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2hBrando Simeo Starkey with reporting by Justin Tinsley

Floyd, Manny and the death of boxing

2hBrando Simeo Starkey with reporting by Justin Tinsley

Floyd, Manny and the death of boxing

Racial progress killed American boxing. Floyd, Manny and Al cash in on its (brief?) revival.

Caliendo: Kiper's kids combine (3:11)

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Man of Manny crafts (2:35)


NFL Draft

Trade scenarios for Titans to consider (4:08)

20mKeith Law

Top 25 players under 25

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper rank first and second, respectively, on Keith Law's list of the top 25 players in the majors under the age of 25.

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5hMatthew Coller

Coller: What's next for Johnny Hockey

Matthew Coller looks closer at why teams passed on Johnny Gaudreau in 2011, and what his long-term potential is with the Calgary Flames.

Have You Seen?

Gibson receives Parkinson's diagnosis (2:13)

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6hJeff Goodman

Best and worst college-to-NBA decisions

On the day the NBA's early entry list is released to the world, Jeff Goodman looks at the best and worst college-to-NBA decisions.

SportsCenter Clips

Surreal scene in Baltimore (2:24)

Is Jordan Spieth the new face of golf? (1:53)


McIlory has ringside seats for megafight

Says the golfer on the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout: "I always said if these two guys fought each other, I wouldn't miss the opportunity to go. Luckily we're somewhere close and hopefully I'm still part of this tournament at that time, but it just wasn't an opportunity that I was going to miss."

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Kurkjian breaks down O's options

Said Tim Kurkjian of the White Sox and O's playing in front of an empty stadium Wednesday: "This is gonna be bizarre."


Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

MLB is not commenting on how it will compensate the Orioles for lost revenue. Orioles will get 100% of Rays ticket $ in Tampa as home team

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Just one elite player in the Class of 2015 remains: Jaylen Brown. No one knows where the power wing will land. Michigan, UK, KU, Cal, UNC.

Stark's worst free-agent signings

Josh Hamilton's departure from the Angels shot him right to the top of Jayson Stark's "Worst Free-Agent Signings of All Time" list. And it was a pretty easy call, as L.A. basically ate $60M just to send him packing. Other infamous signings

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Orioles background: The Siena college men's basketball team played in front of no crowd for 9 games in 1988-89 season (measles quarantine)

Wednesday's empty stadium will be a first

The White Sox-Orioles game will be played at 2 p.m. with no fans in attendance. An MLB spokesman told ESPN's Outside the Lines the league is not aware of any other time a regular-season MLB game has taken place, on purpose, without spectators allowed.



Goal Dortmund! Aubameyang equalises! Neuer claims the ball never crossed the line, but it's 1-1!

8 seconds separate quickest knockouts

Two-thirds of Manny Pacquiao's career wins have come via KO, with his quickest being 1:04 into Round 1. Floyd Mayweather's wins end in KO 55% of the time, but his fastest is a bit slower, coming at 1:12 into Round 1.


Bogut anchors Warriors' stingy defense

For years, the Warriors were known solely for their offensive prowess, planning -- and ultimately failing -- to simply outscore opponents. This year is different, thanks to Andrew Bogut, the most important man for the Warriors in the 2015 playoffs. The difference-maker

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No. 7 recruit commits to Kansas

Cheick Diallo told ESPN's Paul Biancardi that he felt Kansas was the best place for him: "I can earn playing time right away. I played against Joel Embiid in high school and watched his development. I need to work on a lot of things and feel Coach Self can help my game."

Ray Lewis: Rioting is wrong

In a message posted on Facebook, the former Ravens star asked the citizens of Baltimore to refrain from violence: "No way this could happen in our city."


O's-ChiSox closed to public Wednesday

Wednesday's game in Baltimore will begin at 2:05 p.m. ET but will be played in front of an empty stadium. The weekend series with the Rays has been moved to Tropicana Field. Monday's and today's games are rescheduled for a double-header May 28 in Baltimore.

Pats' Danny Amendola OK with pay cut

The WR's base salary decreased from $4M to $1.25M: "I love playing for this team, for these coaches, for this organization. I have family out here. This is home to me. I love playing here. This is a great experience, and I'd like to prolong that for as long as I can. It's been fun."

Paul Carr @PCarrESPN

Barcelona has scored 6+ goals in 4 La Liga games this season. All other teams have scored 6+ in a combined 3 La Liga games.

Bernard Hopkins: Floyd has the pressure

"When you've [been unbeaten] for that long in your career fighting the best fighters in your division, you don't want to just give it away. Manny Pacquiao is going to have to take the fight, take everything that Mayweather throws at him."


Barcelona nets 6-0 win

After throttling Getafe today, Barcelona has outscored its opponents 12-0 in its 4-game win streak. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each scored 2 goals to keep Barca atop the La Liga standings.


Savage: MJD was a 'dynamo' for Jags

Said Phil Savage of Maurice Jones-Drew's time in Jacksonville: "He became a leader not only on the field but off the field in that community."


UPDATE: Watt's excuse letter worked!

J.J. Watt wrote a fan a "get out of work" letter so she could attend his charity softball game on Friday. Despite it being only her fourth day on the job, her boss agreed, penning his own reply to the Texans star. His response

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OTD: Muhammad Ali stripped of title

On April 28, 1967, Ali declared himself a conscientious objector when he refused induction into any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, citing his non-violent, Muslim faith as the reason. He was then stripped of his world heavyweight title.

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Todd Gurley: Tired of 'potential' talk

"When I'm fortunate enough to hear a team call my name and I finally get back onto the field in pads and it's time to go, man. ... I don't care what uniform I've got on this fall. I'm just ready to put one on again." Mag: Gurley not running away

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Olney: Safety of people No. 1 priority

In light of Wednesday's White Sox-Orioles game being closed to the public, Buster Olney said: "The fans. The people who work at the ballpark. The players, of both teams obviously. ... [MLB] feels like they can't assure the safety of those people."