best? Vote here.
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2019 MLB expert predictions: Division picks, playoff field, World Series winner

Will the Red Sox repeat? Who will rule the loaded NL East? We made our picks — and you can make your own.
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NCAA men’s hockey tournament: Tiering all 16 teams, Frozen Four picks

The field is set for the 2019 college hockey tournament. Here’s how each team stacks up, plus our predictions for who will win it all.
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UFC’s McGregor says in tweet that he’s retiring

UFC star Conor McGregor tweeted that he is retiring from mixed martial arts, saying he wishes “all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.”
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Bears-Pack will start season; Pats open on SNF

The Bears and Packers will kick off the NFL’s 100th regular season as the league has elected to forgo having the Super Bowl champs host the first game of the season.
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NBA community sends support to Jusuf Nurkic after left leg injury

NBA players took to social media to send support to Jusuf Nurkic.
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Rob Gronkowski worthy of first-ballot entry to Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Patriots tight end has the support of at least two HOF voters who say the 29-year-old will be an early candidate for a bust in Canton, Ohio.
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Raptors focused on playoffs, not playoff seed

Unlike last year, the Raptors likely aren’t going to enter the playoffs as the top team in the East. But they’re more concerned about where they finish in June, not April.
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How Cale Makar turned around the UMass hockey team

The UMass hockey team went from perennial loser to one of the nation’s best. How? Meet talented two-way defenseman Cale Makar.
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Reseeding the 2019 NCAA tournament field for the Sweet 16

There are a whole lot of familiar faces in this Sweet 16. Here’s how we’re ranking them heading into the second weekend.
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Bruins sign D Chara, 42, to 1-year extension

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has signed a one-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday.
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Kraft releases statement, says he is ‘truly sorry’

Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Saturday, saying he is “truly sorry” a month after authorities announced he was videotaped twice paying for a sex act at a massage parlor.
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KD after 35-point loss to Mavs: ‘Not odd at all’

Saturday’s 35-point loss to the Mavs was the worst in the Warriors’ Steve Kerr era and Golden State’s worst since 2007, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
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Down go Villanova and Kansas, and here comes Zion vs. Tacko

The NCAA tournament on Saturday had prolific scoring performances and the elimination of proud programs. What will Sunday’s games bring?
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Is Sidney Crosby still the best hockey player in the world?

The debate between Sid and Connor McDavid rages. Plus, Eugene Melnyk vs. fake fans, the Week in Gritty, Jersey Fouls and more.
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Saints near deal with TE Cook, sources say

The Saints are on the verge of filling their most glaring need with Jared Cook, the top pass-catching tight end available in free agency this year, according to sources.
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Lakers officially miss playoffs for 6th year in row

Friday night’s loss to the Nets officially eliminated the Lakers from postseason contention for the sixth straight year.
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Reseeding the 2019 NCAA tournament field for the round of 32

We started with 68 on Tuesday night. Now we’re down to 32. Here’s how we rank them heading into Saturday.
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Klay: Can’t indulge in ‘fickle’ love of media, fans

Klay Thompson, delivering another subtle poke at fans, says it’s important to remain focused on his day-to-day performance over the changing perceptions of media and fans.
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NHL Power Rankings: Every team’s college hoops equivalent

Our latest ranking of all 31 teams. Plus, find out which team in the NCAA most closely resembles your favorite hockey team.
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Roundtable: Predictions for Friday’s NCAA tournament games

The Madness started for real on Thursday. Here are our panel’s top takeaways from the day’s action, as well as a look-ahead at Friday’s NCAA tournament games.
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NFL experts predict: The most head-scratching free-agent moves

Do the Giants have a plan to contend, and where does Golden Tate fit? Our insiders put a bow on the free-agent frenzy.
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Who gets Golden State in Round 1? OKC’s worst-case scenario looms

They’re in no danger of missing the playoffs, but a first-round meeting with the champs is very much in play for the struggling Thunder.
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2019 NHL Draft Central: Analysis, rankings, mock drafts, more

Everything you need to know for the 2019 NHL draft, including updated rankings and prospect analysis.
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Source: Kraft files motion to suppress evidence

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is scheduled to have a court hearing on March 28 on two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation.
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Ranking 2019 NCAA tournament coaches as players, 1-68

A Hall of Famer, a former college player of the year at Duke, and a guy who didn’t play past the eighth grade.
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Burfict joins Raiders, says AB pairing ‘all positive’

The Raiders signed former Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a one-year deal, a day after he was released by Cincinnati.
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Doc brushes off Lakers link: ‘I am going nowhere’

Doc Rivers shut down any talk of his potential candidacy for the Lakers job, saying he and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer have verbally agreed to a long-term contract extension.
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The most, least impressive NHL trade deadline acquisitions

Some trades have paid off handsomely since the deadline. Some … not so much. We identify the best and worst so far, and what comes next.
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Isaiah Thomas gets his moment, but will it be his last?

While the former Celtics point guard was honored for his past, his future remains very much in doubt.
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NHL’s only woman Zamboni driver is a smooth operator

How will Alison Murdock make nice ice in Tampa during the Stanley Cup playoffs? By keeping her cool as the weather and intensity heat up.
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Identifying the biggest remaining need for all 32 NFL teams

With free agency a week old, what is your favorite team still looking for? NFL Nation has the answer.
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Dirk passes Wilt as NBA’s 6th all-time scorer

Dirk Nowitzki has reclaimed the No. 6 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Wilt Chamberlain on Monday night.
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Malkin week-to-week with upper-body injury

Penguins star Evgeni Malkin is week-to-week with an upper-body injury suffered after taking a crosscheck from former teammate Robert Bortuzzo during Saturday’s loss to the Blues.
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Source: QB Fitzpatrick agrees to Dolphins deal

The Dolphins might have found their quarterback for 2019, agreeing to a two-year contract with Ryan Fitzpatrick, a source told ESPN.
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Giannis outduels Embiid with 52, but 76ers prevail

Sunday’s Giannis Antetokounmpo-Joel Embiid faceoff was the first time in the past 35 seasons that two dueling players each finished with at least 40 points and 15 rebounds in a game.
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68 teams, 68 nuggets: A quick look at every team

The 68 teams have been revealed for the 2019 NCAA tournament. Here’s your brief look at every one.
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Warriors’ Kerr: Loss to Suns ‘opened our eyes’

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said last week’s loss to the Suns helped the team get refocused and step up its play in its past two games, including Saturday’s 110-88 win over OKC.
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David Krejci on the NHL playoff format, false teeth and Jaromir Jagr

Once a teammate of Jagr’s, he now counts much younger countryman David Pastrnak as a teammate. Plus, that time Johnny Boychuk returned his tooth.
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Unger’s surprise retirement leaves void on Saints

The Saints’ Max Unger, a captain and a leader for one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, has decided to retire. He turns 33 next month.
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Top 15 remaining 2019 NFL free agents

Who is still out there on the open market? Here are the top free agents looking for new homes, including pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah.
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Lowe: Ten things I like and don’t like, including Towns’ absurd scoring

This week we highlight the unguardable Karl-Anthony Towns, old-school Bucks and Damian Lillard.
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The X factors of the NHL season’s final weeks

As the NHL season hits the final weeks, we look at stretch-run X factors, make some bold playoff calls and identify teams on upset watch.
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Bracketology: Can Florida State pull off another surprise?

Florida State takes on Duke Saturday in the ACC tournament final, after upsetting No. 1 seed Virginia.
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Bell: No regrets after ‘beautiful deal’ with Jets

Widely criticized for sitting out last season and overplaying his negotiating hand as he entered free agency, running back Le’Veon Bell claimed Thursday night he had no regrets, saying he landed “a beautiful deal” with the New York Jets.
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Jazz owner Miller: ‘We’re not a racist community’

Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller addressed the crowd before Thursday’s game to underscore the team’s willingness to enforce the NBA’s Code of Conduct following Monday’s incident involving Russell Westbrook and a fan who crossed the line.
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Looking ahead for the Detroit Red Wings: The return of Steve Yzerman?

Might the Red Wings icon join the front office? How does the team take its next steps to return to contention? Plus, a look at top prospects.
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Zion 13-of-13 with 29 points in victorious return

Zion Williamson played as if he had been warming up for a month instead of being out with a knee injury, becoming the first Duke player with a 25-10-5 line since 1992.
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If Boogie plays this way, Houston and the West have big problems

DeMarcus Cousins ended the Rockets’ win streak with his best game of the season. Does this version of Boogie make the Warriors unbeatable?
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How the banged-up Coyotes have stayed in the playoff hunt

Despite absurdly bad luck with injuries this season, Arizona is in a wild-card slot. Here’s how they’ve done it, and what comes next.
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Ravens QB Jackson sorry for 105 mph video

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said it was a bad decision to drive 105 mph and film himself doing it. He had posted that video on Instagram, but he took it down and apologized.
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Browns win NFL free agency, while Giants, Bell flop

Former Steeler Le’Veon Bell headlined free agency’s losers, while the Browns won big this week. Now that the frenzy has quieted, how did everyone do?
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Lowe: LeBron vs. MJ, this Lakers season and a great NBA what-if

LeBron is headed to the lottery in his first season out West. That means something … but what?
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What is the ideal final four in the Stanley Cup playoffs?

We look way ahead to the matchups we’d like to see in the conference finals this spring, with Sharks-Jets getting multiple votes.
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Source: Bell plans to join Jets for 4 years, $52.5M

Former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who shocked the NFL by sitting out the entire 2018 season on the franchise tag, plans to sign a four-year, $ 52.5 million deal with the Jets, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Grading the OBJ trade: Sorry, Giants fans — this is inexplicable

The superstar receiver is headed to Cleveland, leaving behind a total rebuild in New York. Bill Barnwell dissects both sides of the deal.
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Westbrook threatens courtside fan, fan’s wife

Russell Westbrook said he would rough up a fan and his wife during the Thunder’s win in Utah, an exchange caught on video by a reporter and posted to Twitter.
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How the Tampa Bay Lightning can be defeated

The Lightning are running away in the NHL’s regular-season race. But they do have some weaknesses that can be exploited in the playoffs.
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NFL free-agency tracker: Latest signings, trades, cuts and news

We’re keeping track of every notable signing, trade and cut throughout the month, with analysis from our experts.
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It’s ‘a stressful time’ for many first-time free agents

With life-changing money on the line, these are difficult days for all but the highest-ranked free agents.
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Joel Embiid is back to make everything work for the Sixers

The 76ers won’t go anywhere without a healthy Joel Embiid, and they saw that in Sunday’s comeback win over the Pacers.
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Looking ahead for the Senators: The rebuild begins in earnest

The big names have been traded, but the prospect system is the NHL’s best. What should Senators GM Pierre Dorion do this summer?
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Brown won, and now Steelers must start a new era without him

The star receiver heads to the Raiders for a few modest draft picks and leaves the Steelers with a lot of dead money.
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Barnwell grades the Antonio Brown trade: Why Oakland fleeced Pittsburgh

The former Steelers wide receiver is headed to the Raiders, and the ramifications are massive. Bill Barnwell sorts the details.
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