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Howard, Rockets win Game 2 with late show

Dwight Howard scored 28 points and was on the receiving end of several late alley-oops from Josh Smith as Houston took a 2-0 series lead.

3hBrett Okamoto

Rampage to fight Saturday after winning appeal

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has won an emergency appeal of an injunction in the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division, which will allow him to compete at UFC 186 on Saturday in Montreal.

6hMichael Wallace

Batum apologizes for anti-Spanish message

Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has apologized for his role in a team motivational message that included an inflammatory remark about Spanish players, which was perceived as a shot at Marc Gasol.


Cavs hold off Celtics

LeBron James scores a game-high 30 points in the Cavs' 99-91 win over the Celtics that gives Cleveland a 2-0 series lead.

Tuesday's MLB highlights

Mets win ninth straight (0:35)

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9hChad Ford

Ford: 2015 Mock Draft 4.0

Wolves select UK's Towns No. 1 in Chad Ford's projection of 2015 NBA draft


Draft Academy: Winston meets with Jim Harbaugh

On Draft Academy's latest episode, former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston heads to Ann Arbor in the days leading up to the NFL combine to meet with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who helps prepare Winston for the team meetings in Indianapolis.

SportsCenter Clips

Rampage to fight Saturday after winning appeal (2:05)


Are Islanders fans crossing the line?

Katie Strang discusses the atmosphere inside Nassau Coliseum and the reported vandalism after Sunday's game between the Islanders and Capitals, and how arena staffers will ensure no further incidents take place.

Have You Seen?

Web Gems: Can Desmond top Iglesias? (1:15)

6hKevin Arnovitz

Hawks' Budenholzer named coach of the year

Mike Budenholzer has been named the NBA's Coach of the Year after guiding the Atlanta Hawks to the league's second-best record and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.



The Mavericks are 1-8 all-time when trailing 2-0 in a best-of-7 series. Their only win was the 2005 1st round matchup against...the Rockets.

What will Russell bring to the Cubs?

The Baseball Tonight crew says the addition of Addison Russell will be a key ingredient to the Cubs' recipe for success this season.


Rookie Russell hitless in debut

Addison Russell, the 4th-ranked prospect on ESPN's top 100 list, went 0-for-5 with 3 strikeouts vs. the Pirates. Related: Kris Bryant, Chicago's top prospect, had 3 K's in his debut April 17. Despite the struggles at the plate, Russell enjoyed the Cubs' comeback win: "It's awesome. It's a great thing to be part of."

Smith and Howard lead Rockets to win

At the end of three, Houston's lead was just 1 point. But in the fourth, Josh Smith tallied 7 assists, including 5 lobs to Dwight Howard, and the Rockets cruised to a 111-99 victory. Box score


Royals come from behind to edge Twins

The Royals rallied in the eighth inning behind the big bat of Mike Moustakas, whose RBI single lifted K.C. past the Twins, 6-5, for an 11-3 start.


Reds win slugfest with Brewers

Cincinnati's Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each hit grand slams as the Reds went deep in 5 straight innings en route to a 16-10 win over the Brewers.



Rockets have TWELVE dunks in this game. TWELVE! No team has had more than 12 dunks in a playoff game since the Lakers in 2001. (14)

Santana, Murphy power Indians in Chicago

The White Sox scored first on Jose Abreu's solo shot in the first inning, but the Indians posted six consecutive runs en route to a 6-2 win.


Final: Padres 7, Rockies 6

The Padres' bats stayed hot against the Rockies, though they needed a four-run 8th-inning rally to push their win streak to four games and send the Rockies to a fifth straight loss. Wil Myers was 3-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBIs and a run. Box score


No joshing around from Josh Smith

Smith and Dwight Howard are running a big-man pick and roll, and it's working spectacularly. They've connected for a couple of massive Howard dunks, and Smith is getting to the rim when he wants. The Rockets are pulling away from the Mavs late. Follow live


Saad, Blackhawks tie Game 4

Marian Hossa dropped a pass to Brandon Saad, who found the back of the net to pull Chicago even with Nashville in the third. Less than 8 minutes remain with the score at 2-2. Follow live

Escobar's walk-off HR lifts Nats in 10

Yunel Escobar's third career walk-off home run wiped away Drew Storen's blown save and gave the Nationals a 2-1 victory to end the Cardinals' five-game win streak.


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Bizarro Dirk line: 8 points, 3-13 FG, 13 rebounds. Not sure that at 36, he can bang with the big boys and still have anything left in legs.

Tuley: Best NFL win total bets

With the 2015 NFL schedule now out, Dave Tuley gives advice on the season win totals for all 32 teams, including his best bets. Hint, he likes the Steelers. Not so much on the Eagles. Best bets (Insider)

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Yankees cruise past Tigers

Chris Young and Stephen Drew smashed homers in a three-run seventh, and Nathan Eovaldi quieted the Tigers bats through 7-plus innings of one-run ball to earn his first win as the Yanks took a 5-2 victory and evened the series.