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Red Sox lefty stymies Rangers in debut

Josh Hamilton had two hits and an RBI in his first home game since rejoining the Rangers, but Eduardo Rodriguez stole the show with 7 2/3 shutout innings in his first MLB start.

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Peterson sounds off on Vikes' contract stance

In a string of tweets on Thursday afternoon, running back Adrian Peterson said NFL players should have the same kind of fully guaranteed contracts that players in other sports receive.

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Grandmothers power LeBron James fan club

The LeBron James Grandmothers' Fan Club is just what the name implies. None of the women is related to James, but they are all grandmothers who feel a special bond with the Cavs' forward.

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Keep your eyes on these regionals

The NCAA baseball tournament begins this weekend with the regional round. As always things won't go as planned for all of the favorites. Check out which roads will be the toughest to navigate.

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Taylor made: Kanaan gets pop star paint job

Add former Indianapolis 500 champ Tony Kanaan to the list of fans who just can't shake off Taylor Swift as his car at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will feature a Swift-themed paint scheme.

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Straight out of the book of counter-attacking. Chuletita gets number four, largely thanks to Djaniny. Unbelievable. Santos 4-0 Queretaro.

Final: Red Sox 5, Rangers 1

Eduardo Rodriguez started his career off with a win after 7.2 shutout innings (giving up 3 hits and 2 walks) as Boston got the win. Xander Bogaerts left the game early due to a forearm contusion. Box score

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Bee ends in tie for second straight year

Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam were named co-champions at the Scripps National Spelling Bee after going through the championship word list with no blemishes.

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Angels build on lead after 2
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Matt Joyce sent a Buck Farmer pitch deep to right on a solo trip as the Angels extended their lead over the Tigers to 3-0 through 2 innings. It was Joyce's 3rd HR of the season. Follow live

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Jane Lee @JaneMLB

A's were 0-for-25 with runners in scoring position before that Burns hit. It didn't score a run, but... baby steps.

World Peace tossed from final Italy game
NBA 

Metta World Peace, a.k.a. The Panda's Friend, did not have the most ceremonious exit as his team was eliminated from the Serie A playoffs. Metta being Metta

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NBA 

Joe Flacco one of the NFL's best?
NFL 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh certainly thinks so, saying today: "This guy is a superstar in the National Football League. I'm thrilled to have him and I can't wait to see what he does this year with all of that young talent around him."

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Greg Hardy's suspension appeal ends
NFL 

The Cowboys DE's appeal of his 10-game ban ended earlier today after about 7 hours. Arbitrator Harold Henderson gave no indication of when he will deliver a decision, sources told ESPN's Andrew Brandt. Latest on Hardy

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NFL 

'Crazy how one side has so much power'
NFL 

Adrian Peterson unleashed several tweets Thursday venting about the leverage the Vikings have and argued he should get some protection against the possibility the team eventually will release him with money remaining on his deal. All about the money

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NFL 

Delightful debut for Eduardo Rodriguez
MLB 

The 22-year-old Red Sox pitcher went 7.2 innings and gave up only three hits and two walks in his first big league start. Rodriguez leaves two Rangers on base but could get the win. The Red Sox lead 5-0. Follow live

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MLB 

Thibodeau long on wins, short on titles
NBA 

Tom Thibodeau departs Chicago with the 6th-highest win percentage in NBA history, but he also leaves having never coached the Bulls past the Conference Finals, having won only 4 playoff series in 5 years.

NBA 

DeMaurice Smith talks state of NFL
NFL 

"I think that the last few years certainly haven't enhanced [Roger Goodell's] credibility. ... We need to have a level of respect and credibility in the National Football League, whether it's the commissioner, the teams, the head of the NFLPA, the union, the owners and the fans."

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Halftime: Santos 3, Querétaro 0
Soccer 

A first-half hat trick from Javier Orozco has Santos in control in the first leg of the Liga MX final 3-0 over Querétaro. Eighth-seeded Santos is seeking its fifth league title. Follow live

Soccer 

Meet the champs: Vanya Shivashankar

One of this year's Spelling Bee co-champs, she is a five-time competitor and two-time finalist, placing fifth in 2013. The eighth-grader from Olathe, Kansas, also won the “Child Genius” show on Lifetime this year. Her sister, Kavya, is the 2009 spelling bee winner.

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Meet the champs: Gokul Venkatachalam

One of this year's Spelling Bee co-champs, he finished third in last year’s bee and is a four-time participant. The eighth-grader from St. Louis is a huge fan of LeBron James.

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A chance Prince Ali beats Sepp Blatter?
Soccer 

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop: "The support was unwavering for Sepp Blatter because you could do wrong and he’d protect you. Now, it’s evident that that’s not the case."

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