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Sources: NBA cap could pass $100M by 2017-18

At this week's NBA Board of Governors meetings in New York, teams were advised ‎that the league's salary cap could rise past the $100 million mark as soon as the 2017-18 season, sources said.

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Showalter, Orioles shocked by Jimenez ejection

Ubaldo Jimenez was tossed Friday for hitting Pablo Sandoval in the right shoulder with a pitch, an ejection that Baltimore manager Buck Showalter later called "professionally embarrassing."

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A-Rod confident and dangerous

The Baseball Tonight Minute breaks down Alex Rodriguez's performance against the Rays and what it means for the Yankees' success.

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Trout makes history in Angels win

Angels center fielder Mike Trout became the youngest player to reach 100 home runs and 100 steals in Los Angeles' 6-3 win over Houston.

Stanley Cup playoffs highlights

Capitals even series (1:29)

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Temple Cup vs. Stanley Cup part 1

Keith Olbermann explains how baseball's Temple Cup was never able to match the lore and greatness of the Stanley Cup, and Mike Bolt presents Lord Stanley's Cup in studio.

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Signals: By the Numb3rs (15:07)

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Manziel apologizes, vows to regain Browns' trust

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was released from a rehab treatment facility last week, apologized Friday to the Browns organization and fans for letting them down.

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Bryan Stow throws out inspirational first pitch (0:51)

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NBA playoffs have arrived

Will Steph Curry and the Splash Brothers reign? Can King James regain the crown he lost last year? Or will the ageless Tim Duncan match Michael Jordan with a sixth ring? Those questions begin to get answered Saturday. Experts' picks

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Brad Stevens praises LeBron

Said the Celtics coach: "But clearly LeBron is -- I don't think anyone would argue -- he's the best player in the game. You can argue who the MVP of the season is, I guess, but I kinda always go back to who's the best player in the game. He's the best one."

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Saturday's tip-offs
NBA 

The NBA postseason is here, with things tipping off up north:

  • Wizards at Raptors, 12:30 ET, ESPN
  • Pelicans at Warriors, 3:30 ET, ABC
  • Bucks at Bulls, 7 ET, ESPN
  • Mavericks at Rockets, 9:30 ET, ESPN
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A-Rod moves closer to Mays

Alex Rodriguez's first two-homer game since May 23, 2012, gave the Yankees a win over the Rays, but more importantly it moved him within 2 of Willie Mays on the career home run list -- and a potential dispute with his own team over a $6M bonus.

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A-Rod also closes in on Aaron
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With his next multi-homer game, Alex Rodriguez will match Hank Aaron on that list. Friday's 2-HR game was the 61st of A-Rod's career.

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Sens too focused on revenge?
NHL 

P.K. Subban was ejected for a vicious slash in Game 1, then scored a key goal in Game 2. Barry Melrose says the best revenge for the Senators would be staying out of the penalty box and getting a win in Game 3.

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Goalie controversy in Chicago?
NHL 

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford gave up 6 goals Friday night, and has now allowed 9 on just 47 shots in the series against the Predators. His backup, Scott Darling, stopped all 42 shots he faced after Crawford was pulled in Chicago's Game 1 comeback win.

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NHL playoffs continue Saturday
NHL 

A quartet of Game 2s is on tap:

  • Wild at Blues, 3 ET
  • Red Wings at Lightning, 3 ET
  • Penguins at Rangers, 8 ET
  • Jets at Ducks, 10:30 ET
NHL 

Bryant's debut a dud
MLB 

Cubs fans were excited to see top prospect Kris Bryant make his MLB debut Friday. This probably wasn't what they were hoping for. The third baseman went 0-for-4 with 3 K's in Chicago's loss to the Padres.

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Poor debut means little for Bryant
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The only other player in the live ball era who batted third or fourth in his debut, went hitless and struck out three times is Darryl Strawberry, who ended up being pretty good in his rookie year.

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Pillar's incredible diving grab
MLB 

Blue Jays' outfielder Kevin Pillar is becoming a regular in Web Gems. You have to check out how much ground he covered on this diving grab Friday night.

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Andrew Hawkins' speedy footwork
NFL 

How do you become a successful NFL wide receiver if you're just 5-foot-7? It helps to have fast feet. Andrew Hawkins might just have the fastest.

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Save of the night

It wasn't from the NHL, but instead the ECHL, where Joel Martin of the Kalamazoo Wings somehow prevented this shot from going in.

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Trout's torrid start
MLB 

Mike Trout homered twice on Friday night, as the reigning AL MVP continues to tear up the league. He's now batting .444 with an unbelievable 1.250 OPS.

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No championship form for Giants
MLB 

The Giants are hosting the ring ceremony for their 2014 World Series title on Saturday. There certainly hasn't been much to celebrate this season. They're off to a 3-9 start, the worst by a defending champ since the '98 Marlins.

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Cheap tickets for Pacquiao-Mayweather!
Boxing 

Well, not the fight. But the promoters and the MGM Grand have decided to charge a $10 admission to the pre-fight weigh-in -- a first, at least in modern boxing history. The money generated from ticket sales will go to charity.

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Boxing 

Could Cowboys tweets cause trouble?
NFL 

Two tweets from the Cowboys' official Twitter account postured whether or not the team should trade for Adrian Peterson. But, oops, was that tampering?

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First female NFL official opening doors
NFL 

Before Sarah Thomas was hired as the first woman to officiate a major college football game, retired official Joe Haynes called the supervisor of C-USA officials to tell him about an official who was ready for CFB.

"What's his name?" the official asked.
"His name is Sarah," Haynes said. Meet her

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NFL 

Abdul-Jabbar undergoes heart surgery
NBA 

Thursday, on his 68th birthday, Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery. The hospital released a statement that said the surgery was successful and Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a full recovery.

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NBA 

OTD: Roberto Clemente makes his debut
MLB 

On this April 17, 1955, the RF debuted for the Pirates. Among his career accomplishments: Four NL batting titles, the 1966 NL MVP and 12 straight Gold Gloves. Clemente died in a plane crash in 1972 while delivering aid to his homeland of Puerto Rico.

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Spieth shakes off post-Masters hangover
Golf 

Jordan Spieth improved over his Thursday score by a dozen, shooting a 9-under 62. But Troy Merritt outdid the Masters champ, firing a 10-under 61 in the second round of the RBC Heritage.

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Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Tom Watson makes the cut at Harbour Town at the age of 65. Move along. Nothing to see here. Just business as usual.

Barnes' son chooses Curry over Clips
NBA 

According to his Instagram, Matt Barnes' sons had to dress up as someone they look up to for school Friday. One of the boys repped his dad. The other, well, as Barnes said, "will be put up for adoption next week." He was kidding, of course.

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