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Adande: Warriors eye finishing touch

For all intents and purposes, these Western Conference finals are over. The only question that remains: How quickly will Steph Curry and the Warriors seal the deal?

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Nationals squeak by Cubs (0:54)

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Any fallout in Chicago over McDonald's release? (1:21)

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Yanks ride eight-run first past Royals (0:56)
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Juan Pablo Montoya SportsCenter Conversation (1:59)
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Braun hits one out of the park (0:29)
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Is Dellavedova a dirty player? (1:35)

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Best celebrations of the Premier League season (2:19)

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Looking ahead: UCLA Bruins

Three returning starters -- Bryce Alford, Tony Parker and Isaac Hamilton -- will form the Bruins' nucleus. The potential challenge is depth.

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Razzano's surprise underhand serve (0:27)

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Brady has to wait for appeal
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Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension won't be heard by Wednesday, the AP reports. Commissioner Roger Goodell is still slated to hear Brady's case. Story

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NBA: Ejection sufficient for Horford
NBA 

There will be no additional discipline for Al Horford after this elbow to Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova, according to league spokesman Tim Kuck, but the flagrant 2 will stand.

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Giants rally, Brewers drop 3rd straight
MLB 

Khris Davis hit a pair of home runs -- including one that he was originally called out on for missing home plate -- and Ryan Braun smashed a 465-foot homer, but it was the Giants who got the last laugh with a 7-run 6th inning.

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The wrong side of the bed takes out Hardy

Orioles SS J.J. Hardy left Monday's victory over the Astros with back soreness that followed him from Baltimore's series with the Marlins. "I think [it was] from the bed in Miami, so I think I was protecting a little bit and I think [manager] Buck [Showalter] saw it and I think he just wanted to get me out of there," Hardy said.

Athletics storm to lead in 6th inning
MLB 

Max Muncy hammered a double into the gap in right-center field to score Josh Reddick during Oakland's 4-run 6th. The A's are up 4-0 on ESPN.

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Brewers' Peralta likely out 4-6 weeks
MLB 

Milwaukee P Wily Peralta is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained left oblique. Peralta is 1-5 on the year with a 4.00 ERA.

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Who's to blame over McDonald release?
NFL 

ESPN's Louis Riddick: "If someone's going to hold themselves accountable, then it has to be ownership, because they're the one who ultimately signed off on it."

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Mooney on the meaning of Memorial Day

Falcons RB Collin Mooney set an Army single-season record with 1,339 rushing yards in 2008. Mooney completed three years of active duty in the Army while stationed at Fort Still, Oklahoma. Memorial Day carries added significance for him. Mooney's thoughts

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A switch in Rockets' switching
NBA 

Josh Smith and Dwight Howard had done a nice job containing Stephen Curry in Games 1 and 2, but Game 3 was a different story. Will the MVP get loose again tonight? Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET.

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Ryan Braun mashes 465-foot home run

Miller Park's second deck could not contain this massive blast by Braun. The 465-foot shot was the longest at the park since 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals @Cardinals

Matt Holliday extends his streak of reaching base safely to begin the season to 41 games, one behind Pujols (42, 2008) for the club record.

Ramos' homer keeps Nationals rolling

Wilson Ramos cracked a 6th-inning HR to put Washington up 2-1 for good over the Cubs. The Nationals have won 8 of 9.

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Twins get their scoring done early
MLB 

A six-run 2nd inning was plenty for Minnesota, who beat Boston 7-2 today. Trevor Plouffe (3-run HR) provided the big hit for a 26-18 Twins team.

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MLB 

Watch: Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston II
Boxing 

This fight on May 25, 1965 produced one of the most iconic photos of all time. Ali defended his heavyweight title with a first-round knockout of Liston in Lewiston, Maine on what some still believe was a phantom punch.

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Irving's status no clearer on off-day

Cavs coach David Blatt said that Kyrie Irving will be a game-time decision for Game 4 on Tuesday against the Hawks. According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the team's medical staff wants Irving to have consecutive "good days" before giving him clearance to play.

Farrell: allow 'approved substances'

“I would like to see an approved substance pitchers can use," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "I think anytime a game loses players for eight to 10 games ... it makes us as an industry look within. If pitchers are putting themselves at risk and if the belief is a widespread number of pitchers are doing it, why wouldn’t we look to improve the game?" Farrell's plea

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Why are pitchers doctoring baseballs?
MLB 

Hall of Famer Phil Niekro: "I think in any sport, probably any business, anybody's going to try to get that little bit of edge to do better than the other guy."

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NBA spokesman Tim Kuck says Flagrant 2 on Atlanta's Al Horford will stand, no additional discipline/suspension to come.

No surprise Bears released McDonald
NFL 

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson: "[The Bears] had to do something quickly here. It was very well known that Ray McDonald could not have another mess up here in Chicago"

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NFL 

How Golden State stopped Harden

James Harden missed eight of nine shot attempts in Game 3 when covered by Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala. He was 0-for-4 when covered by just Barnes. He needs to figure it out and quick. Houston needs Harden

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The game within the game for Curry
NBA 

A big game from Stephen Curry could help the Warriors sweep the Rockets tonight -- and put the MVP on a level with two of the game's all-time greats.

NBA 

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Rockets are 117th team to trail 3-0 in NBA playoff series. Of previous 116, 59.5% were swept. BPI: Warriors 52% likely to sweep