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Thunder turn things around in San Antonio

Coming off a 32-point loss, Oklahoma City started strong in Game 2 and withstood a wild ending Monday night to even its Western Conference semifinal.

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Thunder win on bizarre final sequence (0:59)
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Popovich: No explanation from refs after game (0:56)
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Cavaliers close out Game 1 win over Hawks

Cleveland let an 18-point lead disappear in Game 1 of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Atlanta but finished strong Monday night behind LeBron James (25 points, nine assists, seven rebounds) to remain unbeaten in this year's playoffs.

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James throws down the huge flush (0:18)
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Fans celebrate Leicester's wild title-clinching weekend (1:08)
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28mPierre LeBrun

Caps-Pens is taking a sour turn

A series billed as being a matchup of the two biggest stars in the game has instead deteriorated into a clash of dirty and borderline hits that have to be reined in by the NHL.

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Pacers president Bird unsure of Vogel's future

Pacers president Larry Bird told The Indianapolis Star that he isn't sure what's going to happen with coach Frank Vogel, following the team's playoff exit, and said there is no decision timeline.

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Kevin Durant is the NBA's next villain (2:15)
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7hJeff Legwold

Sanchez: Broncos' QB pick a vote of confidence

Mark Sanchez isn't threatened by the Broncos' selection of Paxton Lynch in the NFL draft, rather he sees the selection as a vote of confidence in himself as the team's No. 1 quarterback.

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#NBArank best playoff Vines compilation (5:50)
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Mets go deep three times in first inning (1:18)
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Undrafted LB Eric Striker makes emotional speech to family (1:17)
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Leaf: Seeing Manziel is like looking in a mirror (1:24)
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13hMyles Thomas

Diary of Myles Thomas: 'Urban and Eddie'

In today's installment of our 1927 Yankees diary, Myles Thomas describes the unique relationship between a pitcher with a terminal heart condition and a team mascot whose journey to the majors can only be described as Dickensian.

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Pitcher crushes home run into upper deck (0:21)
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1dMartin Bater | ESPNDeportes.com

Hockey eyes Hispanic fans for growth

In the not-so-distant future, a hockey stick and a puck might be as common a sight in a Hispanic kid's room as a soccer ball or baseball bat.

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12hPat McManamon

Browns rookie OL watched draft at St. Jude's

Cleveland Browns rookie Shon Coleman took his draft-night party to a special place, watching his own selection at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital with the patients.

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Top back-from-the-dead moments of all time (2:48)

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Durant flies past Diaw to throw down
NBA 

Kevin Durant beat Boris Diaw to the rim and finished with a two-handed dunk.

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NBA 

Cavs claim Game 1 against Hawks
NBA 

LeBron James led the way with 25 points, nine assists and five steals to help Cleveland strike first in the Eastern Conference semis.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri told SportsNet 590 radio about Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan's shooting struggles: "It can't go on forever, they're just too good for it to go on forever." Toronto became just the second team in NBA history to win a playoff series with both its top two scorers shooting under 33 percent, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Ujiri was the latest to credit Indiana's George Hill and Paul George for their great defense on the All-Star backcourt.

Sandoval expected to miss entire season
MLB 

Tim Kurkjian says the left shoulder injury that will keep Pablo Sandoval out could be a blessing if he's able to work on his weight issue.

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Penguins take series lead with 3-2 win
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Pittsburgh jumped out to a 3-0 advantage and survived a third-period rally from Washington to grab a 2-1 series advantage.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Quote of the night from Richard Jefferson: "You can always try and find a silver lining, but I'd rather be Negative Nancy. Whenever you get a team to 15 points, they are almost dead. When you get it to 18, all you've got to do is lift the shovel up and pour dirt on 'em, especially if you want to be a high-level team. We didn't do that tonight and it almost cost us."

Parker goes no-look on insane assist
NBA 

We're not even sure how Tony Parker knew where LaMarcus Aldridge was.

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Molina does pushups after hitting the dirt
MLB 

A pitch from Brett Oberholtzer sent Yadier Molina to the ground, where he got a few extra reps of pushups in.

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Mark Cuban @mcuban

If that happened to us on a throw in we would already have the protest written. Misapplication of throw In rule. If only to make a point

Thunder win on bizarre final sequence
NBA 

Dion Waiters elbowed Manu Ginobili while trying to inbound the ball and turned it over, and the Spurs were unable to score on the ensuing possession and lost by a point.

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Royce Young @royceyoung

Reminder: The Spurs lost once at home this season. To the Warriors. That's a darn impressive win by the Thunder.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

"Something happened on the sideline," Pop just said.

Kawhi connects on difficult reverse
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With two defenders draped all over him, Kawhi Leonard found enough separation to hit the tough layup.

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LeBron sets up slam with perfect pass
NBA 

Richard Jefferson, the recipient of a pinpoint bounce pass from James, rose up for a one-handed slam in Cleveland's Game 1 win.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

We know the Spurs won 67 games in the regular season and all. But did you know that when teams with 65 wins or more in the regular season go up 2-0 in a best-of-7 series, they're 35-0, per ESPN Stats and Information? So, this is pretty much a must win for OKC.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

This is about as engaged as I've seen the Oklahoma City defense. Good help and quick rotations behind it.

Pitcher crushes home run into upper deck
MLB 

Pitchers can't hit? Tell that to Adam Wainwright.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Back to back 3-pointers by Danny Green makes the score 85-82 with 6:40 left to play. The Spurs have the momentum, and appear poised to pull off the comeback. Green was calling for the ball before that last 3-pointer.

Tom Kuhnhackl scores goal off his back
NHL 

Whatever works to help your Penguins team to a 2-1 series lead.

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The most unlikely feat in sports history
Barclays Premier League 

"It's one thing to achieve the unimaginable over a single game, a best-of-seven or even a monthlong tournament, but quite another to do it over 38 games and 10 months, playing every other team home and away," Gab Marcotti writes. An absurd dream

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder led 77-68 when Westbrook went to the bench with 3:41 left in the third. The Spurs closed on an 8-0 run to cut it to 77-76 headed to the fourth. With the importance of this game, makes sense to play Durant and Westbrook the entire fourth.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The Spurs put on a nice little run to get back into this game, and they did it with strong defense. At the end of the third quarter, the Thunder lead 77-76. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the Spurs with 28 points, followed by Kawhi Leonard with 12 points.

LeBron shrugs at Hawks’ lack of defense

Atlanta wanted to force LeBron James to take jumpers. The Cavaliers star was fine with that on this play.

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