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Bowden: The 20 players most likely to be dealt by the trade deadline

Jim Bowden shares the 20 players most likely to be traded by July 31, rating each of their chances of being dealt and looking at where they could end up.

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Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton

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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Olbermann: Manning brothers, friends of David Letterman (4:19)

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Is this the start of the post-Brady era? (7:00)

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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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OTL: Kurt Busch's ex used charity as bank

Documents show that Patricia Driscoll, in effect, used the Armed Forces Foundation as a bank to lend money for or pay various personal expenses, including bills for a private company she owns.

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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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Harden, Howard not on same page
NBA 

MVP runner-up James Harden has thrown an average of 48.4 passes per game in the playoffs. But only 4.1 of those are going to Dwight Howard. That has to change if Houston is to dig out of its 2-0 series hole vs. the Warriors.

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Texans are 'Hard Knocks' favorites
NFL 

Houston is a finalist to be on the HBO show, according to ESPN sources and reports. The Bills, who could opt out due to having a new coach, are not interested in appearing on the show, nor are the Redskins (via ESPN's Mike Rodak and John Keim).

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Lakers ready to 'turn the page'
NBA 

Los Angeles might be ready to move on, but would Kobe Bryant consider playing elsewhere? Baxter Holmes can't imagine it: "He can't envision playing with any other team, wearing any other jersey than the purple and gold."

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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.

Rating the Indy 500 starting grid

Most of the attention leading up to Sunday's Indianapolis 500 has focused on the crash-filled practices. But soon, the 33 starters will have to block out any thoughts about danger and drama and maintain their focus if they want to claim what many believe is still auto racing's greatest prize. Favorites to field fillers

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How the SEC gets won
College Football 

How will the always competitive SEC shake out this fall? We break down every team in the league, looking at how to beat them -- and how they beat you. Team-by-team previews

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Kobe, Lakers ready to pass torch?
NBA 

Ramona Shelburne on free-agent targets: "You want to know if the Lakers will be your team one day. ... That was one of the main issues when Dwight Howard was here. He essentially said to the Lakers, 'When is the transfer of power going to happen?'"

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Two days, two very different outcomes
Golf 

On Thursday, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth -- the world Nos. 1 and 2, respectively -- combined to play 36 holes at separate events at -7 (McIlroy 71, Spieth 64). But today? McIlroy shot a 78 (+6), tied for his worst 18-hole score in his last 44 worldwide events, while Spieth shot 73 (+3).

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20 MLB players most likely to be traded
MLB 

Does your team need a pitcher? How about Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir or Aaron Harang? According to MLB Insider Jim Bowden, those pitchers are as good as gone from their teams. The interested teams (Insider)

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Warriors, Rockets planes grounded
NBA 

A computer glitch grounded both team planes this morning and it's unclear how long the delay will last. The teams were scheduled to fly out of Oakland today, in advance of Game 3 in Houston on Saturday.

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Sport Science: Steph Curry's shot
NBA 

The Warriors star has one of the quickest releases Sport Science has analyzed -- ever.

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Will Smith suspended eight games

The Brewers pitcher was suspended for having a foreign substance on his arm during Thursday's game. Smith, who claimed it was rosin and sunscreen that he forgot to wipe off, is appealing. He can continue to pitch until the process is complete.

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SportsCenter Not Top 10
Tennis 

Happy birthday, Novak Djokovic. Your gift? An appearance on this week's worst plays.

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Giants make statement with sweep
MLB 

Is there such thing as a big series in baseball during May? If so, the Giants just delivered one doozy of a message to the Dodgers: Don't forget about us. NL West race is officially on

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Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

Two thoughts on Kupchak's statement about this being Kobe's last year. 1. That's not for Mitch to say. Until Kobe says it, it's open ended

Little Cavs fan big on introductions
NBA 

It started with a viewing of a phone video. OK, a lot of viewings. Then 4-year-old Anthony Kocmit did his own rendition of the Cavaliers pregame show and it reached Facebook, Browns CB Joe Haden and, eventually, LeBron James.

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Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

Asked his opinion of Wells report, on @OTLonESPN, DeMaurice Smith says "I think the Wells report delivered exactly what the client wanted."

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

DeMaurice Smith, on @OTLonESPN, says union hasn't heard from NFL on request 4 Roger Goodell to remove himself as arbitrator of Brady appeal.

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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