1hBrian Windhorst

Windhorst: Does Riley realize he's like LeBron?

Pat Riley took another shot at LeBron, but the Heat's president should understand LeBron's decision as well as anybody.

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28mMichael Wallace

Batum apologizes for anti-Spanish message

Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has apologized for his role in a team motivational message that included an inflammatory remark about Spanish players, which was perceived as a shot at Marc Gasol.

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Royals' Herrera suspended for targeting Lawrie

Royals hard-throwing reliever Kelvin Herrera has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch behind Brett Lawrie's head during Sunday's game against Oakland.

2hPat McManamon

Haden: We didn't know Gordon couldn't drink

Joe Haden said neither he nor his Browns teammates knew Josh Gordon was not permitted to drink when the receiver joined a group of players a former assistant coach on a Las Vegas trip.

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5dKevin Seifert

Inside Slant: Innovating the NFL schedule

A mathematical method of creating schedules, devised by a group of University at Buffalo doctors, has piqued the NFL's interest.

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2hChad Ford

Ford: 2015 Mock Draft 4.0

Wolves select UK's Towns No. 1 in Chad Ford's projection of 2015 NBA draft


Draft Academy: Winston meets with Jim Harbaugh

On Draft Academy's latest episode, former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston heads to Ann Arbor in the days leading up to the NFL combine to meet with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who helps prepare Winston for the team meetings in Indianapolis.


Are Islanders fans crossing the line?

Katie Strang discusses the atmosphere inside Nassau Coliseum and the reported vandalism after Sunday's game between the Islanders and Capitals, and how arena staffers will ensure no further incidents take place.

6mKevin Arnovitz

Hawks' Budenholzer named coach of the year

Mike Budenholzer has been named the NBA's Coach of the Year after guiding the Atlanta Hawks to the league's second-best record and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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9hJesse Rogers

Pittsburgh fan 'alert' after foul ball strikes head

An injury to a fan hit by a foul ball at PNC Park caused a 23-minute delay in the second inning of a game between the Cubs and Pirates as a woman behind home plate was taken off on a stretcher.

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10mTodd Zola

Fantasy baseball daily notes for April 22

Stacking opportunities abound for those playing in DFS baseball contests Wednesday, including the left-handed Seattle Mariners hitters. Todd Zola explains why, plus matchup tips and much more.

Have You Seen?

WATCH: Oops, Guardiola rips his pants (0:25)



A-Rod contract details

As Alex Rodriguez climbs the career HR list, his contract looms large. Rodriguez is owed $61 million in base salary over the next three seasons, and can make an additional $30 million in bonuses for reaching various home run milestones.


Dave McMenamin @mcten

Brad Stevens, joking, about finishing 4th in the Coach of the Year balloting ahead of 5th place Popovich: "That's just bad voting"

Riley and LeBron, two peas in a pod

If Pat Riley is still irked at LeBron James, he doesn't understand how similar they are, Brian Windhorst writes: "While surely loyalty is a valuable thing, it's iffy that it's a thing Riley would harp on. His brilliance has very often been in creating and seizing opportunity." Shopped 'Heat Lifer'

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Jets close season against Rex Ryan

New York will open its season Sept. 13 against the Browns at home, according to NJ. com. The Jets' final regular season game will be against former coach Rex Ryan and the Bills in Buffalo, according to the report.

Highlights: Bayern Munich 6-1 Porto

Bayern Munich was the 11th team to lose the first leg of a Champions League knockout stage on the road by a 3-1 score -- and now it is the fourth such team to advance.


Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge paid ultimate respect to former mentor Zach Randolph's play style: "He's mastered the art of not getting off the ground."

David Ortiz suspended one game

The Red Sox DH was also fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with an umpire during Sunday's game. Ortiz is appealing the suspension, so he'll be able to play tonight against the Rays.

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Coach of the Year vote was a Spurs fest

One coached under Gregg Popovich for nearly two decades in San Antonio. The other won two rings as a player for Popovich. Together, Mike Budenholzer and Steve Kerr were head and shoulders above the pack in voters' eyes.


Blazers' Batum takes blame for sign

Nicolas Batum confirmed the "We don't lose to Spanish players" line in a Portland motivational sign referred to the basketball rivalry between Spain and France. "I apologize if I hurt some people," Batum said Tuesday. "But I have total respect for Marc Gasol. He knows that." 'No take' from Gasol

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Hawks make history

The Hawks are the first team in NBA history with four All-Stars and the Coach of the Year in the same season.


Brett Favre vs. the Bears

Having his number retired against the Bears would be fitting for the former Packer. His 60 passing touchdowns vs. the Bears are his most against any team.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron is 19 pts from passing J.West for 7th in all-time playoff scoring & 3 stls from passing R.Horry for 10th in all-time playoff steals

Are Islanders' fans crossing the line?

The intensity on the ice in the Caps-Isles series has transferred to the fans, forcing arena staffers to take extra precautions to prevent future incidents like the reported vandalism from Sunday's Game 4.


LeBron responds to Pat Riley

A day after the Heat president said there are "no more smiling faces with hidden agendas" in the organization, LeBron brushed off the comments: “I don’t care about nonsense. … I lock in right now and I don’t need nothing creeping into my mind for no reason that doesn’t need to be there."


Report: Giants & Cowboys to meet Week 1

The Giants will begin the regular season against the Cowboys in the Sunday night slot, a league source told NJ.com. The Giants have lost four straight against their division rivals, their longest losing streak against them since Dallas beat them in five straight between 1992 and 1994.

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Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

Ortiz plans to appeal one game suspension for bumping ump, says he doesn't recall bumping him

Watch: Bayern's ripping good time

Bayern Munich breezed past Porto in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg, but manager Pep Guardiola's animated instructions from the sideline caused him to rip his pants in the process.


Bayern & Barcelona advance to semis

The pair are now two of the three clubs with at least 9 Champions League semifinal appearances (joined by Real Madrid). They've combined for 20 semifinals and 7 titles in the 23 Champions League seasons.

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Cards' Harris in the house

Mitch Harris, who was called up by the Cardinals today, is at Nationals Park, where he took a few question before preparing to become the first Naval Academy graduate to play in the majors since 1921.