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1hIvan 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.

Stephen A.: I'd sign Durant over LeBron (1:48)
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1mMike Rodak

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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1mPat 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.

Van Gundy thinks Green decision will haunt NBA (0:35)
46mSteve 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.

Windhorst: Tyronn Lue coached like a rookie (2:19)
On this date: George burns LeBron, dunks over Birdman (0:35)
Trick shots no match for Serena (0:50)
Jalen and Jacoby on why LeBron James flops (1:26)
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7mBuster Olney

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.

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

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.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

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


Relive the Raptors' Game 4 win

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.


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.

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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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.


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.


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.


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."


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

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.


Dude Perfect works magic with Serena

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


Stephen A.: I'd sign Durant over LeBron

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."


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."


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.

Stu Jackson had different punishment in mind

On Mike & Mike, former NBA VP of basketball operations Stu Jackson said his news release regarding Draymond Green's kick of Steven Adams would have read differently than what came out Monday. " . . . it would've been upgraded to a flagrant foul penalty 2 and he would've received a one-game suspension."


Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Vegas has taken notice of the Raptors as well. Toronto's odds of winning the NBA title went from 150-1 to 35-1 at Westgate, after its Game 4 win Monday night.

Romo is ready to go

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will participate today in 11-on-11 workouts, the first day of OTAs and his first time on the field since Thanksgiving, when he was knocked out for the season by a broken left collarbone. Romo sows hope in May

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Raiders owner Mark Davis is the last to arrive at today's NFL owners meeting in Charlotte. I'm told his Raiders-to-Vegas interest will be discussed, but the league is still a long way from a vote. Definitely won't happen today.