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Could Durant end up in San Antonio?

As speculation continues to build around Kevin Durant's impending free agency, rumblings that the Spurs want in on the superstar's pursuit are growing louder, writes Marc Stein.

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52mFootball Outsiders staff

Biggest remaining holes for all 32 teams

The Colts still need depth behind RB Frank Gore, and the Bucs could use a receiver opposite Mike Evans. Football Outsiders analyzes the biggest post-draft needs for every team.

Kawhi Leonard guarding Russell Westbrook -- does it work? (2:19)
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47mTom Friend

Invictus Games: Lauren Montoya wasn't going to be beaten

Lauren Montoya went from the front lines in Afghanistan to a Texas hospital to amputate her leg. Undeterred, she started training for the Invictus Games, and ultimately to be fit for duty again.

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2hDavid Schoenfield

Five teams where Tim Lincecum could end up

Heading into Tim Lincecum's long-awaited pitching "showcase," David Shoenfield identifies five fits for the two-time Cy Young winner.

Altuve delivers on HR promise to sick fan (1:43)
Harbaugh vs. Leach in ex-Michigan QB home run derby (1:02)
Ohio State recruit decommits for surprising reason (1:36)
Gremio U-14 scores amazing scorpion kick goal (0:16)
Kyrgios has flash of genius with tweener lob (0:36)
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46mJim Caple

Tough love: Taijuan Walker's mom brings the heat

When Taijuan Walker's mom, Nellie Garcia, a cancer survivor, texts her praise -- or criticism -- of his work on the mound, the Mariners pitcher takes his mother's words to heart.

Cotton candy guy makes great grab at Astros game (0:22)
Max Kellerman: "Canelo still has to prove himself" (3:25)
Dragic's 3 sends game to OT (0:11)
Fisher's goal ends 3OT thriller for Predators (0:28)
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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.

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21hTodd 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.

Let's celebrate Willie Mays' birthday with 'The Catch' (0:20)
SVP Vault: Bird battles injury to top Pacers (2:12)
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2hJeremy Fowler

Gin & 'Juice': Snoop ready to record with RB Bell

Snoop Dogg is ready to collaborate with Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell on a hip-hop album, provided the Steelers star's surgically repaired knee is fully mended.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says he personally recruited Glenn Gronkowski after he went undrafted. "His family was in the background, so I took a few parting shots," Rex says.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

NASCAR has unveiled a new set of rules for the Sprint All-Star Race. In the first two 50-lap segments, drivers must pit for at least 2 tires under green with the pit stop in the second segment coming before 15 laps to go. A random draw will then decide whether the front nine, 10 or 11 cars will have to do a 4-tire pit stop prior to the final 13-lap segment (only green-flag laps count) and the rest of the field won't be allowed to pit.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals' locker room resembled a study hall early Friday. In between interviews with reporters, several rookies (drafted, undrafted and try-out players) were burying themselves inside their locker cubby holes or sitting on the floor while flipping through team-issued notebooks and taking notes. Like other rookies around the league, they are getting their first taste of an NFL playbook. Alas, the schooling continues.

Does Kawhi guarding Westbrook work?

David Thorpe goes next level on the Kawhi Leonard-Russell Westbrook matchup that could determine which team makes it to the Western Conference Finals.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Parker is hoping the Spurs slow down their possessions somewhat against OKC tonight. The Spurs believed they rushed too many possessions in Game 2, which led to easy transition buckets for the Thunder.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills undrafted LB Eric Striker, whose draft day speech to his family went viral this week, says he's glad the video touched people.

Harbaugh vs. Leach in home run derby

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh took on former Wolverines QB Rick Leach in a softball home run derby.


Altuve makes good on home run promise

The Astros' Jose Altuve promised a young fan with terminal cancer he would hit a home run Thursday against the Mariners -- and he delivered.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardale Jones says Rex Ryan "might be my long lost dad. I've been looking for him 23 years and I found him." Two big personalities.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardale Jones got compliments from his teammates after Bills rookie practice today about his command in the huddle. He told some players to stop talking in huddle, which Jones believes is important for him to do as a leader.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins rookie head coach Adam Gase said first-round pick Laremy Tunsil is handling everything well this week. Gase said it's important for Tunsil to lean on all the people and resources the team is providing.

Betting guide for the Kentucky Derby

Nyquist is the morning-line favorite, but his times aren't fast compared to past Derby winners, and there are questions about whether he can get it done at the classic distance of 1.25 miles at Churchill Downs. Betting guide (Insider)

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Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards were the top-3 drivers in opening Sprint Cup practice Friday at Kansas. No surprise there. Austin Dillon and Trevor Bayne rounding out the top-5 would have been a surprise a year ago but their strong runs this year make their Friday practice just a confirmation that their programs are improved.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills FB Glenn Gronkowski says he's a "little more tame, a little more intelligent, probably" than his older brother Rob.

Mike & Mike stunned over Bird's rationale

After deciding to part ways with Frank Vogel, Pacers president Larry Bird said he thinks good coaches leave after three years. In response, Mike Greenberg said, "Be careful what you wish for."


Kyle Lowry leaves security guard hanging

Lowry is shooting 30 percent in the postseason and was 0-for-1 on pregame fist bumps.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Raptors have gone from producing 107 points per 100 possessions in the regular season to just 97.3 in the playoffs. Much of it is a product of a halfcourt offense that is too slow to get into its sets, struggles if the first action doesn't work and lacks execution. Granted, for all of that Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are shooting a combined 32.5 percent in the postseason, and Toronto is so reliant on those players that it's tough for everyone else as a result with them struggling.

Kiper: Early-impact rookies, Rounds 4-7

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon and Giants LB B.J. Goodson are two players drafted in the later rounds of the NFL draft who Mel Kiper thinks could produce immediately. Who else? (Insider)


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly taking in Bills rookie camp today.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas has 39 points and 26 rebounds in the first two games against Miami after having 35 points and 34 rebounds in the first two game against Indiana. With Toronto struggling to score, it may be smart to get Valanciunas more post touches.

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Phil Mickelson is playing his 50th competitive round at Quail Hollow, having played 38 of them at par or better. Mickelson, who is 2 under so far today and three shots out of the lead, has the most top-10 finishes in Wells Fargo tournament history with 8 in 12 appearances. It was one of 8 events he has played more than 10 times without a victory -- led by the U.S. Open at 25.


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Miami Dolphins are wasting little time signing draft picks. They signed first-round pick Laremy Tunsil (pictured) and seventh-round pick Brandon Doughty, the team announced today.

Kyrgios' through-the-legs lob is perfect

Nick Kyrgios chased the ball down and kept the volley going with this shot vs. Kei Nishikori in the Madrid Open quarterfinals.