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Taylor: Rangers GM wins in trade for ace Hamels

Texas general manager Jon Daniels landed an important piece in his bid to build a dominant pitching staff, acquiring Cole Hamels without giving up the Rangers' top two slugging prospects.

Emotional Flores gets word about trade during game (0:54)
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NBA regular-season game in Africa? Stay tuned

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says "stay tuned" for a regular-season game in Africa as Chris Paul and others prepare to play the league's first exhibition on the continent.

Welcome to Toronto, Tulowitzki (0:15)
Surfer gets gobsmacked by gnarly wave (0:27)
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The NFL's top offenses: Why NE is still No. 1

Even with Tom Brady suspended for four games, Mike Sando remains high on the Patriots offense. But which other units fill out his top five? Here's a hint: A certain top-tier QB wasn't included.

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Tigers GM tells teams Price, others available

The Tigers have told teams they will consider trading all their potential free agents -- David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, Joakim Soria and others -- between now and Friday's deadline.

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Source: Pierre-Paul rehabbing away from Giants

Jason Pierre-Paul is getting his own medical care and rehab near his home in South Florida, a source told ESPN, and at this point has no timetable for returning to the Giants.

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'Miracle' goalie selling memorabilia for $5.7M

Jim Craig, the goaltender from the "Miracle on Ice" team, is hoping to sell nearly all his memorabilia from the 1980 Olympics in one 19-item lot for an asking price of $5.7 million.

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Dodgers' Kershaw scratched with hip soreness

The Los Angeles Dodgers have scratched Clayton Kershaw from Wednesday's start against the Oakland Athletics with soreness in his right hip. He will be replaced by Mike Bolsinger.

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Paul Pierce fails at throwing first pitch (0:24)
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Graziano: Giants' only option is patience

Physically, emotionally and mentally, Jason Pierre-Paul needs time before he can think about football or talk about money. The Giants have no choice but to give him that time. Frustration

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WSU's Mike Leach wants 64-team playoff
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The coach told ESPN's Heather Dinich: "It would be indisputable that it was settled on the field and somebody that wins playoff games accordingly deserves to be champion and there's no debate. It would be great fun to watch -- just like it is at all the other levels."

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Flores emotional in Mets loss

A visibly upset Wilmer Flores -- and fans -- reacted to reports that the shortstop had been traded to the Brewers. But the transaction never transpired, and Flores will remain in New York.


Sleeper Super Bowl teams

Who could come out of nowhere to win it all? Well, writes KC Joyner, if Odell Beckham can come anywhere close to stretching his second-half numbers over a full season, Eli Manning has the potential to be one of the best downfield QBs. Sleepers (Insider)

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The best wipeout ever?

Surfer Niccolo Porcella might disagree, but his fall on this wave in Tahiti is definitely one you can't miss. Thankfully, Porcella wasn't injured.


Golden Tate confident in Lions

Coming off a playoff berth last year, the WR has confidence in Detroit: "This is not a new beginning for us. We're going to continue where we left off and start building from there."

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Troy Tulowitzki had 3 RBI and 3 runs in his debut with the Blue Jays Jose Reyes never had a 3 RBI, 3-run game in 305 games with Blue Jays

Paul Pierce fails with first pitch

New Clipper Paul Pierce's pitch at the Dodgers game Tuesday came up well short of the target. But what do you expect? The Truth ends games. He doesn't start them.


All Access: Ronda Rousey

Go behind the scenes and find out how the UFC women's bantamweight champion eats, trains and prepares for UFC 190, when she will face Bethe Correia. And check out her cat clock!


Bryce Harper leads NL in home runs

The Nats star hit 2 HRs to overtake Giancarlo Stanton for the NL lead. It's the 8th career multi-HR game for Harper, tied for the 5th-most in MLB history by a player before his 23rd birthday. Harper turns 23 in October.

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Alex Carter's life-changing day in 2012

The Lions rookie had his life altered one February day in 2012. It was the day his sister died, as well as the day he met his future wife face-to-face for the first time. He reflects

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Tim Tebow apparently loves leg day

And his technique is odd. Or genius? You decide.


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Scene-setter: A Jets fan group is flying a plane over Patriots practice field that has a banner referring to Patriots as cheaters.

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Too bad trade for Gomez didn't happen. But what a scene for ages at Citi w @Mets fans giving Flores a standing O. Loved his emotion. #mets

Terry Collins: I didn't know about trade

Said the Mets manager: "Somebody came to me and said Wilmer's crying. I said, 'Why?' 'Well he got traded.' 'To who? For what?' ... There was nothing I knew about it."


The deal that was, then wasn't

Around 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Mets SS Wilmer Flores and RHP Zack Wheeler were reportedly on their way to Milwaukee in exchange for OF Carlos Gomez. But by 11 p.m. ET, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the trade "has not and will not transpire." Wait, what?


Olney: Mets didn't do anything wrong

Buster Olney likened the non-trade to the 2000 presidential election: "The Mets in theory, you can say, why not take him off the field -- if you did that in every game this time of year, you'd be pulling 4 or 5 players off the field for every game for every team." (via Mike & Mike)


How Mets-Brewers deal became a mess

ESPN's Jim Bowden explains why the failed Mets-Brewers trade blew up so spectacularly: "Because it got public."


Jim Irsay: Suspension to contention

In the span of a year, the Colts owner went from serving a suspension to seeing his team become a Super Bowl contender. How does he handle the turnaround? "The perspective for me has been staying in the moment." A special season

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