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LeBron the activist vs. LeBron the athlete

LeBron James' outraged response to the horrific shooting of an infant in Cleveland suggested the game's biggest star might become its loudest activist. And then he went silent. Why?

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Thompson's splash gives Warriors first lead of the game (0:21)
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Lowry's half-court heave forces OT, Toronto erupts (0:29)
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Lowry is still putting up shots postgame (0:22)
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Russell Wilson: Bring Sonics back to Seattle

After a Seattle City Council vote derailed plans to building a new arena meant to lure back the NBA, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson took to Twitter to urge fans to fight to get their team back.

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Was a crime committed against Tunsil? (1:56)
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Dancing ump gets his groove on (0:22)
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Metta World Peace shares thoughts on Kobe's farewell tour (1:19)
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3hJames Eastham

How to bet Champions League, Europa League semis

James Eastham outlines the best value bets among this week's Champions League and Europa League matches, including Real Madrid-Manchester City and Liverpool-Villarreal.

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We expected better: Top 25 of unfulfilled potential

ESPN.com presents the top 25 cases of unfulfilled potential in sports history. Some of the athletes who made the list squandered their prodigious talent; others were slowed or stopped by injury. All left us wanting more.

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Dodgers prank Raymond the mascot (0:21)
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Should the Patriots be favored to win the Super Bowl? (1:06)
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The potential cast for 'Space Jam 2' (0:32)
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What do Steph Curry and Jalen Rose have in common? (1:43)
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Lightning heat up rugged rivalry with Islanders

Game 3 had a bit of everything in the thrills department -- big hits, late goals and a controversial overtime winner. Strap in, because this series is getting interesting.

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Weber's rocket goes top shelf (0:23)
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Samardzija gets so mad he breaks his bat over his knee (0:23)
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How the 1970 Kentucky Derby forever changed sports journalism (13:02)

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Bernard Tomic loses handle on things
Tennis 

Bernard Tomic played a terrible match against Fabio Fognini and decided to end play by returning a serve with his racquet handle during his opening-round loss at the Madrid Open.

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Inside the NBA's Replay Center
NBA 

Most NBA plays aren't reviewable, a point brought home in Oklahoma City's wild Game 2 win in San Antonio. We go inside the league's Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J., to learn how it really works. The deciding factor

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NBA 

Mark Sanchez starts over in Denver

Mark Sanchez finds himself trying to be a leader while also fitting into the Broncos' Super Bowl-winning system in his first season in Denver. Winning friends and influencing people

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Odds against a Tiger return in near future
Golf 

With all the uncertainty about how soon Tiger Woods might return, one thing is for sure: The seriousness of his most recent surgery should tell us how significant a setback he truly faced. Lower expectations for Tiger

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Golf 

OTL: More PED busts coming from MLB
MLB 

MLB is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, which was common in the 1970s, a source told Outside the Lines. More steroid busts coming

MLB 

Khan no longer golden boy of Brit boxing
Boxing 

Despite fighting with courage and being more accomplished than many of his British countrymen, Amir Khan has become a bit of an outsider in his homeland entering Saturday's Canelo Alvarez fight. Yesterday's news?

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Boxing 

Look good = play good = pay good
MLB 

Former Twins center fielder Torii Hunter was so insistent that his shoes remain spotless that if they got dirty during a game, he'd head back into the clubhouse to clean them.

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Basketball wives learn to live overseas

Basketball wives who follow their spouses overseas want to dispel the notion that life abroad is glamorous. Instead, they face isolation, language barriers and culture shock. Far from home

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May the No. 4s be with you
NCAAF 

Many of college football's best, including Deshaun Watson, Eddie Jackson and Luke Falk, will wear the No. 4. So for Star Wars Day, and the 2016 season, May the fours be with you. Happy Star Wars Day

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NCAAF 

'A' for effort
MLB 

An Athletics fan puts his body on the line to dive after a foul ball, but it was all for naught as the fan in front of him makes a great leaping catch.

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MLB 

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James neither confirmed nor denied the chance of him starring in Space Jam 2 when asked on Wednesday: "I have a great team that's handling my affairs off the course. Ever since I signed with Warner Bros., we've been looking to do some things and figure out some things that best fit both sides. My team is handling that, and I'm not going to take my focus off what my job is right now and that's being in the postseason right now."

Eagles' QB problem arises from flawed plan

The Eagles' QB situation would be very similar to the one they had in 1999 under Andy Reid, if not for Sam Bradford's contract extension. Bradford's contract snafu

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Pacers president Larry Bird is holding a press conference on Thursday at noon EST, the team announced. The guess here is that he'll address the status of head coach Frank Vogel. If Vogel is let go, it will be interesting to see if Phil Jackson pursues Vogel for the Knicks' vacancy.

Is this the end for Marc-Andre Fleury?
NHL 

The breakout performance of Penguins rookie goalie Matt Murray this postseason might mean that Marc-Andre Fleury's days in Pittsburgh are numbered. Could Murray's success cost Fleury?

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NHL 

Tuesday's longest home runs

Joc Pederson's power was on display Tuesday, as the Dodgers outfielder led the way with a 438-foot shot off Rays starter Matt Moore. Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich fell a foot short of equaling Pederson's blast.

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Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Rory McIlroy is 27 years old today but he's already been a pro golfer for nearly 9 years. On the PGA Tour alone, he has won 11 times (four major championships) and amassed nearly $30-million in official prize money. He has another 12 victories on the European Tour. McIlroy defends his title this week at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Golf 

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

On the backside at Churchill Downs. Morning work is done and things are quieting down.

17 ways NFL players mess up money
NFL 

For the rookies about to cash their first NFL paychecks, Matt Bowen has a word of advice: Don't invest in a pet tiger. Dollars and no sense

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NFL 

Manziel to turn himself in, appear in court
NFL 

Mark Schwarz explains when Johnny Manziel could turn himself in to authorities and what to expect when he meets with Judge Roberto Canas on Thursday.

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NFL 

Kyle Lowry's half-court heave forces OT
NBA 

And the Toronto crowd erupted.

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NBA 

LeBron the activist vs. LeBron the athlete
NBA 

LeBron James' outraged response to the horrific shooting of an infant in Cleveland suggested the game's biggest star might become its loudest activist. Then he went silent. Why? Waiting For LeBron

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NBA 

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Tuck will sign a one-day contract and officially retire as a Giant on Friday, according to sources. The two-time Super Bowl champion announced his retirement several weeks ago after two seasons in Oakland. He's a surefire Giants Ring of Honor inductee.

Nkemdiche met with Mathieu before draft

If there's one player on the Arizona Cardinals who understands what Robert Nkemdiche went through as he dropped in the draft last week after teams questioned his character, it's Tyrann Mathieu. Lending a hand

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Boyle scores winner for Lightning in OT
NHL 

Brian Boyle was in the perfect spot to tap home a loose puck and lift Tampa Bay to a 5-4 win over the Islanders in Game 3.

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