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5hZach Lowe

Lowe: Why OKC-San Antonio III is no undercard

Even with record-setters at Golden State and royalty in Cleveland, Thunder-Spurs III is still main-event worthy (Game 1, Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET).

Thunder's dance party raves into the playoffs (1:40)
Scooby celebrates by jumping into the pool (0:16)
Manute Bol's 6-foot-11 son's between-the-legs dunk (0:23)
Premature celebration costs softball team title (0:33)
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1dScott Burnside

Never mind skill, Pens-Caps is about swagger

Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Washington was expected to be a showcase of skill, but instead each team came out swinging. Will that nasty edge carry over into the rest of the series?

Drouin goes backhand five-hole for Tampa Bay (0:32)
David Villa scores with a marvelous scissor-kick (0:18)
The 'Purple Shirt Man' gets testy with Dwyane Wade (0:38)
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2hMike Rodak

Bills pick Listenbee: I'm fastest player in NFL

Kolby Listenbee, a wide receiver and a four-time All-American in track at TCU who was drafted in the sixth round by the Bills, believes he's the fastest player in the NFL.

Myles Jack on Jaguars: 'They got somebody who's real hungry' (1:41)
McShay: Cardale Jones an all-time QB project for Bills (0:34)
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NFL draft: A day with Laquon Treadwell

Laquon Treadwell takes ESPN behind the scenes to one of the biggest nights of his young life, the 2016 NFL draft. The former Ole Miss wide receiver was picked by the Minnesota Vikings with the 23rd overall pick, and has officially begun his NFL career.

Drogba strikes with brilliant free-kick (0:20)
Warren G the latest to fall victim to 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' (0:46)
Moritz Boehringer highlights (1:12)
Mike Epps is falling for the Pacers (0:33)
Black cat roams the ice pregame (0:13)
2hBen Goessling

German-engineered: Vikings pick European WR

German Mortiz Boehringer was first exposed to football via YouTube clips of Adrian Peterson. Now the first NFL draft pick who never played in North America will be Peterson's teammate.

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A-Rod gifts HR bat to young fan at Fenway

Alex Rodriguez gave his bat to a young Red Sox fan, reportedly at Fenway Park to honor his late father, after hitting a home run in Friday's game between the historic rivals.

Portland crowd erupts when Jordan air balls free throw (0:37)


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

It's an advantage that usually gets very little play, but you can't deny the home crowd's impact; especially in a series between familiar foes. Support from the home crowd is definitely one of the factors in San Antonio finishing the regular season 40-1 at home.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Toronto Maple Leafs win the NHL Draft Lottery and shot to draft American Auston Matthews No. 1 overall. Speeds up the rebuilding process dramatically in Toronto. Now have a shot at landing the much needed franchise center.


Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings' only game film of German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer, at this point, is from the clips they found on YouTube. Said general manager Rick Spielman: "He runs and he catches. Then he runs all around the other guys on German YouTube." After Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the draft is "about making dreams come true," Spielman told him, "Mike, you sound like a Disney advertisement."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig, who is just 7-for-51 (.137) over his last 14 games, was not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday against the Padres. Enrique Hernandez was in right field for the first time this season. "I texted (Puig) last night and just said I thought he needed a day just to clear his mind," manager Dave Roberts said.

Thunder dance party raves into playoffs

Before Game 1 vs. the Spurs, take a peek at some of OKC's best pregame dance routines.


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans coach Mike Mularkey called DeMarco Murray shortly after the team drafter Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry in the second round. Coach told the veteran, "You're still going to be the guy who carries the load for us." There won't be drop off when you come out.

Catcher fooled by pitch, batter not

Twins catcher John Ryan Murphy appeared to be expecting a different pitch from starter Tyler Duffy. Justin Upton wasn't fooled at all, though.


Fully-clothed Browns draftee hops in pool

Scooby Wright III had an appropriate response after learning he was one of the draft's final picks.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Running back Marshawn Lynch has still not filed his retirement papers, Seahawks GM John Schneider said. But Pete Carroll said Lynch is committed to being retired and it's a non-issue for the organization right now.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Former Duke WR Max McCaffrey - son of former Broncos WR Ed and brother of Stanford RB Christian - is signing with the Raiders, per source.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Hoyer agrees to a one-year deal with Chicago Bears. GM Ryan Pace says Hoyer's experience and connection to OC Dowell Loggains played a huge role in team wanting the veteran QB.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Bill Belichick is asked about Tom Brady's four-game suspension and says, "I'll talk about the draft. You good on that?" Then smiles.

Expert predictions: Spurs-Thunder

They all agree: The series will take a while to finish. Picks

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Draft: Thumbs up, thumbs down for all 32

NFL Nation reporters hand out a thumbs up or a thumbs down on each team’s 2016 NFL draft class. Lots of ups

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Undrafted free agent fullback Glenn Gronkowski just tweeted that he is signing with the Bills. He's a Buffalo native and the youngest of the Gronkowski brothers.

Bol Bol dunks between the legs with ease

Manute Bol's son Bol Bol nabs a steal on defense then takes it all the way by himself for a between-the-legs dunk. Reminder: He's 6-foot-11.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich just said there won't be "any magic tricks" in this series considering all the familiarity between San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Pop said neither team "is trying to re-invent the wheel" and that this game will come down to all the basketball things that secure wins: execution, not turning over the ball, etc.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

No time to find another apparently, but they held up a Broncos jersey for the Mr. Irrelevant pick. But the Broncos traded the 253rd pick to the Tennessee Titans earlier this afternoon.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins cap Saturday with a celebratory NFL draft cake.