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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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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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Wednesday's power rankings

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

Highlights: Toronto 0-1 Manchester City (1:33)
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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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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.


9-time French Open champion on ESPN2

Rafael Nadal has still dropped only one match at Roland Garros and has lost just once in 13 meetings to his next opponent, Nicolas Almagro. Will Nadal make it 13-1 against his countryman? Watch live


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After rough first round at French Open, U.S. women get off to good start Thursday when Irina Falconi comes back to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

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While former champs Schiavone and Kuznetsova battle, Falconi has take a break lead in final set against Karatantcheva. #RG15

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Women's seeds in trouble early Thursday in Paris: No. 4 Kvitova, No. 5 Wozniacki and No. 10 Petkovic all drop the first set. #RG15

Day 5 at Roland Garros on ESPN2

Petra Kvitova needed 3 sets in her 1st-round match, after which she said, "I lost in the third round here last year, I would ... be very happy if I can reach the third round and be in the second week for this year." Silvia Soler Espinosa stands between the 4th-ranked player and that goal. Watch live


Riley makes second podium appearance

Stephen Curry brought his 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.


Attorney: No McDonald restraining order

The attorney for Ray McDonald, Steve Defilippis, told ESPN's Josina Anderson the former Bears DE was not served with a restraining order and said McDonald was told his fiancee would not be at the house: "He goes there to meet the investigator for a legitimate purpose and the police show up and arrest him." Story

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McCaskey: Ray McDonald signing my call

Bears chairman George McCaskey explains he was the one who signed off on bringing in McDonald. He trusts the safeguards Chicago has in place to handle players with questionable character will hold up in the future.


Blackhawks, Ducks set for Game 7

Barry Melrose breaks down Game 6 of the Western Conference finals and picks the Blackhawks to win Game 7 and advance to the Stanley Cup finals.


Anniversary of 50 Cent's awful pitch

One year ago, 50 Cent threw out the first pitch at a Mets game. If you don't remember, it was just a bit outside.


A-Rod now third on all-time RBI list

Alex Rodriguez's three-run homer against the Royals gives him sole possession of third place on MLB's official all-time RBIs list with 1,995. He has passed Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.


A-Rod on passing Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth

"It's definitely an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. It is any player's dream; especially it is even more special to do it here at home at Yankee Stadium."

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All you need to know: FIFA scandal

The Justice Department's FIFA investigation began with tax-evasion charges against former CONCACAF exec Chuck Blazer. The DOJ followed the money, unraveling the corruption. Investigation's history



Manchester City keeper Joe Hart is pretty good at stopping shots, but this foul ball during batting practice with the Blue Jays had him spooked. Check it out!

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Skiles a candidate for Pelicans job

Scott Skiles -- widely believed to be the front-runner for the Magic coaching vacancy -- has joined Alvin Gentry and Jeff Van Gundy as a candidate for the New Orleans job, sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein.

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Thibodeau firing grows more likely

The Bulls are giving increasing consideration to firing coach Tom Thibodeau and absorbing the corresponding financial hit, league sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. There's nearly $9M left on the coach's contract.

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Women's World Cup 

Abby Wambach and the rest of the U.S. women's national team tried their best during media day to steer conversation away from the indictments of FIFA officials, and toward their chances of winning their first World Cup title since 1999. Fagan: World Cup title or bust

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