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3hNBA Insiders

Will Blazers beat Warriors without Curry?

Will Damian Lillard and the Blazers beat a Golden State team without Stephen Curry? Our 5-on-5 crew forecasts the Warriors-Blazers series.

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Heat crush Hornets in Game 7

Stretched to a seventh game in their opening-round series, the Heat came out firing on all cylinders and went on to blow out the Hornets to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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Goran Dragic, have a day! (0:13)
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Pippen surprises Jordan at halftime (0:21)
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3hMel Kiper

Kiper: 2016 NFL Draft Grades

With the 2016 NFL draft in the books, Mel Kiper gives his grades on all 32 draft classes. The Jacksonville Jaguars head the class.

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15hCraig Custance

Mental growth paying off for Stars goalie Lehtonen

After finishing with a career-low save percentage last season, Kari Lehtonen has taken a new approach and, as a result, is playing some of the best hockey of his career.

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Evans: Ranieri flying high with Leicester

Claudio Ranieri's side could clinch the Barclays Premier League title on Monday depending on the result between Tottenham and Chelsea, but the skipper said he won't be watching and he knows Leicester City is a step away from glory after its draw at Old Trafford.

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Leicester fans crash the ESPN van (0:50)
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Mackensie Alexander's field of opportunity: from Florida's orange groves to the NFL (6:58)
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Dearth of quality starting quarterbacks in NFL (1:09)
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1hDave Tuley

How to bet Raptors-Pacers Game 7

Dave Tuley gives his take on how to bet Sunday's Game 7 between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers.

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POTUS: Kobe and a mic drop (0:20)
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Even in final season, Ortiz continues to vex Yankees

David Ortiz has hit home runs in consecutive games against the Yankees and looks to lead the Red Sox to a sweep over their rivals on Sunday Night Baseball live on ESPN & WatchESPN.

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Dallas Strikers bowl combined perfect game (1:27)
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Prem: Southampton 4-2 Man City (2:44)
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Spurs drop 43 on Thunder in first quarter (1:44)
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Berto gets revenge on Ortiz with KO (1:13)
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2hPierre LeBrun

Capitals' second line looking for goals -- and answers

The line of Evgeny Kuznetsov, Justin Williams and Marcus Johansson is struggling and the Capitals' fortunes are struggling along with them, which has to change if they want to win the series.

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Brooks Orpik delivers a controversial hit (0:25)
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Eagles fan boos Wentz (0:15)
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Stanton annihilates another baseball (0:31)
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Manute Bol's 6-foot-11 son's between-the-legs dunk (0:23)
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Phillips makes nice behind-the-back throw, dabs afterwards (0:33)
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21hMike Rodak

Bills pick Listenbee: I'm fastest player in NFL

Kolby Listenbee, a wide receiver and a four-time All-American in track at TCU who was drafted in the sixth round by the Bills, believes he's the fastest player in the NFL.

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2hBuster Olney

Olney: Intriguing two-tier PED penalty system

Buster Olney proposes a system that could strengthen PED penalties but allows a margin for error; plus a check-in on David Price and today's links.

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Mayweather hints at coming out of retirement

Floyd Mayweather still is happily retired but admitted to having comeback talks with CBS and Showtime and said the numbers being floated for his return would have to be "upwards of nine figures."

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Can Charlotte keep rising in the East?
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Our NBA experts dive into the future of the Hornets following their Game 7 loss to the Heat. 5-on-5 (Insider)

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

That'll do it. The Hornets, who had a 3-2 series lead, are eliminated with a 106-73 Heat win in Game 7. Charlotte, which shot the fourth-most 3s on average in the regular season, had success getting into the paint for three wins. But Miami gets 58 points in the paint and 58 rebounds to close out the series and won the turnover battle, 9-10.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Game 7 Final: Heat 106, Hornets 73. Miami advances to the Eastern Conference semifinals to face the winner of the Indiana-Toronto series. The Heat are huge Pacers fans tonight, considering an Indiana win in Game 7 gives Miami home court advantage in the next round. Goran Dragic scored a game-high 25 points and emerges from a relative series-long slump just in time.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

There will be no fixing of this car ... It wasn't the day Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted at Talladega as he was involved in two wrecks, one his fault and the other not:

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Chris Buescher has been released from the infield care center after a wreck where he flipped three or four times at Talladega Superspeedway.

Jay Adamczyk Jayski.com 

70 laps remain in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Trevor Bayne leads Kevin Harvick. There have been 4 cautions so far today. Rain is in the area but so far has not impacted the race.

Leicester fans crash the ESPN van
Soccer 

A few intense Leicester City fans made themselves at home inside the ESPN work van as it was parked outside of King Power Stadium in Leicester, England.

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Soccer 

Kiper's 2016 NFL Draft Grades
NFL 

With all the picks in the books, Mel Kiper grades all 32 draft classes. Assessments (Insider)

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POTUS: 'Obama out'
NBA 

President Barack Obama pulled a Kobe during his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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Leicester fans beaming after draw
Soccer 

The Leicester City faithful left Old Trafford after the Foxes' draw with Manchester United in high spirits and confident the Premier League is in the bag.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant talking through how the Thunder responded today to Game 1's blowout: "We didn't come in today with a bad attitude. We've got to move on to the next one."

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Tom Haberstroh ESPN Staff Writer 

Nightmare game from Kemba Walker, who is 3-of-15 and drew his first trip to the FT line of the game down 32 with 10:07 left. Now shooting just 36.8% for the series.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

No other way to put this: Erik Spoelstra, who took over in 2008, is a quarter away from winning his first career playoff series without LeBron James.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Hornets' starters are 13-for-42 (31%) from the floor tonight. Heat up 83-53 at the end of a third quarter that saw the Hornets outscored 29-11. Rough end for Charlotte, which led the series 3-2 and was down two in the waning minutes in Game 6.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams on the emotions following Game 1's embarrassing blowout: "Anger. Definitely anger. All the negative ones."

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Tom Haberstroh ESPN Staff Writer 

The Hornets have taken 4 free throws in this game. NBA's playoff low in past 20 years? 5.

Goran Dragic, have a day!
NBA 

The Heat guard continues his dominating Game 7 performance by throwing down this transition dunk.

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Pippen and Jordan having a good ol' time
NBA 

Scottie Pippen and his former teammate, Michael Jordan, are all smiles during halftime of the Hornets-Heat game in Miami.

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Christopher Wondoloski ESPN 

Only stadium where both the pitch and the log are ready to go! Portland v Toronto coming up on ESPN.

Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated The Undefeated 

Astros checking out scene at Warriors-Blazers pregame before first pitch versus A's.

Tom Haberstroh ESPN Staff Writer 

True story: the score was Heat 44, Hornets 40 at one point.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Goran Dragic just plain showing out now. It took 7 games, but Dragic has figured out Kemba Walker like Rocky did Ivan Drago midway through that fight in Russia.

Tom Haberstroh ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat on 30-6 run to stretch the lead to 28. Goran Dragic having his best game of the season.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The single most important game of the 2015-16 regular season was Atlanta losing at Washington in the finale. Cleared a much easier path to the conference finals for Miami and forced the Hawks to play Cleveland in the conference semifinals.