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Oreovicz: Rating the Indianapolis 500 starting grid

From the favorites to the field fillers, John Oreovicz sorts out the Indianapolis 500 starting grid by the drivers' chances of winning.

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Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton

Draft fits for Knicks, Lakers, Sixers, Wolves

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Smart move for Michael Sam to sign with CFL? (1:34)

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Is this the start of the post-Brady era? (7:00)

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Ford/Pelton: Best fits for top four picks

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Kupchak says next season will be Kobe's last (2:41)

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The Howard Harden Disconnect (1:03)
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ESPN Sport Science: Bumgarner's big day (1:11)
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OTL: Kurt Busch's ex used charity as bank

Documents show that Patricia Driscoll, in effect, used the Armed Forces Foundation as a bank to lend money for or pay various personal expenses, including bills for a private company she owns.

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Looking ahead: Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats are losing four starters, but a solid recruiting class and plenty of depth should keep them at the top of the Pac-12.

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Girls tackle football fills up fast

Averages 13 yards a carry. Breaks tackles and ankles. Takes big hits. Of course we're talking about 12-year-old Sam Gordon, who is now a founding member of the Utah Girls Tackle Football league. Yes, tackle football

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Lakers cap situation is wide open

The Lakers have a projected $23M in cap space this summer. If it is indeed Kobe Bryant's last season and with the salary cap projected to spike to $89M in the summer of 2016, the Lakers have just one player on a guaranteed contract for the '16-17 season (Nick Young at $5.4M).

Lakers ready to 'turn the page'
NBA 

Los Angeles might be ready to move on, but would Kobe Bryant consider playing elsewhere? Baxter Holmes can't imagine it: "He can't envision playing with any other team, wearing any other jersey than the purple and gold."

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Texans are 'Hard Knocks' favorites
NFL 

Houston is a finalist to be on the HBO show, according to ESPN sources and reports. The Bills, who could opt out due to having a new coach, are not interested in appearing on the show, nor are the Redskins (via ESPN's Mike Rodak and John Keim).

NFL 

SEC doesn't want to cede recruiting edge
College Football 

Coaches have grumbled about outside coaches like Penn State's James Franklin and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh holding football camps as guest coaches in the SEC's recruiting territory. Topics at SEC meetings

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College Football 

Goodell to NFLPA: Request denied
NFL 

The NFL has turned down the NFLPA's request for commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal, a source tells Adam Schefter. The NFLPA is declining comment at the time.

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NFL 

SportsCenter Not Top 10
Tennis 

Happy birthday, Novak Djokovic. Your gift? An appearance on this week's worst plays.

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Na takes lead at Colonial
Golf 

Kevin Na birdied three of the first five holes on the back nine at Colonial to take a two-stroke lead over Ian Poulter. Na has yet to finish in the top 5 of any event in 2015. Leaderboard

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Golf 

Update: "A-Rod Juice Box Night!"
MLB 

Port Charlotte, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate, had intended to give the first 500 fans a free juice box for tonight's game. After the Yankees complained about the promotion, saying they found it "in poor taste," according to the Tampa Bay Times, the team cancelled the promotion. Said the Stone Crabs GM: "We in no way meant any ill intent."

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MLB 

Kobe's final season with Lakers?

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak says he hasn't had discussions with Kobe Bryant about playing with L.A. beyond this season, which is the last on his contract. Bryant will be 37 when the season begins and played just 35 games last season. Kobe's uncertain future

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Notice of allegations is tip of iceberg
Men's College Basketball 

Dana O'Neil writes that if Roy Williams thinks the upcoming season will be an escape from the NCAA cloud hanging over the North Carolina program, he's likely mistaken. This is only the beginning

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Men's College Basketball 

Richards returns to Fenway
MLB 

Garrett Richards tore a tendon in his left knee last August in Boston. As the RHP returns to Boston tonight, he still remembers the sound: "It sounded like a Pillsbury biscuits tube, you know, when you open it and it explodes? ... It was the sound of my knee unraveling. It was gross."

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MLB 

'Hey Messi, can you take our picture?'
Soccer 

Barcelona was training for its final La Liga match today and a fan wanted a picture with his favorite player... so he had Lionel Messi hold the camera while he was joined by Javier Mascherano.

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Soccer 

Warriors, Rockets planes grounded
NBA 

A computer glitch grounded both team planes this morning and it's unclear how long the delay will last. The teams were scheduled to fly out of Oakland today, in advance of Game 3 in Houston on Saturday.

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NBA 

Goodell decision 'Business as usual'
NFL 

Said ESPN Insider Bill Polian on the commissioner denying the NFLPA's request that he recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal: "It was only a longshot that he would recuse himself. ... I didn't expect that he would recuse himself. I expect this will just go forward as planned."

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NFL 

Update: Red Sox call up Rusney Castillo
MLB 

The Cuban-born OF will start in right tonight. He signed a 7-year, $72M deal in August and was sent to the minors after a spring training injury. Castillo's been hitting .327 in his last 12 games in Triple-A after an outfield crash landed him on the minor league DL.

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MLB 

Kerr, Blatt on rare collision course
NBA 

Golden State's Steve Kerr and Cleveland's David Blatt could become the 1st rookie head coaches to meet in the NBA Finals since Eddie Gottlieb (Philadelphia Warriors) and Harold Olsen (Chicago Stags) in 1946-47 (via Elias).

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NBA 

Little Cavs fan big on introductions
NBA 

It started with a viewing of a phone video. OK, a lot of viewings. Then 4-year-old Anthony Kocmit did his own rendition of the Cavaliers pregame show and it reached Facebook, Browns CB Joe Haden and, eventually, LeBron James.

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Pete Carroll is like... Willy Wonka?
NFL 

DE Michael Bennett sees the parallel. When asked by 710 ESPN Radio what playing for Carroll is like, he said: "It's like playing for Willy Wonka ... He wants to be young ... He just is one of those guys who's always upbeat, wants to have a good time, and lets you be yourself."

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NFL 

Harden a good-luck charm?

Excluding Houston this year, 66 teams have fallen behind 2-0 in the conference (or division) finals and only 4 have come from behind to win the series. The last to do so was Oklahoma City in 2011-12 -- a team where James Harden was a key member.