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Biggest upcoming roster decision for all 32 NFL teams

Will Le'Veon Bell's knee injury affect his new contract with Pittsburgh? Will Washington lock up Kirk Cousins or wait it out? Field Yates sizes up the key looming decision for every team.

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All-Access: Cavs reassert their dominance in Game 5 (1:44)
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Yu's Year Of Magical Thinking

It's been 20 months since Yu Darvish's last major league start. With Tommy John surgery, personal scandal and a change in approach now in the rearview mirror, can he still be the King of K's?

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Silver: Reports show refs 90 percent correct

Adam Silver says the NBA wants to be as transparent as possible in determining whether refs are making the right key calls despite the fact they get them right a "vast majority of the time."

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Melrose: Sharks can be labeled as winners now (1:21)
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Stephen A.: 'Westbrook is putting the world on notice. Steph, who?' (2:01)
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Diaz: Mayweather vs. McGregor a 'publicity stunt'

In an interview Wednesday, Nate Diaz confirmed he is in negotiations to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 202 and called the proposed McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight "a publicity stunt."

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The many doppelgängers of Steven Adams (0:55)
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Making a case for Matz as baseball's best rookie (0:50)
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Miesha Tate's circuitous route to the UFC title

UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate sits down with Phil Murphy to share memories from early in her career, including the time she dated a male wrestler who defeated her in high school.

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How does SVP make a blowout game interesting? (2:32)
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35mBuster Olney

How the Red Sox are tearing it up offensively

Buster Olney lays out on-pace numbers for several of the Boston Red Sox position players to show how prolific the offense has been; plus today's links.

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22hCalvin Watkins

Rougned Odor fights back against his bad reputation

Some opponents think he's immature, disrespectful or worse. But Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, a young player with an old-school style, has his teammates in his corner.

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Meet the Trenton Thunder bat dog, Derby (0:39)
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Micah Phillips jumps for dad's fly ball out (0:20)
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17hMike Sando

2016 offseason grades for all 32 NFL teams

Which NFL teams actually made themselves better this offseason? Our crew of NFL Insiders dissects all the relevant draft picks and deals, grading each franchise's performance.

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

As Heat assistant Dave Fizdale and the Grizzlies move closer to formalizing a deal for him to become their next coach, it's the latest step in a long line of transactions between the teams. Memphis GM Chris Wallace once worked in Miami's front office, and the teams also partnered on two trades last season (Mario Chalmers, Chris Andersen) that ultimately allowed the Heat to avoid paying a luxury tax bill.

Matt Wilansky Tennis editor 

After a routine win Thursday, Rafael Nadal answered questions about players who have decided to defect from Rio: "So my feeling is everybody free to do what's better for everyone, but I know how tough was for me when I had to lose the 2012 Olympics in London. For sure, I cannot understand people who don't want to go to Olympics. No, is something that is not every year. Is an event that you can compete only once, twice, or three in your career maybe, if you are lucky. So you don't want to miss that."

Tennis 

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

During the 1986 Red Sox reunion at Fenway Park, the intrepid Jonny Miller of WBZ asked Roger Clemens if he ever thinks about making the Hall of Fame. "I'm so past that, Jonny," Clemens replied good-naturedly. "But thanks for asking."

Champions League highlights
Soccer 

With Saturday's final fast approaching, relive the best moments from the 2015/16 UCL season.

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Soccer 

Source: Peters withdraws from draft

Per Jeff Goodman, Valparaiso's Alec Peters has withdrawn from the NBA draft. Peters, who led the Crusaders in scoring and rebounding en route to 30 wins and the NIT final, will reveal his decision to the public on Thursday.

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Crunch time at the bee

It's the final day of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Because of some recent format changes, 35 spellers will need to be booted in today's morning rounds. Catch the action on ESPN2/WatchESPN. Watch live

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That's quite the RSVP
NFL 

A 6-year-old Vikings fan invited QB Teddy Bridgewater to his birthday party. The hip-hop video invite on YouTube got Bridgewater's attention, and look what happened. Happy birthday, Obadiah!

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NFL 

Trimble made Terps fans wait all night

Melo Trimble made a deadline decision late Wednesday night to withdraw from the NBA draft and return to Maryland for his junior year. He was expected to be a second-round pick.

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Amy Goldstein ESPN Editor 

Forty-five spellers are about to begin the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, including four who are just 10 years old. The finalists also include spellers from Ghana, Jamaica and South Korea. Watch live on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. ET as the field is whittled to about 12 spellers and ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

Baseball 'graver' savors morbid adventures
MLB 

Meet Stew Thornley, the man with the most macabre hobby in sports. His idea of a "treasure hunt" is to visit and document the gravesite of every deceased baseball Hall of Famer. That's ... interesting

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MLB 

Snapper goes long distance on trick shot
NCAAF 

Western Kentucky commit Jared Nash's snap from the top of the bleachers was on point.

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Alex Perry ESPN UK Editor 

Remember Y.E. Yang? (If you don't, ask Tiger Woods.) Not content with stunning the world at the 2009 PGA Championship, Asia's only male major champion is now making his mark on the European Tour's version. Co-leader at -7.

Golf 

Kerr insists Curry is not injured
NBA 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says that while Stephen Curry "may not be quite where he needs to be," the 3-point maestro is not hurt.

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NBA 

LeBron powers home a Lovely pass
NBA 

The combination of a Kevin Love outlet pass and a LeBron James dunk is a pleasant sight.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton flew to Washington, D.C., after Tuesday's practice for a shoot with Michelle Obama. The First Lady is going to appear in an episode of Newton's Nickelodeon show "All in With Cam Newton" that debuts on June 3. He also is working with her on a "Partnership for a Healthier America." It was just a quick trip. The league MVP was back in Charlotte for Wednesday's practice.

Visit the graves of baseball Hall of Famers
MLB 

Ever wondered what the grave site of Babe Ruth or Carl Hubbell might look like? Stew Thornley did the dirty work for you. Photos

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MLB 

Each NFL team has a roster decision to make
NFL 

Will Le'Veon Bell's knee injury affect his new contract with Pittsburgh? Will Washington lock up Kirk Cousins or wait it out? Decisions loom all around the NFL. Decisions (Insider)

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NFL 

A-Rod upstaged by minor league bat dogs
MLB 

Alex Rodriguez may have homered during his short stint this week with the Trenton Thunder, but the real stars were the Double-A team's bat dogs. Derby steals show

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MLB 

How C.M. Newton broke barriers
NCAAM 

You might never have known Newton was the head basketball coach at Alabama. Until he recruited a black ballplayer -- and a Klansman set a cross on fire in his front yard. Changing the face of the SEC

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NCAAM 

Golic calls Harvey 'selfish' for media snub
MLB 

Mike Golic is critical of Mets pitcher Matt Harvey for blowing off the media and having his teammates answer questions on his behalf.

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MLB 

Toddler just wants a snack, not a souvenir
MLB 

This young Rangers fan was clearly hungry.

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Alex Perry ESPN UK Editor 

Lovely reception for Matthew Southgate on the 1st tee at the BMW PGA Championship. The young Englishman was diagnosed with cancer last year and has battled back to earn his European Tour card thanks to an emotional 4th place finish at last week's Irish Open.

Golf 

Ibrahimovic: I have made my choice
Soccer 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic knows what his future holds -- but he's not saying if that includes joining Manchester United. Story

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Soccer 

Greeny: Curry's not injured, but he's hurt
NBA 

Mike Greenberg explains that Stephen Curry being "hurt" is a valid reason why he's not playing up to expectations: "Sometimes it's not an excuse, it's a reason."

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It was a good night for Cleveland. The Cavs crushed the Raptors, and the #UFC announced heavyweight champ and Cleveland native Stipe Miocic will defend his title Sept. 10 at the Q.