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Fagan: Why are these WNBA stars in Russia? It's not just the money

Unlikely comrades Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner play overseas for the money, but that's not the only bonus for these modern-day nomads.

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McShay: Way-too-early 2017 NFL mock draft

Todd McShay takes a preliminary stab at predicting the picks for the 2017 NFL draft, which could feature DE Myles Garrett, RB Leonard Fournette and QB Deshaun Watson coming off the board early.

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Rays mascot KO'd by Adrian Gonzalez (0:31)
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Which NBA team are you?

Four strong cultures in the NBA have endured for at least a decade: The San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. Find out which one fits you best.

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Hornqvist scores the OT winner for Penguins (0:35)
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Did Hank Gathers' death impact Heat's decision on Bosh? (2:06)
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Shaq celebrates Northampton promotion

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal bellows his way through "We Are The Champions" to celebrate his favourite football team's promotion.

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Khan, Alvarez ready to face off (0:39)
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Ahmed needs a better place to keep his sunflower seeds (0:29)
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Ortiz hits go-ahead homer for Red Sox (0:22)
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Wilbon: Cubs can get 110-118 wins (1:47)
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Dancing ump gets his groove on (0:22)
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Dickerson was offered a new home, $50,000 during recruitment (1:22)
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Highlights: Real Madrid 1-0 over Manchester City (1:33)
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11 things you undeniably missed when Kyle Lowry dropped that halfcourt buzzer-beater (1:19)
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40-yard behind-the-back lacrosse pass (0:14)

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Larry Bird: "Frank’s not getting fired, his contract is up and I just made the decision not to renew it."

Adrian Gonzalez KO's Rays mascot
MLB 

The Dodgers got the best of Raymond for the second night in a row.

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MLB 

American football is growing worldwide
NFL 

American football has gone global, with the sport growing one big dude at a time in some markets. What does that mean for the league? Worldwide reach

Rodolfo Reyes
NFL 

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Waiting on Pacers president Larry Bird to address the media at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy. Coach Frank Vogel's job status remains in the air

Jeannine Edwards ESPN Reporter 

Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist heads to track for his 2nd to last gallop before the race. Looked fluid and eager on the track.

Texas A&M assistant's tweets cause uproar

Soon after ESPN 300 quarterback Tate Martell decommitted from Texas A&M via Twitter, Aggies receivers coach Aaron Moorehead tweeted about "loyalty." Then came the fallout. Another recruit gone

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Rory McIlroy is off to a horrible start in defense of his Wells Fargo Championship title. He finished his first 9 holes in 4 over par, without a birdie., after a double bogey at the 18th. McIlroy, who turned 27 on Wednesday, said he had played just one 18-hole round of golf since the Masters prior to the pro-am as he knows there will be few breaks in the schedule through the Ryder Cup.

Golf 

Von Miller: I'll be a Bronco for life
NFL 

The LB hasn't been attending offseason workouts due to contract talks, but told fans this week not to worry: "I'm going to be here in Denver no matter what. The contract is going to take care of itself. I'm going to be a Denver Bronco for life."

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NFL 

NHL mock draft: Auston Matthews, then who?
NHL Draft 

Corey Pronman projects who will be picked in each slot of the first round of the 2016 NHL draft. No surprise at No. 1 (Auston Matthews to the Leafs), but there's some intrigue later. Who's after Matthews? (Insider)

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NHL Draft 

Mock draft: What if 76ers pick 1st and 4th?
NBA Draft 

Should the 76ers take Ben Simmons No. 1? What if they get the Lakers' pick, too? And how does the rest of the top 10 shake out? Philly's on the clock. Mock draft (Insider)

USA TODAY Sports
NBA Draft 

Way-too-early 2017 NFL mock draft
NFL Draft 

Todd McShay takes a preliminary stab at predicting the picks for the 2017 NFL draft, which could feature DE Myles Garrett, RB Leonard Fournette and QB Deshaun Watson coming off the board early. Who goes No. 1? (Insider)

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NFL Draft 

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin McHale has withdrawn from consideration for the Sacramento Kings' coaching vacancy, according to league sources.

NBA 

Softball pitcher inks $1 million contract

Monica Abbott is the best softball pitcher in the world and she has a groundbreaking contract from the Scrap Yard Dawgs to prove it. Million-dollar arm

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Saints QB chased NFL dream to Germany and back
NFL 

Griffin Neal didn't know what lay ahead when he went to play semi-pro football in Germany. And he certainly couldn't have foreseen the chain of events that ended with him landing an NFL contract. Achtung Baby

NFL 

Lost And Found In Russia
WNBA 

Unlikely comrades Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner play overseas for the money. As it turns out, they also simplify their lives. 'I can be disconnected'

Mike Stocker for ESPN
WNBA 

Las Vegas Raiders? Owner is serious
NFL 

There are still several hurdles to be cleared, but the Raiders' fascination with Las Vegas is no passing fancy. It's in the cards

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NFL 

Mike Muscala's head sets up Cavs 3-pointer
NBA 

It was that type of night for Atlanta, as Cleveland set an NBA record with 25 triples.

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Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Mo Spirit, trained by Bob Baffert, on the track for his Thursday morning work. Cold and dreary today. Forecast is better for weekend, fortunately.

Did Gathers' death impact Heat's decision?
NBA 

Michael Wilbon believes there is a correlation between Heat coach Erik Spoelstra being on the court when Hank Gathers died to Miami's decision to sit Chris Bosh for the remainder of the playoffs.

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NBA 

Hornqvist nets OT winner for Penguins
NHL 

Patric Hornqvist pounced on a loose puck to give Pittsburgh the victory in Game 4 and a 3-1 series lead over the Capitals.

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NHL 

Is Chris Bosh a Hall of Famer?
NBA 

Mike & Mike say yes, based off Bosh's 10 All-Star teams and multiple NBA championships.

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Lester throws glove and ball ... again
MLB 

Last season, Cubs pitcher Jon Lester struggled to retrieve the ball from his glove and threw the entire glove with the ball inside to Anthony Rizzo for the out. On Wednesday, the two connected again on almost the same play.

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What superstars' stats could have been

What if Michael Jordan hadn't played baseball? We projected key career statistics for 10 superstars -- including Jordan, Ted Williams, Mario Lemieux and Monica Seles -- whose careers were interrupted or cut short. Unfulfilled potential

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