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4hZach Lowe

The defense rests in Cleveland

After looking unstoppable in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Cavs' weak links on defense have been exposed by Toronto.

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7hNBA Insiders

Thunder now favored to beat Golden State?

Did the NBA get the Draymond Green decision right? Will the Warriors come back or fall further behind the Thunder? Our 5-on-5 crew breaks down the West finals.

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Stephen A.: I'd sign Durant over LeBron (1:48)
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Westbrook rocking the overalls before Game 4 (0:19)
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5hMike Rodak

Bills GM: Humans not supposed to play football

Bills GM Doug Whaley said football is "a violent game that I personally don't think humans are supposed to play" in response to a question about Sammy Watkins' injury history.

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W2W4: Penguins vs. Lightning, Game 6

Goalie changes and guarantees are all the buzz as Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay collide in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, which the Lightning can close out with a win on home ice.

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41mPat McManamon

Ravens' Monroe urges NFL to end marijuana ban

Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe is calling on the NFL and the union to end its ban on marijuana, saying the drug is a safer alternative to addictive opioids for players to deal with pain.

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Skip wants Brady to win appeal in U.S. Supreme Court (2:11)
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Draymond: 'I'm never going to be careful' (0:42)
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Durant: 'We all knew' Draymond wouldn't be suspended (0:56)
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7hSteve Wulf

How Chris Sale became Chicago's other ace

On the other side of Chicago, Chris Sale is 9-0 and better than ever. But to go from the best starter on a bad team to a Cy Young candidate on a contender, he had to change his entire mindset.

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Digging into Rizzo's recent struggles

The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is slumping, but there are signs a turnaround could be near. Will it begin tonight against the Cardinals (ESPN and WatchESPN)?

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Brandon Phillips' 2-year-old son has a blast at practice (0:27)
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Trick shots no match for Serena (0:50)
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Jalen and Jacoby on why LeBron James flops (1:26)
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7hBuster Olney

Three potential suitors if Yanks trade Beltran

Buster Olney explains why the Yanks should trade veteran Carlos Beltran and examines his trade market, details Giancarlo Stanton's struggles and more.

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Story Time: Why 19-year-old Ozzie Guillen got beaned and charged the mound with his bat (3:11)
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Jacob Tamme reads 'mean' tweets (1:26)
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Boxer celebrates too much, too soon (0:45)
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1dGabriele Marcotti

Marcotti: Man Utd handle Van Gaal poorly

Marcotti's Musings: Man United have handled the Louis van Gaal situation as poorly as possible. Plus: Barca grit to win Copa del Rey and more.

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WATCH: Cubs (29-14) at Cardinals (24-21)
MLB 

Despite losing six of their last eight games, the Cubs (29-14) still have the best record in baseball as they look to get back in the win column when they take on Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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MLB 

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Draymond Green enters Chesapeake Energy Arena, one of few peaceful moments he'll have in this building tonight.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry's arrival for Game 4:

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Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nigel Hayes is returning to Wisconsin. He said in a text: "It was better to work on the skills I would need a year in the NBA a year in advance, rather than three months prior. As a byproduct of that, next year I presume my stock will be higher as well." Hayes' return will likely make the Badgers a top 15 team and a Big Ten title contender after reaching the Sweet 16 under new coach Greg Gard.

Bale: Zidane gives us freedom on the pitch
Soccer 

Gareth Bale spoke ahead of Real Madrid's UCL final about the influence Zinedine Zidane has had since taking over in January.

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Soccer 

Meet the youngest national spelling bee participant
Spelling Bee 

Six-year-old Akash Vukoti is in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee and would like you to tune in Thursday on ESPN and ESPN2.

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Spelling Bee 

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams doesn't put quite as much creative effort into picking his outfits as Russell Westbrook does.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

What's Russell Westbrook wearing? Overalls rolled up at the bottom, a short-sleeve button-up shirt and a funky fedora.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

No blue shirts for the OKC crowd tonight. They're going with the all-white look.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Robin Ventura on getting to watch Chris Sale pitch : "There is a guilty pleasure to it."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Video: Jason Heyward returns to the Cubs lineup after missing the last few days with a hip contusion.

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Mark Brunell surprised by Bills GM
NFL 

Doug Whaley said that football is a violent game that humans aren't supposed to play.

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NFL 

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons contingent celebrating being awarded the Super Bowl in 2019.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says it's premature to discuss the Oakland possibility of moving to Las Vegas. He makes it clear there has not been a proposal.

NFL 

Bell: Teams trying to take me out of the game
NFL 

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell tells reporters that the Bengals, among other teams, were attempting to injure him last season.

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NFL 

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

After today's Broncos practice coach Gary Kubiak said DeMarcus Ware did not participate in the workout because Ware's back "was bothering him a bit." Kubiak also said holding Ware out was "more preventative then anything," but Ware has had back troubles in the past and missed five games with a back injury last season. Kubiak called Ware a "day-to-day participant" for these next two sets of OTAs.

Green: 'I'm never going to be careful'
NBA 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and forward Draymond Green share their thoughts on whether Green's style of play will have to change, knowing that he will be suspended if he is assessed one more flagrant foul.

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NBA 

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been scratched from tonight's game with flu-like symptoms. Mike Aviles, who was originally slated to play LF, will now play 2B. Steven Moya will draw into the lineup to play LF. Cameron Maybin will replace Kinsler as leadoff hitter.

Skip wants Brady to win appeal
NFL 

Skip Bayless believes Tom Brady should take his appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if he needs to and disagrees with Stephen A. Smith's comment that Brady is being selfish.

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NFL 

Kyle Lowry has totally redeemed himself
NBA 

After a nightmarish first two games, Kyle Lowry's led the Raptors resurgence vs. the Cavs.

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NBA 

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank is now flying from UCLA to OKC to support endorser Steph Curry in enemy territory tonight.

NBA 

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

How's this for brutal honesty? Bengals CB Adam Jones on what could help Cincy in the playoffs: "We need a f'n bye." Jones likes this year's team, and was encouraged today by the sight of something that also happened on Day 1 of OTAs last year. For the second straight May, A.J. Green burned past him for a catch. Let's see if the Bengals in 2016 can do better than 12-4 and a wild-card exit, though.

Jacob Tamme reads 'mean' tweets

The Falcons tight end was brave enough to look at the things people said about him on Twitter.

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