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Pierce calls Nets soft; KG looks to Brooklyn
A frustrated Paul Pierce felt the Brooklyn Nets were "a soft team" on defense and in the paint during a 100-95 Game 2 loss at Toronto.

Marrero, oldest ex-MLB player, dies at 102
Family members say Conrado Marrero, the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, has died in Havana. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.

Woodley: Raiders 'definitely' a playoff team
LaMarr Woodley, one of several high-profile free agents signed by the Oakland Raiders this offseason, believes that his new team will ends its 11-year postseason drought.

Saunders: Coaching Wolves not in my plans
In an interview Wednesday morning with ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike," Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders downplayed the idea he might return to the Wolves' bench after this week's retirement of Rick Adelman.

Desperate Rockets say Game 2 a must win
The Rockets are three losses away from elimination, but that has done little to calm their sense of urgency against the Portland Trail Blazers.

FIFA lifts Barcelona summer transfer ban Video

NFL to release schedule Wednesday night
The NFL schedule is going to be officially announced and released at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Men linked by Tillman tragedy make contact
Two former Army Rangers who shared a tragic bond in their platoon mate Pat Tillman's death -- but from starkly different perspectives -- took initial steps toward reconciliation Tuesday, the 10th anniversary of Tillman's death in Afghanistan.

Pujols goes yard twice to join 500 HR club
Albert Pujols has hit the 500th home run of his career, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone.

Jackson: Knicks' coach search beyond Kerr
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that he will open up his coaching search beyond Steve Kerr but acknowledged that he and Kerr have a strong "philosophical connection."

Mara: Expanded NFL playoffs likely out for '14
While NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hasn't shut the door on the possibility of expanding the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams for the 2014 season, New York Giants president John Mara believes the league has all but tabled the idea.

49ers' Davis: 'We must win a Super Bowl'
While the San Francisco 49ers have endured a rocky offseason, star tight end Vernon Davis says the franchise needs to accomplish one goal for the upcoming campaign.

Ellsbury helps Yankees romp in Fenway return
Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and made a sliding catch in his return to Fenway Park, helping the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka beat the Boston Red Sox 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Bruins shut out Wings to take 1st series lead
Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout to give the Boston Bruins a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night for a 2-1 playoff series lead.

Pacers get on track, rip Hawks to tie series
Paul George scored 27 points and George Hill had all 15 of his points in the second half, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

Kentucky freshman Randle heading to NBA
Kentucky forward Julius Randle will leave after one season to enter the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections.

MLB suspends Gomez, Maldonado, others
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and catcher Martin Maldonado were suspended by Major League Baseball for their roles in Sunday's bench-clearing skirmish with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Spurs' Popovich named NBA coach of year
Gregg Popovich was named the NBA Coach of the Year after guiding the San Antonio Spurs to the league's best record this season.

United sack Moyes; Giggs in interim Video
Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday that David Moyes has been dismissed as manager.

Former Jaguars LB Allen had stroke in game
Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen suffered a stroke during the team's loss to the Buffalo Bills last December and is unable to play football again, according to a report by the The MMQB

Strong dose of reality: No 2014 title for Texas
New coach Charlie Strong isn't telling Texas fans what they want to hear. Instead, he's dishing up a heaping helping of realism for supporters as he heads into his first season as Longhorns coach.

Call waiting? Not in playoffs, Garnett says
Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey found the lack of calls his team received in the fourth quarter of its Game 1 playoff matchup "unusual," but Brooklyn Nets big man Kevin Garnett is willing to chalk that up to postseason basketball.

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ESPN to air first NFL playoff game in 2015
ESPN will televise a wild-card playoff game in January 2015, the first telecast of an NFL postseason game in the network's history.

Message heard: Bills settle texts suit for $3M
The Buffalo Bills will pay a heavy price -- potentially more than $3 million -- for sending too many text messages to fans.

Holmgren: I should have coached Browns
Mike Holmgren admitted in a recent interview that he should have coached the Cleveland Browns during his brief stint as the team's president.

UNC athlete literacy researcher to resign
The reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of athletes who were admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says she's resigning at the end of the semester.

Rockets' Howard: I have to demand the ball
After losing on his home court in Game 1, Dwight Howard has a thought as to how the Houston Rockets can turn the tables on LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers in their opening-round playoff series.

Raiders deal QB Pryor to Seahawks for pick
The Oakland Raiders have traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2014 seventh-round draft pick.

Gomez on brawl: 'We know it's not good'
Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez said Monday a conversation with his parents gave him insight into a brawl he helped touch off a day before in a victory over the Pirates. "We know it's not good for baseball," Gomez recalled telling his parents.

Vols hire Tyndall of Southern Miss as coach
Tennessee, hours after being turned down by Louisiana Tech's Mike White, has hired Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall. The school will introduce him in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Griffin's 35 fuel Clips' romp of Golden State
Blake Griffin scored a career playoff-high 35 points without a foul and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in routing the Golden State Warriors 138-98 Monday night to even their first-round series at a game apiece.

Griz stave off Thunder in OT to even series
Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime on Monday night and tie their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

Knicks fire Woodson, entire coaching staff
Mike Woodson has been fired as the New York Knicks' head coach, the team announced Monday morning.

Penguins score 3 in 3rd, rally to stun Jackets
Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Olli Maatta scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

Sale (soreness) put on DL
The Chicago White Sox confirmed late Monday that staff ace Chris Sale is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained flexor muscle in his throwing arm.

Bulls' Noah is league's top defensive player
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year.

Parker: Duncan didn't talk to me as a rookie
Tony Parker says Tim Duncan "didn't talk to me for a whole year," when the French point guard first entered the NBA.

Raptors GM fined $25K for hurling expletive
Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri will not be fined or punished for the expletive he uttered Saturday at a pep rally before the Raptors' home playoff opener, according to sources familiar with the league's ruling.

American Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon
American Meb Keflezighi has won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured.

Ducks' Robidas re-fractures leg vs. old team
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas fractured his right leg early in the second period of Game 3 of Anaheim's first-round series with the Dallas Stars. He was taken to a Dallas-area hospital for further evaluation.

Ravens' McClain follows 'heart,' retires again
Rolando McClain is walking away from the NFL again, this time for good.

Corbin out as Jazz coach after 25-57 season
Head coach Tyrone Corbin won't be returning for another season with the Utah Jazz.

Wolves' Adelman retires after 23 seasons
Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has decided to retire after 23 seasons in the NBA. He will continue working for the franchise in a consulting role, the team announced.

Jets' Smith confident he'll be starting at QB
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith needed only one word Monday to describe his confidence level as he prepares to take on Michael Vick. Asked if he expects to be the starting quarterback, Smith replied succinctly: "Yes."

Dalton says he's Bengals' face, expects deal
Andy Dalton believes he is the face of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise and has full belief the organization will extend his contract long before his rookie deal expires next March.

Sources: Kobe begins new training regimen
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant began an intense six-month training program with an early-morning workout Monday, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.

Calipari to meet with those who may enter draft
Kentucky coach John Calipari has meetings lined up this week with each of his remaining possible early entrants before Sunday's deadline to declare for the NBA draft.

Sources: United's firing of Moyes 'imminent' Video
Manchester United have lost patience with David Moyes and are preparing to sack the Scot, according to reports. United did not confirm or deny the reports when contacted by ESPN FC, but a club source was willing to admit he is "on the brink."

Sources: White to remain La. Tech's coach
Michael White has decided to remain as the coach at Louisiana Tech despite being targeted by Tennessee to replace Cuonzo Martin, sources told ESPN.

Jeptoo defends Boston title in record fashion
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings.

Source: Romo takes part in team workouts
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo participated in the team's voluntary offseason program which started Monday morning, according to a source.

After loss, Indy's George wants Teague task
Atlanta's spread offense is forcing the Pacers to scramble.

NBA: Refs missed late foul on Clippers' Paul
There were 51 fouls called during the Warriors' 109-105 win against the Clippers in the opening game of the first-round series on Saturday. But on Sunday, the NBA issued a statement admitting there should have been one more foul called.

Early brawl mars Brewers' win in 14 innings
Khris Davis delivered the biggest hit in a game interrupted by a punch-filled brawl, homering in the 14th inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Sunday.

Nene, Wiz rally past Bulls for Game 1 victory
Nene dominates, Wizards rally past Bulls, 102-93

Bruins muscle up to even series with Wings
Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored in a three-minute span in the first period and the Boston Bruins evened their playoff series with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Game 2 on Sunday.

Aldridge's 46 lead Blazers by Rockets in OT
LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their

Heat use late charge, top Bobcats in Game 1
LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a late charge to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Dodgers top D-backs behind Puig's bat, arm
Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer and threw out a runner at second base, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Sunday.

Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.

Kershaw: No problems after simulated game
All indications point to Clayton Kershaw passing his biggest test with ease.

Tigers release Opening Day shortstop Gonzalez
The Detroit Tigers have released opening day shortstop Alex Gonzalez and purchased the contract of infielder Danny Worth from Triple-A Toledo.

Yanks' Nova to DL with elbow ligament tear
New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will be placed on the disabled list.

On eve of marathon, Red Sox honor victims
In a ceremony on the eve of Monday's 118th marathon, the Boston Red Sox gathered once more to mourn the victims of the bombing and pay tribute to those who lifted up the entire community by their extraordinary response to the tragedy.

Moyes' misery: Everton tops Man Utd Video
Manchester United's faint chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League were finally ended as Everton kept alive their own hopes of supplanting them in the Champions League next season with a comfortable 2-0 win at Goodison Park.

Seabrook suspended 3 games for Backes hit
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes during Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Harper back in Nats' lineup after benching
Bryce Harper started Sunday for the Nationals a day after he was replaced in the sixth inning for lack of hustle.

Canty backs off Auburn commit, will visit USF
Marshall transfer Kareem Canty, hours after giving coach Bruce Pearl and Auburn a verbal commitment, has decided to visit South Florida before making a decision.

Wawrinka drops Federer for 1st Masters title
Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in an all-Swiss final on Sunday.

Hamilton claims GP for third straight F1 win
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

Spoelstra: No minutes restriction for Wade
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra won't have a minutes restriction on Dwyane Wade when the Heat begin their title defense on Sunday, even though the All-Star guard hasn't played more than 23 minutes in a game in nearly a month.

Hopkins, 49, becomes oldest to unify titles
There are few superlatives left to describe Bernard Hopkins, the nearly half-century old fighter still going strong at age 49. But brilliant works.

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