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LeBron's impressive playoff road record

Winning on the road in the postseason is a daunting task, but LeBron James' teams have made a habit of it the past five seasons, writes Brian Windhorst.

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Lawyers endorse Goodell hearing Brady appeal

Attorneys for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have recommended that Goodell reject the NFLPA's request that he recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.

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Draft fits for Knicks, Lakers, Sixers, Wolves

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Smart move for Michael Sam to sign with CFL? (1:34)

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As expected, Goodell to hear Brady's appeal (2:56)

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Ford/Pelton: Best fits for top four picks

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Kupchak says next season will be Kobe's last (2:41)

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Looking ahead: Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats are losing four starters, but a solid recruiting class and plenty of depth should keep them at the top of the Pac-12.

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Encarnacion starts things with a bash
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The last time Felix Hernandez faced the Blue Jays, he allowed 8 runs in 4 2/3 innings. Chalk up 1 more already in the first, as Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo HR with 2 outs. Hernandez got out of the inning shortly thereafter, but the Blue Jays lead 1-0. Follow live

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Strong start for Syndergaard
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Noah Syndergaard has looked good so far in his 3rd career start. The young Mets righty struck out the side in the bottom of 1st against the Pirates on 14 pitches. The Mets and Pirates are scoreless in the 2nd. Follow live

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Nina Ansaroff clocks in at 120 lbs.

Nina Ansaroff (6-4) came in at 120 lbs for her strawweight bout with Rose Namajunas (116 lbs). Ansaroff has one hour to drop at least 4 more pounds.

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Kyrie Irving ruled out for Game 2 (left knee). Cavs had net efficiency of +6.5 with him on court this season, -2.8 with him off.

Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

Garrett Richards' last outing at Fenway Park cut his season and Cy Young bid short. Fully recovered and again looking like one of the AL's best arms, Richards is pitching at Boston for the first time since tearing his left patellar tendon Aug. 20. Follow live

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Astros at Tigers, 7:08 p.m. ET

Houston leads its division this late in a season for the first time since May 22, 2004. The Astros are 3-11 at Comerica, but Houston P Collin McHugh (5-1, 4.09 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.39 ERA in his last eight road starts. Follow live

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Lakers ready to 'turn the page'
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Los Angeles might be ready to move on, but would Kobe Bryant consider playing elsewhere? Baxter Holmes can't imagine it: "He can't envision playing with any other team, wearing any other jersey than the purple and gold."

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Irving officially out for Game 2

The Cavaliers have ruled out PG Kyrie Irving for tonight's game against the Hawks. Irving was diagnosed earlier in the day with tendinitis in his left knee. Game 2 tips at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Phillies at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET

With Bryce Harper and the NL's best offense leading the charge, the Nationals look for their pitching staff to follow suit Friday night, opening a 3-game set with the Phillies. Max Scherzer gets the start for Washington. Follow live

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Max Scherzer is worth spending for tonight against the Phillies. Here’s more of Cynthia Frelund’s daily fantasy advice.

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Coach Bud: "DeMarre is a game-time decision." Media: "But it's almost game time." Coach Bud: "Then it's almost time to make a decision."

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Is Game 2 a must-win for the Hawks? Only 4 teams in NBA playoff history have come back to win a series after losing the 1st 2 games at home.

Girls tackle football fills up fast

Averages 13 yards a carry. Breaks tackles and ankles. Takes big hits. Of course we're talking about 12-year-old Sam Gordon, who is now a founding member of the Utah Girls Tackle Football league. Yes, tackle football

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Hernandez originally against 'King' moniker

Said Felix Hernandez: "I wasn't doing anything worthy of being called the King." But after a Cy Young, five All-Star appearances and 131 career wins, Hernandez embraces the moniker. "Now," he says, "I don't mind if they call me King." A solid foundation

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King Felix eyes 7th win in 8 games
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Felix Hernandez takes on the Blue Jays tonight, and though he revels in the King's Court at SafeCo, he feels at home on the road too: "Every time. I think to myself, 'You see all those people with their eyes on you? Now go do your job. Make it happen.'" Setting the tone

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Knicks hope for a little West Coast help

Things didn't exactly go New York's way in the draft lottery. But if the Lakers, who reportedly aren't "locked in" to a big man, don't pick Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns at No. 2 in the draft, is the door open for the Knicks? Sixers could thwart plans

Getting ready for Game 2 with a look back
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Counting the minutes until the Hawks and Cavs tip off in Atlanta? Take an all-access look at the exciting Eastern Conference finals Game 1 and watch J.R. Smith catch fire as the Hawks tried to battle the flames.

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Blackhawks call up van Riemsdyk

Chicago brought defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who is coming off knee and wrist surgeries, to the big club today and coach Joel Quenneville didn't rule him out for the rest of the series against the Ducks.

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