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Fagan: Why are these WNBA stars in Russia? It's not just the money

Unlikely comrades Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner play overseas for the money, but that's not the only bonus for these modern-day nomads.

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Bird won't consider McHale for head coaching spot (0:23)
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McShay: Way-too-early 2017 NFL mock draft

Todd McShay takes a preliminary stab at predicting the picks for the 2017 NFL draft, which could feature DE Myles Garrett, RB Leonard Fournette and QB Deshaun Watson coming off the board early.

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Rays mascot KO'd by Adrian Gonzalez (0:31)
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Quiz: Which NBA team are you?

Four strong cultures in the NBA have endured for at least a decade: The San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. Find out which one fits you best.

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Muscala's head gets the assist on Shumpert's 3 (0:18)
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Did Hank Gathers' death impact Heat's decision on Bosh? (2:06)
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Shaq celebrates Northampton promotion

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal bellows his way through "We Are The Champions" to celebrate his favourite football team's promotion.

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Ahmed needs a better place to keep his sunflower seeds (0:29)
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Hornqvist scores the OT winner for Penguins (0:35)
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Khan, Alvarez ready to face off (0:39)
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Ortiz hits go-ahead homer for Red Sox (0:22)
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Wilbon: Cubs can get 110-118 wins (1:47)
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Dancing ump gets his groove on (0:22)
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Dickerson was offered a new home, $50,000 during recruitment (1:22)
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Highlights: Real Madrid 1-0 over Manchester City (1:33)
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11 things you undeniably missed when Kyle Lowry dropped that halfcourt buzzer-beater (1:19)

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after today's shootaround that it's good to get some level of clarity in the Chris Bosh situation. Bosh and the team released a statement confirming that he won't return for the playoffs, but the sides will continue to work together to resume his career as soon as possible.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

It's interesting that Larry Bird told Frank Vogel about his decision not to renew his contract over the phone. He let Rick Carlisle (2007) and Jim O'Brien (2001) go in person. Carlisle and Bird sat and talked for a while after he let him go. O'Brien was with Bird when he called Vogel in 2011 to let him know that he was being named interim coach.

How insane was Villanova's offense?
NCAAM 

A couple of Villanova's scoring barrages in the NCAA tournament prompted a look back at some of the most efficient offensive outings in the past decade. Scoring efficiency

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NCAAM 

Ice, ice Brady: QB connects with Vanilla Ice
NFL 

Tom Brady lit up the stage with 1990s rap star Vanilla Ice at an Under Armour event in Baltimore on Wednesday. Stop, collaborate and listen

Vanilla Ice
NFL 

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Leicester City effect has begun. Ladbrokes says a bettor has put down £200 on recently promoted Burnley to finish top two next season. Wins £133,333 if they win title, £33,333 if they come in second.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Larry Bird said owner Herb Simon is willing to pay top dollar for the next head coach. Bird said he'll probably see some candidates next week in Chicago during the NBA's predraft camp.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's unclear at this point if the Knicks will have interest in Frank Vogel, whose contract has not been renewed by the Pacers. Worth noting here: Vogel worked as an advance scout for Jackson and the Lakers in 2006. Jackson has said he'd "probably" limit his coaching interviews to people he knows. Theoretically, Vogel fits this description.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Pacers coach Larry Bird said former Boston Celtics teammate Kevin McHale will not be a candidate for the job. "I would not do that to Kevin, have him work for me. Would love for him to be my coach, but it's not going to happen."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Pacers president on letting coach Frank Vogel go: "I started thinking about it at the All-Star break. It's a tough deal. Next coach I'll take my time and go through a lot. Make sure we get a guy that can lead (the team)."

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Larry Bird: "Frank’s not getting fired, his contract is up and I just made the decision not to renew it."

Adrian Gonzalez KO's Rays mascot
MLB 

The Dodgers got the best of Raymond for the second night in a row.

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American football is growing worldwide
NFL 

American football has gone global, with the sport growing one big dude at a time in some markets. What does that mean for the league? Worldwide reach

Rodolfo Reyes
NFL 

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Waiting on Pacers president Larry Bird to address the media at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy. Coach Frank Vogel's job status remains in the air

Jeannine Edwards ESPN Reporter 

Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist heads to track for his 2nd to last gallop before the race. Looked fluid and eager on the track.

Texas A&M assistant's tweets cause uproar

Soon after ESPN 300 quarterback Tate Martell decommitted from Texas A&M via Twitter, Aggies receivers coach Aaron Moorehead tweeted about "loyalty." Then came the fallout. Another recruit gone

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Rory McIlroy is off to a horrible start in defense of his Wells Fargo Championship title. He finished his first 9 holes in 4 over par, without a birdie., after a double bogey at the 18th. McIlroy, who turned 27 on Wednesday, said he had played just one 18-hole round of golf since the Masters prior to the pro-am as he knows there will be few breaks in the schedule through the Ryder Cup.

Golf 

Von Miller: I'll be a Bronco for life
NFL 

The LB hasn't been attending offseason workouts due to contract talks, but told fans this week not to worry: "I'm going to be here in Denver no matter what. The contract is going to take care of itself. I'm going to be a Denver Bronco for life."

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NFL 

NHL mock draft: Auston Matthews, then who?
NHL Draft 

Corey Pronman projects who will be picked in each slot of the first round of the 2016 NHL draft. No surprise at No. 1 (Auston Matthews to the Leafs), but there's some intrigue later. Who's after Matthews? (Insider)

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NHL Draft 

Mock draft: What if 76ers pick 1st and 4th?
NBA Draft 

Should the 76ers take Ben Simmons No. 1? What if they get the Lakers' pick, too? And how does the rest of the top 10 shake out? Philly's on the clock. Mock draft (Insider)

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NBA Draft 

Way-too-early 2017 NFL mock draft
NFL Draft 

Todd McShay takes a preliminary stab at predicting the picks for the 2017 NFL draft, which could feature DE Myles Garrett, RB Leonard Fournette and QB Deshaun Watson coming off the board early. Who goes No. 1? (Insider)

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NFL Draft 

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin McHale has withdrawn from consideration for the Sacramento Kings' coaching vacancy, according to league sources.

NBA 

Softball pitcher inks $1 million contract

Monica Abbott is the best softball pitcher in the world and she has a groundbreaking contract from the Scrap Yard Dawgs to prove it. Million-dollar arm

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Saints QB chased NFL dream to Germany and back
NFL 

Griffin Neal didn't know what lay ahead when he went to play semi-pro football in Germany. And he certainly couldn't have foreseen the chain of events that ended with him landing an NFL contract. Achtung Baby

NFL 

Lost And Found In Russia
WNBA 

Unlikely comrades Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner play overseas for the money. As it turns out, they also simplify their lives. 'I can be disconnected'

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WNBA