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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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The two faces of J.R. Smith
MLB 

Maybe Smith's suspension was a blessing for the Cavs. Before the discipline, Smith averaged 9.8 points on 36.6 percent shooting. Since, he's pouring in 15.8 points per game and shooting a blistering 51.3 percent -- on 3-pointers, that is. (Via Dave McMenamin)

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Marlins players blow off charity event
MLB 

Miami had an event to benefit inner-cities baseball programs Thursday night with players scheduled to attend. But after their loss to Arizona earlier in the day -- their 7th straight -- no players showed. Fans complained on social media and team president David Samson said he was disappointed.

MLB 

What's next for Busch and Driscoll
NASCAR 

Kurt Busch testified that he believed his ex-girlfriend Patty Driscoll made a living killing people with "knives, pistols or poison." Driscoll allegedly told close friends she was a "hit woman" whose job it was to date drug lords. She also grew Armed Forces Foundation from a volunteer group into a multimillion dollar operation. Driscoll's double life

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Kobe's final season with Lakers?

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak says he hasn't had discussions with Kobe Bryant about playing with L.A. beyond this season, which is the last on his contract. Bryant will be 37 when the season begins and played just 35 games last season. Kobe's uncertain future

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Aces on the mound tonight
MLB 

  • Felix Hernandez (6-1, 2.30 ERA) vs. Jays
  • Max Scherzer (4-3, 1.75 ERA) vs. Phillies
  • Jon Lester (4-2, 3.70 ERA) vs. Reds
  • Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.52 ERA) vs. Padres
  • Garrett Richards (3-2, 2.29 ERA) vs. Red Sox

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Baseball is dying... again
MLB 

A precipitous decline in youth participation is the latest hit to baseball. ESPN's Dave Schoenfield writes that you "can't ignore that baseball includes a lot of standing around. Maybe it is just too boring for kids today." Where are the kids?

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Na in the clubhouse with control of lead
Golf 

After a bogey on the 18th, Kevin Na sits 3 strokes ahead of Ian Poulter and has a 4-stroke lead on anyone still on the course at Colonial. Na was 4-under on the day. Leaderboard

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Golf 

UNC receives notice of allegations

The university announced today that it received a notice of allegations from the NCAA as the next phase in its investigation of academic irregularities and possible bylaw infractions. "We will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA's 90-day deadline," said chancellor Carol L. Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham.

Mets will use a six-man rotation

The move will occur once SP Dillon Gee rejoins the rotation on Saturday. Rookie sensation Noah Syndergaard -- filling in for Gee -- forced the Mets' hand with a pair of solid starts to begin his MLB career. His third start is tonight vs. the Pirates at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Commish advised to deny NFLPA's request
NFL 

Roger Goodell's attorneys have recommended that Goodell reject the NFLPA's request that he recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. Commissioner could still step aside

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NFL 

A different I-70 series this season
MLB 

When Missouri's MLB teams meet tonight at 8:10 p.m. ET, it won't be a matchup between the Cardinals and the also-rans. The Royals are legitimate: Both teams are meeting while atop their respective divisions for just the second time ever. (Via Elias)

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McCutchen laughs off pay stub leak
MLB 

Today, Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen brushed off a photo of his two-week pay stub being leaked, even joking that the attention is manageable -- as long as he still gets paid.

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Cerrone: 'Going with my man Rumble'
UFC 

UFC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone on why Anthony "Rumble" Johnson wins at UFC 187: "The dude got knocked down years ago, but he went to the 205-pound weight division and found himself. I like Rumble. I've been a fan of his for a long time." 'Cowboy' weighs in

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UFC 

Hawks try to avoid Harden's cursed fate

Rapper Lil B might not be a household name at the level of Jay Z or Kanye West, but the Bay Area-born man also known as The Based God carries much power in NBA circles with his now-legendary curses. 'Got love' for Atlanta

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Hernandez lawyer: Aaron has no Money
NFL 

Attorney John Fitzpatrick said Thursday that Aaron Hernandez, convicted last month of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. is running out of money because of lawyer fees. Fitzpatrick says Hernandez only received 1 year of his now-terminated $40M Patriots contract. Story

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NFL 

finding feature team a 'hard knock' life
NFL 

With Cleveland out, four teams are rumored to still be in the running for HBO's "Hard Knocks." We assess the entertainment value of the Texans, Bills, Giants and Redskins. Are you not entertained?

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NFL 

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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Lakers cap situation is wide open

The Lakers have a projected $23M in cap space this summer. If it is indeed Kobe Bryant's last season and with the salary cap projected to spike to $89M in the summer of 2016, the Lakers have just one player on a guaranteed contract for the '16-17 season (Nick Young at $5.4M).