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Hamilton confident he can regain All-Star form

Josh Hamilton spent the morning playing with his four daughters, and then he drove to Globe Life Park where he'll play his first home game as a member of the Rangers since 2012.

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7hJeff Goodman

Goodman: My Top 25 men's hoops ballot

Jeff Goodman offers a look at what his Top 25 ballot would like if he was submitting it right now, and ID's 25 more top teams to be considered.

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15mEric Sorenson

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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SportsNation: Jordan is the greatest
NBA 

Trail Blazers wing Wes Matthews joined SportsNation to shut down Bill Laimbeer taking LeBron over Michael Jordan: "There's absolutely no questioning the greatness of LeBron ...[But Jordan] was doing it all."

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Eagles QBs loving OTAs so far
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  • Sam Bradford: "I think [the offense] fits my style of game, making quick decisions."
  • Tim Tebow: "Being able to go against the defense, run around and throw, it's just so much fun."

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Spelling Bee finals on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET
Spelling Bee 

Dev Jaiswal leads 10 spellers into the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals. Jaiswal, who spelled bouclé and naranjilla this morning, also earned a perfect score on the preliminaries test. Watch live

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Meet the Spelling Bee finalists
Spelling Bee 

Here are the 10 spellers who reached the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee:

  • Sneeha Ganesh Kumar, 12, Folsom, Calif.
  • Sylvie Lamontagne, 12, Lakewood, Colo.
  • Siyona Mishra, 11, Orlando, Fla.
  • Vanya Shivashankar, 13, Olathe, Kan.
  • Paul Keaton, 14, Pikeville, Ky.
  • Dev Jaiswal, 13, Louisville, Miss.
  • Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, Chesterfield, Mo.
  • Cole Shafer-Ray, 14, Norman, Okla.
  • Siddharth Krishnakumar, 13, Pearland, Tex.
  • Tejas Muthusamy, 12, Glen Allen, Va.
Spelling Bee 

Man catches big fish -- a really big fish

Jon Black, from Cape Coral, was able to reel in a goliath grouper from his kayak. Estimated size of the fish? 552 pounds or about the combined weight of J.J Watt (289 lbs) and Bartolo Colon (283 lbs).

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Orioles, White Sox split doubleheader

After getting shut down by Chris Sale in Game 1, Baltimore bats came alive in Game 2, as every member of the lineup had at least one hit to rally for a 6-3 win over Chicago. The doubleheader made up for two games postponed last month because of the riots in Baltimore. Box score

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Orioles & White Sox split doubleheader of games postponed due to April riots in Baltimore. Chicago wins Game 1, 3-2. O's take Game 2, 6-3.

From 'cooking' to cursed
NBA 

The rapper called LeBron James “arrogant” and warned that James will be the latest victim of The Based God’s Curse if he fails to acknowledge that Lil B created the “cooking” dance celebration he was doing with his teammates after the Cavs clinched the East title. Shump tries to quash beef

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The LeBron James Grandmothers Fan Club
NBA 

None of the women in the club are related to the Cavs star, but they’re all dedicated to supporting their favorite son of Akron. "We love him," says club president Alder Chapman, who has 6 grandchildren of her own. 'Feels like one of ours'

Alder Chapman
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Scottie Pippen @ScottiePippen

Thibs had the Bulls moving in the right direction initially but things changed. A different leader on the sidelines became necessary.

Thibodeau thanks fans, players

"I want to thank, and will deeply miss, our incredible fans and the entire city of Chicago. I also want to thank my staff and all of the talented players and their wonderful families who have honored me and the Bulls by their effort, love, dedication and professionalism."

Wade to test free agency again?

Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat are at an impasse, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Wade's agent tells ESPN's James Walker that it's early in negotiations. While Wade has often indicated he prefers to stay in Miami, he is considering all options, including leaving the team that drafted him 12 years ago.

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Doug McIntyre @DougMacESPN

Gulati optimistic that Sepp Blatter will be unseated as FIFA prez in tomorrow’s election. Believes vote will be closer than most expect.

Sunil Gulati @sunilgulati

U.S. Soccer will vote for Prince Ali bin Al Hussein for next president of FIFA. This is a vote for good governance & promise for our game.

Jeff Carlisle @JeffreyCarlisle

Gulati, when interviewing candidates for FIFA prez, said he didn't care about WC slots or financial assistance, only good governance.

U.S. and Canada FIFA vote for Prince Ali
Soccer 

Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation and a member of FIFA's executive committee, said Thursday he will cast the U.S. vote for FIFA president for Prince Ali of Jordan. Gulati said Canada will also vote for Ali. Ali is the challenger to incumbent president Sepp Blatter. The vote for president is scheduled for Friday morning.

Soccer 

Dante Fowler has left knee surgery

The Jaguars' No. 3 overall pick had surgery today to repair a torn ACL suffered on the 1st day of rookie minicamp. He's expected to begin rehab next week in Jacksonville but will miss the entire 2015 season.

A look inside the NFLPA Rookie Premiere
NFL 

Rookies learn NFL realities in simulated sessions, including opening a suspension letter for a positive drug test. "When you get that letter ... it strikes a nerve," NFLPA senior manager George Hegamin told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

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Tom Thibodeau on Bulls firing

"I appreciate the opportunity that Jerry Reinsdorf gave me. We are proud of our accomplishments, fought through adversity, tried to give our fans the full commitment to excellence they deserve. I love this game and am excited about what's ahead for me with USA Basketball and the next coaching opportunity in the NBA."

How the Warriors enter the Finals
NBA 

The Golden State Warriors are in the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years. Here's a look back on Game 5 of the Western Conference finals and what the close-out scenario took to get there.

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