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13mIvan Maisel

It's 100 days and counting till CFB's binge-worthy first weekend

Alabama-USC, Oklahoma-Houston and LSU-Wisconsin at Lambeau Field are highlights of a memorable lineup -- part of a new trend toward a stronger Week 1 slate.

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Windhorst: Tyronn Lue coached like a rookie (2:19)
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Stephen A.: I'd sign Durant over LeBron (1:48)
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Van Gundy thinks Green decision will haunt NBA (0:35)
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On this date: George beats LeBron to rim, dunks over Birdman (0:35)
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2hSteve 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 get 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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Story Time: Why 19-year-old Ozzie Guillen got beaned and charged the mound with his bat (3:11)
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All-Access: Raptors on fire after Game 4 victory (1:29)
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Trick shots no match for Serena (0:50)
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Draymond Green's and Russell Westbrook's war of words (0:53)
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When a home run deserves two celebrations (0:23)
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17hGabriele 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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Boxer celebrates too much, too soon (0:45)
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Impersonator takes LeBron's flop to new level (1:02)
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What's next for Brady and his appeal? (2:01)
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Players with most to prove for all 32 teams

Can Jimmy Graham rebound from his season-ending injury? Will Eddie Lacy return to his 2014 form? NFL Nation reporters select the player for each team facing a pivotal 2016 season.

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1dJerry Crasnick

The Braves' 2016 to-do list

The Braves have plenty of items on this season's to-do list, but winning lots of games isn't one of them. Jerry Crasnick lays out the six biggest considerations.

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Stephen A.: I'd sign Durant over LeBron
NBA 

On Mike & Mike, Stephen A. Smith says that given the choice to sign either LeBron James or Kevin Durant to a long-term contract this offseason, he would choose Durant, "a scoring machine of the highest order."

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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Andy Murray regarding conflicting stories about why he & Amelie Mauresmo ended coaching arrangement: Anyone who says we parted badly or it was "heated" is "lying." Referring to their conversation in Madrid where they agreed to part, Murray said "To say we had a tough breakup, that's not true..To say the reason we stopped working together was my behavior on the court, that is not true...What was said at the time was we were literally hardly spending any time together in a three-month time period with a lot of major events coming up...Me and Amelie have a very good relationship."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Enormous blow for Red Sox, who announce reliever Carson Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery today and therefore will miss remainder of the season.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins is on crutches at today's OTA. His left foot is in a boot.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions will have joint practices with the Steelers on August 9 and 10 before the preseason opener on August 12 in Pittsburgh. This is the first time in three seasons Jim Caldwell has had joint practices.

Stu Jackson had different punishment in mind
NBA 

On Mike & Mike, former NBA VP of basketball operations Stu Jackson said his news release regarding Draymond Green's kick of Steven Adams would have read differently than what came out Monday. " . . . it would've been upgraded to a flagrant foul penalty 2 and he would've received a one-game suspension."

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Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Vegas has taken notice of the Raptors as well. Toronto's odds of winning the NBA title went from 150-1 to 35-1 at Westgate, after its Game 4 win Monday night.

Romo is ready to go
NFL 

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will participate today in 11-on-11 workouts, the first day of OTAs and his first time on the field since Thanksgiving, when he was knocked out for the season by a broken left collarbone. Romo sows hope in May

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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Raiders owner Mark Davis is the last to arrive at today's NFL owners meeting in Charlotte. I'm told his Raiders-to-Vegas interest will be discussed, but the league is still a long way from a vote. Definitely won't happen today.

Kershaw throws shutout versus Reds
MLB 

Clayton Kershaw went the full nine innings, sitting down the last 17 batters in a row, in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds.

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Drake roasts Kyrie Irving on Instagram
NBA 

The Cavs are going home tied 2-2 with the Raptors, and Drake implied on Instagram that Kyrie Irving is to blame. The post

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NBA 

Windhorst: Lue diverted from what worked

Brian Windhorst says that in the Cavaliers' Game 4 loss Monday night, coach Tyronn Lue "looked like a rookie head coach, he was all over the place with his game plan."

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has arrived for OTAs. He apparently doesn't want his picture taken.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers making their way to the field for the first session of Phase 3 of OTAs. Nice breeze and cooler than normal so they get a break.

LeBron, Biyombo meet at the summit
NBA 

Bismack Biyombo got lots of ball on his attempt to block a potential LeBron James dunk. But the refs deemed Biyombo got too much body.

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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Radek Stepanek trying to break Andy Murray at 4-5 of fifth set to finish off upset of the No 2 seed but Murray plays huge point at deuce and then slams an ace to close out game. Big drama on Chatrier. And Djokovic debut still to follow.

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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran OLB and seven-time Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney will work out for the Bengals this week, a league source said. That would be an intriguing signing. Freeney, 36, was a mid-season addition for the Cardinals last season and still led the team with eight sacks. Earlier this month, he told "SportsCenter" he wouldn't mind coming back to Arizona, but wanted to play for a winning team. The Bengals have 52 wins the past five years.

JVG thinks Green decision will 'haunt' NBA
NBA 

Jeff Van Gundy on Draymond Green avoiding suspension: "I truly thought that the decision was going to come down to whether he got a two-game suspension or a one-game suspension."

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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Epic upset? 37 yr old Radek Stepanek refusing to go away against No 2 seed Andy Murray on second-day of their interrupted match at French Open. Stepanek holds serve at 4-3 in fifth by running Murray all over the court, then eggs on the crowd to cheer for him.

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Biyombo swallows up dunk attempt
NBA 

Raptors C Bismack Biyombo is making a name for himself in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Brouwer baseball swings for great goal
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Troy Brouwer offered up a candidate for goal of the playoffs, but the Sharks topped his Blues 6-3 in Game 5.

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VOTE: Agree with NBA's Draymond decision?
NBA 

Draymond Green will not be suspended after he kicked Steven Adams in the groin during Game 3. Was this the right call? Vote

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Grichuk beats Cubs with walk-off homer
MLB 

Randal Grichuk broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth when he took reliever Adam Warren deep for a walk-off win in St. Louis.

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