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Why are these WNBA stars in Russia? It's not just the money

Unlikely comrades Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner play overseas for the money, but that's not the only bonus for these modern-day nomads, writes espnW's Kate Fagan.

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Bird on hiring McHale: I wouldn't do that to Kevin (0:23)
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McShay: Way-too-early 2017 NFL mock draft

Todd McShay takes a preliminary stab at predicting the picks for the 2017 NFL draft, which could feature DE Myles Garrett, RB Leonard Fournette and QB Deshaun Watson coming off the board early.

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Rays mascot KO'd by Adrian Gonzalez (0:31)
Elias Stein
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Quiz: Which NBA team are you?

Four strong cultures in the NBA have endured for at least a decade: The San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. Find out which one fits you best.

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Muscala's head gets the assist on Shumpert's 3 (0:18)
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Did Hank Gathers' death impact Heat's decision on Bosh? (2:06)
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Shaq celebrates Northampton promotion

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal bellows his way through "We Are The Champions" to celebrate his favourite football team's promotion.

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TBT: The epic pizza throw in Boston (0:54)
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Wilbon: Cubs can get 110-118 wins (1:47)
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Khan, Alvarez ready to face off (0:39)
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Hornqvist scores the OT winner for Penguins (0:35)
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Ahmed needs a better place to keep his sunflower seeds (0:29)
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Dancing ump gets his groove on (0:22)
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Highlights: Real Madrid 1-0 over Manchester City (1:33)
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11 things you undeniably missed when Kyle Lowry dropped that halfcourt buzzer-beater (1:19)

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Cubs looking like the 1998 Yankees
MLB 

The 2016 Cubs, like the 1998 Yankees, are making their at-bats count and feasting on weak opponents, and they haven't necessarily hit full stride yet. Just getting started (Insider)

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MLB 

Devastation in Fort McMurray is personal
NHL 

Blues winger Scottie Upshall has watched from afar as his hometown burns. For Upshall and others with ties to the Alberta city, the tragedy has brought a bit of perspective amid a tense playoff series. Hitting home

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NHL 

Which NBA team are you?
NBA 

Four strong cultures in the NBA have endured for at least a decade: The Spurs, Heat, Lakers and Rockets. Find out which one fits you best. School of thought

Elias Stein
NBA 

9 Mother's Day ideas for athlete moms

Still looking for something for mom this Sunday? Or better yet, maybe something for yourself? We've got you covered with these nine awesome pieces of gear. Gifts for mom

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Khan merely an appetizer for Alvarez
Boxing 

Canelo Alvarez's return against Amir Khan on Saturday is a mere preliminary to the fight most boxing fans want to see -- Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. But it will only happen if Alvarez says yes. GGG should be next

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Boxing 

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after today's shootaround that it's good to get some level of clarity in the Chris Bosh situation. Bosh and the team released a statement confirming that he won't return for the playoffs, but the sides will continue to work together to resume his career as soon as possible.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

It's interesting that Larry Bird told Frank Vogel about his decision not to renew his contract over the phone. He let Rick Carlisle (2007) and Jim O'Brien (2001) go in person. Carlisle and Bird sat and talked for a while after he let him go. O'Brien was with Bird when he called Vogel in 2011 to let him know that he was being named interim coach.

How insane was Villanova's offense?
NCAAM 

A couple of Villanova's scoring barrages in the NCAA tournament prompted a look back at some of the most efficient offensive outings in the past decade. Scoring efficiency

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NCAAM 

Ice, ice Brady: QB connects with Vanilla Ice
NFL 

Tom Brady lit up the stage with 1990s rap star Vanilla Ice at an Under Armour event in Baltimore on Wednesday. Stop, collaborate and listen

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Leicester City effect has begun. Ladbrokes says a bettor has put down £200 on recently promoted Burnley to finish top two next season. Wins £133,333 if they win title, £33,333 if they come in second.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Larry Bird said owner Herb Simon is willing to pay top dollar for the next head coach. Bird said he'll probably see some candidates next week in Chicago during the NBA's predraft camp.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's unclear at this point if the Knicks will have interest in Frank Vogel, whose contract has not been renewed by the Pacers. Worth noting here: Vogel worked as an advance scout for Jackson and the Lakers in 2006. Jackson has said he'd "probably" limit his coaching interviews to people he knows. Theoretically, Vogel fits this description.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Pacers coach Larry Bird said former Boston Celtics teammate Kevin McHale will not be a candidate for the job. "I would not do that to Kevin, have him work for me. Would love for him to be my coach, but it's not going to happen."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Pacers president on letting coach Frank Vogel go: "I started thinking about it at the All-Star break. It's a tough deal. Next coach I'll take my time and go through a lot. Make sure we get a guy that can lead (the team)."

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Larry Bird: "Frank’s not getting fired, his contract is up and I just made the decision not to renew it."

Adrian Gonzalez KO's Rays mascot
MLB 

The Dodgers got the best of Raymond for the second night in a row.

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American football is growing worldwide
NFL 

American football has gone global, with the sport growing one big dude at a time in some markets. What does that mean for the league? Worldwide reach

Rodolfo Reyes
NFL 

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Waiting on Pacers president Larry Bird to address the media at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy. Coach Frank Vogel's job status remains in the air

Jeannine Edwards ESPN Reporter 

Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist heads to track for his 2nd to last gallop before the race. Looked fluid and eager on the track.

Texas A&M assistant's tweets cause uproar

Soon after ESPN 300 quarterback Tate Martell decommitted from Texas A&M via Twitter, Aggies receivers coach Aaron Moorehead tweeted about "loyalty." Then came the fallout. Another recruit gone

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Rory McIlroy is off to a horrible start in defense of his Wells Fargo Championship title. He finished his first 9 holes in 4 over par, without a birdie., after a double bogey at the 18th. McIlroy, who turned 27 on Wednesday, said he had played just one 18-hole round of golf since the Masters prior to the pro-am as he knows there will be few breaks in the schedule through the Ryder Cup.

Golf 

Von Miller: I'll be a Bronco for life
NFL 

The LB hasn't been attending offseason workouts due to contract talks, but told fans this week not to worry: "I'm going to be here in Denver no matter what. The contract is going to take care of itself. I'm going to be a Denver Bronco for life."

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NFL 

NHL mock draft: Auston Matthews, then who?
NHL Draft 

Corey Pronman projects who will be picked in each slot of the first round of the 2016 NHL draft. No surprise at No. 1 (Auston Matthews to the Leafs), but there's some intrigue later. Who's after Matthews? (Insider)

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NHL Draft 

Mock draft: What if 76ers pick 1st and 4th?
NBA Draft 

Should the 76ers take Ben Simmons No. 1? What if they get the Lakers' pick, too? And how does the rest of the top 10 shake out? Philly's on the clock. Mock draft (Insider)

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