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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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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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Rangers get a two-fer in second

New York hasn't played much even-strength hockey in the 2nd period, but with everyone on the ice, the Rangers put together a quick flurry of goals from Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle to take a 3-1 lead on the Lightning. Follow live

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Hawks down 5 at halftime
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Needing a win to avoid falling down 2-0 in the series, Atlanta trails Cleveland 54-49 at halftime. LeBron James leads all scorers with 17 points for Cleveland. Follow live

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Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Great pass by LeBron but also great job by Shumpert to slide up out of the corner to give LeBron the clear passing lane

Nope, that's not the White Sox
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It's almost College World Series time, so NC State is breaking out their White Sox-inspired throwbacks tonight against Miami in the ACC tournament. Watch live on ESPN3

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Cole takes Syndergaard, Mets to school

Friday's Pirates-Braves game pitted two young power arms in Gerrit Cole and Noah Syndergaard. Cole and Pittsburgh won the matchup 4-1 as he nearly pitched a complete game (10 strikeouts), while the rookie Syndergaard allowed 4 runs. Box score

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MarkJonesESPN @MarkJonesESPN

Paul Millsap is sooo out of sync on offense. 4pts on 2/7fg. And Cavs are not even close to being an elite defensive team.

Ex-Knicks getting it done

Cleveland is getting a boost once again from its New York connection. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have combined for 12 points, helping the Cavs take a 48-40 lead over the Hawks late in the second quarter. Follow live

A-Rod ties Ruth on RBI list
MLB 

Alex Rodriguez's RBI single in the 7th tonight vs. the Rangers was the 1,992nd of his career, tying him with Babe Ruth for 4th place all-time. A-Rod passed Willie Mays on the all-time HR list earlier this season. Follow live

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Lightning get the equalizer
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It was just a matter of time for Tampa Bay. A faceoff win in the offensive zone set up Steven Stamkos for his 3rd goal in his past 3 games, and the Lightning and Rangers are tied at 1-1 over midway through the 2nd. Follow live

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Shorthanded Rangers keep board clean
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New York has given the Lightning 2 power play opportunities in the second period, and Tampa Bay has come up empty both times. Henrik Lundqvist is standing on his head, but can he withstand the constant pressure? Follow live

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Fielder hits 2nd HR of game
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Prince Fielder added a solo shot in the 7th -- after a 3-run blast in the 3rd -- tonight vs. the Yankees to give him his 1st multi-HR game since April 5, 2013. It's just his 4th multi-HR game since moving to the AL. Follow live

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Cavs +8 with small lineups so far, though those have mostly gone against less effective non-starting lineups for the Hawks.

Hawks not going away

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.