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Catch the Dodgers' teenage phenom while you can

Julio Urias' role for the Dodgers this season will be a temporary and limited injection of success. But it could also be the start of something big.

Gilbert: Nadal withdrawal 'gutwrenching' (1:53)
Stephen A.: 'I don't blame Westbrook for laughing' (1:55)
Marine disguises himself as umpire to surprise kids (0:42)
Golic 'stunned' Baylor president, AD still have jobs (1:55)
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Números de la Final de Champions League

Real Madrid y Atlético Madrid se enfrentan en su segunda final en dos años. Dos estilos diferentes, con el mismo objetivo. Te presentamos los números que definen la Final de la Champions League.

Who will win Champions League? Let's ask the pigeons! (1:32)
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LeBron's history of closing in Game 6s

LeBron James has faced a Game 6 with a 3-2 series lead nine times in his career. His teams have closed out their foes all but one time. Watch: Cavs-Raptors, 8:30 ET on ESPN & WatchESPN.

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Aaron Schatz

NFL's worst QB depth charts since 2007

Where do the current QB depth charts for the Browns and Jets rank among the league's worst the past decade? Aaron Schatz digs into the numbers.

Hinchcliffe: What a difference a year makes (1:35)
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Diary of Myles Thomas: The secret life of Sam Rice

Sam Rice's life before baseball involves a secret tragedy so terrible it seems impossible for one man to bear. And yet, somehow, he plays on. Our 1927 Yankees chronicler relays Rice's tale, one so heartbreaking it impacts all who hear it.

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Renewed Penguins return to the finals

After years of falling short of expectations, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are finally returning to the Stanley Cup finals.

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Experts' predictions: Stanley Cup winner

We're down to two teams. Which one will be celebrating when it's all over? Our experts weigh in and pick their winning team for the 2016 Stanley Cup finals.

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Uni Watch: MLB's sock evolution

Friday Flashback: How did we go from the beginning of baseball to an official sock provider? Uni Watch offers a selective timeline of baseball's hosiery history.

Excitement scale for long weekend: 1-Memphis cheerleader (0:31)
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Milton-Jones wants to go out on own terms

After failing to make Atlanta's opening day roster, DeLisha Milton-Jones still has a lot to offer as a veteran who has won at every level. And she's ready if another WNBA team comes calling.

Six-month-old baby on water skis will blow your mind (0:40)
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Chicharito, se 'adelanta' a Selección en Atlanta

El delantero del Bayer Leverkusen se tomó unos días de vacaciones y justo en el día en el que el Tri arribará a territorio estadounidense, se presentó para trabajar a la par.


Bradley Jr. bringing Sox suprising dose of energy

Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr.'s 29-game hitting streak ended Thursday night with an 0-for-4 performance against Colorado, but this season feels, in every respect, like the start of something big for him, writes Jerry Crasnick. Realizing potential

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Americans Update: (15) John Isner beats Gabashvili 7-6(7) 4-6 2-6 6-4 6-2 (19) Sloane Stephens falls to Pironkova 2-6 1-6 #RG16

NBA draft workout confidential

Chad Ford dishes his latest draft intel after Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, Maruqese Chriss, Henry Ellenson and other top prospects showed their skills in workouts. Gym report (Insider)

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Kid has super confidence in Spelling Bee

When you clap in the face of your opponent at the Spelling Bee, you better spell the winning word correctly.


Thunder look ahead to important Game 6

Saturday's Western Conference finals Game 6 is the most important game in Oklahoma City since Game 2 of the 2012 Finals, writes Royce Young. Most important ever?

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Atletico fans out in full force on a humid day in Milan.

Atlas: If I trained Conor to fight Floyd ...

Boxing trainer and ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas believes it would take years to get Conor McGregor ready to fight Floyd Mayweather. 'No chance'

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John Oreovicz Autos, Open-Wheel 

'Carb Day,' the traditional final warm-up for the Indianapolis 500, was busier than usual as drivers and teams adjusted their cars for hot, humid conditions similar to what are expected for race day. The Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolets jumped to the top of the speed charts in race trim, with 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan fastest and four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion third. Pippa Mann crashed in Turn 4 and sustained moderate damage to her Dale Coyne Racing Honda. ABC's 52nd year of live coverage of the Indianapolis 500 starts Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Martin Truex Jr. has been so good on intermediate tracks this year, it was no surprise he won the pole Thursday for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His thoughts about his expectations on 1.5-mile tracks such as Charlotte:


Alex Perry ESPN UK Editor 

The BMW PGA Championship knows how to throw out a surprise winner or two. This year's nominee, Scott Hend, rolls home a 4th birdie of the day at 13 to join Danny Willett in double figures. Will the Australian be our halfway leader?


Stephen A.: 'I don't blame Westbrook for laughing'

Stephen A. Smith believes there is no one in the NBA who can guard Russell Westbrook 1-on-1.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Billy Donovan, unprompted: "The difference in the game was the fact that they went to the free throw line 34 times. To me, that was something that was very, very difficult to overcome." The Warriors had a 34-24 advantage in free throws during their Game 5 win. Eight of Golden State's free throws came while they protected a multi-possession lead in the final minute.

IndyCars vs. normal sedans

Ahead of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, the Sport Science team hit the brickyard to determine just how different driving an IndyCar is from driving a typical, everyday vehicle.


Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Mark Martin, recently selected to be among five inductees in the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class, will drive the pace car Sunday prior to the start of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "When the speedway called to ask me if I'd do it, my first reaction was ‘Hell, yeah!'" Martin said. "Originally I'd planned to be at Indy (all day), but now I get to do the ‘double' in a way, and I can say I'll be driving at Charlotte."

Doug McIntyre ESPN Staff Writer 

Defender Edgar Castillo replaces injured Timmy Chandler on USA's Copa America roster. Chandler arrived in camp with a right quad strain he suffered Monday playing for German club Eintracht Frankfurt. Castillo, a left back for Mexico's Monterrey, will join U.S. squad after Liga MX final concludes on Sunday.

Matt Wilansky Tennis editor 

Nadal on whether he'll be ready for Wimbledon: "We're gonna work hard to be ready for Wimbledon. For the moment I need a couple of weeks with that, you know, with the immobilization. Then we're gonna do the treatment, and we hope the treatment works well. We expect to recover quick, to be ready for Wimbledon, no? But at this moment, you know, it's not a moment to talk about that. "It's just a moment to go day by day, to work hard. I hope to have a fast recovery."


Matt Wilansky Tennis editor 

A few notable quotes from Nadal's presser: "Every day [the pain in my wrist] is stronger, and I arrived here with a little bit of pain but something that I think I was able to manage. "Every day was a little bit worse. We tried to do all the treatments possible. Every single day we spent a lot of hours here working so hard to try to play. Yesterday I played with an injection on the wrist with anesthetic, just to sleep my wrist, to play."


Lue wants LeBron to change how he plays

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants to see "vintage LeBron" in Game 6 against the Raptors.


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(9) Richard Gasquet advances with a 6-2 7-6(7) 6-2 win over (17) Nick Kyrgios. He awaits the Nishikori-Verdasco winner. #RG16

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey didn't rule out starting Jonas Valanciunas at center in Game 6. He had come off the bench in his return to the lineup in Game 5, and Bismack Biyombo has thrived as a starter -- especially at home.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMar DeRozan on playing in another pivotal Game 6 and hoping for force a third straight Game 7: "We didn't get this far without a reason... We've been resilient... We've been playing every other day for six weeks. We are mentally locked in... You know how to handle it, keep your emotions in check (for a big game)... I think the mood (in the locker room) is we are anxious to get back out there."

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Now we know why Texas fired defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn in February. Vaughn is accused of multiple Level I violations in the NCAA's notice of allegations that Ole Miss released Friday morning. Vaughn, an assistant for the Rebels from 2008-11, reportedly engaged in an ACT fraud scheme for three recruits in 2010. He's also accused of helping provide impermissible benefits and lying to NCAA investigators.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss Notice of Allegations names current assistants Chris Kiffin, Derrick Nix and Maurice Harris for some type of violation. School is requesting a delay in Committee on Infractions hearing until after a full review of the Laremy Tunsil/NFL draft night information.