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Sources: Pats host Steelers to open NFL season

The Patriots will open the defense of their Super Bowl title by hosting the Steelers on Sept. 10 in the Thursday night opener of the NFL's 2015-16 season, sources told Adam Schefter.

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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.

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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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Bayless appointed Mayweather-Pacquiao ref

Kenny Bayless, regarded by many as the finest boxing referee in the world, was appointed to serve as the third man in the ring for the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

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Ford: 2015 Mock Draft 4.0

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

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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.

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Celtics-Cavaliers Game 2 preview

ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler believes Boston forward Jared Sullinger must play well for the Celtics to have any chance against the Cavs.

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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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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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Mike Budenholzer continues Pop Legend

Four of the last 7 NBA Coach of the Year award winners have been either Gregg Popovich or someone from the Popovich coaching tree. Mike Budenholzer served as an assistant coach under Popovich from 1996-2013.

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Former big prospects now in the bigs

With Addison Russell being called up to play 2B, all of the Cubs infielders are 25 or younger. No team has started an entire infield of players 25 or younger this early in the season since the '03 Tigers, who finished 43-119.

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Suns' Morris twins charged in assault

Suns forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris are among five men charged with felony aggravated assault after an incident on Jan. 24 at a local recreation center. Their first court appearance is scheduled for May 7. Story

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Jimmy Smith: 2nd-richest Raven

The cornerback will reportedly get $21 million guaranteed in his extension. QB Joe Flacco is the only Ravens player with more guaranteed money in his current contract than the reported amount in Smith's.

Mike Budenholzer thanks Gregg Popovich
NBA 

The Coach of the Year, a longtime assistant of Popovich's, said the Spurs coach prepared him: "And I think that's ultimately what the role of a coach is: To prepare his team, to prepare a player, or to prepare a person for their opportunity. And I just want to thank Pop for preparing me for this opportunity."

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OTD: Bulls finish season 72-10
NBA 

On April 21, 1996, Michael Jordan and the Bulls beat the Washington Bullets 103-93, finishing the regular season 72-10, the best record in NBA history. The team was no fluke, either -- it went on to beat Seattle in the Finals for its fourth of six titles in eight seasons.

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NBA 

Ravens need a healthy Jimmy Smith
NFL 

The CB will reportedly get $21M guaranteed in his four-year extension -- 10th-most among current CB deals. Baltimore allowed an NFL-low 7 passing TDs during the first half of the season but in its first game without Smith (foot injury) in Week 9, it allowed 6.

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NFL 

Big 12 coaches on conference title game
College Football 

In light of the NCAA reportedly moving toward relaxing its conference title game requirements, Jake Trotter polled each of the returning Big 12 coaches on how they feel about a conference title game again. All 9 opinions

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College Football 

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning will face each other for 17th time (inc. playoffs). Find out date/time on NFL schedule release show, 8 ET, ESPN

Duke becoming a one-and-done school
Men's College Basketball 

For a long time, Duke was known as a school where elite players stayed in school and won titles as upperclassmen. Not anymore: Six of the past 7 Duke 5-star recruits were one-and-done players.

Men's College Basketball 

David Purdum: Fading 49ers a popular bet
NFL 

Most experts in Las Vegas think that San Francisco will not finish above .500 this season. Over-unders for every NFL team

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NFL 

Paul Carr @PCarrESPN

Germany led Brazil 5-0 at half. Bayern leads Porto 5-0 at half. Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Müller on the field for both Germany & Bayern.

David Ortiz suspended one game
MLB 

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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MLB 

German giants showing no mercy
Soccer 

Bayern is the first team to score 5 goals in the first half of a Champions League knockout game. The goals came in a roughly 25-minute span. The German side now leads the two-leg quarterfinals 6-3. Halftime box score

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Soccer 

Favre shines on Thanksgiving
NFL 

Brett Favre had 3 Thanksgiving games with at least 250 pass yards, multiple TD passes and no INTs, the most in NFL history. In his last Thanksgiving start with the Packers in 2007, he completed a team-record 20 straight passes in Green Bay's 37-26 win over the Lions.

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NFL 

Brett Favre vs. the Bears
NFL 

Having his number retired against Chicago is fitting for the former Packer:

  • 60 pass TDs vs. the Bears, his most against any team
  • 42 INTs against the Bears, his most vs. any team
  • Last NFL game (as a member of the Vikings) was played against the Bears
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NFL 

LeBron aiming to keep the streak
NBA 

The Cavaliers look to take a 2-0 series lead over the Celtics today while LeBron James looks to keep an impressive streak going. His teams have won 10 straight first-round games and are 25-3 in first-round games over the last seven postseasons.

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NBA 

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Sure sounds like Steelers at Patriots in Thursday night regular-season opener. Full NFL schedule release tonight at 8 on ESPN.

Neymar pouring it on PSG
Soccer 

Barcelona's Neymar scores a second time -- this time off a Dani Alves cross -- and it leads 2-0. PSG trails in the aggregate 5-1. Neymar has 5 goals in 4 Champions League games vs. Paris Saint-Germain this season.

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Soccer 

20 hours later, man finishes marathon
Endurance 

A 39-year-old Venezuelan did not let muscular dystrophy, exhaustion or a downpour stop him from finishing Monday's Boston Marathon. His story

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Endurance 

Lundqvist standing tall for Rangers
NHL 

Missing 25 games during the regular season hasn't kept Henrik Lundqvist from returning to form in the playoffs.

NHL 

Royals' Herrera, Ventura disciplined

Kelvin Herrera was suspended 5 games while Yordano Ventura was fined an undisclosed amount. Both pitchers were disciplined for intentionally throwing at the A's Brett Lawrie this weekend. Lawrie slid into Royals SS Alcides Escobar at second on Friday; Escobar has a sprained knee.

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