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Captains will be in Stanley Cup spotlight

With the Stanley Cup on the line, the finals are shaping up to be a clash of the superstar captains, Pierre LeBrun writes.

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Gallo's magical debut changes nothing

Eric Karabell examines the debut of Joey Gallo, and writes why fantasy owners should temper long-term expectations. He compares Gallo to Kris Bryant.

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MLB's all-time best debuts

For some, it's a sign of greatness to come; for others, it remains their finest moment in the sun. Here are a few of the most remarkable debuts in MLB history.

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McGee: Family fuels Pocono's turnaround

Pocono Raceway was written off as a throwback -- a quirky family-owned track whose time had passed. But those same qualities made it stand out among the sport's cookie-cutters, Ryan McGee writes.

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A.J. Pollock doubles, Goldy moves him over, and Yasmany Tomás drives him in. It's a one-run game in the 7th.

Tanaka shines in return, Yankees win
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On the mound for the first time since heading to the DL on April 29, Masahiro Tanaka struck out 9 and allowed just 3 hits over 7 innings to guide New York to a 3-1 win over the Mariners and a series sweep. Box score

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As a team, Warriors will guard LeBron

Andrew Bogut on slowing down LeBron James: "Our coaches do a great job scouting him. It's going to be a team effort. It's not just going to be one guy guarding him."

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Why John Buccigross is picking Tampa Bay
NHL 

At 6-foot-7 big Ben Bishop covers up more net than most goalies, making it smaller for shooters. It's that math that has the SportsCenter anchor picking the Lightning in 7. Nine finals thoughts

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Ex-FIFA official admits to accepting bribes
Soccer 

Chuck Blazer says he took bribes in connection with the awarding of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups. Prosecutors unsealed the transcript of Blazer's 2013 plea deal on Wednesday. South Africa, which hosted the 2010 World Cup, has denied the bribe allegations. Though France hosted the 1998 World Cup, Blazer said the bribe came from Morocco. Testimony key to U.S. case

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ESPN reporter takes on James Jones
NBA 

Dave McMenamin has this appreciation of the Cavs' forward, punctuated by a 3-point shooting contest. It doesn't go well. "Don’t worry about it. You tried,” said Jones, whose team has reached the Finals 5 years in a row.

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Final: Cardinals 7, Brewers 4

Matt Carpenter had 2 hits and 2 RBIs, and John Lackey went 7 innings, as St. Louis rode a 5-run first inning to improve the major's best home record to 22-7.

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Championship common bonds
NBA 

The Warriors and Lightning are both seeking a title, but that isn't the only similarity they share. Both teams can shoot lights out, defend and lean on leadership from their top players. That's not all

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Highlight: Laser show at Fenway
MLB 

Dustin Pedroia had four singles to help the Red Sox defeat the Twins 6-3 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

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Freeman goes deep twice and counting

Freddie Freeman hit a 3-run homer in the second then followed up with a solo shot in the fourth, as the Braves lead the Diamondbacks 7-3 in the fifth. The Atlanta 1B has five homers over his past six games. Follow live

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Tanaka sharp in return to action

Pitching for the first time since going on the DL April 29, Masahiro Tanaka has struck out 8 and allowed just three hits over six innings, as the Yankees hold a 3-1 lead against the Mariners. Follow live

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Cowboys hope to make push for Dez deal

Dallas has until July 15 to sign Dez Bryant to a long-term contract or the Pro Bowl receiver will have to play under the $12.823 million franchise tag. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones hopes that something can be worked out but doesn't feel pressured by the deadline.

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Concussion tests on Gomez negative
NBA 

Brewers 3B Hector Gomez crashed into the left-field stands chasing after a foul ball in the sixth inning of the loss to the Cardinals. He hit the short wall at full speed and fell head-first into the seats. After being looked at, he left the game under his own power.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Masahiro Tanaka having a very strong start: Six innings, one run, eight strikeouts. Everything is working for him.

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LeBron is running around like a giddy kid. "FINALS! Finals! Back in the Finals!"

Will Kyrie Irving play in the Finals?

The Cavs' PG watched from the sidelines for the early part of the team's practice. It's still unknown how much Irving (knee tendinitis) will be able to play in the NBA Finals.

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LeBron acts like he's been there before
NBA 

"They're tired of seeing me, Perk. Five years straight." LeBron James appears loose as he prepares for his fifth straight NBA Finals -- all smiles while stretching and chirping to the media.

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NBA 

Oooh, so shiny
NBA 

LeBron James' practice sneakers are out of this world.

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NBA 

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron chirping to the media as he goes through stretching on the court: "Back at it! They're tired of seeing me. Five years straight!"

GM, Vikings happy to have AD in camp

GM Rick Spielman on Adrian Peterson being back with the Vikings: "We're excited to get this kind of resolved and I think everybody's very excited about moving forward with this."

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