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Warriors' ascent to top of West is complete

In the stacked Western Conference, Golden State is the only one still standing. The Warriors bounced the Rockets to advance to their first NBA Finals since 1975.

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7hJeff Dickerson

DE McDonald arrested twice in under 72 hours

Police in California arrested former Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald at 5:35 p.m. local time Wednesday for violating a restraining order, the Santa Clara Police Department said.

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Outsiders: Why Maclin won't save Chiefs

Football Outsiders identifies the top remaining needs for Kansas City, Denver, Oakland and San Diego, including the Chiefs' lack of a vertical passing game.

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8hDavid Schoenfield

Wednesday's power rankings

Bryce Harper hit his 18th home run of the season as the Nationals continue to win.

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SEC West hasn't lost its luster or bluster

Those within the West say it's only getting tougher despite not putting a team in the title game last season for the first time since the 2008 campaign

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21hJayson Stark

Stark: First-quarter award winners

Now that all 30 teams have finally played 40 games, it's time to look back at the first quarter of a fun season and hand out a little imaginary hardware.

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Mychal Thompson: Klay was 'woozy'
NBA 

Klay Thompson's father told Mike & Mike that his son threw up a couple times after being hit in the head in Wednesday's Game 5. But the long break before the Finals will help with his concussion symptoms.

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Another Schiavone-Kuznetsova marathon
Tennis 

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone seem to bring out the best -- or is it the worst? -- in each other. They added another chapter to their story today with a 3-hour and 50-minute match. Garber: Result a surprise?

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Tennis 

Hardy appeal will lean on precedent
NFL 

Andrew Brandt discusses the details of Greg Hardy's appeal and what's the likelihood that his appeal will be successful? Says Andrew Brandt: "I think this will be reduced. I think it will come out ... in the four to six game range."

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How Blatter can be charged
Soccer 

U.S. Defense attorney Mike Miller says the legal process has to "follow the money" if charges are to be brought on FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

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Soccer 

Fashion faux pas at the French Open?
Tennis 

Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Carina Witthoeft showed up in the same outfit for their morning matches today -- and two of them even shared the same court. So who wore it best?

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Tennis 

Perriman in good situation in Baltimore
NFL 

Steve Muench from Scouts Inc. ranks the best rookie playmakers for 2015, starting with Ravens big-play WR Breshad Perriman. The top 5 (Insider)

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What to know about FIFA investigation
Soccer 

Sepp Blatter, who isn't involved in the current corruption investigation involving FIFA, has refused to resign as its president following a request from UEFA chief Michel Platini. Blatter is up for re-election; the vote is Friday.

Soccer 

Time off will benefit Cavs and Warriors
NBA 

Marc Stein said the long rest before the NBA Finals will give all players time to heal various injuries -- and provide time for Golden State to figure out how to deal with LeBron James.

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Either David Blatt or Steve Kerr will become the first rookie coach to win the NBA title since Pat Riley in 1982.

Jim Caple @jimcaple

Serena's rally makes U.S. women 2-for-2 today @ French Open. Madison Keys on court now against Belinda Bencic with Sloane Stephens to follow

It's time to S-P-E-L-L
Spelling Bee 

Forty-nine spellers vie for the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship as the semifinals get underway this morning. Watch at 10 a.m. on ESPN2 as the hive is whittled down to a dozen fierce orthographic competitors. Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

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Spelling Bee 

Benitez done at Napoli; Real Madrid next?
Soccer 

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez announced that Sunday's match against Lazio will be his last with the Italian club. The Spaniard said that being away from his family was too much. Rumors about him taking the open Real Madrid job grow louder. Speculation picks up

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Soccer 

Serena pulls out 3-set win
Tennis 

After dropping the first set 7-5, Serena Williams fought back against qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam to take the next two sets, 6-3, 6-3, and make the French Open's third round.

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Tennis 

Dominik: 32-team free agents
NFL 

Which NFL players would be coveted by every team if they hit the open market? Let's just say Texans and Giants fans should be glad that's not the case for J.J. Watt and Odell Beckham Jr. All players (Insider)

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NFL 

A lot has changed since 1975

What the world looked like the last time the Warriors were in the Finals:

  • U.S. president: Gerald R. Ford
  • NBA and ABA had not yet merged
  • 3-point shot did not exist in NBA
  • No player on the Cavs or GSW had been born
  • Steve Kerr was 9 years old

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

It's important to note that James Jones is also making his 5th straight NBA Finals appearance but did not actually play in the 2011 Finals.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

LeBron James is playing in his 5th straight NBA Finals. He's the only non member of the 1950-60s Celtics to play in 5 straight NBA Finals.

Rafael Nadal advances at French Open
Tennis 

Nadal made it to the third round with a 6-4 6-3 6-1 win over compatriot Nicolas Almagro and improved his record at Roland Garros to 68-1.

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Tennis 

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

The one week break for the Cavs and GSW is the most consecutive days off prior to the start of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in league history.

Schiavone+Kuznetsova = Marathon duo
Tennis 

Francesca Schiavone beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in a 3-set, 3-hour, 50-minute struggle, the third-longest women’s match in French Open history. Still, it was 54 minutes short of the Grand Slam record at the 2011 Australian Open ... set by the same pair.

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Tennis 

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Rory McIlroy on tomorrow's second round: "My goal will be to make some birdies, make my first birdie of the tournament at some point."

ICYMI: Riley Curry back at podium
NBA 

Stephen Curry brought daughter Riley with him to the postgame media conference. Later, he told Sage Steele on SportsCenter that Riley was the star of the series and that it was only fitting she get another shot at the podium.

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