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2mZach Lowe

It's prime time in Oklahoma City

With their two stars reaching their apex together, the Oklahoma City Thunder are on the verge of dethroning the 73-win defending champs.

Stephen A.: 'Westbrook is putting the world on notice. Steph, who?' (2:01)
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1hBrian Windhorst

Cavaliers looking to find substance in the cliché

The Cavs had control of their series with the Raptors. Until they didn't. Now a best-of-three showdown has Cleveland looking for answers heading into Game 5 (8:30 ET on ESPN & WatchESPN).

Was Draymond's trip of Kanter a dirty play? (1:52)
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6hMike Sando

2016 offseason grades for all 32 NFL teams

Which NFL teams actually made themselves better this offseason? Our crew of NFL Insiders dissects all the relevant draft picks and deals, grading each franchise's performance.

Duke walk-on shocked with scholarship (1:52)
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2hCalvin Watkins

Rougned Odor fights back against his bad reputation

Some opponents think he's immature, disrespectful or worse. But Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, a young player with an old-school style, has his teammates in his corner.

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39mDan Szymborski

Manny Machado as good as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper

Manny Machado was very valuable as a third-sacker but is even more valuable as a shortstop, a position with fewer big bats. As Dan Szymborski shows, he's now in Mike Trout-Bryce Harper territory.

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    The unique life of Las Vegas gambler

    After three arrests and a year in a halfway house, Alan "Dink" Denkenson gave up bookmaking, moved to Las Vegas and became a pro gambler. But times have changed for Dink and other old-school professional sports bettors, writes David Hill.

Tedy Bruschi: If Warriors lose, they're worse than 18-1 Patriots (2:09)
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55mPhil Sheridan

Eagles coordinator Reich says QB order not set

In an appearance on WIP-94.1 FM Wednesday, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said the perception that the quarterback order is set is "probably not the right impression."

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WATCH: Spelling Bee preliminaries

The prelims for the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee are underway, and you can catch the action on ESPN3.

On this date: Ali KO's Liston in first minute (1:17)
Minor league manager's history of colossal meltdowns (1:28)
If I wasn't an Olympian I would be ... (1:28)
3hDan Arritt

Dodgers' Puig gets benched for lack of hustle

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was apologetic after he was benched for failing to run hard out of the batter's box on a deep fly ball to right that caromed off the wall in Tuesday's 8-2 win.

5hBrett Okamoto

Five Rounds with Urijah Faber

Will Conor McGregor face Nate Diaz? How about Floyd Mayweather? Does BJ Penn's potential doping violation prevent his comeback? Urijah Faber joins ESPN's Brett Okamoto to discuss.


Olney: Yankees may shop Andrew Miller

Buster Olney speculates with Russillo and Kanell whether the Yankees could deal the relief pitcher for younger arms.


It's prime time in Oklahoma City

With their two stars reaching their apex together, the Thunder are on the verge of dethroning the 73-win defending champ Warriors. Down goes the historic juggernaut?

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The big questions for 15 NBA teams

The big trades. The big free agents. The big decisions to come -- like if the Knicks should trade Carmelo Anthony. Big questions (Insider)

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OTD: Ali knocks out Liston

"It was lightning and thunder," Muhammad Ali said of the 1965 fight against Sonny Liston. "Fast as lightning and booming as thunder from the heavens."


Bad shots aren't bad for everybody

Sometimes the ball goes up and you immediately think, "Oh no." But then there's the NBA players who are really good at low-percentage shots.


Why the Penguins will win Game 7

Momentum is a myth, but Sidney Crosby's clout is not. Pittsburgh has won the last 11 playoff games in which its captain has scored. Poised for return to finals

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The many doppelgängers of Steven Adams

A young Thunder fan who dressed up as Adams isn't the only lookalike around.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Geno Smith, commenting for the first time since the end of the season, got testy with a reporter when asked if he wants Ryan Fitzpatrick to re-sign. "That's up to the front office and Ryan Fitzpatrick," Smith said. "Why would I speak on that?" Smith cut off the reporter's follow-up questions. Otherwise, he handled the interrogation well, saying he sees Fitzpatrick's absence as "an opportunity." Smith believes he has improved considerably from his days as an erratic starter.

Is retiring Chris Bosh's best move?

Jorge Sedano, Dr. Richard Besser and Bo Kimble analyze how the team and Bosh should handle his future.


Pac-12 to enter esports this upcoming year

The Pac-12 announced network support for esports competitions in its end of the year roundup. The presidents and chancellors acknowledged "growing interest" among students and will begin hosting live studio competitions and tournaments. Story


High schooler's crazy play at the plate

This impressive 360 move from a Washington high school baseball player somehow prevented a sure out. Check it out


Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Crushing blow for Andy Enfield and USC to lose Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic early to NBA. Could have been Top 15-20 team.

Christopher Wondoloski ESPN FC 

Milan is getting ready to host the UEFA Champions League Final. Beautiful scene here in Milan.

What role will U.S. youngsters play at Copa?

What can we expect from U.S. youngsters, like Christian Pulisic, heading into Copa America? Doug McIntyre weighs in on the nine players aged 25 or under on the Copa roster, outlining their stock heading into this summer. Best-case scenario (Insider)

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Minor league manager no stranger to meltdowns

And it doesn't matter if it's stealing a base, chucking a rosin bag or disrobing at home plate.


Final Team Russia roster projection

The final rosters will be named this week for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Who do we think will make the colorful Team Russia? Projections

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FaZe Clan officially leaves WESA

WESA (World Esports Organization) was intended to become a regulatory esports institution, something to normalize esports. But it's already falling apart. Story

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Stephen A.: 'Steph, who?'

Stephen A. Smith says Russell Westbrook is the most "ruthless and vicious" player on the court and is "putting the world on notice."


How do SC anchors fare in Spelling Bee?



Odor fights against his bad reputation

Some opponents think he's immature, disrespectful or worse. But Rangers 2B Rougned Odor, a young player with an old-school style, has his teammates in his corner. 'I'm not a dirty player'

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Play along with the Spelling Bee

Think you can spell better than the kids participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee? Time to prove it. Get in the game

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron's mindset for Game 5? "Just a sense of calmness. That's all. Just a very calm moment for myself, personally. I relish this opportunity to be a part of the postseason once again, to be 2-2 on my home floor, so, a sense of calmness. I think they'll follow that."