Elias Stein

Quiz: Which NBA team are you?

Four strong cultures in the NBA have endured for at least a decade, writes Kevin Arnovitz: The San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. Find out which one fits you best.

9mDave McMenamin

Lue: No place for Sir Charles' 'take out' talk

Cavs coach Tryonn Lue believes there's no "place in our game" for taking an opponent out -- tactics that TNT analyst Charles Barkley proposed after the Hawks fell in a 2-0 series hole Wednesday.

2hZach Lowe

Lowe: Did Vogel get a fair shake?

Pacers president Larry Bird wants his team to play a certain way, and his coach couldn't deliver. Don't worry, Frank Vogel will be back and better than ever.

Stephen A.: I think Vogel got screwed over (1:35)
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2hTodd McShay

McShay: Way-too-early 2017 NFL mock draft

Todd McShay takes a preliminary stab at predicting the picks for the 2017 NFL draft, which could feature DE Myles Garrett, RB Leonard Fournette and QB Deshaun Watson coming off the board early.

TBT: The epic pizza throw in Boston (0:54)
Highlights: Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (2:33)
#TBT: 17 things you patently missed that time Steph Curry dribbled Chris Paul into the floor (1:30)
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W2W4: Stars vs. Blues, Game 4

The Stars were 'embarassed' by a Game 3 blowout and irked by the Blues' histrionics. Now, they need their goalies and D to step up in an increasingly testy series.

Kitty Cochrane/The Canadian Press/AP Photo
21hCraig Custance

For Blues and Stars, Fort McMurray tragedy is personal

St. Louis winger Scottie Upshall and others in the hockey community have had to watch and worry from afar as wildfires swept through Fort McMurray, bringing perspective to a tense postseason.

Khan, Alvarez ready to face off (0:39)
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5hChris Wright

Shaq celebrates Northampton promotion

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal bellows his way through "We Are The Champions" to celebrate his favourite football team's promotion.

Rays mascot KO'd by Adrian Gonzalez (0:31)
Arrieta's stats are ludicrous, and Dallas Braden can't even handle it (2:51)
Muscala's head gets the assist on Shumpert's 3 (0:18)
Ahmed needs a better place to keep his sunflower seeds (0:29)


Klopp hops to the Europa League final
UEFA Europa League 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp showed off some hops during Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Villarreal.

UEFA Europa League 

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Tattoo on track star Nick Symmonds shoulder for 2016 track season just sold on eBay for $21,800. Winner not yet known.


Americans winning on clay courts

Led by Louisa Chirico, the Americans, both men and women, are showcasing some rare clay success at the Madrid Open. Encouraging signs

Julian Finney/Getty Images

Ice, ice Brady: QB connects with Vanilla Ice

Tom Brady lit up the stage with 1990s rap star Vanilla Ice at an Under Armour event in Baltimore on Wednesday. Stop, collaborate and listen

Vanilla Ice

Way-too-early 2017 NFL mock draft
NFL Draft 

Todd McShay takes a preliminary stab at predicting the picks for the 2017 NFL draft, which could feature DE Myles Garrett, RB Leonard Fournette and QB Deshaun Watson coming off the board early. Who goes No. 1? (Insider)

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NFL Draft 

Justin Bieber rains down 3s at Nets facility

The pop singer showed off his long-distance prowess in his latest stop at an NBA team facility during his current world tour. Biebs from downtown

Justin Bieber/Instagram

Kiper: Early-impact rookies, Rounds 2-3

Which second- and third-rounders could produce immediately? Giants WR Sterling Shepard and Jaguars LB Myles Jack make Mel Kiper's list. Making plays early (Insider)

Icon Sportswire, AP Photo

NHL mock draft: Auston Matthews, then who?
NHL Draft 

Corey Pronman projects who will be picked in each slot of the first round of the 2016 NHL draft. No surprise at No. 1 (Auston Matthews to the Leafs), but there's some intrigue later. Who's after Matthews? (Insider)

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NHL Draft 

Wade speaks on Bosh

Dwyane Wade talks about the role Chris Bosh will play for the remainder of the playoffs and helping out as a leader. "As a teammate, it's not the news you'd love to hear," Wade said.


Bosh's mission: Basketball immortality

Tom Haberstroh examines whether Heat forward Chris Bosh will ultimately become a member of the NBA's exclusive top 50 players club. 'It would mean everything to me'

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks have officially placed RB Marshawn Lynch on the reserve/retired list.

Different kind of kicks

Leicester's Christian Fuchs reached excellence on the soccer pitch by winning a title -- but can he kick an American football over a house?


Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

It might not beat Lil Wayne throwing a Twitter shoutout to Tom Watson after his final Masters appearance -- really, nothing beats that -- but Vanilla Ice tweeted this photo of Jordan Spieth (and yes, that's Lindsey Vonn, too), which should have us all reimagining the best golfer/rapper duos imaginable.


Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Curry did not practice, and no 3-on-3. Game 3 looking quite doubtful

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry, back at his basket

Which NBA team are you?

Four strong cultures in the NBA have endured for at least a decade: The Spurs, Heat, Lakers and Rockets. Find out which one fits you best. School of thought

Elias Stein

The Real MVP: Kevin Durant's mom

Wanda Durant was thrust into the spotlight when her teary-eyed son famously dedicated his MVP acceptance speech to her in 2014. Lifetime will tell her story in "The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story." Happy Mother's Day

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Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Jordan Spieth played Oakmont for the first time earlier this week and came away understanding the hype. "This is arguably the hardest course in America day to day,'' he said of the site for next month's U.S. Open, which will host the tournament for the ninth time. The last was in 2007, when Angel Cabrera won with a winning score of 285, 5 over par. "Par is going to be a fantastic score,'' Spieth said. "I'd sign for par for 72 holes right now.''


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets haven't given away Ryan Fitzpatrick's No. 14 just yet. Rookie QB Christian Hackenberg, who wore 14 in college, was given No. 5. Darron Lee received No. 50. The Jets apparently don't believe in jinxes. It's the same number worn by former draft bust Vernon Gholston, who, like Lee, was a first-round linebacker out of Ohio State (2008).

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Another lovely day in Seattle, Washing -- oops, I mean Baltimore.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook said the Thunder can't be "happy" after the emotional Game 2 win in San Antonio. "Happy teams get beat," he said.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer had no response to TNT analyst Charles Barkley saying the Hawks should "take somebody out" after the Cavs made a record 25 3-pointers, setting the record late in a Game 2 blowout. Budenholzer also said he wasn't upset that the Cavs kept shooting 3's late either.