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Captains will be in Stanley Cup spotlight

With the Stanley Cup on the line, the finals are shaping up to be a clash of the superstar captains, Pierre LeBrun writes.

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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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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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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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Marlins tag Lester for 4 in 2nd inning

J.T. Realmuto's RBI double kicked off a 4-run inning in Miami to give Marlins starter Dan Haren some room to work. Jon Lester is up to 41 pitches after the 2nd inning. Follow live

Fourth time's the charm?

American Pharoah is a 3-5 morning line favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become the 12th Triple Crown winner. Trainer Bob Baffert has been so close three previous times.

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Why John Buccigross is picking Tampa Bay
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At 6-foot-7 big Ben Bishop covers up more net than most goalies, making it smaller for shooters. It's that math that has the SportsCenter anchor picking the Lightning in 7. Nine finals thoughts

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#VoteDbacks @Dbacks

#Dbacks acquire C Wellington Castillo, RHP Dominic Leone, INF Jack Reinheimer & OF Gabby Guerrero from Mariners for Mark Trumbo & Vidal Nuño

Kyrie Irving: I'll will myself to play

The pain in the Cavs PG's left knee (tendinitis) won't keep him from playing in the Finals: "It's an adjustment, but it's what it is at this point," Irving said at Finals media day. "But I'm just going to go out there and will myself to play."

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Trumbo traded to Mariners
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Diamondbacks right fielder Mark Trumbo was traded to the Mariners. Trumbo is batting .259 with 9 homers in 46 games this season.

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Smith: 'We have the best player'
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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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Liriano shuts down Giants

Francisco Liriano tossed 7 innings of 1-run ball, Jung Ho Kang hit a 2-run double, and the Pirates completed the sweep of the Giants for their 11th win in 13 games.

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Steven Stamkos' 1.22 goals per game against Chicago is best by any player vs CHI in expansion era (since 1967-68) with at least 5 games.

Diamondbacks rally to edge Braves
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Arizona spotted Atlanta 6 runs, but David Peralta (2-5, 2 RBIs, R) and the D-backs stormed back with 4 runs off of the Braves' bullpen to win 9-8 and take 2 of 3 in the series. Box score

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Tanaka shines in return, Yankees win

On the mound for the first time since heading to the DL on April 29, Masahiro Tanaka struck out 9 and allowed just 3 hits over 7 innings to guide New York to a 3-1 win over the Mariners and a series sweep. Box score

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AL Aces in action today
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Sonny Gray, Chris Sale and Corey Kluber are all scheduled to start. Among American League pitchers who have logged at least 200 innings over the last three seasons, Gray and Sale rank second and third in ERA. Gray's 1.82 ERA this season ranks second behind Dallas Keuchel's 1.76.

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Penguins owners exploring sale options

Penguins owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux are exploring selling some or all of their NHL franchise, sources confirmed to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. Owners would like to maintain involvement

Puig to start rehab assignment Thursday

OF Yasiel Puig could return next week after rehabbing with Rancho Cucamonga, said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Puig hasn't played with Los Angeles since April 24 because of a hamstring injury.

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How to bet the 2015 NBA Finals
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These Finals pit this season's No. 1 team against the top player on the planet, and Erin Rynning expects the team to claim the title: "The Warriors' ball movement will wear down Cleveland defensively, and their nearly 40 percent 3-point shooting will play a deciding factor in the end." Betting guide (Insider)

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

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Strasburg throws for 1st time on DL

Stephen Strasburg, who left his start Friday with neck stiffness after 16 pitches, emerged from the session without discomfort, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Strasburg didn't last more than 5 innings in any of his last 5 starts.

D'Antoni interviews for Nuggets job

Former coach Mike D'Antoni formally interviewed for the Nuggets job Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reports. The job is currently held by interim coach Melvin Hunt, whose chances of keeping the job full-time have improved in recent weeks, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.