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Why blacks are not feeling the sports metrics movement

The mission was to find African-Americans who spend time -- any amount of time -- talking about sports in terms of advanced analytics, and the mission failed. Michael Wilbon explains why that was the case.

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27mZach Lowe

The defense rests in Cleveland

After looking unstoppable in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Cavs' weak links on defense have been exposed by Toronto.

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Stephen A.: I'd sign Durant over LeBron (1:48)
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2hMike Rodak

Bills GM: Humans not supposed to play football

Bills GM Doug Whaley said football is "a violent game that I personally don't think humans are supposed to play" in response to a question about Sammy Watkins' injury history.

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20mPat McManamon

Ravens' Monroe urges NFL to end marijuana ban

Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe is calling on the NFL and the union to end its ban on marijuana, saying the drug is a safer alternative to addictive opioids for players to deal with pain.

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Skip wants Brady to win appeal in U.S. Supreme Court (2:11)
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Draymond: 'I'm never going to be careful' (0:42)
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Durant: 'We all knew' Draymond wouldn't be suspended (0:56)
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5hSteve Wulf

How Chris Sale became Chicago's other ace

On the other side of Chicago, Chris Sale is 9-0 and better than ever. But to go from the best starter on a bad team to a Cy Young candidate on a contender, he had to change his entire mindset.

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Players might own the court, but Drake owns the sideline (1:13)
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Brandon Phillips' 2-year-old son has a blast at practice (0:27)
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Trick shots no match for Serena (0:50)
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On this date: George burns LeBron, dunks over Birdman (0:35)
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Jalen and Jacoby on why LeBron James flops (1:26)
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4hBuster Olney

Three potential suitors if Yanks trade Beltran

Buster Olney explains why the Yanks should trade veteran Carlos Beltran and examines his trade market, details Giancarlo Stanton's struggles and more.

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Story Time: Why 19-year-old Ozzie Guillen got beaned and charged the mound with his bat (3:11)
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Kanaan: Indy is my life (1:53)
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Boxer celebrates too much, too soon (0:45)
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When a home run deserves two celebrations (0:23)
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23hGabriele Marcotti

Marcotti: Man Utd handle Van Gaal poorly

Marcotti's Musings: Man United have handled the Louis van Gaal situation as poorly as possible. Plus: Barca grit to win Copa del Rey and more.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and coach Peter DeBoer lead the Sharks off the plane after their return home to San Jose one win away from playing for a Stanley Cup.

NHL 

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Rams owner Stan Kroenke is all smiles after LA wins bid to host Super Bowl 55 in February 2021.

NFL 

Doug McIntyre ESPN Staff Writer 

U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann says that next month's Copa America Centenario, which combines the 16 best teams in North and South America, might be more competitive than Euro 2016: "I almost think you have more quality in this Copa America than in this diluted, 24-team European Championship."

Draymond answers without answering
NBA 

Warriors F Draymond Green danced around the questions about the NBA's decision not to suspend him for his kick of Steven Adams in Game 3. "That is a great question," he said over and over.

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Super Bowls 53, 54, 55 awarded to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles. No surprises. Falcons owner Arthur Blank says he's "honored".

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Girardi says that Alex Rodriguez stint with Double-A Trenton will be for a "couple of days." Originally, Girardi said that A-Rod would be activated from the DL on Tuesday, "We are allowed to change our minds," Girardi said.

Dude Perfect works magic with Serena
Tennis 

We know what Serena Williams can do to win Grand Slams. Then there are these trick shots -- check them out.

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Tennis 

Atlanta wins Super Bowl bid
NFL 

The NFL has awarded Super Bowl LIII (in 2019) to Atlanta, which will debut a new stadium in June 2017.

NFL 

Green: 'I'm never going to be careful'
NBA 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and forward Draymond Green share their thoughts on whether Green's style of play will have to change, knowing that he will be suspended if he is assessed one more flagrant foul.

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NBA 

You won't be able to stop smiling
MLB 

Micah Phillips, the 2-year-old son of Reds 2B Brandon Phillips, took some cuts in the batting cage, bunted and did a nice face-plant on the baseline (those tiny legs . . . ).

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Bell: Teams trying to take me out of the game
NFL 

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell tells reporters that the Bengals, among other teams, were attempting to injure him last season.

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ESPN Staff Now 

The Pac-12 announced today that it has "approved Pac-12 Networks to commence eSports competitions with Pac-12 universities this upcoming year." This will include studios with head-to-head competitions for specific games, which is still to be determined, culminating in a championship event.

Stephen A.: I'm putting this on LeBron
NBA 

Stephen A. Smith breaks down why he believes LeBron James is the biggest reason the Cavaliers lost to the Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference series.

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NBA 

First Kiss, first impressions
NCAAF 

Former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, brother of Packers star Aaron Rodgers, is the early front-runner on the new season of "The Bachelorette." Going for the rose

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NCAAF 

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Evan Turner's Instagram gives us a glimpse of Kelly Olynyk in a sling following right shoulder surgery last week. It also showcases a bold fashion choice by the 7-foot Canadian.

Did LeBron throw teammates under the bus?
NBA 

LeBron's not-too-subtle postgame comments on his Game 4 performance have Jemele Hill and Michael Smith thinking they were unfit for a King.

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NBA 

Windhorst: Lue will learn from mistakes
NBA 

For the first time as the Cavs coach, Tyronn Lue looked like a rookie. But Brian Windhorst writes that we shouldn't expect those miscues to follow him into Game 5. Rookie moves

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NBA 

Skip: NBA sacrificed what's right for what's best
NBA 

Although he's happy to see Warriors forward Draymond Green in the lineup for Game 4 against the Thunder from an entertainment perspective, Skip Bayless believes that it was ultimately the wrong decision by the NBA to not suspend him.

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NBA 

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald was asked if he want to see New England QB Tom Brady on the field in Arizona for their Week 1 matchup on Sunday Night Football: "C'mon man. I think that's a pretty easy question to answer. I love Tom. That's my man but if he doesn't play I wouldn't shed any tears. I'd love to see him back the next week though."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon told the Cubs flagship radio station Jason Heyward would return tonight after missing most of the last four games with a contusion on his right side after making a diving catch against San Francisco on Friday. Heyward did not look limited during batting practice on Monday.

One step at a time for Djokovic, Nadal
Tennis 

After decisive opening-round wins at the French Open, the biggest challenge for Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be to not look too far ahead. And that's no easy task. On a collision course?

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Tennis 

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Sanchez, who suffered a thumb injury to his non-throwing hand in the weight room earlier this month, was not expected to take part in this week's set of OTAs. But Sanchez was in uniform Tuesday and taking plenty of work with the starting offense. It is a little more evidence of how badly Sanchez wants to be the Broncos starter.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Draymond Green danced around questions about the NBA's decision not to suspend him. "That is a great question," he said repeatedly.

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Mad skills
NFL 

Anthony Zettel's best-known video might be the one of him tackling a tree in the woods, but the most impressive might be this one, where the 2016 Lions draft pick roundhouse-kicked a water bottle being held by a teammate. Watch your heads

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