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Lawyers endorse Goodell hearing Brady appeal

Attorneys for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have recommended that Goodell reject the NFLPA's request that he recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.

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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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As expected, Goodell to hear Brady's appeal (2:56)

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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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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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Hawks not going away
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The Cavs stretch their lead to 10 early in the second quarter, but the Hawks used an 8-0 run to cut it back down to 2. Cleveland now leads 38-33 midway through the quarter. Follow live

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I-70 series all Kendrys Morales so far

Through 3 innings, the Royals' Morales has 2 HRs and 5 RBIs off Cardinals SP Lance Lynn, effectively stealing the show between the two Missouri teams. Follow live

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Lundqvist keeps coming up big

With the Lightning on a 2nd period power play, Henrik Lundqvist was under a barrage of pucks on net. But several spectacular saves, including a nifty poke check, kept Tampa Bay off the board, and the Rangers lead 1-0 early in the period. Follow live

Angels tally 9-run inning in Boston

This one got ugly very fast as Los Angeles leads 11-3 in the 5th. Sox SP Rick Porcello allowed 7 runs. Coincidentally, the last time L.A. scored 9 runs in an inning (April 20, 2013), Porcello was also pitching. Follow live

Enter The Matrix

Shawn Marion checked in late in the first quarter and is on the floor to begin the second quarter in Game 2. It's his first action since Game 2 of the conference semis. He's played only 12 minutes this postseason entering tonight. Follow live

Orioles rally to take lead

Miami's Henderson Alvarez walked two to open the top of the 6th, and Baltimore made him pay. Chris Davis scored on an error (committed by Alvarez) and Caleb Joseph plated 2 with a single to put the Orioles up 5-3. Follow live

Linda Cohn @lindacohn

The @NYRangers must keep up intensity. Force the triplets line to play D. And keep it simple. Be patient. Be opportunistic! Go to net!

Carroll can't slow down LeBron

LeBron James has been defended by DeMarre Carroll on 6 of his 9 first-quarter plays (66.7 percent). James scored 7 of his 13 points with Carroll as his primary defender on 3-of-5 shooting (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Unconscionable that the Hawks would allow Bazemore to guard LeBron out on an island like that....no help

Hawks can't solve LeBron, shooting

LeBron James has 13 points, giving the Cavaliers a 26-21 lead in Game 2. The Hawks shot just 8-for-21 (38.1%) in the first quarter. Follow live

Felix passes Hunter, ties Hershiser in K's

Mariners SP Felix Hernandez struck out his 2014th career batter tonight, tying Orel Hershiser for 70th-all time. His previous K put him ahead of Catfish Hunter. Hernandez, 29, is through 7 innings with Seattle leading Toronto 4-1. Follow live

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron goes airborn and Antic takes him down with a shove to the shoulder. LeBron's L leg got caught under him a bit on the fall.

Korver active early

Kyle Korver is 3-for-7 from the field, tied for the most shots he's taken in a quarter this season. He has a game-high eight points and the Hawks and Cavs are even at 15-15 late in the first quarter. Cleveland leads the series 1-0. Follow live

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Ian Desmond gives Nats 1st lead
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The SS drove in Max Scherzer -- who singled to lead off the bottom of the 6th -- on an RBI double to center to put Washington up 2-1 on Philadelphia. On the mound, Scherzer has 5 K's over 6 innings of 1-run ball. Follow live

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Rick Nash scores a goal... in the playoffs

The Rangers top scorer didn't score much so far in the playoffs but he puts it past Ben Bishop to give the Blueshirts a 1-0 lead. Follow live

LeBron outscoring Hawks

Without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, much of the scoring load falls on LeBron James, and he's been up to the task so far. He has 7 points to Atlanta's 5, and the Cavs have an 11-5 lead midway through the first quarter. Follow live

Didi Gregorious drowns out the boos
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Yankee Stadium let Gregorious -- Derek Jeter's replacement at SS -- hear it after making an error in the 3rd inning. He redeemed himself with a 3-run shot an inning later, but the Yankees still trail 7-4. Follow live

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Nelson Cruz reclaims HR lead

For a brief period tonight, 22-year-old Bryce Harper was tied for the MLB lead in HRs. It didn't last long. Cruz's 6th-inning blast got him to 17 on the season and put the M's up 4-1 vs. the Blue Jays. Follow live

Carroll starting in must-win for Hawks
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DeMarre Carroll will start for Atlanta in Game 2 vs. Cleveland, which will be playing without Kyrie Irving. No team has ever lost the first 2 conference finals games at home and come back to win the series. Follow live

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