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Watch live: Cavaliers race out to big lead

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals is on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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Cavs end 1st quarter on 17-3 run (0:35)
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LeBron connects with Jefferson on alley-oop (0:10)
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Stephen A.: 'Westbrook is putting the world on notice. Steph, who?' (2:01)
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Sharks can reach first Cup final with victory

St. Louis is going back to a rested Brian Elliott in goal, while the Sharks are looking to remain focused as they sit just one win away from their first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup final.

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2hBrett Okamoto

Diaz: Mayweather vs. McGregor a 'publicity stunt'

In an interview with The MMA Hour on Wednesday, Nate Diaz confirmed that he is in negotiations to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 202, and called the Floyd Mayweather rumors "a publicity stunt."

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Giants walk-off for fifth straight win (0:23)
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Miesha Tate's circuitous route to the UFC title

UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate sits down with Phil Murphy to share memories from early in her career, including the time she dated a male wrestler who defeated her in high school.

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9hCalvin Watkins

Rougned Odor fights back against his bad reputation

Some opponents think he's immature, disrespectful or worse. But Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, a young player with an old-school style, has his teammates in his corner.

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Was Draymond's trip of Kanter a dirty play? (1:52)
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4hMike Sando

2016 offseason grades for all 32 NFL teams

Which NFL teams actually made themselves better this offseason? Our crew of NFL Insiders dissects all the relevant draft picks and deals, grading each franchise's performance.

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Duke walk-on shocked with scholarship (1:52)
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    The unique life of Las Vegas gambler

    After three arrests and a year in a halfway house, Alan "Dink" Denkenson gave up bookmaking, moved to Las Vegas and became a pro gambler. But times have changed for Dink and other old-school professional sports bettors, writes David Hill.

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Tedy Bruschi: If Warriors lose, they're worse than 18-1 Patriots (2:09)
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NBA Insiders

Trade, free-agent forecasts for 16 NBA teams

The big trades, the big free agents, the big decisions. Our NBA Insiders go 5-on-5 on 15 teams, leading with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Clippers.

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Eagles coordinator Reich says QB order not set

In an appearance on WIP-94.1 FM Wednesday, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said the perception that the quarterback order is set is "probably not the right impression."

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WATCH: Spelling Bee preliminaries

The prelims for the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee are underway, and you can catch the action on ESPN3.

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Minor league manager's history of colossal meltdowns (1:28)

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Justin Bieber isn't the only one getting the video board boo treatment. Drake made an appearance too.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Sharks strike first. Joe Pavelski jams home a backhand. Joe Thornton assists. Best line in the playoffs.

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LeBron and Jefferson connect on alley
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The Cavs are having their way with the Raptors in Game 5, with LeBron James and Richard Jefferson linking up for a big dunk in the second quarter. (Live on ESPN)

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James steps to the line and gets a very loud MVP chant from the crowd. He's playing like one tonight, as he's halfway to a triple-double midway through the second quarter and the Cavs have opened up a 25-point lead.

Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic books his first attempted defense against Alistair Overeem at UFC 203 on Sept. 10 in his native Cleveland. Miocic wrestled and played collegiate baseball at Cleveland State, and is an on-duty firefighter in the area. The 33-year-old won the belt in hostile territory earlier this month, knocking out Brazilian Fabricio Werdum in front of 45,000 fans in Curitiba, Brazil.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

To get the crowd to boo during Raptors' free throws, the Cavs' game ops crew put a picture of Justin Bieber on the video board.

Larry Starks ESPN Editor 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey to ESPN's Doris Burke in the first quarter interview about his team's offense: "We're not playing with any force on the offensive end. We're playing like we're in the park by ourselves...."

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The Cavs lead the Raptors 37-19 after 1. Cleveland shot 68.2% in the first quarter. Per ESPN Stats & Info, that's their second-best shooting quarter this postseason, behind only the first quarter of Game 1 of this series (68.4%).

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs 37 Raptors 19 end 1. Cleveland opens up 15-for-22 from the field and this thing got away quickly from Toronto. Kyrie Irving is outscoring Kyle Lowry 11-0. Lowry picked up an early foul and couldn't maintain aggressiveness as a result. Jonas Valanciunas does have four points and the Raptors will need to keep feeding him in whatever minutes he's on the floor.

J.R. Smith from long range
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Smith drained a 3-pointer from deep in the first quarter against the Raptors on ESPN.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The Cavs were 3-for-22 from beyond the arc in the first half of Game 4. They've made 3 of their first 4 tonight and lead by 11 with under 2 minutes left in the first quarter.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Warmups winding down here in San Jose before Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas checking in for his first playoff action since Game 3 against Miami. Toronto trails by 10.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

If Cavs fans are nervous about Game 5, they haven't shown it yet. They've been loud from the jump and are exploding after every basket, including the last Kevin Love 3-pointer to give Cleveland an early 11-7 lead.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Game 5 is officially underway.

Watch: Game 5 of Eastern Conf. Finals
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Despite Toronto winning the last two games, history favors Cleveland tonight: When a best-of-7 series is tied 2-2, the home team wins Game 5 75% of the time (143-47). Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors F DeMarre Carroll is shooting 29.4 percent from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range during the Eastern Conference finals. He's banged up but it would be nice for Toronto if he'd hit shots.

Giants walk-off for fifth straight win
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Brandon Crawford's single to deep center in the 10th lifted the Giants to a 4-3 win over the Padres, giving San Francisco its fifth straight win.

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Watch: USMNT in international friendly
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Three days removed from a 3-1 win vs. Puerto Rico, the United States men's soccer team will search for its first win vs. Ecuador since 2007 in another friendly leading up to Copa America this summer. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

With an hour to go before tipoff, the Cavs starting backcourt of J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving is getting warmed up.

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Rangers rookie mashes monster homer
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Texas' 15-9 win featured a mammoth, 453-foot blast by RF Nomar Mazara. It was the longest home run hit by a Rangers player this season.

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Doug McIntyre ESPN Staff Writer 

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann going with attack-minded 4-3-3 formation against Ecuador. Personnel will change for Copa America (Klinsmann is rotating players in the tuneup games) but it wouldn't shock me if he sticks with 4-3-3 when tourney kicks off on June 3.