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Warriors' ascent to top of West is complete

In the stacked Western Conference, Golden State is the only one still standing. The Warriors bounced the Rockets to advance to their first NBA Finals since 1975.

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DE McDonald arrested twice in under 72 hours

Police in California arrested former Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald at 5:35 p.m. local time Wednesday for violating a restraining order, the Santa Clara Police Department said.

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Outsiders: Why Maclin won't save Chiefs

Football Outsiders identifies the top remaining needs for Kansas City, Denver, Oakland and San Diego, including the Chiefs' lack of a vertical passing game.

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6hDavid Schoenfield

Wednesday's power rankings

Bryce Harper hit his 18th home run of the season as the Nationals continue to win.

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21hAdam Rittenberg

SEC West hasn't lost its luster or bluster

Those within the West say it's only getting tougher despite not putting a team in the title game last season for the first time since the 2008 campaign

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19hJayson Stark

Stark: First-quarter award winners

Now that all 30 teams have finally played 40 games, it's time to look back at the first quarter of a fun season and hand out a little imaginary hardware.

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Cavs owner: Blatt was never in jeopardy
NBA 

Dan Gilbert said firing coach David Blatt was never an option, even when Cleveland was mired in a 2-10 skid: "This was a guy with a long-term record of success. You have to at least give a season, maybe more than just one. I think it would have destabilized the entire franchise and it would have been bad [if I fired him]." (via Northwest Ohio Media Group)

NBA 

Putin: U.S. meddling in FIFA affairs
Soccer 

Said Russian president Vladimir Putin of the ongoing corruption investigation: "I have no doubt that it is an obvious attempt to prevent Mr. Blatter from being re-elected to the post of FIFA president. It is also a grave violation of the principles for the functioning of international organizations."

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Soccer 

Serena continues quest for 20th major
Tennis 

Serena Williams cruised into the 2nd round, and the world No. 1 may not have too much trouble in her match today on the French clay. Williams meets qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam, who has won just two WTA tour-level matches this entire year. Watch live

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Tennis 

Blatter chairs emergency meeting
Soccer 

Sepp Blatter has stayed out of public view since Swiss officials raided FIFA headquarters Wednesday, canceling 3 scheduled appearances, but led a meeting of FIFA leaders today. "There was a meeting today with the president with the representatives from the confederations to discuss the current situation," FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said in a statement.

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Soccer 

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Two Top 10 seeds rally for 3-set wins: No. 4 Kvitova d Soler-Espinosa 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2 No. 10 Petkovic d Dominguez Lino 4-6 6-4 6-4 #RG15

Who is Julia Goerges?
Tennis 

Goerges beat fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki to reach the third round of the French Open.

  1. 3rd time in past 5 years making 3rd round
  2. Reached the mixed finals last year
  3. Highest ranking No. 18, now No. 72

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Tennis 

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A reminder, the last time Schiavone and Kuznetsova played a third set at a Major, it ended at 16-14 (2011 Australian Open) #RG15

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Already a marathon, the two former champs will battle on as Schiavone wins the second set 7-5 to for a third against Kuznetsova. #RG15

9-time French Open champion on ESPN2

Rafael Nadal has still dropped only one match at Roland Garros and has lost just once in 13 meetings to his next opponent, Nicolas Almagro. Will Nadal make it 13-1 against his countryman? Watch live

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Jim Caple @jimcaple

After rough first round at French Open, U.S. women get off to good start Thursday when Irina Falconi comes back to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

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While former champs Schiavone and Kuznetsova battle, Falconi has take a break lead in final set against Karatantcheva. #RG15

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Women's seeds in trouble early Thursday in Paris: No. 4 Kvitova, No. 5 Wozniacki and No. 10 Petkovic all drop the first set. #RG15

Day 5 at Roland Garros on ESPN2

Petra Kvitova needed 3 sets in her 1st-round match, after which she said, "I lost in the third round here last year, I would ... be very happy if I can reach the third round and be in the second week for this year." Silvia Soler Espinosa stands between the 4th-ranked player and that goal. Watch live

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Riley makes second podium appearance
NBA 

Stephen Curry brought his daughter Riley with him to the postgame media conference. Later, he told Sage Steele on SportsCenter that Riley was the star of the series and that it was only fitting she get another shot at the podium.

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Attorney: No McDonald restraining order
NFL 

The attorney for Ray McDonald, Steve Defilippis, told ESPN's Josina Anderson the former Bears DE was not served with a restraining order and said McDonald was told his fiancee would not be at the house: "He goes there to meet the investigator for a legitimate purpose and the police show up and arrest him." Story

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NFL 

McCaskey: Ray McDonald signing my call
NFL 

Bears chairman George McCaskey explains he was the one who signed off on bringing in McDonald. He trusts the safeguards Chicago has in place to handle players with questionable character will hold up in the future.

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Blackhawks, Ducks set for Game 7
NHL 

Barry Melrose breaks down Game 6 of the Western Conference finals and picks the Blackhawks to win Game 7 and advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

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NHL 

Anniversary of 50 Cent's awful pitch
MLB 

One year ago, 50 Cent threw out the first pitch at a Mets game. If you don't remember, it was just a bit outside.

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A-Rod now third on all-time RBI list
MLB 

Alex Rodriguez's three-run homer against the Royals gives him sole possession of third place on MLB's official all-time RBIs list with 1,995. He has passed Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

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