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Hamilton hits double in return to Arlington

In his first home game since rejoining the Rangers, Josh Hamilton doubled in the second inning. But it has been all Red Sox since.

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Peterson sounds off on Vikes' contract stance

In a string of tweets on Thursday afternoon, running back Adrian Peterson said NFL players should have the same kind of fully guaranteed contracts that players in other sports receive.

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Grandmothers power LeBron James fan club

The LeBron James Grandmothers' Fan Club is just what the name implies. None of the women is related to James, but they are all grandmothers who feel a special bond with the Cavs' forward.

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Keep your eyes on these regionals

The NCAA baseball tournament begins this weekend with the regional round. As always things won't go as planned for all of the favorites. Check out which roads will be the toughest to navigate.

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Taylor made: Kanaan gets pop star paint job

Add former Indianapolis 500 champ Tony Kanaan to the list of fans who just can't shake off Taylor Swift as his car at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will feature a Swift-themed paint scheme.


Jane Lee @JaneMLB

A's were 0-for-25 with runners in scoring position before that Burns hit. It didn't score a run, but... baby steps.

World Peace tossed from final Italy game

Metta World Peace, a.k.a. The Panda's Friend, did not have the most ceremonious exit as his team was eliminated from the Serie A playoffs. Metta being Metta

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Joe Flacco one of the NFL's best?

Ravens coach John Harbaugh certainly thinks so, saying today: "This guy is a superstar in the National Football League. I'm thrilled to have him and I can't wait to see what he does this year with all of that young talent around him."

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Greg Hardy's suspension appeal ends

The Cowboys DE's appeal of his 10-game ban ended earlier today after about 7 hours. Arbitrator Harold Henderson gave no indication of when he will deliver a decision, sources told ESPN's Andrew Brandt. Latest on Hardy

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'Crazy how one side has so much power'

Adrian Peterson unleashed several tweets Thursday venting about the leverage the Vikings have and argued he should get some protection against the possibility the team eventually will release him with money remaining on his deal. All about the money

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Delightful debut for Eduardo Rodriguez

The 22-year-old Red Sox pitcher went 7.2 innings and gave up only three hits and two walks in his first big league start. Rodriguez leaves two Rangers on base but could get the win. The Red Sox lead 5-0. Follow live


Thibodeau long on wins, short on titles

Tom Thibodeau departs Chicago with the 6th-highest win percentage in NBA history, but he also leaves having never coached the Bulls past the Conference Finals, having won only 4 playoff series in 5 years.


DeMaurice Smith talks state of NFL

"I think that the last few years certainly haven't enhanced [Roger Goodell's] credibility. ... We need to have a level of respect and credibility in the National Football League, whether it's the commissioner, the teams, the head of the NFLPA, the union, the owners and the fans."


Halftime: Santos 3, Querétaro 0

A first-half hat trick from Javier Orozco has Santos in control in the first leg of the Liga MX final 3-0 over Querétaro. Eighth-seeded Santos is seeking its fifth league title. Follow live


Meet the champs: Vanya Shivashankar

One of this year's Spelling Bee co-champs, she is a five-time competitor and two-time finalist, placing fifth in 2013. The eighth-grader from Olathe, Kansas, also won the “Child Genius” show on Lifetime this year. Her sister, Kavya, is the 2009 spelling bee winner.

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Meet the champs: Gokul Venkatachalam

One of this year's Spelling Bee co-champs, he finished third in last year’s bee and is a four-time participant. The eighth-grader from St. Louis is a huge fan of LeBron James.

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A chance Prince Ali beats Sepp Blatter?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop: "The support was unwavering for Sepp Blatter because you could do wrong and he’d protect you. Now, it’s evident that that’s not the case."


Vanya, Gokul share Spelling Bee crown
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For the first time in history, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ends with co-champions two years in a row. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar correctly spelled nunatak and scherenschnitte to win the title. Vanya and her sister, Kavya, are the first two sibling champions.

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Bee tryin' to drain Dev of his energy
Spelling Bee 

The entertainer Drake's reach has no limit. A Drake mixtape rumor was used in the late rounds of the Scripps Spelling Bee and the contestant needed a buzzer-beating spell.

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Kanaan gets car Swift, as in Taylor

Former Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan will feature the pop superstar on this sick car for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Kanaan said: "I'm hoping that some of Taylor's luck we saw last weekend at the Billboard Music Awards will carry over with me into our doubleheader in Detroit."


Examining the Dwyane Wade situation

ESPN's Michael Wallace writes: "Just the mere discussion of the possibility Wade would walk away from the Heat just a year after LeBron [James] fled Miami is enough to sink South Beach." Wade, Pat Riley at crossroads

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