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1hWright Thompson

The greatest hitter who ever lived on

Ted Williams' ambitions shaped his legacy but wrecked his relationships. If his lone surviving child has her wish, the family's cycle of suffering might at last be broken.

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6mChris Broussard

Isiah Thomas back in N.Y. as Liberty president

Isiah Thomas is returning to New York basketball as president of the Liberty, despite a checkered reign with the Knicks that ended ignominiously.

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1hMechelle Voepel

Voepel: WNBA must take stand on domestic violence

It's time for the WNBA and USA Basketball to make a statement on domestic violence: Women are not just victims, and in same-sex cases, we can't be any less diligent in demanding accountability.

Tiger Woods at The Players Championship

Tough times for Tiger Woods (1:10)

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Challenges for undrafted free agents (1:40)

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Pacquiao could face discipline for hiding injury (2:38)

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Bulls take game 1 (1:17)
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E:60 Behind the Curtain: Tyler Breeze Extra (9:18)
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8mJayson Stark

Five contenders facing critical questions

There is whole lot of baseball still to be played. But that doesn't mean it's too early for these five contenders -- including the Red Sox and Pirates -- to worry.

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2hBuster Olney

How the AL East will shake out

Buster Olney takes a closer look at the unpredictable AL East. He also writes why Craig Counsell is a strong choice as new manager of the Brewers.

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Farewell to LeBron's trademark headband (1:37)

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4mEthan Sherwood Strauss

Curry, Warriors' success all connected

A confluence of good things came together for Golden State this season, and Steph Curry's MVP award is just one reward.

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1dEamonn Brennan

Looking ahead: Kansas State Wildcats

The Wildcats were tough to figure last season, and with a roster overhaul ongoing, a tough season could be coming.

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Patriots waive Alfonzo Dennard
NFL 

Dennard is the third Patriots cornerback who won't be back for the start of the 2015 season, as Darrelle Revis signed with the Jets and the team declined Brandon Browner's option.

NFL 

Experts' picks: Players Championship
Golf 

All the stars come out for one of the toughest tournaments to predict, the Players Championship. Our experts give it their best shot nonetheless, and only one of them picks Jordan Spieth. Predictions

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Golf 

Mayweather open to Pacquiao rematch
Boxing 

Floyd Mayweather would be willing to fight Manny Pacquiao again, saying, "I will fight him in a year after his surgery" in a text to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith this morning. Pacquiao needs rotator cuff surgery and will miss the next 9-12 months.

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Boxing 

Juventus vs. Real Madrid, 2:45 p.m.
Soccer 

The anthems are beginning in this afternoon's UEFA Champions League semi. Juventus is unbeaten in 12 consecutive home matches in UEFA competitions while Real Madrid hasn't lost in five straight road Champions League matches. Live on Deportes & WatchESPN

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Soccer 

The other side of Ted Williams
MLB 

Death exposes everyone, and it exposed Ted Williams, stripping away what he'd created as a boy on Utah Street, revealing what he'd tried to hide: He came from damaged people, and he left damaged people behind. Cycle of suffering

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MLB 

Styles make great Champions League fights
Soccer 

Grantland's Mike Goodman: "Do you really want to know who’s going to win the Champions League? It’ll be whatever team figures out how to do what it does best better than everyone else -- and finds some luck along the way." How each team can win it all

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Soccer 

WNBA releases statement on Thomas
WNBA 

In response to today's announcement that the Liberty have hired Isiah Thomas as president and was given part ownership, the WNBA said: "New owners are approved by our WNBA Board of Governors, and this process has not yet begun."

WNBA 

Juve needs 'near perfection' to beat Real
Soccer 

Juventus is unbeaten in its last 12 home matches in UEFA competitions. But manager Massimiliano Allegri says his team will have to play a near "perfect match" against Real Madrid today.

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Are you ready for some Fantasy Football?
NFL 

At their annual #FFLRanksSummit, ESPN Fantasy Football analysts are talking QBs. Tom Brady had some support to make the top 5, but not enough:

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Andrew Luck
  3. Russell Wilson
  4. Peyton Manning
  5. Drew Brees

NFL 

Wild's ice OK despite power outage

There was an overnight power outage in St. Paul, and the Wild said: "The ice plant at Xcel Energy Center was impacted for a short time. Arena staff acted quickly to implement full capacity and the ice is ready for tonight's game [against the Blackhawks]."

Mel Kiper's top draft grades
NFL 

Five teams earned an A-minus from ESPN's draft guru.

NFL 

His and Hers disagrees on 'Trill'
Men's College Basketball 

Willie Cauley-Stein officially changed his middle name to "Trill," and while Michael Smith thinks it's cool, Jemele Hill said: "It looks cute now at this age when he's 21 years old, it doesn't look so cute when you're 30."

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Cowboys pick gets star tattoo

Randy Gregory posted his new ink on Twitter, writing, "Its [the] beginning of something good!" Gregory, a former Nebraska DE, failed a drug test at the combine and blamed his decision-making, not the marijuana. 'I'm high on life'

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Mike Conley hoping to play Game 2 tonight
NBA 

The Grizzlies PG missed the last three playoff games after being elbowed in the face and undergoing surgery to repair fractures around his eye, but he worked out with the team Monday and said: "I believe I will [play Tuesday]. But I believed that for the last week."

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NBA 

Vegas ranks NFL teams post-draft
NFL 

The Seahawks, Packers and Patriots lead the NFL Vegas Rankings for the upcoming 2015 season. The list already reveals some Week 1 betting values. Full list (insider)

NFL 

Post-draft power rankings
NFL 

The Lions fell, the Colts jumped up and the Patriots lost out on the No. 1 spot despite earning more first-place votes. Who beat them? Full rankings

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NFL 

Pacquiao facing discipline?
Boxing 

Dan Rafael examines why Manny Pacquiao didn't notify officials of his injury, how he probably exacerbated the tear during the fight and whether a pre-fight shot would have helped ease his shoulder inflammation.

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Boxing 

Bulls stifling LeBron James

James was held under 20 points for the first time in 11 postseason games Monday, shooting just 39 percent while turning the ball over 5 times when guarded by Jimmy Butler.

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Mechelle Voepel @MechelleV

"Isiah Thomas is new NY Liberty president" is something I'd expect a wickedly clever WNBA fan to pass off as an April Fool's Day headline.

Ian Begley @IanBegley

Dolan on Isiah: "He’s an excellent judge of talent & I’m confident that he will put all of his energy" into making the Liberty competitive.