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Haberstroh: The NBA's 35-year war over the 3

The NBA's 35-year war against the 3-pointer is ending. Tom Haberstroh traces the long ball's rise from its debut until now, when it's taking over the NBA Finals.

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5hEric Karabell

Gallo's magical debut changes nothing

Eric Karabell examines the debut of Joey Gallo, and writes why fantasy owners should temper long-term expectations. He compares Gallo to Kris Bryant.

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8mMatt Marrone

MLB's all-time best debuts

For some, it's a sign of greatness to come; for others, it remains their finest moment in the sun. Here are a few of the most remarkable debuts in MLB history.

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College football jersey numbers mark time (2:03)
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29mRyan McGee

McGee: Family fuels Pocono's turnaround

Pocono Raceway was written off as a throwback -- a quirky family-owned track whose time had passed. But those same qualities made it stand out among the sport's cookie-cutters, Ryan McGee writes.

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Smith: 'We have the best player'
NBA 

J.R. Smith, who joined Cleveland in January, respects the Warriors: "They've had a great year all year long, they have the MVP, but we've got something special here too. We have the best player in the world."

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NBA 

Tiger: I just want to be in contention
Golf 

How is Woods' game going into the Memorial this week? "I feel very good about the changes we've made. We've just implemented a couple of new things. It's still evolving, but it's getting better. It's nice to see."

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Golf 

LeBron James changed the Cavs

Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson on how LeBron changed the team's culture: "Labor Day, he was the first one in the gym, working out. He had a full sweat and we were just walking in. ... That's when we knew it was serious."

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Final: Red Sox 6, Twins 3
MLB 

In just his second career MLB start, Boston rookie Eduardo Rodriguez went 7 innings with 7 K's to get his second win. Dustin Pedroia went 4-for-5 with 2 R, 1 RBI to lead Boston's 13-hit effort. Box score

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MLB 

LeBron's potentially dubious Finals mark
NBA 

Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird each had winning NBA Finals records. If the Cavs lose these Finals, LeBron James would have as many Finals losses as Jordan, Kobe and Bird combined in 12 fewer appearances.

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NBA 

Curry's NBA Finals shoes
NBA 

Steph Curry gave everyone a look Wednesday at the shoes he'll wear during the NBA Finals.

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NBA 

On this date in 1992 ...

"Here's Jordan, for 3 ... Yes! Did you see that look? Michael indicating he can't believe it!"

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Experts' picks: NBA Finals

Only five of our experts picked Cleveland to win it all, but take heart, Cavs' fans: At least none of them think Golden State will pull off the sweep. See predictions

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Djokovic finally ousts Nadal in Paris
Tennis 

With today's win, Novak Djokovic is that much closer to his first-ever French Open title -- which would cap a Career Slam -- and 9-time champ Rafael Nadal is out of the way.

Tennis 

Barbosa: Jump shooting got us here

Warriors' Leandro Barbosa to ESPN's J.A. Adande on the criticism of Golden State's style: "That style that we did the whole season brought us to this situation at the moment. So we're just going to try and do our best and win the championship."

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Gomez takes nasty tumble into stands

Brewers 3B Hector Gomez left the game after diving into the seats while chasing a foul pop in the sixth inning against the Cardinals. He was examined by team doctors and walked off under his own power. The team hasn't released any word on any possible injuries.

Tanaka returns as Yankees eye sweep

Masahiro Tanaka makes his first start since going on the DL April 29 with a strained forearm and tendinitis in his right wrist. Follow live

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Green named 105-year-old fan's favorite
NBA 

Warriors' Draymond Green was recently named the "favorite player" of a 105-year-old Warriors fan. "That's pretty dope," Green said. "I've only been here three years and she's 105. I hope I live that long."

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NBA 

St. Louis Cardinals @Cardinals

Hector Gomez just went into the 3rd base stands at full speed chasing down a foul fly. Brewers trainer and med staff checking on him.

As a team, Warriors will guard LeBron

Andrew Bogut on slowing down LeBron James: "Our coaches do a great job scouting him. It's going to be a team effort. It's not just going to be one guy guarding him."

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Murray: For Rafa, results disappointing
Tennis 

Said Andy Murray of the King of Clay's loss to Novak Djokovic today: "It's a pretty good season. He's still playing well, not just as well as before. He's coming back from a rough six-month period. It takes time."

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Tennis 

No DeSean Jackson at OTAs? No biggie

The Redskins WR received an excused absence from the first week of OTAs, saying he was "obligated to do things" in California. "As far as critics," Jackson said, "I don't play for them and I don't worry about them." Coach Jay Gruden expressed little worries about his star WR: "He'll be in great shape."