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LeBron stumps for Thompson to stay with Cavs

LeBron James opened up public negotiations for teammate Tristan Thompson's impending restricted free agency Monday, telling reporters that he wants the big man to stick around Cleveland.

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Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton

Ford/Pelton: Draft fits for first four NBA picks

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

Monday's MLB Highlights

Hamilton hitless in return to Texas (0:51)

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SportsCenter clips

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

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Juan Pablo Montoya SportsCenter Conversation (1:59)
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Yanks ride eight-run first past Royals (0:56)
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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.

French Open

Razzano's surprise underhand serve (0:27)

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Braves recover from rocky start
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Atlanta starter Williams Perez has settled down since walking in the game's first run in the first inning. The Braves bats have supported the right-hander with RBI singles in back-to-back innings to take a 2-1 lead in L.A. Follow live

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Harden cooking already
NBA 

Has James Harden freed himself of the Based God curse? He scored 10 points in the first quarter, as the Rockets went 8-for-9 from 3-point range.

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Warriors seeing Rockets' red glare

You'd be hard-pressed to match what the Rockets did in the first quarter in rookie mode on a video game. Houston matched an NBA shot-clock-era record with 45 points in the first quarter, shooting 77% from the field. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Warriors, we have a problem

And his name is Josh Smith. The Rockets forward is 5-for-5 from the field and has 13 points already. Houston leads Golden State 37-22 late in the first quarter.

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Final: Pirates 4, Marlins 2

Pirates starter Charlie Morton had plenty to thank C Francisco Cervelli for after he limited the Marlins to two runs on 8 hits over 7 innings. Cervelli hit one of the Pirates' two homers in their fourth straight win. Box score

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Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Ducks quick-strike offense on display in first two goals in 32 seconds. First by Fowler off Thompson feed and Kesler deflects Beleskey shot.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

The Rockets are paying Josh Smith $2M for this season. The Pistons will pay him a total of $36 million to NOT PLAY thru 2020.

Ducks dump, retrieve ... and score

Anaheim was aggressive in keeping the puck in the Chicago zone early to start, and the Blackhawks are bending under the pressure. The Ducks scored two back-to-back goals without so much as a single rush by Chicago, and Anaheim leads 2-0. Follow live

Final: Blue Jays 6, White Sox 0
MLB 

The Jays' bats spotted starter Drew Hutchison four runs in the first inning, and the right-hander took care of the rest with a shutout to earn the team's second straight win. Box score

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MLB 

Because he's so Smoove

Josh Smith is a career 25% shooter from 3-point range in the playoffs and has never made more than four in a game. So of course he already has three 3-pointers in the first quarter, helping the Rockets take a 14-point lead early on ESPN.

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Smith makes Van Gundy a believer

Jeff Van Gundy said of an NBA team coming back from a 3-0 deficit, "I don't think it'll ever happen." Then Josh Smith knocked down his second 3-pointer of the game, leading JVG to say, "If he makes those shots, it WILL happen." Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Warriors 0-4 to start the game and Rockets are 4-7. This nine-point edge is the Rockets largest first quarter lead of the series.

Rockets rock Warriors early

Looking to force a Game 5, Houston opened the game on a 9-0 run, forcing an early Golden State timeout. The Rockets are 3-0 when facing elimination this postseason. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Forsythe rakes HR for Rays' first score

Logan Forsythe homered in the sixth inning to get the Rays on the board and cut the Mariners' lead in half. Forsythe now has five HR on the season. Tampa Bay trails 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th. Follow live

Steph's 3's vs. Dwight's frees
NBA 

Somehow, Steph Curry is shooting better on 3-pointers than Dwight Howard is on free throws this postseason. Perhaps that is contributing to Golden State's 3-0 series advantage. (via @TommyBeer)

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Warriors look to finish sweep
NBA 

Golden State hasn't been to the Finals since 1975. Houston is looking to prevent a return trip, but the Rockets will have to do something no team has ever done: Overcome a 3-0 deficit. Watch Game 4 on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Blackhawks at Ducks, 9 p.m. ET

The Western Conference finals have seen 17 periods in 4 games, and the Ducks have two gut-wrenching OT losses. Can Anaheim rebound in a pivotal Game 5, or will Jonathan Toews & Co. leave the Honda Center heartbroken? Follow live

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