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2hIvan Maisel

It's 100 days till college football's binge-worthy first weekend

Alabama-USC, Oklahoma-Houston and LSU-Wisconsin at Lambeau Field are highlights of a memorable lineup -- part of a new trend toward a stronger Week 1 slate.

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Stephen A.: I'd sign Durant over LeBron (1:48)
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Bills GM: Humans not supposed to play football

Bills GM Doug Whaley said football is "a violent game that I personally don't think humans are supposed to play" in response to a question about Sammy Watkins' injury history.

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26mPat McManamon

Ravens' Monroe urges NFL to end marijuana ban

Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe is calling on the NFL and the union to end its ban on marijuana, saying the drug is a safer alternative to addictive opioids for players to deal with pain.

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Skip wants Brady to win appeal in U.S. Supreme Court (2:11)
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Van Gundy thinks Green decision will haunt NBA (0:35)
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1hSteve Wulf

How Chris Sale became Chicago's other ace

On the other side of Chicago, Chris Sale is 9-0 and better than ever. But to go from the best starter on a bad team to a Cy Young candidate on a contender, he had to change his entire mindset.

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Windhorst: Tyronn Lue coached like a rookie (2:19)
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On this date: George burns LeBron, dunks over Birdman (0:35)
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Trick shots no match for Serena (0:50)
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Jalen and Jacoby on why LeBron James flops (1:26)
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Three potential suitors if Yanks trade Beltran

Buster Olney explains why the Yanks should trade veteran Carlos Beltran and examines his trade market, details Giancarlo Stanton's struggles and more.

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Story Time: Why 19-year-old Ozzie Guillen got beaned and charged the mound with his bat (3:11)
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Kanaan: Indy is my life (1:53)
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Boxer celebrates too much, too soon (0:45)
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Draymond Green's and Russell Westbrook's war of words (0:53)
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When a home run deserves two celebrations (0:23)
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19hGabriele Marcotti

Marcotti: Man Utd handle Van Gaal poorly

Marcotti's Musings: Man United have handled the Louis van Gaal situation as poorly as possible. Plus: Barca grit to win Copa del Rey and more.

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All-Access: Raptors on fire after Game 4 victory (1:29)
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Players with most to prove for all 32 teams

Can Jimmy Graham rebound from his season-ending injury? Will Eddie Lacy return to his 2014 form? NFL Nation reporters select the player for each team facing a pivotal 2016 season.

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Nyquist to miss belmont

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has a fever and an elevated white blood cell count and will not race in the June 11 Belmont Stakes, trainer Doug O'Neill told the Daily Racing Form.

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Our first look at Packers RB Eddie Lacy. Does he look thinner? You decide.

Stephen A.: I'd sign Durant over LeBron
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On Mike & Mike, Stephen A. Smith says that given the choice to sign either LeBron James or Kevin Durant to a long-term contract this offseason, he would choose Durant, "a scoring machine of the highest order."

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Windhorst: Lue diverted from what worked
NBA 

Brian Windhorst says that in the Cavaliers' Game 4 loss Monday night, coach Tyronn Lue "looked like a rookie head coach, he was all over the place with his game plan."

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan supports WR Marquise Goodwin's attempt at qualifying for August's Olympics. Asked when he expects Goodwin to return to the team, Ryan responds, "When are [the Olympics] over?"

Skip wants Brady to win appeal in U.S. Supreme Court
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Skip Bayless believes Patriots QB Tom Brady should take his appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if he needs to, and explains why he disagrees with Stephen A. Smith's comment that Brady is being selfish.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Sullivan said Matt Murray will start Game 6 for Penguins.

Relive the Raptors' Game 4 win
NBA 

Take a look back at the Raptors' thrilling Game 4 victory Monday as they fended off the Cavaliers' second-half rally to tie the Eastern Conference finals series 2-2.

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Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Zimmern and Gavin Kaysen (from Minneapolis' Spoon and Stable) unveiling their Italian porchetta sandwich for the menu at U.S. Bank Stadium. The sandwich will come in a sleeve that should prevent the contents from spilling at the game.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera has challenged quarterback Cam Newton to improve this season. He says the league MVP has just scratched the surface of what he can do. He also said Newton looked a bit rusty on Tuesday, the first day of Phase 3 of OTAs.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey says "it's a different animal" going into Cleveland, where the Cavs won the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals by a combined 50 points. Casey says the key to staying with Cleveland on the road will be limiting its massive runs and staying consistent offensively.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars say rookie CB Jalen Ramsey will return by camp after having surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Atlanta will be up second behind Tampa in the afternoon Super Bowl bid presentations, expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. (ET). Three bids to be awarded for 2019, 2020, 2021. Each presentation is 15 minutes long with each owner getting 5 minutes to speak.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills GM Doug Whaley on WGR 550 this morning, in reference to Sammy Watkins' injury history, "This is the game of football. Injuries are part of it. It's a violent game that I personally don't think humans are supposed to play."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

NFL owners announce their first rule change of the day: game officials can now consult with the officiating dept at the league office on things like game clock accuracy, rules applications, proper down, etc. They tested this during playoffs last season and liked it.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Interesting twist in the coaching game: Sources say Indiana has expressed interest in hiring Nick Van Exel to join Nate McMillan's staff.

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Matt Wilansky Tennis editor 

After his opening-round win at Roland Garros, John Isner answered questions on why he won't be playing the Olympics: "With all the tournaments sandwiched pretty much around the Olympics, it made it tough for me to go down there. I think the fact that they have no points, to be honest, was a pretty big factor as well. Obviously the Olympics is not about the money, but no points I think hindered me a bit."

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals safety Brandon Person rocking the sweatshirt during OTAs. It's supposed to be in the 90s here in Tempe, Arizona today.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees announce DH Alex Rodriguez will play tonight with Double-A Trenton as part of a rehab assignment.

Don't panic: Ronaldo says it was just a scare
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Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid's practice early after he and reserve keeper Kiko Casilla collided. Ronaldo went down, holding his thigh, but he walked off on his own, and doctors said there were no serious injuries. The Champions League final against Atletico Madrid is Saturday.

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Dude Perfect works magic with Serena
Tennis 

We know what Serena Williams can do to win Grand Slams. Then there are these trick shots -- check them out.

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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Murray regarding conflicting stories about why he & Amelie Mauresmo ended coaching arrangement: Anyone who says we parted badly or it was "heated" is "lying." Referring to their conversation in Madrid where they agreed to part, Murray said "To say we had a tough breakup, that's not true..To say the reason we stopped working together was my behavior on the court, that is not true...What was said at the time was we were literally hardly spending any time together in a three-month time period with a lot of major events coming up...Me and Amelie have a very good relationship."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Enormous blow for Red Sox, who announce reliever Carson Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery today and therefore will miss remainder of the season.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins is on crutches at today's OTA. His left foot is in a boot.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions will have joint practices with the Steelers on August 9 and 10 before the preseason opener on August 12 in Pittsburgh. This is the first time in three seasons Jim Caldwell has had joint practices.